Discovery Tour: Roman Provence - A Culinary and Cultural Journey

March 24 - April 2, 2025 

Trip Leader - Deirdre Butler | In-country Expert - Valerie Pellegrin

Welcome to Provence, Provincia Romana, the Roman Province or Le Midi as we call it here.

Provence is a place rich in history, traditions, sun soaked countryside carpeted with vineyards, perfumed with garlic and truffles, noble cities and picturesque villages, colorful markets and fine cuisine. This journey goes beyond visiting beautiful places and monuments. It is also about experiencing the art of living life, with pleasure and enjoyment, through gathering, excellent food and beautiful surroundings, to taste a culture and to understand it.

“I think food, culture, people and landscape are absolutely inseparable.” Anthony Bourdain

This voyage is based in Nîmes and Arles in the heart of Provence. Both cities have never forgotten the days of glory when they were a flourishing Roman metropolis. They now embrace their heritage as flourishing hubs for the arts.  We explore the region in depth with all our senses to grasp the essence of this continuous and contagious source of inspiration. 

Come be inspired!

This trip is designed for the moderately active walker, with walking distances of between 3-4 miles, and E-biker. It includes two half days on Day 3 and 9 where we ride e-bikes for about  6 - 12 miles to visit sites outside town and enjoyably accessed by bike. If you prefer not to cycle, you are welcome to book a taxi for yourself. Agility is needed for train travel and navigating the stairs in hotels without elevators. Packing light is highly recommended. 

The trip starts and ends in different locations. Getting to our starting point in Nîmes is each participant’s responsibility. The trip ends in Arles. Additional information regarding in-country travel will be provided to registered trip participants.

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Trip Staff - Deirdre & Valerie

Trip Dates:   March 24 - April 2, 2025 | 11 days 

Group size: 12 

Trip Price: $4,185 per person  | Deposit: $600

Single supplement: $650

Balance to be paid by December 23, 2024. You will be sent a reminder.

Price is based on double occupancy of rooms. Same gender roommate will be assigned to participants traveling solo. Single supplements are limited. Your non-refundable deposit will hold your reservation. Either pay on line (credit/ debit cards accepted) using our secure PayPal payment system or write a check, payable to “Big Round World”, and mail it to: PO Box 1337, Lyons, CO 80540.

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