By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My wife & I are planning to tour Provence region of France in spring of 2007. Please give us details on who we should contact that handles escorted tours.

A: Satisfying your interests in this popular region, the south of France, will be easy. The list of specialties reads like a Who’s Who. There’s gastronomy, historic sites, agritourism, spas, festivals and lots of adventure in the great outdoors.

For cruising and barging try Vacances Ideal ( which offers boats and barges rental as well as tours.

Here’s a list of tour operators: Transat Holidays (, Collette Vacations (, Gateways International (, Globus and Cosmo (, Holiday House (, Insight Vacations (, Trafalgar Tours (

Dubbed “the best in itinerary planning by France specialists,” Renaissance Travel ( will give you up-to-date travel information with itinerary suggestions.

For apartment and villa rentals seek out The Vacation Station ( or Your Vacation Home (

If you prefer a more local contact visit the Provence Tourism office online at Visit Provence


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