Experience the Best of Provence with Goût et Voyage Tours
Goût et Voyage is Martine Bertin-Peterson’s boutique travel company offering small-group tours in Provence and Tuscany. Martine was born in France and moved to the US with her family at seven. After visiting much of the world as a tour guide and for personal enjoyment, she tells me that the name of her business reflects her travel experiences.
Best of Provence
With Goût et Voyage, the travel itinerary includes the right balance of sightseeing and relaxation. Each year Martine adjusts her small group tours slightly to ensure clients enjoy Provence in the right doses. You will visit beautiful cities such as Aix-en-Provence, shop at market stalls with a chef, chop and sautée in a cooking class, eat at gourmet restaurants, sample the local wine and stay at lovely accommodation.
Goût et Voyage tours typically run from mid-May through mid-June, a timeframe that Martine feels can deliver perfect Provencal weather and avoids the crush of summer visitors. These trips are designed for limited numbers, a maximum of six guests. The tour itineraries include the highlights of Provence yet allow flexibility for spontaneous exploration.
Martine says that at Goût et Voyage, there is no “typical” client profile. The folks who sign-up are roughly between 35-70 years old and share the common thread that they are “Explorers at heart and who have a curious, open mind and an adventurous palate.”
Why Goût et Voyage?
Martine tells me she discovered her first grey hair in Provence while leading a large group of 16-18-year-olds during their six-week stay in the region. Some 30 years and many travel stories later, Provence still holds a gravitational pull for Martine, whose first of five languages is French. Click here for our interview with Martine.
“Part of the joy of travel is to experience the culture and the food of a foreign country. In France, food is inextricably tied to the culture. In addition to the travel component of my company, I also give small group hands-on cooking class as another way for clients to taste a different culture.”
Gourmet Culinary Tour Details
When you join a Goût et Voyage tour, you can expect a week in Provence with hand-selected accommodation. You will visit some authentic restaurants, cook with local chefs and meet guides specialising in the region’s aspects. No trip to Provence would be complete without a chance to visit the cultural capitals of Avignon and Aix, a look at the perched villages in the Luberon and the wine country of Chateauneuf du Pape. Beyond that, Martine says that she has designed her trips to “feel like you are travelling with friends rather than a tour group.”
Martine hones her Provence tour itinerary each year based on what worked (and did not). And, most importantly, client feedback. However, according to Martine, her trips are deliberately flexible “The small group size also allows for “on the fly” itinerary changes. If we spot an interesting activity, festival or event, we can easily take advantage of it.” Martine has the background and personality to create and lead these bespoke Provence tours. However, client feedback tells the whole story.
Recent Client Testimonials
Here are some client testimonials about their Goût (culinary tastes) et Voyage (tour) in Provence.
If there is such a thing as carefree and elegant travel, my trip to Provence with Goût et Voyage proves there is. From the choice of lodging at a small and beautiful inn to the day trips with local guides to the terrific cooking classes ( I learned the correct way to cut an onion and pit cherries!), Martine Bertin-Peterson arranged everything with taste, precision and joie de vivre. The trip taught me the art of living well, and the company of the other delightful travelers added even more happiness to the trip. ~ Lynn L, Pennsylvania, 2022
Seven jam-packed days of food, history, wine and travel. Every day was spent exploring a different location in Provence. Many different restaurants, ancient historic sites, historic villages, cooking classes with two different chefs, vineyards, wine tasting, cheese tasting and markets. The weather was excellent (thanks, Martine!), and each experience was wonderful. A truly fantastic holiday! ~D. Klein, Melbourne, Australia
The pace and itinerary activities were all spectacular. Martine is easy-going, knowledgeable, and there to ensure everything goes smoothly and everyone has the best time! All guides and staff were experts in their respective areas and paced activities for the group. A small group size is ideal for a truly unique and memorable vacation! ~M. Ynocencio, Dallas, Texas
My Gout et Voyage week in Provence was a fun-filled, packed itinerary of food, wine and countryside. I’ve walked away with great new recipes, an appreciation for French wines and so many wonderful memories. Thank you so much, Martine. ~ T. Larivee, North Wales, Pennsylvania
Goût et Voyage Tour Info:
Taste of Provence: May 30- June 6, 2023
What is Included?
- 8 days/ 7 nights, fully escorted, all-inclusive from Avignon, multi-lingual guide
- Pick-up and transfer to and from Avignon TGV station
- Space is strictly limited to 6 clients per trip.
- Accommodations at a 4-star boutique hotel
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicles throughout your trip
- Cooking classes, winery tours, tastings as per itinerary
- Entrance fees (museums, historic sites, et al.) as per itinerary
- NO single supplements or hidden fees!
- Tips and Taxes
Taste of Provence for the Holidays: December 11 – 17, 2022
Photo Credits: All images were provided by and published with the permission of Martine Bertin-Peterson