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Provence Tour Reviews

Posted by smadar Palace on Mon, Oct, 01, 2012

Great share from guests who just came back from Provence
Vicky and I have finally recovered from the trip back from a glorious vacation in France and wanted to follow up and give you some feedback from our week in Provence.? It was outstanding!!!? We have never done a small group tour like this and were initially concerned about the interaction of everyone, particularly given the intense schedule of activities.? We were so pleased?to be with a wonderful group of people who shared a?similar?interest in food and wine.? The?accommodations?were lovely, Sandrine was a perfect hostess and the beautiful villages of Provence were an ideal backdrop. All that being said one thing made this trip truly magical and that ?was our tour guide. ?The energy, enthusiasm and passion turned what would have been a nice vacation into a very special one. In reviewing the week's itinerary I truly don't believe there is anything I would change. It certainly was an intense week but we loved each and every activity, such a nice mix of dining experiences from the goat farm to lunch at the market place. The itinerary really did give us a wonderful introduction to Provence and food and wines that we might never sample again (thinking of non-EU approved cheeses). The only suggestion that I might have (and it's a small one) is the length of the cooking class.? The first one was a bit long, I think David may have tried to do a little too much. However, the second one, on the last night, was a good length, maybe he had a better appreciation of our abilities!? Also, I think it's important to make sure we have some down time between our daytime activities and the nightly outing.? Maybe it's age, but we did appreciate at least at hour to re-charge our batteries at the end of the day. Please know these are very minor points, nothing could distract from the wonderful week we spent in Provence.
All the best,
John & Vicki

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Sam, had a great time!
It was a perfect week. The weather was good. I enjoyed meeting the other couples. I think we all got along great. ?Our tour guide was fantastic. I knew we were going to be busy but I enjoyed everything. Can't think of anything I would change. Food/wine choices during the week were good.
Can't think of anything negative about it.? Again, our tour guide was the perfect guide/host for this trip. Her knowledge of all things Provence really help us understand the area better. There wasn't any question she couldn't answer.
I don't know when I'd be able to afford another food/wine trip but I would sure look at what you offer if I'm going to.
Thanks,
Liz

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Here are kind words ?that one of the guest wrote about our tour guide in her blog:
She is a gracious hostess who draws you in whether she’s describing how olive oil is made or how a village was taken by force in the 14th century, where to buy authentic Provence linens (not those made in China) or what wine you must try with your chocolate. she has friends throughout Provence which makes for some interesting locations for lunch. Whether it be a lesson in how to decapitate a chicken at the Avignon market — quite a lesson for a city girl — lunch at a goat farm high in the mountains, or at Lolo’s farm.

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The 5 best places to eat traditional food in France

Posted by smadar Palace on Sat, May, 12, 2012

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There is something magical about France that attracts people to it. The epicenter of modern culinary techniques and traditions, France stands for everything that is simple yet sophisticated in its own way. It is often said that a trip to France is incomplete if you do not sample some of their food, wine and cheese. So how do you get the quintessential French experience?Culinary Tours, this wonderful holiday concept will let you closely look into the wonderful world of wine making, you could spend days on a cheese farm and taste the real French way of life. Out of the many culinary tours that you could take here are a few options that should be on your must see list.

Bordeaux wine Tour

Bordeaux-This French region is arguably the most famous wine producing area in the world. On one of the culinary tours in Bordeaux you will Get to visit the most prestigious chateaux and taste different varieties of wine .


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The Loire Valley- The breathtaking architecture of the Loire Valley is not the only thing that makes unique, the cheese and wine of this region are equally world class. Visit the many castles here; get a glimpse of the royal lifestyle and mingle in cobblestone streets of medieval charming towns.

Burgundy, Wine Tours, France

 

Burgundy- Enjoy the many wine villages of this region. Here you will also get a chance to visit wine cellars and see where all the magic happens. See the vineyards of Romane-Conti, one of the world’s greatest wine producers also taste some superb wine at the quaint region of Cote De Beaune.

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Provence- Experience some of the best ros  wine in this southeast region of France. On the culinary tours here you can spend time in the kitchen with the region’s best known chefs. You also may want to experience the stunning perched villages and markets of provence. 

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 Paris- The French capital will mesmerize you with its charm. Here you can learn how a Chocolatier turns this wonderful ingredient into a work of art. Rise early in the morning to find out what goes inside a patisserie, learn how to make croissants or eclairs. After spending a day with french culinary experts you can reminisce about your Parisian experience at a bistro while you sit down for a relaxing lunch. Through these French culinary tours you will truly be able to discover the real French culture and traditions.

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A brief history of the wine region of Burgundy, France

Posted by smadar Palace on Sat, May, 12, 2012


Burgundy, France is one of the country’s most prolific wine regions. Known far and wide for both red and white varieties, the wines of Burgundy are arguably, some of the most popular -and expensive-wines in the world. Those new to the global arena of food and wine will soon develop the palate and knowledge of a true epicure upon visiting the storied and historic communes of this region.



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Inheritance laws governing Burgundy, which date back to the days of Napolean, state that family property be divided equally between surviving dependants. The result is many generational small family wineries, which welcome tours and thrill at the opportunity to show visitors a special brand of hospitality. One-of-a- kind vintages are poured and served up alongside a loaf of crusty bread, a wedge of lusty cheese, and an intoxicating bowl of braised stew for which the region is famous.

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Five distinct growing areas make up the region producing the wines of Burgundy, each bearing the rich and fertile soil necessary to produce outstanding grapes used by regional vintners. Northernmost Chablis boasts many small family vineyards, some producing rare varieties which should not be missed. Combing the trail southward, to Cotes de Nuits, Cotes de Beaune, Cotes Chalonnaise, and Maconnais will introduce the knowledge-thirsty connoisseur to wineries dating back to the 12th century.

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 Although wine is the main focus in these historic towns and communes, food is also an integral part of the Burgundy lifestyle. Bourgogne, in French, has a recognizable style when it comes to cuisine. Local fare is typically a braised meat with in-season vegetables, frequently just-picked from a backyard garden. The classic dishes Beef Bourguignon and Coq au Vin both trace their roots to this region. As expected, wine is featured in many of the dishes which bear the name of Burgundy.

 

Burgundy , FranceCheese varieties of the area are equally as tasty and well worth a side visit to a local dairy farm. Quite often, travelers, both seasoned and novice, find the best way to really get to know any area is by getting to know it’s personality- it’s people. Overflowing with warmth and welcome, Burgundy invites you in, pulls out a chair and pours you a glass of their favorite beverage. Burgundy will regale you with heartfelt stories of a region beautiful and proud. Drink it all in and enjoy.

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The 10 best places to visit in Provence

Posted by smadar Palace on Thu, May, 03, 2012


Lavender- Provence Tour

Provence is a treat for the senses. Breathtaking beauty lies in the shadow of the Vaucluse Mountains.The air is heavy with scent of lavender, blooming effortlessly throughout the region. You soon realize?the region?doesn’t beckon visitors. It claims them.


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Gourmands delight in Provence, tucked in the southeast corner of the French Mediterranean. This region carries the impression of every major culture since time began. Romans, Greeks, Celts and Germanic Tribes have all left their imprint here. French Provencal culture’s unique style and flavor are found nowhere else. Classic dishes are a melange of fresh flavors, from earth, sea and sky.Like the fare, each Provencal?town is unique. From the perched village of Gordes, to historic Avignon, to the relaxed beachside Cassis, and everything in between, Provence sparkles as the multifaceted gem of the Mediterranean.


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In Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a quaint ?village, you’ll find the source of the Sorgue River. The freshwater spring, or fountain, located at the base of a steep cliff, is a must-see experience.


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Following the river from it’s source, you’ll find the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The “Venice of Provence” is a picturesque waterside village. Stroll the famed antique shops or enjoy a repast at a riverside caf?. If you’re in town on a Sunday, visit the acclaimed Antiques Market and pick up a one-of-a-kind memento.


Gordes, Provence tours

Gordes, a mix of old and new, offers cobblestone streets and remarkable architecture. Home to many artists, as well as stars of stage and screen, the village hosts eclectic music festivals drawing from all over the region.


Provence tours- Roussillon

Neighboring Roussillon red ochre hills, streets and facades are reminiscent of the American desert southwest. These hills are as old as time and the range of crimson hues is breathtaking.


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This region of France?boasts wondrous “perched villages” but none as notable as Menerbes. Get to know locals while enjoying this sleepy little village, and you’ll soon discover the je ne sais quoi which inspired British writer Peter Mayle to pen his time “A Year in Provence”.


Lacoste, Provence tours

LaCoste is sun drenched and welcoming. Seeing medieval architecture, walled chateaus, and clandestine streets you can understand why the notorious Marquis de Sade found it the ideal hideaway.


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Avignon’s Roman influence is evident. Distinctly Romanesque cafes border the Rhone River. The University and, Papal Palace, home to the head of the Western Catholic Church for 39 years, during a break with Rome, bear a resemblance to the buildings of Vatican City.


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Chateauneuf-du-Pape, along the Rhone, is a destination for wine-lovers. Literally translated, this “Pope’s-new-Castle” created a viticulture which produces both reds and whites. Connoisseurs claim these lush and fertile vineyards bear forth grapes resulting in unique and superior vintage, the red being held in highest esteem.

Provence tours-  St remy de Provence

Saint Remy-de-Provence is an authentic artists lair where tortured, immensely gifted legend Vincent Van Gogh, spent time battling inner demons while creating some of his most prolific works. Lush gardens and ancient monuments enhance your visit in a way Nostradamus, another famous resident, couldn’t have predicted.


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Cassis is a not-to-be-missed treat. The allure of?this unique region?is embodied in the picturesque fjords of the Mediterranean. The best way to explore them is by taking a boat trip and enjoying the stunning views.

A trip to Provence is sure to relax your mind, body and soul, if just a bit. This region will give new meaning to “ C’est la vie“, because such is life in Provence.

Want to see a sample itinerary to Provence?  Check out Best of Provence

 

 

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