By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My mother who is in her mid- sixties has asked me to check into a trip for her. She wishes to book a trip to Provence. I have heard spring would be a nice time to visit. I’m looking into various packages right now and if you could hopefully suggest one too, I could definitely let her know about it.

A: Spring is a glorious time to visit Provence. Located in the south of France, this is where you’ll find quaint villages, fields of lavender, sunflowers, and plenty of cultural diversions. Husband and wife team, Judi Janofsky and Rich Steck, founders of are scheduling a seven-day spring trip titled Provence Escapes during May 23-30, 2009, and May 30-June 6, 2009.

For a week, mom can retrace the footsteps of artists, explore hilltop villages, browse through colourful markets and enjoy the tastes of Provençal food and wines. “We’ll visit some of Provence’s most endearing sites and villages,” says Janofsky. “Including Arles, where Van Gogh lived and painted; St. Remy and its Roman ruins; the famous antique market town of L’Isle sur-la-Sorgue; the perched villages of Gordes and Bonnieux and the ochre quarry and village of Roussillon.

Along with wineries and wine tastings, a cooking class and shopping, it’s a full schedule.” The package includes seven nights accommodations; transfers from and to the Avignon TGV train station; local ground transportation; meals; local wines; escorted tours and all admission tickets; a cooking class; and more. For rates and more details, visit them at ProvenceEscapes.


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