2017 Culinary Experience – Paris to Rome

It’s time to take your foodie fandom to the next level. We’re talking to the future top chefs out there that want to experience all of the amazing food Europe has to offer. And take it from us – this is one trip you’re going to want to save room for. You’ll savor the flavors of the world’s original culinary meccas – France and Italy. But this isn’t just an eating tour, you’ll also see the sites and learn from the masters themselves in private cooking classes in each region. Treat your tastebuds to a vacation next summer – we’re confident you’ll be hungry for more.

Student Travel - Culinary Travel - Paris

Program Snap Shot

Smaller groups.  Bigger impact.

 Program length: 12 days
All Inclusive Price: from $5,495
Programs Depart: 
Summer of 2018, Date TBD

Minimum Group: 25 Paying Travelers


Highlights:

  • Le Cordon Bleu cooking lesson
  • Visit to a fromagerie in France
  • Master Class on Cote d’Azur
  • Pizza making lesson in Italy
  • Seafood preparation in Florence
  • Pasta making lesson in Rome

 

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Full Program Itinerary

Day One – Europe, here we come!
Today we board our overnight international flight to Paris
Day Two –  A Parisian Feast!
Bienvenue, Paris! Upon arrival, we will be met by our Tour Manager, our driver, City Guide and local staff. 

To keep our energy up and kick things off right, we’ll keep moving. We’re off on our first excursion: a city tour of Paris.  Before heading to our hotel to freshen up, we’ll pass:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame
  • The Louvre
  • Musee d’Orsay and
  • Champs-Elysees

This evening we delight in a gastronomic welcome feast, dining on foie gras, escargot, pot au feu, patisseries and crepes. Bon Appetit!

Day Three – Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute
This morning we head to Le Cordon Bleu, the largest hospitality education institution in the world. We will take part in a three-hour cooking demonstration lead by le Cordon Bleu chefs. The chef will demonstrate a

  • starter
  • main course and
  • dessert.

Of course we will sample the fruits of his or her labor. This afternoon we ascend the Eiffel Tower for a view of Paris like none other, from the third level.

Day Four – Pique nique a’ la Francaise!
Our day begins with a visit to the Chateau de Versailles, the home of the Sun King, Louis XIV. That’s right, after a lifetime of admiring, imagining and waiting, you’ll stroll through Versailles like the royal court once did. You’ll simply be amazed by the opulence of this legendary palace. Many describe Versailles as the most beautiful of all the palaces in all of Europe.

Lunch will be purchased from an authentic Parisian market and we will “Pique nique” on the grounds of the chateau. Will we dine on baguette and charcuterie, or will our group find other delectable delights?

This evening we head to the train station and board the TGV high-speed train, which will whoosh us to Nice.

Day Five – The delights of French Cheese
Welcome to the French Riviera! This morning our guide will show us the city of Nice (say like “niece”) during a fantastic city tour.

  • The sites will include a local market where our guide will introduce us to the fresh herbs and spices that make foods in this region so distinctive.
  • Naturally, we’ll make time to shop for souvenirs, to remind us of this beautiful location in years to come.
  • In the afternoon we will enjoy an expert briefing at a local fromagerie, learning about the many famed cheeses of this region and gain an understanding of the techniques and ingredients that give each cheese it’s unique flavor and texture. Then, of course, we’ll taste the array of cheeses the maker has on offer.
Day Six – Master class on the Cote d’Azur
Today we have a master class with a local Chef.

  • During the class we will split into groups and prepare dishes under the direct supervision of this French Chef.
  • You’ll never forget this rare experience, learning time-honored techniques under the guidance of a master. Truly something memorable for every budding chef.
  • The class concludes as we bring together the foods created by each culinary team and enjoy a beautiful lunch.

This afternoon, after all that hard work in the kitchen, we’ll head to the beach and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the “Azure Coast.”

Day Seven – Into the Land of Pizza and Pasta
This morning we cross the border between France and Italy and head to the dazzling city of Florence

  • Upon arrival, we’ll have a walking tour of historic Florence and discover for ourselves the beauty that this famous city has to offer.
  • Our walking tour will include the Ponte Vecchio, where we can marvel at the exquisite gold jewelry and leather goods produced by fine Florentine artisans for centuries.
Day Eight – Pesce anyone?
Early-to-rise if we want the very best catch of the day! Arise early this morning to meet today’s Culinary Instructor and head to Florence’s legendary San Lorenzo Fish Market. 

Like baking, cheese and sauces, seafood is a specialized culinary category unto itself. Proper knowledge of selection and preparation is essential.

  • With our Instructor’s seasoned guidance, we’ll select and purchase the freshest ingredients for today’s big meal. We will explore and learn hands-on about the broad range of seafood available at the market.
  • We then head to his kitchen, where we will have a practical lesson on cleaning fish and shellfish in preparation for cooking. This skill will pay dividends for a lifetime.
  • We then learn to cook our seafood in the style of the region and sit down to enjoy our lunch together.

An unforgettable day for any foodie!

Day Nine – Ah, Tuscany!
A day in Tuscany is a feast for the eyes, the soul and the palate.

  • Today we will visit a local winery or olive farm (depending on where the farms are in their production cycles). The seasoned Tuscan farmer will explain the classic techniques used during production of their crops and products.
  • Following this excursion, we’ll make our way to an authentic Italian pizzeria where the chef will instruct us on the fine art of Tuscan pizza-making before we each select ingredients for our personal pizza pie.

The beauty of Tuscany can only be matched by the simple perfection of today’s flavors. You’ll be telling friends and family about this day for a lifetime.

Day Ten – Roma, Aeterna!
After breakfast we head south to The Eternal City: Rome. The views along this drive are distinctly Italian, and your excitement for Rome will build mile by mile.

  • Upon arrival we’ll participate in a unique scavenger hunt. Here, we are given clues that can only be solved by interacting with local Romans.
  • Will you have enough skill with Italian words (or charades) to bridge the language divide?
  • The first team to uncover the correct answers will receive a “special prize.” (Gelato anyone?)

Another memorable Roman reward: during the afternoon we will visit the Coliseum and Roman Forum to experience in person the best of Roman antiquity.

Day Eleven – Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!
It’s not easy to make perfect pasta. You’ll discover this for yourself today as we learn some of the finer techniques of pasta-making from a local chef.

  • Our class begins, of course, with a trip to the neighborhood market for the freshest ingredients.
  • Then we’re off to the kitchen for a demonstration, and then another private cooking lesson.
  • As always, we’ll sit down together and dine on the meal we have created together.

Then, this afternoon will include free time to do some last minute shopping and soak up the incredible atmosphere of Rome.

Day Twelve – Homeward Bound
Say “Arrivederci!” to magnifico Roma. This morning we head to the airport for our flight back to the USA.