Join your fellow club member, and travel club leader, Caswell Cooke, for a first time customized “exclusive access” travel adventure:

Early arrival:
Barcelona, October 2-6/7, 2019*

Main trip: Provence, October 6/7-12, 2019

Added nights: Paris, October 12 to ?

   
This special trip is built around 5/6 nights in Provence. You have the option to start your trip in Barcelona with us or to start in Provence. You have the option to add on nights in Paris at the end. The full outline is below.

About Provence: The Luberon Region of Provence is one of the most sought after destinations and one of the most beautiful places to explore. Here you will find stunning markets, Roman bridges and roads, perched medieval villages, farms with world-renowned produce, exciting cuisine, art, history and some of the best wines in the world. 

Wine lovers, foodies, sightseers and photographers, history buffs all rave about the experience. And we provide our travelers with exclusive access and insider experiences that most travelers never have. This is a custom vacation everyone can truly enjoy.

*exact date of departure to be confirmed upon booking.

I miss France! What a great trip. I felt so spoiled having you take care of everything. Thank you. Being a person that does like “tours” and having already been through Provence I didn’t really expect much - I couldn’t have been more wrong!!!”
— From K.L. NYC, October 2011, Sept 2012, April 2014, and July, 2015
The trip exceeded our expectations times ten. Your complete staff were a joy to work with. We will definitely book another tour with you in the future and recommend you to our friends. Thank you for making our personal time with you so special
— From M.C. Arkansas June 2017 Provence/Paris

Want to learn more?

The best way to do that is to read what our travelers say in their testimonials
Or contact owner, Wendy Jaeger at wendy@blisstravels.com.

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What is a custom trip?

This means our trip is planned for your group specifically. We customize the activities, the sightseeing, the menus, even the wines for your group. Do you have a special diet or allergy? Tell us, we’ll work around it in our menus. Do you have a special interest? Art? Roman ruins? Provencal markets? Cooking lesson? Wine and cheese tasting? History? Great! We’ll build it in. Our trip is in template form right now. We will fill in the details once we know who is attending. Then we create a fully custom itinerary for each trip, and each client. If you are adding on days in Paris or doing additional items not outlined here, then our services include any consultations to plan that for you!

What do you mean when you say "exclusive access" and "insider"?

Bliss Travels has spent years developing relationships and visiting "off the beaten track" places. Therefore, we are able to take clients to places that they cannot visit on their own. Sometimes that means a place that might be hard to find, like a remote country inn or a tiny, lesser known, village with special charm or spectacular views. Sometimes that means we take you to places not open to the public like a prestigious Bordeaux or Burgundy winery that doesn't accept tourists, or a church built by the Knight's Templar that is opened just for us.. It means meeting people  from local artisans and artists to Michelin starred chefs, and being invited into places other people can't go, no matter what the price. Being with an "insider" means experiencing authenticity!

What can you expect on our trips?

Our trips are extraordinary. That's because we're always looking for new, exclusive and unique things to visit, experience & taste. We personally vet everything we offer. We custom design menus, tastings, even activities.  Expect to dine superbly-- whether that's privately in a chateau, in a Michelin starred restaurant, an off the radar tiny bistro or a one-of-a-kind market tour or gourmet picnic. Expect to see, do, taste, and experience special things not open to the public, at any price. Expect to  marvel at your surroundings,  which will be spectacular. And expect it to be relaxed, casual, fun and not stuffy.  In short, expect Bliss!


More About This Trip: Provence portion

The 6 day/5 night Luberon Itinerary includes:

  • Private pick up and drop off at Avignon train station (single meeting point and time for group) for the transfer to/from Provence

  • 5/6 nights lodging in stunning perched Medieval village in a luxurious private inn (beautiful rooms, a/c, wifi, private garden, panoramic views, pool & more)

  • Daily gourmet breakfasts of fresh baked breads and pastries, local fruits, artisan jams, locally made cheeses, yogurts, cereals and more

  • Second gourmet meal or other foodie event daily (other than departure day):

    • Meals include things such as:

      • 3 course gourmet welcome dinner with custom menu and local wines

      • 3 course gourmet Michelin starred lunch with specially chosen top wines

      • 4 course “Sunday” country lunch in a remote country inn

      • Local Provencal specialty lunch (home made)

  • And of course, specially chosen wines with all included meals

  • At least 1 wine tasting event including top Chateauneuf du Pape wines and vintage bottles from all over France including Bordeaux and Burgundy, with food pairings.

  • .Every trip is customized for the travelers who attend. So the topic of each excursion, menu and event is based upon our travelers' preferences. Special diets accommodated.

  • At least three 5-6 hour (usually 10/11-4pm) private sightseeing excursions with chauffeur driven car/van, guide and translation (excursions included stunning Provençal markets, perched villages, Roman ruins, chateaux, galleries/shopping, private home art gallery/archeological site, and sights too numerous to mention).

    • Additional longer excursions are sometimes possible but may result in added cost.

  • Private guide for all excursions and on site planner to help customize your trip.

  • Option to add on a special cooking experience with a Michelin starred chef in his kitchen.

Price for Provence portion: $3,100 - $3,300 per person/double room for all the inclusions, listed transportation, meals, wines and private guides. Price depends upon whether the stay is 5 or 6 nights. Airfare is not included. Transportation to/from Provence (unless you are coming with us from Barcelona) is not included (though we are happy to help you with information about these items)

More about Barcelona portion, early arrival:

  • October 2-6 or 7 in Barcelona includes:
    Private transfer from airport (per 4 people)

  • Luxury boutique lodging 4-5 nights.

  • Daily gourmet breakfasts

  • Privately guided tours by our experts include:

    • Privately guided, skip the line visit to Sagrada Familia, the famous Gaudi Cathedral (private driver transportation to/from, 1 per 6 people)

    • Privately guided walking tour of El Born and the Gothic Quarter, including the history of Barcelona (with an expert)

    • Private foodie market visit of Barcelona’s biggest market; come taste the local treats with us and learn about the cuisine

    • Privately guided visit through the Picasso museum to learn about his life, loves and art

  • Additional tours possible to add on

  • Private roof top tapas party with gourmet treats and special Spanish wines

  • Luxury tapas meal in one of Barcelona’s best spots; 7 courses of off menu tapas.

  • Farewell dinner of traditional Spanish dishes

  • Private driver to train station for train to Provence (1 per 6 people)

  • Train to Provence

  • Private transfer from train station to hotel

Price: $3,375-$3,575 per person/double room with all inclusions and transport, private guides and items mentioned. Price is determined by exact number of days. Airfare not included. Transportation to Provence is included.

I just wanted to let you know that you two went over & beyond my expectations. I also thought that our group was great & we all had a fun time together! It was perfect for what I was looking for!
— D.S (California, Provence, October 2011)

Add on days in Paris…

Not ready to head home? Want a few nights in Paris, or perhaps just one? We can arrange that. Here’s one sample idea of what we can do

  • Train to Paris from Provence

  • Private transfer to hotel (1 per 2 people)

  • Luxury or moderate boutique hotel 2 nights

  • Daily breakfasts

  • Your choice of a private orientation walking tour or private walking tour of a neighborhood (Left Bank, Marais….) or topic (WWII, Art and Architecture…)

  • Private transfer to airport upon departure (1 per 2 people)

Contact wendy@blisstravels.com for pricing.

The food was delicious, the wines were wonderful, and the company was awesome. Thank you for a fantastic trip.
— M.P. - N.J Provence, October 2014

Financial facts and how to sign up

This trip pricing is based upon a minimum number of 6 attendees. The maximum number of attendees for the Provence portion is 16. Rooms are held only upon receipt of the initial good faith deposit.

Deposits: If you wish to hold a room we take a $200 per person good faith deposit. If we do not reach the minimum number of people (6) then the traveler has the choice to either receive a full refund of the deposit OR to attend a modified version of the trip.
If the minimum number of people is booked (6+) then the deposit is nonrefundable and we confirm your space on this fabulous trip!

Second payments are due by May 1, 2019 in the amount of $1000.

Final payments are due received NO later than 90 days before the start of travel (i.e. July 1, 2019).

All travelers must sign our standard contract/release.