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Truffle Hunting & Culinary Vacation in France

Have you ever dreamed of Provençale hilltop villages, Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, olive trees with glistening ripe olives dripping from them? What about strolling through a farmers market in Provence and selecting farm-fresh produce for your countryside picnic? If you are looking for a vacation for single women or just a group of women traveling together, join this women-only tour and discover this enchanting region.

Highlights

  • Learning to hunt for truffles, black gold
  • Having a Provençal cooking class with a French chef
  • Savoring a Michelin star meal with a glass of fresh rosé
  • Exploring picturesque ancient Les Baux when the tourists have left
  • Visiting Van Gogh’s room in Saint Paul de Mausole
  • Shopping picture perfect Lourmarin, très chic!
  • Walking the Ocre Trail in Roussillon
  • 6 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction
Group size: 6-10 participants
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Accommodation

You will stay at a charming hotel in St. Remy, La Maison du Village. All of Girls Guide to Paris' trips are organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places you stay. If you’re traveling with a friend / relative or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, Girls Guide to Paris team can usually organize double occupancy at a reduction in cost. Please inquire.

Program

On this trip, which was the first one Girls Guide to Paris did way back when they began, the Girls Guide to Paris team has perfected the offerings over the years so that in one short week you’ll be able to see and experience the very best that this region has to offer.

Hunting for truffles and then later having a cooking class with a superb French chef are highlights as is the feeling that comes over you when you step into Van Gogh’s room where he painted over 100 of his best works. Girls Guide to Paris knows from experience that Provence is a place that will live in your heart for many years to come.

Day 1

Arrive, refresh, unpack and relax at a charming hotel in St. Remy owned by Vicki Archer, blogger, and author of "My French Life", and "French Essence".

Drinks start at 7 p.m. and then you’ll dine at a wonderful local restaurant outside on their terrace in the village of St. Remy de Provence. St. Remy is famous for three people: Nostradamus was born here, Princess Caroline of Monaco summers here, and Van Gogh stayed here for a time in what was then an asylum (after the ear incident). He was at his most productive whilst living in this area. Optional jet-lag massage in the afternoon not included.

Day 2

Today you’ll explore the environs of historic St. Remy and visit Van Gogh’s monastery where he lived and painted and in addition, you’ll get to see some Roman ruins nearby. Then you’ll head to Menerbes, the town made famous by the book "A Year in Provence" for lunch.

After lunch, you’ll enjoy a rosé wine tasting at one of the local Domaine’s. You’ll head back to the hotel for some free time for rest and relaxation, leaving time to explore the town more on your own.

Dinner will be in nearby Les Baux where you’ll enjoy the opportunity to explore this most famous town once the hordes of tripists have left. You’ll dine at the quintessentially local and authentic Provençal restaurant, Une Table au Soleil.

Day 3

Today is truffle hunt day with the experts and their dogs. You’ll learn everything you never knew about truffles, how they’re raised and why they cost so much. After tasting your freshly dug truffles with champagne by the pool at the proprietor's home, you’ll head to the beautiful village of Lourmarin and enjoy a light lunch.

After lunch, you’ll have time to walk around, sightsee, and shop the exquisitely chic shops of this picturesque town. Note: This is one of Peter Mayle’s favorite villages in Provence.

In the late afternoon, you’ll be instructed on how to play Petanque by the truffle guys. Petanque is the Provençal version of Boule, a game played outside with metal balls. While you play, you’ll enjoy a light apéro as well as homemade paté and Pastis made by Jean-Marc, owner of the truffle dogs.

Dinner will be held in the garden under the olive trees (if the weather allows) at the Michelin recommended La Table d’Yvan Restaurant just outside of St. Remy.

Day 4

Because it’s so famous, you will not miss the market at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue which is well known throughout the region for its classic marché items such as local olives, cheeses, jams, flowers, and even French espadrilles and Provençal fabrics.

You’ll have a chance to explore this darling town surrounded by a river and watermills including a peek inside their 17th-century church with its gorgeous painted blue walls and gilded nave.

Lunch today will be at the delightful Jouvaud Patisserie and tea salon which also seconds as a charming gift shop. Their savory pastries, soups, and salads are light and delicious.

There is an option this afternoon to head to the Fontaine de Vaucluse, the source of the Sorgue river. Here you will take a short nature walk which will inspire and refresh you. Tonight, you’ll relax and enjoy a simple but tasty meal in town at Le Moulin de Sophie.

Day 5

Today you’ll rise early to experience a morning at the beautiful market near Uzès with chef Eric. After shopping for the ingredients, you’ll head back to his cooking school for an enjoyable and entertaining hands-on cooking class. After your labors, you’ll dine with wine on the fixins’.

After class, you’ll stroll around the village of Uzès and take a peak, and have tea in the petite and charming medieval garden. Dinner on your own at the hotel or in town.

Day 6

Today you’ll sleep in, and after a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head to the impossibly beautiful town of Gordes. You shall trip this charming village, named one of the most beautiful in France, and afterward, you’ll visit the old village of Bories. Here you’ll learn about the unique way sheepherders used to live and farm in the region.

Lunch is in Gordes, enjoying the view over the countryside while we tuck into our Provençal repas. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Rousillon, the famous red village where you’ll walk the Ocre trail and explore this lovely town leaving a bit of time for some souvenir shopping.

You arrive back to the hotel early enough so you can lounge, exercise, read, or just relax. A magnificent farewell dinner to be held at the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Hotel De Tourrel. The ideal setting for your last meal dinner in Provence.

Day 7

Breakfast, photo sharing, depart.

Note

GG2P always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!

Not to worry, vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood. Options are plentiful.

Location

This women-only culinary holiday takes place in Provence.

Food

All meals except one (where indicated) are included. You will also enjoy wine with dinner. Additionally, you will enjoy one cooking class and truffle hunting during the holiday.

Not to worry, vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood. Options are plentiful.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Everything stated in the itinerary above including all meals except one (where indicated) and plus wine with dinner
  • All classes and hunts as described
  • All guides
  • All museum or other entry fees
  • All in-country transport including transfers to and from the train station in Avignon
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Roundtrip airfare to France
  • Roundtrip train from Paris to Avignon
  • Any spa treatments desired
  • Any personal souvenirs or purchases
  • Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended) and trip medical coverage (required for travelers over 50 years of age)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Avignon – Provence Airport (AVN). Airport transfer is not included in the price. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Arrival by train

You can also take a train from Paris to Avignon. Many of guests stay in Paris for a day or two or three to get over jetlag or just enjoy Paris. Then they take the train. However, there’s a train station at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), so it’s possible to get off the plane and get on a train from the airport if you aren’t resting for a few days in Paris.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Thursday April 28, 2022
(7 days / 6 nights)

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