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Provence Active Culinary Walking Tour

Classic French Culinary Adventure

From $4,498 - $4,698 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$940 for sgl. occ.)

"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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Highlights

  • Learn about the secrets of classic Provençal dishes in a cooking class with a renowned local chef
  • Stroll through vibrant markets and meet merchants peddling the fresh flavors of the Luberon
  • Enjoy locally grown olives, goat cheese wrapped in oak leaves, herbes de Provence and other tantalizing Provençal specialties
  • Meander along unspoiled routes through limestone hills, perched villages and picturesque vineyards
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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Kick off your trip with a hike on the Alpilles mountain range, with gorgeous vistas over the region | Have an immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières | Peruse the charming streets of Les Baux de Provence, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France | Enjoy a wine-tasting and lunch with a local artist at a traditional Provençal farm | Sample rich olive oils and tour the distillery at Moulin du Calanquet.

Days 3-4 Join chef Yvan Cadiou for an exclusive hands-on cooking class | Alongside local art historian Marie-Charlotte Bouton, gaze at the same landscape painted by van Gogh over a century ago | Shop for local specialties in the Les Alpilles market | Voyage further into the Luberon Valley—the land of honey, lavender and cherries immortalized in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence | Hike past Provençal farms, cypress groves, olive trees and vineyards | Discover regional farm-to-table secrets with a cooking demo by a friend of Alice Waters and enjoy an exquisite dinner at Le Mas Tourteron.

Days 5-6 Visit picturesque perched hamlets like ochre-hued Roussillon and Gordes | As you hike, see goats grazing on wild rosemary, thyme and sage | Explore lovely Bonnieux, perhaps climbing the 12th-century church tower for views of the valley below | Taste unforgettable Michelin-starred regional cuisine | A dreamy final morning in elegant Gordes ends at medieval Sénanque Abbey, a quintessential image of Provence.

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. View cancellation policy.

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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,398 pp dbl occ

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From $4,498 - $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$940 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

Baumaniere
Baumanière

Les Baux-de-Provence (1 night)

Château des Alpilles
Le Château des Alpilles

St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights)

Les Bories Hotel & Spa
Hôtel Les Bories & Spa

Gordes (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence

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Wonderful trip with such variety.

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Comments about Provence Active Culinary Walking Tour:

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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Comments about Provence Active Culinary Walking Tour:

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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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Baumaniere

Baumanière

Les Baux-de-Provence (1 night)

An enchanting hideaway in the heart of the Alpilles Mountains with magnificent gardens. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Château des Alpilles

Le 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)

Les Bories Hotel & Spa

Hôtel Les Bories & Spa

Gordes (2 nights)

This Small Luxury Hotels of the World member features a Michelin-starred restaurant, a tranquil setting and stunning views of the Luberon. (pool, spa)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 3 400 5 400
2 5* 500 8 900 11 1100
3 3* 300 4* 400 7 1300
4 4* 100 7* 600 7 900 8 900
Visit of St-Rémy (2 Hours)
5 2* 400 4* 800 6* 1000 8* 1300
6 2* 400
Walking Tour of Gordes (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 activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence

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.)

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