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From the improbable discovery of skills in an olive oil mill while cooking with a master chef, a helicopter tour ride in the Verdon gorges or to the Iles d’Or, everything is possible in Var.

The Grand Canyon of France: the Verdon gorge

The Grand Canyon of France: the Verdon gorge

The “Grand Canyon of France” is a magical place – a dream come true for anyone who loves nature and adventure. You’ll explore the Verdon gorge in kayaks with our expert kayak guide who also just happens to be a specialist on the region. He’ll show you breath-taking views and eagles’ nests perched atop the cliffs along the entire gorge. Provencal aperitif and dinner on an outdoor terrace or in another exceptional setting.

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Cooking classes at Le Mas des Candeliers

Cooking classes at Le Mas des Candeliers

Wine tourism at its finest – first take a cooking class and then enjoy the fruits of your labour served with wine from the domain. In the company of Véronique Sibille, a chef who is truly in love with Provencal gastronomy, you’ll try your hand at and master pissaladière, pan bagnat, aïoli, bouillabaisse, pistou, daube and other regional delicacies. Olive trees and lavender, fine wine and haute cuisine are all blended together in Mas des Candeliers for a unique and memorable culinary voyage.

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Olive presses in Draguignan

Olive presses in Draguignan

Visit the village where they are wild for olives, and they will show you the village olive press that dates from the 17th century, in use until the freeze of 1956; it was renovated in 2008 and today you can see the presses, the millstone and the water wheel. Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Moulin de Callas where the Bérenguier family has been making extra-virgin olive oil for 4 generations, oil that wins prizes at the agricultural fair in Paris. Picnic in a picnic area or try a gastronomic lunch at the Hostellerie des gorges de Pennafort (1 Michelin star).

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The Secrets of Saint Roseline

The Secrets of Saint Roseline

The history of Saint Roseline is wreathed in stories and legends, and here you can see her body miraculously preserved since the 14th century, now kept in a crystal shrine. The chapel, restored at the request of Marguerite Maeght, is a classified historical monument and houses works of contemporary art by Giacometti, Ubac, Chagall and Bazaine. You can make a stop during this tour for a wine tasting in the Château Sainte Roseline domain, home of a grand cru wine or a gastronomical visit to the Relais des moines.

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Explore Esterel by mehari

Explore Esterel by mehari

Penetrate the Estérel National Forest at the wheel of a méhari to explore its mysteries. You will explore the magnificent Estérel massif and be given information on its fauna and flora, its legends and its history. An opportunity to try some local Var produce is also on the programme.

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Tourist train excursion across the Haut Var

Tourist train excursion across the Haut Var

Hop on board a tourist train and travel across a number of districts of the Haut-Var, including Besse sur Issole, Sainte-Anastasie, Forcalqueiret, Camps la Source and La Celle. Upon your arrival in Brignoles, you will tour the town’s historic centre, its museum dedicated to Provence (paintings, traditional objects, historic objects, etc.), as well as the former Palace of the Counts of Provence.

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