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8-day Provence Gourmet Food Tour
Provence is one of the most charming and well-known regions of France and this all-inclusive guided tour will explore the unexpected side of this region, including its extraordinary colours and flavours. We strongly recommend that your holiday in Provence begins in your own home, according to one of Marcel Pagnol’s books: La Gloire de Mon Père (My Father’s Glory). His love for Provence and his vivid descriptions of le pays de son enfance (the country of his childhood) in his book make you feel as if you can hear les cigales (the cicadas) and smell la lavande (the lavender) which are the perfect introduction to this stunning region.
Provence is a region blessed by the Gods when it comes to food and wine and a journey to Provence is a unique experience for all your senses. Highlights of this 8-day-all-inclusive tour
Tasting olives, gariguettes, strawberries, cherries, cavaillon melon and saffron. Vaucluse is one big vegetable garden, and whatever the season, its best produce can be found on market stalls.
A Sunday morning visit to the colourful farmers market of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The sunny weather of the region allows an abundance of fresh sun-ripened vegetables and fruits to grow. Sample a full range of herbs and plants, both fresh and dried, goat cheeses of all shapes and stages, olive oil, honey and jams, bunches of asparagus, clusters of sweet grapes and of course country bread, fougasse and baguette.
Watching the world go by sitting on a café terrasse and drinking a pastis (an anise flavoured aperitif and local favourite!)
Explore the wines of the North Provence area, famous for varietals such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas, Côtes du Mont Ventoux and gourmand Beaumes de Venise.
Tour working vineyards during the vinification process.
Eat at some of the region’s best restaurants (away from the tourist traps) run by a young generation of chefs, often with a Michelin star background.
Enjoy a picnic under an olive tree with a fresh bottle of rosé!
Your host Francois will also cook dinner for you and with you (for those who want) each night, using local recipes with seasonal products picked up daily at local markets. The menu will vary from night to night based on what you and the other 7 guests would like – Francois loves your special requests!
A 5* guest house set among vines is your home away from home during the Provence tour
Nestled in the heart of a 5 acre vineyard, the Guest House for the week is nothing short of 5 star luxury. The owner has kept its original Provencal character, including exposed beams, terracotta tiles, and a stunning staircase. The outdoor living area offers an environment where you can relax in a pleasant and peaceful setting under the horse-chestnut trees, rocked by the song of the cicadas. The house also features a heated private swimming-pool (18.5m x 4m) and terrace, bordered by vines on one side and enjoying a wonderful view of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mount Ventoux.
7 nights’ accommodation in an amazing Bastide Manor, surrounded by a vineyard
Twin share room and private bathroom
5 lunches and 7 dinners, as well as continental breakfast included every day
Coffees /Teas daily
Regional and French wines with all your meals
Francois will cook dinner for you each evening and with you (for those who want) using local recipes and seasonal products
A private tour by the estate owner of our accommodation and the opportunity to taste his wines
Five full day tours of visiting stunning little villages and gourmet experiences in Provence
Entry fees to local attractions whenever they apply
Free transport to and from the local Avignon train station on arrival and departure
Free Wi-Fi in accommodation
A pre-departure briefing to discuss travel arrangements for the tour
Please note, you will have a free day on the Wednesday of the tour to explore this region on your own. This allows you to visit the museums, shops and galleries of your choice or to walk around the Dentelles de Montmirail and the vineyards surrounding Mont Ventoux at your own pace. We can provide advice and recommendations on what you might want to do on your leisure day too if you need!
Slow Tours offers a number of other Food Tours in Europe
YOUR BACKROAD ADVENTURE IN PROVENCE - not your usual day-by-day itinerary but these are some of the excursions you will experience during your week in Provence.
Provence is a region full of light where the sun shines on the landscape all year long. It's also a region of contrasting landscapes, from crop lands and vineyards to cedar and oak forests. With this variety of scenery, Vaucluse combines the art of living with natural spaces, and we can’t wait to take you there.
You will also visit Avignon, a medieval town protected by its ramparts and home of the Popes, as well as Mont Ventoux, famous for a stage of the heroic Tour de France and lavender fields.
Seven villages in the region are ranked as “most beautiful villages in France” and include, Gordes, Bonnieux, Séguret and Venasque. Their narrow streets, the shady squares and graceful fountains all beckon visitors to relax and drink in the beauty.
Many handicraft products are famous in Provence such as olive wood, soap, tablecloths, traditional local pottery and dried lavender and more. We will visit a range of workshops and see these products being crafted first hand.
During your stay, you will discover why Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne took inspiration from the landscape and why they called Provence their home at one point in time.
For antiques lovers, we will visit l’Isle sur la Sorgue, one of the best antique markets in the country.
Each day will finish with a game of boules, a refreshing rosé and some tapenade (olive paste) on a fresh fougasse (local bread) - la vie est belle isn’t it?
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