Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Languedoc, France - 6 nights
Available April to November (excluding August) - Sunday to Saturday

 

Join a native Languedocienne on a culinary journey in this little known corner of southern France, nestled between the Camargue region to the east and the French Catalonian Pyrenees to the southwest. Your hostess was part of the original group who started the Food Network and was a producer of a restaurant program and some other related series. You will discover this singular historic region rich in traditions, art, architecture and culture and meet some remarkable personalities and spirited characters, from local chefs and winemakers to artists and artisans, all of whom are passionate about their craft and their land.

 

You will experience hands-on cooking classes, exclusive winery tours and tastings, shopping at local food markets and, of course, remarkable meals. You will stay in an elegant bed and breakfast with newly renovated en-suite bedrooms in the center of a lovely typical Languedocien village with a peaceful large garden and pool, and several hiking trails along the village and along the Canal du Midi.

 

The cooking classes will focus on traditional and innovative regional cuisine with an emphasis on local produce.

 

The six night program combines the best this region has to offer. It is designed as an insider’s guide to the vibrant markets, oyster and spectacular seafood, and olive oil and cheese producers. The program includes five hands-on cooking classes, as well as tastings of the traditional charcuterie and cheeses, and, of course, visits to wineries. You will also enjoy dining out in local bistros and fine establishments, and meet winemakers, in between sightseeing and shopping.

 

 

 

 

SIX NIGHT SAMPLE ITINERARY

  

DAY ONE - SUNDAY

 

Arrival at the airport or train station (see note).

 

Transfer to your lovely accommodation.

 

Welcome aperitif followed by dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 DAY TWO - MONDAY

 

Breakfast.

 

In the morning, you will meet a winemaker. After a guided tour of his vineyard, you will enjoy a comprehensive wine tasting followed by a lunch at the vineyard.

 

The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish before the evening cooking class and dinner. 

 

 

DAY THREE - TUESDAY

 

Visit of Beziers in the morning. After a quick tour of the historical center, we will stop at Les Halles, a small indoor market, where we’ll purchase what we need for our cooking class.  

 

Lunch will take place during a cruise on  the beautiful Canal du Midi dating back to 1679 while enjoying some the  magnificent sites of the Languedoc. You’ll visit an olive oil mill on the way back.  You will have time to relax in the afternoon before the evening cooking class and dinner.

 

The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish before the evening cooking class and dinner.

 

 

 

DAY FOUR - WEDNESDAY

 

This morning, head to a wine estate for a special truffle day. First meet a truffle expert at a recently-renovated old wine estate. You will learn how truffles are grown, how to cultivate them, and what to look for when purchasing this delicacy.

 

Next, follow a trained truffle hunting dog into the nearby woods. Savor the opportunity to sample different types of truffles following their season. The cooking class of the day will take place at the estate and it will be all about truffles. 

 

After a time to relax, dinner will be at a wine bar for a relaxed evening.

 

 

DAY FIVE - THURSDAY

 

The day will begin with a leisurely stroll through Narbonne and shop at the bustling halles, the indoor market in the center of town. You will enjoy lunch at a restaurant featuring local seasonal produce.

 

 

On the way back, you will stop at one of La Clape wineries, a little-known appellation at the edge of the Mediterranean.

 

 

The rest of the afternoon will be free to spend at your own leisure before starting the informal evening cooking class and dinner in the evening.

 

DAY SIX - FRIDAY

 

You will stroll through the magnificent town of Pézenas and its many artisanal shops.

 

 

Lunch will be served at one of the town’s leading regional restaurants.

 

 

After some time to relax, the day will conclude with the evening cooking class and festive dinner.

 

 

 

DAY SEVEN - SATURDAY

 

Breakfast

 

Transfer to the airport or train station.

 

We hope you had a marvelous time in this wonderful part of France! 

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports: Montpellier, 1 hour from the house. Beziers, where several low-cost airlines fly-in from different European cities on a regular schedule - 30 minutes from the house.
 
Closest Train Station: Beziers train station - 15 minutes from the house.
 
Note: You can also fly to Barcelona and take a train to Narbonne station 30 minutes to the house (The train ride is about 2hrs). Clients can also rent a car in Barcelona; the ride to the house is about 3hrs.

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2018 Fees Per Person

 

Double Room/US$2995

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, a 30% deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 75 days before your arrival date. If the balance remains unpaid at that time, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as cancelled and retain the deposit paid. 

 

2018 Dates

 

April 8-14

April 22-28

May 13-19

May 27-June 2

June 10-16

July 1-7

September 2-8

September 16-22

September 30-October 6

October 14-20

October 28-November 3

 

 

*Please inquire about alternate dates

 

Included

 

SIX NIGHT PROGRAM

 

*Transfer to and from Montpellier or Beziers airport or Beziers train station
*Six (6) nights' accommodation with breakfast
*Transportation during all excursions
*All tastings
*Five (5) hands-on cooking classes
*All meals with wine

 

NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS

 

*Hands-on cooking class
*Lunch with wine tasting

 

Airfare and personal expenses are not included.

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Georganna, California

"Our cooking vacation was amazing. Every meal, both those we cooked and those eaten out were over the top. Anne took such great care of us both teaching us some French cooking and introducing us to Langeudoc. We highly recommend her program."

Karen, California

"I can't express enough how wonderful our Immersion in Languedoc was. It was the highlight of our trip. Anne was incredible. She went well beyond what I was expecting. The accommodations were excellent. The food both what we cooked and what we ate out were fabulous. The marketing, touring, local wines and everything else made for an extraordinary experience.  I can't thank you enough for arranging the experience. I hope to be able to take advantage of Active Gourmet programs in the future and have already passed your name to others."

Gail, New York

 

"Just last night as we were preparing baby artichokes, we discussed what a difference you have made in the ways we work in the kitchen together.  Among many reasons, we're more adventurous and happy working side by side." 

 

Glenn, Schenectady, New York

"Integrating all of these ambitious recipes into elaborate dinners, in the beautiful courtyard garden was the pinnacle of graciousness of the French countryside. I cannot praise Anne’s skill sufficiently in providing a comprehensive exposure to this area and all of its attributes, her sensitivity as hostess of a small group and providing a new and wider appreciation of the French lifestyle in the country."

 

Robert, California

"During my visit to the Languedoc last summer I was lucky to have Anne as hostess and guide. Not only did she share her deep understanding of local wine and food, she showed me that I too, could recreate the flavors of the area on my own. We visited local markets and ate at various locales and then we cooked meals using our purchases. Anne has a special touch that makes you feel welcome. I can't wait to go back!"

 

 

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 MAP*

 

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE. 

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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CINQUE TERRE COOKING & WALKING

"Believe me we were impressed...very impressed...I don't know how we could possibly top this vacation...any suggestions? Active Gourmet did good. Everyone we came in contact with was superb. Friendly, professional, efficient, accommodating,fantastic. What a pleasure having them assist us with our vacation....it was the best vacation I ever had. Thank you." Fran and Daniel U., Torrance, California

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