Indulge in a full day of wine tasting as you roam the vineyards and medieval villages of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the region’s most important wine appellations. Explore the villages of Gigondas and Vacqueyras, stopping at traditional wineries to sample both red and white wines, and learn the secrets of local wine production. This small-group tour from Avignon also includes a delicious 2-course lunch.
Enjoy a quintessential wine tasting experience in one of France’s most famous wine regions, as you sip your way around the Côtes du Rhône on this 5-hour small-group tour from Avignon. Indulge in expert-led tastings as you explore the vineyards and visit wineries in Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas or Séguret. Sip a selection of Grand Cru wines, as you learn about the wine production process, the importance of French ‘terroir’ and how to distinguish between the different Crus.
Appreciate the exquisite beauty and bounty of rural Provence on a half-day tour of Les Baux-de-Provence from Avignon. Perched in the rocky Alpilles mountains, Les Baux offers panoramic views of the expansive vineyards and olive orchards that blanket the hillside. With your expert guide, visit a local olive mill to sample fine AOC olive oils and see how they're made, then head to a winery in the foothills for an intimate wine-tasting session.
Go behind the scenes of the world's most secretive business. Take a tour of a Provencal truffle plantation, learn how truffles are grown and truffle dogs are trained, and go on a hunt for France's elusive "black gold" with professional hunters who know the tricks of the trade.You will be regaled with stories of successes and sabotage, and learn to tell the difference between a real Provençal tuber melanosporum and its inferior Chinese counterparts. You'll also learn how to properly clean, store and cook with truffles.The Pastras olive and truffle oil.
Mushroom hunting excursions are available from September 15 until November 15 (weather permitting). We will use knives and sneakers (provided). During your time in Provence you will learn how to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms.We will hunt for about 10 different varieties, including: ceps, chanterelle, golden chanterelle, mushroom hedgehog, blue stalk mushroom, Tricholoma myomyces, Saffron milk cap, white saddle, elfin saddle, and black trumpet. You'll discover the quiet, unspoiled forests of the area and enjoy the bucolic and relaxed atmosphere of Provence. You will need to be comfortable with that, you do not mind getting muddy.