Tastes of Provence

Avignon, France

Starting From

$4,995/person

Book Now

Add your business today to reach The Outbound's audience of adventurous travelers.

Give in to the irresistible pleasures of French Provence, where century-old trails lead to medieval villages, world-famous vineyards, and enchanting farmlands. Meander through the vibrant stalls of Les Halles market, where locals seek out the best regional produce. Tour Chateauneuf du Pape, with wines famed for their privileged microclimate and terroir, and savor a gourmet picnic among ancient Grenache and Syrah vines. In the sleepy village of Saint Didier, sample yet another Provencal specialty — nougat, and visit Josiane Deal's award-winning fromagerie in Vaison to choose French cheeses for dinner out on the terrace.

Details

Duration: 9 Days
Starts in: Avignon, France
Ends in: Avignon, France
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

MT Sobek

MT Sobek, the originators, innovators and leaders in adventure travel for more than five decades, crafts journeys to the world's most memorable places.

Itinerary

Arrive at Avignon

Arrive in Avignon this afternoon and transfer to your hotel in the city center. Perched on the Rhone and crowned by the immense Papal Palace, Avignon is as rich in history as it is in contemporary arts. Explore this enchanting town on foot and walk across the legendary Pont d'Avignon, originally built in the 12th century. This evening, meet your guide and fellow group at the hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Indulge in Steak-Frites & Hike to Frigolet Abbey

After a guided city tour, head to Les Halles covered market, where locals and chefs hunt for the best regional products. Savor lunch at a secret bistro that showcases market-fresh ingredients — try steak or fish picked fresh from the stalls, served with frites made from the market's wonderful organic potatoes. After a short drive across the Durance River to the tiny Montagnette hill, work off your meal on a hike to St Michel de Frigolet Abbey, a peaceful 12th-century chapel with a baroque church. Explore the wonders of Avignon's dining scene on your own tonight.

Explore the Ancient Wine Region of Chateauneuf du Pape

Take a short drive from Avignon to the village of Chateauneuf du Pape, home to a hilltop medieval castle and the most famous of the Rhone Valley wines. Unveil the meaning of terroir while strolling the smooth red rocks between the prized vines. Stop by a renowned village wine domaine for a tasting, enjoy a gourmet Provencal picnic among the ancient Grenache and Syrah vines, and continue walking through the vineyards. End up in Vaison la Romaine, a stunningly intact medieval village that sits on France's largest Roman archeological site.

Browse Vaison’s Street Market & Hike Dentelles de Montmirail

Explore the weekly street market of Vaison, one of the best in Provence, with colorful stalls selling everything from fresh produce, cheeses, meats and spices to crafts and clothing. Enjoy free time to pick up your picnic fare, then take a transfer to the medieval village of Gigondas, perched high above the plains and second only to Chateauneuf du Pape for its red wines. Hike past the terraced vineyards and up to the Dentelles de Montmirail, a set of sheer limestone cliffs soaring high above the vines. Return to Vaison and have dinner together at a local restaurant.

Reward a Forest Hike with Provencal Specialties

Transfer to Mont Serein on the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux, Provence's highest mountain, at just over 6,300 feet. Walk through a serene larch forest and on to a lookout that affords a panorama of the entire chain of the Alps, including Mont Blanc. At a traditional chalet nestled in the meadows, savor the ubiquitous alpine tartiflette: potato-caramelized-onion-and-melted- cheese-goodness. In the afternoon, visit a family-run goat farm to learn how goat cheese is made — and to taste it. Return to Vaison to explore on your own and choose a top restaurant for dinner.

Visit an Olive Mill in Nyons & Vaison’s Famed Cheese Shop

Transfer north to the village of Nyons, tucked away in a valley and rarely visited. Enjoy free time to explore the Thursday market. Walk into the hills, through olive groves known for their very mild, almost sweet olive oil. Visit a working olive mill and learn about the cultivation of olive trees and olive oil in Provence. Return to Vaison to visit Josiane Deal's award-winning cheese shop, rated the best in France. Pick up some of her cheeses, grab some wine, and have a feast on the hotel terrace overlooking the main square.

Try Nougat in Venasque & Take a Cooking Class in L’Isle Sur la Sorgue

Head southward to the Monts du Vaucluse range, draped with oak forests and muscat vineyards. Walk to the perched medieval village of Venasque, high above the cherry-orchard plains with its stone homes, cobbled streets, and an ancient church. After a gourmet picnic, head to Saint Didier village to visit a shop that specializes in nougat, a Provencal specialty made with almonds and honey. At L'Isle sur la Sorgue, an island-of-a-village surrounded by the Sorgue River, take part in a cooking class with a local chef — and enjoy dinner with the Provencal specialties you've prepared.

Enjoy Home-Cooked Fare in the Luberon

Transfer to the Luberon mountains, center-stage in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, and see one of its lesser-known villages: Oppede-le-Vieux — a medieval labyrinth of cobbled streets winding up to the church and castle. Walk on a picturesque trail, with orchards and villas in the foothills and jagged limestone slopes of the Petit Luberon mountain above. Enjoy a home-cooked Provencal meal in a sleepy village, showcasing olive tapenade and slow-cooked lamb. In the afternoon, take a lazy kayak journey down the Sorgue River, straight back to L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Enjoy Market Day in L’Isle sur la Sorgue or Return to Avignon

The adventure ends today. But it's Sunday: market day in L'Isle sur la Sorgue, and the entire town is filled with one of the best-known markets in Provence. The village also happens to be the antiques capital of Provence, so there are lots of reasons to spend part of the day here, or an extra night. Otherwise take the transfer to the Avignon train station after breakfast.

Reviews

Have you done this tour? Be the first to leave a review!

More Tours

Avignon, France

Hiking Provence: Hilltop Villages to Les Calanques

$5,995/person - 12 days

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

France Yoga, Food & Wine Retreat

$1,950/person - 7 days

Geneva, Switzerland

Hiking the Haute Route

$5,695/person - 11 days

More

Adventures Nearby

  • Explore Rue Crémieux

    A street so small and non-descript that unless you plan to visit it or stumble onto it, is something that could be easily missed. A quirky street in the heart of Paris, Rue Crémieux is a tiny yet enormously colorful street and a great place to exp...

  • Explore Paris’ Wall of Love (Le mur des je t'aime)

    Located in the Montmarte district of Paris, the Wall of Love--or as the French call it Le mur des je t'aime--is an off-the-beaten-path place to explore. For a city known for so many different sights to see, a simple wall full of "I Love You" over ...

  • Climb the Aiguille du Midi-Plan Traverse

    The Aiguille du Midi Cable Car is the #1 tourist destination in the world’s capital for extreme sports, Chamonix. For regular tourists, a trip to the top of the 3842 m-high cable car museum provides plenty of excitement for one day. But for advent...

    2.5 miles 1148.3 ft gain

  • Explore the Cliffs of Étretat

    Étretat is a small tourist and farming town on the coast of Normandy, best known for its coastal cliffs. It features wide pebbled beaches, natural arches and an eroded rock—and hiking trails connecting them all together. I didn't spend much time i...

    5 miles 394 ft gain

  • Hike to Signal des Voirons

    Begin at the marked path to the right of the parking lot, near the monastery. The trail is steep at first, but this lasts only for a few meters, in the undergrowth. When you leave the woods, follow the paved road for about one hundred meters, then...

  • Hike to Le Lac Blanc

    This adventure begins at the Flégère gondola in Les Praz (a village in the NorthEast section of Chamonix), which is easy to get to with the free Chamonix bus. Take the Flégère gondola to La Flégère, situated at 1894 meters (6,213 feet). The ride u...

    5 miles 1657 ft gain

  • Starting From

    $4,995/person

    Book Now

    Add your business today to reach The Outbound's audience of adventurous travelers.