Provence is home to the black truffle, otherwise known as the black diamond. The black truffle season starts in November but the aromas don’t completely mature until January. Making a gourmet trip to the South of France in January is a must for any foodie. Emotional Escapes in collaboration with its partners has put together a luxury gourmet Provence experience to showcase the aroma and culture of the truffle. This luxury winter tour is an opportunity to experience the authenticity of Provence. You won’t see many tourists and you will partake in the lifestyle like a true local yourself.
Imagine sitting outside the local café during market day eating oysters and drinking Picpoul de Pinet at 11am. Truffle hunting in the backwoods of the Luberon and then experiencing a truffle lunch made just for you at a Provencal farm house tucked away in paradise, is a guaranteed cultural immersion too.
Along with the truffle countryside and the scenic backroads to get there, you’ll also experience three of Provence’s best cities: Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis. Enjoy guided tours of the heart of these cities without the crowds of summer. Sit along the port of Cassis eating Bouillabaisse with the winter sun reflecting on the fishing boats. Walk through the amazing art museums of Aix-en-Provence.
At the end of your day you can return to your own private and exquisite villa, Mas des Alpilles, with a large open log fire, sumptuous furnishings and 5 double ensuite bedrooms. Set in 13,000 square metres of garden bordering the Parc des Alpilles, tranquility and privacy are guaranteed.
Mas des Alpilles is within walking distance of the pretty village of Eygalières and a short drive from the delightful town of St Rémy.
Winter in Provence has so much to offer and only a select few seize the opportunity for cultural immersion during this season.
Take advantage of the cheaper airfare and come explore more of Provence than just the summer tourist attractions. There’s another side of Provence that will capture your soul.