France: Southern Gastronomy (Christmas Flavors)

Aix-en-Provence, France

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Gastro Travel
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Dec 8 - 15, 2017
Group size: 2-8
France: Southern Gastronomy (Christmas Flavors)
Aix-en-Provence, France

Gastro Travel
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$1850
Deposit: $800
Dec 8 - 15, 2017
Group size: 2-8

About this trip

The Region: 

Located In the southern  region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  you will uncover rare, unexpected, and stunning elements in a country that represents the backbone to modern gastronomy. Like a melting pot bubbling with ethnic, cultural, and historical diversity, southern France is a different country when compared to the rest of France. We will show you a point of view that reflects the rural authenticity of the country side in and around Aix-en-Provence as well as the hustle and bustle of Frances second largest sea side city of Marseille, with great beaches & Mediterranean vibes  to match. 


           Highlights:                                      Visit gastro-travel to find out who we are!

         Wine tastings

     Christmas Markets 

       Amazing meals

       Cheese tastings

        Honey Tastings

       Cooking Classes

               Hikes

     Olive oil workshops

Visits to Aix-en-provence 

       Marseille city tour

       Horseback riding

Available Packages

Double room


$1850
Deposit: $800
Single Traveler

Single travelers may have to share a room with another traveler of the same sex

$1750
Deposit: $800
$1850
Deposit: $800

Double room
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Day 3
Arrival - Lourmarin - Cucuron

Day 1: Arrival: Salut!

Suggested arrival will be at Marseille Airport, or for possible cheaper flights we suggest Paris, then taking the TGV train, to Aix en Provence for your pick-up. Upon your arrival you will be driven by private transport to Puget sur durance, in the heart of the beautiful and stunning Provenza-Alpi-Costa Azzurra. 

Your accommodation will be a farmhouse dating back to the 16th century and a great location for our adventures. 

The first evening will be spent exploring the farm and its history as well as the olive groves that wrap around the property and produce high-quality olive oil every November. 

In the evening we will enjoy an aperitivo outside on the veranda (tasting local wines with a brief examination and overview of the local traditions and terroir of wine making) and after our first dinner will be spent at the farmhouse dinning together with an introduction of everyone followed by the program of the upcoming week.


Day 2: Lourmarin

Breakfast at the farmhouse with seasonal fruit, coffee or tea, fresh juice and viennoiseries. 

After breakfast we will be visiting Lourmarin, which has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in France, allowing you to embrace your first morning in a true French village. Get a coffee and take up some real estate outside one of the amazing cafés and drown yourself into the local atmosphere, people watch, bring a book and read, just enjoy it! 

Following your morning spent mimicking a French person we will head off to visit the Chateau Fontvert, a biodynamic vineyard and a certified AOC of Luberon. 

When we have finished we will quickly depart for Le Mas de Recaute, for our lunch- picnic style outside- and 2 hours of horse back riding exploring the countryside and history of the area. 

Once we’ve made you into French cowboys we will gallop back to the farmhouse to clean up and hold an aperitivo on the veranda and dinner.


Day 3: Cucuron

We will depart the farmhouse earlier today so we can have breakfast in Cucuron, with a walk around the village to help wake you up! 

Following your morning exploring Cucuron, we will leave to visit a honey maker just on the outskirts of the village. Holding a workshop of sorts demonstrating the honey making process and tastings. 

Then we will hop into the car and visit a local goat cheese producer, exploring the same concepts of making and tasting artisanal goat cheese. 

Dinner will be held at le P'tit resto of Vaugines, discovering some high quality and local traditional plates.

Your Organizer


GT
Gastro Travel
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References

Highly recommend Gastro-Travel to EVERYONE!! We can't wait to join them again in France! Our experience with Matt and Paul from Gastro travel at the Olive harvest last November was incredible!! Such a great way to discover the region as well as learning about olive oil production and harvesting, foraging and cooking skills! The passion and enthusiasm of their team for sharing their knowledge of the land, the food, their history and their hopes for the future makes this experience so much more than a vacation! Book now if you want to travel and learn!!
By Eric Redburgh on Jan. 05, 2017
Italy is truly heaven on Earth! Gastro-Travel showed us the most in-depth and local experience we could ever wish for! We love the outdoors and the slow food movement so this combined the best of both worlds--a bit of hiking, a bit of cooking, delicious meals paired with great wine, and great new people to share it all with. The Gastro-Travel guides were wonderful and always there to take care of us. Getting to know the other guests (from Australia,Poland, and Scandinavia) was wonderful too!
By Pam Burry on Jan. 05, 2017
TD
Matthew is highly knowledgeable about all aspects of Italian cuisine and culture. He will guide you on one of the best experiences of your life! This trip is highly recommended to anyone who wants to truly live in the Italian way of life. Book it now!
By Trisha DeSisti on Aug. 02, 2016

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