“I had such a good time on my first trip in June 2006 that I went again in June 2007! The activities were all the things that I wanted to do and I enjoyed them all. I especially enjoyed the visits to the many beautiful towns around St. Remy. We met a charming artist and I was able to purchase paintings from her which remind me of the beauty of the region. Both hotels were great- centrally located, the staff is helpful and the breakfasts fortified everyone for the days activities. The groups that I traveled with were compatible and fun to be with. They were small enough so that we didn’t feel herded around.”
Leslie Kahn – Sarasota, FL
We both want to tell you again what a WONDERFUL time we had. It was even better than our most optimistic projections. THE BEST VACATION EVER! I’ve been telling everyone I see that if they ever want to go to Provence, your tour is the only way to go. I hope the Mas des Carassins continues to be part of your tours so that future travelers can experience the pampering we did. We’re afraid we’ll never find another tour that even comes close. If we had to pick one favorite place we visited (a VERY hard thing to do), it would be the time we spent at Chef Marc’s. I hope you continue to include that too.
Susan and Marc Wladis – Boston, MA
My daughter and I just returned from a trip to Provence and the Riviera through Best of France Travels and my heart is still filled with happiness. We spent nine days with a small group of wonderful people that became our friends. We shared many awe inspiring sights from our trip to the hilltop village of Gordes to the market of St. Remy, cooking at the former hunting lodge of Louis XIV and the gorgeous village of Eze on the Riviera. We stayed six nights at a beautiful small hotel in St. Remy where we enjoyed five course dinners, wonderful wine and conversation. Just up the road from our hotel we visited the hospital where Vann Gogh admitted himself as a patient and completed of 150 of his paintings including Starry Night. The best part of the trip for me was that I had my daughter to myself for 12 days and she enjoyed the tour as much as I did. That makes me very happy. Merci Carol and Deb for a trip we will never forget.
Cheryl Baker – Doylstown, PA
Thank you for a fabulous trip to France! I am enjoying remembering our activities through my pictures, and I will never forget the elegant, delicious meals at our inn, The Mas des Carassins, in St. Remy de Provence. What a wonderful choice of a hotel. And I especially liked that we were not spending hours on a bus but had plenty of physical activity throughout the tour.
Betty Durand – Frederick, MD
Thanks so much for making this trip our best vacation ever! It was outstanding! So much more than we expected- will do it again.
Mike and Jane Pannier - Frederick, MD
Your energy matched the group and your knowledge made us all feel welcome and an actual part of Southern France–I truly appreciated it. I have never felt like such a comfortable “tourist” when traveling overseas. Thank you for the trip and for packing SO much into our 10 days. Now I must go back! Again, thank you for taking such good care of us and helping us feel so at home in Provence. Lovely memories!
Judy Sentz – Dumfries, VA
Thank you so much for putting together such a fabulous trip. We are still dreaming about it at night.
Bill and Jan Todd – Frederick, MD
I want you to know your flexibility in accommodating our travel idiosyncrasies truly made it possible for us to go. For all of this and much more you have our deep gratitude and complements for a wonderful job well done.
Pete Bowers – Frederick, MD
What a fantastic trip we had in September! Everything was so well organized–we did not have to worry about a thing. There were so many interesting sites to see and visit. The hotels were great and meals delicious. While I just had complete hip replacement three months before I went, I did walking without a problem and enjoyed everything. We did many unique things–including visiting a cooking school, a perfume factory, a wine tasting cellar, an olive tasting shop, and picnics in the Alps. The group was delightful, and I got to meet people from all parts of the U.S. I am now waiting to hear about the next trip.
Judy Baughin – Cincinnati, OH
It was a wonderful trip. Carol does such a wonderful job of combining cerebral and physical activity, great food and wine and friendship. She can create an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation while challenging us. You worked some magic on us, Carol. Thank you!
Barbara and Gary Anderson – Baltimore, MD
The Best of France Travels tour of the south of France was the most wonderful vacation I have taken in years. Carol was an outstanding guide and there wasn’t one single thing I can think of that I would have like to have done that she didn’t already have planned.
Lori Michaels – Sarasota, FL
It was our first trip to Europe. We had been trying to put together a trip on our own, but after talking to Carol and doing a little research, we decided to leave the planning to a professional. Am I glad we did! Since this was our first time on a tour, we weren’t aware of the “normal” tour process. One afternoon, while we were relaxing in a café having lunch, a tour bus pulled up that was completely full. We watched as everyone got off. Their tour guide held up a colored umbrella with a number on it and told everyone to follow her. They marched off through the town, and before we were done with lunch, they were back at the bus getting ready to head off to another destination. I got tired just watching them. We ate too much, drank too much and laughed too much. We had so many perfect days we lost count. What more could we ask for? Most people ask, “Would you do it again”? Absolutely!
Mary and Dan Dennis – Altadena, CA