On this outdoorsy tour of Provence, you'll mix gourmet experiences with active pursuits. Start the trip in medieval Avignon, then take a tour of the Luberon on an electric bike before learning how to cook (and eat) like a local at a Provençal cooking class. You'll finish with a full-day tour of local wineries. Cheers!

Highlights

  • Learn to cook like a local during a Provençal cooking class
  • Explore the villages of the Luberon on an electric bike
  • Taste local varietals during a full-day wine tour
  • Sightsee in medieval Avignon, the "City of the Popes"

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Avignon Avignon
Day 2 Electric Bike Tour in the Luberon Bonnieux
Day 3 Italian & Provençal Cooking near Gordes Bonnieux
Day 4 Wine tour around Luberon Bonnieux
Day 5 Depart Provence  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Avignon

Pont d'Avignon in Avignon, France
Pont d'Avignon in Avignon, France

Arrive in the south of France at Avignon train station. This medieval town is centrally located in Provence. You'll start the trip on a high note with dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant of La Mirande; afterward, take a stroll around the city's beautifully illuminated historic center.

Day 2: Electric Bike Tour in the Luberon

Explore the area with an electric bicycle
Explore the region on an electric bicycle

Today, you'll explore the Luberon, including Luberon Regional Nature Park. Connect with your guide and start the excursion with a hike in the mountains. Next, hop on an electric bike and ride along quiet country roads. You'll stop along the way in villages like Lacoste, Ménerbes, and Oppède le Vieux. There will be a lunch break in either Ménerbes or Oppède le Vieux, where you have the choice to dine at a restaurant or enjoy a picnic. Along the route, you'll also have time to visit the vineyards and lavender fields in the area. Following the tour, return to Bonnieux for the evening.

Day 3: Italian & Provençal Cooking near Gordes

The village of Goult in Provence
The village of Goult in Provence

Between Gordes and Bonnieux, the cooking school of Chef Giuseppina is located in the village of Goult. Before your cooking class begins, you'll visit the local market to choose ingredients and produce. Then, under the chef's supervision, you will prepare a range of traditional dishes from the Luberon region. Sip local wine while you enjoy the meal under the shade of olive trees. 

Day 4: Full day Wine tour around Luberon

Vineyards in the Luberon

Today, accompanied by an expert guide, you will learn about the characteristics of the Luberon's terroir and winemaking traditions. Travel in a private car through the beautiful south Luberon wine area, basking in the Mediterranean climate and learning about the process behind wine-making. You'll take a break for lunch (and more wine) in the picturesque village of Lourmarin, which is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Day 5: Depart Provence

Goodbye, Provence!
Sunrise over the sea in Provence

After breakfast, depending on your schedule, you'll head to the nearest TGV station to board a high-speed train to Paris or Nice. This concludes your grand Provençal adventure. Au revoir!