What You’ll Love About Your Week in Provence

In the south of France lies the enchanting region of Provence. Spanning the coastline to the French Riviera, up the Rhône River to the famous Côtes du Rhône wine region, and amongst the rolling hills of the Luberon, Provence encompasses the true meaning of French joie de vivre - or joy of living. A region rich in gastronomy, history, and art, it’s no wonder why greats like Chef Julia Child, Author Peter Mayle, and artists like Van Gogh and Cézanne made homes here. Known as the garden of France, it’s a must visit destination for food lovers.

We will spend our week discovering the cuisine and culture of this quintessential Mediterranean region. Our home for the week is Aix-en-Provence, the capital of the region acclaimed for its markets. You’ll be delighted by the charm of this town, its abundance of fresh food, and fashionable character. Beyond Aix, we will venture to savor Côtes du Rhône wine in its terroir, learn how the famous soap of Marseille is made, taste delicious Provencal olive oil, sip rosè along the beautiful coastline, and so much more. We’ve designed our week to celebrate the spirited yet simple cuisine of Provence — seasonal vegetables, fresh fish, raw milk cheeses, and of course olive oil, garlic, and herbs.

Timeless. Vibrant. Idyllic. Provence is the France you’ve always dreamed of. You won’t want to miss this trip! Plus, the people in the group are an added benefit – new friends, new people to learn from, and to just enjoy!

Registered Dietitians may be eligible to earn continuing education credits pending review and approval from CDR.

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Day by Day


Wednesday, April 23

After arrival in Marseille Provence Airport, you will have a 25-minute drive to Aix-en-Provence to check into our hotel for the week, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel. Take time in the afternoon to walk around Aix, before our early evening welcome session and dinner at the hotel.

Thursday, April 24

Thursday is market day in Aix-en-Provence! We will start our week with a walking tour of town and enjoy some of its most delicious treats. In the evening, we will enjoy a cooking demonstration with dinner.



Friday, April 25

Today we travel west. We will taste some of the  best olive oil in the region and learn how this essential Provencal ingredient is made. Following our tasting, we will experience an immersive art exhibition in a former quarry. Finally we will share a meal at a lively neighborhood bistro known for its roast chicken.


Saturday, April 26

Côte du Rhône is home to some of the most well-known wines in the world, most notably, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We will visit a producer for a tour and tasting followed by lunch. En route, we will stop at a soap factory to learn how the famous soap of Marseille is made.

Sunday, April 27

Following in the footsteps of Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence, we will spend our day discovering the magic of the Luberon. We will stop in a selections of the tiny villages, enjoy the stunning views of the Luberon mountains, and enjoy a lunch in the countryside.



Monday, April 28

We could not come to Provence without visiting the coast. As we wind down our week, we travel southeast to Cassis, an alluring town on the water. Here, we will take a boat ride to discover the Calanques and enjoy a seaside lunch.



Tuesday, April 29

Tuesday is also market day in Aix-en-Provence! On our final day, you will have the option for free time to enjoy a full market day, or experience other activities like a perfume workshop and art walk. In the evening, we will gather for our farewell dinner. 

Wednesday, April 30

Au revoir! Bon voyage!



See Your Beautiful Accommodation

In Provence, we’ll spend the week at one hotel, the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel.  
Located in the heart of the city, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel is a 5-star hotel, with contemporary art deco design, great service, a pool and spa.

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Photo courtesy Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel

Meet the Expert You’ll be Traveling with

Susan Herrmann Loomis 


Susan Herrmann Loomis has taught cooking classes for more than twenty years, and has written fourteen best-selling cookbooks. Her dream has always been to share with you what she knows, making cooking, France, and her passion come alive for you. It all started with cooking school in Paris, then a year co-researching and authoring THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO PARIS, by Patricia Wells. They walked the streets of this famed city tasting, sipping, getting up at all hours to visit bakers and cheese makers, restaurateurs and markets.

Susan went on to do extensive travel throughout the United States, France, Italy, the Middle East and parts of Asia as she researched books, always keeping in mind the people behind the food. What captivates her, aside from flavor and excellence, are the people who grow and then fashion our food into gorgeous tastes.

She is passionate about tradition, and all of her work has led her to investigate, share, then write about food and agricultural traditions throughout the world, focusing mostly on France where she lives. She believes that learning about cooking and food involves much more than recipes and techniques. So, she shares the people, the traditions, the culture around food production and creation, from farm to bakery to winery. She is an award-winning author of fourteen books both food and literary, the most recent of which is PLAT DU JOUR(Countryman, 2018).


Fly to the Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), a 20–25-minute drive to the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Airport.  You should be able to fly to Marseille with one stop (from the US) on most major American and international airlines, connecting at a European hub.  

Pricing & Tour Registration

Please download and complete the registration form below, which includes instructions for how to submit the form and deposit to Oldways.

Price per person from $5,105  per person


If this trip must be cancelled due to Covid-19, refunds will be issued.

Prices are based on rates of exchange, taxes, and other costs as of the tour publication date. We reserve the right to correct errors and changes, and to increase program prices to cover increased costs, tariffs, and taxes received after prices are published and to reflect currency fluctuations.


Medical Insurance

Oldways has procured medical and evacuation insurance for all Culinaria participants while traveling on one of our Culinarias with an Accident & Health policy from The Hartford.  Additionally, Hartford partners with International Medical Group (IMG), a leading global assistance provider, to give us 24/7 access to medical and travel assistance services anywhere in the world.  The policy also gives you as a Culinaria participant insurance for medical expenses, evacuation, and repatriation. 

Since 1990, IMG has offered travel assistance services and a global network of medical providers to millions of people in nearly every country around the world. Working across time zones and in different languages, IMG’s commitment to “Being There” provides end-to-end coordinated care – so you can feel secure while traveling. 

Please let us know if you need more information about the medical insurance.  

Travel Insurance

While we cannot offer travel insurance for the cost of the trip or your air travel, here are three widely used travel insurance companies:



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