Indulge in the casual and relaxed pace of Southern France. These azure skies give meaning to the term “French Blue”, and the gnarly olive trees, heady lavender, perky sunflowers, and sublime local wine and food are unsurpassed. Our week introduces you to the lovely countryside of Provence as well as the impressive Mediterranean coastline. Explore the land of Van Gogh, Chagall and Cezanne. Discover the magical arid landscapes and millennia of culinary traditions, celebrated wines and rich history. Acres of peaceful countryside await your exploration.
In October 2018 we’re escorting a select group of gourmet explorers on a tour of Italy’s sophisticated and picturesque Piedmont region. Famed Barolo and Barbaresco wines, the chocolate and hazelnut concoction gianduja and the star of the culinary world: the rare white truffle, vermouth, cinematography: all were born in the Piedmont.
Highlights of the week:
– Wonderful food – many meals are included; rustic to refined
– Marvelous, renowned wines, and our own sommelier in Turin to share much about the many appellations and styles of Piedmont
– Truffle lesson with one of the judges from the Alba International Truffle Fair
– Lodging at pristine, romantic accommodations
The allure of Sicily lies in its contrasts. Palermo, cradle of the Mediterranean and “a city of extremes, a mixture of panache and poverty.” Along our west to east route we visit Agrigento’s magical Greek temples; top wineries; meals that are tantalizing cultural mosaics. Majestic Mt. Etna and its surrounding cities, once the center of Magna Graecia, mark the end of our 9-day adventure.
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