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October 21-31, 2022

PROVENCE FOOD & CULTURE EXPERIENCE with Chef Aliza Green

$6495

per person in a twin room

+$915

single supplement 

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Friday, October 21, 2022 DEPARTURE: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO MARSEILLES

Departure from the US for overnight flight to Marseilles on Friday, June 17, 2022. Note that we’ll be returning to Charles de Gaulle Airport via TGV train on Monday, June 26, 2022.

Airfare is not included but Celestial Voyagers can help you get the best airfare and schedule

DAY 2: Saturday, October 22, 2022 WELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL PROVENCE! | Meals: D | Hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon 4*

Arrival at Marseille International Airport. English-speaking assistance and group transfer on arrival is included. (If you will be arriving on a later flight, private transfer to your hotel in Arles is available at an additional cost.)

Transfer to Avignon and check-in to the centrally-located Hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon for three nights.

We’ll have a short, guided walking tour of Avignon in the afternoon. Afterwards, relax and then meet your travel companions for a welcome dinner at local restaurant featuring the typical cuisine of Avignon.

DAY 3: Sunday, October 23, 2022 AVIGNON: GASTRONOMIC & PAPAL CITY  | Meals: B L | Hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon 4*

reakfast at hotel.

10 minutes walk through the Old City from the hotel to the Central market.

Morning cooking class with Chef Jonathan Kirii.

Visit local market and plan your menu.

Lunch which will include wine, water and coffee.

Afternoon guided tour of the Pope Palace

Dinner on your own.

DAY 4:  Monday, October 24, 2022 | EXPLORE ROMAN PROVENCE | Meals: B L | Hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon 4*

Breakfast at hotel

Full day guided tour of the  “Provence Romaine” 

Visit  “Pont du Gard” a roman aqueduct from the first century BC 

Orange: the Triumphal Arch, the Antique Theatre 

Free time for lunch

“Châteauneuf du Pape” Wine Tasting

Return to Avignon. 

Dinner at Restaurant Severin (4 minutes walk from your hotel).  

DAY 5: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | MELONS, LAVENDER, JEWISH HERITAGE & LUBERON VILLAGES | Meals: B L | Hotel du Moulin de Lourmarin

Breakfast at hotel

Coustellet: Lavender Museum.

Gordes: free time to stroll around to take photos Tuesday is market day.

Cavaillon: lunch at Maison Prévôt, a Michelin starred restaurant   (own arrangements)

Guided city tour with local guide focussing on Jewish History,  including visit of the synagogue and the Museum Contadin

“Oppede Le Vieux”, a quaint hilltop village of the Luberon built on a rocky spur

Lourmarin: Check-in for 3 nights at Hotel du Moulin de Lourmarin

DAY 6: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 ALL ABOUT TRUFFLES! | Meals: B D | Hotel du Moulin de Lourmarin

Breakfast at hotel

Cadenet: Morning at a truffle farm. Learn everything about truffles. Go with the dogs and find the precious tuber. Sample the truffles with hors d’oeuvres, ice cream and honey, all served with champagne.

Return to Lourmarin.

Free time in Lourmarin

Learn to play the game of “petanque”,  a fun bowl game played in every village of Provence.

Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY 7: Thursday, October 27, 2022 THE SECRETS OF PROVENCAL CUISINE: AIX-EN-PROVENCE & CEZANNE | Meals: B L | Hotel du Moulin de Lourmarin

Breakfast at hotel

Departure  for the small village of Eguilles.  (Originally Atelier Peyrollais)

Meet the Chef who will teach you the secret of the Provencal Cuisine. Under his professional guidance prepare the 3 courses that you will have for lunch.  (own arrangements)

Visit Aix en Provence in the afternoon:  Historical guided walking tour of the Old town including a visit at the Hotel de Caumont

Return to Lourmarin in the evening

DAY 8:  Friday, October 28, 2022 ARLES: LES ALPILLES: SAINT REMY & LES BAUX | Meals: B L | Hotel Rodin, Arles

Breakfast at hotel

Carriere des Lumieres  (opens at 9:30 AM)

Village des Baux: time to stroll around

Saint Rémy de Provence:

Chocolatier Joël Durand

Lilamand Candied fruits factory

Gastronomic lunch at local restaurant

Van Gogh at the Monastery Saint Paul de Mausole

Check-in at HOTEL RODIN  in Arles for 3 nights

DAY 9: Saturday, October 29, 2022 | LA CAMARGUE: A UNIQUE LAND  | Meals: B D | Hotel RODIN

After breakfast, we depart for a full-day guided excursion through La Camargue.

We’ll visit La Manade Blanc, a family-run farm where they breed black Carmargue bulls and gray Camargues horses, and cultivate rice. We’ll tour the rice paddies fields on a cart and learn about rice production.

We’ll see the indigenous Camargue horse, one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world. For possibly thousands of years, these small hardy and agile horses have lived wild in the marshes and wetlands of the Rhône delta in manades, a small, semi-wild herd. The Camargue horses are the traditional mount of the gardians, the local cowboys who herd the bulls. We’ll have lunch at the farm after some appetizers with tellines, the tiny local wedge clams.

We continue on to Aigues Morte: where we’ll tour the salins, the basins where natural sea salt crystallizes on the surface for harvesting, travelling on a small train. We’ll also taste local specialties such as the Fougasse d’Aigues Morte and Saucisson d’Arles.

DAY 10: Sunday, October 30, 2022 SAY A FOND FAREWELL TO PROVENCE | Meals: B

After breakfast, travel by TGV fast train to Charles de Gaulle Airport (ticket not included) for flights home (or extend your stay in Provence--we can help).

INCLUDED ON THIS TOUR

  • Eight night’s accommodation, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • Welcome dinner (drinks not included)
  • Five lunches (drinks not included unless indicated) at restaurants and with cooking classes
  • Three dinners (drinks not included unless indicated)
  • Bottled water on coach and with meals
  • Coffee and tea with meals
  • Expert commentary, culinary advice and background by Chef Aliza Green
  • All culinary activities and excursions in the program
  • Two hands-on cooking classes and wine tastings at wineries
  • English-speaking assistance for airport arrival and departure
  • Professional English-speaking expert local guides for the visits in the program
  • All entrance fees to museums and historic sites
  • Luxury, private coach for transfers and excursions
  • Daily city tax at the hotels
  • VAT and Local taxes

NOT INCLUDED ON THIS TOUR

  • Single room supplement
  • International flights between US and Marseilles and between Paris and the US
  • Beverages (other than bottled water, coffee and tea) with lunches and dinners
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers (we will help with suggested amounts)
  • Trip cancellation and travel insurance (travel insurance is required)
  • Passport and visa fees as needed (Note: if you are not a US citizen a visa may be necessary; a green card is compulsory.)

    All passports must expire at least six months after the trip date
    so after December 26, 2022

Want More Information?

For questions, visit my contact page or send an email to spice@alizagreen.com.

Registration information will be posted soon.