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Olive Picking Holiday in France

Les Pastras offers a unique Provencal adventure. Experience a traditional French olive harvest as it has been done for centuries, organically and by hand! Pick olives in the autumn sun while you learn everything you ever wanted to know about olive trees - pruning, planting, harvesting, making olive oil, and then enjoy a hearty Provencal aperitif - pâté, charcuterie, cheese, baguette, and more with Les Pastras red wine.

Highlights

  • Olive picking in the autumn sun
  • Experience a unique Provencal adventure
  • Explore the property's fruit trees, vineyards, beehives, Provencal herbs and truffle trees
  • Learn everything about olive trees like pruning, planting, harvesting and making olive oil
  • Enjoy red wine by the poolside with a view of olive groves
  • Sampling of olive oil, truffle oil and truffle salt
  • Engage in traditional French olive harvest
  • 1 night accommodation

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Accommodation

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.

Program

Between 10:30 and 12:00, enjoy a walk through Les Pastras property and a tour of the fruit trees, vineyards, beehives, Provencal herbs, and truffle trees. Pick olives by hand in the autumn sun. Between 12:00 and 13:00, enjoy a hearty Provencal aperitif with all you care to drink of Les Pastras red wine, a sampling of the olive oil, truffle oil, and truffle salt.

Location

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

Food

The retreat will serve a combination of olive-based products, olive oil, truffle oil, charcuterie, cheese, fruits, veggies, vegetarian options, and you care to drink red and rosé wine.

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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
  • A tour of the property's fruit trees, vineyards, beehives, Provencal herbs, and truffle trees
  • Information on olive trees like pruning, planting, harvesting, and making olive oil
  • Olive picking in the autumn sun
  • Red wine by the poolside with a view of olive groves
  • A sampling of olive oil, truffle oil, and truffle salt

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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