Provence with Laurent Quenioux
August 30 - September 5, 2023Book Now
Best of Provence
Culture, wine, art, cuisine—the very best of Provence with Chef Laurent Quenioux
Aug 30 - Sept 5, 2023
Just one exclusive departure—reserve your spot with Chef Laurent Quenioux
7 Days, 6 Nights
Marseilles, Calanques National Park, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
You’re sailing down a towering limestone calanque, turquoise waters shimmering against golden beaches and narrow fjord-like cliffs, swimming and sailing the Mediterranean aboard a private catamaran. Yesterday, alongside one of France’s revered chefs, you prepared an aromatic French-North African feast; tomorrow, at a family-run vineyard with roots stretching back centuries, you’ll meet the producers and savor wines recognized among the most renowned in France. This is Provence, timeless muse to artists, with its signature fields of scarlet poppies, its ancient vineyards and quiet medieval villages. This is the France you’ve been dreaming of.
You’re joined by chef and native son Laurent Quenioux, a luminary on the Los Angeles dining scene with his beloved concepts that have included Bistro LQ, pop-up supper clubs, and now the critically acclaimed cocktail bar known as Wolves DTLA. Laurent isn’t just an exceptional chef, he’s a quintessential host who loves to share his knowledge of beautiful ingredients, ones that we don’t see in everyday dishes. Perhaps that is why for more than three decades, Laurent is still one of the most respected French chefs in California. In Provence, Laurent will share his passion for French cooking and celebrate all the reasons he loves spending time in southern France.
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 Laurent Quenioux
3 Reasons to Travel with Laurent Quenioux
Laurent's cooking is legendary: multi-course masterpieces that weave the flavors and techniques of French cooking into California cuisine. It’s a talent that has received attention from the likes of Food & Wine and Bravo TV’s “Off the Menu.” To dine with Laurent is an experience you don't forget. To dine with him in a place he knows and loves like Provence? Pure magic.
De la France
Laurent grew up in the Loire Valley region, his days spent plucking fresh strawberries from the fields, hunting game alongside his father, and cooking at home with his mother. Eventually Laurent landed an apprenticeship in the south of France, where “everything is about fat duck, goose liver and foie gras. I loved it.”
Landing in LA
Laurent was trained alongside some of France's top culinary talent and in some of the country's top kitchens: at Louis Outhier’s Provençal icon, L’Oasis, and alongside Joachim Splichal at Nice's Negresco Hotel. He eventually opened (with Joachim Splichal) Westwood's storied Regency Club, a haven for Los Angeles business elite.
The World's His Oyster
Laurent opened LA's 7th Street Bistro in the 1980s with a groundbreaking French Nouvelle menu that could be enjoyed in the restaurant—or on the go. The Los Angeles Times described Laurent’s award-winning concept as “Space Age Gourmet.” Today, he continues to wow diners at sold out pop-ups he calls “Foodings” across LA, London, Paris, and Amsterdam.
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 $1,000 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 May 2, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 3, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 1, 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).