If food, wine, and wellness appeal to you, you'll love our thoughfully curated, small-group tours. Meli Melo Travel typically hosts about eight guests at a time and hires local guides, cooking teachers, drivers, and more, providing 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 culture - its food, wine, art, history, as well as time off from touring and tasting to move a little - maybe to hike up to a breathtaking view, do some yoga stretches amid olive trees, or stroll at sunset through an enchanting medieval village.
We are now fully booked for our culinary and cultural tours in France this year.
But it's not too early to book a "Taste of Burgundy" or "Joie de Vivre" tour in Provence for the spring or fall of 2023. In these stunningly picturesque, gastronomically rich regions, we will shop at colorful outdoor markets, visit wineries, cheesemakers, cook local specialties alongside a French chef, and generally enjoy the joie de vivre for which France is so well known.
These tours will include extensive walking each day. Other optional activities includ yoga, hiking, tennis, pickleball ("petite tennis"), depending on interests of the group.
All tours feature local guides, a cooking or baking class, and guaranteed laughs.
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 typically include a cooking or baking class that inspires 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. Or we might rent a villa for our groups, where we can relax among friends, enjoy daily breakfasts and host a local chef to cook for us right at home.
Shown here is "Mas de Carassins," our charming hotel in St.-Remy-de-Provence, with a garden so inviting it's hard to leave!