A Taste of Provence - September 21-29, 2018

$3995 (Land Only)

With the exception of just two lunches and dinners, everything has been included from the time you arrive in France, to the moment of your departure! Your only other expenses will be those of a personal nature.

Call Now! Space is limited to just 12 people to ensure a truly hands-on cooking experience.

Culinary Arts Tours presents…A Taste of Provence. . Discover the magical region of Provence on an unforgettable French culinary adventure! Bordered by the Mediterranean to the south and the Alpilles to the west, this stunning region will allow you to discover the very best of the South of France and savor the delicious Provencal cuisine. Your week long stay features hands-on cooking classes which focus on the aromatic herbs of the region, a visit to a goat cheese farm and olive oil mill, not to mention the outstanding wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape—where grapes were first planted in the 14th century by the Avignon Popes. Enjoy a unique, hands-on Provencal culinary experience and be immersed in southern culture and the charm of its people.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1   Friday, September 21

Welcome to France!  We are met at the airport by our tour escort and make the short drive to Cassis, a lovely port town near Marseille. We have lunch here and later enjoy a scenic drive before heading to our charming hotel in St. Remy-de- Provence—where we’ll live the Provencal lifestyle for a week. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax at the hotel. Enjoy a welcome reception before dinner, which is a fine introduction to Provencal cooking.  Included Meals L/D

Day 2   Saturday, September 22

This morning after breakfast, we roll up our sleeves and take part in our first cooking lesson which introduces us to the region’s flavorful cuisine. We savor the results over lunch paired with the perfect wine.  Later we discover the delightful town of St. Remy with our local guide. Highlights include St. Paul de Mausole—the mental hospital where Van Gogh stayed in 1889. Along the way, we won’t be able to resist stopping into some of the lovely food shops and tasting their local products. Enjoy some time to wander and shop on your own. There are plenty of choices for dinner in one of the many local cafes or restaurants. Included Meals B/L

Day 3  Sunday, September 23

Enjoy a leisurely morning visit to the local produce market and antique dealers in Isle-sur-la Sorgue.  This is one of the most renowned markets in the region. Often called the “Venice of Provence”, this lovely town’s crystal clear water flows under pedestrian bridges, and flower boxes overflow with color. After lunch we continue on to the heart of Provence—into the area called the Luberon—made famous by the Peter Mayle books.  We visit the stunning red-rock village of Roussillon. The town sits on the world’s largest known ochre deposit. A brilliant orange path leads through the richly colored ochre canyon. We have lunch and then time on our own to explore this beautiful village. Some may want to walk the stunning Ochre Trail before returning back to St. Remy for dinner.  Included Meals B/L/D

Day 4   Monday, September 24

This morning we learn about one of the specialties of the region firsthand—we visit a goat farm where we learn about the cheese making process and put our new found knowledge to work during a cheese tasting.  After lunch we visit an olive oil farm and discover the process of producing some of the finest olive oil in the region. Provencal style oils are usually light in aroma and more subtle in taste then the Tuscan oils—perfect to drizzle over fresh goat cheese or for making that famous Provencal dish—bouillabaisse.  Included Meals B/L/D

Day 5   Tuesday, September 25

Today we drive to Aix-en-Provence where we meet our local guide for an introduction to the highlights of this beautiful city in the very heart of the region. Explore the local market at leisure and discover more of Aix on your own—stroll the elegant Cours Mirabeau—“the Champs-Elysee of Provence” and shop in upscale boutiques. Late in the afternoon we make our way back to St. Remy for dinner.  Included Meals B/D

Day 6   Wednesday, September 26

We get an early start this morning for the local market where we select our own fresh ingredients with the guidance of our chef, in preparation for our second cooking class.  Fresh produce, along with olive oil, garlic, and aromatic herbs, define the basis of Provencal cooking. After several hours of hands-on instruction we enjoy the fruits of our labor over a lunch paired with a great wine. This afternoon we see the highlights of Avignon, including the 14th century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic palace in all of Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own before returning to St. Remy for dinner.  Included Meals B/L

Day 7   Thursday, September 27

Today we visit one of the most remarkable Roman ruins anywhere—the magnificent Pont du Gard. Both an aqueduct and a bridge, this 2,000 year old wonder once supplied nine million gallons of water a day to the city of Nimes. Visit the state of the art museum which shows the incredible construction of the aqueduct.  After lunch we drive to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where grapes were first planted in the 14th century by the Avignon Popes. We tour two local wineries and enjoy tasting some of the finest wines before heading back to St. Remy for dinner.  Included Meals B/D

Day 8   Friday, September 28

After breakfast we put our newly acquired Provencal cooking skills to work during our final class. We’ll return home with recipes we can make for family and friends that will bring back fond memories of our time in Provence. After a fabulous lunch enjoy a leisurely last afternoon in St. Remy before our farewell dinner together.
Included Meals B/L/D

Day 9   Saturday, September 29

We depart our hotel early this morning for the Marseille Airport for our return flight home, with wonderful memories of our Provencal culinary adventure. Included Meals B

Note: Itinerary is subject to change: Culinary Arts Tours makes every effort to operate all tours as advertised. However, it’s possible that due to unforeseen events, weather conditions, festivals or unexpected closures, we occasionally may need to rearrange a day or substitute another activity. In the end, our goal is always to make it better for our guests, and when substitutions happen, they are always enjoyable.

What’s Included

Tour Price:  $3995 (Land Only)

With the exception of just two lunches and dinners, everything has been included from the time you arrive in France, to the moment of your departure! Your only other expenses will be those of a personal nature.

Price based on 10 participants and double occupancy
Single Supplement: $875

Your Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation (including airport transfers) via private, deluxe, air conditioned motor coach & minivans
  • First class accommodations for 8 nights
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (only two lunches & two dinners are not included)
  • Bottled water and wine included with lunches & dinners listed in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • Expert local guides
  • Admission to all sightseeing and excursions
  • All cooking classes
  • All taxes and tips for services provided, including end of tour gratuities for tour escort and driver
  • Luggage handling

Your Tour Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from the hotel from the airport if you arrive at a different time than the rest of the group
  • Any personal purchases you make
  • Passport fees
  • Any special request wines with meals outside the excellent local wines we already provide
  • Optional insurance for health, baggage and trip cancellation
  • Optional insurance for health, baggage and trip cancellation
    (This insurance is highly recommended. Ask us about our reasonably priced group insurance policies.)


Payment Schedule:

A non-refundable deposit of $500 must be received with registration. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. All payments may be made by check or by credit card.

Refund / Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be in writing and date of postmark or email will determine the amount of refund due. Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. If you cancel, all unrecoverable expenses from our suppliers will be charged, in addition to the following charges per person:

89-45 days prior to departure: 50% of the package price
44 days to day of departure: 100% of the package price

There are no refunds for unused or missed days.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Terms and Conditions

Please read carefully

This document outlines what Culinary Arts Tours agrees to provide when you sign up for a tour and what you agree to do in return. This is very important information, so please read it carefully before you complete and sign your registration form.

Tours include: Services of a professional tour escort, expert local guides, entrance fees to all sights listed on itinerary, hands-on cooking classes, transportation by deluxe air-conditioned minibus and minivans, accommodations, meals as indicated in the itinerary, beverages with all included meals, luggage handling, and all taxes and gratuities for the hotels, guides, and drivers. 

Tours do not include: Airfare, insurance, and items of a personal nature, such as passport fees.

Tour price: The tour price is based on the value of the dollar and is subject to change. If there is a substantial fluctuation in currency exchange rates, we reserve the right to adjust prices.

Tours cancelled by Culinary Arts Tours: Although unlikely, a tour may be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If a tour is cancelled, the entire amount you have paid will be refunded to you within 14 days of tour cancellation. Once this occurs, Culinary Arts Tours has no other obligation to tour members on cancelled trips.

Travel insurance: Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your trip investment so that you may travel with peace of mind. If you cancel or interrupt your trip due to illness or other qualifying unforeseen events, your non-refundable expenses will be covered.  We would be happy to provide you with our reasonable group insurance policy. We cannot be responsible for damaged or lost luggage—it is important that you have adequate baggage insurance.

Tour member health and safety: Tour participants need to be in reasonably good health. Age is not a factor but physical condition is important. By registering for this tour, you are certifying that you do not have any condition or disability that would create a hazard or hardship for other travelers. This tour requires considerable walking and standing for several hours at a time during walking tours and cooking classes. You also should expect plenty of stairs and uneven pavement in some areas. In addition, any person who needs assistance must have a travel companion who is able and willing to help them during the tour.  You may not rely on your fellow travelers to assist you during the trip.  Culinary Arts Tours reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any traveler whose health affects the operation of the trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow travelers.  If you smoke,  you may  do so only outdoors and away from the group—never on the bus, in hotel rooms, or during group meals.

Termination of tour privileges: On rare occasion, a tour participant may do things which are incompatible with the safety, comfort or convenience of the other members of the tour. In those circumstances we have the right and discretion to expel someone from the tour at any time, without any claims or complaints against us.

Itinerary is subject to change: Culinary Arts Tours makes every effort to operate all tours as advertised. However, it is possible that due to unforeseen events, conditions, or changes in airline schedules, the land portion of the trip may be extended or shortened, and certain sights may be added or dropped. Any savings realized by such occurrences will be refunded; however, any extra expenses incurred must be borne by the client.

Responsibility:  Culinary Arts Tours, their officers, and employees, tour hosts, or any other persons or vendors connected with the tour shall not under any circumstances be liable to the client by reason of this agreement directly or indirectly for any accidents, injury, delay, damage, or inconvenience caused to the client by negligence of others, by malfunctions of transportation systems or equipment, by acts of war, terrorism, or rebellion, strikes, theft, itinerary changes, extreme weather conditions, or cancellations, and the client hereby releases the above mentioned corporations and persons from any and all such liability.

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