Enjoy a 5-day immersion in the very best that Languedoc has to offer. From your base in a charming French home, you will travel through some of the most picturesque spots from the Mediterranean coast to the breathtaking Haut Cantons and discover the rich cultural history of the area. Along the way, you will meet many artisan producers of such delicacies as Pelardon, the famed tangy and creamy goat cheese, and become an astute wine connoisseur, while also getting first-hand knowledge of the regions cuisine through hands-on cooking classes.
Maison Quarante is peacefully situated at the end of the Grand Rue, in the heart of the hilltop village. This magnificent house was built in 1805, and has been carefully renovated with all modern facilities yet without losing its charm. Enter through the front door and step back in time into this spacious decorative hallway which leads to a grand staircase and bedrooms above. Step into the spacious and beautiful dining room with adjoining drawing room with French doors leading out onto the terrace where you can have breakfast and dinner. There is always plenty of space in the garden for all kinds of activities: breakfast, swimming and socializing - or just relaxing in peace and quiet.
The pool is situated away from the house at the bottom of the garden, surrounded by palm trees and a generous seating area. In warm weather the old orangery can be used for dining and is also the venue for tutored wine tasting with the wines from the local vineyards. The rooms are centrally heated, comfortably furnished with en-suite bathrooms, and have a view of the village or the gardens and the rolling landscape or the vineyards beyond. All the rooms are large with high ceilings, chandeliers and furnished in the 'French' style with some charming touches.
You’ll meet a winemaker and his family. After a guided tour of his vineyard, you’ll enjoy a comprehensive wine tasting followed by a lunch in his home. You will have time to relax in the afternoon before the evening cooking class and dinner.
Following breakfast, depart for a visit of Beziers, a town largely undiscovered by tourists, for a quick tour of the beautiful historical center. You’ll also stop at Les Halles, a small indoor market, to pick out the ingredients for the afternoon cooking class. Stop for an early lunch at a local wine bar in Beziers.
In the afternoon, you'll head to the beautiful Canal du Midi for a cruise. The canal will take you by some magnificent sites of the Languedoc, such as the canal bridge outside of Beziers and the series of nine locks, which was first built in 1679. You will have time to relax in the afternoon before the evening cooking class and dinner.
This morning, head to a wine estate for a special truffle day. First meet a truffle expert at a recently-renovated old wine estate. A mini-demonstration will teach you how truffles grow, how to cultivate them, and what to look for when purchasing this delicacy. Nest, follow a trained truffle hunting dog into the nearby woods. Savor the opportunity to sample different types of truffles.
The cooking class of the day will take place at the estate and it will be all about truffles. In the afternoon, you may enjoy the spa with a heated pool, sauna, and steam room or the large outdoor swimming pool. (If interested, you may book a massage, at an additional coast.) Or if you prefer, enjoy other activities such as hiking or biking around the estate. The late afternoon and early evening will feature a wine tasting followed by a truffle dinner.
The day will begin with a leisurely stroll through Narbonne and shop at the bustling halles, the indoor market in the center of town. You will enjoy lunch at a restaurant featuring local seasonal produce. On the way back, you will stop at one of La Clape wineries, a little-known appellation at the edge of the Mediterranean.
The rest of the afternoon will be free to spend at your own leisure before starting the informal evening cooking class and dinner in the evening.
You’ll stroll through magnificent town of Pézenas and its many artisanal shops. you will have lunch at one of the town’s leading regional restaurant. After some time to relax, you’ll conclude with the evening cooking class and festive dinner.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport or train station.
Nestled between the Camargue region to the east and the French Catalonian Pyrenees to the southwest, and extending northwards to the Cvennes and the Massif Central, Languedoc is a vast province of many faces and contrasts. Sandy coastlines, bucolic marshes and wild life sanctuaries, vineyards stretching far into the horizon, and charming picturesque villages grace the sunny Mediterranean Bas-Languedoc.
Just as striking is the Haut-Languedocs rough and austere landscape of chiseled peaks and deep valleys. There, in the cool pine and oak forests, wild boar, deer, and mouflons, a unique race of wild mountain sheep, exist peacefully amidst nearby rustic villages and hamlets hidden along twisted roads and lonely trails.
The range of landscapes and its central position have made this southern province a cultural hub, boosting a diverse and fascinating heritage. Archaeological remnants of ancient civilizations are evident along the shores of the Mediterranean. Further inland, medieval towns and fortified cities such as Carcassonne and Minerve, along with the lonely silhouettes of Cathares fortresses, are the legacy of the darkest days of the Middle Ages and religious wars.
The regal and opulent city of Montpellier, was a center of learning for centuries, attracting some of Europe's most illustrious scholars, writers, scientists, and artists of their time, a distinction that the regional capital still holds today. The picturesque towns of Pézenas and Narbonne are fine examples of the regions architectural heritage. Here, Romanesque, Gothic, and graceful buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries interface with each other in perfect harmony.
During your trip, you will dine at many venues; from casual bistros favored by the locals, to more formal restaurants and private homes. While meeting the local artisans, you will have the chance to taste some of the local delicacies such as Pelardon, the famed tangy and creamy goat cheese, the rustic traditional charcuterie, and even enjoy comparative tastings of regional olive oils made from the indigenous Lucques and Olivieres varieties.
The nearest airport is Bziers Cap d'Agde Airport (BZR). Saveur Languedoc will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up in included in the price.
Bziers train station and the Narbonne train station are the closest. Saveur Languedoc will pick you up from there. The pick-up in included in the price.
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