Interview: Meet the Founder of Goût et Voyage
Meet the Founder
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Martine Bertin-Peterson, the founder of boutique travel company Goût et Voyage. A company that she started in 2014, with the idea of creating small group tours based around the way she likes to travel. Her vision was to develop slow-travel experiences that feel like a journey with friends.
Initially, we planned to meet for our annual lunch at a restaurant in the Alpilles and spend a day exploring the food lover’s secrets of Marseille. However, 2020 arrived, and we all changed our plans.
Born in France, Martine is an American Francophile who speaks five (5) languages, the first of which was French. With an MBA in Finance and an MA in French Literature, Martine worked in marketing and finance with Fortune 100 companies, including IBM, Dow Jones and Accenture. These days, you will find Martine teaching students at the School of Business of The College of New Jersey. When she is not teaching, she is dreaming of culinary travel.
Martine has travelled to over 50 countries and began leading group travel tours more than 30 years ago. With that much travel, she has experienced plenty of cancelled trains, lost luggage and flight changes. Martine tells me she discovered her first grey hair in Provence while leading a group of twenty 16-18-year-olds during their six-week stay in the region. Now, her tours are limited to small groups (maximum of six) with a focus on local food and culture.
Enjoy our discussion:
Experience Provence during the Holidays
Provence is magical during the Christmas season. France is affected by the commercialization that snares the rest of the world, at this time of the year. However, holiday traditions remain entrenched, and the decorations are magical. A Taste of Provence for the Holidays – promises a delightful combination of seasonal shopping, gastronomic discoveries, and an introduction to cultural traditions of the region. Read more here.
December 6 – December 13, 2020 – $5600 per person “Taste of Provence for the Holidays”
Signature Tour in Provence
When you join a Goût et Voyage – A Taste of Provence 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 who specialize in aspects of the region. 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 Châteauneuf du Pape. Martine has designed her trips to “feel like you are travelling with friends rather than a tour group.” Continue reading here.
May 26 – June 2, 2021 – $5600 per person “Taste of Provence”