Provence with Jenner Tomaska & Katrina Bravo
October 19 - 25, 2023 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Soul of Provence
Wine, art, culture, cuisine—Provence's heart & soul with Jenner Tomaska & Katrina Bravo
October 19 - 25, 2023
One exclusive departure — likely to sell out, reserve your spot
7 Days, 6 Nights
Marseilles, Calanques National Park, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
You’re biking along a narrow country lane, the gentle hills give way to an ancient medieval village, the peal of bells ringing from a centuries-old church tower over fields and vineyards. Yesterday, you sailed down a towering limestone calanque, turquoise waters shimmering against golden beaches; this afternoon, you’ll literally wander through the works of Van Gogh, Dalí and Cézanne. You’ve explored the markets of Aix-en-Provence and prepared a North African feast in Marseilles alongside a local master chef. Right now, at a family-run vineyard with roots stretching back centuries, you raise a glass in celebration of a Provence that inspires all the senses. This is the France you’ve been dreaming of.
With us on this artful exploration are Jenner Tomaska and Katrina Bravo. Jenner is a James Beard Award–winning chef; Katrina is Jenner’s wife and business partner. Together, they’ve created a glorious gem of a restaurant, Esmé, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. It’s so much more than a reimagined take on fine dining — it’s a monument to rarefied food driven by art and philanthropy, a true community-focused restaurant. Together, they make for the perfect pair to explore an artful region such as Provence, where the smell of lavender still fills the air, but with a new meaning when you pair it with the scents of saffron and sea, modern art, and perfectly curated dinner playlists.
If your idea of the perfect getaway is a cultural and culinary adventure in the most stunning settings, this trip is for you. We’ll meet vintners and chefs, farmers and cheesemakers, traditional producers and modern creatives. From buzzing cities to bucolic countryside, this is an exclusive, immersive expedition into the heart of Provence, one of France’s most storied regions. 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 Jenner & Katrina
Why We Love Jenner & Katrina
You're just not going to pigeon-hole Jenner Tomaska and Katrina Bravo. Their super powers transcend genre or technique, a gift that accounts not just for the food they put on their acclaimed Esmé menu but the creative energy that exudes from kitchen to the dining room. It’s not about what you consume with them, it’s how you consume it — and we will spend seven days exploring just what that means in Provence.
Food is Fun Again
Housemade cheetos served with a flute of Champagne? It could very well be the first thing you taste at Esmé. Jenner, who has caught and won the attention of James Beard Foundation over the years, will never get caught making the same dishes as everyone else.
Force for Good
Jenner and Katrina’s mission at Esmé is to create a space to push others forward. Health insurance for their staff, a wine list with proceeds that go to nonprofits, and a partnership with Kitchen Possible are just some of the ways they fulfill their promise each and every day.
Home is Where the Art Is
Art is everything to this duo—think graffiti art aprons floating on white-washed walls as part of a rotating special exhibit and delicate hand-thrown ceramics as tableware. Esmé catches the eye of the passerby not just for the food, but the art on the walls and the sounds of the serenading playlists inside.
Our 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.
Le Vallon de Valrugues & SpaSaint-Rémy-de-Provence
Arriving at this five-star Greco-Roman bastide (manor house) feels like a fairy tale. It's nestled in beautiful gardens just outside Saint-Rémy at the foot of the Alpilles mountains, filled with the warmth, light and colors of Provence. The songs of chirping wildlife set the soundtrack as you make your way through the manicured grounds to a full spa, and the outdoor swimming pools. Take time to slow down and enjoy village life, with just a 15-minute walk to the village center.
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Reserve your spot today with a $2,000 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 a group transfer 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 June 21, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 22, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 20, 2023 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).