Provence with Aaron Barnett

June 19 - 25, 2024 | Reserve Your Spot

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Provence of Your Dreams

Culture, wine, art, cuisine—the very best of Provence with Chef Aaron Barnett

June 19 - 25, 2024

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7 Days, 6 Nights

Marseilles, Calanques National Park, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

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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

Go Deeper

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

“I like to go all over the place—high end, street food. I like eating what’s good.”
Aaron Barnett

Marseilles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

“My parents were foodies before it was a thing. I thought it was cool to eat snails and frog legs, and tell my friends at school.”
Aaron Barnett

Day by Day

Day 1: Marseilles

Bienvenue à Marseilles! France’s ‘second’ city is one of the busiest seaports in Europe, with a buzzing energy, an infectious charm, and a sprawling patchwork of cultural influences: Provençal and Corsican, North African and Arab. We’ll dive right in at the Vieux Port, in the heart of Marseilles’ old town and continue our walking tour past Le Panier and through the electric streets toward La Catedral de la Major.

After this orientation for the senses, we’ll relax at our hotel or continue exploring Marseilles’ cobblestoned streets and steep twisting alleyways. We’ll reconvene for cocktails on our terrace before rolling up our sleeves and diving in to a one-of-a-kind cooking workshop at Michelin-starred Alcyone. Here, alongside Aaron and a local chef, we’ll celebrate the traditionnel and moderne sides of Provençal cuisine, and make our way through a stunning five-course meal with regional wine pairings. This is true immersive indulgence and the only proper way to begin your journey through Provence. 

Day 1: Marseilles Highlights

  • Vieux Port walking tour
  • Cooking workshop & dinner at Alcyone
  • Stay at InterContinental Hotel in Marseilles

Day 2: Aix-en-Provence

Today, we gather ingredients for an only-in-Provence elevated picnic. In the morning, we leave the city behind and point our compass to Aix-en-Provence for a walking tour and a visit to their legendary farmer’s market. Here we’ll meet with two local chefs, and together with Aaron, they’ll procure the raw material for a fresh, local lunch.

Armed with aromatic spices and stalks upon stalks of vegetables, we’ll make the short jaunt to Villa des Chefs for a special meal prepared by Aaron. As he slices and dices our market-fresh ingredients, Aaron will share with us the nuances of preparation which bring the true essence out of every single vegetable.

After lunch, it’s off to tour one of the cultural gems of Marseilles, Notre-Dame de la Garde. Originally a medieval church, this basilica was rebuilt in the 1800s and remains a focal point of the region today. After touring the site and relishing in the incredible views from its limestone perch, we’ll return to our hotel for some well-earned rest and relaxation.

You’ll have the evening to embellish as you wish. A tapas style bodega dinner? Michelin star-dining? An art walk? Perhaps, you’ll do all three.

Day 2: Aix-en-Provence Highlights

  • Market visit
  • Collaborative lunch with Aaron
  • Notre Dame de La Garde
  • Stay at InterContinental Hotel in Marseilles

Day 3: Marseilles

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll walk to the port and board our private boat for a cruise through stunning Parc National des Calanques. Majestic limestone cliffs tower above narrow fjord-like channels of turquoise waters and golden beaches—the national park’s landscape is unique in the world. We’ll explore by sea, with plenty of time for swimming and soaking up the sun deck-side. Lunch on board is a light and local—Provençal cheese and charcuterie accompanied by a full-bodied white from the fishing village of Cassis, a tiny appellation that produces highly prized white wines in a region famous for its rosés.

We’ll have free time late this afternoon back in Marseilles to flaneur our way around and maybe join a game of pétanque at one of the city’s many tree-lined parks.

Another night, another Michelin star. Tonight, we’ll dine at Ludovic Turac’s Une Table au Sud, overlooking the harbor. Chef Turac is one of the youngest chefs ever to earn a Michelin star; tonight we celebrate the catch-of-the-day, every dish a remixed interpretation of standard Mediterranean fare. 

Day 3: Marseilles Highlights

  • Mediterranean boat cruise
  • Charcuterie lunch
  • Michelin-star dinner
  • Stay at InterContinental Hotel in Marseilles

Day 4: Saint-Rémy

Today, we celebrate 500 years of Provençal history and hospitality with a visit to an elegant estate, which has been making wine and olive oil since the 15th century. We’ll be greeted on the castle grounds with a flight of their flagship wines. Soon after the tasting, we’ll move onto a more golden nectar…olive oil. Provençal olive oil is some of the best in the world, and here Aaron will wax poetic as we sample a handful of varietals that they’ve perfected over the centuries. A storybook lunch is next featuring heritage wine pairings and ingredients plucked fresh from the sprawling estate.     

After strolling the grounds one last time, we’ll return to our hotel for appetizers, followed by a leisurely tour of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Dinner tonight is on your own. We’ll see you bright and early tomorrow.

Day 4: Saint-Rémy Highlights

  • Wine and Olive estate visit
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Tour of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
  • Stay at Hotel Le Saint-Remy

Day 5: Arles & Saint-Rémy

Provence’s colors and texture—its ancient ruins and medieval villages, its dappled fields and swirling skies—have inspired artists like Van Gogh, Cézanne and Picasso for generations. Today, we’ll head to the town of Arles and stand in awe of Provençal art and ecology.

Our first stop is the gardens of  La Chassagnette, which has earned a rare Michelin ‘green’ star, recognizing culinary excellence and an unparalleled commitment to sustainability. After a tour of their grounds, we’ll lunch on local dishes sourced straight from the delta, including the Camargue’s legendary red rice.

After the meal, our learning experience continues at Luma Arles, a newly opened, 27-acre arts complex with a spectacular tower designed by Frank Gehry. This is no mere museum; it’s an interdisciplinary creative campus offering a total environment at the intersection of art and ecology, and an homage to the unique ecosystem of the surrounding Camargue wetlands. As late afternoon descends through breaks in the willow groves, we’ll return to the hotel for a classic Provençal experience—a hyperlocal wine and cheese tasting paired with a light and lively dinner.

Day 5: Arles & Saint-Rémy Highlights

  • Lunch at La Chassagnette
  • Luma Arles arts complex
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Stay at Hotel Le Saint-Remy

Day 6: Les-Baux-de-Provence

Today it’s off to the countryside to take in Provence’s stunning beauty by bike. We’ll hop on our e-bikes and climb up gentle hills, through the vineyards, by and past picture-perfect villages and up into the medieval hilltop town of Les-Baux-de-Provence, perched on a rocky outcrop crowned with a ruined castle. The town, inaccessible by car, is a storybook of cobbled alleyways, Renaissance facades and several magnificent hôtels particuliers that have been revived as art galleries and museums.

After soaking up the view and the history, we’ll meander down the hill into the heart of the Alpilles mountains to Carrières des Lumières, an immersive art museum etched into the limestone of a former quarry, with larger-than-life multimedia works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Dalí among others. We’ll bike back to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for an afternoon to relax and explore on our own.

In the early evening we’ll reconvene for the ultimate pièce de résistance of our trip, a farewell dinner scripted by Aaron, a celebration of our time together and a meal as rich and enchanting as Provence itself.

Day 6: Les-Baux-de-Provence Highlights

  • E-bike to Les-Baux-de-Provence
  • Carrières des Lumières
  • Farewell dinner by Aaron
  • Stay at Hotel Le Saint-Remy

Day 7

It’s our last day, and after breakfast we’ll bid adieu to Aaron, and to our fellow explorers. Then we’ll head to the airport in Marseilles, renewed and invigorated by the food, drink and memories of Provence. Until we meet again! 

Day 7 Highlights

  • Transfer to Marseilles' MRS airport

Where We Sleep

Our elegant accommodations strike the perfect balance between luxury and intimacy, all delivered with incomparable Provençal hospitality.

InterContinental Hôtel Dieu


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-Remy


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.

I've been telling so many people about the trip ever since I got back. Looking forward to another one!
Royce K.
It really was the trip of a lifetime. Perfectly curated and balanced, we did more than I ever would have organized myself... delightful from start to finish.
Julian C.
Unique experiences, well-organized, outstanding leadership and service.
Susan G.

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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

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