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“Fabulous Provence with Catherine”

Tour Designer in Provence Private Tours
Ranked #3 of 40 Tours in Aix-en-Provence
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Owner description: TOUR DESIGNER - Private tours in Provence with private tout guides
pecsherr1
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“Fabulous Provence with Catherine”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

We asked Catherine what her favorite day out from Marseilles would be and she picked the Luberon for us. What a day! Right on time from cruise port, our day could not have been better! We explored small villages walking the narrow cobblestone villages, popping in to a bakery here, a cafe there... We didn't just SEE the area, we experienced it! We walked, we took hundreds of photos, we laughed, we had an incredible day with our new BFF, Catherine. If you ever get to the area, give yourself the gift of a lifetime, tour with Catherine.

Visited November 2013
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Washington State
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“A wonderful day in Provence”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Catherine arranged for Marjolaine to be our guide on the day our cruise ship visited Marseille. There were eight of us from the ship plus Marjolaine, who drove the very comfortable van, and gave us much information about the areas we visited. She picked us up at the pier and we drove through the countryside to Aix-en-Provence where we had a great walking tour of the old part of the city, with some time to grab a bite and enjoy the markets. We drove next to Mont St. Victoire and learned about the artist, Cezanne, on the way. Once there we visited a winery with a chance to do some tasting. On the way back to the ship we had a tour of Marseille, with stops to visit Ft. St. John and Notre Dame de la Garde. We were delivered back to our ship's pier with plenty of time to spare. All in all it was a wonderful, full day, and we were fortunate to have Marjoliane as our very competent guide. Thank you, Catherine, for arranging our day with Marjolaine. We highly recommend this tour!

Visited November 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Wonderful Provence Day Tour”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

I booked this trip only ten days prior to our arrival and Catherine was most gracious to arrange for Marjolaine to be available for the day. I requested to visit specific sites and was offered an itinerary that met our every need. Marjolaine arrived early at our Marseille hotel and our party of three was transported via a very comfortable van first to Les Baux de Provence. Enroute we were entertained to historical facts of the region and the visual beauty of Provence. In excellent English Marjolaine pointed out and explained the highlights of this mountaintop village. We then visited a nearby family owned olive plantation and toured the extensive processing facility, finishing with tasting and purchasing various delicious olive oils. We then moved on to nearby Arles where we walked along the Rhone River, entered the walled town and visited the Roman Arena amphitheater, Forum Square, the beautiful St.Trophime Romanesque entrance and the Van Gogh walking tour. After lunch at a local cafe we were offered time to shop at our leisure. We then drove to the ancient and massive Roman aqueduct Le Pont du Gard, which has to be the most well preserved of all Roman antiquities. We began our return journey with a drive through central Avignon where we viewed from the car the Pope's Palace and the Pont St. Benezet. All of these wonderful sites would not have been possible to see with a larger group in one day. We moved quickly and efficiently from site to site and the trip took ten hours; we truly covered a lot of ground. Marjolaine was a fantastic guide and extremely knowledgable about history, geography, Provence cuisine, and of course Vincent Van Gogh. This day was a most memorable FiveStar experience and and I highly recommend Catherine, Marjolaine and their tour company for any tour around Provence.

Visited October 2013
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Baltimore, MD
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“Wonderful day with Catherine and Marjolaine!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Toulon was our first port on our Mediterranean cruise and thanks to my research I had booked Catherine and Marjolaine for our group of 10. They were waiting for us right at the port and quickly put us into two immaculate mini vans that were fitted with an audio system so that we could clearly hear them perfectly! It was a spectacular day in Provence as we visited Aix en Provence and Cassis. Both Catherine and Marjolaine were full of information, guiding us expertly through the streets of Aix, explaining all of its rich history. The cathedral was beautiful! Aix is full of fountains and historic courtyards - very quaint! We got lunch at the market to save time - one of the best sandwiches ever - a hot ham and cheese on a delicious french baguette! We topped it off with a visit to a patisserie. You can't go to France without eating a French pastry!! Try the apple tart - yum! On the way to Cassis, we were taken high up on a mountain overlooking the stunning shoreline. I haven't seen anything that beautiful since being in Hawaii! Because it was a very windy day, we didn't go on the boats to see the Calanques but walked around the cute seaside village of Cassis. The day went too quickly and we had to return to the ship. They got us back in plenty of time of course! I want to thank them both for making our short time in France so memorable! Because it was a 50th birthday trip for us, Catherine surprised the women of our group with a lovely gift of lavendar soap - she had heard me mention that I wanted to get soap from Provence - how sweet of her!! Do not hesitate to hire them for your time in Provence! Worth every penny!

Visited September 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Great day out with Catherine!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I had contacted Catherine well before we arrived in Provence......told her more or less what we wanted to do and see in the Luberon......we were staying in Apt! She arrived to pick us up after our breakfast at the B and B and we set off for our wonderful day out! Catherine had planned to drive us in a big loop, incorporating interesting villages.....Rousillon, Gordes, Menerbes, and Lacoste , a wine tasting and a visit to a lavender boutique! One can hardly say it was a 'tour' as it was just my husband and I.....we felt very comfortable and at ease with Catherine and she was so knowledgeable and informative about all the places we visited. She also booked a table at a little restaurant in Gordes where we had a delicious lunch! Thank you Catherine for a wonderful taste of Provence....we'll be back!!

Visited September 2013
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