Provence with Michael & Tara Gallina
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Heart & Soul of Provence
Sip and savor the best of Provence's wine, art and cuisine with Michael & Tara Gallina
June 7 - 13, 2023
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7 Days, 6 Nights
Marseilles, Calanques National Park, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
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Your sailboat has just anchored in perfectly turquoise waters for the most stunning picnic of your life. The narrow fjord-like cliffs feel ethereal; your wine, the charcuterie, the faint aroma of lavender and hints of saffron, even the salty Mediterranean air, all tell you exactly where you are — as if there could be any doubt. This is Provence, timeless muse to centuries of artists, with its signature fields of scarlet poppies and deep purple lavender, its abundant, wheeling vineyards and scenic hilltop villages. Soon you’ll be exploring it all, sampling exquisite local wines and cheeses at local farms, experiencing Van Gogh, Cézanne in ways you never thought were possible, and losing yourself in these out-of-body moments which will nourish your soul for years to come.
You’re in the company of two disciples of Provencal cooking: chef Michael Gallina and partner Tara of acclaimed Vicia. While their culinary resumes speak for themselves — Food and Wine’s Best New Chef for Michael, while Tara leads the Take Root Hospitality group — it’s their enthusiasm for sustainability that makes them a match made in farm-to-table heaven with Provence and its storied culinary tradition.
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
In the finest accommodations—artful hotels and noble country villas, all perfectly located
Exquisite local specialties, Michelin-star meals, exclusive tastings and pairings
Connect with local winemakers, artists and chefs, alongside Michael & Tara
3 Reasons to Travel with Michael & Tara
Michael and Tara are passionate restaurateurs who have put their stamp on sustainable fine dining in the Midwest at St Louis' widely acclaimed Vicia. The name comes from the word “vetch,” a restorative crop that farmers plant to enliven soil with vital nutrients. It’s a powerful name for a multi-award winning restaurant awarded recognition by the James Beard Foundation, Food and Wine, Esquire and so many adoring others.
True to Their Roots
When you dine with Michael and Tara, expect an ever-changing seasonal menu sourced from local purveyors to be the heart of anything they put on a plate. We can only (happily, hungrily) imagine what’s in store in Provence.
Cooking in French
From a bowl of bouillabaisse to a perfectly roasted chicken with ratatouille, Michael and Tara are ready to embark on a sensory journey with us — lavender and all. “Walking the vineyards in Bandol and tasting their rosés,” Tara smiles, “it’s one of our personal favorite styles of wine. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
A Fairy Tale in New York
Raised near St. Louis, Michael knew he had to leave his home behind in order to appreciate it. He headed to New York’s iconic Blue Hill at Stone Barn, where he met Tara. Fate intervened and, today, Michael and Tara are back in St. Louis raising their family in addition to running Vicia and the more casual Winslow’s Table.
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.
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 $1,000 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 February 7, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after February 8, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after April 8, 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).