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September 16 @ 8:00 am CEST
End:
September 25 @ 5:00 pm CEST
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Meet us in Nice, Provence and the Occitanie–This coming September!

Living and Investing in France: A Conference in Nice and Tour to Provence and the Occitanie

We’re doing it again this year! Three days in Nice for the Living and Investing in France Conference 2022 (September 16-18) and five days on Tour to Provence and the Occitanie (September 20-25)!

The group from 2021 at the Pont du Gard

Hosted by Opportunity Travel & Adrian Leeds Group

Featuring French Property Expert Adrian Leeds

Nice – Provence – Occitanie

September 16 to September 25, 2022

  • Part IGet to know Nice and the French Riviera!
    September 16-18, 2022 – Space is limited to 70 participants
  • Part II: Experience the Lifestyle on the French Riviera!
    Join Our Experts and Expats for a Fun-Filled Adventure.
    September 20-25, 2022 – Space is limited to 30 participants

Get all of the details below:

Part 1: Get to know Nice and the French Riviera!

September 16-18, 2022 – Space is limited to 70 participants

If you don’t already know Nice and the French Riviera, it’s true, Nice is nice!

Nice is the hub of the entire Riviera. It’s a real city with a lot of life, a real heart, and great inner-city transportation, so you don’t need a car to enjoy it fully. It’s one of three cities in France with an international airport, making it easy to hop on and off a plane to visit the rest of the world. The gorgeous aqua blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea are on its doorstep and the weather is mild (in the 80°F range in the summers) and very sunny (they claim 300 days a year of sunshine). Property is half the price of Paris and the lifestyle much more relaxed.

Conference Cocktails 2021All this makes it both a great place to live and a great place to visit.

Nice has a very international community that makes you feel very much at home among the locals. Not knowing the language is less of an issue, thanks to all the non-French speakers and there is no shortage of activities for internationals in Nice and things to do in the nearby Côte d’Azur communities…such as Cannes, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Menton, etc.

During our time together in Nice, you’ll get to meet lots of folks who have the same desire to enrich their lives with France as you do. We’ll introduce you to our “boots on the ground” contacts and make sure you get the answers to all your questions. You’ll come away with new friends, a host of important resources, and become well informed about living, investing, or retiring in France. And much, much more!

The official schedule is not yet carved in concrete, but here’s an advance look at what we have in store for you during Part I:

Day 1: Friday, September 16, 2022, full Conference Day with lunch and cocktails!

Note: Arrive in Nice the day before and check into our hotel where we have arranged special rates for our conference attendees.

Splendid Hôtel & Spa logo Sample room at Splendid Hôtel & Spa Splendid Hôtel & Spa – A unique and unforgettable experience in Nice. Located in the heart of Nice’s chicest district, the Splendid is splendidly just steps from great shopping, Le Vieux Nice (the oldest part of the city), and the Baie des Anges (the Mediterranean Sea).

You’ll spend this entire day with all of our experts and me in a meeting room at the Splendid Hôtel for a power-packed day of informative presentations. We’ll be talking about financial planning, getting a mortgage, learning French, visas and immigration issues, international tax implications, currency exchange, crossing the cultural divide, finding property for purchase or rent, and the process of purchasing property, of course! This day will fill you to the brim with knowledge all while having lots of fun and meeting new people and resources.

Don’t worry, we’ll take a couple of coffee breaks and punctuate the day with a sumptuous three-course lunch on the rooftop deck of the Hôtel Splendid!

Living and Investing in France Conference 2021

Along with Adrian’s team of international specialists, she’ll show you how easy it can be to rent or buy anywhere in France… wherever your heart desires.

  • They’ll introduce you to the lifestyle on the Rivera,
  • They’ll explain the best way to manage your finances and minimize your taxes,
  • They’ll walk you through the process of how to acquire the right to live in France,
  • They’ll explain the purchase process from A to Z,
  • They’ll teach you how to cross the cultural divide,
  • And most important of all, you’ll learn all you need to know about renting or buying property in France, including current information about properties on the market.

Speakers* will include Denis Zanon, Director of the Nice Office de Tourisme; Brian Dunhill, Dunhill International Financial Planners; Benjamin Pik, Pik Consulting with Jonathan Hadida, Tax Advisor; Kim Bingham, Private-Rate.com, International Mortgage Brokers; Kelly Cutchin, Moneycorp Exchange Experts; Ella Dyer and Jennifer Parrette with Adrian Leeds, Adrian Leeds Group; Maître Carole Vangioni, SCP Delsart et Vangioni Notaires; Tuula Rampont, International Living Publications; Janet Hulstrand, Author of Demystifying the French, and Daniel Tostado, Immigration Attorney. Learn more about each of our speakers here.

It’s a full day conference followed by a cocktail reception with some of our clients and friends living in Nice!

*Note: Schedule and speakers subject to change

Day 2: Saturday, September 17, 2022, Open House Tour in the morning of properties for sale in Nice, and an afternoon Q&A, so you can ask us anything!

In the morning starting at 10 a.m., you’ll have the opportunity to visit at least 10 properties currently on the market for sale in Nice! We’ll give you the location and information for each of the properties and then you’re on your own to stroll to any or all as you like. Put on your best walking shoes if you want to see them all! All will be within walking distance of our hotel.

Sea view from an openhouse in Nice in 2021

In the afternoon, our speakers and staff will be available for a general Q&A – this is your chance to ask just about anything you didn’t ask during the conference!

Day 3: Sunday, September 18, 2022, luxury Coach Tour of the Côte d’Azur from Nice to Menton and back, with a special tour of the Institut de Français, a sumptuous lunch at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, plus a closing cocktail!

Map of Cote d’ Azur

Institut-de-Francais-2021We will depart from the Hôtel Splendid at 9 a.m.
You’re in for a special treat as we venture out for a full day exploring the Côte d’ Azur by motor coach. Believe me, you’ll never want to leave the breathtaking beauty of this blue-jeweled coastline!

We’ll take a special moment to visit the famous Institut de Français in Villefranche-sur-Mer along the way.

Our route takes us through all the enclaves along the coast including Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Monaco, and Menton…and we’ll stop for an elegant lunch and enlightening tour of the awe-inspiring Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild,

located on a rocky promontory on the summit of Cap Ferrat, high above the bays of Villefranche and Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Arrival at Hôtel Splendid at 6 p.m. for a Closing Cocktail!

Then, that evening, you can reflect on your fabulous day while mingling with your new friends at our farewell cocktail reception.

 

 

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat from Villefranche-sur-Mer

 

Day 4: Monday, September 19, 2022, A Day Off –– do whatever you like and if you’re going on the tour the next day…get ready!

This first part of the program – the Conference, the Open House, Q&A, and the tour of the Riviera, can be registered for without having to take the Tour to Provence and the Occitanie. These three days with us in Nice are limited to 70 participants. There will be a special discount when you register for the Conference Package, which includes both the three-day conference and the five-day tour. There are also Early Bird Special Rates.

You may register for only the Living & Investing Conference (Part I) or the conference + tour (Part II) if space is available.

Inclusions and limitations are outlined below.

Scroll down to view the “Pricing & What’s Included” section for information.


Part II: Experience the Lifestyle on the French Riviera!

view of Provence and OccitanieJoin Our Experts and Expats for a Fun-Filled Adventure. Space is limited to 30 participants.

Hosted by French Property Expert & HGTV’s House Hunters International Personality Adrian Leeds®

Join us as we explore Provence and the Occitanie over five days. We’ll be traveling by luxury coach together, staying in the region’s most charming hotels, and enjoying the fresh and healthy cuisine of the South of France over five glorious days when the weather is just starting to turn a bit cool. It’s the perfect time of year to discover this beautiful region of France. This is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the French countryside in person with Adrian Leeds by your side accompanied by professional tour guides who will educate and entertain us.

This is just the beginning…as we fine-tune our plans.

Day 1: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Sculpture in a reflection pool at the Château La CosteWe’ll depart from Nice by luxury motor coach and drive to Avignon, a three-hour ride with a special stop along the way at Châteaux La Coste, a contemporary art center, winery, and resort near Aix-en-Provence. We’ll enjoy a special tour and visit their beautiful sculpture gardens. You will have time to roam the grounds at your leisure and stop for lunch at one of the four restaurants on-site.

Hôtel de l’Horloge, one of Avignon’s most charming hotels located right in the city center where no vehicles are even allowed. This will be our home for two nights.

While in Avignon, we’ll visit Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) a World Heritage site by UNESCO and one of the ten most visited monuments in France. A true symbol of the influence of Western Christianity in the 14th century, this masterpiece of a monument is the largest medieval fortress and gothic palace in Europe. Offering countless, and fabulous riches, as much architectural as pictorial, the palace immerses visitors in the splendor of the papal court.

You’ll have a chance to wander the ancient streets of Avignon and discover its theatrical ambiance. Every year in July, the city transforms its architectural heritage and welcomes tens of thousands of theater-lovers to the Avignon Theater Festival, one of the largest performing arts festivals in the world.

We will enjoy dinner that night as a group at a typical Provençal restaurant within walking distance of our hotel.

Day 2: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

We’re headed first to the renowned Pont du Gard, a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this 2,000 year-old aqueduct was built halfway through the first century AD. It’s the principal part of a 50-kilometer long three-level aqueduct, standing 50 meters high, that supplied water to the city of Nimes (formerly known as Nemausus).

The Pont du Gard

Uzès on Market Day from the 2021 tourAfter our visit to Pont du Gard, we’ll take in Uzès on Market Day, a beehive of activity and a great place to buy all sorts of Provençal treasures.

Often called the “First Duchy of France,” Uzès is a blend of Medieval, Renaissance, and classical styles, the Duchy of Uzès – or ducal castle – is one of the flagship sites of the city.

We’ll take our time in this village, steeped in history, to discover the gothic chapel and its superb stained glass windows, the splendid Renaissance façade of the central building, the furnished apartments, the cellar, and the Bermonde Tower, an imposing 11th century keep offering a wonderful view of the rooftops of the historic center.

That day, we’ll savor lunch at the celebrated Midi à l’Ombre, a “bistronomic” traditional kitchen with service in the garden under the shade of a majestic hackberry tree on the edge of Uzès. This should fuel us up for what’s to come – an opportunity to visit a few properties for sale.

Day 3: Thursday, September 22, 2022

the extraordinary “Carrières de Lumières” exhibitionAfter breakfast, we’ll depart by luxury coach for Baux-de-Provence and the extraordinary “Carrières de Lumières” (Quarries of Light) exhibition – a dazzling multimedia show within a limestone quarry that can only be described as “magical.” Spectators are completely immersed in artistic images projected onto all the surfaces of the stone; the ground is completely covered too, and becomes a vast carpet of images. You won’t want to miss this unique attraction.

We’ll have lunch in Roussillon – the land of ochres – where the sea once covered the area. Several million years ago, when the ocean dried up, pouring rain slowly transformed the accumulated layers of limestone into ochre-bearing sands. Ochre was first used in the painted caves, embellished by prehistoric man. At the time of the French Revolution, it was later rediscovered and sold throughout the world for over a century and is again popular today. Ochre is a natural pigment with indelible color that makes a wonderful material for use in home decoration, painting, and ceramics.

Our next stop is Aix-en-Provence, the heart of Provence, well known for its abundance of universities. It’s famous for its outdoor markets and handsome pedestrian lanes, as well as its refined residents and their ability to embrace the good life. Nowhere else in France is l’art de vivre (the art of living) so well on display. Aix-en-Provence is also ancient –– a Celtic-Ligurian capital from the third-century BC.

 

Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne was born here. A walking trail links sites including his childhood home, Jas de Bouffan, and his former studio, Atelier Cézanne. The white limestone mountain Sainte-Victoire overlooking the city as well as the surrounding countryside were frequent subjects of his works.

We’ll spend three nights in the oldest part of Aix – just steps from the famous and beautiful Cours Mirabeau. You’re sure to get a good rest at the historic Hôtel de France (the former Hôtel des Princes) where Napoleon, Pius VII, Queen Marie Christine of Spain and many celebrities have stayed. And, you’ll have plenty of time to explore and experience one of the region’s most elegant communes.

Day 4: Friday, September 23, 2022

First thing in the morning, we’ll head out to “one of the most beautiful villages in France” – Lourmarin. This part of Provence is known as the Luberon, nestled in the middle of vineyards, olive groves, and almond trees.

Lourmarin becomes quite animated during summer due to its numerous café terraces, restaurants and boutiques, and its well-known Friday morning open-air market. In fact, this is why we chose a Friday to visit the village – you can shop until your heart’s content for all the wonderful specialties this area of Provence has to offer.

Market day in Lourmarin from the 2021 tour

Located next to the market area is the majestic Château de Lourmarin – the very first Renaissance castle built in Provence. The château hosts young artists in residence during the summer, concerts, conferences, and exhibitions throughout the year.

After our visit to Lourmarin, we’ll discover the wines of Provence at the Domaine de Fontenille in Lauris. Once a family home, the now luxury hotel features two dining experiences.

One is Le Champ des Lunes, a Michelin-starred restaurant. The other is La Cuisine d’Amélie where we’ll be treated to a four-course luncheon while sitting on the south terraces of the country house, in the shade of hundred-year-old plane trees. This restaurant offers simple but inventive cuisine centered on the flagship products of the region. Their menu is constantly changing depending on the seasonality of products and the inspiration of the chef. We’ll savor numerous dishes and sip wines from the Fontenille vineyard!

After lunch, we’ll pass by the hilltop Luberon villages of Bonnieux, Gordes, and Ménerbes nestled among vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields. You’ll find it difficult to decide which of these hilltop towns is the most beautiful, or has the most to offer, but our tour will give you a taste to help you decide for yourself.

In the afternoon, we’ll return to Hôtel de France and you’ll have free time to relax and explore the city.

Day 5: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Today is open and we’ll be set up for property visits in Aix-en-Provence. You can navigate on foot from one property to the next, and see real estate opportunities firsthand with Jennifer Parrette and Ella Dyer from the Adrian Leeds Group.

It is also market day in Aix! This will be your last stop to enjoy this wonderful market – one of the best in Provence. You can get your fill of lavender sachets and soaps, enjoy the aromas of the fresh-picked fruits and vegetables or pick up any of the many wonderful handmade products produced only in Provence.

This is also a perfect time to stroll around this lovely city with its incredible history, gorgeous architecture, magnificent fountains, sophisticated shops, and restaurants – there’s something to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

Lunch at the Hôtel Caumont, Aix-en-Provence

After our busy morning, we will enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the Salon de Thé at the beautiful Caumont Museum. Save your appetite for this very special meal. The Hôtel de Caumont – Centre d’Art is located in the Mazarin neighborhood, the southern and aristocratic part of Aix-en-Provence. The Hôtel de Caumont is a mansion built “between courtyard and garden” with an architectural design that appeared in Paris in the 16th-century—a château and its park on an urban scale.

Day 6: Sunday, September 25, 2022

You’ll have the morning free to take in a bit more of Aix before our departure back to Nice by luxury motor coach.

There’s much more in store for you, too. Stops along the way and special tours, which are in the works and not yet confirmed enough for me to divulge them! But, trust me, you will not be disappointed!

And that’s just a glimpse of our schedule, literally “the tip of the iceberg.” When we get further along with the arrangements, we’ll fill you in about pricing, hotels, meals, and of course all the details of our day-to-day itinerary.

So now, if you’re thinking about joining us in France, why not make this tour part of a greater adventure?

Barb at Opportunity Travel would be delighted to help you plan a wonderful pre or post-tour itinerary anywhere in France or Europe. After our meetings and explorations, believe me, you’ll be ready for a complete “immersion.”

A gentle reminder though…time is of the essence. If you’re imagining yourself in France, in good, fun-loving company, taking in some of the best this country has to offer, reserve your place today.

We’re still finalizing the arrangements, but as we get closer to the tour date, we’ll have a lot more information to share. If this trip sounds interesting to you, we encourage you to get your name on the list right away because space is very limited and sellout risk is high.
Getting your name on the list is easy.

 

Pricing & what’s included

Terms & Conditions and Conference and Tour Options

You may register for only the Living & Investing Conference (Part I) or the conference + tour (Part II) if space is available.
Inclusions and limitations are outlined below. The tour portion is not available to purchase separately. View the Terms & Conditions here. View Opportunity Travel Privacy Policy. Cancellation Policies are provided further below.

 

Register for the Living & Investing in France Conference ONLY (Part I)

Conference Dates: September 16-19, 2022 – Limited to 70 people

  • Conference price per person: €1097*
  • Price for your guest attending the conference: €897*

Prices are shown in euros. On July 11, 2022, we will convert it to US Dollars for your final payment.

To secure your seat and registration, we require a USD $500.00 deposit per traveler due at the time of booking with the balance due July 14, 2022. On July 11, we will email you a registration link for the final payment in USD for the balance due based on the rate of exchange as published by XE – Foreign Exchange Charges Calculator.

*Hotel accommodations are not included in conference pricing. 

You will need to personally reserve your hotel nights on your own at Splendid Hotel for the conference.

Conference ONLY Pricing Includes:

  • Friday, September 16: Full-day of conference sessions at our host hotel in Nice – the Splendid Hotel & Spa – including lunch, coffee breaks and an evening reception with hors d’oeuvres
  • Saturday, September 17: Property tour and Open House in Nice, afternoon moderated Q&A at Splendid Hotel & Spa
  • Sunday, September 18: Full day tour of the French Riviera, evening farewell reception with hors d’oeuvres at Splendid Hotel & Spa
  • All taxes for bulleted items above
  • Service by our experts, and Adrian Leeds Group with you during the conference
  • Assistance from the staff of Opportunity Travel & Events throughout the program

Conference Pricing Does NOT Include:

  • Any costs associated with Covid vaccines or testing.
  • Hotel accommodations: However, we have negotiated a special discounted room rate with our host hotel – Splendid Hotel & Spa. Rates per night are €165 euros for a single room and €180 euros for double occupancy. We will include a booking link in your confirmation email once you are registered for the conference. Recommended hotel nights for booking – September 15-19, 2022. (4 nights), but our group rates will be applicable three days pre and post based on availability.
  • Arrival or departure transfers to the Hotel Splendid.
  • Travel Insurance which we feel is a MUST when traveling. See further below for more information.

Cancellation Policy for Nice Conference Only: September 16-19, 2022

You will be subject to the terms and conditions regarding cancellations listed below.

  • Cancel from date of booking through July 20, 2022 – refund less a $100 fee per person.
  • Cancel between July 21, 2022 and August 20, 2022 – refund less a $500 fee per person.
  • Cancel after August 20, 2022 until the start of the conference is non-refundable.

 

Register for Conference + Tour to Provence & Occitanie (Parts I & II)

Conference Dates: September 16-19, 2022
Tour Dates: September 20-25, 2022
Limited to 30 people

Pricing for Conference & Tour:

  • Price for 1 based on Single Occupancy: €4,400*
  • Price for 2 based on Double Occupancy: €6,100*

Prices are shown in euros. On July 11, 2022, we will convert it to US Dollars for your final payment.

To secure your seat and registration, we require a USD$500.00 deposit per traveler due at the time of booking with the balance due July 14, 2022. On July 11, we will email you a registration link for the final payment in USD for the balance due based on the rate of exchange as published by XE – Foreign Exchange Charges Calculator.

*Hotel accommodations are included for the Tour to Provence & Occitanie. We will take care of booking your hotel stay for the tour only for nights of September 20-24, 2022. (5 nights). We will check out by 9:30 a.m. and depart for Nice on September 25. You are more than welcome to extend your stay and can request this when booking or at any time.

You will need to personally reserve your hotel nights on your own at Splendid Hotel for the conference, we will send a link in your confirmation letter. Suggested dates in Nice are check in on September 15 and check out on September 20 (5 nights). We will depart Nice for Provence by 9 a.m. on September 20.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another participant, we will try to find a roommate for you, although we cannot guarantee a match.

Conference + Tour Package Pricing Includes:

  • Your hotel accommodations for 5 nights in Provence (2 in Avignon and 3 in Aix.)
  • Most meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 1 farewell dinner. Lunch and dinner will include wine.
  • Guided tours, transportation from Nice to Provence, and all activities through September 25, and entrance fees as described in the tour schedule.
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, and porters.
  • All taxes for bulleted items above.
  • Service by our experts, and Adrian Leeds Group traveling with you on the tour.
  • 24/7 Assistance from the staff of Opportunity Travel & Events throughout the program.

Conference + Tour Package Pricing Does NOT Include:

  • Any costs associated with Covid vaccines or testing.
  • Your hotel accommodations at Splendid Hotel & Spa in Nice for the conference – September 15-20, 2022 (5nights). However, we have negotiated a special discounted room rate with Splendid Hotel & Spa. Rates per night are €165 euros for a single room and €180 euros for double occupancy. We will include a booking link in your confirmation email once you are registered for the conference. We also suggest if you are coming back to Nice on September 25 and plan to stay at Splendid that you book your room at our group rate.
  • All arrival or departure transfers.
  • Travel Insurance which we feel is a MUST when traveling.  See further below for more information.

Cancellation Policy for the Tour to Provence: September 20-25, 2022

The above policy will be in place for the conference portion however the entire cost of the Tour to Provence & the Occitanie is NON-REFUNDABLE.  Therefore, we strongly urge you to buy a travel policy. More information regarding travel insurance is below and will be in your confirmation email.


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Question? Simply call +561-243-6276 or toll-free at +800-926-6575, OR email Barbara Perriello at [email protected] we’ll be happy to answer any questions. Visit Opportunity Travel for more information about sponsored tours or conferences.

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Unbeatable Value, a Life-Changing Experience

In addition to being a top-notch program that includes memorable travel experiences and incredible contacts and connections, this conference and tour represent a tremendous value.

On your own, you would find it nearly impossible to arrange a meeting with all the amazing contacts we have lined up. In fact, access to just one of the professionals we’ll have on hand could cost you several hundred dollars for only a few hours of their time.

As part of this program, you’ll get to meet with and hear from a hand-picked collection of insider experts. They’ll be available at each stop during our journey to answer your questions and share their insights.
Can you imagine what it might cost you to arrange this kind of curated experience on your own? And it’s pretty hard to know who to trust when you’re on unfamiliar ground, and outside of your home country.

We get all the bumps and hurdles out of the way and connect you with our France experts – the preliminary homework and research is already done.

Our mission is to deliver all the time-saving, money-saving, trouble-saving secrets you need to make your dream of living and/or investing in Frances easy, quick, affordable… and enjoyable.

But I must warn you, space is very limited and we expect this popular program to fill up quickly.

I encourage you to act right away to reserve your seat today.

To claim your spot now, contact Opportunity Travel by phone at +561-243-6276 or +800-926-6575 or by email at [email protected].

Here’s to fun, adventure… and the Art of Living, the French way!

Barbara Sedita, Conference Director
Opportunity Travel & Events

 


TRAVEL INSURANCE INFORMATION:
We strongly urge you to purchase a travel policy that provides individual Trip, Air, Health, Accident, Baggage and Cancellation Insurance. As we’ve seen during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to protect yourself, your health, and your travel investment.

For instance, if you were to test positive for COVID before your departure and be required to quarantine, your policy would cover any extended hotel stays that might be needed.

If you would like to receive a quote and book your travel insurance online, here are two options to consider:

Please note that rates are based on the total dollar amount of your trip and your age. Be sure to read the fine print and understand what coverage is provided. If you have questions about travel insurance, feel free to email: [email protected]

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