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Discover Provence differently and live it up with food and artisan tours, cooking classes, painting classes, hiking like locals… It will be another way to experience Provence. There is no age limit to have fun: these tours will delight everyone, from families with kids to lovers or friends travelling together!
The following list of tours might be a condensed of all your dreams about Provence and we can fulfill them: Famers markets, Chocolate factory, beekeepers, Cheese farm, Truffle hunting, cooking classes, Olive oil press, Wineries, Pottery, earthenware and ceramics, Santon workshops, painting classes, Lavender farms, hiking at the Sainte-Victoire or in the National Park of les Calanques between Marseille and Cassis…
Depending on your special interest, we can focus on food only or artcrafts only, or both, or we can combine any activity with most of the cultural tours you can find on our day trip page.
Here are some examples of tours we can organize including specific activities:
Have a real « taste » of Provence enjoying a food tour in Provence, a different way to experience the area!
In the morning, explore the farmers’ market in Aix-en-Provence on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday and taste some olives, tapenade or olive oil on a piece of crusty baguette, get some goat cheese or grab a piece of nougat on the way! Of course, you will also taste the famous candy of Aix-en-Provence, made with almonds and candied fruits: the Calisson, a tradition that dates back to the 15th Century!
OR Visit a « chocolaterie », one of the best in Provence, and discover the making process of chocolate and calissons. You’ll end the tour with a wonderful tasting.
Then, lunch in a beautiful winery and wine tasting at your convenience, before of after lunch. You will taste wines produced with organic grapes under the AOC Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. You’ll have the opportunity to taste the three colors: white and red of course and the very famous rosé of Provence.
We keep going North to the mountain range of Luberon, the perfect area if you love nature and countryside where we will visit 2 charming villages, stop at an organic olive oil farm where we will visit the mill and taste different oils.
We continue to one of the most beautiful villages of France, Lourmarin, where Peter Mayle, author of the best seller « A year in Provence » still has a house. It is a very charming village built around its « Castellas » and its old church, with tiny streets and picturesque houses. In front of the village stands one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles of the Luberon built in the 15th and 16th Century.
We end the day at a goat farm for a goat cheese tasting. Not only they have goats, but also pigs, ducks, dogs and cats you will be able to pet. You will leave the place knowing everything about goat cheese !
You’ve heard about truffles! Provence is one of the places where the “Black diamond” can be found!
Your guide will take you to a farm in the area of Luberon for a truffle hunt (from May to September and mid-November to mid-March, morning or afternoon depending on the day and the season). You’ll join a small group. Therefore, you’ll be able to see the dogs working and you’ll have many photo opportunities. The English-speaking tour guide conducting the truffle tour will answer all your questions of course. Afterwards, you’ll taste truffle specialties and learn recipes and cooking with truffles.
In addition, you’ll have an olive and truffle oil tasting.
After this unique experience, you will stop in the peaceful village of Lourmarin, in the hilltop Bonnieux. You’ll end up in the very spectacular villages of Roussillon surrounded by ochre cliffs and Gordes. Your guide will take you through lovely hidden roads of Luberon with farms, bories (dry stone constructions), high limestone cliffs…
Why not taking Painting Lessons in Cézanne’s country?
Aix-en-Provence is famous for being the city where Paul Cézanne was born in 1839. He lived, worked and died there in 1906. After spending some time in Paris working with the impressionists and taking part in several impressionist exhibitions, he came back to his birthplace to work alone, to make his own experiences and searches, pacing up and down the hills and surroundings of Aix-en-Provence like the former Stone Quarry of Bibemus, the surroundings of the Mount Sainte-Victoire he featured in many works, Château Noir.
Follow your guide on a Cezanne’s tour starting in the city itself and to the Master’s last studio, l’Atelier des Lauves. Then you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to the Mount Sainte-Victoire which was doubtless his favorite subject. The mountain is not only interesting because Cé zanne painted it, but also, because it is a very spectacular, majestuous and unique limestone formation.
The afternoon will be spent taking painting lessons with a local artist fond of Cézanne, who choose to live in Aix because of Cézanne… Can you imagine painting yourself in Cézanne’s country with the expert advice of a local painter? This will be a very unique experience also giving you the opportunity to spend a few hours at a local’s house, a very Provencal and peaceful place!
If you are not adventurous enough to paint yourself you can have a private studio visit with the painter ending with a glass of local wine.
For sure, you’ll feel like a local artist after this day dedicated to Cézanne and a glass of good wine!
Do it like a local and spend some time hiking at the foot of Sainte-Victoire discovering Cézanne’s landscape.
On this private tour focusing on Cézanne, you’ll discover the birthplace of the painter, the city of Aix-en-Provence where he was born in 1839. You’ll learn about the master’s life, where he studied, where he lived, where he worked… in this outstanding town having an architectural and historical walk, going from a lovely square to another, from tiny streets to the majestic Cours Mirabeau… Before or after the city tour of Aix-en-Provence (depending on the season), you’ll go walking/hiking at the foot of the Mount Sainte-Victoire to discover breathtaking views on this magnificent limestone rock formation.
Even if you are not an artist, you’ll feel inspired by this environment and at least, if you have forgotten your paintbrushes, you’ll take pictures.
Visit of Aix-en-Provence with your private guide in the morning. Aix is a charming city representative of the Provencal Art of living with private classical and baroque mansions, nice shaded squares to sip a refreshing drink, beautiful fountains all over, farmers market…
Afterwards, you’ll have a private wine tour in a winery nearby, with a wine specialist just for you. This will definitely enhance your experience. You will walk in the vineyards, visit the cellar, have fun wine workshops, get explanation about the vines, wine-making process and pretty much everything you want to know!
You will leave with a bottle of local wine
On request: blend your own wine!
From 4 people, the private wine tour lasts 2.5 hours.
Have a tour of Aix-en-Provence in the morning, learn about history, architecture, anecdotes about this beautiful classical and baroque city and, after a nice lunch in a restaurant chosen by your guide, enjoy a private wine tasting with a wine specialist: during 1.5 hour, you will taste different wines, awaken your senses with fun workshops and learn everything you always wanted to know about wine!
You won’t leave empty-handed, but with a bottle of wine as a souvenir!
On resquest: Blend your own wine!
From 4 persons, in the city center of Aix-en-Provence.
After a tour in the charming town of Aix-en-Provence, famous for its 17th and 18th century noble houses, its fountains, markets, Cezanne and much more that you will discover with your guide, have a private Champagne tasting with a wine specialist: learn everything about the king of wines, from the grape varieties to the tasting: vinification, selection of grapes, bottling. Fun workshops to awaken your senses and tasting of 3 different Champagnes.