Saturday 16 June / Friday 22 June 2018
Led by Ariane Daguin, founder and CEO of D’Artagnan foods and passionate Gascon native
VeronicTravel, Voyage Designer
Savor the gastronomic and oenological delights of Gascony on this food-and-wine focus journey. You spend time on the important stuff – having fun, relaxing and enjoying vacation, while discovering a culture and thousand year traditions through the eyes of the most passionate Gascon native.
Tour includes cultural discovery, gourmet food experiences, hands on culinary classes, private artisan visits, winery tours, VIP wine and Armagnac tastings, visits to specialty workshops and historic villages …
Unique culinary voyage to Ariane’s authentic region of Southwest France Armagnac, Gascon Wines & Foie Gras
Limited to 12 people only. Reserve today!
For information, contact VeronicTravel: 917 495 5058 email: [email protected]
New York Times article- March 2017
Is Gascony the Most Delicious Corner of France?
“Gascony is not merely distinct from Provence and the Côte d’Azur. It is, in my estimation, better”
“Also — interesting fact — the humans who do live there live a long time”
“Gascon cooking…. is a cuisine best eased into…”
"Gascony is fundamentally a rural place, and to imbibe its true essence you have to leave the towns behind and venture deep into the countryside…… Such excursions are in my opinion the best possible way to work up your appetite."
Day 1 Saturday 16 June
Morning Arrival & Welcome at Toulouse airport Lunch in Toulouse “the Pink city”
Tour of the only Organic Pop Corn factory
Arrival in Auch, welcome party at the City Hall, in the room of the Illustrious Dinner and stay at the Hotel de France
Day 2 Sunday 17 June
Duck, geese and foie gras farm. Hands on feeding. Chateau Montluc. Visit of the castle, the Roman foundations, the wine cellars.
Cocktail “Pousse Rapiere " tasting .
Lunch in Castera Verduzan, the village in France where people live the longest.
Private tour of the Thermes (spa) . Share a glass of the 'magic' water.
Chateau De Lavardens, the medieval village, castle and museum.
Dinner on the farm.
Day 3 Monday 18 June
The farmers market of Samatan
We each choose our own duck with foie gras. Back to the center of gastronomy research, CRITT, to butcher our duck, and prepare pate, confit, duck breast & foie gras
Late lunch at Auch Donkey farm, milk the animals.
Dinner al fresco in Auch.
Day 4 Tuesday 19 June
Roman road strolling through the historical villages of Barran, Montesquiou, Termes d'Armagnac. Organized visit to the towers.
Lupiac, birth place of D’Artagnan, and museum Montus Madiran wine cellar tour and lunch Pierre Matayron agroforesterie ranch, heritage cattle and pigs.
Marciac, Wynton Marsalis jazz school dinner at Denis Meliet after a ham tasting.
Day 5 Wednesday 20 June
The “Armagnac” day
Abbaye de Flaran, Condom, Larressingle
Stop at the Gallo Roman Villa of Seviac Lunch in Eauze Capital of Armagnac, Armagnac Tasting, organized visit to the Armagnac museum
Dinner at Tariquet in the cellar & music by a local band Induction in the command of the “Maitres aqueux”
Day 6 Thursday 21 June
Bull-fighting horses farm tour & riding demo
Lunch on the ranch
Auch city tour in the old center & Basilica Ste Marie
Gala dinner at the Hotel de France & last toast
Day 7 Morning Friday 22 June
Departure from Toulouse
Dates: June 16 to 22 /2018
7 days, 6 nights
$3,750.00/per person sharing a double room
$3,950.00 /single room
Hotel, breakfast, transfers, meals & tours mentioned in the itinerary.
The international & domestic flights or train & personal expenses
The price is calculated on Feb 15th, 2018, based on today currency exchange. The price may change until the confirmation and payment
Terms and Conditions
The terms below are applicable for each participant of the group as a whole and are important for program organizers to know.
Reservation & Deposit $1,950/pp due date on Thursday March 20, 2018
Balance $1,800/pp double room due date on Wednesday April 18, 2018
Balance $2,000/pp single room due date on Wednesday April 18, 2018
Registration & Payment
Terms and Conditions for cancellation of Individual Participants
The terms below are applicable for individual participants on the tour.
Cancellations, Penalties and Fees
All changes and cancellations must be provided in writing. The following penalties apply with the number of days prior to departure:
- $750 penalty for cancellation after April 5, 2018
- 50% of the total trip cost is non refundable for cancellation between April 19 & 25, 2018
- 100% of the total trip cost is non refundable for cancellation after April 25, 2018 or in case of no-show
We highly recommended that you purchase a trip insurance to cover these penalties in case of cancellation & to be covered for medical reason.
The participant is still responsible to pay the amounts indicated but would then be reimbursed by the insurance company. Please note that for most policies, the reason of cancellation must be on the list of "covered reasons" for 100% reimbursement. We can propose, quote and confirm the insurance upon your request
All participants must have a valid passport up to 6 months after the return date. Please verify your passport.