White Bird's Travel Program

Have you ever wondered where and how White Bird selects its artists? Well now you can be part of the process and join our Co-Founders Paul King & Walter Jaffe as they travel the globe in exploration of distinct, thrilling, and awe-inspiring dance. After being asked year after year about our unique adventures we have decided to open up these wonderful experiences to the public with White Bird's new Travel Program.

On deck for 2015... France

Join Co-Founders Paul King and Walter Jaffe to explore
premiere dance festivals and culinary treasures
in the south of France.

Montpellier, Avignon & Marseille
June 2015


Registration opens July 18, 2014

Enjoy spending 8 days and 7 nights seeing France, watching great dance, eating local cuisine, drinking special wines, meeting important choreographers and chefs, and all while helping to support White Bird. Stay in three historic cities—Montpellier, Avignon, and Marseille—where the group will take part in three important festivals:


•  Montpellier Dance Festival
•  Festival d’Avignon
•  Festival de Marseille




•  Seven-nights deluxe hotel accommodations
•  Daily breakfast, four lunches, including a market tour and cooking class, and a gastronomic lunch; Two Dinners, and a farewell dessert reception. All lunches and dinners include one half bottle of wine per person, mineral water and coffee.
•  Two wine tastings: Château de Flaugergues and Chateauneuf du Pape Vineyards
•  Explore Montpellier, Arles, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence & Marseille
•  Unique, behind the Scenes access to some of the finest dance presented in the world
•  Theatre Festival Tickets: 

            Montpellier Dance Festival - 1 performance        

            Festival d’Avignon - 1 performance

            Festival de Marseille - 1 performance
•  Private ground transportation, local bilingual guides


The Montpellier Dance Festival was created in 1981 as a crossroads for different dance forms and cultures. Traditional dances, prestigious international companies, experimental dance forms… This festival celebrates dance culture at every level.

The Festival d’Avignon is the oldest and most famous festival in France. A living, driving force. Witness the creative capacity of all the arts where new works regularly are debuted.

The Festival de Marseille, established in 1996, hosts major contemporary international works.  Dance is at the heart of the programming choices, along with theatre, music and visual arts.




•  A three-course welcome dinner
•  A private wine tasting at Château de Flaugergues
•  Tour Arles and its cloister in St. Trophime’s Cathedral and the Roman amphitheater
•  A gourmet dinner showcasing Provencal cuisine at L’Essentiel in Avignon
•  Take a tour of the Palais des Papes (a UNESCO World Heritage site)
•  Accompany the chef of La Mirande to the ‘Halles d’Avignon’ (Avignon’s local market) to select ingredients and then create a memorable meal for you and your new friends
•  Tour of Chateauneuf du Pape Vineyards
•  Visit the production cellars of Domaines Mousset and Les Fines Roches
•  Walk the streets of Aix-en-Provence
•  Share in a private tour of Angelin Preljocaj’s Dance Studio
•  Eat bouillabaisse prepared in the traditional style at L’Epuisette in Marseille
•  Indulge yourself in a farewell dessert reception
You will also have time to yourself to enjoy the scenery, the cities, and the cuisine of France. So join us and see what the world of dance has in store for us in France.




For more information on White Bird's unique travel experiences, including details on availability and booking,
please contact Paul King via pking [at] whitebird [dot] org (subject: Travel%20Program%20Inquiry) (email), or call 503.245.1600 x 203




Please note details are currently subject to change


• Seven (7) nights, four-star and three-star accommodations:
    o Two nights in Montpellier, France at the Pullman Montpellier Antigone Hotel
    o  Three nights in Avignon, France at the Cloitre St. Louis Hotel
    o Two nights in Marseille, France at the Radisson Blu Marseille Vieus Port

• Pre-post night extensions available at discounted rates, will be available July 18, 2014.


Hosted Meals
• Daily breakfast (7)
• Four lunches, including a cooking class and a gourmet lunch
• Two dinners, and a farewell dessert reception
• Two half-day wine tastings at three vineyards
• All lunches and dinners include one half bottle of wine per person, mineral water and coffee.  Additional beverages will be charged at an additional expense

Theatre Tickets
• Montpellier Dance Festival - (1) performance
• Festival d’Avignon - (1) performance
• Festival de Marseille - (1) performance

Ground Services
• Private ground transportation per itinerary
• Bilingual guide throughout itinerary
• Pre-paid taxes and gratuities

Pricing & payment schedules will be confirmed no later than July 18, 2014.

Program Exclusions:
• Airfare
• Ground transportation to and from airport/hotel
• Additional meals or beverages not listed in the scheduled agenda
• Guestroom incidental charges (e.g. phone calls, room service, laundry, etc.)
• Extensions beyond main program dates
• Passport and/or visa
• Travel Insurance (if interested please inquire with Global Incentive Group)