Southern France

Provence & The French Riviera: A Luxury Small-Group Gastronomic Tour

Discover the sun-kissed beauty of the French Riviera and the picture-perfect villages of Provence on a 9-day, luxury small group tour (max 12 travellers). With its sweeping fields of lavender, hillside 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. Set sail on a private cruise of the stunning waters of the French Riviera, enjoy private wine tastings with a world-class sommelier, learn the secrets of French cuisine during a private cooking class in a remote village 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, private transportation, expert local guides, insider experiences and so much more.

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9 Days
TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 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
Calendar
9 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person
  • 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
Calendar
12 Days
TWIN SHARE - EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 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
Calendar
12 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person
  • 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

Food, art and coastal culture are the very essence of this beautiful sun-drenched region of France. Rich in history, some of France’s first vineyards were born here and Roman remains are plentiful. The region’s beauty has captivated travellers for centuries, with the likes of Matisse and Picasso drawing on the area for inspiration; and with its fields of lavender, winding clifftop roads and bright blue Mediterranean Sea, it’s of little wonder. Let the sights, sounds and especially flavours of Provence capture your imagination, with Basque and Spanish tastes lending a sumptuous influence to the likes of pissladiere, bouillabaisse, salade Nicoise and the region’s famous cassoulet.

What We Love...

With itineraries personally designed, tried and tested by our in-house travel experts, you can expect the very best from every Tour Created by LE.

Luxury Escapes’ Head of Tours, Sonia Pilovska, reveals why this tour is a true feast for the senses: “For me, France has always been about the gastronomy; and this tour certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to amazing food and wine experiences,” she says. “The day spent with our local wine god Kelly is definitely a highlight. Kelly's knowledge of wine is astounding, and his stories will keep you entertained all day. But the best bit is that Kelly knows everybody on the French wine scene, from the growers to the sommeliers and everything in between. A couple of years ago I arranged to spend a day with Kelly for my birthday - we were treated like family at every wine estate we visited. We tasted wine straight from the barrels, opened bottles that weren't for sale, and at one cellar the owners left Kelly with the keys and asked us to lock up on our way out. It’s local connections like this that give us access to exclusive experiences that create memories that last a lifetime.”

What You’ll Love...

The Gastronomy - Indulge in the finest local produce, explore world-class vineyards and learn the secrets of French cooking

Discover the work of the finest artisan in Nice on a sensorial tasting trail sampling local delicacies including cheeses, oils, pastries, chocolates, wines and ice cream – all whilst soaking up the sights of the city.

Explore one of the most prestigious wine regions of the world with Kelly McAuliffe, wine expert and former head 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.

The Experiences – Breathtaking landscapes, medieval 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.

The Accommodation – 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
  • Daily breakfasts and a selection of gourmet experiences - including an indulgent four-course wine and food pairing lunch, a tasting trail through Nice’s best food ateliers, and a lavish dinner in a typical French Bistro.
  • Access to some of the finest private vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône with a world-class sommelier
  • An authentic hands-on cooking class in a traditional remote Provincial village
  • An afternoon sailing 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

Extend Your Time in France with Three Days in Bordeaux:

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.

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Valid for select departure dates below:

24 August 2019

7 September 2019

2 May 2020

13 June 2020

22 August 2020

12 September 2020

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 12 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.

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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.

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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