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7 Days Wine Tasting Provence & Culinary Vacations in France

Provence, France

French Cooking Holidays and Wine Tasting in Provence

This tour is designed to explore the lifestyle, the cuisine, the wines, and the culture of Provence. During the Provence tour, you will meet the people of Provence, the chef who welcomes you into his private kitchen, the chocolate maker, the vendors in the markets, and families of wine makers. And what is better than touring with a local guide that knows the secrets of his region? This tour gives you an incomparable value of the length of time, activities, quality, and amount of meals, and authenticity above all.

Highlights

  • Cook with a celebrity chef and comedian
  • Take part in winery visits and wine tasting
  • Hands-on cooking classes with instruction by local chefs
  • Explore areas with breathtaking views and popular landmarks in Provence
  • Join a boat trip at the breathtaking Calanques
  • 6 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

Your home for the week is a historical country house that has been totally renovated to a magical place. The Provencal villa is situated in the tranquil countryside of Provence in a central location which makes it convenient for touring the major attractions. It is set on one and a half acres of landscaped gardens with a large swimming pool and a Spa. The Provencal villa has 7 spacious rooms, each with a king bed and en-suite bathroom, air-condition, satellite TV and WiFi.

Food N' Wine Vacations invites you to discover a region which has so much to offer: exotic villages and farms, changing scenary from wild flowers to rocky moutains to blue waters. Food N' Wine Vacations invites you to discover every day different wines, to browse colorful markets and soak in the ambiance of Provence.

Program

Day 1, Saturday - Arrival

The group will meet between 5:00 – 5:30 pm at Avignon TGV train station. Your tour guide will drive you to your accommodations. Unpack and get to know your home for the week before gathering for a welcome drink and enjoying our first Provencal dinner.

Day 2, Sunday - Isle-Sur-La Sorgues

Wake up and smell the fresh pastries and breads. Your vacation in Provence is off to a good start. You will head to the famous market at Isle-Sur-La Sorgues. The town is called the Venice of Provence as it is built on five branches of the Sorgues River. This market is also known for its antique finds. You will have time to explore this charming town.

In the afternoon, you will be heading to the quarries of Le Baux, an extraordinary site that once was a quarry and is now offering a breathtaking show that projects 3,000 images on its floor, ceiling, and huge rock walls. Next, you will drive to a celebrity chef and comedian’s country home, where you will cook, laugh, and be entertained. It will be a memorable evening.

Day 3, Monday - Provence villages

Today, the adventure continues to some superb hilltop villages and the land of Peter Mayle who wrote the book, A Year in Provence. You will stop outside the village of Gordes for a photo and go through the little town square. You will continue to Roussillon, an ocre-red village, where you will enter the "Red Canyon" of Provence to see its beauty.

Lunch will be either a French style picnic with cheeses or at a friend’s home.

In the afternoon you will visit the picturesque village of Lacoste, known for its notorious resident, the Marquise de Sade, who lived in the castle at the top of the village. Based on time you’ll visit either Menerbes or Bonnieux, two typical villages of the Luberon.

Dinner at the villa or a local restaurant.

Day 4, Tuesday - Market visit

After breakfast, you will head to the indoor market of Avignon, where a friendly chef will tour with you around the stalls, explaining about the local specialties and choosing the menu based on the seasonal produce. Then, you will enjoy a cooking class followed by lunch. After lunch, you will have a walking tour of Avignon and some time on your own for exploring and shopping.

Next, you will drive to Chateauneuf du Pape to for a winery visit and tasting. You will have a free evening.

Day 5, Wednesday - Saint Remy

No tour of Provence is complete without visiting Saint Remy. Seduced by the setting and atmosphere, many writers, painters, and musicians choose to live here. Today is market day. You will experience the Provencal life style, walk around the stalls or choose to discover the little streets.

In the afternoon you will visit a private winery that is famous in the area for producing a good Rosé wine.

Tonight you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6, Thursday - Cassis

Your tour of Provence is coming to a great finale with a visit to Cassis, an ancient fishing village which is turned into a vacation spot. You will embark on a boat to explore the breathtaking Calanques, the Mediterranean version of fjords. Then, you will have free time to walk around or have lunch.

Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell dinner cooked by a private chef, sharing, laughing, and celebrating your magical week in Provence.

Day 7, Friday - Departure

It is hard to say goodbye. You can head home or extend your stay. Group transfer is at 09:00am. A bientot!

Included excursions

  • Explore Saint Remy
  • Head to the quarries of Le Baux to watch a breathtaking image show
  • Join a boat trip to explore the breathtaking Calanques
  • Tour to Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting
  • Tour to the indoor market of Avignon
  • Visit a celebrity chef and comedian’s country home
  • Visit ancient fishing village of Cassis
  • Visit either Menerbes or Bonnieux, typical villages of the Luberon
  • Visit Roussillon and enjoy the beauty of "Red Canyon" of Provence
  • Visit the famous market at Isle-Sur-La Sorgues
  • Visit the picturesque village of Lacoste
  • Visit the village of Gordes

Location

This culinary adventure takes place in Provence, France.

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore the charming Isle-Sur-La Sorgues whose market is also known for its antique finds
  • Explore and go shopping in Avignon
  • Discover the little streets or do some more shopping in Saint Remy
  • Walk around or have lunch in Cassis

What's included

  • 6 Nights accommodations in a private estate
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 dinners including wine
  • Hands-on cooking classes including lunch and wine
  • Wine tasting
  • Olive oil tasting
  • All sightseeings
  • Group transfer from/to Avignon TGV train station
  • Water in the vehicle
  • Local tour guide
  • Boat trip
  • Tour book
  • Souvenirs

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Train tickets
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

How to get there

Arrival by train

Please book your train to arrive at Avignon TGV train station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

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