The best culture and gastronomy tour of Provence

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

ladies enjoying a cooking class on a fabulous food tour of provence

June is when the lavender begins to bloom in Provence, the sunflowers start to awaken and the last of the poppies are still nodding their heads in the warm summer breeze. It’s also the perfect time to take a gastronomic tour of Provence and experience the beautiful sights before the crowds of high summer arrive.

Indulge and enjoy a taste of Provence

purple lavender and red poppies in a field in Provence France

Martine Bertin-Peterson who runs the fabulous Goût et Voyage tours says June in Provence is when the sun shines, the locals are laid back and the climate is perfect for wine tasting and dining al fresco. A trip to Provence is the trip of a lifetime, and the reality of a great tour that’s put together with Martine’s know-how, local knowledge and a lot of love for the experiences to be had – is that it will be even better than you could ever have imagined.

Martine’s enviable little black book of contacts, built up over years of running tours means that she’s able to create unique experiences. Most of them would be difficult or impossible to create without her expertise.

Cooking Class in Provence

Rolling out pastry at a cooking class in Provence France

There are cooking classes in chefs’ homes and a private picnic in an exquisite chateau and winery. You’ll enjoy a foodie tour of Avignon, a winery tour focusing on small vineyards (often organic) and a whole lot more fabulous foodie experiences. “The cooking classes are hands on” says Martine. “We prepare ‘real Provencal food’ (not some crazy foam and froufrou dish). As a result, guests are eager to go home and recreate those dishes in their own kitchens. In some of the classes, we make savory madeleines or savory financiers as an appetizer. I love it when my clients tell me that as soon as they got home, they purchased a madeleine pan (or a financier pan) and they have made the recipe for friends and family. They send me pictures of their masterpieces and I know they’ve gone home with a little bit of Provence forever”.

Freedom to enjoy authentic Provence

You’ll stay in a small, boutique 4-star boutique hotel throughout so that you get to experience the rhythm of life in authentic Provence. You’ll dine in fine, small family-owned restaurants, and says Martine, “there are no single supplements, everything (and I mean everything) is included – none of this ‘one glass of wine per meal, additional wine is not included’ nonsense”.

On Martine’s Goût et Voyage tours, there’s plenty of flexibility and by keeping tour numbers small it means that detours are possible. “We’ll hunt for that perfect poppy field, we’ll join the crowd to watch the transhumance pass through a small town, we’ll re-route if there’s a not-to-be-missed  festival or fair. And, if you want to spend the afternoon by the pool instead of visiting Roman ruins, you’re very welcome to do so” says Martine. It isn’t about cramming in as many different towns as possible, 30 minutes here, back on the bus, 30 minutes there. The focus is on the experience, not on ticking boxes. “I love sharing my passion for Provence- it’s people, food, wine, crafts and culture” she adds.

Visit the most exquisite towns of Provence

Bright colours of the town of Roussillon in Provence

This unique June tour takes in the most enchanting, picturesque and memorable towns and villages. You’ll visit beautiful Baux de Provence with its ruined medieval castle, and the captivating Les Carrières de Lumières, underground galleries famous for an amazing sound and light show. Three of the officially most beautiful villages in Provence are on your route including ravishing Roussillon with its colourful houses and winding streets, and lovely Menerbes.

“I think it’s about bringing home a bit of Provence and savoring that memory for a long time” Martine says of her tours – the very best kind of trip.

Find out more at Goût et Voyage and take the trip of a lifetime in Provence

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