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Two garden visits, talk and dinner hosted by Adam Frost
La Louve the unique creation of Hermès designer Nicole de Vésian – accompanied by Adam Frost
La Jeg – breath-taking sculpture garden by Anthony Paul with drinks and canapés at sunset
Visit to the Pavilion de Galon with lunch
Winetasting and garden tour at renowned winery, Val Joanis
Accompanied throughout by BBC Gardeners' World Magazine regular, David Hurrion
Further to the success of our gardens tour to Provence with Monty Don in 2019, we have added a second date (with a few tweaks and upgrades) in 2020 with popular Gardener’s World presenter, Adam Frost, who will accompany the group to two gardens and share his knowledge and experience with our group. Based in Cavaillon, the tour offers a wonderful variety of gardens, some excellent food, beautiful Provencal towns and scenery, even a winetasting, ending with canapes at sunset in the shadow of Mont Ventoux, truly a magical experience.
Adam Frost says:
“I love the light in Provence and the way it makes gardens feel. I’ve been lucky enough to design a garden in the region too, so it’s fantastic to be returning.”
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Departing: 11th July 2020 at 07:19
Returning: 17th July 2020 at 15:59
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras direct to Avignon
On arrival transfer by coach to the market town of Cavaillon, ideally located in the heart of the region for our garden visits. Check in to the four-star Mercure de Cavaillon Les Portes du Luberon Hotel. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.
Day 2: Full day Aix-en Provence and Atelier de Cézanne
Morning in Aix for independent exploration and time for lunch. This elegant city, capital of the Provence region, is immediately attractive with its medieval centre a knot of grand architecture and atmospheric lanes, peppered with fountained squares. There are many lovely cafes to sit in and watch the world go by along the Cours Mirabeau. Home to artist Paul Cézanne, you will find his studio preserved exactly as he left it on his death in 1906, which we will visit this afternoon before returning to Cavaillon for a free evening. Cavaillon has a host of excellent restaurants in the town centre (approx. 15-20 minutes’ walk or a short taxi ride) which are well worth exploring, including the Michelin-starred Maison Prévot, or you may prefer to relax in the hotel’s restaurant.
Day 3: Full day Le Jardin Botanique de la Citadelle, lunch, La Louve with Adam Frost and dinner at local restaurant in Cavaillon with talk from Adam Frost
Morning visit to Le Jardin Botanique de la Citadelle, set among vineyards and including a wide variety of aromatic, medicinal, and edible plants, where the owner and a guide will show you its delights. Lunch is included at the excellent restaurant Brasserie Les Terrasses in Bonnieux, before visiting La Louve in the company of Adam Frost. It is the unique creation of Hermès designer Nicole de Vésian – a lesson in clipped forms and intimate spaces – all with a deep sense of calm. Please note there are steep steps here. Return to the hotel with time to freshen up before welcome drink, dinner with wine in at the Michelin-rated Côté Jardin, who are opening exclusively for us and talk from Adam.
Day 4: Full day Mausanne Les Alpilles, St Remy and Marc Nucera garden
Morning visit, in the company of Adam Frost, to a very private garden, designed by Chelsea Gold-winner James Basson in the village of Mausanne Les Alpilles surrounded by olive plantations and stunning countryside. Afterwards, plenty of time will be allowed to explore and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the lovely and quintessentially Provencal town of St Remy, before visiting the private gardens designed and owned by artist and sculptor, Marc Nucera. Here, we’ll meet Marc, who previously worked with designer Nicole de Vésian, who will share his striking garden with us.
Day 5: Full day Pavilion de Galon and Val Joanis with winetasting
This morning, we head to the Pavillon de Galon, a new, award-winning garden, full of local flora, created by photographer Guy Hervais around an 18th-century mansion. Lunch is included here. This afternoon we first visit the gardens at Val Joanis, a world-renowned winery that also has a remarkable, formal kitchen garden, where we’ll enjoy a guided tour and wine-tasting with nibbles.
Day 6: Full day Jardins des Plantes Tinctorialles, Gordes, Senanque and La Jeg with sunset canapés and drinks
Morning visit to the Jardins des Plantes Tinctorialles, planted on the terraces of the 18th century Château de Lauris. This is a fascinating garden dedicated to the growing of plants used for the production of natural dyes and pigments. We will then head to the lovely hill town of Gordes, with time allowed to explore and have lunch (not included). After lunch we head to the iconic monastery at nearby Senanques, famed for its surrounding, iconic lavender fields (which should be in bloom at this time), for an independent visit. Our last visit of a long but highly rewarding day is to La Jeg, a breath-taking sculpture garden by international designer, Anthony Paul. Here we meet the owners, enjoy a guided tour and drinks and canapés on the terrace as the sun sets behind nearby Mont Ventoux, providing a fitting end to this wonderful tour. Return to the hotel for approximately 9.30-10pm.
Day 7: Transfer to Avignon TGV station to travel by Eurostar to St Pancras (with customs check in Lille).
NB: Exact order of itinerary of Provence by rail may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 50 passengers.
PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
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Mercure de Cavaillon Les Portes du Luberon
Modern four-star hotel that has just enjoyed a complete renovation. Located on the edge of Cavaillon, the hotel is ideally located to visit the gardens and sites included on this superb itinerary. Set in grounds of 2.5 acres of gardens with outdoor pool, facilities here include bar, restaurant and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.
is a regular presenter on Gardeners’ World, presenting the programme several times from his home garden in Lincolnshire, where he also creates regular content for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. He has a passion for horticulture and design and uses his own life experiences for inspiration. Some of his earliest childhood memories are of being outside, helping his grandparents on their allotment. Creative by nature, Adam loves to connect each garden design to its natural landscape and surrounding architecture as well as to the people who are going to enjoy it. Since establishing his own garden design and landscape business in 1996, Adam has designed gardens across the world; in addition to winning seven gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In 2017 he set up The Adam Frost Garden School at his home in Lincolnshire where he hosts informal workshops to gardening enthusiasts.
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