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Jewish Heritage Tours from Paris to Provence in 2020

Martine Bertin-Peterson, the founder of Goût et Voyage, focuses on small group travel to Provence, Italy, and now Paris. After every tour, Martine reviews the itineraries, tweaking the programs to ensure her guests enjoy flawless travel experiences.

Jewish Heritage Tours in 2020

In 2020, she is joining forces with Paris-based Gary Lee Kraut on an exciting new tour exploring Jewish heritage in both Paris and Provence. The “Taste of Jewish Heritage from Paris to Provence” tours are a collaboration between Martine and Gary. These two Jewish Heritage trips will run concurrently from June 8-17, 2020 (10 days, 9 nights). Trip 1 starts in Paris and ends in Provence. Trip 2 moves from Provence and finishes in the French capital. The tours are for a maximum of six (6) guests.

Victoire synagogue, Paris

Victoire synagogue, Paris @Gary Lee Kraut

Tour participants will enjoy the benefit of two knowledgeable guides. Gary, the owner/editor of France Revisited, is an expert on Jewish history in France from the Middle Ages to the present. Martine brings her years of tour operator experience to the team.

To understand more Jewish history in Paris read Gary’s articles on the Jewish Issue. Discover Jewish Quarter: Rue des Rosiers and the emotional strength of the Deportation Memorial in Paris.

Jewish Heritage Tours synagogue-carpentras

Carpentras synagogue @Francoise Richez

The “Taste of Jewish Heritage from Paris to Provence” itinerary strikes a balance between exploration of history, understanding local culture and enjoying some great French food. This tour is a unique small group, all-inclusive travel experience from Goût et Voyage and Gary Lee Kraut.

Why travel with Gary Lee Kraut and Goût et Voyage?

Gary Lee Kraut is an American and French dual citizen specialized in travel, culture and touring in France. Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, he is the author of five travel guides to France and Paris as well as numerous articles, essays, short stories, and op-ed pieces concerning travel, culture, cross-culture, and life abroad. Gary has lectured extensively in the United States, using stories, knowledge and insights from his travel, touring and life abroad to reveal how our most rewarding travel experiences are ones in which we find a personal connection with our route or destination. He has been inspiring and informing travellers to France for three decades. His unparalleled experience has made him the go-to guy for individuals and travel professionals seeking highly personalized tours, advice and tailor-made events in Paris and throughout France.

Museum of the Art and History of Judaism courtyard

Dreyfus in Museum of the Art and History of Judaism courtyard, Paris @Gary Lee Kraut

Goût et Voyage specializes in small group gourmet and cultural travel experiences in Provence. Goût et Voyage was recognized among the Best Tours of France 2019 and the Best Culture & Gastronomy Tour of Provence by The Good Life France magazine. As a testament to outstanding client service and satisfaction, 30% of Goût et Voyage clients book a second trip with the company within three years. Martine Bertin-Peterson, the founder of Goût et Voyage, serves as the escort for all of the company’s travel adventures. Born in France and fluent in five (5) languages, Martine has travelled to more than 50 countries and across five (5) continents. She is an expert at seeking out authentic and bespoke travel experiences. She has escorted travel groups throughout Europe and Latin America over the past 25+ years.

Medieval tombstones, Museum of Jewish Art & History

Medieval tombstones, Museum of Jewish Art & History @Gary Lee Kraut

Paris-Provence Tour Details

The Paris portion includes (but is not limited to):

  • A walking tour of Jewish history from the Ile de la Cite to the Marais
  • Guided visits to the Museum of Jewish Art & History, the Holocaust Memorial & Museum and the Nissim de Camondo Museum
  • A guided visit to major Parisian synagogues, including a rabbi-led lecture about contemporary Jewish life in Paris
  • Gourmet walking tours with tasting stops at artisanal purveyors of wine, cheese and pastry
  • Visits to major Parisian cultural sites including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. Les Invalides and Montmartre.

The Provence portion includes (but is not limited to):

  • Guided visit Carpentras including the synagogue, the Jewish cemetery and the Porte Juive
  • Meet members of the Carpentras Jewish community for lunch
  • Walking tour of St. Rémy and the Glanum Greco-Roman ruins
  • Hands-on cooking class in a chef’s home to prepare a French Sephardic meal
  • Gourmet walking tour of Avignon with stops at the Jewish Ghetto, Les Halles market and the Palace of the Popes
  • Visits to the perched villages and markets of the Luberon
  • Local winery visit and guided tasting

In Paris and Provence, you’ll stay in boutique 4-star hotels, dine at small local restaurants inaccessible to larger groups, meet the locals and partake in specially-created bespoke cultural and gourmet experiences. The trips are all-inclusive from the starting points in Paris or Avignon and include the service of full-time, experienced multi-lingual guides, ALL meals (with wine), hotels, museum entry fees, transportation in Paris and Provence, train travel from Paris to Avignon (or Avignon to Paris), tips, taxes. There are NO single supplements. The trips are perfect for friends, couples or singles.

Pricing: Trip 1 – $6800 per person, Trip 2 – $6800 per person
Book by Sept 15 and receive a 10% early booking discount

Please note: These are active tours with significant walking. Vegetarian options are available. Kosher meals are not offered.

Ready to book? Contact: Martine Bertin-Peterson, Telephone +1-973-222-7957.

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Note: The popular Goût et Voyage culinary adventure in Provence – Taste of Provence runs from June 1- 8, 2020. Also booking December 2020 and May 2021. These trips sell out, click here to reserve your spot.


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


  1. Keith Van Sickle
    June 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm — Reply

    This looks like a great tour!
    While a majority of French Jews today live in Paris, Provence was for centuries the center of Jewish life in France:

    • June 23, 2019 at 6:05 am — Reply

      Thanks Keith. I agree that Goût et Voyage tour is a really interesting blend of culture, history and food bien sûr.

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