Southern France

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

Wherever you go in the South of France, you’ll feast to your heart’s content. Embark on a gourmet voyage of discovery as you uncover the sun-kissed beauty of Provence and the French Riviera on a nine-day, small-group luxury tour (max. 16 travellers). Taste your way through the streets of Nice on a foodie tour, sampling the best ice cream on the Riviera, local cheeses, pastries, wine and more. Set sail on a 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 access private vineyards in some of the best wine regions in the world. Stay in hand-picked, luxury boutique accommodation with daily breakfasts, gourmet dining experiences, private transportation, insider experiences and so much more.

travel Options


Earn 5,499 Qantas Points
9 Days
9 Day - Twin Share
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  • 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 throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles
Earn 7,499 Qantas Points
9 Days
9 Day - Single Traveller
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  • 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 throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles
Earn 7,999 Qantas Points
12 Days
12 Day - Twin Share
Sold out
  • 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 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
  • Private transportation throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles
Earn 11,299 Qantas Points
12 Days
12 Day - Single Traveller
Sold out
  • 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 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
  • Private transportation throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles

Food, art and coastal culture are the very essence of this beautiful sun-drenched region. 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 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

Board a cruise boat in Cassis for an afternoon of sailing the sparkling azure waters of the French Riviera, 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.

Drive north to the spectacular countryside of the Luberon, made famous by the author Peter Mayle. On the way, stop for 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.

Hotel La Pérouse Nice – a hidden boutique gem spectacularly built into a hillside on the famous Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the crystalline waters of the Baie des Anges. You will have access to the most beautiful private beach in Nice – right on the hotel's doorstep.

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.

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.

Your Package Includes:

  • Eight nights’ accommodation in luxury boutique hotels, hand-picked for excellence and breathtaking locations. Enjoy two nights at Hotel La Perouse in Nice, two nights at Hostellerie Bérard in the French Riviera, and four nights at La Maison de Crillon **in Provence.**
  • Gourmet experiences: Daily breakfasts and additional meals 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.
  • *Private transportation *throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Sightseeing with the services of expert local guides.
  • Convenient private return transfers from the airport or train station.

Tour Extension:

Make the most of your time in the South of France with an extended 12-day tour.

Spend three nights in the famous wine region of Bordeaux, where you'll sample freshly shucked oysters from the bay at Cap Ferret, discover the medieval citadel of Carcassonne and enjoy a winemaking workshop with a master sommelier, lunch and wine tasting 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.

See the 'Itinerary' tab for full details.

Tour Dates:

Valid for tours departing on:

23 June 2018

1 September 2018

1 June 2019

7 September 2019

Important: Please allow time for travelling from Australia. Flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Nice on Day 1 of your chosen tour date.

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 guests, minimum tour capacity is four guests.

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

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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.

Tour includes accommodation in a lead-in room at the following hotels:

Two nights – Hotel La Perouse

Two nights – Hostellerie Bérard

Four nights – La Maison de Crillon

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 adults.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

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

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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.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this tour package.

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