Provence & Tuscany
Beginning in 2020, Italy is offered only by special request for private groups.
2019 Provence and Italy: June 22 to July 4, 2019 Sold out.
Option to add on Florence after trip for 1-3 days.
Possible to book only one of the two destinations.
One-of-a-kind trip from Florence to the Tuscan hill towns, to the Italian Riviera, and into the heart of Provence. Our trip will include Tuscany, Italian Riviera, and Provence. Prices begin at $8,990 per person for the 12 night trip.
(Attending for only 5 nights in either Tuscany or Provence is possible. See bottom of page.)
The trip includes the chance to enjoy "bucket list" events like balcony seats at the famed Palio horse races in Siena, truffle dinners in Tuscany and an evening with a Michelin starred chef in Provence. Each trip is customized. Each trip is different.
Sample daily itinerary is below. Contact Wendy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This trip is about relaxed "authenticity". All lodging is uniquely decorated and personally selected. In Tuscany we will take over small "Palazzo" and luxury residences. In Provence, we will have a luxury Provencal inn to ourselves, in a perched Medieval village. Meals are gastronomic or rustic, local, and truly authentic. Some meals include private chefs or cooking lessons and private dining; some include sitting in far off farms enjoying multi course country feasts. Every meal includes wines, such as top wines from Chateauneuf du Pape, Vino Nobile, Brunello, Tavel, Bandol and more. You have 3 private guides/planners (including the owner of Bliss Travels and a private Italian guide who works exclusively with Bliss Travels), and private transportation to all tastings/events. This is a unique trip that combines 5 nights in Tuscany in a stunning and authentic Palazzo (in a hill village), 2 nights on the Italian Riviera and 5 nights in Provence in a beautiful Medieval perched village. You have the option to arrive early for private events in Florence, and to stay later to visit Paris. It's truly Bliss!
See itinerary details and prices at the bottom of this page
5 nights in Provence
5 nights in the Luberon region of Provence. This Luberon experience will include unique food, wine and culture, including access to people and places most tourists don't get to experience. We will also include a a private wine tasting, visits to galleries and shops, panoramic views and breath stopping scenery as well as a cooking lesson by a well known Michelin starred chef followed by dinner in his restaurant
Three nights on the Italian Riviera near Portofino
Next, we travel to the Italian riviera for a sunny and relaxing finish to our trip. Two nights, including boat trip along the coast to view Portofino's castles, and an off the beaten track fisherman's seaside restaurant (accessible only by boat)! Enjoy Portofino and its surrounding castles. Soak up the sun drenched Mediterranean beauty from a seaside restaurant. Visit Cinque Terre. Relax and shop.
Four nights in Tuscany, option to add on Florence
Travel with us and our Italian specialists from Florence to the Tuscan hill villages and to Siena, Italy. Our trip will include exclusive lodging in stunning small Palazzos, private dining/special menus and wine tastings of the areas top wines, including Vino Nobile and Brunello wines, and explorations of art and history and sport (Palio horse races anyone?) as we give you an insider's look into Tuscany.
Example Itinerary for private travel
Each trip is customized and the exact length and the order of inclusions may change. Below is an example of the sort of vacation and the type of daily inclusions we offer.
Pick up Avignon TGV or MRS airport (extra charge from airport)
Private transportation to Provence
Private walking tour of our village and "welcome to Provence" aperitifs
Gourmet dinner of three courses with panoramic view of the lavender fields.
Private transportation and guided visit to one of Provence's most beautiful fortified villages
3 course lunch in a tiny "mom and pop" cafe where the owner makes a special lunch of her family recipes for us.
Tour the ancient lookout and enjoy the panoramic views of lavender fields
Spend the morning at the village Provencal market
Enjoy a light lunch served in the stunning sculpture garden of a private residence along with a tour of the pre Roman relics and Medieval art work. The home has a 2000+ year history and the stories are remarkable!
Visit to a Michelin starred chef for a private cooking class with the chef in his restaurant's kitchen (optional)
Special tasting menu for dinner and the best Chateauneuf du Pape and Rhone wines
Visit the largest Provencal market in the region
Afternoon, tour a local artists village and visit the castle or the galleries, or shop
Enjoy a wine tasting in a private gallery. Taste a selection of our favorite French wines: Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Tavel, Bandol, Burgundy and more.
A relaxed morning on your own
Visit to a remote auberge for a traditional 4 course country lunch, followed by a walk to the plateau to experience the ruins of an ancient fort. The breathtaking cliffs and the surrounding area have been inhabited for more than 20,000 years!
Evening to on your own
Private transportation to the Mediterranean coast to area of Portofino (cost $100 per person)
Check into hotel
Visit and private walking tour along the coastline
Join us for dinner at a seaside restaurant, feet from the water.
A private boat tour of the Portofino coast and castles. Time to swim or shop the village
Gourmet lunch is a special surprise. Local. Fresh. One of a kind!
Day trip to Cinque Terre. Shopping, hiking, boat trip, train trip. All of these are options and ways to see this collection of historic villages (boat trip extra)
Farewell apero with Ligurian specialties
Transfer to Tuscany (private van and driver)
Walking tour of our little Tuscan village with it’s history and best things to do
Special, private wine tasting and light dinner at our luxury inn.
Day trip to Siena for an insider's visit to this picturesque town filled with Medieval and Baroque treasures. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and private tours with our own guides. Visit the Piazza de Campo and Il Duomo, as you immerse yourself in its art and history. Visit the Palio horse races. Enjoy a private balcony apartment with views of the start and finish line. You are privileged to enjoy a truly unique and hard to find experience (option to add this on).
Visit to a local winery for some specialty wines and a tasting
Afternoon on your own in the village
A gourmet meal as we take over the best restaurant in the area for the evening: Our farewell to Tuscany feast (with wine pairings). .
Time off to shop and visit the local galleries, cafes or enjoy the countryside
Breakfast and private transfer to Florence airport or train station.
Additional transfers to Milan or other locations possible, at added cost.
OPTION to add days/nights in Florence
The above is an example itinerary. Our trip in 2018 will be 9-12 nights (excluding Florence). The quality, pacing and types and number of inclusions will follow the itinerary, but the details and order of the inclusions will change to suit the travelers and events on this trip.
Price for the 12 night trip starts at $8,990 per person/dbl occupancy includes stunning luxurious lodging and daily gourmet breakfasts as well as all of the meals, tastings and experiences described above. Our trip includes 3 private guides, translator, and specialty guides. It does not include the price of optional items (Palio tickets...)
For clients interested in ONLY the Provence OR the Tuscany portion of this trip, please notify us. We may be able to accommodate you, prices for the 5 night portions start at $3,500 per person.
***Option to add on photography lessons, sessions, private Palio seats or additional services or activities for additional fees.
For trips during 2018 and beyond, please contact us. Private trips are possible.
*Note: This trip involves transfers between 4-5 locations as well as trains. Storage areas for suitcases in cars and trains in Europe are smaller than in the U.S. Please be aware that if you take large hardshell luggage, it may not fit and we may have to hire additional transportation to accommodate your luggage. This will be cost extra.
Pricing for the trip is determined by your lodging choices, private excursions and other customized items you might choose. Please contact Wendy for further information.
Florence, private travel only:
For travelers to Florence we provide two options
We can book hotels & transfers in Florence only, or
We can provide a full experience and include:
Privately guided excursions each day, customized to our group's interests. Excursions include:
Walking tour of historical Florence
Visit to Uffizi gallery (and perhaps Vasari Corridor, for the largest collection of artists self portraits in the world)
Visit to the Accademia (to see the David)
Visit to the Pitti Palace
Visit to the Duomo
Guided foodie tour through the Centrale market
Dinner in the private home of a Florentine chef.
Overview: What our trips are like
Our food and wine trips are extraordinary. That's because we're always looking for new, exclusive and unique things to experience & taste. We personally vet everything we offer. We custom design menus, tastings, even activities.
What should you expect? Expect to be invited into people's homes, vineyards and farms. Expect to see the most stunning villages and vistas you've ever seen. Expect to have a relaxed, casual atmosphere and leisurely meals and tastings. Expect comfortable lodging and individually decorated rooms in stunning villages. Expect to visit ancient ruins and historic centers. Expect authenticity. And expect it to be fun and not stuffy. In short, expect Bliss!
For Active Independent Trips contact us for 2018 information.
(our budget friendly option that is mostly self guided)
All "tours" and "walks" are led by a private guide, and pace and length will be customized to the group.
Times are subject to change, based upon group and weather.
Private car transfer from Florence 11am included
12:30-2pm: 3 course welcome lunch at a winery, with wines
Check into your inn (5 nights- double room and taxes included)
Welcome gifts and bottle of wine
4-5:30pm walk through the historic village and tour the sites
Day 2 ** There is an option to include a day trip to Siena for the Palio horse races on this day)
9-11 am: 2 hour fitness walk through the vineyards and countryside of Tuscany
Day on your own to visit the boutiques, wine shops and the village sites
9-10 am: 1 hour fitness walk through the vineyards and countryside of Tuscany
Time TBD: 2 hour horseback riding followed by a pizza making lesson (and eating!) on a Tuscan farm
9-10am: Guided fitness walk
Day on your own
10-12pm: Guided fitness walk through the countryside
5pm-6pm: "farewell" wine tasting with Tuscan treats
9:30am private (for our group) transfer back to central point in Florence, included. Option to make your own arrangements for a later transfer and receive a credit.
Price start at: $2,900 per person/double room. Items listed in the itinerary are included. Items not listed are not included. Clients must make their own travel arrangements to/from Florence.
Option to add on photography sessions, lessons and photo walks to this trip for an additional fee.
Minimum of 4 participants necessary. Order of itinerary and inclusions are subject to change due to weather and availability. Listed items are included. Items not listed are not included.
Make a deposit now to guarantee your place on this trip
Deposits are non-refundable as they indicate your intention to occupy a place in this small group. Please contact us if you have any questions about the trip.
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