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Truffle hunting in Provence

On this occasion we head for the Alpes Maritimes département not just in search of a fine gourmet experience accompanied by good wine, but the highlight of our trip is to take part in a hunt (and later of course the consumption) of truffles, which reach maturity between November and March.

Truffle hunting in Provence

Truffle Hunting region in Provence, general information
Regional gastronomy in Provence with truffles


Event dates: November 2012
Venue: around Nice and Saint-Léger, Alpes-Maritimes, Var, France

This time, on top of the usual gastronomic delights, we are offering an outing with experienced truffiers and their dogs in search of these rarest of mushrooms, all culminating in a 6-course truffle menu created for us by a three-star Michelin-trained chef.

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Programme and truffle hunting in Provence

Thursday - departure from Prague-Ruzyně airport at 06:45, arrival Nice at 08.30. Pick-up by minibus. Transfer to Nice – old town centre for lunch and visiting the seafront. Afternoon visit to AOC Bellet with a visit to a winery and tasting. Transfer to Saint-Léger and the Auberge du Coustet, check-in then a light supper with tutored tasting of regional wines.

Friday - after breakfast transfer to the village of Villars-sur-Var for a visit to a winery Clos Saint Joseph, northernmost wine appellation of the Côtes de Provence and the only one in the département of Alpes Maritimes. Travel through mountainous villages, where there were once wineyards, stop in the historical town of Entrevaux on the River Var and free time to explore or have lunch in one of the local restaurants. Afternoon visit to the exhibition of regional products, transfer to the village of Saint Antonin and visit a farm which makes renowned cheeses from unpasteurised milk under the name Tomme de Serre Lions au lait cru. Return to Saint Léger and walk to the local museum of folk traditions and the romantic church of Saint James, where people from across the globe sometimes come to tie the knot. Gastronomic dinner in the Auberge du Coustet with wines.

Saturday - after breakfast rendez-vous with “truffier“ and his little dog in Puget-Théniers and head off to the task of hunting truffles. Our catch will later serve as lunch at the Auberge de la Penne where renowned Michelin-starred chef Benoît Poulet (with experience not only in the Louis XV with Alain Ducasse, but also in London, Los Angeles, Bordeaux...) and his British wife Maria prepare a six-course truffle menu. Afternoon excursion to La Croix, nearby village on a rocky peak reminiscent of an eagle’s nest. Dinner with wines at Auberge du Coustet.

Sunday - after breakfast check-out and transfer to the Bellet region, the smallest apellation in Provence, which is to be found in the outskirts of Nice. Visit the Château Bellet winery with wine tasting. Transfer to Nice-Côte d’Azur airport and depart at 14.55 for Prague. Arrival in Prague at 16.40.

Total price: .- CZK

Price includes

  • Return flights from Prague to Nice
  • All transfers in the Provence in hired bus with driver
  • 3x accommodation in a double room with breakfast
  • 3x winery or wine exhibition visits including tastings (entrance ticket included)
  • 2x gastronomic lunches (drinks excluded)
  • 2x gastronomic/regional dinners with wines
  • 1x light supper with wine tasting
  • Visit to the museum, church, farm
  • Services of the “truffier“ and his dog
  • 1x tutored tasting
  • Guide and interpreter

Optional extras:

Single room supplement, additional meals, beverages, entrance tickets and medical travel insurance are not included.

Programme subject to change.

Maximum number of participants is limited to 14.

Single rooms no available any more. Last rooms with double bed only.

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