Provence, established by the Romans as “Provincia Romana”, and dotted with the remains of amphitheatres and arenas, an aqueduct and the remains of the Roman towns of St-Rémy-de-Provence and Vaison-la-Romaine, is bordered on the west by the River Rhone, and on the south by the famous Côte d’Azur (the “Blue Coast” of the Mediterranean Sea), the playground of the rich and famous. The sound of its very name conjures up romance, with its signature lavender and sunflower fields blending with vineyards and ancient olive trees to offer the visitor the very same vision in the spectacular natural light that inspired such Impressionists as Van Gogh and Cezanne to create their immortal pictorial renderings. The nature of the area is deeply sensual, allowing its beauty and pleasures to be savoured by all the senses in the colourful Provençal markets.
For adventure lovers, there is canoeing, as well as trekking through rocks abundant with vegetation. The area’s picture postcard hilltop villages contrast happily with their fishing counterparts, and the mythical port city of Marseilles, the largest in the area, is a unique meeting point of East and West. The towns of Arles, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon are cultural glories, chockfull of historical architectural treasures. The region of Comtat Venaissin, became papal territory in 1274 and was a refuge for Jews until the French Revolution. Provence has always been a shelter and a welcoming land for Jewish communities. Their presence in the south of France goes back to the beginning of Roman Gaul. Following the fall of Masada in 73 CE, Provence became a haven for Jewish communities, whose presence dates to the early days of Roman Gaul. These communities broadened the cultural life of the area, particularly in the fields of science, medicine, mysticism, philosophy. Jews also played an important economic role in the development of technologies and in the spread of merchandise, ideas, and the arts, with a focus on music.
The rabbis of Province became known as “Chachamei Provence”, or The Wise Men of Provence. Perhaps the best known scholar associated with the region is Rashi (1040-1105), whose name is an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo Itzhaki. He invented his own alphabet for use in his commentaries, and became famous for being able to clarify the basic meaning of texts. His commentary on the Talmud has been printed in every copy of the Babylonian Talmud since the early 16th century. Although in the Middle Ages entire communities were banished from the kingdom, a region called “Comtat Venaissin”, property of Pope, became a shelter for Jews until the French Revolution. Since it belonged to Pope Gregory X, they were known as “the Pope’s Jews” The area was left to the pope by Count Alphonse of Poitiers in 1271 and officially became papal territory in 1274.
French cuisine has become famous throughout the world with a reputation for finesse and flavour, and you can find French restaurants pretty much on every continent. However nothing beats the diversity and originality of dishes in the country where it all started within France, there are many regions with different specialities and various local ingredients. The culinary culture of Provence in southern France is very distinct compared to the north and central France, thanks to a mild climate that allows its inhabitants to enjoy fresh fish, meats, fruits and local vegetables throughout the year. The influence of other countries around the Mediterranean sea are also evident, the culinary possibilities in Provence are endless. Perhaps the most famous traditional dish is the Bouillabaisse the savory fish soup or stew that’s featured in many provincial recipes. Olives are an indispensable component of the popular tapenade in which you find them finely chopped and mixed with capers, anchovies and olive oil tapenade can be used either as a spread or a condiment and no provincial meal is complete without it. Together with herbs such as lavender, basil, rosemary and thyme you will see olive and lemon trees in gardens across Provence. A meal which makes good use of fresh produce is the hearty soup au pistou, consisting of various summer vegetables, beans, pasta and pistou a French version of the Italian pesto, it is sometimes topped with some grated cheese and always thoroughly enjoyed.
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, ARRIVAL TO MARSEILLE
PRICE: $6100 per person based on a couple sharing a room.
Single Supplement $1800
Room upgrade is optional.
This tour offers you the perfect opportunity to visit Paris or Barcelona either before or after the Tour. We can help you to arrange this. Excellent flight routes are available from JFK, Air France and Iberia offer perfect flights.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- All accommodation costs 5* Luxury hotels
- Glatt, Chalak Beit Yosef Meats under Parise Beit Din
- SHOMER on board
- Breakfasts, light lunches and full evening dinners with wines
- All land transport costs.
- Entrance fee to the monuments specified in the itinerary and all activities
- Group and airport Transfers
- Local English-speaking guides
- Aya Massias as tour Leader
COSTS NOT INCLUDED:
- International Flights
- Travel & Health Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Tips for local service providers. $220 will be collected at the beginning of the trip
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 working days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 30-59 working days prior to departure 25% of total per passenger
• 15-29 days prior to departure: 50% of total per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund
We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.
Travel insurance encompassing both cancellation and medical insurance is very important and we can not stress that enough. We strongly recommend that our clients are adequately insured when travelling. It is crucial to purchase the travel insurance within 14 days from the 1st payment that you make for this trip (flights/cruise/tour etc). Your payment is made directly to the insurance company.
We highly recommend the ‘cancel for any reason’ upgrade option.
Our preferred policies are Travel Safe (USA & Canadian residents), Travel Select (USA residents) and Global Trip Protection Elite (All other Nationalities).
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