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"Walking in Julia's Footsteps"
Provençe and the Côte d’Azur, France
September 23 - October 1, 2016
Explore the wonders of and cooking through "Julia's Provençe", and the Côte d'Azur. Stay with us at 'Bramafam' (https://www.vrbo.com/874275a), the former home of Simone "Simca" Beck, Julia's collaborator on Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and next door to 'La Pitchoune', Juila and Paul Child's former cottage. We will follow Julia's time there as described in Provence, 1970; visiting points of interest, prepare some of her favorite meals, and live the Provençal lifestyle in the place she called "home."
From our hilltop residence, we will venture out on daily excursions with local guides and chefs. Tour is highlighted by shopping the markets, hands-on group cooking in great regional schools and at our private residence. Daily strolls to discover the hidden charms of this region, and personal free time to relax on the property of our exclusive villa. Accommodations in our private villa, 'Bramafam' in Plascassier, near the medieval village of Valbonne, France; 35 minutes from the Nice airport; 30 minutes from Antibes, and 30 minutes from Cannes.
This tour is limited to 10 guests.
DAY 1: Friday, September 23: DEPARTURE. Departure / Travel Day: San Francisco - Paris - Nice. Select your preferred flight and class from SFO; we will share flights and times to best coordinate.
DAY 2: Saturday, September 24: NICE / VALBONNE. Arrival 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Connecting flight from Paris to Nice; group transfer together by coach from Nice to the residence in Valbonne. Balance of day to settle in; dinner together at local Valbonne village restaurant.
DAY 3: Sunday, September 25: VALBONNE / GRASSE. Continental breakfast in home. Morning visit to the nearby village of Grasse, considered the perfume capital of the world. Day to relax and recover. Explore grounds, and the nearby region. Cook lunch together; dinner out at nearby restaurant.
DAY 4: Monday, September 26: VALBONNE / GRASSE. Continental breakfast in home. Take part in our first cooking class to prepare dinner and entertain our hosts and neighbors at home. Spend day exploring local markets, shopping and collecting ingredients. Our group prepares and serves this popular welcoming meal.
DAY 5: Tuesday, September 27: NICE. Continental breakfast in home; travel to Nice; tour food markets with local guide, Rosa Jackson of Edible Adventures, Nice; tastes, sourcing and collecting ingredients and private cooking class; travel back to Valbonne with a stop in the village of Saint Paul de Vence; apertifs and light dinner at the home.
DAY 6: Wednesday, September 28: SAINT JEANNET / ST. PAUL / GOURDON. Continental breakfast in home; day trip to the village of Saint Jeannet and our friends at Graine & Ficelle. Visit to an ecological farm; spend day with chef / owner Isabella Sallusti, tour farm and take part in a unique, hands-on cooking class; enjoy prepared lunch. Remainder of day to explore the popular village of Saint Paul and the eagle nest of Gourdon. Light dinner at home.
DAY 7: Thursday, September 29: CANNES / ISLAND OF ST. HONORAT. Continental breakfast at home; travel to Cannes; tour food markets and collect provisions for our lunch meal; Visit to the Island of St. Honorat: boat transfer from the Cannes harbor to the island; private wine tasting experience; guided tour of the island and its vineyards. Picnic lunch with the market provisions we collected in Cannes. Return to Cannes, and on to Valbonne. Light dinner at our home.
DAY 7: Friday, September 30: VALBONNE / MOUGINS. Continental breakfast at home; visit local, lively Friday market in our village of Valbonne - a highlight of our week; lunch at favorite Moroccan restaurant (the most popular ethnic cuisine in France). Farewell dinner at exclusive restaurant in the nearby village of Mougins. Return to home; pack for departure.
DAY 8: Saturday, October 1: DEPARTURE. Departure / Travel Day: Continental breakfast at hotel. Transfers to CDG; departures from Paris to home destinations or wherever your travels may take you!
Airfare / Travel Insurance:
Guests to purchase own airfare using miles and preferred class and upgrades. Air France, Delta and United all have daily flights to Paris (CDG). On arrival, connecting flights should put us all into Nice between 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 24. We will transfer together by coach to the residence in Valbonne, 30 minutes from Nice airport. Guests are free to arrive earlier or stay longer than the published itinerary, but are responsible to meet the group at stated times. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Ground Costs Included:
• Round-trip transfers from airports to residence and return
• 6-nights lodging and once per week cleaning service at private villa
• Daily continental breakfast
• Most lunches and dinners (including beverages and wine), as described in daily itinerary
• 4 full-day tours / classes with local guides / chefs during Provençe stay
• Hands-on group cooking sessions (breakfasts and lunches), at the residence in Valbonne
• Epicurean Exchange Custom Apron for cooking
Total Ground Cost: $ 3,495 (per person, double occupancy. *Single supplemental, if available, an additional $695)
Ground Costs Not Included:
• Late-night (after dinner) snacks, desserts and beverages
• Lunches/Snacks: 2 free days and 3 others when we are out-and-about and have planned dinner meals, and other personal food not described on the itinerary
• Personal / shopping expenses
Deposits: $495 for each traveler to secure space and reservation
Balance Due: $3,000; due on or before Friday, August 26
Payments: Cash or checks, payable to Epicurean Exchange, accepted; PayPal for credit / debit card payments to include a 2.75% service fee
Tour is limited 10 guests. Reservations are secured by deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.