8-Day Provence Culinary Wander

8-Day Provence Culinary Wander

A land cruise of discovery of Provence sites, cuisine, wines and artists

Tour type: Group , Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Product ID: 53586
Description

This Provence culinary wander is a lifestyle journey of 8 days/7nights, inspired by the famous book "A Year in Provence", and informed by your host's personal touch and intimate knowledge of the region.
 
Your guide Jean-Marie will successfully showcase the real Provence, its authentic cuisine, based on the principles of slow food, locavore and "cucina povera", locally sourced best wines, and artists and artisans showcasing the best traditional and modern craftsmanship.
 
The itinerary will take you through many typical villages on the East side of the Rhône, around Les Alpilles and the Lubéron, considered to be the heart of Provence. The tour has built-in flexibility, as you can choose optional activities like cooking and food photography classes or take off on your own for more personal discoveries. 
 
Itinerary:
 
​Day 1: Meet your group at the TGV Station in Avignon at 11.30am, and visit Le Pont d'Avignon. Spend the afternoon in Avignon and visit La Cité des Papes and the centre of town and wander around the old city.
Then you will be transfferd to your accomodation in Cabrières-d’Avignon. Enjoy dinner on your own,...

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This Provence culinary wander is a lifestyle journey of 8 days/7nights, inspired by the famous book "A Year in Provence", and informed by your host's personal touch and intimate knowledge of the region.
 
Your guide Jean-Marie will successfully showcase the real Provence, its authentic cuisine, based on the principles of slow food, locavore and "cucina povera", locally sourced best wines, and artists and artisans showcasing the best traditional and modern craftsmanship.
 
The itinerary will take you through many typical villages on the East side of the Rhône, around Les Alpilles and the Lubéron, considered to be the heart of Provence. The tour has built-in flexibility, as you can choose optional activities like cooking and food photography classes or take off on your own for more personal discoveries. 
 
Itinerary:
 
​Day 1: Meet your group at the TGV Station in Avignon at 11.30am, and visit Le Pont d'Avignon. Spend the afternoon in Avignon and visit La Cité des Papes and the centre of town and wander around the old city.
Then you will be transfferd to your accomodation in Cabrières-d’Avignon. Enjoy dinner on your own, there are plenty of restaurants near the hotel.
 
Day 2: After breakfast, drive to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and visit the antiques and food market.
Next, depart for La Fontaine de Vaucluse and walk to La Fontaine. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the side of the river Sorgue before a leisurely stroll through the village and a visit to the paper mill. At the end of the day, drive back to the hotel.
 
Day 3: Drive to Les Baux, an old fortified village on top of a cliff and now entirely pedestrianised. You will visit the castle then roam the streets of the village and take in the views, authentic old houses and churches and plenty Provencal wares in the shops
Visit Fleur de Mouriès olive grove and enjoy a tasting of their olives. Enjoy a delicious five-star lunch at one of the most famous restaurants in France, 3 Michelin Stars Cabro d’Or, with carefully matched wines. Visit the cellar with 20,000 bottles on site plus 40,000 in a secret location, the 5th largest in France.
Next, you will visit a famous silversmith who has been forging silver for decades and then return to the hotel. If time permits, you will also visit Fontvieille and the Moulin de Daudet.
 
Day 4: Enjoy a day of wine discovery with a famous sommelier who worked for Alain Ducasse and is also now a winemaker with an intimate knowledge of the local producers.
In the morning you will visit two wineries before a light lunch near the vineyards.
After lunch, you will visit two more wineries before returning at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. In the evening, you will have a musical surprise with dinner cooked by your tour guide.
 
Day 5: Visit Abbaye de Sénanque, Gordes, Roussillon and its ocres.
You will have lunch on your own in Rousillon and visit Lacoste, Bonnieux, and Lourmarin with a shopping stop. Then drive around the South side of Luberon and end the day via Oppède Le Vieux and Ménerbes, where you will also have dinner.
 
Day 6: Drive to Cassis and cruise the Calanques. 
Enjoy lunch and some time for shopping before driving back via Salon-de-Provence.
 
Day 7: Today you will visit Tarascon and Soleiado, and then Arles. You will have lunch on your own in Arles.
Visit an olive mill in Mausanne or Mouriès before returning to the hotel.
In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at Auberges de Noves.
 
Day 8: After breakfast you check out of the hotel, visit Aix-en-Provence and enjoy a light lunch before being dropped-off in Avignon.

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About this activity
Tour Timings
11:30 AM on May 11th 2019 - 3:00 PM on May 18th 2019
Group size
4 - 6
Languages
English, French , Spanish, not fluent
The meeting point
Pick-up TGV Station in Avignon; Drop-off TGV station Aix-en-Provence

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Includes
  • 7-nights accommodation in double/twin room
  • Breakfast every day
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • All visits in the itinerary
  • Transportation
  • Tour guide
  • Meals other than mentioned 
  • Single supplement (€600)

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Payment Policy

650 euros as a deposit upon booking – this deposit is non-refundable if the tour goes ahead.
Then the balance no later than April 30th. We aim to confirm tours as soon as possible, the latest possible date will be one months (30 days) before the tour.

Currency conversion is supplied as a guide only; the exchange rate used by your bank may vary. The final payment will be charged in the local or original local currency shown.


Cancellation Policy

If the tour does not proceed: if for any reason we decide the tour cannot proceed, any payments you made to us towards the tour price will be refunded to you, including your deposit.

If we cancel the tour: We may cancel the tour anytime up until April 30th due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. In this instance, you will receive a refund for any payments you have made towards the tour price. We are not responsible for any other expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

If you want or need to cancel: Cancellations must be received in writing.

  • Cancellations advised between 120 and 60 days prior to the tour date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fee. 
  • Cancellations advised less than 60 days prior to the tour date will result in the loss of all monies paid. 

Organized by

Jean-Marie LIERE

Over the years, Jean-Marie has been lucky to experience friendship with people in many different countries, and more often that not, these friendships were cemented around a table, sharing local cuisine or exchanging tips about and names of places where one could find the best recipe for a ceviche of scallops or a Moroccan tajine, chase a particular wine to match or find that famous but still elusive shop that sells Iranian basmati rice. After having organised so many trips and itineraries for friends and acquaintances, Jean-Marie is now organising trips to Provence during which he will share with you not only the best food, wines, villages, artists and artisans of this part of France, where Jean-Marie's Mum comes from and for which he has an invaluable amount of local knowledge, but also his personal memories of time spend there from his childhood to now in the 21st century.


Product ID: 53586

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