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7 Days Wine Tasting Provence & Culinary Vacations in France

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

  • Take part in winery visits and wine tasting
  • Hands-on cooking classes with instruction by local chefs
  • Learn olive oil-making process from a local maker and olive oil tasting
  • Explore areas with breathtaking views and popular landmarks in Provence
  • Join a boat trip at the breathtaking Calanques
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Your home for the week is a luxury private villa located in a central location in Provence, surrounded by park dotted with fountains, ponds, and planted olive trees. You will have this heaven all to yourselves, enjoying after-dinner chats under the stars with a glass of wine, exploring exotic villages and farms, tasting local products, drinking top quality wines, browsing colorful markets, and getting immersed in the lifestyle of Provence.

The Provencal farmhouse is facing the Alpilles, The landscape that inspired authors and artists: little mountains covered with scrubland, pine and oak forests, fields of olive trees, little roads, and shady paths offering a picture perfect view. The villa has been fully renovated With excellent modern amenities. Its living areas open to the main terrace. The villa offers a large living room with fireplace, a large family kitchen, equipped with the latest household gadgets. A laundry is situated next to the kitchen. The 30-meter-long terrace ends with a fully-fitted summer kitchen and a covered terrace opening to an infinity pool. All of the spacious bedrooms are located on the ground floor. Each is decorated in a different theme.

  • The Asian room - It has Asian decor and colors, and faces a garden. It has a wall that separates the room from the glass shower and bathroom.
  • The Colonial room - A large room with hand carved armoire, it has a large glass shower that can be closed with blinds for privacy and a bathroom.
  • The Florentine room - This is a master suite decorated in Italian style with a fireplace and two armchairs. It has a huge shower and bath, and walk-in closet. The private toilet has been built outside the room in the hallway, but there is no other room near it.
  • The Provencal room - This room's theme is floral bedding of Provence. It has a large window overlooking the terrace and the little alps, a large modern marble shower room, and bathroom.
  • The summer room - White and airy, the room is facing the pool. It has a 3 / 4 wall that separates the room from the glass shower and bathroom.

Day 1, Saturday - Arrival

The group will meet between 16:00 - 17:30 at Avignon TGV train station. Your tour guide will drive you to your accommodation. Unpack and get to know your home for the week, before gathering for a welcome drink and enjoying your first Provencal dinner cooked by a private chef.

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. A one of a kind experience is next: you will have lunch at a goat farm, served on long wooden tables outdoors, and all you will see around you are green horizons. 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 will visit either Menerbes or Bonnieux, two typical villages of the Luberon. Tonight, you will have dinner at the villa.

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. You will have time to discover the little streets or do some more shopping in the market today. In the afternoon, you will visit an olive oil mill in the foothills of Le Baux de Provence to learn how they make the best olive oil and taste it. You will continue with a winery visit and wine tasting. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at a local bistro.

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 09:00. A bientot!

  • 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 a goat farm
  • Visit an olive oil mill in the foothills of Le Baux de Provence
  • 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

This culinary adventure takes place in Provence, France.

  • 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
  • 5 dinners, including wine
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All sightseeing
  • Boat trip
  • Complimentary water in the vehicle
  • Daily breakfast
  • Designed tote
  • Group transfers to / from train station
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Local tour guide
  • Lunch at a goat farm, including wine
  • Private olive oil tasting
  • Tour book
  • Winery visits and wine tasting
  • Anything not mentioned in the program
  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Train tickets
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by train

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

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.