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Culinary Tour of France – With Adam Liaw

Vive la France… and eat it too.

Gullivers Sport Travel proudly presents a culinary tour of France with celebrity chef, Adam Liaw in May-June 2020.

Bonjour tout le monde!

After two successful Culinary and Cultural tours with Adam Liaw in Japan during the 2019 Rugby World Cup, we have decided to team up again to offer a tour to arguably the most gastronomically celebrated country in the world, France.

As well as seeing the sights, you will be exploring the tastes, learning the techniques of the famous French cuisine and its wine specialties.

You’ll spend a day studying under the chefs of famed Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse in Paris and dine at the Paul Bocuse, 3 star Michelin restaurant in Lyon – just a couple of the many great gastronomic highlights on this tour.

You’ll visit parts of the Champagne-Reims and Burgundy regions to hear stories of how the combination of terroir, time, and passion have kept these legendary vines producing memorable moments every time human senses react to its wine. 

Nous espérons que vous pourrez vous joindre à Adam Liaw et à Gullivers lors de cette incroyable tournée pour découvrir les délices culinaires de la France.

We hope you can join Adam Liaw and Gullivers on this incredible tour to experience the culinary delights of France.

Why take Gullivers’ Culinary Tour of France?

Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw is one of Australia’s most recognisable food personalities. Adam has helped to inspire and educate Australians through his cookbooks ‘The Zen Kitchen’ and ‘Asian Cookery School’, just 2 titles of 5 cookbooks he has personally written. Adam also presents on his tv show ‘Destination Flavour’ giving his take on cuisines and delicacies from all around the world. Adam has kept himself busy since winning MasterChef in 2010, sharing his passion for food in all mediums of communication.
Known for his Asian culinary fusions, Adam is excited to share his views and lead food & wine enthusiasts to experience the delights, history and culture of the French food scene.

French Culture

From the stand-offish Parisiennes to the home-welcoming locals of small towns like Hagetmau. From Pont du Gard Aquaduct built in the first century to the modern contemporary Louvre Museum in Paris. The delicate and deceivingly complex croissants to the simple Steak et frites. From the vibrant city of Paris that inspires young artists from all over the world to the Vineyards on the hills of Hermitage that have had generations of winemakers nurture the land to produce wine that represents both region and family. A nation built from its unique influences over the centuries through migration patterns, war and politics, appreciation of its flora and fauna, all which has developed a nation that has such a diverse but very true identity in all that we recognise French culture to be.

French Art & Architecture

If it is inspiration for creativity that you lack? Many have found it in France. As you walk through the streets of Paris or Nice you notice the details of buildings, cathedrals, bridges, gardens, building interiors that are not only functional but make a statement through the craftsmanship of the people who built these beautiful architecture types. France is also home to many well-known museums holding famous art pieces giving you the opportunity to view and experience some of the work of the artists that dared to change and influence perceptions of the world through expressions of art.

French Food

Expressions of art are not limited to just buildings and the historic pieces that are displayed in museums all over France. People who know French food and wine know very well that the French pride themselves in their appreciation of fine local produce and the artisans that curate the produce using techniques from the past. The Charcutiers, Pâtissiers, Fishmongers, Wine makers, Bouchers, and Farmers just to name a few. 

French Wine

Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Chablis regional names that are also synonymous with the grape varieties that flourish in those regions. The stories of Monks pioneering winemaking techniques, former apprentice winemakers building their own reputation at other vineyards or the retired couple that decided to buy a vineyard and make wine for their friends. Many great stories that add to the characters of the terroir and grape that is bottled up to tell another great story when wine and enthusiasts from all over the world meet.

French Cooking

The famed French cooking techniques and cuisine together with The Michelin Hotel and Restaurant Guide have set the standard of fine dining for the whole world. Over the years many chefs have used France as their muse to emulate their own gastronomic tributes and inspirations, both Alain’s (Ducasse and Passard), Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud. These renowned chefs are just some of the pioneers and mentors that have inspired and challenged the norms in good honest food all over the world, and delight their diners by showcasing their talents in their world-renowned restaurants.

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Tour Itinerary

Culinary Tour of France

with Adam Liaw

May – June 2020

SATURDAY 30 MAY
AUSTRALIA / DUBAI / PARIS

Depart Australian capital city flying Emirates via Dubai to Paris, France.

SUNDAY 31 MAY
PARIS

Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of the most beautiful sites in Paris. The Military School, Invalides (where Napoleon is buried), the magnificent bridge of Alexander III, the Concorde square (where Marie Antoinette was beheaded), Notre Dame Cathedral (a masterpiece of the 13th century and the most famous cathedral of France). the Louvre Museum and the Opera House.

Stay at the Hilton Paris Opera Hotel in the lively Opéra quarter, near Paris attractions such as the Opéra Garnier, the Champs-Elysées, famous department stores, cafés, restaurants and designer boutiques. Enjoy dinner at restaurant, L’Alcazar.

MONDAY 01 JUNE
PARIS

Visit the Bohemian village Montmartre is the most romantic district, and has managed to retain its village atmosphere. Discover the winding streets and cosy squares which have seduced generations of artists such as Picasso who once lived in this charming area.

Visit the Place du Tertre, where Artists paint outdoors, surrounded by typical French restaurants and street cafés, and the famous Sacré-Cœur dating back to 1870, and overlooking all of Paris.

Lunch in Montmartre at la Crémaillère, taking you into the past with 1900 décor and Belle Epoque paintings and quality traditional cooking. One of the most beautiful private gardens in Paris also awaits.  

TUESDAY 02 JUNE
PARIS / REIMS

Attend a cooking class at the famous Alain Ducasse Cooking School, combining a friendly and contemporary atmosphere, dedicated to “Art de vivre à la française” and the tradition of fine cuisine. Alain Ducasse is one of the most renowned Michelin Star Chefs in France and the world.

Travel to the Champagne region, made famous the world over in the 17th century by a monk named Dom Pérignon and his bubbles. The vineyards, which take up 27,000 hectares of land, are looked after by champagne houses, cooperatives and 18,000 wine-growers. Most of the famous champagne houses are situated in Reims (Pommery, Taittinger, Mumm, Ruinart & Veuve Clicquot).

Enjoy a walking tour of Reims including Cathedral “Notre-Dame de Reims” one of Europe’s most important gothic structures.

Stay at the Hotel Novotel Suites Reims Centre.

Dine at La Veuve Clicquot. Visit the champagne caves and enjoy an exclusive dinner at St Petersbourg Caves with champagne.

WEDNESDAY 03 JUNE
REIMS

Walking tour the Champagne Capital of Epernay set in the heart of the Champenois vineyards.

Delight in Champagne tasting at C-Comme Caves & Champagne Bar, a unique space in Epernay entirely dedicated to the wines of Champagne and the products of Champagne appellation, notably Ratafia, Coteau champenois, Rosé des Riceys, Marc and Fine de la Marne. Over 350 references are at your disposal to taste or to buy. C-Comme gathers 41 champagne producers in its authentic cellars and champagne bar.

Lunch at La Grillade Gourmande Epernay. under chef, Christophe Bernard, with seasonal food, meat and fish grilled in wood fire, and various specialties based on champagne.  

Visit Champagne Mercier. Discover part of the 18 kms of underground chalk galleries.

THURSDAY 04 JUNE
REIMS / BEAUNE

Head to Burgundy. a beautiful and fertile land whose wealth is nurtured by farmers, Wine-growers and foresters applying skills that have been refined here for over a thousand years.

See the medieval town of Beaune. Enjoy the riches of history and the long-standing French traditions of fine food and wine. Explore the medieval ramparts, the Collegial Church, and the shaded cobble-stoned streets and squares, with charming boutiques and cafes. Visit the incredible Hospices de Beaune, a spectacular hospital, built in the 15th century.

Stay at Hotel Henry II Beaune where you will stay for the next two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

FRIDAY 05 JUNE
BEAUNE

Tour the Burgundy wine road. Visit and wine tasting at Château de Pommand. Along Burgundy’s prestigious Route des Vins, take a break at the Château de Pommard and step into the fascinating world of exceptional wine estates. The charm of old stones and traditional Burgundy roofs combine with the power of Salvador Dali’s bronze masterpieces adorning with the Cour Carrée, The Unicorn and Saint George and the Dragon.

Visit and wine tasting at Domaine du Château de Chassagne Montrachet.  Chassagne Montrachet is an ancient gallo-romain village. Its original building dates back to the 11th century. Learn about the history of the vineyard and the role of a barrel. Walk through the ancient gigantic cellars of the 11th and 14th century, covering an area of over 1,000 m2.

FRIDAY 05 JUNE
BEAUNE

See Chateau du Clos de Vougeot. Originally a wine farm built in the 12th century by monks from the nearby Abbey of Cîteaux. In the 16th century, a Renaissance style château was added to the existing buildings.

Dinner at L’Oiseau des Vignes, 1 star Michelin. Loiseau des Vignes was the first restaurant in Europe to offer an entire list of wines by the glass, with close to 70 different wines, most of which cannot be found nowadays.

SATURDAY 06 JUNE
BEAUNE / PEROUGES / LYON

Travel to Lyon via Perouges in the Rhone Valley. Originally the home of a colony of immigrants from Perugia, Pérouges is a fortified hilltop village of medieval houses and cobblestone streets.

Stay at Hotel Best Western Charlemagne for the next four nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Dinner at Brasserie Le Nord.

SUNDAY 07 JUNE
LYON

Full day tour of Lyon starting with the indoor market Les Halles de Lyon, grouping 58 merchants and 9 restaurants. Since 1917, this centre of gastronomy in Lyon has brought together the excellence of the culinary professions that contribute to the international reputation of French cuisine.

Lunch at Restaurant Daniel et Denise.

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Lyon to discover its charms and mysteries. The Antique Lyon: the Fourvière site for a wonderful bird’s eye view of Lyon, the Basilica and the Roman theatres. The Renaissance Lyon: the most extensive Renaissance area in France located in the heart of the Old Lyon. Peninsula Lyon: the heart of Lyon with its main squares, Terreaux and Bellecour Squares. 

MONDAY 08 JUNE
LYON  

Tour of Beaujolais. Meander through the heart of Beaujolais Crus. Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte-de-Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent, Régnié and Saint Amour are the 10 Beaujolais Crus that are the jewels in Beaujolais’ crown. 

Visit & tasting at Domaines Chermette, a family-run wine estate in the Pierres Dorées golden stone area, in southern Beaujolais.

A “not to be missed” visit to the Golden Stone country including Oingt, classified as being one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Dinner at Paul Bocuse, 3 star Michelin restaurant. On the Saone bank, a large conspicuous building painted in bold prime colours: the famous Paul Bocuse restaurant, which has acquired worldwide acclaim for its gastronomy. 

 TUESDAY 09 JUNE
LYON 

The group will divide in half so as to fulfil an interesting day in Lyon.  

Group One: Morning cooking class at Paul Bocuse Institute → Afternoon walking tour of Old Lyon → Dinner at Bistrot de Lyon.

Group Two: Morning walking tour of Old Lyon → Lunch at Bistrot de Lyon → Afternoon cooking class at Paul Bocuse Institute. 

The Paul Bocuse Institute’s Cookery School gives enthusiastic gourmets the opportunity to indulge in their passion, perfect their techniques and pick up useful knacks and tips, all things that help make cooking a pleasure. 

Explore Old Lyon with a walking tour. Old Lyon, the heart and soul of the city constitutes one of Europe’s largest protected Renaissance districts (after Venice). On the walk through narrow cobble stone streets, discover 15th to 17th century houses and visit some of the best kept secrets of Lyons, the ‘’traboules’’, secret passages which connect the street through the buildings.

Lunch or Dinner at Bistrot de Lyon.

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE
LYON / DUBAI

The day will be at your leisure to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping on your own before returning to the hotel in the afternoon to collect your luggage, and transfer to Lyon Airport for your flight home to Australia

THURSDAY 11 JUNE
DUBAI     

Flight connection in Dubai.

FRIDAY 12 JUNE
AUSTRALIA  

AM. Arrive Australian capital city.

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What’s in the tour?

Tour cost based on a minimum of 40 people travelling on below itinerary: $11,880.00 per person

Included:

  • Return economy airfare flying Emirates:
    Australian capital city to Paris…surface…Lyon to Australian capital city (via Dubai both directions)
  • English speaking tour escort/guide for 9 days, Paris – Champagne – Burgundy – Lyon
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in 4 star hotels based on twin/double share rooming
  • Porterage of 1 large suitcase per person at each hotel
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Lunches & dinners (3 course menu with drink) as detailed in itinerary
  • Airport arrival & departure motorcoach transfers with assistance
  • Half day tour of Paris with English speaking guide
  • Welcome reception on arrival at Paris hotel (1 glass of wine, champagne or soft drink)
  • Half day tour of Montmartre with English speaking guide
  • Two cooking classes at renowned cooking schools
  • Round trip coach transportation to included events
  • Private deluxe motorcoach for 5 days touring to Champagne & Burgundy regions
  • Sightseeing and walking tours as per itinerary
  • Wine estate visits with tastings as detailed in itinerary
  • Visits and entrances to special sites/venues as detailed in itinerary
  • Local taxes and services charges. Inclusive of local VAT

*** Subject to availability of all listed hotels and venues/sites, a similar standard of property or similar venue may be used ***

Not Included:

  • Airport taxes / Fuel Surcharges / Airline Levies – approx. $216.00 (Subject to fluctuation until time of ticket issue)
  • Airline Excess baggage costs – excess over and above free limit set by airline
  • Meals & drinks other than stated
  • Limited single room occupancy at hotels. Subject to availability and extra cost
  • Gratuities & tips to guides, drivers, service providers
  • Items of personal nature (e.g. laundry, phone calls, room service, etc).
  • Passport and visa costs – please check with this office if you require visas for your tour. If you are travelling on a non- Australian passport please check all document requirements with the embassy or consulate of the country/ies you are visiting, transiting through and re-entering
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance HIGHLY RECOMMENDED– Available from Gullivers Sport Travel.

All land costs shown are subject to alteration (up or down) due to currency fluctuations. Increases in land and air costs which may arise between now and the date of departure. Costs will also depend on availability of flights, hotels, trains, buses etc quoted on. These costs are subject to the group travelling together throughout the tour. Any variation will incur an amendment fee and may also jeopardise the costs for the rest of the group.

Land costs are based on an exchange selling rate of 0.63 against the EURO.

Ph: (02) 9267 8655 | 1300 307 077

Contact – ofa@gullivers.com.au