A Weekend in the Wonderful Provence

2 Days | Wine & Food

Spend a weekend tasting the very best that Provence has to offer.

Luxury | From $3,499 pp

Discover the flavors of Provence, take a cooking lesson followed by a private wine tour, and spend a half-day tasting delicious local wines. A highlight at the end of the trip is a day touring beautiful vineyards along the Mediterranean Coast!

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Day 1: Aix en Provence & Wine tasting at Chateau La Coste

Option (pre-tour)

Begin your stay with a night in the beautiful palace hotel of Villa La Coste, in the northern vineyards of Aix en Provence.

Full-Day Custom Tour with a Driver in a Luxury Vehicle

Enjoy a custom-built private tour from Aix en Provence, Avignon, or Marseille with an English-speaking driver.

Fort Saint Jean in Marseille

Visit and Wine tasting at Château La Coste

Discover the wines of Château La Coste and learn about organic and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking methods and you will learn about the entire production process from the reception of the harvest to the bottling.

The visit will be followed by a tasting of the different ranges of wines of the Domaine selected by an oenologist.

The Château La Coste is also a center of art and architecture. You can enjoy a visit to the art center created by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando or walk through the vineyard to discover the works of art created by artists in residence at Château La Coste.

The visits to the Domaine, as well as the Center of art and architecture, can be privatized.

Suggestion – Lunch at Restaurant Hélène Darroze at Villa La Coste

The chef from the South-West, attached to the quality and freshness of the products she works with, has settled in Provence for the opening of her third restaurant, now decorated with a Michelin star.

Authenticity and sincerity are the key words of her cooking, through which she transmits all the emotions of seasonal cooking and the respect for products, seasons, and know-how.

Explore Aix-en-Provence with your guide

Protected by the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which rises to 1,011m, Aix-en-Provence is surrounded by countryside full of authentic Provencal houses and traditional French-style gardens.

Aix-en-Provence was the capital of Provence in the 15th century. Wealthy merchants and local dignitaries helped turn this city into the Florence of Provence as we know it today. One can find all the beauty of the noble Provence of the 17th and 18th centuries: handsome houses of the upper class, private mansions, city squares bursting with flowers, ancient fountains, and shaded narrow streets. Aix is truly a museum-like walking city, with unique masterpieces at every turn.

Aix was the inspiration to many of the greatest writers and painters: Guigou, Stendhal, Mistral, and Cézanne. As a city of art and culture, Aix possesses a wealth of superb architecture that has been carefully preserved and restored. Walking through the Cours Mirabeau and the Rue Gaston de Saporta one can admire the private mansions with their sculptured doors and windows and the intricate iron work on the balconies. Discerning shoppers choose the elegant boutiques in the Mazarin district.

Enjoy Aix and all its treasures!

Suggestion on the way: Visit the Calisson Museum in Aix-en-Provence

Surrounded by a three-hectare large site of young almond trees, the Calisson Museum proposes a playful gourmet visit recounting the history of the famous Provencal confectionery. The confectioners will show you their savoir-faire and explain which raw materials are used for the preparation of the delicious callisons.

At the end of your visit, you will be invited to bake your own pastry.

Your driver-guide will then drive you to the hotel Baumanière, on the foot of the Baux de Provence medieval village

Overnight stay and breakfast at the beautiful hotel Baumanière, in the heart of Provence

Day 2: Oenology class in the Alpilles & Horse Riding in Camargue

Morning at the Oustau de Baumanière, wine cellar visit in one of the largest private cellars in France, followed by a tasting and lunch.

The wine cellar of l’Oustau de Baumanière is one of the largest private cellars in France. With the Head sommelier of the house, discover the wine region around les Baux de Provence, especially the Vallée du Rhône. Go a step further in the discovery with a tasting of 6 wines, with some of the best growths of the region. You will then have the opportunity to visit the Oustau de Baumanière wine cellar, with its 50 000 bottles.

Following the enology class, the experience continues with a lunch with a wine pairing menu (a 3-course meal served with 3 glasses of wine). The menu has been prepared by the 3-star Michelin chef Glenn Viel.

You will bring back home a great souvenir of the morning of course, along with a bottle of red “Affectif”, Jean-Andé Charial’s wine.

bottles of wine in Burgundy, france

Half-day custom private tour in a luxury vehicle

Enjoy a custom-built tour from Les Baux de Provence with an English-speaking driver-guide.

Private Horseback Riding in the Camargue

Accompanied by your guide, you will discover the 500 hectares of the estate, divided between rice paddies and pastures. The famous white horses take you on a ride off the beaten path, close to the Camargue bulls.

Your guide, a native of the region, will show you the hidden gems of the wild and secret Camargue.

For riders interested, you will be invited to discover the work and passion of the “guardians” (the local cowboys). You will share an exceptional moment by participating in the sorting of the bulls.

Option (post-tour)

You can extend your trip in Camargue with dinner at the Mas de Peint. An authentic place, serving tasty and refined local cuisine.

For dinner, the chef offers a unique menu that changes every day. You can choose to go for a 3-course or 4-course meal. Either way, you will always discover traditional dishes with a twist, and delight your taste buds!

To extend even further, you can spend the night at the Mas de Peint, the charming and authentic 5-star hotel.

Restaurant Gastronomique Camargue | Mas de Peint, Manade Jacques Bon

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About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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Our Favorite Hotels in the Provence

Hotel Villa La Coste
Baumanière
Villa Gallici
L'Hôtel Particulier
La Bastide de Gordes

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