Savor the Flavors of the Languedoc

With a food writer and cookbook author as your guide and cooking class instructor, discover the vibrant and ruggedly beautiful region of the Languedoc. The culinary tour is the perfect balance of artisan visits to local producers, wine tastings, and hands-on cooking classes that focus on the region’s rustic cuisine. The Languedoc region is at once rugged and mountainous, as well as home to sandy coast lines, picturesque villages, wild life sanctuaries, and vineyards as far as the eye can see. The Canal du Midi cuts through this land, winding its way along the contours of the Languedoc. It’s a land of contrasts, and more and more it’s considered a vibrant alternative to its eastern neighbor, Provence.

With such a diverse terroir, the variety in the gastronomy here is immense. At the market, depending on the season, locals find vegetables like plump tomatoes, purple artichokes, and wild asparagus, as well as fruits like figs and peaches. With the nearby coast, seafood is abundant too, and the Languedoc is also known for its charcuterie, both cured and smoked meats, as well as pâtés. A meal in the Languedoc isn’t complete without wine, as the region is the largest area under vines in the world, and produces a third of France’s wine. The rich ‘noblesse de terroir’ – a phrase that highlights the goodness of the soil, elevation, and micro-climate – means the vines grow in ideal conditions.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Ella & Leonid
Florida
Trip taken April 2017
We took 6 days of culinary vacation with Anna in Languedoc. That area of South France definitely exceeded my expectations as far as beauty, the people , the history. Anna is a delightful person to be with , highly skilled in cooking, generously sharing with us her knowledge. We stayed at a lovely B&B, very hospitable people.

Trip Details

4 of your 5 hands-on cooking classes with Anne will take place at the B&B, with 1 taking place at a local estate as part of the special truffle day. Anne spent some time in New York, where she studied at the Institute of Culinary Education and International Wine Center. Over the years, she’s been a recipe tester for lifestyle publications and cookbooks, a freelance food columnist, Food Network show producer, and today, she leads your exploration into the kitchen and flavors of the Languedoc. With classes taking place in the B&B’s kitchen, you’ll learn how to make classic regional and seasonal dishes, such as: bolles de Picolat (Catalan dish of meatballs, cepes, and olives), bouride (monkfish stew), lamb dishes, and so much more.


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Itinerary

Bedroom on your Languedoc culinary tour

Day One

Sample schedule; Order of activities may vary depending on the season.

  • Arrival and group transfer from Beziers or Narbonne train station, Montpellier airport, or Beziers airport to your B&B accommodations in the charming village of Quarante.
  • Enjoy a welcome aperitif followed by dinner at the B&B.
  • Overnight at Maison Quarante.

Culinary tour in the Languedoc


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, meet a winemaker and take a guided tour of his vineyard in the Languedoc, an area known for its wine. The tour will be followed by a wonderful wine tasting. Lunch today is at the wine estate.
  • After some time on your own in the afternoon to relax and explore, start your first hands-on cooking class in the kitchen of the B&B with Anne as your teacher. You’ll learn to make classic, seasonal dishes, such as bouride (the Languedoc’s version of the Provencal bouillabaisse) or bolles de Picolat.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts with wine.
  • Overnight.

Canal du Midi on French culinary tour


Day Three

  • 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.
  • Lunch will be a cruise on the beautiful Canal du Midi, which dates back to 1679.
  • Visit an olive oil mill on the way back.
  • Return to the Maison with time to rest before for your next cooking class. Dinner to follow.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class with truffles in France


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • 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, free time to relax.
  • Dinner tonight at a wine bar for a relaxed evening.
  • Overnight.

Chocolate during dessert class in France


Day Five

  • After breakfast, start the day with a stroll through the historic city of Narbonne, the first Roman city in all of France. You’ll have a chance to shop at the bustling indoor market in town.
  • Today’s lunch will be at a restaurant in Narbonne and feature local, seasonal produce.
  • On the return to Maison Quarante, visit a winery in Le Clape, an appellation that isn’t well known outside the Languedoc. Influenced by the Mediterranean — as it’s just four miles from the coast — Le Clape is best known for their red wines, but the area also produces whites as well. This visit includes a tasting.
  • Some time on your own in the afternoon.
  • Begin your next informal cooking class, followed by dinner.
  • Overnight.

Travelers on a culinary tour in France


Day Six

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, visit one of the most picturesque towns in southern France, Pézenas, with a chance to check out some of the town’s many artisanal shops. The town is known for Berlingot, which is a hard sweet candy, as well as petit pâté de Pézenas, which are bite-sized mince tarts.
  • Lunch today will be at a popular local restaurant.
  • Spend some time relaxing in the afternoon, and then it’s off to the kitchen for your final cooking class!
  • Enjoy one last festive dinner together around the table.
  • Overnight.

Day Seven

  • Breakfast.
  • Transfer to the airport or train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation at charming French B&B

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

4 of your 5 hands-on cooking classes with Anne will take place at the B&B, with 1 taking place at a local estate as part of the special truffle day. Anne spent some time in New York, where she studied at the Institute of Culinary Education and International Wine Center. Over the years, she’s been a recipe tester for lifestyle publications and cookbooks, a freelance food columnist, Food Network show producer, and today, she leads your exploration into the kitchen and flavors of the Languedoc. With classes taking place in the B&B’s kitchen, you’ll learn how to make classic regional and seasonal dishes, such as: bolles de Picolat (Catalan dish of meatballs, cepes, and olives), bouride (monkfish stew), lamb dishes, and so much more.

Excursions

  • Winery visits and tastings
  • Tour of Beziers, including the market
  • Canal du Midi cruise
  • Olive mill visit
  • Truffle day, including hunt
  • Visit to Narbonne
  • Excursion to the picturesque town of Pézenas, known for its shops

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers to/from Beziers or Narbonne train stations, Montpellier airport, or Beziers airport

Accommodation Information

Located on the edge of the hilltop town of Quarante, Maison Quarante is a charming B&B that was originally built in the early 1800s. All of the spacious and airy guest rooms have been renovated while still retaining a historic French charm, complete with beautiful chandeliers. Step inside, and you’ll immediately discover the charm of the accommodations. The first floor has a dining room as well as a drawing room that leads out to the terrace; meals can be taken either in the dining area, or out on the terrace. Take a short walk and relax by the pool, which is near the enclosed garden and surrounded by palm trees, a distinctive feature of the south of France. As for the guest rooms, head up the spiral staircase to the upstairs rooms, which all have their own distinct French-style decorations. The ensuite rooms feature modern amenities including central heat as well as Wi-Fi. Room views may be either of the town, property gardens, or the rolling vineyards of the Languedoc.

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Pricing:
2018-2019

6-night Program
US$3300 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.
    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Same price for single occupancy.


    Tour Dates

    Available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people, or other dates for a minimum of 6.
    The itinerary generally starts on Sunday.

    †Join a week others have confirmed.

    2019
    April 14-20
    April 28-May 4
    May 12-18 (sold out)
    May 19-25†
    May 26-June 1
    June 9-15
    June 30-July 6
    September 1-7
    September 15-21†
    October 6-12
    October 20-26 (sold out)

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    Reviews

    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Ella & Leonid
    Florida
    Trip taken April 2017
    We took 6 days of culinary vacation with Anna in Languedoc. That area of South France definitely exceeded my expectations as far as beauty, the people , the history. Anna is a delightful person to be with , highly skilled in cooking, generously sharing with us her knowledge. We stayed at a lovely B&B, very hospitable people.