September Tasting Tour in Provence - France

Tasting
Wine, Champagne, Local Food
Activity
City Tasting, Boat ride, Cellar Tour
Included
Hotel, Meal, Pick up
Languages
English
Theme
Private, City, Historical
Minimum Drinking Age
16
$
2,900
/ Person
TRUSTED PARTNER
Emily Y
Activity Overview
Come and Discover Provence in Style.
This tour of Provence is held every September and is designed to give you an enjoyable balance of exploring off-the-beaten-path, traversing the most charming villages of Provence, as you indulge in the local cuisine. This amazing tour will give you a chance to experience this region like a local.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Your tour kicks off at the Avignon TGV station where you will be collected at around 2 pm in an air-conditioned luxury minivan. This unique tour will take you to Chateauneuf-du-Pape where you’ll enjoy your first tasting experience. While in this region, you’ll be debriefed on the historical anecdotes about how the Popes in the 14th century advanced the recognition of winemaking tradition in the area.

You’ll have free time to explore the beautiful village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at your leisure, and then be chauffeured to your stylish B&B located in the countryside of High Provence. This countryside region is set around the foothill of the Mont Ventoux, which is renowned for its authentic villages, fruit trees, wine, truffles, and cycling.

You’ll get the chance to enjoy a peaceful early evening stroll amidst the vines followed by a gourmet dinner and a champagne cocktail at the adjacent village. You may choose to spend 2 nights lodging at the B&B Le Madelene.

Day 2
Tour Vaison-la-Romaine for a chance to discover and explore one of the finest markets in Provence. You may opt to roam on your own or accompany your guide who will select the finest picnic products for your vineyard picnic.

Once you have filled your picnic basket and you are done with your market shopping, we will take a short drive to a vineyard with a scenic vista of the valley below. This vineyard is family-run and is located in the AOC Séguret (named after the neighboring village). Here you’ll be greeted with a tasting of their white, red and rosé wines followed by a relaxing place for your unforgettable Provencal picnic experience.

You’ll bask in this paradise and then get a chance to discover Seguret, the first village on the tour which is rated as one of the most charming villages in France. You’ll learn about the historical anecdotes of this beautiful village that used to be a safe place during troubled times. You’ll also discover the stunning picture postcard shots that you can get with your camera! This experience will leave you feeling utterly enchanted.

You may choose to enjoy your time at the B&B in the early evening while relaxing by the pool or in the serenity of the vineyards prior to our dinner outing at a local eatery renowned for its Provencal antique décor and fine cuisine.

Day 3
You’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the patio, and then depart from the High Provence region and proceed to the Mountains of Vaucluse and the Luberon.

On the way, you will come across one of the Renaissance castles in Provence, in Le Barroux, as well as Venesque, another village recognized as one of the most enchanting villages in France. To get a good experience of these charming villages, you require a leisurely exploration, therefore, we’ll have lunch next to a Mascaron Fountain which offers the perfect resting spot.

While in Gordes, you’ll enjoy a guided tour which will enable you to discover all the time periods and important people behind the transformation of this falling down village into one of the most famous villages in the Luberon, and in Provence at large.

You will then have free time to visit the boutique shop and maybe sample a glass of rosé or some ice-cream cone.

Gordes is just the start of the beauty of the day as you’ll discover when you arrive at your 4-star hotel in the heart of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, the tiny Venice of Provence renowned for its antique villages and canal-lined streets. The charm of the town and hotel will surely amaze you as you explore at your own leisure during your free time.

Afterward, you’ll enjoy a gastronomic bistro dinner in the town center. You may choose to spend 3 nights lodging at the Grand Hotel Henri.

Day 4
Imagine cruising through the charming vineyard-lined country roads and villages in Provence in a revamped Citroen 2CV! Along the way, you’ll get numerous opportunities to take pictures of the picturesque scenery and also get a chance to tour the villages by foot.

Your guide will drive you to the uniquely charming villages of Bonnieux, Goult, Joucas, Lacoste, and Roussillon in your 2CV!

Once you return in L’Isle sur la Sorgue, you will explore the antique shops and get a chance to sip rosé next to the striking Sorgue river during your free time. Kindly note that dinner for this evening is not included in the package price. You may choose to have Provencal Tapas at the regional wine bar or try another one of the well-known restaurants in town.

Day 5
Grab your light hiking shoes or good trainers for a chance to enjoy an alpine walk in the Alpilles. The Alpilles mountain range, which simply “the small Alps”, runs 18.6 miles in length and the area has been a protected regional park for the last ten years.

These hills are dotted with olive groves, vineyards, chic villages, and Roman ruins. You’ll discover the Roman ruins, the village Saint Remy, and Van Gogh’s Asylum (where Van Gogh was treated after living in Arles). Your guide will then take you on a moderate hike through the Mediterranean herbs and pines of Provence.

The highlight of today’s tour is a Provencal picnic hovering above the village.

In the afternoon, your guide will bring to life the Medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, when he explains the turbulent history that has characterized the village on the rocky crest. This experience also gives you a chance to sample ice-cream, pastry, and cappuccino. You’ll also enjoy the unique and ever popular visit of the medieval rock quarry turned into a Carrières de Lumière (sound and light show).

Back at the B&B, you’ll enjoy some downtime to revitalize before dinner in L’Isle sur la Sorgue.

Day 6
Prepare yourself to experience the vibrant urban setting in Provence where you’ll also enjoy a skill-testing surprise in the charming village of Lourmarin. A local Provencal Pétanque player will meet us below the castle, and then serve us drinks, and lunch while teaching us about the legendary game of Pétanque.

Afterward, you’ll leave your new Provencal pastime and be chauffeured to your luxurious 5-star accommodations in the lovely and vibrant city of Aix-en-Provence.

Your Provencal city experience will kick off with a guided tour where you’ll discover the cultural, historical, and artistic events over the various time eras. The kings, the Romans, the artists, the counts, and the saints have all made a contribution to the fascinating and astounding history of Aix.

During your free time in the evening, you may choose to either do some boutique shopping, take a massage at the hotel, or to enjoy a romantic dinner for two at one of the gastronomic restaurants in Aix. Kindly note that dinner is not included in the tour package price. You may choose to enjoy 2 nights lodging at Le Pigonnet.

Day 7
It’s your time to enjoy the blue Mediterranean for a day at the seaside in Cassis. Cassis is just a few minutes away from Marseille, the second largest city in France, but the two are a world apart. The town boasts of an adorable port, the highest sea cliffs in France, and tempting boutiques.

You can take a walk along the beach, the narrow alleyways, and even the port. Prepare yourself for some fresh seafood lunch served with regional AOC Cassis white wine.

Afterward, you’ll embark on a private boat to enable you to discover the turquoise waters and the massive limestone creeks popularly known here as Les Calanques. In case your tour coincides with an Indian summer, you can put on the snorkeling gear for an extra unforgettable experience.

This evening features a farewell dinner which will be served at the gourmet restaurant in the hotel. You’ll get an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening at the hotel where you get to experience your last treasured memories for a while.

Day 8
After taking breakfast, you will be chauffeured to either Marseille airport or the Aix TGV train.

Highlights:
  • Historical and cultural discoveries with inside knowledge from your local expert guide
  • A small group making adaptability and logistics much easier
  • An ideal mix and flow of guided experiences and free-time to enable you to explore or unwind
  • An itinerary designed to ensure maximum time exploring with minimal time in the van driving, to ensure that you do not experience backtracking.
  • The optimal season ideal for exploring both in the autumn and summer
  • Explore Vaison-la-Romaine, one of the best markets in Provence
  • This tour coincides with wine harvest time giving you a chance to see the vineyards filled with action. We hereby apologize in advance in case we get in a tractor traffic jam along the way.
  • Partake in the Provencal game of Petanque at the base of the Lourmarin castle, in the company of real Provencal experts! You can even win the prize for the best player!
  • A private boat rented to take you to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, and snorkeling gear is provided in case you decide to explore underwater.
  • Enjoy a picnic in a vineyard, with wine tasting, and a medieval cellar tour, your experience around the world of fine wine will surely make your wine pals back home a little envious.
  • Be chauffeured back in time when the classic 2CV vintage car collects you at your B&B and drives you through the Luberon hilltop villages
 
Practical information
Group pick-up will be at the Avignon TGV train station at 2 pm. This meeting point makes it easy for people traveling down from Paris on the TGV (fast train from Paris to Avignon is 2 hours and 40 minutes).

Possibility for pick-up at Marseille airport is also available (not included in tour price).

It’s recommended to arrive in France the day before the tour starts to allow time for any jet lag and perhaps any bags that didn’t come in on your flight.

Airline tickets are not included. You may either fly into Paris (CDG) to take the TGV down to Avignon or you may fly into Marseille (MRS) and taxi to Avignon (1hr drive). If you have further questions on logistics please don’t hesitate to ask Emily.

Group transportation will be in an 8-passenger van. It is necessary to pack lightly (one medium-sized suitcase and one carry-on per person). There are three different lodging locations on this tour which is great for variety and exploring without backtracking on the road. However, it’s not so great if you over pack :-)!

Group drop-off will be at the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station and/or Marseille airport after breakfast on the last day of the tour (if you need to be dropped off at Avignon TGV, this can be arranged in the afternoon at an extra cost).

Travel insurance is recommended to cover any unforeseen circumstances that cause you to cancel (illness, injury, death, etc.) Remember that travel insurance must be purchased immediately after purchasing your airline tickets or making your deposit for the retreat (whichever you do first).
 
Included
  • Accommodation for 7 nights – locations chosen for their charm and amenities (2 nights near Vaison-la-Romaine, 3 nights in Isle sur la Sorgue, and 2 nights in Aix-en-Provence)
  • Transfer pick-up: Avignon TGV train station 2 pm on Monday the 9th (Pick-up at Marseille airport can be arranged at a supplemental fee)
  • Transfer drop-off: Aix-en-Provence TGV train station or Marseille airport (Avignon TGV train drop-off can be arranged in the afternoon on last day of tour at extra cost)
  • All breakfast and all lunches included in tour package price
  • 5 dinners (2 dinners are not included – your free time in Aix and L’Isle sur la Sorgue to explore a restaurant of your choice)
  • Champagne cocktail upon arrival at first B&B
  • Complimentary glass of regional wine at each meal
  • Cost for all activities listed on the itinerary
Not Included
  • Airfares
  • Train Tickets
  • 2 dinners not included (one is Isle sur la Sorgue and one in Aix)
  • Additional beverages
  • Personal shopping
  • Optional visits at monuments and museums
Group-size:
Max of 7
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
2,900
per person based on double occupancy
Add-on
Per
Price
Pricing info
Person
$
650
single room supplement
Timing
Dates
Start Time
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More information about the timing
Annually, until Sep 16, 20192:00 PMSeptember 9th – 16th, 2019
Duration
8 Days
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Cancellation Policy
Very Strict
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Provence-Alpes-Côte D'azur, France
Duration:
7 Days
The best of Provence tour designed to explore the lifestyle, the cuisine, the wines and the culture of Provence. On this Provence Tour, You will meet the people of Provence, the chef ... morewho welcomes you into his private kitchen, the chocolate maker, the vendors in the markets and families of wine makers. And what is better than touring with a local guide that knows the secrets of his region. This tour gives you an incomparable value of the length of time, activities, quality and amount of meals and authenticity above all. 

Accommodations 
Your home for the week is a historical country house that has been totally renovated to a magical place. The Provencal house is situated in the tranquil countryside of Provence in a central location which makes it convenient for touring the major attractions. It is set on one and a half acres of landscaped gardens with a large swimming pool and a Spa. The house provides the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day life, and in the evening you can enjoy dinner using local grown Provencal produce to finish the perfect day. The villa has 7 large suites, each witha king bed and en suite bathroom, air-condition, satellite TV and WiFi

We invite you to discover a region which has so much to offer: Exotic villages and farms, changing scenary from wild flowers to rocky moutains to blue waters. We invite you to discover every day different wines, to browse colorful markets and soak in the ambiance of Provence.

Best of Provence Tour ⓇItinerary

Day 1: Saturday: Arrival, Dinner 

Day 2: Sunday: lsle sur la sorgue, Le Baux quarries of light, Cooking class

Day 3: Monday: Perched villages, olive oil tatsting, French picnic, Roussillon, Gordes, Dinner

Day 4: Tuesday: Cooking class, wine tasting in Chateauneuf du papes, Free evening

Day 5: Wednesday: St Remy market, Le Baux village, winery visit, Dinner

Day 6: Thursday: Cassis, boat trip to the fjords, Farewell Dinner

Day 7: Friday: Departure 

Day 1: Saturday 
The group will meet between 5:00 - 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.

Day 2: Sunday in Provence
Wake up and smell the fresh pastries and breads. Your tour itinerary 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.

Day 3: Monday in Provence
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 square. We'll continue to Roussillon, an ocre-red village, where we will enter the "Red Canyon"of Provence to see its beauty. 

Lunch will be either a French style picnic with cheeses or at a friend's home.

In the afternoon we will visit the picturesque village 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.

Day 4: Tuesday in Provence
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. 

Free evening

Day 5: Wednesday in Provence
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 quality 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.

Day 6: Thursday in Provence
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.

Day 7: Friday
It is hard to say goodbye. Head home or extend your stay. Group transfer is at 09:00 am.
A Bientot!