Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras

Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras

Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
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Go behind the scenes of the world's most secretive business. Take a tour of a Provençal truffle plantation, learn how truffles are cultivated and truffle dogs are trained, and go on a hunt for France's elusive "black gold" with professional hunters who know all the tricks of the trade. You'll be regaled with stories of successes and sabotage, and learn to tell the difference between the different types of French truffles and the "fakes" from China. Tours are followed up with a sampling of fresh truffle hors d'oeuvres, Champagne and a tasting of our Les Pastras olive and truffle oil. A real treat! Truffle Hunting Tour: Truffle hunt, truffle hors d'oeuvres, Champagne, olive and truffle oil tasting: 70€ per person (winter), 60€ per person (summer). Minimum of 2 people. Weekend tours at flexible hours, weekday tours at 6pm (summer) or 4pm (winter). Please book at least one week in advance. Summer season: May 1 - September 30* Winter season: November 15 - March 15* * Weather permitting 50% of the profits from Les Pastras products go to the One Family orphanage in Haiti
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  • Caitlin B
    New York City, New York8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience!
    This was truly an exceptional afternoon. Johann started off by telling us all about truffle farming and what goes into the process. Johann was hilarious, and he made sure to engage with the whole group. We then got to meet our canine truffle-hunting squad, caramel and eclair. Watching them work was such a joy, and we found several truffles when we were out! Johann then brought us back to the shaded deck for some champagne and some pretty substantial truffle bites (enough to count as lunch for the day). One of the highlights of our trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Jody L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    What an enjoyable experience! Johann was incredibly entertaining and a wealth of information. The dogs were so cute and funny. Caramel was the star that day and found 4 truffles. We learned so much and got to enjoy the truffles paired with different things and champagne. An unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend. The truffle ice cream was incredible too :)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Jesper C
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go! Now! You will not regret it :-)
    Johann was great! We had an excellent afternoon at the farm. We went truffle hunting with dogs and my wife dug out a truffle that one of the dogs found. Afterwards we has different truffle tastings. It was awesome! Truffles, salt, icecream, champagne - we had everything we wanted! Johann is very good at english and he is a very good storyteller. I cannot stress enough that this was a good experience. If you are going to France (Provence) don't miss this!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Kushal
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This highlight of our trip!
    We visited Johann’s vineyard for both grape stomping and truffle hunting on our trip across France, and we had the most incredible time! Johann was welcoming, friendly, fun and full of facts. We had such a great day. We were kept loaded with champagne, wine and lots of truffles! We’d highly recommend visiting - the highlight of our trip so far.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Jess W
    Newbury, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best experience we’ve ever done!
    This was honestly one of best experiences we have ever done! The activity of truffle hunting itself was brilliant, the truffles were delicious, but what made this excellent was Johann - he is so knowledgeable with a very fun personality and sense of humour. The whole thing was just brilliant. We will definitely recommend this and come back ourselves. Thank you Johann!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Tom Wilkinson
    West Palm Beach, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truffle heaven
    I have travelled far and wide working in the travel industry, spending countless days on all sorts of tours (group and private) but the truffle hunting at Les Pastras is hands down THE best "tour" experience of my life. Johann is a master of his craft and his passion for truffles is contagious. The experience on his farm was beyond outstanding and I cannot thank him enough for sharing his knowledge of truffles and his actual truffles (as well as his champagne!). The perfect day in Provence!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Mary Beth Y
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truffles and Fun
    This was a wonderful fun afternoon. Johan is delightful, knowledgeadble, friendly and very entertaining. Meeting the dogs, finding the truffles, learning about truffle farming and finally eating the truffles was wonderful. I highly recommend the experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Nancy Z
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of my trip to France!
    If you do only one activity when visiting France, this should be a top priority. Johann was the quintessential host. He was entertaining and also taught us so much about truffles. This trip was a 65th birthday present from my daughter, and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The dogs are amazing, the truffles and champagne were excellent, and the atmosphere with the other guests couldn't have been better. I highly recommend this excursion!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Marc V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book and enjoy!
    Thanks for this amazing experience! A must do. With friends we celebrated life and friendship and this was a great way to do so. The guide ( the owner) was friendly and knew exactly how to entertain and to inform. The dogs were too nice🐶. The bites and bubbles finished it completely. I cannot say anything else then: book this activity!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 December 2023
  • Annalise Kraus
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Provence Excursion
    This truffle hunt was a surprise birthday gift and it did not disappoint. Johann was very professional and communicative leading up to our appointment, and upon our arrival, we felt very welcome. This was a unique experience which gave us an opportunity to learn all about truffles and the art of the profession. It was especially fun to actively search for them with the help of the adorable truffle-hunting dogs. In the evening, we had a lovely time trying different truffle dishes and other local products from the property. This excursion was the perfect day trip for us from Marseille and a highlight of our trip to the Provence.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
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Tanya A
Kosi Bay, South Africa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A fantastic and fun experience with Johann and the truffle dogs. Johann's knowledge, good humour and honesty about his experiences add flair and authenticity to the visit, and we had great fun hunting truffles in the rain with the other guests.
The tasting experience and champagne were fantastic too, and we certainly rate this as one of our best foodie experiences to date.
Written 11 March 2024
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Annalise Kraus
Dortmund, Germany10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This truffle hunt was a surprise birthday gift and it did not disappoint. Johann was very professional and communicative leading up to our appointment, and upon our arrival, we felt very welcome. This was a unique experience which gave us an opportunity to learn all about truffles and the art of the profession. It was especially fun to actively search for them with the help of the adorable truffle-hunting dogs. In the evening, we had a lovely time trying different truffle dishes and other local products from the property. This excursion was the perfect day trip for us from Marseille and a highlight of our trip to the Provence.
Written 11 February 2024
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Marc V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Thanks for this amazing experience! A must do. With friends we celebrated life and friendship and this was a great way to do so. The guide ( the owner) was friendly and knew exactly how to entertain and to inform. The dogs were too nice🐶. The bites and bubbles finished it completely. I cannot say anything else then: book this activity!
Written 21 December 2023
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Nancy Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
If you do only one activity when visiting France, this should be a top priority. Johann was the quintessential host. He was entertaining and also taught us so much about truffles. This trip was a 65th birthday present from my daughter, and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The dogs are amazing, the truffles and champagne were excellent, and the atmosphere with the other guests couldn't have been better. I highly recommend this excursion!
Written 26 October 2023
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Mary Beth Y
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This was a wonderful fun afternoon. Johan is delightful, knowledgeadble, friendly and very entertaining. Meeting the dogs, finding the truffles, learning about truffle farming and finally eating the truffles was wonderful. I highly recommend the experience.
Written 23 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tom Wilkinson
West Palm Beach, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I have travelled far and wide working in the travel industry, spending countless days on all sorts of tours (group and private) but the truffle hunting at Les Pastras is hands down THE best "tour" experience of my life. Johann is a master of his craft and his passion for truffles is contagious. The experience on his farm was beyond outstanding and I cannot thank him enough for sharing his knowledge of truffles and his actual truffles (as well as his champagne!). The perfect day in Provence!
Written 22 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lou H
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Amazing experiences of hunting with the dogs and tasting. Champagne is great too and the serving was generous
Written 22 October 2023
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Kevin S
New York City, NY25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My fiancée and I decided to head to the Luberon Valley last minute and discovered this gem of an experience. Although the TripAdvisor slots were all booked up, we emailed Johann directly to see if he might be able to squeeze us in. To our delight, he found space for us, and we're so thankful he did! This was one of the best things we did during our South of France trip.

The property is beautiful, Johann is incredibly entertaining and as excellent of a host as you can ask for, and the dogs are simply adorable. You'll have the best truffle you've had and excellent truffle knowledge for the future. Couldn't recommend this experience enough!

While we didn't have an opportunity to, ask in advance for the grape stomping party!
Written 3 October 2023
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Jess W
Newbury, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This was honestly one of best experiences we have ever done! The activity of truffle hunting itself was brilliant, the truffles were delicious, but what made this excellent was Johann - he is so knowledgeable with a very fun personality and sense of humour. The whole thing was just brilliant. We will definitely recommend this and come back ourselves. Thank you Johann!!
Written 12 September 2023
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Kushal
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We visited Johann’s vineyard for both grape stomping and truffle hunting on our trip across France, and we had the most incredible time! Johann was welcoming, friendly, fun and full of facts. We had such a great day. We were kept loaded with champagne, wine and lots of truffles! We’d highly recommend visiting - the highlight of our trip so far.
Written 12 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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