A trip to Provence is often the trip of a lifetime. It’s a very special place and when you visit, you want to have a very special time and to create unique experiences and memories that you’ll cherish for ever.
Martine Bertin-Peterson at Gout et Voyage puts it this way “if you want to experience the real Provence then it’s got to be less about trying to cram in as many different towns and cities as possible. And it has to be more about experiencing a few places that make Provence unique. I like to focus on the experiences – not just the places”.
Unique Provence tour for those who enjoy fine food, fine wine and cooking experiences
“I don’t like crowds, tour buses, being on a rigid schedule, single traveler supplements, large impersonal hotels and restaurants. Or ‘All-inclusive’ tours that nickel and dime you for every little thing and the ‘if it’s Tuesday it must be Brussels’ syndrome” says Martine. Her tours are designed with this in mind. They’re about discovering authentic Provence. From small family-owned hotels and restaurants that are off the beaten path to getting to know the people, tastes, the aromas and culture of Provence.
A typical day on one of her Provence tours might including a hands-on cookery class with a local chef in his home. First though, you’ll shop at one of Provence’s famous traditional street markets for supplies. You’ll get to meet the stall holders, taste the olives and learn how to pick the best vegetables, cheese and produce. Once you’ve produced your delicious dishes you’ll enjoy them with the finest wines. Or maybe you’ll take a pastry-making class in a small patisserie and learn how to make croissants and tarts and other gorgeous French pastries that will truly titillate your taste buds. These are the sort of experiences you can take home with you and keep for ever.
You can’t go to Provence and not try the local wine and Martine knows all the best wineries in the area. Markets, gourmet food shops, the most fabulous restaurants and tiny bistros, she’s built up a legendary book of contacts and knowledge of Provence.
Visit the most beautiful Provencal towns and villages
Martine always chooses Saint Remy as a home base. “What I love about Saint Remy is that it is a quintessential, pedestrian-friendly Provencal town which offers a lively Wednesday market. It is a charming walled old town with tiny streets, interesting architecture and lovely shops. The beautiful Greco-Roman ruins of Glanum are a short walk away. And, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to small cafés and restaurants”.
From here it is easy to tour the area and see the most beautiful villages such as Gordes where you can enjoy amazing views over the countryside. Neighbouring Menerbes is officially one of the most beautiful village in France. This little town mesmerised Picasso who lived here for a while, lured by the light and the beauty of the area. You will visit cultural sites and see the gorgeous poppy fields, a sight that’s uplifting and inspiring.
A luxurious, unique and extraordinary tour of Provence
The thing about the Gout et Voyage tours that make them so very special is that you get a chance to see, taste and enjoy experiences it would be almost impossible to do without Martine’s contacts and know-how. With just six people per tour, everything is taken care of from transport to meals and visits, cookery courses, wine tasting, picnics in vineyards, boutique hotels and more. This is the truest way to know, and feel, Provence…
To find out more and book the real Provence tour of a life time check out the website for Gout et Voyage