Desserts enjoyed in a culinary tour of Provence
The ancient amphitheater in Orange
The Pont d'Avignon and Popes' Palace in Provence
View of Mormoiron in Provence
Picnic ready for enjoying on your culinary tour in Provence
Vineyard in Provence in the summer season
Picturesque view of Provence on a culinary tour of France
Visiting a winery on a wine tour of France
Tasting wines on a wine tour of Provence
Winery in Provence
Breakfast room of the hotel l'Horloge in Avignon
Exterior of the hotel l'Horloge in Avignon
Lobby of the hotel l'Horloge in Avignon
Bedroom detail at the hotel l'Horloge in Avignon
Bedroom at the hotel l'Horloge in Avignon
Overview

Terroir, Touring, and Tasting

Provence Cooking Tours Popes Palace detailThis trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Explore the world of French domaines on our Provence wine tours and taste wonderful Provence cuisine and wines. While the word ‘domaine’ — French for vineyard — has only been in use since the 1950s, many wine estates in the southeast of France have been around for generations. The mild climate and many sunny days encourage the perfect growing conditions for a number of grapes that produce both red and white wines, making them particularly revered by wine critic Robert M. Parker. Experience all of these wines, from A.O.C. to Cotes du Rhone appellations, during a France wine tours in Provence.

While this Provence wine tour is all about discovering some wonderful wines — which you’ll sample during Provence wine tastings at a chateau in Piolenc, Châteauneuf du Pape, a castle in Mormoiron, and a number of other family-run vineyards — it’s also about experiencing one of the most beautiful areas of France. You’ll visit some charming towns with stunning views, such as Séguret, which overlooks a valley, as well Gigondas, located in the foothills of the Rhone Valley.

Your Provence wine tours and cultural visits will be topped off with wonderful foods which you can explore during a hands-on cooking class with a local chef.


Trip Details

During your travels throughout the Provencal countryside on your Provence wine tour, you’ll also stop in St. Remy de Provence for one hands-on cooking class (an alternate class will be arranged in August). Chef Yvan was born in the region, and has worked for such chefs as Guy Martin, Jacques Lameloise, and J-Paul Bonin. His love of Provence, and the ingredients of the region, shines through with each and every one of his dishes. Prior to the cooking class, guests will visit a local fruit and vegetable producer to pick out some ingredients for the class. During the hands-on Provence cooking class, you’ll learn to prepare simple, yet tasty Provencal recipes that will sure to impress your friends and family when you return home!

Itinerary

Pont d'Avignon in Provence

Day One

  • Arrival in Avignon and transfer to your accommodations.
  • Welcome dinner in a fine restaurant near the hotel (drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Winery in Provence


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • At 9 a.m., meet your English-speaking driver/guide for a private tour to learn about the wines of the Rhone Valley with a wine expert on the first of your Provence wine tours. You’ll stop in Tavel for a visit and wine tasting; this area is famous for its rosé wine, which is a complex wine with aromas of summer fruits.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Depart for the Roman theatre in Orange, one of the best preserved from the Roman civilization; the stage wall is almost entirely intact.
  • Take a driving France wine tour through the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, and stop to see the stunning panoramic view of the Rhone valley at the Castle of Châteauneuf de Pape.
  • Visit and wine tasting in a domaine in Châteauneuf de Pape. After a guided visit of the winemaking process — including the aging and stocking cellars — enjoy a tasting of red and white wines to round out your Provence wine tour.
  • Around 6 p.m., return to your hotel in Avignon.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Wine bottles in France


Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • At 9 a.m., your driver/guide will take you to an intimate cooking class in Alpilles. But before you head to the kitchen, visit a local fruit and vegetable producer with the English-speaking chef. You’ll discover regional, seasonal products, which will be used during the class. Next, visit a goat cheese factory.
  • Now, it’s time to cook! You will learn how to prepare traditional French dishes such as leg of lamb, cook crispy vegetables, prepare a filet from an entire fish, and much more. Lunch to follow, drinks included, either out on the veranda or in the shade of the olive trees.
  • In the afternoon, visit an olive oil mill in Les Baux de Provence valley for a tasting. The AOC olive oil here is unusual in that it’s made from a blend of olives.
  • Continue on to the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. The immense and superb stone fortress here is, without a doubt, one of the “must-sees” on the Provencal tourist trail.
  • Around 6 p.m., return to your hotel in Avignon.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Picnic basket in France


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • With your driver/guide, head out on a full day of Provence wine tours. First stop is a castle in Mormoiron, a family-run vineyard in the south of the Rhône Valley on the Côtes du Ventoux appellation that operates on the principles of sustainable agriculture.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on the wine estate (drinks included).
  • Continue your Provence wine tours to Gigondas for a visit and wine tasting in a cellar. Gigondas wines are considered as Cru of the Southern Côtes du Rhône valley. The village is located at the foot of the hill range called Dentelles de Montmirail.
  • Around 6 p.m., return to your hotel in Avignon. Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Scenic shot of Provence


Day Five

  • Breakfast and check out.
  • Return transfer to Avignon TGV train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation in 4* hotel in Avignon

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches (drinks included)
  • 1 dinner (drinks not included)

Classes & Instructors

During your travels throughout the Provencal countryside on your Provence wine tour, you’ll also stop in St. Remy de Provence for one hands-on cooking class (an alternate class will be arranged in August). Chef Yvan was born in the region, and has worked for such chefs as Guy Martin, Jacques Lameloise, and J-Paul Bonin. His love of Provence, and the ingredients of the region, shines through with each and every one of his dishes. Prior to the cooking class, guests will visit a local fruit and vegetable producer to pick out some ingredients for the class. During the hands-on Provence cooking class, you’ll learn to prepare simple, yet tasty Provencal recipes that will sure to impress your friends and family when you return home!

Excursions

  • Provence wine tours, including Rhone Valley winery visit and wine tasting, Chateauneuf du Pape winery visit and wine tasting, and full-day Provence wine tour on day 4 to Mormoiron and Girgondas
  • Visit to Roman theater in Orange
  • Market visit and goat cheese visit
  • Beaux de Provence excursion with olive mill visit and tasting

Transfer Details

  • Transfers from/to Avignon train or TGV station

Accommodation Information

Hotel de L’Horloge is located in central Avignon near numerous cafes and shops as well as Popes’ Palace. Once a 19th-century house, this hotel features 66 modern, cozy rooms with individual heat and air-conditioning, as well as Wi-Fi, mini-bar, safe, telephone, and satellite TV. (If unavailable a comparable 4* property will be substituted.)

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Year-Round Pricing:

(except July)

4-night Program
US$2850 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

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    Please inquire for single occupancy rate.


    Tour Dates

    Available any dates you choose except July.

    Sample dates follow, other start dates also possible, although itinerary must start on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

    2020

    July: please inquire
    August 2-6
    August 9-13
    August 16-20
    August 23-27
    August 30-September 3
    September 6-10
    September 13-17
    September 20-24
    September 27-October 1
    October 4-8
    October 11-15
    October 18-22
    October 25-29
    November 1-5
    November 8-12
    November 15-19
    November 22-26
    November 29-December 3
    December 6-10
    December 13-17
    December 20-24

    2021
    Available any dates you choose except July.
    Itinerary must start on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

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

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