Gastro-Travel: Southern France (Food, Culture and Fun)

Aix-en-Provence, France

Gastro Travel
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Sep 22 - 29, 2017
Group size: 4 - 8
Gastro-Travel: Southern France (Food, Culture and Fun)
Aix-en-Provence, France

Gastro Travel
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1 review

Sep 22 - 29, 2017
Group size: 4 - 8

About this trip

Quick Overview: 

* In Southern France we will uncover rare, unexpected and stunning elements in a country that possesses the backbone 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.  

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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 

Available Packages

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Arrival: Salut!
Day 1
- 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.

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Unique experiences, lovely people, and we didn't have to plan a thing! Their flexibility to modify the itinerary based on our preferences was great. A wonderful introduction to Provence.
By gilda b for Provence with Gastro-Travel on 16 Jul, 2018


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 R on 05 Jan, 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 B on 05 Jan, 2017
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 D on 02 Aug, 2016