If you are a lover of fine food and particularly how and where locally-grown ingredients are sourced, a Culinary Theme cruise in southwest France aboard Enchanté or in Southern Burgundy aboard L'Impressionniste will really tickle your taste-buds.
During your cruise, you will have the opportunity to really get to know more about some of the regions’ wonderful products and meet the people behind them.
Typical highlights of a culinary itinerary include a truffle hunting trip in the Minervois hills and, of course, a tasting of the elusive white truffle itself; a visit to a renowned farm that breeds the special Petit Gris variety of escargot; a tour of the L’Oulibo, a long-established olive oil press that produces the purist extra virgin olive oil from the famous Lucques olive; a specialist maker of several flavoursome Burgundian cheeses. Gaugry is the last cheesemaker still producing raw milk Epoisses, first made by monks in the 16th century, as well as others such as Plaisir au Chablis, matured with to give it a subtle flavour.
Other culinary experiences will include visits to indoor markets in Narbonne or Dijon where you will be invited by the chef to choose the ingredients for that evening’s dinner. And of course, no meal would be complete unless accompanied by some fine wine, so there will also be a visit to one of the area’s finest producers for a winery tour and private tasting.
Couple this with a hands-on French cooking class alongside and demonstrations by your onboard chef throughout the cruise and you have a wonderful combination of relaxing cruising and culinary education!
*Culinary themed cruises are charter only
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