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Provence Walking & Cooking Tour
Provence Walking & Cooking Tour

"Provence is made for cooking," raves writer Luke Barr in Travel + Leisure. "The markets, fruit-and-vegetable stands, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, and cheese shops all have the best stuff imaginable... Staples like wine and bread are transcendent." On this unforgettable new trip, you'll walk in the very forests, fields and orchards that nurture each flavorful produit du terroir. You'll sample vintages where the grapes are grown. And expand your culinary repertoire alongside our charming local friends. Provence was made for this. 

Days 1-2 Sip, taste and savor - Michelin-starred cuisine and sublime local wines await  There's no better place to kick off your trip than at La Bonne Etape, our stunning 17th-century accommodations  Join the hotel's own Michelin-starred chef Jany Gleize on a walk through the organic kitchen garden  The perched villages of Gordes and Roussillon are yours to discover en route Stroll around a nearby lake before sitting down to an exquisite dinner  Roll up your sleeves during a private cooking class taught by chef Gleize in his kitchen.

Days 3-4 Voyage further into the Luberon Valley - the land of honey, lavender and cherries immortalized in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence Explore Bonnieux with a local guide, perhaps climbing the 12th-century church tower for views of the valley below Hike past typical Provençal farms and orchards, cypress groves, olive trees and vineyards of the Côtes du Luberon  Superb Michelin-starred cuisine awaits at Hostellerie Le Phébus   Lose yourself in the wild windswept Alpilles Poised above mysterious caves and eroded limestone, medieval Les Baux is a joy to explore.

Days 5-6 Walk through pine woodland and along limestone hills, where goats graze on wild rosemary thyme and sage - herbes de Provence that give the local chèvre its unique flavor Alongside a local art scholar, gaze at the very same landscape painted by Vincent van Gogh over a century ago  A Provençal chef reveals how to create regional cuisine using figs, tomatoes, cherries, artichokes and herbs fresh from his garden and the farmers' market.   


Trip Highlights
  • Learn secrets of classic Provençal dishes from a Michelin-starred chef
  • Private tastings of the best local wine, including delicate Côtes du Luberon
  • Olives, goat cheese, herbes de Provence and other classic Provençal specialties
  • Postcard-perfect routes through limestone hills, perched villages and vineyards
  • Walk with local art historian Marie-Charlotte Bouton, a van Gogh expert
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Premiere Inns

La Bonne Etape (1 night): Family-owned for generations, this splendid hotel - originally a 17th-century post house - envelopes you in luxury and spoils you with Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

Hostellerie Le Phébus (2 nights): Enjoy the Michelin-starred restaurant at this elegant hotel, nestled in a tranquil forested setting outside of town. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Le Château des Alpilles (2 nights): An elegant 19th-century manor house owned by a mother-daughter pair who have lovingly renovated and decorated this peaceful property. (pool)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2 0
2 5* 300 6 400
3 5* 400 8* 700
4 5 300 6 300 9 500
5 2 100 5 300
6 4 0
St-Paul-de-Mausole & van Gogh Walking Tour (1 Hour)
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/11-16 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/15-20 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/7-12 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/28-10/3 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/5-10 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $6,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $5,898 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

Whether you’re already a fan of French cooking or you're hoping to develop a deeper appreciation for la cuisine provençale, we think you'll love this new walking & cooking trip. In the kitchen and out on the trail with our longtime local friends, you'll discover the region's rich culinary traditions (and even learn a trade secret or two!) as you taste, sip and savor your way through sunny southern France.
Annie Rosenberg - Regional Manager, Europe