Discover the South of France
From Marseille to Nice
The Treasures of Provence & the Cote d’Azur ~ Cuisine, Wine, History & Culture
October 21 - 29, 2012
with The World of MBI & Chef Michel Bouit, President, Disciples Escoffier International USA
Auguste Escoffier (1847-1935) the “Father of Modern Cuisine” was a renowned chef, teacher, and author of Le
Guide Culinaire among others. Born in France the small village of Villeneuve-Loubet near Nice, his culinary
visions were known not only in France but influenced cuisine worldwide. When the Savoy Hotel was opened
in London in 1898 under the direction of Escoffier and Cesar Ritz, grand cuisine was still the exception.
These two chefs waged a successful campaign to assure that their a la carte offerings were the finest and their
service the best. Escoffier simplified the classical menu in accordance with the principles of Anton Careme
and initiated the kitchen brigade system. It is in this spirit that The World of MBI has created this trip - the
3 rd of its kind- to keep alive the memory and lifetime culinary achievements of Auguste Escoffier and to gain
a better understanding and appreciation of the art of good living and the traditions of French cuisine.
Saturday, October 21 - Departure for France
Sunday, October 22 - Arrive in Marseille. Check-in for 1 night at the Sofitel Hotel Marseille Vieux
Port with its panoramic views of the ancient seaport. The remainder of the day is free to explore
Marseille. Welcome Dinner at Restaurant La Daurade in the Old District.
Monday, October 23 - After breakfast we will visit Marseille’s fish market as the fishermen return
with the day’s catch. Then we visit Ferme Cachalot, a fish farm that produces gilt-head and loup de
mer in La Seyne sur Mer. Today, we will enjoy lunch at Restaurant La Vague d’Or. Our next stop is
La Cadiere d’Azur, our home for the next 2 nights. The 11 th century Hostellerie Berard is located in
the heart of this medieval Provencal village. Dinner is enjoyed at l’Hostellerie with chef/proprietor
Rene Berard, Maitre Cuisinier de France, whose dining room opens onto the vineyards of Bandol
and all of Provence is at the table!
Tuesday, October 24 - After breakfast, we visit The
Domaine de Souviou in Le Beausset, a beautiful property
dating back to the 16th century where grapevines and
ancient olive trees bloom together in harmony with a VIP
tasting of Bandol and Cotes de Provence wines and virgin
Then we visit Chateau Vannieres with wine tasting and lunch. The afternoon offers the participation
in a hands-on cooking class and dinner preparation at La Bastide des Saveurs with Chef Berard or
time at leisure. Dinner at l’ Hostellerie Berard.
Wednesday, October 25 - After breakfast, departure for Nice. In route, we will visit the fish
market at Sanary sur Mer. Next is a visit, tasting and lunch at La Commanderie de Peyrassol in
Flassans. After lunch, visit of Conserverie Au Bec Fin in Cogolin offering specialties from Provence
and the Mediterranean Basin; Rock Fish and Pistou Soups Bouillabaisse and more.
Then we travel to Nice; a fabulous fusion of French and Italian culture,
customs and cuisine. The language, le Nicois or Nissart, spoken almost
exclusively by the local population until the beginning of the 20 th century,
is a hybrid of Italian. Upon our arrival we will visit the Matisse Museum
located on Cimiez Hill, in the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. The
museum is housed in a beautiful 17 th century Genoese villa. Painted red
and decorated with trompe-l’oeil, it is surrounded by fragrant olive, pine,
cypress and cabob trees.
Check-in at Clarion Grand Hotel Aston for 4 nights. Welcome dinner
with Jacques Chibois at the Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse, 1-star
Michelin Relais & Chateaux.
Thursday, October 26 - After breakfast, we visit Confiserie Florian and the famous Marche aux
Fleurs on Cours Saleya in Nice’s Old Quarter. Founded in 1897, this exceptional flower market is
one of the most picturesque in France. Today, there are over 100 stalls of green plants, bouquets
and cut flowers.
A cooking demo and lunch will be enjoyed at Lycee Paul Augier with Michel Duhamel, President
Disciples Escoffier, Delegation France Monaco, Corse Riviera Cote d’Azur. In the afternoon we
visit the grave site of Auguste Escoffier 1846-1935 and his home in Villeneuve-Loubet that houses
the Musee de l’Art Culinaire. Dinner will be enjoyed at Restaurant Le Blanc-Manger with Chef
Friday, October 27 - After breakfast, we visit the medieval village of Eze savoring the breathtaking
vistas of the sparkling Mediterranean along the way. Once in Eze we will be treated
to an aromatic experience in the factory and the exquisite boutique of Perfumerie
Fragonard and a visit of Verrerie d’Art to discover the art of glass-blowing. Using
century-old techniques the craftsmen create stunning glass art and jewelry.
Eze is perched like an eagles’ nest on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the
Mediterranean. The ancient fortified village is still crowned with the ruins of its 12thcentury
fortified castle (torn down in 1706) on a narrow rocky peak. The castle
grounds host the Jardin Exotique. We enjoy a beautiful lunch at the Hotel Le Chevre
d’Or a 2-star Michelin and Relais & Chateaux property.
Our evening is at leisure in Nice.
Saturday, October 28 - The entire day is yours for shopping,
sightseeing and further discovery of The Vieux Nice or
choose to join us on a half day excursion to Monaco, the
world’s oldest ruling monarchy and the famous casino and
shops of glamourous Monte-Carlo. Witness the changing of
the guard ceremony at the Royale Palace of Monaco. Lined
with batteries of cannons cast during the reign of Louis XIV,
the Place du Palais offers a unique panoramic view of the
Ports of Monaco and Monte-Carlo.
Our Farewell Dinner will be at Restaurant La Veranda in the majestic Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat.
Sunday, October 29 - Early breakfast before departure for the Nice Airport for return flight to U.S.
La Cote d’Azur awaits……………………
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~ Discover the South of France, Marseille to Nice ~
___ $3,650 per person, double occupancy
___ $700.00 single supplement
Food & Wine Tour includes: 7 nights hotel accommodations with daily breakfast, point to point ground
transportation by deluxe motor coach & airport transfers, unique gastronomic dining experiences including
Relais & Chateaux and Michelin starred restaurants, VIP wine tasting, professional & cultural visits, hands-on
cooking and demos as per the itinerary recipes, certificate of participation and a commemorative chef coat; all
taxes and tips.
A deposit of $1,000.00 per person is due with reservation. Final trip balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
A confirmation will be mailed upon receipt of your reservation. Food and Wine Tour cost may change due a
fluctuation in the exchange rate with the Euro. Extended stays in Europe are available upon request.
Passenger Travel Protection Insurance is recommended and is available through our office. Our Food &
Wine Tours are approved by the American Culinary Federation for Continuing Education Units.