The best of Provence tour designed to explore the lifestyle, the cuisine, the wines and the culture of Provence. You will meet the people of Provence, the chef who welcomes you into his home the chocolate maker, The vendors in the market.
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The group will meet between 4:00-5:30 pm at Avignon TGV train station. Your tour guide
will drive you to your accommodations. Unpack and get to know your home for the week before gathering for a welcome drink and enjoying our first Provencal dinner.
Wake up and smell the fresh pastries and breads. Your vacation in Provence is off to a good start. You will head to the famous market at Isle-Sur-La Sorgues. The town is called the Venice of Provence as it is built on five branches of the Sorgues River. This market is also known for its antique finds. You will have time to explore this charming town.
In the afternoon we will be heading to the quarries of le baux, an extraordinary site that once was a quarry and is now offering a breathtaking show that projects 3,000 images on its floor, ceiling and huge rock walls. Next, we will drive to our friend’s country home, a celebrity chef and comedian, where you will cook, laugh, and be entertained. It will be a memorable evening.
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Today, the adventure continues to some superb hilltop villages, and the land of Peter Mayle, who wrote the book A Year in Provence. We will stop outside the village of Gordes for an ahaa.. photo and go through the little town sqaure. We'll continue to Roussillon, an ocre-red village, where we will enter the "Red Canyon"of Provence to see its beauty.
A one of a kind experience is next: you’ll have lunch at a goat farm served on long wooden tables outdoors and all you'll see around you are green horizons.
In the afternoon we will visit the picturesque vllage of Lacoste, known for its notorious resident, the Marquise de Sade, who lived in the castle at the top of the village. Based on time we'll visit either Menerbes or Bonnieux, two typical villages of the Luberon.
Dinner at the villa or a local restaurant.
Sleeping and meals
After breakfast we will head to the indoor market of Avignon, where our friendly chef will tour with you around the stalls, explaining about the local specialties and choose the menu based on the seasonal produce. Then you will enjoy cooking class followed by lunch. After lunch you will have a walking tour of Avignon and some time on your own for exploring and shopping.
Next we will drive to chateauneuf du pape to for a winery visit and tasting.
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No tour of Provence is complete without visiting Saint Remy. Seduced by the setting and atmosphere, many writers, painters and musicians choose to live here. Today is market day. You will experience the Provencal life style, walk around the stalls or choose to discover the little streets.
In the afternoon we will visit an olive oil mill in the foothills of Le Baux de Provence to learn how they make high quaity olive oil and taste it. We'll continue with a visit to private winery that is famous in the area for producing a good Rosé wine.
Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Your tour of Provence is coming to a great finale with a visit to Cassis, an ancient fishing village turned into a vacation spot. You will embark on a boat to explore the breathtaking Calanques, the Mediterranean version of fjords. Then, you will have free time to walk around or have lunch.
Tonight we will enjoy a Farewell dinner sharing, laughing and celebrating our magical week in Provence.
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It is hard to say goodbye. Head home or extend your stay. Group transfer is at 09:00 am.
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