Explore the world of travel and antiquing on one of the personalized tours from The Vagabond International. Our tour company arranges European trips for small groups. Contact us for more information.
Visit overseas locales in depth on our exclusive personalized tours with Mary Baskin. Mary has 30 years experience in the interior design and antiquing business. In addition, she has worked for and produced interior design articles for such publications as: Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens and Country Home.
You will have the opportunity to get to know the local people as well as see private homes and castles and have fun shopping the bests markets of the region. We also offer very diverse and exciting trek adventures. Areas we travel to include England, Ireland, France and Italy, with other locations coming soon.
In 2014 well-known interior designer and author Mary Emmerling joined team Vagabond. She brings with her many years of travel experience and a wealth of knowledge and an educated eye for interior design.
May 2017 - Provence
with Eddie Ross, Mary Emmerling and Mary Baskin
Thursday, May 11Arrive via Marseille Airport and transfer to the Mas, our home for the week. You will have time to settle in before we enjoy a welcome dinner starting off with canapés, rosé and champagne. This will be an early night so that everyone can get caught up on their rest.Friday, May 12We start the trip with a visit to one of my favorite villages, Lourmarin. It is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France nestled among vineyards, olive groves and almond trees. Albert Camus, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, lived and wrote here. Friday is market day and it is a feast for the eyes as well as the pocket book! We will stay until it closes around 1pm and, after lunch, we will head to the charming village of Goult and visit a private atelier of my friend Jan Gotti. She has wonderful antiques, large and small, and very fair prices. Shipping is available. Dinner will be served at the Mas.Saturday, May 13This will be our longest travel day of the trip. We will leave quite early for a 2:30 hour drive to the Bezier International Antique fair. The early bird catches the worm and we want to catch the best of the myriad of antiques that can be found at this fair which only happens a few times a year. There will be dealers from all over Europe. Shipping will be available. The fair ends at 1pm and we will catch a bite to eat then press on to the town of Pezenas to continue our hunt for treasures. Time for a glass of rosé before we head home. Dinner at the Mas.Sunday, May 14Today we go to Carpentras for the weekly antique market. This is considered one of the best in the south and it is quite popular with dealers. It is small enough to get around and prices are quite good. We will head to Isle sur la Sorgue in the afternoon. After a bite of lunch, we will turn you loose to roam the shops and brocante stalls along the street. It is a charming village known for its antiques located on the Sorgue river that winds through the village. Dinner will be out.Monday, May 15Today we slow the pace a bit and allow everyone to catch up on their rest and enjoy our lovely surroundings. In the afternoon you will enjoy a private cooking class at La Bastide de Marie. Bastide de Marie is a world class small hotel and has been featured in many books and publications! It's heart pounding and drool worthy! Afterwards we will dine on what we have prepared and have a tour of their vineyard. They are known for their fabulous rosé.Tuesday, May 16Gordes is our village of choice today. It is market day and we will take in the sights. Gordes is a quintessential Provençal village with staggering views. In the afternoon we will visit the vineyard at La Coquillade for a tour and a wine tasting. This is a Relais and Chateaux property with a Michelin star restaurant. Dinner at home.Wednesday, May 17Today we will take in St. Remy, the fabulous walled city with a large and beautiful market with beautiful shops, food, street music and much more. This is the home of the rich and famous where you can find caviar in the marketplace! After lunch we will take a short drive to La Beaux de Provence. This art experience is hard to explain and I'm not going to try except to say this could be the highlight of the trip! Dinner at homeThursday, May 18We take a drive in the morning to the charming seaside town of Cassis. We will enjoy a boat ride on the Mediterranean and explore the calanques along the coastline. Lunch will be at the Yacht Club located on the pier nestled among the brightly colored boats docked there. Before heading home (if time allows) we will stop in Aix- en-Provence for a look around at this lovely city, maybe time to enjoy a glass of rosé! We will get back in time to get things packed up before we depart in the morning. Farewell dinner at the house!Friday May 19Tired and sad, we head for the airport!What's Included:• 8 nights accommodation• All meals and wine• All ground transportation• Entrances to fairs and exhibits• (Shipping available)$4600.0050% non refundable deposit with the balance due April 5th••You are responsible for your airfare••
Our goal is to provide you a unique travel adventure in a small setting. Our average group size is 8-10. No early morning departures on large buses covering 6 cities in 6 days. We want to share our knowledge and experience in travel, including purchasing and shipping antiques from overseas.
offer a mix of cultural outings along with visiting some of the best antiquing
markets in Europe. Whether Paris to Provence, London and markets to the North,
or our Irish fantasy with loads of adventure is your cup of tea... joining one
of our tours you will come to understand our sense of intimate travel,
exploration, lots of local color and just good fun along the way!
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