Meet Monty in Provence

“Dis­cover this en­tic­ing re­gion’s gar­dens, plants, land­scape and soft light, on our ex­clu­sive tour. Monty and I will join the group for a day, which will in­clude an en­ter­tain­ing talk by Monty that evening. Sign up for a mem­o­rable hol­i­day!”

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WHAT’S IN­CLUDED:

Six days and five nights’ 4-star ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion, bed and break­fast, in Aixen-Provence Best Western La Gal­ice Ho­tel Two din­ners and one lunch in­cluded En­try to pub­lic and pri­vate gar­dens, win­ery, mu­se­ums and at­trac­tions, as de­tailed right Re­turn Eu­rostar and TGV from London St Pan­cras to Aix-en-Provence – up­grades on Eu­rostar and to first-class TGV on re­quest Ser­vices of Gar­den­ers’ World Mag­a­zine As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor David Hur­rion as tour leader Monty joins the tour on 6 June at La Louve and gives a pre-din­ner talk that evening

YOUR TOUR OF PROVENCE

The group will be based in the re­gion’s el­e­gant for­mer cap­i­tal Aix-en-Provence. Founded by the Ro­mans, it’s rich in his­tory and a de­light to ex­plore – with the café­lined Cours Mirabeau and lively street mar­ket un­miss­able. Your ho­tel is in easy walk of the sights.

GAR­DEN HIGH­LIGHTS

We are un­lock­ing the gates to some of France’s most charm­ing gar­dens, in­clud­ing sev­eral not nor­mally open.

Val Joa­nis is a world-renowned win­ery that also has a re­mark­able, for­mal kitchen gar­den. We’ll en­joy a guided tour and wine-tast­ing. La Louve is the unique cre­ation of Her­mès de­signer Ni­cole de Vésian – a les­son in clipped forms and in­ti­mate spa­ces – all with a deep sense of calm. Monty will join us to ex­plore the gar­den. Note there are steep steps here. Clos Pas­cal is an­other in­spir­ing gar­den by Ni­cole de Vésian – in Ménerbes, the vil­lage that starred

in Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. La Jeg is a breath-tak­ing sculp­ture gar­den by in­ter­na­tional de­signer An­thony Paul. Here we meet the own­ers, en­joy a guided tour and ap­eros as the sun sets be­hind nearby Mont Ven­toux. We’ll meet Marc Nucera, an artist who worked with Ni­cole de Vésian, and who’ll share his strik­ing gar­den with us. Le Pav­il­lon de Galon is a new, award-win­ning

gar­den, full of lo­cal flora, cre­ated by pho­tog­ra­pher Guy Her­vais around an 18th-cen­tury man­sion.

BE­YOND GAR­DENS

We’ll ex­plore the charm­ing vil­lage of Gordes and travel to the abbey of Notre-Dame de Sé­nanque, fa­mous for its laven­der fields. A visit to the Laven­der Mu­seum will re­veal the re­gion’s sig­na­ture plant’s place in Provençal life.

YOUR TRAVEL

Mon­day 3 June The group leaves St Pan­cras for Aix-en-Provence at 09:22 by Eu­rostar and TGV. Satur­day 8 June The group re­turns to London on Eu­rostar via Lille, where there is a brief change. OP­TIONAL EX­TRAS (sub­ject to sup­ple­ments) in­clude: Train up­grades, from £160. Flights avail­able – please en­quire. Ex­tend your trip – call the Travel Edi­tions team to dis­cuss op­tions.

Monty says: of “La Louve has the sure­ness a per­fect melody. Sim­ple yet el­e­gant – ter­ri­bly French!”

Monty joins the group at La Louve in the Luberon

Ex­pe­ri­ence vil­lage life in Gordes

Monty in Provence Ex­plore the kitchen gar­dens of Val Joa­nis, where the group will en­joy a wine-tast­ing En­joy tours of ex­quis­ite pri­vate gar­dens Dis­cover the his­toric Notre Dame de Sé­nanque

David Hur­rion

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