Provence Vacation 2017

~ Lavender, Truffles, Wine, Cuisine, Art, History ~

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Imagine yourself staying in a 19th century stone farmhouse in the south of France

surrounded by fields of sunflowers, lavender and poppies. Join Le Chat Gourmet and

Chef Denene Vincent on this unforgettable tour in Provence – from fields of lavender,

private Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting to truffle hunting in the Luberon, our vacation is

designed to immerse you in the local history, culture, wine and cuisine through daily

excursions to nearby historical sites, vineyards, markets and hands-on cooking classes

creating regional cuisine with seasonal ingredients – savouring all things Provence.

Small group size of 6-8 persons guaranteed!


Saturday, June 17th – Friday 23rd, June, 2017
$3,595.00 per person, based on double occupancy
(we often have singles looking for a travel partner please inquire!)
NEW! If you have 8 people, we can book a private trip at your selected time to travel.
Prices will vary due to seasonal rates and will be quoted based on double-occupancy.
Call us to inquire!


2017 Itinerary


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Late afternoon group transfer from the Avignon TGV train station to our private

1812 stone mill farmhouse in the heart of Provence with 5 spacious ensuite

bedrooms, professional chef’s kitchen complete with French Lacanche stove

and outside barbeque area. The property is located on 1½ acres of picturesque

gardens that include a championship pétanque pitch, 43’x 16’ private swimming

pool with pool house and surrounded by Provencal fields and horses. Welcome

aperitif and hors d’oeuvre buffet, tour of farmhouse, time to enjoy a refreshing

dip in the pool. Dinner at the farmhouse prepared by Chef Denene Vincent.


Day 2



French breakfast at the farmhouse of coffee, fruit juice, creamy French butter, f

arm fresh jam, yogurt, assorted fruit, toasted crusty baguettes & flaky croissants.

Morning provencal dessert cooking class in the farmhouse’s professional kitchen,

directly followed by lunch. Afternoon break to stroll in the gardens, enjoy a game

of pentanque, swim or relax poolside under the Provencal sun. Late afternoon

3-course provençal cooking class followed directly by dinner.


Day 3



French breakfast at the farmhouse. Morning departure to Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a

private cellar tour and wine tasting. Gourmet picnic lunch in a vineyard. After lunch we’ll

visit one of France’s most famous landmarks the Pont du Gard, an ancient 19 BC

Roman built aqueduct bridge with three spectacular tiers of arches created to  

transport water to area villages. Dinner at the farmhouse.


Day 4


French breakfast at the farmhouse. Morning departure for market day in the village of

Gordes with one of the most incredible hilltop views in all the Luberon. Wander ancient

cobblestone streets as you explore the market with local artisans selling foie gras, jams,

lavender products, honey, salamis, olives, cheese, herbs, spices, olive oil, truffles,

handmade soaps, pottery, Provencal table linens to original artwork. After the market

visit an olive oil mill for a private tour & tasting. Our day finishes at the home of artist

Frédéric Lambert for a demonstration in the art of santon making. Santon figures

originate from Provence representing the colorful people & traditional trades of the

region. Frédéric spends all year hand carving & painting each clay figure to sell over a

short 7 week period from November to December in the local Christmas markets.

To visit a santon artist in his studio is an extremely unique experience!

Dinner at the farmhouse by Chef Vincent.


Day 5


French breakfast at the farmhouse. Morning departure for Truffle hunting in the

Luberon. If you have read Peter Mayles book ‘A Year in Provence’ you know the

location of truffles are a well guarded secret, for you to accompany a truffle hunter & his

dog into the Luberon is a truly amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience! Along the way

we’ll forage for wild mint, thyme, rosemary, fennel & arugula that we’ll use for cooking.

After our truffle hunt we will return to a farm for a truffle tasting & Provencal wine toast.

No visit to Provence would be complete without taking in the beauty of rolling purple

fields of lavender. We’ll end the day in Roussillon ranked one of ‘The Most Beautiful

Villages of France’ a lovely village filled with quaint shops, art, wine & local artisan

foods. Famous for its magnificent ochre cliffs streaked with colors from bright

yellows to the deep reds. Dinner at the farmhouse by Chef Denene Vincent.


Day 6  



French breakfast at the farmhouse. Morning departure to St. Remy de Provence where

we will visit the birth place of Nostradamus and even delight your taste buds with a

chocolate tasting! Then it’s on to Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh

took refuge in 1889, inspired by the quality of light and beauty of the landscapes he

produced 143 paintings and over 100 drawings within 53 weeks, creating many of his

most famous works, ‘The Irises’, ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Vincent’s Room in Arles’.

Picnic lunch in the olive grove amongst the trees Van Gogh once painted.

Evening 4-course dinner at the farmhouse prepared by Chef Vincent.


Day 7

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French ‘summer truffle’ breakfast at the mill farmhouse. Morning transfer to Avignon

TGV train station. Alas, your vacation & culinary experience with Le Chat Gourmet in

Provence must draw to a close but never an end. You depart with new found

friendships, wonderful memories and your cooking class recipes to recreate

and reflect back on for a lifetime – Bon Cuisine!


Saturday, June 17th – Friday 23rd, June, 2017



$3,595.00 per person, based on double occupancy

(we often have singles looking for a travel partner, please inquire)




Join us for an adventure in Provence!


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