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December News from Active Gourmet Holidays

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Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Active Gourmet Holidays is now offering Barge Vacations in France! This is a perfect trip for a couple, groups of friends, girlfriend getaways or families and promises to be a vacation of a lifetime! Look below for more details and if you have any questions on destinations and pricing please email us.


It's the holiday season so why not treat your loved one to a gift certificate for a culinary trip? Contact us for details.


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NEW! - European Canal BargingDec 2012 News - Barging - Burgundy

Available mid April to end of October  

Barges are handsome vessels carrying 4-22 passengers that cruise through European canals, primarily in France. Barging focuses on gourmet food and wine, while exploring the countryside and relaxing. A dedicated crew cooks and cleans, pilots the barge, and gives chauffeured tours of local vineyards, châteaux, historic churches, markets and enchanting Medieval villages. Guests indulge in the food and wine, go on daily excursions, leisurely bicycle, enjoy the scenery, mingle with other guests, and read and relax on the deck. 

Dec 2012 Best of Italy Program Photo
NEW! - The Best of Italy
Italy - 15 nights
Available year round
The Best of Italy trip is for those who either have been to Italy before but perhaps did not have time to experience all of the "must-sees" of this beautiful country or for those who are making this their first trip to bella Italia. Make your trip to Italy an experience of a lifetime! Take the guessing out of where to go and what to see. This tour has it all, taking you from Venice, Florence to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. See the Chianti region of Tuscany with its fabulous wineries, as well as the Umbrian countryside. You will understand why people talk about Siena and San Gimignano and Cortona. Taste the famous Brunello wines in Montalcino and have lunch at an Italian farmhouse.

 Client Testimonial 


December 2012 News Client Remark  
"Everything was very well organized and certainly exceeded my expectations. I especially appreciated the quiet little town. After a busy day of cooking and sightseeing it was so pleasant to return to our peaceful, friendly little seaside town. Guiliano and Sandra were a great couple. They worked very well together to provide a comprehensive experience of life on the exquisite Amalfi Coast. Giuliano was a wonderful chef with many creative techniques and recipes. Sandra provided us with a historian's perspective of the area as well as translating for us."


Melissa M., Bonita Springs, FL




    Pumpkin Velouté 
("Bordeaux Gourmand" Program) 


600-700 gr (24 oz) of fresh pumpkin

50 gr of butter (2 oz)

1 onion

¼ l (1 cup) of chicken stock

¼ l (1 cup) of milk

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ l (1 cup) of cream

  Dec 2012 News Pumpkin Soup Recipe Bordeaux


Cook the chopped onions in the butter for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are tender but not browned. Add the peeled pumpkin cut into small cubes, with some salt and pepper. Cover with the stock and milk. Stir over moderate heat for 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat, blend in a food processor and season to taste.

Whip the cream with a few drops of vinegar, salt and pepper. Add on the top of the velouté, directly in the bowl.

Serve with some home made croutons or bacon chips and Voila!



Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 



"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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