Monday, September 22 – Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Join GCE on an adventure to Southwest France for a journey along the culinary roads of Bordeaux and the Dordogne Valley. This 7 full-day / 8 night culinary and cultural tour will enlighten your senses with an in-depth experience of French culinary landscape. Discover the riches of French gastronomy in a small group setting (20 people max) in September, 2014.
Quote for the trip: “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” ~ Julia Child
Itinerary (subject to amendment)
Monday, September 22, 2014
The tour begins late afternoon at the hotel in Bordeaux, located in the heart of the largest pedestrian district in Europe near the Grand Thêatre, We will kick off our adventure with a welcoming apéritif followed by dinner just a short walk from the hotel.
Quote for the day: “One cannot think well, sleep well if one has not dined well” ~ Virginia Woolf, English novelist
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Quote for the day: “…cassoulet, like life itself, is not so simple as it seems.” Paula Wolfert
After our breakfast, the day begins with a journey on the road to the Médoc, Bordeaux’s left bank wine area known for the dominate Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. We stop at one of the impressive wineries for a personal tour, tasting and private lunch. Our journey continues on the Route des Châteaux, a road dotted with impressive historic wineries. A second winery tour will help perfect your knowledge of left bank wines. Dinner will be at one of Bordeaux’s wine bars where you can choose the amount and type of wine you prefer while nibbling on a phenomenal selection of small plates.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This morning takes us to breakfast at an artisan bakery that still uses a wood-fired oven built under Louis XV in 1765 to bake their daily bread. After breakfast, Kathy will give you a guided walking tour of the city of Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the day includes a visit and tasting at a cheese affineur located in XVth century aging cellars followed by a production tour and chocolate samplings in a chocolaterie that has been churning out fine chocolates for over 100 years. Enjoy time on your own to discover shops before dinner at a cutting edge brasserie in downtown Bordeaux.
Quote for the day: “…the best poet is the man who delivers our daily bread: the local baker….” Pablo Neruda
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Our quest today takes us to discover the treasures of the Atlantic Peninsula with a “Dine Around”, visiting one of the oyster farms in a tightly packed wooden shack and dining bayside with spectacular views of Arcachon Bay and Europe’s largest sand dune. After lunch, take a walk on the pier before heading over to the ocean side of the peninsula to kick off your shoes and put your toes in the ocean. At the last stop on our Dine Around we will meet with a pastry chef and enjoy a Café Goumande sampling some of his most delicious creations while learning about what it takes to own a pâtisserie. We return to our hotel so you can explore Bordeaux’s great choices of bistro cafes and wine bars for dinner on your own.
Quote for the day: “After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers.” Emily Luchetti
Friday, September 26, 2014
Today we head for a local market to meet with the chef and manager of a nearby restaurant to see what grabs their fancy for our dinner according to the fresh, seasonal products available. We then head over to the medieval village of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Saint Emilion is located on the right bank of the Gironde Estuary and nestled within a limestone outcropping. After a guided tour of town’s historic monuments including the impressive monolithic church, explore the narrow streets and alleys, wine boutiques and find a perfect spot for lunch. We will regroup after lunch for a tasting of the area’s sparkling wine combined with the signature cookie of the region. After a stop in one of the famed St. Emilion wineries, we will rejoin our restaurant friends to discover how the chef has magically combined market ingredients for dinner.
Quote for the Quote for the day: “A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” Louis Pasteur
Saturday, September 27, 2014
We will head out for the beautiful Dordogne Valley this morning, stopping in Sarlat, dating from both medieval and renaissance times, for free time to visit its Saturday morning outside market. Lunch will be in Sarlat, feasting on local regional fare followed by a guided tour of Lascaux II- a replica of the original cave paintings dating back to c. 15,000 years BCE. After checking into our lodging at a Village de Gîtes (vacation cottages) in the countryside and taking in the surroundings, we will set out for dinner in a fairy-tale medieval castle. Don’t forget to wear your chainmail!
Quote for the day: “The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit. ” Julia Child
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Today will be filled with beautiful local scenery – restored boxwood gardens boasting the most spectacular views of the area overlooking the Dordogne River. Meet Farrah, a local truffle-hunting dog while discovering the secrets behind this mysterious and expensive mushroom. Savor a multi-course meal featuring truffle flavors at the home of the charming truffle farmers in a tiny hilltop hamlet. Appéritif and dinner will be at our vacation village.
Quote for the day: ”A clever cook can make good meat of a whetstone.” Erasmus
Monday, September 29, 2014
En route back to Bordeaux, we will stop for lunch at a delightful restaurant housed in a former presbytery across from the village church, community oven and elevated stone grain barn. Before arriving in Bordeaux we will make a last stop for a tour at a historical castle in a sweet white wine-producing area, complete with a tasting. We return to the same hotel in Bordeaux for our last night and will enjoy a special final meal together.
Quote for the day: “A true gastronome should always be ready to eat, just as a soldier should always be ready to fight.” Charles Pierre Monselet
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Your stay with Global Culinary Escapades ends this morning, when you are free to continue your travels. Bon voyage and bon appétit!
- Eight nights lodging (6 nights in Bordeaux, 2 nights in the Dordogne Valley), double occupancy
- Full breakfast, 7 mornings
- Lunch & dinner as posted in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to all excursions as listed in the itinerary
- Private motor coach for all sightseeing and transfers
- All taxes, admissions and gratuities for the planned itinerary
- Tour escort by Kathy Denis, fluent French speaker and Publisher of Restaurant Guide of Kansas City
Price: $2,600.00 per person, based on two people sharing a room, and twenty participants. Single Supplement: $450.00
All reservations require a deposit: $350 per person Deposit Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – (4/03/2014: we have few more seats available. )
Cancellations and refunds: All cancellations are subject to a $100 administrative fee. Deposit (less administrative fee) is refundable up until Friday, May 3, 2014. Cancellation after Friday May 3, 2014 will result in loss of deposit and any additional payments that were made will be subject to reimbursements recovered from suppliers.
Final Payment Due: Final payment is due on or before 90 days prior to departure – Friday, June 20 2014. Invoices will be sent out prior to final payment.
*A 2.5% service fee will be applied to final balance payments made credit
Reservation Form: Bordeaux Reservation
Trip Price Does Not Include: Round-trip airfare to France and transportation to Bordeaux, excess baggage fees, forwarding of baggage, baggage loss, medical expenses, travel insurance, items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, optional trips, meals away from the group, special arrangements, airport taxes, charges and tips for room services.