Join us on a sensory celebration of gastronomic treasures, cultural traditions, sun-dappled vineyards near the sea…with a delicious side of ancient history

8 days 7 nights
May 18-25, 2014
Priced from $3500 pp based on double occupancy

Get a fresh perspective on France! Languedoc Roussillon is a region of a thousand and one subtly different landscapes, atmospheres and aromas. Historically, culturally and gastronomically this authentic culinary adventure is a feast for your senses. Taste the local wine of an exciting hotbed of innovative winemaking. Relish local products at their very source. Taste oysters washed down by Picpoul de Pinet. Toast to the Lost Generation as you sample one of their favorite drinks, a quintessential French luxury, Noilly Prat. Satisfy your sight-seeing cravings by exploring Roman ruins along ancient roads. Discover the oldest salt marsh in the Mediterranean and float along the canals of the Venice of France. La piéce de résistance? Learn how to create, cook and indulge in regional specialties with a talented chef at a 2-star Michelin restaurant!

Day 1 Sunday, May 18, 2014

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

Arrive in Montpellier and check into your hotel. Unwind a bit before discovering your surroundings with a private guided tour. From the Place de la Comédie to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, take advantage of your time in Montpellier to gaze at its dazzling architecture with your guide. Listen to a violinist explain the crafting of his violins, followed by a demonstration of his music. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel with your French Food and Travel expert and guide, Debra. Then sleep deeply in your comfortable room, dreaming of what’s to come. Hotel in Montpellier

Day 2 Monday May 19, 2014
SETE AND MARSEILLAN, FRANCE

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, boat along the canals of the Venice of France, Sête, one of the largest fishing, cargo and yachting ports on the Mediterranean sea. Well-known for its Italian style cuisine, learn about all the ingredients that make this city special and why Sête has been a source of inspiration for artists like Paul Valery and Georges Brassens. Stroll through the covered market of Les Halles, filled with local fare such as tielle, rouille and macaronade. After lunch, an exclusive visit to Noilly Prat, to see where the famous Vermouth is produced. It is world famous thanks to fans like Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart. Then off to visit the Marseillan mussel and oyster beds. The water here (Etang du Thau) is the most important shellfish farming center in the Mediterranean and the leading producer of mussels in France. For a great finish to the day, savor a dinner of oysters and local wine at the seaside.  Hotel in Montpellier

Day 3 Tuesday May 20, 2014
SAINT GUILHEM LE DESERT AND VINEYARD

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before we head to the breathtaking site on the banks of the river Herault, Saint Guilhem le Desert. In a wild and beautiful setting the 9th century abbey is a magnificent example of early Romanesque architecture. It’s here that many stop along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostelle. After lunch spend time in a vineyard, followed by a taste of the locally produced wine with the vintner. Back in Montpellier, the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy shopping and dinner – Your hotel is connected to a mall with plenty of shops!  Hotel in Montpellier

Day 4 Wednesday, May 21, 2014
CAMARGUE, AIGUES MORTE, COLLIAS

Breakfast at your hotel and then it’s time for a train ride through the great marshes of the Camargue. The long beaches of fine sand are a paradise for bird and pink flamingos, wild horses and bulls. This is also where in-the-know gourmands find their famous fleur de sel de Camargue, the salt that adds a delightful crunch to any dish. Salt from the Camargue makes a thoughtful and easy to carry gift to bring home. But it’s not just the salt…the Camargue produces almost all the French rice grown for home consumption. Next, explore the port town of Aigues Mortes. Built in 13th century, the town is enclosed by a wall a mile long dotted with ten defensive towers. After lunch, shop at the Maison des Vins et des Produits du Gard , full of local products…as our feast for the senses continues before heading to Vergeze, home to Perrier. Learn about the history of the little green bottle with a visit to the factory and the spring. Tonight, feast on the sumptuous 2-star cuisine of Chef Nutile at our hotel.  in Collias.

Day 5 Thursday, May 22, 2014

UZES, PONT DU GARD

Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel and spa before a private tour of the famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard.. After lunch visit Uzès, known as the “first dukedom in France,” Uzès boasts charming streets and alleyways around the duke’s castle. Meet a winemaker at his vineyard and taste his wines before some free time for shopping and dinner in town.

Day 6 Friday, May 23, 2014

COOKING CLASS AND NIMES

Put your apron on — it’s time to cook! Before getting your hands in the “pie” the chef will give you a private tour of his kitchen garden, called a potager in French. Learn how to create some of the local cuisine and then enjoy your own cooking. Appetites satisfied, head to the “Rome of France,” Nimes. Although famous for its ancient past, Nimes is also a very contemporary town. Enjoy the contrast between the Roman monuments and the modern architectural concepts of Norman Foster and Philippe Starck.Hotel in Nimes

Day 7 Saturday May 24, 2014
TRUFFLE FARM AND VINEYARD VISIT

Our culinary feast continues! After breakfast at your hotel, discover the secret of the truffle with a private visit and explanation of truffle hunting from Michel. Visit a local vintner and taste his wine. Back in Nimes, enjoy time for shopping and packing up your bags before a sumptuous farewell feast together to celebrate our time together.

Day 8 Sunday May 25, 2014
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Avignon

Fully Escorted Tour includes:
• 3 nights in Montpellier in luxury hotel
• 2 nights in Collias in boutique hotel
• 2 nights in Nimes in luxury hotel
• Breakfast daily
• 5 Lunches
• 4 Dinners (One in 2 star Michelin restaurant)
• 1 cooking class with a Michelin starred chef
• Market and kitchen garden visits
• Wine and vermouth tastings
• Vineyard visits
• Oyster and truffle tastings
• Mineral water tastings
• Canal boat excursion
• Visits to artisanal shops and factories
• Guided walking tours
• Services of a culinary expert and guide the entire time
• Entrance fees according to the program
• Transfers
• Transport in executive coach

Contact Tour de Forks today for more information
1 212 327 3424
kathy@tourdeforks.com

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