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Provence Active Culinary
Walking & Hiking Tour

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6 Days/5 Nights
Availability : May, June, September 2018
Tour Details
  • Learn about the secrets of classic Provençal dishes in a cooking class with a renowned local chef
  • Enjoy locally grown olives, goat cheese wrapped in oak leaves, herbes de Provence and other tantalizing Provençal specialties
  • Stroll through vibrant markets and meet merchants peddling the fresh flavors of the Luberon
  • Hike unspoiled routes through limestone hills, perched villages and picturesque vineyards

Price Includes

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions
  • Baggage transfers and porterage
  • Use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel

Day 1-2Les Baux-de-Provence

Kick off your trip with a hike on the Alpilles mountain range, with gorgeous vistas over the region | Have an immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières | Peruse the charming streets of Les Baux de Provence, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France | Enjoy a wine-tasting and lunch with a local artist at a traditional Provençal farm | Sample rich olive oils and tour the distillery at Moulin du Calanquet.

Day 3-4St-Rémy-de-Provence

Join chef Yvan Cadiou for an exclusive hands-on cooking class | Alongside local art historian Marie-Charlotte Bouton, gaze at the same landscape painted by van Gogh over a century ago | Shop for local specialties in the Les Alpilles market | Voyage further into the Luberon Valley—the land of honey, lavender and cherries immortalized in Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence | Hike past Provençal farms, cypress groves, olive trees and vineyards | Discover regional farm-to-table secrets with a cooking demo by a friend of Alice Waters and enjoy an exquisite dinner at Le Mas Tourteron.

Day 4-6Roussillon & Gordes

Follow the strade bianche (white roads) of southern Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia | Head south to the crete senesi (chalk hills) to hunt for truffles | Wander in Renaissance-style Pienza, Pope Pius II’s utopian village | Lunch takes place at an agriturismo (working farm) and dinner is a hands-on affair as we prepare piatti tipici Toscani, typical Tuscan dishes | Say arrivederci to Tuscany with a leisurely hike to the village of San Quirico d’Orcia.


Les Baux-de-Provence (1 night)
An enchanting hideaway in the heart of the Alpilles Mountains with magnificent gardens. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Le Château des Alpilles

St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights)
A refined 19th-century manor house owned and lovingly renovated by a mother and daughter. (pool)

Hôtel Les Bories & Spa

Gordes (2 nights)
This Small Luxury Hotels of the World member features a Michelin-starred restaurant, a tranquil setting and stunning views of the Luberon. (pool, spa)