Provence with Aaron Barnett
June 19 - 25, 2024 | Reserve Your SpotBook Now
Provence of Your Dreams
Culture, wine, art, cuisine—the very best of Provence with Chef Aaron Barnett
June 19 - 25, 2024
Reserve your spot on this exclusive departure
7 Days, 6 Nights
Marseilles, Calanques National Park, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
This morning you wake in the shadow of olive trees where Van Gogh once painted; a few days ago, you were foraging the bustling markets of Marseilles for herbs and the day’s freshest catch. Right now, you’re strolling through stunning gardens, inhaling anis étoilé and plucking watercress in anticipation of the lunch you’re about to experience: a Michelin green-star meal on the vanguard of new gastronomy. This is not the typical Provence, but a weeklong immersion in its vibrant cities, medieval villages and artisanal traditions that thrive together like nowhere else in the world.
Our trip comes accompanied with the perfect companion, Chef Aaron Barnett. From an early age, Aaron Barnett’s parents instilled in him a love of food: He was eating snails and his mom’s bouillabaisse when other kids were munching PB&Js. Canada born and LA-bred, Aaron moved to Portland and today helms two restaurants that are love letters to French cooking: St Jack and La Moule. He’s competed on Chopped, and been honored as a StarChef Rising Star and winner of Eater’s Restaurant of the Year.
If your idea of the perfect getaway is a cultural and culinary adventure in the most stunning of settings, this trip is for you. We’ll meet vintners and chefs, farmers and cheesemakers, traditional producers and ardent game-changers. From buzzing cities with ancient historic centers to gorgeous countryside, this is an exclusive, immersive expedition into the heart of Provence. Join us for a true feast for the senses.
Colorful markets, majestic calanques, rolling vineyards, medieval hilltop villages
Exquisite local specialties, Michelin-star meals, exclusive tastings and pairings
In the finest accommodations—artful hotels and noble country villas, all perfectly located
Connect with local winemakers, artists and chefs, alongside Aaron Barnett
3 Reasons to Travel with Aaron Barnett
Aaron Barnett is Portland’s French cuisine visionary. His restaurants—St Jack and La Moule—channel his foodie parents and his own French Canadian roots. Aaron is a master of nouvelle cuisine with the accolades to back it up: he's competed on Chopped and won Eater’s Restaurant of the Year. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better companion to experience Provence.
A Twist on Tradition
As a kid, Aaron would come home to ducks hanging from the ceiling and dinners of snails and frog’s legs. He's worked in many kitchens, including San Francisco's famed Gary Danko, always breathing new life into French staples.
The Total Experience
Aaron curates the soundtracks at his restaurants with as much passion as the menus themselves. It's the same attention and care that make him a superb travel companion.
Down for Anything
Aaron competed on Chopped with a basket of bizarre foods and enjoys taking down pickled herring straight from the jar. He is not afraid to surprise and delight with anything fresh from the sea.
Your Provence Experience
InterContinental Hôtel DieuMarseilles
Housed in the majestic 18th-century Hôtel Dieu, a landmark designed by Louis XIV's own architect, this sumptuous property is accented with fragments of Roman mosaics and swirling wrought-iron staircases. Perched on a hill between the Vieux Port and the historic Panier district, it’s also an improbable oasis in the heart of bustling Marseilles, where the only sound you’ll hear is gentle chiming of bells from a nearby church. The hotel has all the comforts you'd expect, plus some you may not—the city's finest views from the outdoor terrace, and a mosaic swimming pool inspired by traditional Provençal fountains.
Hotel Le Saint-RemySaint-Rémy-de-Provence
This 5-star mansion is quintessential Provence. Elegant, irreverent and located perfectly in the city center, the lobby and courtyard have the feel of a 19th-century square. Relax in the spa or simply eavesdrop on the slow tranquility of this hamlet that inspired Van Gogh.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique 5-star accommodations; private travel between destinations and for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive access and tastings; guided activities and exclusive private tastings, tours and activities; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip start; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at the InterContinental Hôtel Dieu in Marseilles. We recommend booking flights to/from Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). On the final day of our trip, we will organize two group transfers from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Marseille Provence Airport.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in France under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the French Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,800 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 guests, plus our Modern Adventure team. This specific trip is limited to 20 guests. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel before February 20, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after February 21, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after April 20, 2024 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).