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Culinary Tour – Normandy and Paris

 Dates: 1 – 10 June 2012

CULINARY TOUR – ITINERARY

DAY 01 – 01 JUNE 2012:                                                     DEPART JOHANNESBURG – PARIS

15h00:              On arrival at O R Tambo International Airport, Please Meet in Terminal A, behind the check in counters – open space where restaurants are located. Check in procedures will take place for your flight to Paris.

19h25:              Depart Johannesburg on Air France, flight AF 995.

DAY 02 – 02 JUNE 2012:                                                     PARIS – NORMANDY

06h05:              Arrive Paris

Arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport – France, where you will be met by your air-conditioned coach and guide. On the way to your accommodation, you will stop at Rouen, whilst there you will have lunch at a suggested restaurant called “La Couronne Restaurant” to be settled directly. After lunch you will have some time to explore the sights of Rouen before continuing on to Ma Normandie in Breville Les Monts, Normandy.

On arrival you can settle in to unpack.

Ma Normandie is located 6 kilometres from the coast   in the Normandy village of Bas De Bréville. It offers guest rooms with Wi-Fi   and private bathrooms.
Guests of the Ma Normandie can relax in the bar, games room or   lounge. There is also a free children’s club in the holidays, offering   sports, arts and crafts.

The Ma Normandie restaurant serves regional cuisine and sea food   specialties once a week. The village-club is situated 15 kilometres from Caen   and 10 kilometres Cabourg.

 

Balance of afternoon at leisure

Evening meal at your hotel

Please confirm dinner times with the centre upon arrival

Overnight at the MA Normandie Hotel

DAY 03 – 03 JUNE 2012:                                                                       NORMANDY

07h00:              Breakfast at the Hotel

This morning you will head out to the stunning tidal island of Mont St Michel. Here you will get to explore the medieval streets, and spend the afternoon sightseeing.

Mont Saint Michel is a small UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of the region of Lower Normandy in northern France. The island is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town

Lunch in Mont St Michel – under your own arrangements

Late afternoon return to your hotel for dinner

Overnight at the MA Normandie Hotel

 

DAY 04 – 04 JUNE 2012:                                                                           NORMANDY

07h00:              Breakfast at the Hotel

Today is the first proper day of your Normandy cuisine tour!

In the morning half of your group will visit the Wilde Kitchen and take part in a Normandy Cuisine Cookery Lesson, whilst the other half visit a local dairy farm that produces Camembert Cheese and the Calvados Distillery who produce Cider, apple juice and jams so that you can learn more about cider production, this afternoon the groups will swap over.

Welcome to the Wilde Kitchen, Normandy where the best of Norman cuisine is always on the menu…

Indulge in a unique insight into a French country kitchen. Enjoy a real taste of the food culture of Normandy, l’ art de vivre à la française, try out some new recipés, learn a little and share a passion for cooking while spending some time in the relaxed ambience of Sinéad’s 18th century farmhouse kitchen..

Lunch at Wilde Kitchen

Late afternoon return to your hotel for Dinner

Overnight at the MA Normandie Hotel

 

DAY 05 – 05 JUNE 2012:                                                                        NORMANDY

07h00:              Breakfast at the Hotel

This morning you will learn a little bit more about French Cuisine with a visit to a Snail Farm and an Oyster Farm.

Lunch at Escargot de L”Odon – for own account

In the afternoon you will head off to Bayeux and visit the Bayeux Tapestry, probably the most important relic to survive from the eleventh century. Bayeux is a medieval town complete with shops, mills and historic architecture.

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth—not an actual tapestry— nearly 70 meters (230 ft) long, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes annotated in Latin, embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William’s half-brother, and made in England in the 1070s. In 1729 the hanging was rediscovered by scholars at a time when it was being displayed annually in Bayeux Cathedral. The tapestry is now exhibited at Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy.

Late afternoon return to your hotel for dinner

Overnight at the MA Normandie Hotel

 

DAY 06 – 06 JUNE 2012:                                                              NORMANDY – PARIS

07h00:              Breakfast at the Hotel

Check out of your hotel. On your way to Paris you will visit Rouen again but this time the Joan of Arc Festival will be in full swing. Whilst there visit a medieval market selling local produce and perhaps watch some costumed theatre before heading off to Paris.

Joan of Arc is a famous warrior of France during the Hundred Years’ War which opened the way for the coronation of Charles VII. Joan was born in Domrémy, France, ca. 1412. She was the daughter of Jacques d’Arc and Isabelle Romée who owned a vast farming land in the country. Her real name was Jehanne d’Arc. Joan of Arc is an English bastardization of her name that was never used while she was alive. She preferred to be called “Jehanne la Pucelle” or Joan the maid. At her trial Joan herself testified that: “In my town they called me Jeannette, and since I came into France I have been called Joan.”

Joan of Arc was seized by the Burgundians and then sold to the English. She was tried by an ecclesiastical court and burned at the stake when she was 19 years old. Twenty-five years later, Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent and declared her a martyr. Joan was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. Together with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis IX, and St. Theresa of Lisieux, Joan of Arc became the patron saints of France.

Lunch under own arrangements in Rouen

You will stop and visit a Chocolate factory before continuing onwards to your hotel, the Comfort Inn – Chelles

17h00:              Arrival at hotel in Paris and check in

Comfort Hotel, Chelles, a family-friendly hotel near Disneyland Paris

The Comfort Hotel, Chelles, is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an affordable, family-friendly hotel near the Disneyland Paris resort.

Situated in the suburb of Chelles, in eastern Paris, our hotel is within 30 minutes’ drive of the Disneyland theme parks and it’s also within easy reach of the centre of Paris, so it’s a great place to stay for a fun-packed holiday.

The Comfort Hotel in Chelles has 42 spacious, double-glazed rooms with showers, and all the amenities you’ll need for an enjoyable stay. In-room facilities include a desk, a hair dryer, a radio and cable / satellite television, and other items such as DVD players, kettles, fans and flat irons are available on request.

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Comfort Hotel, Chelles

 

DAY 07 – 07 JUNE 2012:                                                                       PARIS

07h00:              Breakfast at the Hotel

After breakfast your group will head off to visit the world famous Cordon Bleu Cookery School to watch a cookery demonstration by the trainee chefs.

Lunch under own arrangements in Paris

In the afternoon you will head over to the Grand Marnier Distillery where you will have a guided tour of the Grand Marnier distillery including a film that describes the production stages: peeling the fruit, pickling, distillation and ageing, followed by a tour of the production area where the liqueur is distilled in fifteen large copper vats. There will be an English speaking guide who is available to answer any questions

 

Late afternoon return to your hotel for dinner

Overnight at the Comfort Hotel, Chelles

 

DAY 08 – 08 JUNE 2012:                                                                                   PARIS

07h00:              Breakfast at the Hotel

Today is free at leisure. Your coach will transfer you into centre Paris where you will be given a hop on hop off bus pass valid for 2 consecutive days giving you the opportunity to go shopping and sightseeing.

Lunch under your own arrangements

Dinner at a local restaurant

You will be picked up at around 22h00 for your return to the hotel.

Overnight at the Comfort Hotel, Chelles

 

DAY 09 – 09 JUNE 2012:                                    PARIS – JOHANNESBURG

07h00:              Breakfast at the Hotel

Today is free at leisure. Your coach will transfer you into centre Paris where you have the opportunity to go shopping and it will pick you up at approximately 6.30pm for your transfer to the airport.

19h00:              Depart for the airport

23h20:              Depart Paris on Air France, flight AF 990

 

DAY 10 – 10 JUNE 2012:                                                           JOHANNESBURG

09h50:              Arrive Johannesburg

 

Package -

The price per adult sharing comes to R24 500.00

The price per person for airport taxes comes to R3398.00

The package includes the following:

  • Return flights in economy class on Air France for the routing: Johannesburg      –  Paris – Johannesburg
  • Overseas coach transfers from/to airport and to  your accommodations as specified
  • Accommodation and meal arrangements based on Half board daily (Breakfast and Dinners)
  • Tour Representative / guide
  • Excursions as follow:
  • Mont Saint Michel (entrance to the abbey cannot be prepaid) (Cost @ Euro 30 per      group)
  • Wilde Kitchen half day cookery course with lunch / Dinner after preparation of      meal
  • Calvados Cider Farm
  • Bayeux Cathedral / Bayeux Tapestry
  • Farm Marine Oyster Farm / Snail farm Les Escargot de L’Odon
  • Chocolate factory Chocolaterie les Marianiks
  • Cordon Bleu Cookery Demo
  • Grand Marnier Distillery
  • Laiterie Fromagerie
  • Hop On – Hop off bus pass for 2 consecutive days in Paris
  • 24 Hour emergency assistance service operated by experienced personnel who are familiar with the details of your tour
  • Travel Insurance

 

The above excludes the following:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa or passport costs @ Approx Euro 60 per person
  • Entrance fees not specified as above
  • Airport departure taxes as specified above @ R 3398.00
  • Any meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and Gratuities to the guide, driver and hotel personnel

Costing

The itinerary is based on current availability and rates as well as 16 guests travelling together: Please note that the quotation is subject to change, based on the following variables:

  • Fluctuations in the rate of exchange
  • Stability of flight and accommodation costs at the time of payment
  • Size of passengers travelling together

To book, send an email to info@entco.co.za

 


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