A Perfect Day in Provence

In a region where rich flavors and charming landscapes intertwine, you’re invited to indulge in the experiences favored by locals and travel advisors in the know. Stroll through vibrant streets and visit a Provencal market; discover the work of passionate winemakers in the Luberon region; enjoy picturesque villages, limestone mountains, rolling hills, serene valleys, orchards, and farms. With each step, you’ll be captivated by the beauty and flavors that define Provence. Get ready to enjoy a perfect day in this iconic French destination, inspired by our SELECT In-Country Partner, French Side Travel.

8:15 AM
Start your day with a gourmet breakfast at Airelles Gordes, known for the beautiful grounds and exquisite dining. The light-filled, indoor-outdoor breakfast room just off L'Orangerie (noted as one of the most beautiful dining spots in all of France) is an ideal spot to enjoy a delicious beginning to the day, thanks to the talented pastry chefs. The delightful breakfast spread includes a range of pastries alongside a spread of fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals and hot beverages, while an a la carte menu enhances the experience with traditional, made-to-order delicacies.
9:00 AM
Meet your guide outside of the hotel to embark on a walking and food tour in Aix-en-Provence, a historic city known for its charming streets and vibrant culinary scene. Along the way, stop at local bakeries (try Farinoman Fou), cheese shops (Banon is a celebrated cheese of the region) and patisseries (Mr. Chou is excellent) to sample traditional Provencal delicacies. Your guide will share all the notable highlights you'd expect to see and flex their expertise taking you to lesser-known but equally visit-worthy stops.
11:00 AM
After the food tour, make your way to the typical Provencal market in Aix-en-Provence. The atmosphere is vibrant as patrons browse through stalls filled with fresh produce, aromatic herbs and local specialties. But this market visit isn't just for the foodies! There are three distinct market areas - antiques, crafts, food and flowers - and while open daily, the markets are bigger and better on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays stretching down the well-known boulevard, Cours Mirabeau.
12:30 PM
Head to Domaine de Fontenille, a beautiful chateau nestled in the Luberon region. Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard and learn about the winemaking process from passionate local winemakers. Sample a selection of their exquisite wines, paired with artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. The hotel features a Michelin-star restaurant, Le Champ des Lunes, that is worth a return visit for dishes inspired by the region's best producers.
2:00 PM
Continue your journey through the Luberon landscapes, known for their breathtaking beauty. Visit the picturesque villages of Lourmarin and Cucuron, surrounded by limestone mountains, rolling hills, and serene valleys brimming with atmospheric, old-word charm.Take leisurely walks through enchanting streets, admiring the traditional Proven?al architecture and soak in the tranquil ambiance. Consider visiting the village's medieval castle or the museum dedicated to the philosopher and Nobel Prize winning author, Albert Camus.
4:00 PM
Make your way back to your hotel and take some time to relax and unwind. This would be an opportune time to try a sweet afternoon tea treat from the Laduree Cafe, located in the village, and peruse the over 2,000 paintings and antique furniture that the 18th century hotel has sourced from the most prestigious dealers from across the country. If a relaxing refresh is more your style, opt for a dip in the outdoor pool surrounded by ancient olive trees and majestic cypresses, or a swim inside at the spa coupled with a sublime treatment.
8:00 PM
For dinner, head to Domaine de Manville, a stunning hotel where Michelin-starred restaurant, L'Aupiho, offers a dining experience rooted in regional traditions, amidst the serene ambiance of the leafy patio. Select from savory and refined dishes featuring fresh produce, aromatic herbs, rare spices and delicate meats with expertly paired wines from the region. Nothing short of meticulous, bold, and powerful - everything is carefully chosen to offer guests an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
10:45 PM
End your perfect day in Provence with a leisurely stroll under the starlit sky, taking in the enchanting beauty of the French countryside, reflecting on your most favorite moments. When you return to your hotel, make a move to the cocktail bar for a nightcap; La Bastide's panoramic terrace offers a stunning view of the Vaucluse where you can enjoy an array of artfully-crafted, gourmet cocktails. It's a blissfully indulgent way to finish a perfect day in Provence, made possible by the expertise of French Side Travel, who meticulously design unique itineraries to discover France's beautiful regions.
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