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Discovering the Culinary & Cultural Delights of Provence

(Exploring Gordes, L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Roussillon, Luberon and Lourmarin)

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$4,298 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

French Cooking Classes, Market Tours,
Ancient Villages and Provencal Hospitality

Provence is a magical place where the sights, sounds, and fragrances will make your senses come alive. From the rich, vibrant colors in the open markets and the locusts humming in the trees, to the aroma of the fresh produce, you will know you’re in the heart of Provence. You’ll be immersed in the scenery and discover the hilltop villages, the cobbled streets, the breath-taking landscapes, and the rich history. The Luberon region offers its own distinct culinary & cultural identity, which you will experience firsthand. Your culinary exploration is based in the heart of Provence, more specifically Gordes, a charming village in Luberon (a region in southern France). Your Provencal ‘home’ will be La Ferme de la Huppe which is in the middle of the countryside, with a beautiful view overlooking the Luberon Mountains and the old village of Gordes (which is located 3 kms (1.8 miles) away). Your week long culinary adventure is filled with visiting local producers, hands-on cooking classes, market tours, wine tastings, and several guided tours where you’ll visit ancient castles and learn about the rich history of the region. There is truly a flavor for everyone in Provence!

Discovering the Culinary & Cultural Delights of Provence

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights Luxury (formerly a farm) Lodging
Round Trip Transfers to/from TGV Avignon
Provencal Breakfast Buffet Each Morning
Three Lunches, Two Dinners
Two Hands-On Cooking Classes
Wine Tastings and Pairings
Olive Oil Producer Visit with Tastings
Goat Cheese Farm Visit with Tastings
Lavender Museum Visit plus Tastings
Guided Candied Fruit Tour with Tastings
Guided Market Tours
Guided Tour of Gordes
Guided Tour of L’Isle sur la Sorgue
Guided Tour of Roussillon
Abbey of Sénanque Visit
Southern Luberon Tour
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
April 14th - 20th, 2020; May 12th - 18th, 2020; October 6th - 12th, 2020 and October 20th - October 26th, 2020. This tour can accommodate 4 to 8 people each week.
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival | Check-In Your chauffeur will meet you at Avignon TGV station or you can pick up your rental car directly at the TGV station and you're off to La Ferme de la Huppe, a former farm where you'll discover the real meaning of the Provençal art de vivre. You'll have time to settle into your room, unpack, explore a bit, maybe even have a quick swim before you enjoy your welcome drink and brief orientation of the hotel and area.
Day 2
Provencal Breakfast Buffet Served on the terrace, in the quiet of the morning with the birds singing in the background, your breakfast buffet includes a wide range of high-quality, regional products such as traditional, organic jams from Provence, Luberon honey, several kinds of "home-made" cakes, local cottage cheese and jams, cereals, fresh fruits from the region, pastries, deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and a wide range of regional cheeses. If you have any gluten or lactose restrictions, please inform the hotel and a special offer can be prepared for you.
Goat Cheese Farm Visit | Olive Orchard Tour & Tasting After the breakfast, you'll discover some of the most famous products of Provence, goat cheese, olive oil and lavender. Your first visit will immerse you in a goat cheese farm to experience how goat cheese is produced, and of course how it tastes. Then you'll meet a local olive oil producer to share his passion for the land and its products.
Historic Gordes Tour | Abbey of Sénanque Visit | Lavender Museum & Tasting A short drive to Gordes, the stone sentry of the Luberon, one of the most beautiful villages of France. Before discovering all the secrets of the blue and gold of Provence, you will stop at the Abbey of Sénanque to view this 12th century masterpiece - probably the most famous site of Luberon. Your day will end with a visit at the lavender museum where you will enjoy a guided tour and a tasting of culinary specialties made with fine lavender oil.
Day 3
Provencal Breakfast Buffet Served on the terrace, in the quiet of the morning with the birds singing in the background, your breakfast buffet includes a wide range of high-quality, regional products such as traditional, organic jams from Provence, Luberon honey, several kinds of "home-made" cakes, local cottage cheese and jams, cereals, fresh fruits from the region, pastries, deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and a wide range of regional cheeses. If you have any gluten or lactose restrictions, please inform the hotel and a special offer can be prepared for you.
Chef-Guided Market Tour | Hands-On Cooking Class with Lunch Today, you'll be having you're first hands-on cooking class and learn some of the secrets of French gastronomy. You're invited into the Chef's home, in the heart of Provence, for an unforgettable experience. You will get to know your chef, and what you'll be creating, while enjoying a welcome coffee or drink. Then you'll head off to the market to discover the fresh, local products that you'll be using in your cooking class. Your chef will show you some special techniques on how to create a main course and a dessert, using all seasonal products sourced from the market. You will lunch with the Chef and his wife and receive a detailed copy of the dishes you cooked. After your cooking class and lunch, you'll be taken back to the hotel where you can use your free afternoon to explore the surrounding villages, or you simply 'chill' around the hotel pool. Another suggestion for your free time is to rent bikes for a short tour or go hiking in the local hills.
Provencal Dinner at the Inn Your dinner this evening is at the Inn, and included in your package. The menu changes daily depending upon seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients, so you are sure to experience authentic Provencal cooking. You will have a choice between the gourmet menu de "La Huppe", where the Chef combines creativity with regional flavors, or the "Panier du Chef" menu inspired by traditional French cuisine.
Day 4
Provencal Breakfast Buffet Served on the terrace, in the quiet of the morning with the birds singing in the background, your breakfast buffet includes a wide range of high-quality, regional products such as traditional, organic jams from Provence, Luberon honey, several kinds of "home-made" cakes, local cottage cheese and jams, cereals, fresh fruits from the region, pastries, deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and a wide range of regional cheeses. If you have any gluten or lactose restrictions, please inform the hotel and a special offer can be prepared for you.
Southern Luberon Tour | Vineyard Visit & Tastings | Picnic Lunch After breakfast, you will be visiting southern Luberon, where you'll learn about Luberon vineyards, grape varieties, soil and how wine is produced. Then you will be able to enjoy a wine tasting session including several vintages, along with discovering the winery, where you'll enjoy a homemade picnic lunch among the vines.
Guided Tour of Roussillon | Ochres Trail Walk After your picnic, you'll head over to the village Roussillon, land of Ochres (which are amazing clay deposits that have been carved over time by the wind & rain). First, you can stroll around the small streets of Roussillon, yet another beautiful and historic hamlet in France. This village is like no other, with its explosion of colors that you will discover around every corner. Your guide will explain all the secrets of Ochres and will lead you along the Ochre Trail where you can fully experience this geological wonder. As you walk along the trail, take a moment to be delighted by the richness of colors ranging from deep red to light orange or gold-yellow, all in a landscape that is truly magical.
Day 5
Provencal Breakfast Buffet Served on the terrace, in the quiet of the morning with the birds singing in the background, your breakfast buffet includes a wide range of high-quality, regional products such as traditional, organic jams from Provence, Luberon honey, several kinds of "home-made" cakes, local cottage cheese and jams, cereals, fresh fruits from the region, pastries, deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and a wide range of regional cheeses. If you have any gluten or lactose restrictions, please inform the hotel and a special offer can be prepared for you.
Chef-Guided Market Tour | Hands-On Cooking Class | Wine Pairing with Lunch After your breakfast, you're headed to your second hands-on cooking class. You will accompany your Chef to select fresh produce that you'll use to create a memorable lunch. You will also learn how to pair local wines with local products. After the class you will have a free afternoon to enjoy the hotel pool or go for a casual walk in the countryside.
Provencal Dinner at the Inn Your dinner this evening is at the Inn, and included in your package. The menu changes daily depending upon seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients, so you are sure to experience authentic Provencal cooking. You will have a choice between the gourmet menu de "La Huppe", where the Chef combines creativity with regional flavors, or the "Panier du Chef" menu inspired by traditional French cuisine.
Day 6
Provencal Breakfast Buffet Served on the terrace, in the quiet of the morning with the birds singing in the background, your breakfast buffet includes a wide range of high-quality, regional products such as traditional, organic jams from Provence, Luberon honey, several kinds of "home-made" cakes, local cottage cheese and jams, cereals, fresh fruits from the region, pastries, deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and a wide range of regional cheeses. If you have any gluten or lactose restrictions, please inform the hotel and a special offer can be prepared for you.
Guided Tour of Lourmarin Today, you're going on a guided tour, where you'll discover Lourmarin, a charming hilltop village that has been settled for at least a thousand years, where a fortress was first built in the 12th century. You will visit the local market and learn the rich history of the Temple of Lourmarin, which is a religious building built by the Protestant community. You will also see the beautiful Renaissance castle that has a fascinating history. As you view musical instruments, engravings or pieces of art, you will travel from the 16th to the 19th centuries, discovering the secrets of this amazing place. After your tour, lunch is on your own today so that you'll be able to choose from one of the many wonderful restaurants within the village.
l'Isle sur la Sorgue Visit | Guided Candied Fruits Tour & Tastings In the afternoon you will go to l'Isle sur la Sorgue, referred to as the Provençal Venice. Formerly a fishermen's town, the city has kept a strong bond with the river Sorgue, along with its heritage. Enjoy a guided tour of a candied fruits producer where you'll uncover the secrets of this confection, a specialty of the Luberon region. These secrets have been passed down from one generation to the next. After the visit, you'll be able to enjoy tasting some of these famous candied fruits.
Day 7
Provencal Breakfast Buffet Served on the terrace, in the quiet of the morning with the birds singing in the background, your breakfast buffet includes a wide range of high-quality, regional products such as traditional, organic jams from Provence, Luberon honey, several kinds of "home-made" cakes, local cottage cheese and jams, cereals, fresh fruits from the region, pastries, deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and a wide range of regional cheeses. If you have any gluten or lactose restrictions, please inform the hotel and a special offer can be prepared for you.
Check-Out | Private Car Transfers It is now time to pack up your souvenirs and gather your newfound memories of Provence. After breakfast you will meet your chauffeur who will take you back to Avignon TGV train station for your journeys onward.
La Ferme de la Huppe
La Ferme de la Huppe, a historic farm turned hotel, is in the countryside near the hamlet of "Les Pourquiers", with a beautiful view over the Luberon and the old village of Gordes (one of the most beautiful in France). You'll be enchanted by the calm and serene atmosphere that surrounds 'Le Ferme'. The name La Huppe comes from the Hoopoe Bird or "Upupa" in Latin, because in ancient times there were lots of these birds that built their nests in the trunks of old Mulberry trees, that you'll find at the entrance of the hotel's restaurant. Since it's an ancient farm and built in the traditional Provencal architecture, the hotel has a big courtyard that gives access to the ten rooms arranged on two levels. In 2007, the hotel was completely renovated, the gardens were enlarged, and each room was decorated in a Provencal style that is timeless. Favoring the use of old materials and maintaining the original charm, the spirit of this farmhouse, built around 1776, has been fully preserved while offering all the comforts one would expect from a modern hotel. Featuring exposed stone walls, the individually decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and en suite facilities with showers.
Gordes, FranceL’Isle sur la Sorgue, FranceRoussillon, FranceLuberon, FranceLourmarin, France
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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