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Truffles, Wine & Provencal Cuisine Tour

A Provence Gourmet Escape

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February 25 – March 3, 2024

7 nights / 8 days

LIMITED TO 7 GUESTS

4,300€ per person – single room occupancy
(300€ per person discount if sharing a room) 
* prices converted to USD two months prior to tour date

Provence is one of your top destinations for tasting the Black Winter Truffle. We won’t stop with truffle pleasures though. Continue with me to the baker’s oven for making croissants, the chef’s kitchen for learning Provençal cuisine, cozy fireplaces, memorable lodging locations, and some invigorating countryside walks in the winter sleeping beauty.

freshly dug truffles on Provence truffle tour

Tour Notes

This is a perfect tour for a foodie and those who love the best of Provence off-season. Some evenings are free to enjoy at your leisure. The B&B in near Gordes is privitized offering a luxury home feeling.  In Aix, your boutique hotel is just a few minutes walk to some very good restaurants and the shops.

Dietary restrictions would make this tour less enjoyable.

Itinerary

NOTE: This is a working itinerary; the final itinerary will be posted and provided to guests closer to the tour date.

Day 1 (Sunday, February 25)
Gordes

Today is arrival day…pick-up at the Marseille airport or Aix TGV train station (Avignon TGV arrivals possible with cost of Uber transfer). 

Upon arrival we make our way to the Luberon Region where we’ll be staying for the first 3 nights.  A lovely B&B that feels like a home just minutes from the village Gordes offering us the luxury of the gorgeous countryside & the atmosphere of the Medieval village…both without the masses of summer tourists!  The best time to be near Gordes.  After checking into our lodging, country walks and village exploration.  Dinner this evening catered to us at the B&B by chef Antoine.

Dinner included

Day 2 (Monday, February 26)
Cotes du Rhone wine with a view

Let the celebration begin…with a day exploring the Cotes-du-Rhone wines Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas & Vacqueyras AOC wineries.  Meet the growers, private tastings, walk in the vineyards, gourmet lunch, possibility to ship wine home.  Return to the B&B later afternoon for some R&R then dinner outing nearby at a farmhouse restaurant with a cozy fireplace. 

Lunch & dinner included

Day 3 (Tuesday, February 27)
truffle hunting with dogs

Today is our day to discover the black winter truffle in the high hills of the Luberon Region.  We’ll meet Nicolas at the top of the hill and he’ll drive us down his bumpy dirt road in his 4×4 car to reach the secluded farm house and truffle tree plantations.  After going out to find our truffles with his dog, we come back to the his farmhouse kitchen for the most unforgettable truffle meal you will ever have.  Later afternoon we’ll digest our truffles with a countryside walk amongst the ochre hills (and the village Roussillon).   This evening Charlotte will come to our B&B for an olive oil tasting workshop…followed by a simple alfresco dinner her husband (local chef) will have prepared for us.  We’ll open up a few of our Cotes-du-Rhone wines form the day before to enjoy with our dinner. 

Truffle lunch & alfresco dinner included

Day 4 (Wednesday, February 28)
cooking class Avignon

Bags packed, we are changing regions today.  From Gordes we drive to Avignon.  Leaving the B&B at 8:30 for arrival at Avignon Les Halles indoor food market to meet our chef and pick up our produce/products for the cooking lesson.  Lunch will finish around 2 pm.  Then we drive to Aix.  Check-in to our boutique hotel (around 3:30 pm) then we meet our guide, Frédéric will lead us on an art tour with a special focus on Cezanne (Granet Museum included with works from not only Cezanne but also Picaso, Rembrandt, Giometti). Tour will end at 6 pm – dinner on your own. 

Cooking lesson lunch included

Day 5 (Thursday, February 29)
Cezanne

This morning we roll up our sleeves to see just how talented we are in making French patisseries. Our chef Clément will teach us the tricks of the trade and of course we finish with indulging in our creations.  Patisserie workshop from 9 – 12 pm, at a professional chef’s workshop just outside of Aix.  Lunch will be casual with a bakery stop for sandwiches, quiche – not included).  A short drive will take us to Cézanne’s atelier where we can intimately step into the last part of his life followed by a drive to the mountain he immortalized, Sainte Victoire.  Some fresh countryside air will invigorate us as we walk among the pines and admire views of « Cezanne’s »mountain just beyond.  Time to relax back in Aix before dinner together at one of Emily’s favorite restaurants in Aix – truffles on the menu!

Dinner included

Day 6 (Friday, March 1)
Cassis

Oh to see the Mediterranean blue during winter when the air is so pure!  Let us venture on the Calanques near Cassis , stroll the fishing port, take a boat out to the everlasting blues of the sea.  After our efforts of taking in the remarkable beauty, we’ll sit down at a café with a glass of Cassis white wine (AOC) to absorb it all.  The later afternoon is your free time to explore what you’d like back in Aix.  Perhaps the Hotel Caumont will be your inspiration with the winter exhibition on Alphonse Mucha.  Dinner on your own in Aix.

lunch included

Day 7 (Saturday, March 2)
cooking class

This morning we meet our chef for a market tour in Aix where we’ll pick up the essential ingredients for making our Provencal home cooked lunch.  Before arriving at his house, we’ll swing by the local winery to get our wine.  Later afternoon is yours to explore the center of Aix at your leisure.  Dinner on your own in Aix (lunch will be filling and ends late – you may not even want dinner).

Cooking lesson lunch included

Day 8 (Sunday, March 3)

Transfer to Marseille airport or Aix TGV for you return trip home.

Transfer NOT included in package price

Activities & Sites Included

  • Truffle hunt
  • Olive oil tasting workshop
  • Market tour & cooking class in Aix
  • Market tour & cooking class Avignon
  • Patisserie class
  • Cassis boat tour
  • Wine tasting in Cotes-du-Rhone AOC (Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Chateauneuf-du-Pape)
  • Cezanne Aix/Granet guided tour

Places Visited

  • Avignon
  • Luberon hilltop villages Gordes & Roussillon
  • Aix
  • Cassis
  • Cotes-du-Rhone wine region
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

(Photo: Pont d’Avignon sunrise by Emily Durand.)

Includes

  • All transportation in Emily’s comfortable Mercedes van
    • Pick-up either at Marseille airport or Aix TGV
    • Times will be coordinated but aiming for 1 pm…depending on flights, you may want to arrive the day before the tour starts.  
    • Transfers on last day to either Marseille airport or Aix TGV
  • 3 nights lodging at charming B&B in near Gordes  & 4 nights lodging at boutique hotel in Aix
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunches
    • 2 lunches on your own
  • Dinners
    • 3 dinners on your own

Does Not Include

  • Transportation to/from Provence region
  • Before and/or after dinner drinks (wine is included during the meals)
five star review
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