We are just finishing up our two week vacation in Provence, and it has been amazing. The highlight of our trip was booking All Provence Tours - as this was our first time in the area, and we didn’t want to drive. We booked 2 days with Laurent and 1 day with Sarah (Laurent’s wife), and got to see so many sights we never would have seen on our own: the market in St. Remy de Provence, St. Paul de Mausole asylum, a wonderful farmhouse lunch (with lunch cooked by the 94-year old farmer), a visit to Les Baux, and the Carrieres de Lumieres - a spectacular immersive art presentation in a disused limestone quarry. And that was just one of our 3 days!
We’ve been lucky to travel quite a bit, and have learned that, for us, a private tour is a very worthwhile investment...we get to find out the history and background of whatever we’re seeing/visiting. Laurent and Sarah freely shared their knowledge and love of the region, which made this trip our favorite vacation to date. When we mentioned some day trips we were doing on our own, Laurent suggested also going to Marseille (he even got the train schedule for us). We went and had an awesome day.
Very good English
Easy to deal with via email before and after booking
Clean new vehicles (in which neither of us smelled cigarette smoke)
Good driving skills
Knowledgeable about the area with many local contacts and “insider tips”
Lastly, yes Laurent smokes, but we didn’t find it irritating. He discretely smoked a few times while outside (never in the car). Be aware that in Provence, a lot of people smoke - it’s very common in outdoor restaurants, etc., so if you’re allergic or it really bothers you, you may want to skip Provence / France / Europe in general.
We will definitely contact All Provence when we visit the area again (which I hope is sooner rather than later!).
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