The Food & Culture of Provence
Provence in the south of France is world renowned for its culture and climate, as well as its food, wine and other things “Provencal” such as lavender and truffles. We will explore Provence across three major regions (Bouches-du-Rhȏne, Vaucluse, and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) to experience the food and culture of Provence. (For a look at our 2018 program, check out the photo gallery here.)
Days 1-3: Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence is a vibrant Provençal city dating back to Roman times. It was the home of painter Paul Cézanne and writer Emile Zola (“Les Deux Garçons”), and today boasts many boutiques, outdoor cafes and markets, and historic buildings including Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d'Aix-en-Provence. In addition to exploring Aix, we will take a day trip to the beautiful seaport village of Cassis on the Mediterranean, where we will take a boat tour of the famous calanques. Lodging: Hôtel Saint Christophe.
Days 4-10: Chateauvert
After a few days of city life, we travel to the tranquil region of Provence Vert for a taste of Provençal country life. Chateauvert is our base to explore vineyards, specialty industries and farms such as apiaries, olive oil and lavender cultivators, local marchés, and the “Grand Canyon” of Europe, the Gorges du Verdon. This year we are in Provence during lavender season - a sight not to be missed! We will also visit a number of medieval villages such as Entrecasteaux and Cotignac. Also on the agenda is a half-day Provencal cooking class. Our week in the countryside also features our very popular tradition of "gîte dinners" where small groups take turns meal planning, shopping the marché and cooking for us all (and the following night, someone cooks for you!) Lodging: Gites de la Réparade.
Days 11-13: Avignon
Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its rich cultural history. Several of its most distinctive features, including the Pont Saint-Bénézet and the papal palace, were built during 12 to 14th centuries. It is one of the few remaining villages in France still enclosed by ramparts built in medieval times. En route to Avignon, we will stop at the medieval village of Gordes. Lodging: Hôtel Regina.
Cost (previous years)
The cost for this 13 day program is $3100 USD per person/double occupancy. Included in the program cost: 12 nights’ lodging, excursion transportation, most meals (12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 10 dinners with wine), excursion & tour fees, and program and material fees. Single supplement fee is $325 USD.
Program begins in Aix-en-Provence and ends in Avignon (both easily accessible by the TGV/French high speed train). Open to all individuals 18 or older.
Not included in the price: Airfare to/from U.S., travel to/from starting and ending destinations (Aix/Avignon), airport/train transfers, or mad money for souvenirs, etc. Participants are strongly encouraged to obtain travel insurance.
Interested in Registering?
Space is limited to 10 participants. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in registeration for 2021.