Madeleine Vedel

The Curious Writer and Guide to Food, Wine, Cheese, & Travel in Provence

Madeleine Vedel is a writer, photographer and teacher. Over a peripatetic life she has become an accomplished goat cheese maker, a culinary tour guide in Provence, a translator and writer of articles and stories. Trained in France, she brings her culinary, wine and cheese know-how across the Atlantic to Northern Michigan. During the winter, she organizes culinary tours out of her home in Avignon, France.

Hiking (or Sauntering) & Feasting in Provence

2020 Dates TBD

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Come along with me…

into the herb-scented hills, along the limestone cliffs of Provence, amidst the late season vineyards. Meet my favorite food artisans and take in the historic sites in Provence. From our accommodations in a private home in the center of Avignon, we’ll head off each morning to hike:

- the heights of Les Baux de Provence in the center of the Alpilles range (the little Alps),

- amidst the vineyards surrounding a hill-side village in the Dentelles de Montmirail,

- along the limestone cliffs by the brilliant blue waters of the Mediterranean;

- the path of the ancient Roman aqueduct as it winds its way across the scrub-brush garrigue.

- the multi-toned ochres of the Lubéron and through one of the most wonderful markets in Provence.

Along the way we’ll visit organic vintners, olive oil mills, a 7th generation baker, a fantastic fish restaurant by the sea, enjoy meals served with love by my dear friends the goat cheese maker, the beekeeper and the chef.

Outdoor markets, Roman and Medieval monuments, some of the best ‘local’ wines in the world, cooking classes, picnics of local specialties, evenings both playing in the kitchen and out on the local squares, with - considering the season - handfuls of wild mushrooms to add to our home-made feasts. You’ll have free time to explore Avignon, shop, and to take in the sights.

Hikes range in difficulty and duration for 1 hour to 5 hours, relatively flat to mildly steep climbs to reach fantastic views. All ages welcome.

To arrange your small group tour (max 6 people) $2800/person, please email me (click on envelope at the bottom of the page).

For accommodations in a single room, there is a supplement of $350. Please click here to add this.

 
 

To Pay, click here. Payment can be made by check, wire transfer or credit card.  For bank information and address to send the first two options, please email me by clicking on the envelope icon at the bottom of this page.

The closest international airport to Avignon is Marseille Marignane - an hour by taxi (expect to pay about 120E for the taxi ride, though Uber has arrived in France and is now an option).

Alternatively, you can fly into Paris and take the TGV to Avignon (the train station is located inside Charles de Gaulle airport). Be sure to opt for a train ticket with an extended window and/or insurance so that should your plane be delayed, you do not forfeit your train ticket.

You might also consider a longer trip to France/Europe and spend a couple days in Paris or up north before taking the train to Avignon.

The tour begins with a welcome dinner on the first evening and concludes after breakfast on the last morning.

Looking forward to touring Provence with you!