- Snag some souvenirs at Gordes’ weekly market
- Hunt for truffles… one of the world’s most prized delicacies!
It is market day in Gordes and we’ve reserved the morning to stroll the market. Most Provençal villages have weekly markets and the market in Gordes is known for being an upscale, pretty, colorful market with stalls set around the foot of the castle at the village center. You may like to shop for soap, lavender, fabrics, honey, hats, pottery, or crafts. Enjoy lunch on your own in town.
Midday, we’ll visit Sénanque Abbey, a graceful Cistercian abbey with picture-perfect views, founded in 1148 yet still home to small monastic community. Those who are up to it may like to take the scenic 1.5 hour walk from Gordes to the abbey. But conserve your energy as more fun awaits… We’re off to hilltop Bonnieux, a medieval town chock-full of character. Enjoy an hour to stroll the town before we head further south in the Luberon.
This evening it is time for a memorable truffle hunt! We’ll visit a small working farm complete with wild herbs, vineyards, olive groves and beehives. Learn all about truffles—tubers that grow near certain tree roots—including how they’re grown, stored, and prepared. We’ll be led by Johann and two dogs as we search for truffles. Then it’s time to taste and we will enjoy truffle-themed hors d’oeuvres, truffle ice cream with truffle honey, farm products, and…Champagne!