Culinary Tours

Delightful Provence

$4 310,00$6 200,00 /pers.

This exclusive gourmet & cultural tour features Provence exquisite and healthy food, fine wines, history traditions and exceptional lifestyle

7 days / 6 nights (Sunday – Saturday)

  • Luxury private Villa accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts, gourmet lunches and dinners
  • Market tours & Cooking classes
  • Hilltop villages & Cultural Tours
  • Transfers & transportation by luxury car or van

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Description

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Indulge in the authentic Provence Lifestyle through Corinne’s exclusive culinary and cultural tour in the South of France!

From hilltop medieval villages to rolling lavender fields*, olive groves, fruits orchards and vineyards, you will explore a territory of exceptional beauty while taking time to relax and to engage in a sensory experience each day. You will stroll across picturesque villages, alive open-air markets, visit local producers and push the doors of artisans’ tiny shops.

You will enjoy Provence magnificent lights, smells of delicately perfumed fresh air by wild herbs and flowers.
You will enjoy the flavorful and healthy local cuisine paired with delicate local wines through hands-on cooking classes and gourmet experiences in traditional and Michelin restaurants.

Please remind this tour is confirmed with 2 people, and it’s limited to 6 participants.

*You will be able to see the blooming lavender from the end of June to the mid-July.


CHIC VILLA ACCOMMODATION

Welcome to Villa des Remparts, Corinne’s home in Provence for a week. Located in Beaumes-de-Venise quaint village less than 45 minutes north from Avignon, the beautifully decorated villa offers a breathtaking panoramic view on the Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail, surrounded by olive groves, fruit orchards and vineyards. With two spacious bedrooms with private en-suite bath, the villa is perfect to accommodate 2 to 4 guests. Modern amenities include tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, toiletry products, etc. Free WiFi connection in all rooms. The villa has a pool, a jacuzzi and offers a laundry facility.

For a larger group of up to 6 people, luxury B&B nearby such as Clos Saint-Saourde, Evajade of Domaine de Bellevue, Bergerie de Nano or Aube Safran, offer the comfort and the intimacy each guest needs. Daily transfer by private car or van from the B&B to Villa des Remparts is offered and without supplement.

Beaumes-de-Venise owes its name to the caves carved into the hill, balmes means caves in Provencal language. You will appreciate the beauty of this small picturesque village and its restored chapels. Beaumes-de-Venise is reputed for its delicate Muscat wines that served for aperitif and dessert.


COOKING CLASSES ∼ GOURMET EXPERIENCES

Lifestyle Vacations Delightful Provence Tour

Join Corinne in her kitchen to partake in hands-on cooking classes celebrating the Mediterranean and Provence cuisine. Experience the Provence classics simplified for home cooks. Provence is a blessed region with tasty organic vegetables, fruits, aromatic herbs, olive oil, goat cheese, honey, Mediterranean fish, lamb from Sisteron, free-range chicken from local farms, etc. Classes are run in Villa des Remparts, Beaumes-de-Venise.

All along your classes, you will get Corinne’s precious tips to cook the delightful Provence cuisine successfully. Her teachings include cooking methods and organization rules in the kitchen, balanced menu creations with fresh produces, food and wine pairing exercises, olive oil tastings, and more.

Classes are taught in English, scheduled in the afternoon to leave the morning free for visits, tours, resting time, and shopping. The menus you will prepare follow the seasons. In summer, you will be lucky with berries, peaches, apricots, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, etc. As you can see, the Provence cuisine is healthy, made with local fresh and organic produces.

Sample menus can include pistou soup, pissaladière, ratatouille, tian provençal, petits farcis, sea bream topped with a black olives crust, sautéed chicken with lemon, thyme and green olives… Classic desserts and pastry such as the crème brulée, chocolate soufflé, fruits tarts, clafoutis, profiteroles… will certainly be in the menus too!
Each class is followed by a delicious 3-course dinner including an appetizer, a main course and a dessert, accompanied by wine such as Beaumes-de-Venise, Gigondas and Vacqueras producing elegant white and red wines among the best Côtes-de-Rhône.

Corinne always considers food restrictions, allergies, likes and dislikes that participants must mention when they sign up and complete the reservation form.

Aside to your 3 cooking classes and dinners in the Villa celebrating the traditional Provence cuisine, you will enjoy two high-end gourmet experiences in Michelin-star restaurants: La Fenière* in Lourmarin (Executive Chef Nadia Sammut) and l’Oustau de Baumanière*** in Les Baux (Executive Chef Glenn Viel).


CULTURAL & MARKET TOURS ∼ VISITS TO LOCAL PRODUCERS

Lifestyle Vacations Delightful Provence tour

Lifestyle Vacations original Provence tour includes an open-air market tour, giving you the opportunity to meet and discuss with the merchants and to choose the best seasonal produce for the upcoming cooking classes. You will visit a goat cheese farm and an olive oil mill. You will discover Côtes du Rhône wine villages, including a winery guided tour.

Corinne will also guide you through medieval perched villages to explore by walking (ie: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vaison-la-Romaine millennial town with its Roman and medieval quarters and Pont du Gard). You will meet artists, artisans and producers who offer “la crème de la crème”: the best food!


ITINERARY

Day 1 (Sunday) : Welcome to Avignon in Provence!
Afternoon Avignon TGV train station transfer by private van.
Check-in at La Villa des Remparts (2 to 4 people) or another B&B (group of up to 6 people).
Time free at your leisure to recover from jet lag.
Welcome aperitif and dinner in the Villa.
Overnight.

Day 2 (Monday) : Hilltop villages walking tour and visit to a winery – Cooking class followed by gourmet dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Gigondas through Les Dentelles de Montmirail scenic route.
Morning visit to a winery followed by lunch in Gigondas.
Afternoon walk through this beautiful hilltop village.
3-hour Cooking class starting at 4:30pm, followed by tasting dinner.
Overnight.

Day 3 (Tuesday) : Vaison la Romaine (market & village walk) – Cooking class followed by gourmet dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Vaison. Open-air market walking tour at 10am for about 2 hours.
Lunch in Vaison, followed by a quiet walk through Vaison medieval quarter.
Visit a goat cheese farm on the way to Beaumes-de-Venise.
Transfer to Beaumes-de-Venise.
3-hour Cooking class starting at 4:30pm, followed by tasting dinner.
Overnight.

Day 4 (Wednesday) : Full-day Luberon cultural tour – Michelin-starred lunch
After breakfast, transfer to Gordes.
Morning guided walk through the village listed in the most beautiful sites in France, followed by a visit to the olive oil mill.
Gourmet lunch at La Fenière* Michelin-star restaurant in Lourmarin.
Afternoon guided walk through Ménerbes quaint village.
Transfer to Beaumes-de-Venise late afternoon.
Light dinner in the villa.
Overnight

Day 5 (Thursday) : Châteauneuf du Pape & Avignon – Cooking class followed by gourmet dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Visit to a winery followed by a wine tasting.
Transfer to Avignon. Lunch in a traditional restaurant.
Visit to the Popes Palace or time free at your leisure (for shopping or visiting).
Transfer to Beaumes-de-Venise.
2-hour Cooking class starting at 5:30pm, followed by tasting dinner.
Overnight.

Day 6 (Friday) : Full-day Pont du Gard and Les Baux cultural tour – Michelin-starred Lunch
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Pont du Gard.
Morning visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD.
Transfer to Les Baux de Provence.
Gourmet lunch at l’Oustau de Baumanière*** Michelin-starred restaurant
Afternoon walk through Les Baux (you also have the possibility to visit Les Carrières de Lumière, a former quarry transformed into a Art & Music Immersive cultural site which features legendary painters such as Cezanne, Dali, Klimt, etc.).
Transfer to Beaumes-de-Venise.
Light dinner at the villa.
Overnight

Day 7 (Saturday) : Avignon TGV train station transfer – End of the tour
After breakfast, check out. Transfer to Avignon by private van.
End of the tour


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PROGRAM PRICE
US$ 4,310/pers. (DBL occupancy, based on 4 to 6 people in the tour)
Single supplement: US$ 500/pers.
Private tour supplement for 2 people: US$ 1,890/pers.

Price includes:
Avignon TGV train station round-trip private transfer and daily transportation by private van
6-night private Villa (or luxury B&B) accommodation,
Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners as detailed in the itinerary,
3 hands-on cooking classes,
Vaison-la-Romaine Market tour and shopping,
Visits to local producers as detailed in the itinerary,
Luberon Pont du Gard & Les Baux-de-Provence full-day tours,
Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Avignon half-day tour,
Tour is conducted by Corinne or Sophie.

Not included: international airfare from your country, train tickets, drinks in restaurants, personal expenses, personal insurance, and everything which is not mentioned in “price includes”.


2022 & 2023 TOUR DATES
June 26 – July 2, 2022 (SOLD OUT)
June 25 – July 1, 2023
September 17-23, 2023
This tour is confirmed with 2 participants and it’s limited to 6 people.
Other dates can be added upon request. Please contact us.

Additional information

Group Size

2 people

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