(Option: Longer Stays)
Provence, France - 2 nights
Available March to June, September to December
Welcome to Provence! You will be greeted by your hosts in their beautiful 19th century “mas”. The village where you will be staying is famous for its rosé wine, being the first in France. It is located within 15 minutes from Avignon in the middle of the vineyards and is the perfect escape for a short break.
You will have time to discover the surrounding area which is rich in historical attractions such as Avignon, the Pope’s Palace and the Roman aqueducts. Fabulous landscapes, exceptional light (there was a reason van Gogh came to the South!) and the singing of the cicadas will bring you peace and offer an appreciation of this exquisite region of France. You will be charmed by the colorful markets and warm people. Discover the French way of life with a sunny twist!
You will partake in a hands-on Provençal cookery class based on sun-kissed vegetables and fruits, thyme, rosemary, garlic and basil. Groups are small, two to six people, to offer more personal attention. You will prepare your own dinners in a way all Provençal women (and men) do, without professional equipment but with a Provençal heart. The dishes prepared will be a pleasant, more than expected, discovery in flavour - "Frenchy" but easy to re-create once back home .
Meet your hosts between 5:30pm-7:30pm in this quaint village in France which is the worldwide capital of rose wine. Discover your room and have a rest.
Option until 7pm - Visit on your own to one of the wine cellars to taste and purchase some wines.
7:30pm - Welcome drink and traditional Provençal dinner
9am - Breakfast. Individual departure for a regional market, free time to buy products and discover the ambiance. Free time and lunch on your own.
4:30pm - Picking of fresh thyme and rosemary in the surrounding hills followed by your cookery lesson where you will prepare your own Provençal dinner.
Time to rest and relax. Typical aperitif and dinner (1/4 liter of wine included).
9:00am - Breakfast. Check-out before 11am for those who are departing.
For those who feel like visiting the village, you can take a stroll through the narrow streets, followed by a climb to the top of the valley to view the orientation table to have an impression of the production area of the village’s vineyards.
After discovering this area, you may want to stay here longer and if so the following activities are available:
- More hands-on cookery classes (Inquire about Four Night Stay)
- Wine tastings, vineyard and wine cellar visits
- Visits to Provençal markets
- Visit of an olive oil factory
- Cheese and wine evenings
- Visits to beautiful authentic villages
- Historical sightseeing such as the town of Avignon or “Le pont du Gard” (12th century Roman aqueduct)
- Provençal Christmas tradition (November and December only- gala dinner with 7 traditional dishes and 13 desserts)
- A talk with the baker at the village
A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Closest Airports/Train Stations:
Marseilles - 80km from Tavel
Avignon Airport - (but through Paris Orly Airport only) - 20 km from Tavel
Avignon Train Station - From Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport take TGV High Speed Train (2.5 hours) to Avignon. (Clients can rent a car in train station).
*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.
Double Room/US$500 (Queen Size Bed only)
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a non-refundable deposit of 30% per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 45 days before your arrival date.
Available March to June, September to December (*In July and August there are no cooking classes)
*Two (2) nights' accommodation
*Two (2) breakfasts
*Two (2) dinners
*One (1) cookery lesson
*One (1) wine cellar visit (on your own)
*Airfare, transfer from and to the airport
*Guide or translator services
*Four night stay or more on request - please inquire
For further inquiries or to register, click here.
Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Remarks furnished upon request.