If experiencing a different culture - tasting its food and wine, learning about its history, art, language, and people - appeals to you, you'll love our thoughtfully curated, small-group tours. Meli Melo Travel hosts about 8 guests at a time, and we always team up with local professionals - guides, cooking teachers, drivers, and more, providing our guests a uniquely authentic, hyper-local travel experience. Meaning “a little of this, a little of that” in French, "Meli Melo" tours feature total immersion in a foreign culture. In addition to tours and tastings, we offer a "wellness" piece - for instance, we might hike up to a breathtaking view, take a yoga class in french, e-bike through vineyards, or enjoy sunset strolls amid olive trees.
We are booked for our culinary and cultural tours in France in the spring of 2024. We do have space, however, in our fall 2024 and 2025 tours.
So let us know if you're interested in a "Joie de Vivre" tour in Provence or perhaps a "Taste of Burgundy" tour. In these picturesque, gastronomically rich regions, we will shop at outdoor markets; visit wineries, cheesemakers, and truffle hunters; cook local specialties, and generally enjoy the joie de vivre for which France is celebrated.
Perhaps there's another region in France you'd like to discover. Let us know!
We also offer travel-planning services if you'd 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 markets, which are not only a place to purchase fresh, local foods and top-quality artisanal products, but also to participate in an important and enormously satisfying daily ritual.
With such beautiful, fresh ingredients readily available, we often feel compelled to don our aprons and get into the kitchen. Meli Melo tours typically include a cooking or baking class that inspires guests to recreate the recipes back home!
Our guests stay at the finest accommodations - boutique hotels with modern amenities, superior service, character that reflects its environs, and restaurants with standout cuisine. Or we might rent a villa, where we can relax among friends and enjoy daily meals cooked for us by a local chef.
Shown here is "Mas de Carassins," our hotel in St.-Remy-de-Provence, with a garden so inviting it's hard to leave!