Unique Small Group Tours in Provence
- Are you dreaming of a different kind of European vacation?
- A beautiful setting in the countryside?
- An immersion in a different culture and way of life?
- The opportunity to get to know local people?
- A focus on simple pleasures?
- A leisurely and relaxed pace?
If this type of vacation appeals to you, you’ll enjoy The Luberon Experience, a week-long, small group tour in the most scenic area of Provence, France. Our groups base in the medieval village of Bonnieux (below), with spectacular views across the countryside.
The Luberon Experience was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2012. We’re very proud to be identified as one of the best tours in the world, “designed for experience, immersion, sustainability, and cultural connection.”
We’ve been traveling in Europe for over 20 years. In 2004, as part of a 14-month trip to Europe, we were fortunate to be able to live in the Luberon for almost seven months. The beauty of the area, the warmth of the people, and the relaxed lifestyle captured our hearts. We created The Luberon Experience in 2006 so we could share this special place with people looking for a different vacation experience. We’ve hosted 38 week-long groups since September 2006.
We now have a second home in Bonnieux and are there several months a year, hosting our groups and enjoying family time. Our special village apartment is available for rent when we’re not there.
We’re getting ready to begin our 2016 season and are booking now for 2017. We’re offering trips at what we think are the two best times of year: May and September/October. See our 2016 and 2017 schedules here. Our 2016 trips are full, but cancellations are always possible and we do run a waiting list.
Our trips often book quickly, and we encourage you to book early to ensure a spot in your preferred week. Cancellations are always possible, and we do run a waiting list if your plans are flexible. Please contact us to discuss possibilities.
A Very Different Kind of Tour
We designed The Luberon Experience as a unique and very different kind of tour. We hesitate to call it a tour, because many people associate tours with large groups, big buses, short stops, and a regimented itinerary. This definitely isn’t that kind of a trip!
We wanted The Luberon Experience to be the type of tour we’d like to go on: a tour that feels like traveling with knowledgeable and fun friends, a tour that includes places and experiences you couldn’t find on your own… a tour that doesn’t seem like a tour. We wanted our travelers to experience the Luberon– not just visit it.
Our location is such an important part of our experience in Provence. We stay in one place for the entire week: the picturesque hillside village of Bonnieux, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Our accommodations are just perfect, an eight-room guesthouse right in the village. It’s welcoming and authentic… it feels like home.
Most of our week we focus within a 30 minute drive of our village, an area rich with discoveries. Our groups have experiences they would never have on their own, often in small places or private homes that aren’t in guidebooks or open to tourists. We’re always warmly welcomed by our local friends.
Our groups are small, typically 12-14 people; never more than 14. Our trips attract interesting people of all ages with a desire for a more personal travel experience and a cultural immersion in Provence. The group interaction and camaraderie is a very special element of our week.
Explore our website to learn more about the Luberon, our approach to travel, and a typical week on our Luberon Experience trip. We’d love to share our special part of Provence with you!
Other travelers visit Provence. With us you will experience it!
– Kathy and Charley Wood
We’re a founding member of Slow Travel Tours, an informal affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France and other European countries. All these people have a travel philosophy similar to ours. If one of our trips isn’t right for you, we hope you’ll consider one of theirs.
Follow the Slow Travel Tours blog to learn more about exploring Europe slowly with a small group tour. Check out one of Kathy’s latest posts: Train Travel in France: Planning Your Trip & Buying Tickets