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A Sample Tour Itinerary

A Sample Tour Itinerary

"What can I expect on
my tour with Carole Peck?"

Here's a taste of your Proven al tour--but remember, no two tours are the same! Carole and Bernard are constantly seeking out fresh discoveries and experiences to unfold to new and returning guests. Specific events are planned to fit the season and availability, and the particular interests of our tour guests.

Carole offers this sample itinerary as a taste of what to expect on your next Provence Culinary Tour. Each tour provides a fresh and different schedule of activities, and the tour plan below cannot capture all of the possible destinations, such as...

Lunch in the beautiful and rugged Luberon region...

Antiquing at the well-known L'Isle sur la Sorgue...

An olive oil tasting at Institut du Monde de l'Olivier in Nyons...

Plus Bernard's ever-expanding list of bistros, restaurants, chocolatiers, wineries and other discoveries off the beaten track of other tours.

Whatever your specific itinerary, this is our guarantee: On every tour, we promise you will enjoy an unforgettable journey savoring the landscape, culture, foods & wines of Provence.

Carole Peck's Provence Culinary Tour:
A Sample Itinerary

Day One

Bernard or Carole will greet guests upon their arrival in Avignon or Nimes. We drive you to your tour accommodations at the Prieur Notre Dame, our Montfrin retreat, a village home painstakingly restored to its 12th & 14th century origins with sophisticated comforts and modern design. When everybody is settled in, we begin with cocktails and a convivial dinner in the true Proven al manner.

Day Two

Each day of your tour begins with an informal breakfast for all of us. Today we drive to Avignon for a cooking class at the famous La Mirande cooking school taught by a master chef. Following lunch at La Mirande, we spend the afternoon in Avignon at the Palais du Pape and other historic sites, with time for some shopping in the city. We return home for a little R&R, then on to the charming village of Uz s for a captivating dinner and an evening stroll.

Day Three

We are off to Nimes for a sightseeing tour of the Roman ruins and arena in this historic city. We visit Les Halles market to view the rich bounty of foods and purchase our evening dinner. After lunch in Nimes, we return via the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct to the Prieur , for an informal evening cooking class conducted by Carole and a local Proven al cook. All the members of the group join in creating dinner from our purchases at the Nimes march while sampling some of Bernard's local wine choices.

Day Four

After our petit d jeuner, we head off this morning to Les Baux, the spectacular plateau and historic village which can't be missed. Then we have a light lunch at our favorite bistro in St. Remy de Provence. This could be a great shopping day. We head home for a break before we drive to the Camargue on the Mediterranean coast to view the landscape of this nature preserve, the natural habitat of the famous white horses, black bulls, pink flamingoes and other wildlife of Camargue. Then on to the celebrated country restaurant Chez Bob for a fun dinner.

Day Five

We depart for Chez Serge in the town of Carpentras. There we enjoy visiting wineries offering private tastings with Serge featuring Chateauneuf du Pape and other varietal wines of the region. We have a leisurely lunch at Chez Serge, with a return to Montfrin to enjoy the pool and prepare for an evening drive to Gordes, for dinner at the innovative Le Mas des Herbes Blanches.

Day Six

This morning we visit Arles, the old ville of Van Gogh's paintings, and stroll through the city's bustling farmers' market. We lunch in Arles, then visit the Museum of Roman Antiquities. Back to the Prieur for a snooze... then it's time for cocktails, and we cap off the week with our last supper together. They're always a blast!

Day Seven

We enjoy a final brunch in the morning and bid farewell... take you to your departures in Avignon or Nimes.

Courtyard of Carole & Bernard's home in Provence.

Have you dreamed of discovering the sun-splashed splendors of Provence? Let Carole Peck make that dream come true!

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Provence Culinary Tour dates for Summer 2017

June 19-25 July 3-9

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