If food, wine, and wellness appeal to you, you'll love our small-group tours! Meli Melo Travel typically hosts about six guests at a time and hires local guides in every locale, providing a uniquely authentic, thoughtfully crafted travel experience. Meaning “a little of this, a little of that” in french, "Meli Melo" tours feature culinary and cultural learning as well as time off to move a little - maybe hiking up to a breathtaking view, practicing yoga on the beach, or strolling in a medieval village.
We are now fully booked for our culinary and cultural tours in France in 2020.
But it's not too early to book an international tour in 2021. Or perhaps you'd be interested in a closer-to-home tour on Martha's Vineyard, featuring cooking classes with super-talented local chef and cookbook author Cathy Walthers, or a weekend of tasting your way through Portland, Maine, recently named "Best Restaurant City in America" by Bon Appetit Magazine.
We are already looking ahead to France tours in the spring and fall 2021, when we'll head back to the stunningly picturesque, traditionally Provençal village of Saint Remy. From there, we'll shop at colorful outdoor markets, visit wineries and olive oil mills, cook Provençal specialties with a local French chef, learn to play Boules, walk the Van Gogh trail, and generally enjoy the joie de vivre that life in the South of France is known for.
Also in 2021, we'll return to the heart of Burgundy, stay near the exquisite village of Beaune, and taste and tour our way through this gastronomically rich region. These tours will include extensive walking, some biking, and possibly a hike.
All tours feature local guides, a cooking or baking class, and guaranteed laughs. Morning yoga, tennis, and other activities are also an option, depending on interests of the group.
Recruit a group of friends, and sign up soon to secure your spot!
We also offer travel-planning services for those of you who might like help plotting out your own vacation. We will gladly provide references from clients for whom we have designed itineraries and booked hotels, restaurants and local guides for their vacations in France and Portugal.
Every Meli Melo tour includes shopping at outdoor farmer's markets. These markets are often the heart of village life, and they are not only a place to purchase regional foods and artisanal products, but also to observe and participate in an important and enormously satisfying daily ritual.
With such beautiful, fresh ingredients so readily available, we will, no doubt, feel compelled to don our aprons and get into the kitchen. Many Meli Melo tours will include a cooking class or two - and hopefully inspire guests to recreate the recipes back home!
Meli Melo Travel guests stay at the finest accommodations in each location - boutique hotels with modern amenities, superior service, character that reflects its environs, and typically, a restaurant with standout authentic cuisine made with fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.
In the fall of 2020, for the first time, we will be staying in villas - rather than hotels - in Burgundy and Provence.
Shown here is "Mas de Carassins," our charming hotel in St.-Remy-de-Provence with a garden so inviting it's hard to leave!