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Meet Monty In Provence

5 nights starting from
£1750

  • Talk and dinner hosted by Monty Don and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall

  • La Louve the unique creation of Hermès designer Nicole de  Vésian – accompanied by Monty Don

  • La Jeg – breath-taking sculpture garden by Anthony Paul with drinks and canapés at sunset – with Lucy Hall

  • Clos Pascal near Menerbes, setting of Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence.”

  • Visits to the lovely Provencal towns of St Rémy and Gordes

  • Accompanied throughout by BBC Gardeners' World Magazine regular, David Hurrion

BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall says:
"Discover this enticing region's gardens, plants, landscape and soft light, on our exclusive tour. I'll join the group for 2 days, while Monty will join for a day, which will include an entertaining talk by him that evening. Sign up for a memorable holiday!"

Available Departures

From

03 - June - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 03rd June 2019 at 09:22

Returning: 08th June 2019 at 18:35

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and onwards to Aix by TGV. 
On arrival transfer by coach to check in to the four-star Best Western Le Galice Hotel. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.

Day 2: Full day Aix, Val Joanis and Pavilion de Galon
Morning in Aix with visit to the Atelier de Cezanne and time free for lunch (independently) in Aix.  This afternoon we first visit the gardens at Val Joanis, a world-renowned winery that also has a remarkable, formal kitchen garden. Here, we’ll enjoy a guided tour and wine-tasting.   Later in the afternoon 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.  Late afternoon, return to the hotel with evening free.                                

Day 3: Full day Aquajardin, St Remy, Marc Nucera garden and La Jeg with sunset canapés and drinks.
Morning visit to the Aquajardin/Aux Fleurs de L’Eau water garden (nr St Remy), a beautiful water garden, featuring water-lily covered ponds, filled with koi carp, frogs and terrapins.  Afterwards, plenty of time will be allowed for a leisurely lunch in 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.  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.  BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall will join the group at La Jeg. Return to the hotel at about 9.30-10pm.

Day 4: Full day Clos Pascal, lunch, La Louve with Monty Don and dinner with talk from Monty Don
Morning visit to Clos Pascal for a guided tour. Clos Pascal is an inspiring garden by Nicole de Vésian, in Ménerbes, the village that starred in Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. Lunch (included) in a local restaurant before visiting La Louve in the company of Monty Don, who described it thus: “ La Louve has the sureness of a perfect melody. Simple yet elegant – terribly French! ” 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 a private room at the hotel and talk from Monty.                                        

Day 5: Full day Jardins des Plantes Tinctorialles, Gordes, Senanque and Lavender Museum
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 lavender fields (which may or may not be in bloom at this time),  for a guided tour before visiting the Lavender Museum at Coustellet and returning to the hotel late afternoon.  Evening free.

Day 6: Transfer to Aix station to travel by TGV from Aix to Lille and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

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.

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Aix via Paris / Lille with coach transfer in Paris on outward journey
  • 5 nights B&B at the four-star BW Le Galice, Aix, based on shared occupancy of twin room
  • One dinner at the hotel
  • Second welcome drink, private dinner with wine at the hotel
  • One lunch
  • Programme of visits including welcome talks, guided tours and appearance from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall
  • Drinks and canapes at La Jeg on 5th June
  • La Louve visit accompanied by Monty Don
  • Evening talk at the hotel on 6th June from Monty Don
  • Services of tour manager, garden expert and BBC Gardeners' World Magazine regular contributor, David Hurrion, throughout


NOT INCLUDED

  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement £355
  • Standard Premier/first class train upgrade £160
  • Avignon Grand Hotel Upgrade
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities

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.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTEL

BEST WESTERN LE GALICE, AIX-EN-PROVENCE

This modern four-star hotel is located just a 15-minute walk from the centre of Aix and features bright, spacious and comfortable accommodation.  Facilities include two restaurants, garden & outdoor swimming pool, private dining facilities and very comfortable well-appointed, air-conditioned bedrooms with all modern amenities including free wifi,  bath/shower,  TV, telephone, minibar, hairdryer, tea/coffee and safe.

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Recommended Books:

Monty Don - The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey (Simon & Schuster/Hodder)

Monty’s own book on French gardens - much of it set around Provence, as he lived in Aix for some months.

Louisa Jones - Modern Garden Design in Provence: Nicole de Vesian Gardens

2013 - published by Actes Sud

On amazon for c£28

Alex Dingwall-Main - A year in the Luberon Garden

DVD:

Monty’s French Gardens - £9.99 on Amazon (all 3 of the BBC programmes on one disc).

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