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Captivating Cultural & Culinary South of France Tour

Take a memorably mouth-watering and captivating cultural tour of the south of France with four-time James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook author Cheryl Alters Jamison.

The tour will take place in gorgeous Occitanie, formerly known as Languedoc-Roussillon, one of the most beautiful areas of France, as well as the largest wine-producing. You will be based in the enchanting coastal town of Marseillan on the edge of the Mediterranean near sun-kissed Montpellier. And you’ll make memories to cherish forever.

Like a house party

Excited about food – and cooking it? Half the pleasure of eating is preparing new dishes and learning how to use local ingredients. During the week, Cheryl oversees three workshops suitable for every level of culinary skill, where everyone cooks together to create the evening’s dinner from area specialties. It’s like a house party.

You’ll be staying in one location, a family-owned demeure, a private inn nestled in the village’s historical center. No unpacking and packing, no moving about settling into different hotels, just one charming, inviting and welcoming home from home in southern France.

Other highlights of the trip are

The medieval fortified citadel of Carcassonne, a UNESCO heritage site
Pont du Gard, an architectural wonder and another UNESCO heritage site.
Oyster farm tour in catamaran and ocean-side lunch
Wine tasting and garden tour at a Renaissance château
Cocktail workshop at world-renowned Nouilly Prat
Caviar tasting at a sustainable hatchery
Roquefort cheese caves tour
Fish market in the canaled city of Sète
A Montpellier kitchenware shop dating back to 1867
Camargue safari to see black bulls, white horses, and pink flamingos
Stunning town of Uzès on market day

Your hosts

Cheryl made her first trip to France nearly five decades ago whilst at college. Since then, she has spent as much time as she could in France including a decade of leading culinary tours to Dordogne. Her twenty cookbooks, many written with her late husband Bill – including Smoke & Spice, American Home Cooking, and The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining – have been widely recognized as standard setters and have sold some 2 million copies. Her latest book (Summer, 2023) Global Smoke will be published in Summer 2023.  She’s appeared numerous times on TV, including the Food Network and NBC’s Today Show. And she hosts a weekly food radio show and podcast. Cheryl lives just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico with a small flock of hens all of whom have outsize personalities.

Wanting to share her love of France’s South with other food and wine obsessed travelers once again, Cheryl has paired up with Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France. Born and raised bilingual in the province of Quebec, Nancy seized a work opportunity for a one-year trip to the south of France after graduating from university. It led to a love story that has lasted ever since.

Nancy has owned Absolutely Southern France Travels for more than a dozen years and been a resident of southern France for twice as long. With her in-depth knowledge of the region, her personalized experiences for small groups create the kinds of trips that make lifetime memories.

The partnership between Nancy and Cheryl is a match made in heaven. They love to travel together and love to share their passion for culture, food, wine, and travel. Their culinary and cultural tours of the south of France are legendary.

An unforgettable cultural and culinary tour of France

‘Why do women travel together? 82% mention cultural experiences, 69% the beauty of the destination, and 58% the country’s reputation’ says Nancy. ‘Our Excited about Food tour to the south of France has it all!’

An incredible gastronomic and cultural tour that has been designed for a small group of women with maximum 10 participants.

Register now using the code THE GOOD LIFE to receive a 150-euro discount. If you bring along a friend, sister, mother, or daughter, you’ll be entitled to another 150 euros off (valid to May 15).

Dates: September 2 – 10, 2023
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

For full tour details pop to: absolutelysouthernfrance.com. To grab your spot, email nancy @ absolutelysouthernfrance.com

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