France, Provence – Food, Wine & E-Bikes
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Travel Type: Cooking Classes, Food and Wine, Small Group, Villa Stay
Location: France, Provence
From AUD: $1,565
Duration: 4 Days
Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2020
Looking for something a bit different? Try this - spend a few days in the typically French Provençal landscape, complete with luxury accommodation, cooking, wine-tasting and cycling by E-Bike. It's a short stay that will give you a lovely taste of the countryside and easily fit in with your existing plans.
This is the perfect getaway for those who are looking for a quality experience but short on time. Your holiday is based at La Cadière d'Azur, a delightful village of is perched high on a hillside surrounded by olive groves and vineyards with wonderful walks and views in all directions. The amazing rock formation known as Calanques and the popular fishing village resort of Cassis are a few minutes’ drive away.
Join our renowned chef for a hands-on welcome (in English) to his kitchen and kitchen garden, at his Bastide cooking school a few kilometres from your hotel. Discover the fresh, annual herbs and grasses of Provence, mint and lavender before enjoying the results of your effort at lunch.
Explore the sights and sounds of Provence based in a comfortable hotel in a typical village setting, enjoying an afternoon at the hotel’s Spa. Take a guided E-bike tour through the quintessentially Provençal countryside with its vines and olive groves to an AOC Bandol rated vineyard for a wine tasting. Then maybe buy a bottle to accompany your chef-prepared picnic lunch amongst the vines.
Your accommodation is in a typical hotel combining four of the traditional houses in the heart of the sleepy village centre. There are cafés and shops just a stroll away from the well-appointed guest rooms. Rooms all have en- suite bathrooms and most have extensive views across the valley and surrounds. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a very well-equipped spa and wellness centre with massage, fitness and relaxation facilities.
Day One Sunday
Arrive in the village in the afternoon – transfers from Marseille Airport or TGV Station can be arranged (at extra cost). Welcome dinner (excluding drinks) at the gastronomic restaurant, where our Chef will delight your palate with his delicious, heartfelt Provençal cuisine.
Day Two Monday
Off to the “Bastide des Saveurs” for a cookery class with our star-rated chef. Welcome to Paradise! This is Pagnol's real Provence. You will be issued with your embroidered apron and the cooking experience will begin…
First we head for the garden to discover and gather the required herbs, medicinal plants, fruit and vegetables. Then it's back to the kitchen to prepare the dish of the day, which you will later enjoy for lunch with a glass or two of wine, out on the terrace or in the ancient dining room in true Provençal style.
Return to your hotel for an afternoon at the spa, including a one hour signature spa treatment and access to spa facilities for three hours. The Spa offers a pool with a range of therapies, steam bath, ice fountain, spa shower, as well as a cardio training room and relaxation room, so don’t forget your swimwear. Relax in the spa’s herbal tea room and maybe indulge a fresh fruit juice or tea made from the plants from the chef’s garden.
This evening enjoy another splendid 4 course dinner (excluding drinks) at the hotel’s restaurant.
Day Three Tuesday
After a buffet breakfast you will be introduced to your E-Bike and then head off with your specialist cycling guide for a tour through the vines and olive groves of the Provençal countryside. Make your way to the fabulous Moulin de la Roque AOC Bandol-rated vineyard for a tasting of five different wines. You may find a suitable bottle to buy to accompany the delicious Provençal picnic lunch prepared for you by the hotel’s star-rated chef.
Cycle back to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a last evening is at leisure, with dinner is at your own arrangement.
Day 4 Wednesday
Tour stay after breakfast, and you are free for your own onwards arrangements. Transfers from Marseille Airport or TGV Station can be arranged (at extra cost).
And as they say in Provence: “Tout fai ventre mai que i 'entre. Tout fait ventre pourvu que tout y entre” which basically translates as if you enjoy it, your stomach will too!
Suggested program (to be confirmed each day)
LA CADIÈRE-D'AZUR – A TYPICAL PROVENCAL VILLAGE
Our hotel near to the picturesque coastal resort of Cassis, to Saint Cyr-sur-Mer and Marseille
Three nights twin/double share accommodation with ensuite bathroom
Three buffet breakfasts
One lunch with drinks
One chef-prepared Provençal picnic lunch
Two x 4-course dinners (excluding drinks)
Three hour cooking class at the Bastide
Three hour spa access with a one hour signature treatment
Cycle tour guide
One day E-Bike hire (including bike insurance)
Transfers to or between the hotel and the cooking school (please allow a local payment of 30€ per person per day)
Other dinners and drinks
Visitor’s tax (1€ per person per day).
Commences regularly on Sundays through summer. Check with us for availability.
From $1565 per person (twin/double share)
Single supplement $430