In just over a week it's possible to see all the highlights of southeastern France's most stunning region: Provence. This is a whirlwind tour that includes visits to its most beautiful cities, hill-top villages, national parks, and vineyards. You'll spend time in the oldest city in France, travel between the towns of the UNESCO-listed Luberon, and more.
This day-long cooking adventure begins at the myriad food markets of Aix's Old Town. It involves meeting local purveyors before picking up some of the fresh regional produce that the area is famous for like herbes de Provence, olive oil, truffles, figs, honey, and more. After the shopping is done the next step is to bring the ingredients to the country home of the host of today's cooking lesson to work on recipes and prepare the feast. On the way back to the country home, which follows a route that passes through the scenic Montaiguet Forest, there's one final stop at a local chateau to select some great Provençal wine to pair with the day's meal.
Upon arriving at the country home, there will be a bit of free time to take a stroll around the property and search for wild aromatic herbs. Then it's time to start the cooking lesson as the collected group of culinary enthusiasts actively participate in the preparation of various recipes. After approximately two hours of cooking, it will be time for everyone to sit down at the long convivial table and share in their gastronomic creations.
Tours that Include Cooking experience in Aix, from food markets to your host house
This scenic itinerary starts with a self-guided road trip through exceptional villages, cities, and wine regions in the heart of Provence. Over the course of 9 days, you’ll explore Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, and the Rhone Valley with visits to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as hidden gems. Finish the adventure in Paris with a mix of private tours and free time to explore on your own.
This six-day trip to France's famously beautiful Provence region allows you to experience its highlights. On top of touring the area's national parks and vineyards, you'll spend time in historic Marseille, plus travel around the Luberon massif, which is home to ancient hilltop villages. You'll also indulge in outdoor and gourmet excursions all while enjoying the amenities of the lavish hotels in which you'll be residing.