This summer, travel into the gorgeous Provençal countryside to indulge in its fresh, flavorful cuisine and immerse yourself in the culinary world of this enchanting region of France. Our new Culinary Creations Land Tour in Provence, available pre- or post-cruise on several of our Mediterranean voyages, invites you to do just that.
Begin your culinary adventure by traveling to the fairytale-like Château de Berne. Surrounded by centuries-old vineyards, this five-star hotel is part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux collection of properties and offers a unique ambience to experience the Provence lifestyle. Take time to settle in, explore the vast hotel and perhaps take in the sights by strolling into the countryside. Over dinner, savor the flavors of Provence before retiring for the evening in an elegant deluxe room.
The following day, meet the chef of Château de Berne for a hands-on cooking class. As you learn about the fresh items typically found in Provençal markets, the chef will show you around his garden, explaining how he uses the various herbs and produce. Of course, the highlight will be dining on the delectable lunch you have prepared. Spend the rest of the afternoon meandering along one of the hotel’s botanic paths or perhaps exploring one of the lovely nearby villages. Cap the culinary pleasures of the day off with an exquisite dinner at Château de Berne.
The third day brings you to charming villages in the surrounding countryside. Accompanied by a local guide, visit Le Thoronet as well as Cotignac, which is beautifully situated at the base of sheer cliff wall. Later at nearby Moulin de Pascaline, discover how olive oil is produced locally and sample several delicacies, which may include tapenade, homemade jams, figs, sliced meats, pastries and breads.
Afterward, return to the chateau for a VIP wine tasting with the sommelier as well as a tour of the owner’s private wine cellar. During the vertical tasting of different vintages and a blind tasting with snacks, discover how the region’s distinct wines are produced. Crown your extraordinary culinary experience with a final dinner and memorable evening at Château de Berne.
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to experience the culinary side of Provence – join us this summer and fall! See below for voyages featuring this unique land tour.
Culinary Creations: Provence is available as a pre-cruise land tour on:
Mediterranean Crossroads | Riviera | Monte Carlo to Barcelona | June 26, 2016
Riviera Revelations | Riviera | Monte Carlo to Rome | August 17, 2016
Stars & Shores | Marina | Monte Carlo to Venice | October 22, 2016
Culinary Creations: Provence is available as a post-cruise land tour on:
Renaissance Treasures | Riviera | Barcelona to Monte Carlo | August 9, 2016
Pathways & Piazzas | Marina | Rome to Monte Carlo | October 15, 2016