Provence with Lyle Railsback
October 4 - 10, 2023 | One Exclusive DepartureCall to Book
Soul of Provence
Wine, art, culture, cuisine—Provence's heart & soul with Lyle Railsback
October 4 - 10, 2023
One exclusive departure — likely to sell out, reserve your spot
7 Days, 6 Nights
Marseilles, Calanques National Park, Avignon, Côte d’Azur
Per person, based on double occupancy
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You’re standing on a stone terrace as gentle hills giving 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; in the next few days, you’ll explore the markets of Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, prepare a collaborative feast in Marseilles alongside a Michelin-starred 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, this is the magic of Provence.
You’re joined on this incredible journey by Lyle Railsback, wine merchant extraordinaire and co-owner of Railsback Frères in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Lyle embodies the Provençal spirit — he’s equal part chef, artist, and wine enthusiast. His career has been an endless pursuit of finding the most exquisite wines out there, from California’s coastline to the tiny villages of France, with plenty of other appellations in between. He’s been named a “40 Under 40 Tastemaker” by Wine Enthusiast and is as passionate about the wines of Provence as he is connected to the producers who make them. This trip’s itinerary teems with joie de vivre thanks to Lyle, and we can’t wait to be inspired.
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 Lyle
Why We Love Lyle Railsback
Simply put, Lyle is passionate about wine — and loves to share that passion. By the age of 20, he'd already transformed from art student to a sommelier. Since then, he's travelled the backroads of France, made friends with winemaking luminaries and carved out an incredible career as a man who always seem to know where to find the perfect vintage. We cannot wait to follow in his footsteps in Provence.
Rosé All Day
Lyle and his brother, Eric, began Railsback Frères as a rosé project in 2015. They calll their rosé Les Rascasses ('scorpion' fish in French). It’s an homage to Lulu Peyraud, proprietress of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, maker of their favorite rosé in Provence.
Artist at Heart
Whether he’s creating cowboy shirts inspired by 1970s Hollywood, or a custom wine label for the farmers of one of his Bandol wines, Lyle pursues what sparks his creativity.
Man with Connections
From unforgettable tastings straight from the barrel to exploring hyper-local cuisines with families whose roots in Provence span generations., this trip is, above all, to the relationships he's cultivated over the years and decades.
Our Provence Experience
Marseilles, Côte d’Azur, Avignon
Day by Day
Where We Sleep
Our elegant accommodations strike the perfect balance between luxury and intimacy, all delivered with incomparable Provençal hospitality.
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.
Hameau des PesquieresCôte d'Azur
Walk down the promenade and through its stately doors, and you'll immediately feel the warmth of this five-star ecolodge on the Côte d'Azur. Nestled inside a national park and just a stone's throw away from wine country, this is an idyllic basecamp for explorers like us.
In the heart of Avignon and just steps away from the Pope's palace, this stunning hotel is a masterclass in preservation and hospitality. Its story began in 1309; walking its corridors and marveling at its vaulted ceilings is to witness 700 years of history. The rooms, the facilities — everything is superb and elegant.
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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 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 6, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 7, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 5, 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).