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French Cuisine Cruise

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Barging  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7500 US Dollar (USD)

Guests can observe they chef in action, preparing delicious traditional festive meals or participate in action, learning from the chef new cooking techniques and sharing favorite recipes.

Breakfast: Start each day with an assortment of fresh breads, croissants and sweet rolls purchased from the today’s nearby ‘boulangerie’. Coffee, tea, fruit juice, hot chocolate, local butter and homemade jam, yoghurt and cereals are always offered.

Lunch: Served buffet style and are accompanied by selected local red, white and rosé wines. A typical menu might include a homemade soup, a mixed green salad with walnuts and Roquefort, quiche… ‘Charcuterie’ is also included and could consist of smoked ham, sliced duck, or pâté and of course, a selection of cheeses.

Dinner: The open kitchen allows you to watch your chef work, to share recipes or if you wish, to participate!

Sample Menu:
- Bouchée à la Reine (puff pastry filled with shrimps, scallops, mushrroms and Bechamel sauce)
- Served on a bed of green vegetables
- Daube a la façon méridionale (beef Charolais prepared in red wine and spices of the region)
- Served with fresh pasta
- Champagne sorbet: fromage blanc à la crème (soft white cheese served with heavy cream)
- Poire Belle Hélène: pears poached in syrup with vanilla ice-cream and topped with home-made chocolate sauce)
- Café, thé, tisane et petits chocolats, coffee, tea, herbal tea and French chocolates.

- Blue cheeses: Fourme st Aubert, Bleu d’Auvergne, St. Agur, Roquefort, Bleu Villages
- Goat Cheeses: Crottin de Chavignol, Pélardon de Cévennes, Picodon de l’Ardèche, Petit Billy, Rocamadour, Chabichou
- Cow cheeses: Petit Pont L’Eveque, Munster, Saint Marcellin, Livarot, Comté, Epoisses, Chaource, Amour
- Ewe cheeses: Tomme d’Arles, Cabécou, Banon de Provence.

Esperance’s goal is to give her guests a real taste of France, serving wines from many different regions, but admittedly the Burgundy wines are their favorites. Crew will teach you about the wine growing areas, wine making, and how to read a French wine label.

Red Wines:
- Côte de Beaune: Chassagne Montrachet, Pommard, Santenay, Volnay, Les Maranges
- Côte de Nuits: Nuits-Saint Georges
- Côte Chalonnais: Mercurey, Rully, Givry rouge 1e cru
- Mâconnais: Mâcon Rouge
- Beaujolais: Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais Villages
- Côtes du Rhône: Rasteau, Crozes Hermitage, Chateauneuf du Pape, Vacqueyras, Lirac
- Costières de Nimes: Abbatiale de Saint-Gilles, La Boissière, Le Vieux Mazet
- Pays du Gard: Mourgues du Gres
- Languedoc: Faugères.

White Wines:
- Sancerre, Chablis, Côte de Beaune: Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault 1e cru, Saint-Aubin
- Côte Chalonnais: Givry Blanc 1e cru, Rully, Bourgogne Aligoté
- Mâconnais: Pouilly-Fuissé, Chardonnay, Mâcon Villages
- Côtes du Rhone: Lirac, Vacqueyras, Crozes Hermitage
- Costières de Nîmes: Abbatiale de Saint Gilles, Clairette de Bellegarde
- Pays du Gard: Mourgues du Grés
- Languedoc: Muscat sec de Frontignan, Domaine de Maguelone, Saint Upéry.

Rosé Wines: Tavel, Bourgogne Rosé, Listel gris.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Chauffeur driven minivan to and from your hotel or airport by arrangement
- Deluxe accommodation on board
- "A La Carte" meal options: from barge and breakfast, half board/dine around, and full board/all inclusive
- On shore dining is also available upon request
- Fine Wines and Beers from our cellar at lunch and dinner
- An open bar
- Pre-arranged guided excursions
- Full use of all facilities on board.

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