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Culinary Vacation in Provence

Join Les Pastras on the mushroom hunting excursions in France! You will discover the quiet, unspoiled forests of the area and enjoy the bucolic and relaxed atmosphere of Provence. You will need to be equipped with sturdy, comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting muddy. During your time in the Provence forests, you will learn how to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms.


  • Hunt for about ten different varieties of mushrooms
  • Enjoy the bucolic and relaxed atmosphere of Provence
  • Mushroom hunting excursions using knives and baskets
  • A brief tutorial on the different mushrooms to be searched
  • Distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms
  • Discover the quiet, unspoiled forests of the area
  • 1 night accommodation


1 day with instruction
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Accommodation is arranged at a bed and breakfast or hotel nearby. Depending on availabilities, it can be at the nearest B&B La Tuilière en Luberon – Demeure d'hôtes de Charme, or at the hotels nearby such as Hotel Luberon Provence, Hotel Le Mas du Colombier, and in the next town: Hotel Le Moulin, Lourmarin, or Beaumier Hotels & Resorts.


You will hunt for about 10 different varieties, including cepes, chanterelle, golden chanterelle, hedgehog mushroom, blue stalk mushroom, Tricholoma myomyces, saffron milk cap, white saddle, elfin saddle, and black trumpet. The arrival at the hunting grounds is followed by a brief tutorial on the different mushrooms you will be searching for. An outdoorsman's aperitif, including bread, sausage, pate, tapenade, mushrooms and red wine (juice for kids), will be served. Your search for mushrooms will end with a last glass of wine to toast new friendships.


The retreat takes place in the hills between Cadenet and Lourmarin, in the Luberon National Park, Provence.


Your host will serve pickled wild mushrooms, green olive tapenade, wild boar pâté, wine, homemade Pastis, spiced wine.

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Pétanque (Boules)

Spend the afternoon mastering Provence's most popular pastime, the game of pétanque, also known as boules. You'll learn to shoot, score, and even cheat while overlooking one of Provence's most magnificent landscapes. And since no game of pétanque is complete without a drink in hand, the rosé and pastis will be flowing! The activity can be booked as an extra for 35 EUR per person for adults and 25 EUR for children under 16. It has a duration of two hours and it requires a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 12.

First, you will be taught the rules of the game along with a brief history of the sport. Then, you'll learn how to handle the boule, throw, shoot, score, and master the fine art of disputing a point. You'll play a competitive game of pétanque (with a glass of rosé in your hand, of course!). Your hosts will also have some homemade Pastis for sampling. The winning team will be presented with a commemorative trophy during an apero with Pastis, rosé, and traditional Provencal snacks (anchoiade, tapenade, mushrooms, and others).

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation
  • Aperitif including bread, sausage, pate, tapenade, mushrooms and red wine, juice for kids
  • Brief-up on mushrooms
  • Knives and baskets for mushroom hunting
  • Mushroom hunting ending with a glass of wine

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). The airport is about one hour drive from Les Pastras' property. The location cannot be reached by public transportation, so you will have to either rent a car or hire a chauffeur.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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This holiday is available from October until November depending on weather.

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