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Culinary Adventure to France, July 6-14
Join Saveur the Journey (http://www.saveurthejourney.com/) on an exciting food adventure in the beautiful mountainous region of Haute Savoie. With picturesque Lake Geneva (Lake Léman) and dramatic Alps rising from green pastures, this is the source of France’s fresh mountain waters including world famous Evian. Click here (http://www.saveurthejourney.com/2018-itinerary/) for full itinerary. The local cow breed Abondance known for its excellent buttery cheese bearing the same name and its “sunglasses” look Hike through green mountain pastures while coy French Abondance cows look on. Eat a rustic lunch in a traditional restaurant d’ouvrier, a humble working persons restaurant serving a fantastic 4 course meal. Dine at a gourmet restaurant and enjoy sophisticated French cuisine. Visit a beautiful medieval village situated on the shores of Lake Léman. Sip cold spring waters from the famous Evian fountains. Be invited into a French farmhouse for a home-cooked meal and charming and exciting company. Join French farmers over a glass of wine and taste the fruits and vegetables of their labor. Haute Savoie is also one of France’s best regions for cheese. We will visit “La Tour” Fromagerie (cheesemakers) to watch and learn how they make Reblochon, Abondance, or La Tomme de Savoie, as well as meet their specialized herd of cows and taste cheese of course (including a fabulous cheese fondue made from their own cheeses)! A stop at the boucherie/charcuterie will show us the traditional craft of making delicious sauccison sec (cured and dried sausages), jambon cru (similar to prosciutto), as well as a plethora of pâtés, terrines, and other meat delicacies. French bakers have been refining their craft over the centuries and we will watch as they explain their special flour mixes, long fermentation, and age-old techniques of mixing, shaping, and baking and how they bake bread in a modern world. We will join chocolatier Jerome Chaumontet of the celebrated Chaumotet & Co for a special cooking class with a focus on single origin chocolate and pastry. Le Founil du Chablais Boulangerie gives us tour and shows off a dozen different crusty loaves. Wine is an important part of everyday life and we will travel up the lake to the beautiful terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region in Switzerland. In this Unesco World Heritage Site the beautiful vineyards produce small batches of delicious wines of exceptional quality that you have probably never heard of because they are almost all consumed within Switzerland. The Chasselas grape produces a crisp, dry, easy drinking mineraly white wine. We will walk along the hiking paths through the terraces overlooking Lake Geneva as we sample these hard to find wines. The Alps are fantastic place to hike, with beautiful views, the ringing of cow bells as they graze the lush pastures, and perhaps even a chance to see a chamois or Ibex. We will have several hikes that are somewhat strenuous but relatively short and allow us amazing views of Lake Léman (Lake Geneva) and even Mont Blanc. We will also hike into the summer pastures, high in the Alps where herders traditionally brought their herds and flocks up to graze on the rich; succulent grasses and wildflowers and make cheese. We will also tour a French market, visit a duck Foie Gras producer (optional), and experience French culture by sipping a strong coffee in a café while talking and people watching. Assiette de fromage- cheese board at french farmhouse All tours will be followed by tastings. Accommodations include local hotels, and “Chambres d’hôtes” (Similar to bed and breakfasts). Meals will be eaten in hosted French homes, at the Chambres d’hôtes, as well as several restaurant outings, and mountain picnics. 9 days, 8 nights. Price for the trip is $2650 based on double occupancy (GEAMs members save $300!=$2350). Please add $600 for a single room. Price includes accommodations, transportation within France, most meals, and all tours and tastings. Airfare, alcohol, gratuities and travel insurance not included. Not suitable for people who cannot eat dairy or gluten. Not recommended for vegetarians. Must be ready for long days with rigorous schedule and be in good physical shape. Please arrive at the Geneva airport on Friday, July 6th. Interested? For more information and to reserve a spot please email [masked] ([masked]) or visit www.saveurthejourney.com

Geneva Switzerland Airport

Route de l'Aéroport 21 · 1218 Grand-Saconnex

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