Travel for foodies is a booming niche. Travel Agent is taking a look at the top culinary offerings for lovers of beer, cheese, wine and more around the world. We've already checked out Germany and Austria - now we take a wine tour through France.
Wine is the libation that is perhaps most closely associated with la belle France. Abercrombie and Kent is offering a new itinerary this year that is all about the culinary experience there. “Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence” is a new river cruise journey from the Connections collection. Joanne Benes, the product specialist for European river cruises at A&K, explained that food and wine experiences on all river cruise trips in Europe have been well received by clients, so it seemed appropriate to offer a more detailed culinary itinerary in France, which, of course, is known for its food and wine. During the journey, which Benes says is best for wine connoisseurs or travelers who would like to become oenophile, guests will cruise down the Saône and Rhône Rivers.
|In Reims, Abercrombie & Kent ‘s “Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence” includes a visit to the Moët & Chandon vineyard and lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant.|
Along the way, clients will participate in different culinary experiences, including a private tour of a family-run mustard mill followed by a tasting at a premier Burgundy winery. Have a client that wants to dine on truffles? On day five, in Mâcon, travelers will enjoy a tasting of goat cheese and (you guessed it) truffles.
Be sure to mention to your clients that on day nine of the trip they will be having a country lunch at a traditional, family-run Provençal farm, which may look like a Van Gogh painting, since he was voluntarily interned in this area for a year. Note: Guests will actually see the asylum where Van Gogh lived in Saint Paul-de-Mausole. Agents should call 011-800-323-7308 to book, or e-mail [email protected].