Gastro-Travel: Southern France

  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Jun 23 - 30, 2017
  • Trip Size: 4 - 8 people


Deposit: €500


Quick Overview: 
  • In Southern France we will uncover rare, unexpected and stunning elements within a country that possesses one of the quintessential backbones to 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 to match.  

  • Visit a part of France that prides itself on using olive oil and not butter, acts more Mediterranean in nature and holds true to its origins while always giving the middle finger to Paris!  

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  • We -Matthew and Paul- (Former students of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy) will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of local gastronomy that includes taste, value, cultural, history and social knowledge stemming from first-hand experiences within a 'Slow Food' mindset. 

  • Matthew: Originally from the US he now lives in Italy. Having gained extensive travel/work experience throughout the gastronomic wonderlands of Italy from wine harvests, olive harvests and even in restaurants he aims to preserve its integrity. Currently he works for a cultural association named MetaFarm-promoting local agriculture and gastronomy, along with food tours in and around the Amalfi Coast. He holds a M.A. in Gastronomy, from UNISG in Pollenzo, Italy. 

  • Paul: Raised between the city life of Paris and the country side of Aix-en-Provence he has a passion for quality foods and the safeguarding required to preserve them. Previously, he worked in the UK as a sommelier at the Michelin Star: Simpsons Restaurant, in Edgebaston owned by Andreas Antana. Now he is building his own cultural association in southern France to facilitate the growth and awareness of French cuisine, culture and history. Attended and earned his M.A. in Gastronomy from UNISG in Pollenzo, Italy. 

  • This travel experience focuses on: current events, politics, history, local agriculture and rare experiences that are synonymous with traveling, not touring!

FYI: (We won't be visiting museums and churches all day!)

What's Included

  • Transportation 
  • Accommodation (16th Century Farm house, fully renovated)
  • All meals, with the exception of 2 optional/free days
  • Tasting workshops: Wine, Beer, Honey, Cheese, Cured Meat & fresh Fish
  • Aperitivos 
  • Yoga & Hiking 

Not Included

  • Airfare 
  • Alternative arrival via Paris to Marseille or Aix-en-Provence 

Before You Go

Bookable Until

Mar. 10, 2017

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  • Aug. 02, 2016

    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!

    Trisha DeSisti Trisha DeSisti