Winter in Provence for Foodies - 6 Days

Our Winter in Provence for foodies itinerary will introduce food-lovers to delicious seasonal specialities of the area. We’re talking black truffles, olives and olive oil, nougat and candied fruits that you’ll see on everybody’s dinner table at Christmas.

You’ll go on a truffle discovery day which will include a visit to one of the local winter truffle markets. Here, you’ll breath in the heady fragrance of these amazing fungus and then after a lunch of truffle omlette you’ll visit a truffle farm.

In the company of the truffle farmer and his dog you’ll seek out these pieces of black gold and learn about how this fungus is grown. The day is rounded off with a visit to a truffle specialist where you can touch, smell, taste, discover and study the truffle in all its glory.

The winter is also when the olive harvest takes place in Provence and the olives are pressed to produce delicious olive oil. Your itinerary will include a visit to a traditional olive oil mill where a stone wheel is still used to press the olives.

Let’s not forget the sweet delights for which Provence is known – nougat and candied fruits being the most well known.

The highlight of your itinerary however will be a cookery course on which you’ll learn to make one of the regional specialities of SE France. The course will round off a delicious week in Provence during which you’ll have enjoyed some amazing food-orientated experiences.

This 2 centre itinerary is fully flexible and will form the basis from which your own personal itinerary will be created.

We suggest you fly into Marseille or take the Eurostar into Avignon, aiming to arrive on a Friday.

If you have any specific foodie interests let us know in the form below and we’ll incorporate them into your itinerary.

The price for this trip will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, your dates and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.

This itinerary can be combined with any of the others on our site to create a complete trip to France. If you’d like to explore more of South East France and enjoy a bit of history and culture then our Historic Provence itinerary will tick all your boxes.

Day 1
Truffles

A day of discovery today as you uncover the mystery surrounding this gastronomic delicacy. Visit a truffle market, eat a truffle omelette for lunch, accompany a truffle farmer and his dog as they go hunting for truffles.

Day 2
Olives and olive oil

Late autumn is the time for the olive harvest in Provence. Visit a traditional olive press and see how olive oil is produced. Once you’ve tasted it you’ll be wanting to buy some to take home with you! You’ll never buy supermarket olive oil again!

Eat lunch in a traditional restaurant in one of the many hilltop villages in the area.

Spend the rest of your day following up our visit suggestions

Day 3
Nougat and other sweet stuff

Today is a day for those with a sweet tooth to discover how real nougat is made from base ingredients of grilled almonds and local honey. The artisanal nougat producer that you will visit has been making this sweet delight for generations. Tastings of the finished product are included in the visit.

Day 4
Arles and the Camargue

Head south via the old roman town of Arles and then to the Camargue natural park, famed for its wild horses, rice, salt and oysters. Enjoy a seafood lunch on the coast before making your way back via Salon de Provence

Day 5
Transfer to the coast

After digesting (sorry, couldn’t resist!) your gastronomic experiences so far, it’s time to head for the Côte d’Azur via Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. Your base is the charming hilltop village of La Cadiere d’Azur.~

Choose a guided tour with one of our expert local contacts in order to discover the hidden gems of the area.

Day 6
Cookery class

Your cookery class with a top-rated professional will teach you how to transform all that wonderful Provencale produce into the tastiest seasonal dishes. Cookery classes are available either in a group of max 6 people or privately on request.

Day 7
Departure

A sad today as you leave this beautiful corner of France, but we hope you have picked up some goodies on the way as souvenirs of your stay.

Included

  • Your own personal hand-crafted itinerary for your visit to Provence
  • All reservations for visits and restaurants as required
  • Accommodation including breakfast and other meals as agreed
  • Local tourist information to ensure you get the most out of your holiday
  • Our personal attention and a dedicated phone number throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights and car hire
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunches unless specified
  • Evening meals and drinks unless specified

In addition to the hotels that we are proposing below we have other accommodation options from which you can make your selection. They range from excellent quality guest houses to 2 and 3 star hotels. Just let us know your preference when you contact us about this holiday in Provence.

This is a 2 centre itinerary. For the first part of your Winter in Provence for Foodies week, you will be based in the Luberon area of Provence just to the east of Avignon.

Our proposed accommodation is a luxurious 17th C private mansion transformed into a top quality boutique hotel, a superb blend of olde worlde charm and modern comforts. It’s in the lovely old town of Isle sur la Sorgue where you have a number of excellent restaurants on your doorstep.

A room in a boutique hotel in Provence

For the second half of your foodie tour you will be based down on the Côte d’Azur to the east of Marseille. Our proposed accommodation is a charming 4* boutique spa hotel in the heart of the Bandols vineyards where the most delicious rosé wines are produced.

The hotel is a cluster of old buildings in the heart of a delightful little hilltop village, a stone’s throw from the beaches of the Mediterranean. You’ll enjoy a gastronomic restaurant and also welcome the spa facilities at the end of a day of local explorations.

Bedroom of hotel in Provence



Trip Facts

  • Min 2 people
  • October to March
  • 7 days
  • Top quality guest houses or 3 to 4* hotels, the choice is yours