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Provence Active Culinary Walking Tour

Flavorful Luberon, Les Baux & Windswept Alpilles

  • Learn secrets of classic Provençal dishes from a Michelin-starred chef
  • Take part in private tastings of the best local wine, including delicate Côtes du Luberon
  • Enjoy olives, goat cheese, herbes de Provence and other classic Provençal specialties
  • Postcard-perfect routes through limestone hills, perched villages and vineyards await
  • Walk with local art historian Marie-Charlotte Bouton, a van Gogh expert

"Provence is made for cooking," raves writer Luke Barr in Travel + Leisure. With us, you'll walk in the very forests, fields and orchards that nurture each produit du terroir. Sample wine where the grapes are grown. And expand your culinary repertoire alongside our charming local friends. Provence was made for this.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 There's no better place to kick off your trip than at La Bonne Etape, our delightful 17th-century accommodations Join chef Jany Gleize for a private cooking class before sitting down to a dinner at his Michelin-starred restaurant Wander through the Monday market at Forcalquier, backdropped by a 12th-century cathedral Peruse the vendors' colorful bounty while sampling local specialties such as cured olives and goat cheese wrapped in oak leaves from nearby Banon The perched villages of Gordes and Roussillon are yours to discover en route to our elegant home in Joucas.

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 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 van Gogh over a century ago  A Provençal chef reveals how to create regional cuisine using figs, cherries, tomatoes, artichokes and herbs fresh from the garden and the farmers' market.

Another wonderful trip. I loved the mixture of natural beauty, history, culture and cooking on this trip. Great job! We have six more trips reserved..
Laura - Austin, TX
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Aix-en-Provence, France/Avignon, France

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La Bonne Etape

La Bonne Etape

Château-Arnoux (1 night)

Family-owned for generations, this charming hotel—originally a 17th-century post house—spoils you with Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

Hostellerie de Phébus

Le Phébus

Joucas (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)

Château des Alpilles

Château des Alpilles

St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights)

A refined 19th-century manor house owned and lovingly renovated by a mother and daughter. (pool)

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Another wonderful trip. I loved the mixture of natural beauty, history, culture and cooking on this trip. Great job! We have six more trips reserved..

 
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Backroads delivers an excellent experience!

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The trip exceeded our expectations.The inns were beautiful and unique and the food was amazing! Our leaders were knowledgeable, accommodating and organized. By the end of the trip we were sad to part with their company as well as our fellow travelers. The daily activities allowed for flexibility and individual differences within the group. Each day held something new and exciting to experience. Overall a truly wonderful trip!

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The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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1 2 0 4 600
2 5* 500 8 900
3 2* 400 5* 1000 7* 1300
4 3* 600 4* 600 9 1000
5 4* 100 6* 300 9 400
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St-Paul-de-Mausole & Van Gogh Walking Tour (1 Hour)
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes forested mountain trails, paved and dirt roads, limestone hill paths and village walkways.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence

The Three Faces of Provence

Not content to explore only the two best-known regions (as beautiful as they are), we offer you a trip in three dimensions: the sun-drenched Luberon, the limestone outcrops of Les Alpilles and the hidden treasures of Haute Provence. Along the way, enjoy a private cooking class with a Michelin-starred chef and meet our friend Marie Charlotte, who reveals sides of St-Rémy and its art history you'd miss on your own.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Provence trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

The Best Leaders in Provence

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Provence, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Provence live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,898 pp dbl occ

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