Provence Food and Wine Tours

Get a taste of French "Joie de Vivre" in charming and beautiful Provence

For travelers seeking a place where sun and sea meet pristine hilly landscapes, fabulous food, wine and relaxation, Provence is the ultimate destination. This region is considered one of the most charming and beautiful within France – a sexy, seductive and sun-soaked paradise in the south of France.

Start in the city of Avignon, famous for its Palace of the Popes, where the latter lived between the 14th and 15th centuries. Rent a bicycle and peddle through the vast network of country roads connecting vast lavender fields, hillsides and the charming villages of the region. Perhaps the most beautiful of these is Luberon, a place soaked in joie de vivre. Or visit Les-Beaux-de-Provence, a town with an impressive castle in the Alpilles Mountains where one can instantaneously travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Take in the extraordinary beauty of Aix-en-Provence, the city that inspired Cézanne and Van Gogh. Missing a bit of sunashine? In the summertime, the rich and the famous flock to the French Riviera, to the glamorous and yacht-lined coast of St. Tropez, Cannes and Monaco. Take a leisurely stroll along the stunning promenade of Nice. Or spend the afternoon on a pretty terrace sipping glass after glass of the region’s famous rosé wine.

And for the gourmand, Provence has even more to offer. Provençal cuisine is Mediterranean in style, more closely resembling Italian, Greek or Spanish than the cuisines of other French regions. In Provence, top quality olive oil replaces butter, while fish, shellfish and chicken replace heavier proteins like beef or pork. Sun-kissed vegetables ripened on the vine rein supreme, best enjoyed in the form of ratatouille, a stew of tomatoes, onions, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, garlic and herb, a famous regional specialty. This goes perfectly with grilled or poached tuna, sea bass, red snapper or any of the many Mediterranean fish popular in the region. Another regional specialty is lapin a la provençale, rabbit slow-cooked in white wine with garlic, mustard, tomatoes and herbs. Or try a light soupe au pistou, a bean and vegetable soup seasoned with basil. 

Start the evening with an apéro of rosé wine or pastis, an aniseed-flavored liqueur originating from Marseille, popularly enjoyed during a game of pétanque. Some perfect snacks for apéro hour are fromage de chèvre (goat cheese), anchoïade (anchovy and caper puree with olive oil) and tapenade, a dip made with black olives, capers, garlic, anchovies and olive oil and served on toast. Along the coast, order a bowl of bouillabaisse, a thick stew of tomatoes, saffron and several different kinds of fish and shellfish. Or order a tray of fruits de mer (fresh shellfish catch of the day) and dunk the sweet protein into a bowl of garlic aïoli. Or, for something heartier, head into the countryside for a rack of lamb, especially famous in the commune of Sisteron.

And for a sweet treat after your meal, indulge in a Tarte Tropézienne, a brioche cake filled with a decadent, orange flower flavored cream. Or try calissons, almond-shaped pastries made with candied fruit paste and ground almonds, topped with royal icing. This is a delicious specialty of Aix-en-Provence.

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