Romantic Provence lingers on the mind with images of rustic stone farmhouses, vineyards, silvery olive groves, lavender and gently herb scented hills, colorful weekly markets and ancient villages crowning the hilltops. Your tour can include by some of Provence's most luxurious hotels or charming countryside accommodations, many of them Relais & Chateaux properties known for their exceptional cuisine. Tour Roman ruins at Arles, Orange or St. Remy, a magnificent medieval city at Avignon or the cloisters of St-Trophime in Arles, hilltop villages like Bonnieux, Menerbes, Gordes, Apt and the flaming red town of Roussillon all in the Luberon Valley or the wild natural parks like the Camargue or the Gorges du Verdon. As you explore the countryside visit tiny villages like Fayence, Tourrettes, Seillans or Mougins with their local markets where there are regional specialties of cheeses, olives, soaps, ceramics, baskets and honey. Or taste the delicious wines of the Cote du Provence or shop for Provencal fabrics and French countryside antiques. Relax at outdoor cafes, snack on olives while sipping Pastis, or take a picnic to the riverbank below the Pont du Gard. If your holiday in Provence occurs in the summer, attend one of the internationally acclaimed festivals of opera, music, jazz, dance or theater.
Plan a holiday along the French Riviera where luxurious hotels with sweeping vistas over the Mediterranean make day trips easy to the beautiful villages perche like Eze, Vence, Grasse and St. Paul de Vence. Stroll their tiny cobbled streets, visit ancient castles or just enjoy a glass of wine while drinking in views of rolling hills carpeted with wildflowers, olive groves and pine woods which stretch down to the sea shore.
Because of our nearly four decades of personal and professional partnerships with French providers, we are able to not only offer our clients premium value for these indelible Provence and the Côte d’Azur experiences but also the opportunity to savor them in a highly personalized luxury manner. Whether you are a budget minded traveler or one with Platinum travel tastes, let Endless Beginnings create a luxury custom journey to fulfill your dreams.
When you're in Provence, all your senses are awake.
To the eyes, it's a symphony of color: the silvery green olive trees, the blue sea and sky, the purple lavender, the ochre houses with their pastel shutters—all bathed in the most wonderful light.
To the ears, it's a symphony of sound: the joyful voices of the markets, the "clack" of metal balls thrown by players of pétanque, the hum of cicadas.
To the nose it's the lavender fields, the thyme and rosemary that grow in the wild, the wine left to breathe in the glass. To the mouth it's the taste of olive oil, garlic, basil, figs and the countless varieties of fruit and vegetables. To the skin, it's the kiss of the sun. To the heart, it's being overcome by these sensations, giving in to these delightful contrasts, forgetting everything but the moment, knowing that this is life.
Any day of the week, wherever you are in Provence there is a market at a nearby village with stalls set up across the main square. There you will find everything that grows under the sun in a given season, arranged according to the taste of the seller. At one stall, butternuts bump right up to garlic and green beans. At the next, cured meats sit next to lovely cheeses. At another, you can see the goods to set up a Provençal kitchen, from tablecloths with sunflower patterns to salad tongues made with olive wood.
The Cote d’Azur or French Riviera is known for its beaches lined with opulent resort cities that attract the rich and famous. Along this stretch of coast is Nice, the capital of the Riviera; St-Tropez; the Principality of Monaco and the glamorous city of Cannes famed for its annual film festival. On the Riviera you can enjoy exclusive beaches, luxury hotels, cliff-hanging traditional towns and historic structures. The coastal paradise has a backdrop of hills covered with lush vegetation and pine forests.
Some of the hills are topped with historic fortresses, monasteries or medieval villages. Spend time in Provence and the Cote d’Azur soaking up the sun and idyllic atmosphere.
F. Scott Fitzgerald described the Riviera as a “playground” with a “fairy blue” sea, where the whole world goes to "to forget or rejoice, to hide its face or have its fling”.
Famous for its resort cities such as Nice, Cannes, and Saint Tropez, which instantly bring to mind images of palm trees, beaches filled with topless sunbathers, and Leonardo DiCaprio on a yacht, it’s no wonder that foreigners are drawn to the leisurely lifestyle of the south of France.
The Riviera has been frequented over the years, not only by Fitzgerald, but by writers and artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Aldous Huxley.
Provence and the Côte d'Azur have their own specialties, but also have in common a gastronomic tradition built on local products: vegetables, garlic, olive oil and herbs. The resulting cuisine is, in the image of the country, a gay, sunny, colorful cuisine, full of scents and aromatics; it's an enchantment for the palate.
Cote Côte d'Azur, we often perceive the influence of Italian cuisine. There are some traditional dishes from Nice: ratatouille, salade niçoise, stuffed vegetables, pissaladière, stew with niçoise, artichokes barigoule and soup with pesto.
Black Olive PACA In Provence, many of these dishes are also in the spotlight. The Provençal cuisine evokes enticing colorful images of red and yellow peppers, magnificent tomatoes, aubergines, fresh fish, olives and olive oil, citrus fruits and golden melons, ripened under the Mediterranean sun. The quality and profusion of fruits and vegetables grown is as much a treat for the eyes as for the taste buds. Provencal dishes combine classic elements of French, Italian and Spanish cuisine in a bouquet of authentic flavors. Thus we find specialties such as the famous bouillabaisse, Provencal stew, Provencal tomatoes, shuttles (orange blossom biscuits), Rove goat cheese, calissons d'Ai, tapenade and fougasse.
The Camargue is famous for its rice cultivated since 1830, and salt, but also the famous Arles sausage created in the 17th century.
In addition to its wines, the Vaucluse brings Pertuis potato, the world famous Cavaillon melon, the very famous asparagus of Mormoiron. Not to mention the no less famous "candied fruit" of Apt, city known as the capital of candied fruit and which has received the coveted label of "remarkable site of taste, and of course, the truffle of Carpentras or Valréas.
Provence Lavender & Sunflowers
Aix En Provence Square
Aix En Provence Treat
Flower Market in Aix en Provence
Arles, Roman Ampitheater
Provence below snow capped mountains
Arlésienne costume Festival
Les Baux de Provence
Les Baux de Provence
Saint Rémy de Provence
Pont du Gard
Hôtel on the Côte d'Azur
Sunflowers of Provence
Église Saint-Martin d'Ansouis
St Tropez, Cote D'Azur
French Riviera - Côte d'Azur
Nice, Cote d`Azur
Nice and the Côte d'Azur
St Remy de Provence
Spices in Avignon
Market in Aix-en-Provence
Saint Tropez, France
A gentle cruise on a hotel barge is the perfect way to discover the very soul of Europe, exploring its idyllic pastoral countryside and historical treasures, discovering unknown France experienced only from the intimate access a barge can offer. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of packing and unpacking all the while enjoying a blend of daily excursions, fascinating cruising, exceptional Cuisine and phenomenal wine.
Imagine a romantic hot air balloon flight in France. Floating majestically and effortlessly over the prettiest regions including Paris, Loire Valley, Provence, Burgundy, Auvergne. Hot air balloon flights can be enjoyed by everyone as there are no particular age or physical requirements. Take flight in the early hours just after dawn or later in the day just before sunset when the air is still and the light is perfect for drifting gently, gazing down at the countryside carpet below, including châteaux, medieval villages, and vineyards. Finishing up with the traditional Champagne "toast aux Aéronautes" at the landing