Southern France

Discover The South of France: A Small-Group Luxury Gourmet Tour

Discover the sun-kissed beauty of the French Riviera and Provence on a nine-day, luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Taste your way through the streets of Nice on a foodie tour sampling local cheeses, pastries, wine and the best ice cream on the Riviera. Set sail on a private cruise of the azure waters of the French Riviera, enjoy private wine tastings with a world-class sommelier, learn the secrets of French cuisine during a cooking class in Provence and enjoy access to private vineyards in some of the best wine regions in the world. Stay in luxury hand-picked boutique accommodation with daily breakfast, gourmet dining experiences, airport transfers and private transportation, insider experiences and so much more.

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Earn 5,499 Qantas Points
9 Days
9 Day - Twin Share
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels, hand-picked for excellence and breathtaking locations. Enjoy two nights at Hotel La Perouse in Nice, two nights at Hostellerie Bérard located in the hilltop village of La Cadiere d'Azur, in the French Riviera, and four nights at La Maison de Crillon in Provence
  • Unique daily breakfasts and gourmet experiences as detailed in the itinerary, including an indulgent four-course wine and food pairing lunch, a typical Provincial lunch in a local bistro and French delicacies such as cheeses and pastries
  • Taste your way through Nice on a private food tour sampling local delicacies
  • Gain access to some of the finest private vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône with a world-class sommelier
  • Enjoy an authentic cooking class in a traditional Provencial village
  • Sail the French Riviera
  • Visit the celebrated wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Witness an unforgettable immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières
  • Private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
  • English-speaking expert guides
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
Earn 7,499 Qantas Points
9 Days
9 Day - Single Traveller
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels, hand-picked for excellence and breathtaking locations. Enjoy two nights at Hotel La Perouse in Nice, two nights at Hostellerie Bérard located in the hilltop village of La Cadiere d'Azur, in the French Riviera, and four nights at La Maison de Crillon in Provence
  • Unique daily breakfasts and gourmet experiences as detailed in the itinerary, including an indulgent four-course wine and food pairing lunch, a typical Provincial lunch in a local bistro and French delicacies such as cheeses and pastries
  • Taste your way through Nice on a private food tour sampling local delicacies
  • Gain access to some of the finest private vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône with a world-class sommelier
  • Enjoy an authentic cooking class in a traditional Provencial village
  • Sail the French Riviera
  • Visit the celebrated wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Witness an unforgettable immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières
  • Private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
  • English-speaking expert guides
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
Earn 7,999 Qantas Points
12 Days
12 Day - Twin Share
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels, hand-picked for excellence and breathtaking locations. Enjoy two nights at Hotel La Perouse in Nice, two nights at Hostellerie Bérard located in the hilltop village of La Cadiere d'Azur, in the French Riviera, and four nights at La Maison de Crillon in Provence
  • Unique daily breakfasts and gourmet experiences as detailed in the itinerary, including an indulgent four-course wine and food pairing lunch, a typical Provincial lunch in a local bistro and French delicacies such as cheeses and pastries
  • Taste your way through Nice on a private food tour sampling local delicacies
  • Gain access to some of the finest private vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône with a world-class sommelier
  • Enjoy an authentic cooking class in a traditional Provencial village
  • Sail the French Riviera
  • Visit the celebrated wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Witness an unforgettable immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières
  • Private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
  • English-speaking expert guides
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Domestic flight to Bordeaux
  • Private transportation throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles
  • An additional 3 nights in the famous wine region of Bordeaux at the beautiful Hotel Burdigala - MGallery by Sofitel
  • Discover the medieval citadel of Carcassaonne
  • Sample freshly shucked oysters straight from the bay
  • Enjoy a private wine making workshop with a master sommelier
  • Indulge in a lunch and wine tasting at one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious vineyards
Earn 11,299 Qantas Points
12 Days
12 Day - Single Traveller
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels, hand-picked for excellence and breathtaking locations. Enjoy two nights at Hotel La Perouse in Nice, two nights at Hostellerie Bérard located in the hilltop village of La Cadiere d'Azur, in the French Riviera, and four nights at La Maison de Crillon in Provence
  • Unique daily breakfasts and gourmet experiences as detailed in the itinerary, including an indulgent four-course wine and food pairing lunch, a typical Provincial lunch in a local bistro and French delicacies such as cheeses and pastries
  • Taste your way through Nice on a private food tour sampling local delicacies
  • Gain access to some of the finest private vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône with a world-class sommelier
  • Enjoy an authentic cooking class in a traditional Provencial village
  • Sail the French Riviera
  • Visit the celebrated wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Witness an unforgettable immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières
  • Private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
  • English-speaking expert guides
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Domestic flight to Bordeaux
  • Private transportation throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles
  • An additional 3 nights in the famous wine region of Bordeaux at the beautiful Hotel Burdigala - MGallery by Sofitel
  • Discover the medieval citadel of Carcassaonne
  • Sample freshly shucked oysters straight from the bay
  • Enjoy a private wine making workshop with a master sommelier
  • Indulge in a lunch and wine tasting at one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious vineyards

Food, art and coastal culture are the very essence of this beautiful sun-drenched region of France. Indulge along a tasting trail of the region’s cuisine through Nice, the French Riviera, Cassis and Provence. With its sweeping fields of lavender, sun-kissed vineyards producing world-class wines, charming old villages, olive groves and sparkling azure coastline, the South of France has long been a go-to destination for lovers of gourmet food and wine. Basque and Spanish tastes lend a sumptuous influence to the likes of pissladiere, bouillabaisse, salade Nicoise and the region’s famous cassoulet.

What You’ll Love...

The Indulgent Taste Sensations – Explore unique, once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences

Embark on a sensorial tasting trail of Nice, sampling local delicacies including ice cream, cheeses, oils, pastries, chocolates, wines and more whilst soaking up the sights of the city. Shop for fresh produce at the famous Cours Saleya market before exploring the many boutiques, museums and galleries and admiring spectacular panoramic views to the port and beyond from the city’s highest lookout point.

Explore one of the best wine areas in the world with wine expert Kelly McAuliffe, former sommelier for Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. Gain access to some of the finest private vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône with private wine tastings and learn the secrets of ‘Le Nez du Vin’ sommelier training.

Go foraging for ingredients in the foothills of the highest mountain in Provence – and learn all about the art of picking edible plants and flowers – before returning to one of the most beautiful villages in Provence for an authentic cooking class in a private home, led by a fourth-generation villager.

Total Cultural Immersion – Enjoy a stunning variety of breathtaking landscapes, mediaeval architecture and the region’s rich artistic legacy

Enjoy an afternoon of sailing the sparkling azure waters of the French Riviera on a private cruise through the calanques of Cassis - admiring breathtaking scenery en route before taking a dip.

Visit the celebrated wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with its 14th-century Papal castle, before sitting down to an indulgent four-course feast with paired wines.

Discover the spectacular countryside of the Luberon, made famous by the author Peter Mayle - with an unforgettable immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières, a former limestone quarry which stages one-of-a-kind virtual art exhibitions projected onto its walls, accompanied by atmospheric music.

Where You’ll Stay – Traditional village charm meets contemporary sophistication in luxury accommodation at every stop

Stay in gorgeous boutique hotels hand-picked for their exceptional locations and distinctive style.

La Maison de Crillon, a traditional French villa in the hilltop village of Crillon-le-Brave, has been elegantly decorated in contemporary, minimalist style with retro touches that speak of the property's history. Enjoy picturesque views as you lounge by the heated infinity pool in the Provincial sun at this adults-only property. This tranquil oasis is the perfect place to unwind as you take in the stunning views of this peaceful region.

A hidden boutique gem, Hotel La Pérouse Nice is spectacularly built into a hillside on the famous Promenade des Anglais. Overlooking the crystalline waters of the Baie des Anges with access to the most beautiful private beach in Nice this sophisticated hotel is only a few minute's walk from the Cours Saleya markets and downtown Nice.

Hostellerie Bérard in La Cadière d'Azur isn't a single property; it's actually a cluster of buildings in the heart of the village, including the "Bastide des Saveurs", with its pretty blue shutters, the "Pavillon des Peintres" (Artists' Pavilion), the 11th-century "Couvent" (ancient monastery) and "Les Remparts" (Ramparts). This charming spa hotel is also home to an impressive Michelin-star rated gastronomic restaurant.

Your Package Includes:

  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels, hand-picked for excellence and breathtaking locations. Enjoy two nights at Hotel La Perouse in Nice, two nights at Hostellerie Bérard located in the hilltop village of La Cadiere d'Azur, in the French Riviera, and four nights at La Maison de Crillon in Provence
  • Unique daily breakfasts and gourmet experiences as detailed in the itinerary, including an indulgent four-course wine and food pairing lunch, a typical Provincial lunch in a local bistro and French delicacies such as cheeses and pastries
  • Taste your way through Nice on a private food tour sampling local delicacies
  • Gain access to some of the finest private vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône with a world-class sommelier
  • Enjoy an authentic cooking class in a traditional Provencial village
  • Sail the French Riviera
  • Visit the celebrated wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Witness an unforgettable immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières
  • Private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
  • English-speaking expert guides
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns
  • Private arrival and departure transfers

Tour Extension:

Make the most of your time in the South of France with a three-night extension to the incredible wine region of Bordeaux.

Sample freshly shucked oysters from the bay at Cap Ferret, discover the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, enjoy a winemaking workshop with a master sommelier, and a gastronomic lunch and wine tasting session at one of Bordeaux's most prestigious vineyards, Chateau Pape Clement.

Stay at the beautiful Hotel Burdigala - MGallery by Sofitel, located just a short walk from the historic centre of Bordeaux, a UNESCO world-heritage site. Experience total relaxation at the on-site spa, which offers a range of face and body treatments using essential oils, a heated pool and a hammam.

See the 'Itinerary' tab for full details.

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departure dates below:

18 May 2019

1 June 2019

24 August 2019

7 September 2019

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

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Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers - surcharges apply).

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is four people.

Tour includes accommodation in an entry-level room at the following hotels:

Hotel La Perouse

Hostellerie Bérard

La Maison de Crillon

Hotel Burdigala - MGallery by Sofitel *

*Extended tour only

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this tour package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses are not included.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

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Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

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DAY 1 – Nice

On arrival in Nice you will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel on the French Riviera. There are no activities planned during the day so you may arrive at any time. In the evening meet your leader and the rest of your group for sunset cocktails before a welcome dinner in one of Nice’s best bistros.

Accommodation: Hotel La Perouse

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 – Nice

Enjoy a stroll in the morning around the Cours Saleya market which overflows with fresh produce, cheeses, olives, herbs, flowers and charm. A veritable kaleidoscope of sights and smells, it’s bursting with history, ambience, and culinary inspiration. Then head to the highest part of Nice (lift available) with spectacular views along the coast and down to the port and beyond. Spend the rest of the day at leisure by exploring the excellent shopping, museums and galleries. Your tour leader can assist with arrangements for a quick trip along the coast to the sparkling jewel that is Monte Carlo or a water taxi across to Cannes and its famous promenade.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel La Perouse

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 – French Riviera

Embark on a tasting trail through Nice, winding your way all over this wonderful city to get a taste of local life and culture by feasting on Nicoise delicacies. Try the best ice cream on the Riviera, cheeses, oils, pastries, chocolates, wines and so much more whilst learning the most fascinating details of Nice’s rich and varied history. After a long grazing lunch, head west along the French Riviera to our home in an idyllic Provencal hilltop town, off the beaten track with its small flower-filled streets steeped in medieval history. The evening is at your leisure – our hotel’s location ensures you can wander the village at dusk, enjoy a game of petanque with the locals and people-watch the evening away at your choice of delightful local restaurants.

Accommodation: Hostellerie Bérard

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 – French Riviera

After breakfast at the hotel take a short and truly spectacular drive via an incredible mountain road and over the highest sea cliff in Europe – the views will simply take your breath away. Arriving in the charming village of Cassis, we enjoy the morning wandering the village and the delightful port before boarding a cruise boat for an afternoon along the French Riviera. Passing through sparkling turquoise waters known as the Calanques, or narrow limestone inlets, for which Cassis is famous the scenery is stunning and a great way to spend the afternoon. You’ll also have the chance to go swimming in these beautiful waters, so don’t forget your swimmers.

Accommodation: Hostellerie Bérard

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 – Provence

In the morning leave the Cote D’ Azur and drive north into the spectacular countryside of the Luberon, made famous by the author Peter Mayle. On the way visit a one-of-a-kind art gallery set in a 2500-square foot soaring underground limestone quarry. This amazing installation, set in the dark, projects gigantic works of art across every surface and is choreographed to exquisite music. Afterwards enjoy a typical Provincial lunch in a charming local bistro, before continuing into the Provencal hills where the scent of wild herbs drifts through the air. Our home for the next four nights is a beautiful French villa in a charming village with amazing vistas wherever you look. Spend the evening at leisure.

Accommodation: La Maison de Crillon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – Provence

Embark on an exciting day of exploring and tasting some of the best wine areas in the world! Your host for the day will be our private sommelier and expert internationally renowned wine guide (former head sommelier for Alan Ducasse) – who will take you to some of the pre-eminent private vineyards of the southern Cote du Rhone. Stop in the charming world acclaimed village of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, browse through a superb wine boutique then visit the historic ruins of the Pope’s summer palace which was the seat of the Vatican for 70 years. Your wine expert will share his vast knowledge during the spectacular four-course wine and food pairing lunch. Then wind your way home, stopping at some superb wineries before returning to the hotel terrace for sunset drinks and an introduction to the “nez du vin’’ where you’ll learn how sommeliers train their sense of smell.

Accommodation: La Maison de Crillon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 – Provence

After breakfast head out for a very special cooking class in perhaps the most beautiful village in Provence. The morning starts with a guided walk in the foothills of the highest mountain in Provence, Mt Ventoux. Learn the art of picking edible plants and flowers whilst foraging for additions to your lunch. Gain an understanding for the amazing homeopathic and medicinal qualities of the plants. Adjourn to a private home in this idyllic village and take part in an entertaining hands- on cooking class hosted by a delightful fourth-generation villager. Then indulge in a truly sumptuous lunch, accompanied by wine on the terrace overlooking the valley. Spend your evening at leisure.

Accommodation: La Maison de Crillon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8 – Provence

Enjoy your last day at leisure in our exquisite village. Hop on a bike to explore the idyllic countryside, visit the next village and enjoy their famous weekly Monday market, have a game of petanque, walk through the vines, or simply sit by the pool, relax and enjoy the never ending views across the spectacular Rhone valley. This evening enjoy a special final dinner together as a group.

Accommodation: La Maison de Crillon

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – Tour ends

Your time in Southern France ends after breakfast with a transfer to Avignon airport or train station for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

12-DAY EXTENDED TOUR

DAY 9 – Bordeaux

After breakfast head west cross-country through the glorious vistas of southern France to Bordeaux, your home for the next three nights. En route stop at Carcassonne, a beautiful walled medieval citadel with walls dating back to Gallo Roman times. In Bordeaux your Hotel Burdigala – Mgallery by Sofitel, is one of the best addresses in the city, making it easy to explore the river, the Opera house and the famous Place de la Bourse with its stunning architecture and fountains. Spend the evening at leisure with plenty of delicious local dining options. Whether it’s a local wine bar, rustic bistro or Michelin-starred dining room, Bordeaux has it all.

Accommodation: Hotel Burdigala – Mgallery by Sofitel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – Bordeaux

Visit the charming Victorian town of Arcachon and the laidback French chic village of Cap Ferret on the wild Atlantic west coast famous for oyster farming. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters straight from the bay, whilst dangling your feet in the water and sipping local Bordeaux wine. After lunch visit the famous Dune de Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe, and climb to the top for the most magnificent views of the bay, pine forests and wild ocean beyond.

Accommodation: Hotel Burdigala – Mgallery by Sofitel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 – Bordeaux

Visit one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious vineyards – Chateau Pape Clement, famous for its Grands Crus Classés wines. Enjoy a tour of the chateau, the vault and the barrel cellars before an unforgettable wine-making workshop. Immerse yourself in all things ‘vin’ and make and label your very own bottle of wine, self blended to your exact specifications. This is a hands-on and great fun experience, expertly guided by a master sommelier. After class enjoy a wine tasting before partaking in a private alfresco lunch on the rooftop of the lavish 12-century neo gothic chateau, surrounded by 60 hectares of vines. Back in Bordeaux the afternoon and evening is at your leisure to enjoy the wonderful shopping in this very chic town, sample incredible wines in the Maison du Vin du Bordeaux (the 18th-century headquarters of the regions wine council) or visit the world’s first dedicated wine exhibition centre.

Accommodation: Hotel Burdigala – Mgallery by Sofitel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12 – Tour ends

Your time in France ends after breakfast with a transfer to the train station for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

The tour begins in Nice and ends in Avignon (or ends in Bordeaux on the extended tour).

Your international flights from Australia are not included in your package. Flights to Nice depart daily from all major Australian cities, via carriers including Emirates, Air France, British Airways and Qantas.

You MUST complete your booking form within 48 hours of booking. Following its completion, our Tours Concierge will be in touch to assist with any additional arrangements – including flights.

Private return airport transfers are included in your tour on the first and last day only. Please arrive into Nice at anytime before 4pm on Day 1 and depart Avignon anytime after breakfast on Day 9 or Bordeaux anytime after breakfast on Day 12.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller’s responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit the website.

A wonderful experience with a wonderful host. Nikki knows the area so intimately and where ever we went we were met with politeness and kind assistance. The choice of restaurants and activities was excellent and some were unexpected experience - unique. We couldn't have hoped for a better tour through this beautiful area.
- F. Nova September 2017
We cannot speak more highly of Nikki - a superb guide, carer, enabler, fountain of knowledge. Also so much fun. This tour totally exceeded our expectations. Classy and full of fascinating local content, luxurious accom and glorious views all along the way.
- R. Mather June 2018
The tour achieved our expectations as we would expect from Luxury Escapes. Our tour guide interracted well with us and always had our interests at the top of her planning.
- P. Reynold June 2018