Provençal Adventure

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Four nights in an authentic Provençal home, learning typical cuisine, the opportunity to explore this wonderful region on your own; if that fits the bill, then this is the self-driving French culinary tour is for you!

Begin your adventure with your arrival in the charming town of Tavel, the site of the premiere Rosé wine in France, in the midst of the best wine-growing region in the Rhone. Its position offers numerous excursion possibilities: it is on the border of two regions—Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence—and Avignon, Nimes, Orange, and the Pont du Gard are no more than a half hour easy drive.

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We completely loved our cooking school. Christine is a wonderful cook/teacher and a joy to spend time in the kitchen with. We made recipes which were staight forward to prepare but were so unique, we would have never tried them here at home (e.g. zucchini soup with smoked salmon ice cream - to die for!!!!). Christine and her husband Erik are wonderful people and enjoying your dinner with them is like spending time with old friends. Our accommodations were excellent...lovely rooms in a century old building and the village of Tavel is totally charming (like it was taken from a novel). The location of Tavel is excellent for day visits to wineries, historic churches, the Pont du Gard and many other communities with unique histories and charm. We will be going back again!!! Gary and Linda, Canada

Trip Details


A snack and a glass of wine

Day One

Please note this is a self-driving itinerary: you will need your own rental car. (We’d be happy to help with these arrangements.)

  • Arrival on your own in Tavel; check in between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Time to settle in before you meet your hosts for a welcome drink and to go over your program.
  • Dinner on your own.

Vineyards near Tavel France

Day Two

  • Breakfast at your leisure.
  • Your hosts will provide maps and directions for your excursions today, perhaps Orange with its antique theater and the wine roads with a stop in the village of Chateauneuf du Pape.
  • In the afternoon return to the B&B for your cooking lesson of 2-3 hours, followed by dinner with wine.

Avignon's Palais des Papes

Day Three

  • Breakfast, followed by your next cooking lesson. Afterwards, enjoy lunch.
  • The remainder of the day is free, perhaps to visit Villeneuve les Avignon with its maginificent abbey, and Avignon, famed for the Palace of the Popes. Your hosts will be happy to make a reservation for dinner at a lovely restaurant in Avignon or elsewhere.

Cooking class in Tavel

Day Four

  • Breakfast at your leisure.
  • Maps and directions for the day may include Uzes and the Roman aqueduct or other possibilities.
  • Return to the B&B for your final cooking lesson.
  • Some time to relax before you enjoy your farewell dinner with wine.

Day Five

  • Breakfast and check out around 11 a.m.

Trip Details

Included in the 4-Night Trip


4 nights accommomdation in French B&B

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 lunch (wine not included)
  • 2 dinners (wine included)


  • Excursions are not included, but your hosts will make suggestions of where to explore on your own.

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included. You must have your own transportation for this itinerary. (We’d be happy to help you with a rental car.)

Accommodation Information

At the edge of the village of Tavel, discover the charming bed and breakfast of Christine and Erik. With only three double bedrooms, the B&B is at once intimate and perfect for a getaway to the heart of Provence. The property features beautiful views of the surrounding nature and a swimming pool.



Pricing & Tour Dates

Year-Round Pricing:

(except July and August)

4-night Program

US$1200 per person based on double occupancy

    Tour Dates

    No longer available, please see our similar experiences: Culinary Vacations in France.



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