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PROVENÇAL PAST

His­to­ri­ans and gour­mands will re­joice at the sound of this all-in­clu­sive tour which com­bines the best of Provençal gas­tron­omy and ar­chae­ol­ogy. You’ll get to sam­ple laven­der at a dis­tillery, learn how tra­di­tional calis­sons are made and visit the salt pans at Aigues-mortes. Led by a food ex­pert and an ar­chae­ol­o­gist, the hol­i­day also in­cor­po­rates stops at his­tor­i­cal points of in­ter­est in­clud­ing the world-fa­mous Pont d’avi­gnon. Depart­ing 13 June for a week, the Provence Food and Ar­chae­ol­ogy pack­age from An­dante Trav­els costs £2,795 in­clud­ing flights from Lon­don. an­dan­te­trav­els.co.uk

IS­LAND AD­VEN­TURES

Dis­cover Cor­sica’s dra­matic land­scapes and de­li­cious Franco-ital­ian cui­sine with this de­light­ful walk­ing tour from Ex­o­dus Trav­els. Based in the vil­lage of Bocog­nano, the Moun­tains & Vil­lages of Cor­sica hol­i­day will see you mak­ing the most of the moun­tain rail­way to ex­plore every ter­rain, from for­est tracks to coastal trails. De­par­tures through­out June are from £1,059 per per­son, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in a fam­ily-run ho­tel, flights from Lon­don and some meals. ex­o­dus.co.uk

WILDE COOK­ING

If you want im­prove your culi­nary reper­toire and learn some new recipes, the Wilde Kitchen on the Cher­bourg Penin­sula in Nor­mandy hosts a de­lec­ta­ble five-day gourmet hol­i­day with three days of cook­ing classes. Run by Ir­ish ex­pat Sinéad, your stay at La Blon­derie also in­cludes pro­duce-gath­er­ing trips to lo­cal mar­kets and a tour of a cider dis­tillery. This is Nor­mandy, af­ter all! The hol­i­day costs €1,250 per per­son, based on two peo­ple shar­ing, and ac­com­mo­da­tion is in a sym­pa­thet­i­cally con­verted barn. wildek­itchen.net

LATE SEA­SON SKI TRIP

Make the most of the late sea­son with a break to Alpe d’huez. Stay in tra­di­tional Savo­yard style at the Chalets de l’al­ti­port, of­fer­ing ski-in, ski-out ac­com­mo­da­tion. Each chalet has its own pri­vate ter­race, of­fer­ing great views of the moun­tains, as well as a pri­vate sauna or hot tub for re­lax­ing in af­ter a long day of ski­ing. A week’s stay from 13 April 2019 costs from £206 per per­son for an eight-bed­room chalet sleep­ing 15. You can even save an ex­tra 10% us­ing the of­fer code ‘SKI19’. skifrance.co.uk

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