Study Tours: Taste
Study Tours: Taste
Enjoy regional culinary excellence in the landof gastronomy.
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The Berry, the hidden land of gastronomy. Wines from Valençay, Reuilly, Sancerre, Pouligny-Saint-Pierre cheese, potato pancakes, green lentils, croquets and shortbread… Let yourself be carried away by the abundance of flavours and discover the secret of how they’re made.
An native-speaker guide will accompany you throughout your language immersion program, which is tailored to your abilities and needs. Each newly acquired concept will be reused in workshops. You will learn your new language in the same way that you acquired your mother tongue: seeing – saying – doing – it’s as simple as that. Each learning point has been specially designed to untangle the complex cultural web of the Berry region. Your language guide will provide you with all the necessary resources so that you can fully participate in our workshops, excursions and guided tours.
After learning the specific vocabulary, you will get the chance to meet producers, follow a recipe, take a cooking class with a professional chef, taste fusion cuisine in a Michelin-starred restaurant, sample locally produced beers and wine.
How it works....
The objective of our course is to create an experience that will have a lasting impact on your life, your state of mind, your way of understanding your daily life and your relationship with others, allowing you to refocus on the essential and improve your well-being.
A typical day includes morning language classes with our language guides, who will give you the necessary language required for your afternoon activities.
The Taste routes
Our discovery tour is available with several itineraries covering the Berry region; whether it’s literary excellence or for sumptuous palaces that take your fancy, you will see the heart of France in all its beauty.
Here is an example of a typical stay, your experience will depend on the season and your preferences.
- Day 1: Morning: introductions, questions and answers. The vocabulary will focus on gastronomy. In the afternoon, visit a local producer (a farmer, a beekeeper, a cheese maker…).
- Day 2. Language workshop – follow a recipe in the target language.
- Day 3. Morning: understanding instructions. Vocabulary focused on food and then a visit to the market. In the afternoon, cooking lessons with a professional chef.
- Day 4. Morning: language workshop. Lunch: visit a Michelin-starred restaurant with a French/Japanese fusion cuisine for a tasting menu. In the afternoon, discussion on the meal and how to ” critique “.
- Day 5. Language workshop – follow a recipe in target language. In the evening, wine and beer tasting.
- Day 6. Morning: last class then lunch “sunday lunch” – the most important meal of the week! – with an initiation ceremony to the Trobadors.
These are examples of a typical day,
your experience will depend on the season and your needs.
10am-11am: meet your Trobador and your course mates.
11am: break and refreshments.
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: your Trobador will help you discover the culture and gastronomy of the Berry region, its mysteries and secrets.
12:15-14:00: Lunch at a local restaurant with the rest of the group. You will taste the delicious local specialities, you will have the opportunity to visit the surroundings.
14:00-18:00: visit of a local workshop, you will be met by your guide to learn how traditional skills are used today, how ceramics or leather work are skills that are still sought after by haute couture houses or designers.
6:00-7:00 p. m.: Time for an aperitif! Local wines, cheeses, charcuterie.
From 7pm: this is your free time. We can book a table for you in a restaurant where you can use your time as you wish: relax, stroll, listen to the grass grow.
9:00 am: meeting with your driver who will take you to the meeting point.
10 am-11 am: during this excursion, your Trobador will guide you through the culture and gastronomy of Berry, its mysteries and secrets!
11:00 am: break and refreshments.
11:15-12:15: with your Trobador you will start working on the key points of your preparation for the afternoon workshop.
14 h-16 h: visit to a local workshop, you will be welcomed by your guide. Visit and contemplate magnificent buildings and exciting places, be guided by people from the region and be amazed by their stories.
16:00-16:15: Traditional tea time, the opportunity to taste local drinks and food.
4:00-5:00 p.m.: This is the time to relax and practice the language you have learned throughout the day, an opportunity to consolidate your new skills and techniques learned.
17:00-17:30: time for the traditional aperitif! Local wines, cheeses, charcuterie.
6:30 p.m: you will meet your driver to visit another place or to return to your hotel/point of departure.
From 6:30 pm: free time! We can book you a table in a restaurant where you can use your time as you wish: relax, stroll, listen to the grass grow.
Your journey program
Your day will starts by meeting your Trobador guide who will give you the keywords and language skills you require for your workshops or afternoon excursions.