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The antiquing and cultural trip specialist, The Vagabond International, introduces its Designer-in-Residence series with a trip to Provence accompanied by design visionaries Tim and Carol Hicks Bolton (founders of the original Homestead in Fredericksburg and current owners of Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites and Laboratoire de Design). The couple will join the group as they shop out-of-the-way markets and will share their years of experience and knowledge of the region with tour members. This is a nine-day excursion that will include a private cocktail and dinner party where Carol will discuss design and inspiration.

Vagabond International trips are personalized for women who love old and beautiful things, enjoy seeing foreign destinations, thrive on getting to know locals, and look forward to exploring the country area or region in an intimate way. Vagabond International owner Mary Baskin has 30 years’ experience in the interior design and antiquing business. She has also worked for and produced interior design articles for publications such as Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, and Country Home. Mary has traveled and researched unique European locales to provide her tour members with exclusive views into private homes, castles, and shopping.

Discovering Provence Itinerary
Tour dates: October 1-9, October 11-19, and October 22-30 You will spend 9 luxurious nights in an ancient mas (a country house in the southern regions of France, especially Provence) nestled in the heart of the Luberon Valley
All meals included
Private cocktail party and dinner with Tim and Carol Hicks Bolton
Discussion on shopping the markets with Tim Bolton
Shopping day with the Boltons
Visit different markets and antique fairs of the region (depending on which week you choose, the markets will vary)
Tour the hillside villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Goult, Menerbes, Bonnieux, and Loumarin
Private tour and wine tasting at a local vineyard followed by lunch at the chateau with the vintner and his wife
Private cooking class presented in the mas by a local chef

Day to Cassis and a boat trip to see the steep-walled inlets called “calanques”


Transport to and from the Marseille airport $4500.00, double occupancy (private room $500.00 additional charge). $1000 non-refundable deposit due upon booking, balance due 60 days prior to departure. You are responsible for your own airfare and any alcoholic beverages not covered in the tour package.
For additional information visit the Vagabond International website at www.thevagabondinternational.com or contact Mary Baskin directly at 254-366-0229.


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