A Gastronomic Holiday in Aix-en-Provence

Aix is one of the most quintessential Provencal towns, nestled in the heart of the Bouches-du-Rhône region. It is one of the larger of Provence’s cities, and owes much of its vibrancy to its history, climate, and large university population. From the famed tree-lined Cours Mirabeau, to the many (some say 1000!) fountains and public squares, Aix is a city for wandering, exploring, and sitting in one of the many outside restaurants for a meal, a glass of wonderful Provencal wine, or simply a coffee. The old city meanders with narrow, winding streets, many shops, restaurants, and cafes. The medieval quarter is home to the Cathedral of Aix, which embodies over a thousand years of religious, architectural, and artistic history in its many styles. In addition to the many sites Aix has to offer, its location in the heart of Provence make it an ideal base for exploring such other famed Provencal areas as the Luberon, the Verdon gorge, and the coast.

Trip Details

Your stay in Aix will include 2 cooking courses focusing on Provencal cuisine. One will be with a chef in the Luberon, the idyllic mountain range to the north of Aix. The other will be in a cooking atelier in the heart of Aix. Both hands-on cooking courses will feature the fresh seasonal produce for which Provence is so justifiably famous.

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Day One

  • Private transfer from Aix TGV station (or Marseille airport) to Aix city center.
  • Check in to your hotel.
  • Time to relax, stroll around the city, and enjoy dinner on your own and overnight.

Cheese at market in Provence

Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • This morning meet your chef in the center of Aix for a shared trip (max 8 people) to the weekly open air market and sample regional products such as olives, calissons, cheese, and fruit. Then it is off to her cooking atelier, where you will enjoy a cooking class followed by lunch (drinks included).
  • In the afternoon, explore on your own the studio of painter Paul Cezanne, who was born in Aix. The studio was designed by Cezanne, and gives you the impression of stepping back to turn-of-the-century Provence!
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Fountain in Aix en Provence

Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • Meet your guide in the center of Aix for a shared walking gourmet tour, learning about the town and tasting some of the local specialties. Try such local delights as Calisson, tapenade, and local cheese.
  • Rest of day at leisure.
  • Dinner on your own, overnight.

Apple tart in France

Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Meet your English-speaking guide at your hotel and transfer to the beautiful Luberon for a cooking class with a local chef. You will make seasonal Provencal dishes, perhaps utilizing zebra tomatoes, real custard, puff pastry, Provencal olive oil, preserved lemon, and more.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts (drinks included).
  • In the afternoon, off to discover the Luberon on a private tour. Stop in Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France, which is famous for its Renaissance castle. Then on to Bonnieux, a lovely town dominated by its High Church, perched 425 meters above sea level, which dominates the Combe of Lourmarin, a unique road that winds through the Luberon. Traverse the Pont Julien, an ancient Roman bridge, to Roussillon, a hilltop village that is famous for the colors of its cliffs, a mix of blood red, gold, and ochre.
  • Back to Aix, dinner on your own and overnight.

Pont du Gard in France

Day Five

  • Breakfast.
  • Meet your English-speaking guide in the center of Aix for a shared full-day tour. First head for the village of Les Baux de Provence, with its medieval charm and imposing castle ruins. (Or, from March to December it is possible to substitute this for a special light show in Carrieres de Lumieres. Entrance fees not included.)
  • Next, Pont du Gard, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the finest Roman ruins.
  • End in Avignon, the “city of the Popes,” to see its medieval walls, Pont d’Avignon, and (if you choose) the famed Popes’ Palace (entrance fee not included).
  • Free time for lunch.
  • Stop at a Chateauneuf-du-Pape winery for a tasting en route back to Aix.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Hotel room in Aix en Provence

Day Six

  • Breakfast, and checkout.
  • Spend the day exploring Aix (perhaps the Musee Granet), and enjoy a cheese and wine pairing for lunch.
  • Afternoon transfer to Aix TGV station (or Marseille airport).

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip


5 nights accommodation in 4* hotel in Aix

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches, beverages included
  • Wine & cheese pairing on day 6

Classes & Instructors

Your stay in Aix will include 2 cooking courses focusing on Provencal cuisine. One will be with a chef in the Luberon, the idyllic mountain range to the north of Aix. The other will be in a cooking atelier in the heart of Aix. Both hands-on cooking courses will feature the fresh seasonal produce for which Provence is so justifiably famous.


  • Market visit with the chef
  • Shared gourmet walking tour of Aix on day 3
  • Private tour of the Luberon including Lourmarain, Bonnieux, the Pont Julien, and Roussilon
  • Shared excursion (max 8 people) to Les Baux de Provence, the Pont du Gard, Avignon, and Chateauneuf du Pape (please note depending on the season this excursion may be modified slightly)

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Aix TGV station (please note that the departure transfer on day six is in the afternoon; please do not book a train departing before 3 pm. Transfers from/to Marseille airport also possible, but do not book a flight departing before 4:30 pm on Day 6)


  • Tour guide in Avignon (entrance fees to Popes’ Palace not included)

Accommodation Information

Your accommodations will be at a centrally-located 4* hotel in Aix. Please inquire with specific dates for details on the hotel.


Pricing & Tour Dates

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5-night Program
US$2750 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$650 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Please inquire for July & August.

Tour Dates

Available any dates except for July & August for a minimum of 2 people. Posted dates are with Sunday start, but other start days also possible on request.

Sample dates, please inquire.
January 5-10
January 12-15
January 19-24
January 26-31
February 2-7
February 9-14
February 16-21
February 23-28
March 1-6
March 8-13
March 15-20
March 22-27
March 29-April 3
April 5-10
April 12-17
April 19-24
April 26-31
May 3-8
May 10-15
May 17-22
May 24-29
May 31-June 5
June 7-12
June 14-19
June 21-26
June 28-July 3
July & August: Please inquire
August 30-September 4
September 6-11
September 13-18
September 20-25
September 27-October 2
October 4-9
October 11-16
October 18-23
October 25-30
November 1-6
November 8-13
November 15-20
November 22-27
November 29-December 4
December 6-11
December 13-18
December 20-25

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