Food Focus: Provence

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, October 4, 2020

Join food tour host Lori Chisholm for a visit to beautiful Provence, France. With 5 nights in Avignon and 4 nights in Aix-en-Provence, you will have the opportunity to visit wineries, restaurants and markets and to explore these iconic cities as well as some of the smaller towns this region is famous for. Embrace the culture: a food tour, a cooking class and a dramatic light show of European art. Fine wines, fabulous local food and unique shopping opportunities are all part of the package. ** You will have to travel no later than Thursday, September 24.

BOOKING INFORMATION

September 25 - October 04, 2020

Land only: $3,985 double occupancy

$3,835 if paying the full tour cost by cheque. Single supplement: $450.

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*If the tour is SOLD OUT, please contact us to be added to the waitlist.


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Friday, September 25: Avignon (D)

Our tour begins in Avignon. We’ll gather at 7:00 p.m. at our centrally-located, 3 star hotel for an aperitif before we head to dinner as a group at a local restaurant. (Overnight Avignon)

Day 2 - Saturday, September 26: Avignon (B,L)

This is a food tour so let’s start it right. This morning after breakfast (don’t eat too much) we are in for a private walking tour of Avignon neighbourhoods for nibbles and tastings and an overview of the city centre. After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day on your own.(Overnight Avignon)

Day 3 - Sunday, September 27: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (B, L)

After breakfast this morning, we are off to one of the most famous markets in the south of France. We’ll visit Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, known as the Venice of Provence, renowned for its antique finds. After lunch together, we are off to the quarries of Les Baux for a breathtaking show of light and art before returning to the city. (Overnight Avignon)

Day 4 - Monday, September 28: Uzes (B, L)

This morning, we’ll enjoy a market visit and cooking class with lunch in the lovely town of Uzès. My friend Yetunde and her chef husband will treat us to a market visit followed by class and lunch. Don’t want to cook? Drink wine! Perhaps we'll have a bit of time for strolling afterwards before returning to Avignon for a free evening. (Overnight Avignon)

Day 5 - Tuesday, September 29: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Region (B, L)

We are in wine country. Today, we’ll spend the day in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region visiting wineries with our private guides and a sommelier. Strolling through the vines and visiting the cellars, hopefully tasting some local olives… heaven! A tasty lunch will be included. (Overnight Avignon)

Day 6 - Wednesday, September 30: Aix-en-Provence (B, D)

After breakfast and check-out, we are moving by private coach to beautiful Aix-en-Provence. On the way, we’ll visit several of the charming villages of the Luberon before checking in to our 3-star Hotel de France (https://hoteldefrance-aixenprovence.com/en/), situated one block from the Cours Mirabeau and the Fontaine de la Ronde. We’ll have dinner as a group tonight. (Overnight Aix)

Day 7 - Thursday, October 01: Aix-en-Provence (B)

This is the biggest day of the week in Aix. Head to the market and enjoy the day exploring. Or hop on a train/bus to visit Arles or Marseille. (Overnight Aix)

Day 8 - Friday, October 02: Bandol (B, L)

After breakfast today, we are off to the Mediterranean. Bandol is renowned for its lovely rosé wines and we will be visiting 3 wineries over the course of the day. Then, the historic port of Cassis is the home of bouillabaisse, a seafood dish I have longed for ever since my first visit here. We’ll enjoy our bouillabaisse together between winery visits. Evening free in Aix. (Overnight Aix)

Day 9 - Saturday, October 03: Aix-en-Provence (B, D)

The day is free to explore Aix a bit further before gathering for our farewell dinner to share anecdotes and celebrate new friendships.

Day 10 - Sunday, October 04: Transfer to airport in Marseille (B)

Breakfast and check-out. Transfer to Marseille airport if you are headed directly home. Otherwise, carry on safely!

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INCLUDED

- 9 nights’ accommodation in centrally-located 3 star tourist class hotels - 9 breakfasts - Local city taxes - Welcome cocktail, farewell cocktail - Welcome dinner and farewell dinner, both with wine, water and coffee - Dinner in Aix on the 30th - 5 lunches - 7 winery visits with tours and tastings - Market and cooking experience, lunch with a chef - 1 food/city tour with local guide - All entrance fees as per itinerary - All ground transportation by private coach or minivan from start to end of tour - Guide and driver gratuities - Dedicated tour leader throughout - 2- hour Toronto airport lounge pass if you book this tour by April 1st, 2020)

NOT INCLUDED

- Items of a personal nature - Air transportation and taxes - Ground transportation to and from airports - Beverages unless specifically mentioned above - Insurance. Please call the Pauwels office for a quote

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