Explore Europe’s Culinary Traditions Part III: Bon Appetit, Provence
A Classic Journeys culinary tour lets you experience firsthand the stories behind the local cuisine. These in-depth tours get straight to the source with visits to markets, bakers, cheese-makers and home kitchens. In fact, our Culinary Tours were recognized as ‘Outstanding’ by SAVEUR magazine’s Culinary Travel Awards by both an expert panel of world travelers and the magazine’s readers.
On our culinary tours, you’ll be invited into local kitchens for casual cooking instructions and, of course, a chance to savor the results. You’ll visit with cooks who live and breathe the local cuisine. You’ll get hands-on instruction with home cooks, professional chefs and cookbook authors who share secrets you won’t learn dining in the front-of-house. We spend time foraging, just like the locals. Of course, we wouldn’t dream of missing a market day. And we’ll take lovely (calorie-burning) walks through vineyards, olive groves and farmlands to see how our amazing ingredients are grown and transformed into the food of legends.
Bon Appetit, Provence
Our friend Gordana is living the dream in Provence. Now you can join her to soak in the Provençal lifestyle for a week, settled into our 18th-century château. You’ll walk in the thyme-scented countryside, fill mesh bags with produce at the local market and pour an extra splash of wine to prolong an evening on the terrace. Every day, there’s something new as we visit hilltop villages, meet farmers and artisans, and walk to a secluded abbey. Among four cooking instructions, you’ll get tips and secrets to Provençal cooking from a local chef…and be welcomed to a private wine-tasting at a fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard.
• A guided walk of Avignon Les Baux and the cloister where van Gogh lived
• Cooking with Michelin-starred Chef Alain
• Shopping the market in Vaison la Romaine
• Time in the kitchen of a medieval house in Séguret
• The path to Sénanque Abbey
• Cooking with lavender at our friends’ home
• Walking to the Pont du Gard Pastry making and lunch in a private residence
• A tasting of regal red Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines