Make the most of your holiday to Provence
Picture Provence: its iconic lavender fields, vibrant rows of sunflowers, lush forests, olive groves, craggy hillsides, bountiful vineyards, blissful beaches, pétanque players, and quaint villages. The extraordinary variety of the region, steeped in ancient history dating back before the invasion of the Romans, deserves to be celebrated through active engagement with the surroundings.
Taking advantage of the region’s offerings
A region defined by such a rich history and diverse landscape naturally provides a miscellany of activities to partake in while there.
Stay in a restored 18th-century farmhouse with your host Linda, and delve into one of France’s most notable products — wine. On this all-inclusive wine weekend, Linda will show you the ins and outs of the wines of the Rhône Valley, including vineyard tours, local excursions, wine tastings, food pairings, restaurant meals, and a walk through Linda’s enviable wine cellar.
Culture & nature
Perhaps the best way to embrace the calm, slow pace of rural Provence is to attune to your surroundings through gentle morning and evening yoga. Stay in a charming, 19th-century B&B, nestled in serene southern France, and enjoy a rejuvenating yoga, gastronomy, and culture retreat with French-born hosts Corinne and Benoit.
In the magical hilltop village of La Cadière d’Azur is a luxury hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant. Our hosts Stephane, Sonia, Audrey, Christèle, and chef René welcome you to a traditional French cookery holiday, staying their gorgeous hotel overlooking the vineyards of Bandol. Working with Michelin starred chef René, gather fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables from the gardens, collect fish from the vibrant market at Sanary-sur-Mer, and perfect the art of dessert making, on this lip-smacking 4 day course.
If you’re short on time but want to indulge in French food, a one-day French cookery course in Aix-en-Provence takes you to local markets and allows you to create your own dishes in the afternoon, followed by a feast of your creations to top off the day.
With such a phenomenal array of landscapes, from mountains and forests, to floral fields and beaches, Provence deserves to be enjoyed and experienced in the most engaging way possible – and our local hosts will ensure that the ordinary won’t get a look in.