Travel with Karen

Travel with Karen:  the Pillars of my Tours

I never would have guessed when taking French in high school that I would one day become a French citizen and work part-time in France.  Each year, I offer small group tours on the “inside” track highlighting food, history, and connecting with locals in France, Greece, and Italy.

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The South of France ~ Provence:  Harbor of La Ciotat

Though I also weave in culture and history, the pillars of my tours are:

  • Small groups of 8 people:  With me as your travel companion, we travel as a small group of friends.  We travel on our own, and all activities are arranged privately for our group; we do not hook up with larger tour groups at any point.
  • On the “inside” track:  We travel as locals to enhance our experience of the culture.  In Paris, travelers have their own Parisian apartment, and in the Provinces and Greece and Italy, we stay in small villas or boutique hotels, providing a familial environment.  Whichever tour you choose, you’ll get a more authentic and memorable trip than one offering a stay in large hotels.
  • An emphasis on food:  Being a culinary instructor, you can’t escape good food when you travel with me.  Some itineraries include hands-on cooking events; but all of my trips emphasize authentic, top-quality cuisine. My tours accommodate people with food allergies or intolerances (all tours are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan and plant-based friendly)
  • Connecting with locals:  Part of the charm of a country comes from its people.  With every itinerary, I weave in activities with local people, be they tradespeople, chefs, friends or family, in order to provide a richer, more meaningful trip available exclusively to you.
  • Health + Well-being:  A balanced pace is offered with time to allow for a yoga class, meditation and stretching. Dining emphasis is on plant centric cuisine, while minimizing energy zappers such as unnecessary added fats. The goal is to sustain our energy and feel good while traveling, so we can become fully present and aware of the gifts all around us.

Comfort vs. Luxury:  I classify my tours as 3-star (versus a 5-star luxury tour).  Unlike in Paris, where many buildings have been retrofitted to accommodate an elevator, traveling to the Provinces, as well as to Greece and Italy, is synonymous with climbing stairs.  Comfort, beauty and taste are never sacrificed.

Emphasis on GREEN:  We visit with 
local producers, enjoy in-season delights; and, in Paris, are able to recycle, as nearly all apartment buildings offer convenient sorting facilities.

Travel Dates:  2023 Public Tours

9 Days in Paris, France
June 13 – 21, 2023  (6 openings)

14 Days in Greece ~ Athens & the Greek Isles
May 16 – 29, 2023  (4 openings)

10 Days in The South of France ~ Provence
Coming in 2024

10 Days in Italy along the Amalfi Coast

Travel to France & the Mediterranean with Culinary Instructor Karen Gros
Exclusive tours for small groups of 8 people
Private activities & excursions focusing on food, tradition, history, culture, people, and well-being
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