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Dear Friends,

2023 will be my fourth Culinary Tour, and every year, I add a few more interesting areas and things for you to discover. Daily trips may have added activities & surprises, which is a good thing.

 

The following price & itinerary includes all of the following: 10 days of hotel accommodations, all breakfasts, and all meals are 3 to 4-course meals, with choices.

(All 8 luncheons, 4 dinners, are all accompanied by wines & beers, coffee, etc, and sometimes aperitifs too, only 4 evenings will be at your leisure). All bus travel, entrance & tickets to daily activities (see activities below) are included. All daily travels (from March 3 to March 12) are with a 44-seat Deluxe A/C and Heated Motor Coach.

 

Every new day is more enticing than yesterday!!!

The discounted cost is $3200 (normally $3695 ) all taxes are included, per guest, twin occupancy. Single occupancy is available at $475 additional. (That price does not include the airfare from the States to Paris, nor the train tickets for Paris to Bordeaux and Bordeaux to Paris. Take the TGV, the Fast Speed Train, which takes about a couple of hours from Paris.

(From Paris, take from Gare Montparnasse Station to Bordeaux (Gare Saint Jean, in Bordeaux, there is only one train station ), these train tickets are inexpensive, book them online ahead ).

 

Friday, March 3rd –Meet Chef Didier in Bordeaux, at La “Tavern du Midi Restaurant” across from Train Station Gare Saint Jean around 2:30 pm).   La Taverne du Midi - Restaurant in Bordeaux

( If you arrive early, have a bowl of fresh mussels with a Stella Artois or espresso, I probably will be there myself, if you are late, we will wait for you.).

 

 

Friday, March 3rd –the Tour begins: 

Leaving Bordeaux, with the bus, going to a 3-star Hotel, in Sarlat-La-Caneda, where we will stay for 3 nights as we visit that area

Stop at Les Eyzies to see the Cro-Magnon Man (Les Eyzies-de-Tayac)

Welcome cocktail at the Hotel

Welcome dinner at a Sarlat Restaurant

Back to the Hotel (across the street from the restaurant)

 

Saturday, March 4th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel.

Taking our Deluxe, a/c & heated bus (the same bus for the whole trip, Mr. Abdel, he is wonderful!! ) to the town of Les Eyzies 

Visit of "Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac", called "The Cristal Cathedral", near the town of Rocamadour. The most famous cave in Europe and the most interesting geological site, with stalagmites & stalactites.

Visit of the 100 years old Magnificent Gardens of Marqueyssac

Lunch: Restaurant La Traverse: Le Bourg 24250 CÉNAC AND ST JULIEN

Visit of Chateau Des Milandes and the life of Josephine Baker

Visit of its surrounding Gardens and the many Falcons and Birds of Prey

Dinner downtown Sarlat

Return to the hotel  

 

Sunday, March 5th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Visit of the town of Sarlat, and its market. There is a wonderful Cathedral (Mass at 10 am)

One-of-a-kind Lunch, with 14 courses, and a degustation style menu, made of every part of the goose, many geese are loose in the town, walking down the street to celebrate that special weekend. This is a Feast Goose, attended by hundreds of guests from all over the world, all courses are accompanied by local wines. Enjoying many attractions of this two-day event, taking place in the medieval heart of this town.

Dinner at your leisure. But after that wonderful 14-course lunch, we usually meet for a beer at a local café,  around 6.30 pm. The chef is buying!

Back to Hotel

 

Monday, March 6th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Check out of Hotel. Bus to visit the Lascaux IV Caves, world known and unique opportunity to explore primitive painting from 20.000 years ago

Lunch at La Dornac, visit to a goose farm

Visit of Collonges Rouge, a picturesque red brick town. Where we visit a little shop where you can buy honey, mustards, etc...

Going to a new 3-star hotel in Perigueux for 2 nights. Arrive at 7 pm.

Dinner at your leisure

 

Tuesday, March 8th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Depart 9am to Limoges store SAMIE PORCELAINE

Hunting & visit a truffle farm, we will unearth fresh truffles with Loris, the specialized Doggy. Option to bring some back too! Mensignac: Truffle farm

Lunch at a Restaurant in Perigueux.

Back to the hotel at 4 pm

Dinner at your leisure

 

 

Wednesday, March 8th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Visit of the local 3 different farmers' markets around the Cathedral in Perigueux medieval town

Cooking class in a Charcuterie in Perigeux (Charcuterie Mazieres)

Lunch in the old town in Périgueux

Visit: Clovis Reymond Distillery 49 Rue Gabriel Reymond, 24140 Villamblard

Class on Foie Gras, that Chef will lead.

Arriving at 7 pm at a new hotel, 3 stars, in Bergerac

CHÂTEAU DES VIGIERS

Dinner at a local Restaurant in Bergerac

 

Thursday, March 9th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel 

9 am. Depart Hotel to visit the Car museum at the Château de Sanxet in Pomport 

Lunch in Monbazillac where Chef trained during his cooking school (La Grappe d'Or).

 

IVBD Educational wine tasting where we will understand more about winemaking.

IVBD (Interprofession of Bergerac and Duras Wines) 1 Rue des Récollets, 24100 Bergerac 

 

Return to the hotel

 

Dinner at your leisure in Bergerac,

 

Friday, March 10th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel.

Lecture of the two Cyrano’s De Bergerac Statues by a local guide

Visit & degustation of the wines of Lunch at Chateau Haut Sarthes

Followed by lunch. This is the only Bergerac available in Chicago at all Binny’s

Visit of underground Saint Emilion, its collegiate church, and its cloister 

Cooking class (with Master Chef Michael GUEDJ): Hangar 18, 3 Cr Edouard Vaillant, 33300 Bordeaux  

Arrive at Bordeaux hotel at 6:00 pm

Going to a 3 stars hotel in Bordeaux for two nights, close to the train station so we can go back to Paris on Sunday easily, or just stay in town. 

Evening at your leisure.

Back to the hotel

 

Saturday, March 11th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel. Depart at 9 am.     

Visit & Degustation at Chateau Giscours https://giscours.com/en/  10 Rte de Giscours, 33460 Labarde 

Plus they have a wonderful souvenirs shop

Mademoiselle Margaux Chocolate Boutique & Degustation of Chocolates.

https://www.mademoiselledemargaux.com/boutique/

Lunch in Margaux

Discorvering Route des Grands Crus: Departmental 2   

Afternoon tasting in Margaux

Visit of Bordeaux, La Cite du Vin, on the banks of the Garonne River

Return to Hotel

Dinner in Bordeaux Brasserie

Back to Hotel

 

Sunday, March 12th: 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Memoir of the Trip 

Visit of several Bordeaux Farmers & Antiques Markets if desired

Morning at your leisure 

 

 

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2023 CULINARY TOUR RESERVATION FORM DISCOUNTED

Please complete ONE form per person, to be returned to :

Chef Didier Durand 3818 North Richmond Street,  Chicago,  Illinois 60618

www.chefdidierdurand.com      chefdidierdurand@yahoo.com

 

Enclosed is my (our) reservation (s) for the Culinary Tour in France from March 3rd to March 12th, 2023. I (we) have included a personal check, money order, or Zelle direct deposit for $ 750 per person. Make check payable to : Didier Durand

 

Your Name:_______________________________________________________

( Please print your name as it appears on your passport ).

 

Signature & Date:___________________________________________________

 

Complete Address:__________________________________________________

 

Home Phone:_____________________

Cell Phone:________________________

 

Email (please write capital letters _____________________________________

 

Roommate Name (if any):________________Birthday Date/Month:___________

( Please book me at the additional single occupancy rate of $ 475 to be paid along with this filled reservation form, so this first check is $ 1225).

Payment Schedule: all amounts are per person, $ 750 due at reservation, along with this filled form ( $ 1225 if you are booking on a single occupancy rate ). Welcome to Chef Didier’s Culinary Tour of your Life!

Second: $ 850 by December 31st, 2022

Third :$ 750 by January 15th, 2023

Fourth & Final: $ 850 by February 1st, 2023

This is 10 days for a total of $ 3200 (including taxes) per guest, twin occupancy. Includes all hotels, breakfast, lunches, 6 dinners, all wines, aperitifs, drinks, everyday activities & visits, in a 44-seat Deluxe Coach A/C  or heated bus. The whole trip can be paid at once or several payments as you wish. Credit card payments: Please add 3% )

 

This Tour is exclusive, with around 20 Guests only, a limited invitation to a memorable & culinary experience, personally directed by Chef Didier as you discover, with him, his birthland, filled with so much history, and culinary treasures, meeting his friends and his friends he calls « family », where he started to learn the profession of being a cook, 40 years ago. Local English-speaking guides will showcase many, one-of-a-kind, special sites, visits, and places, that no one had seen or done before. BON VOYAGE.   Questions @ 773-620-3986   THANKS!

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2023 OENOPHILE TOUR RESERVATION FORM DISCOUNTED

Please complete ONE form per person, to be returned to :

Chef Didier Durand 3818 North Richmond Street,  Chicago,  Illinois 60618

www.chefdidierdurand.com      chefdidierdurand@yahoo.com

 

Enclosed is my (our) reservation (s) for the Culinary Tour in France from April 21st to April 30th, 2023. I (we) have included a personal check, money order, or Zelle direct deposit for $ 825 per person. Make check payable to : Didier Durand

 

Your Name:_______________________________________________________

( Please print your name as it appears on your passport).

 

Signature & Date:___________________________________________________

 

Complete Address:__________________________________________________

 

Home Phone :_____________________Cell Phone :________________________

 

Email (please write capital letters ):_____________________________________

 

Roommate Name (if any):________________Birthday Date/Month:___________

( Please book me at the additional single occupancy rate of $ 425 to be paid along with this filled reservation form, so this first check is $ 1250).

Payment Schedule: all amounts are per person, $ 825 due at reservation, along with this filled form ( $ 1250 if you are booking on a single occupancy rate). Welcome to Chef Didier’s Oenophile  Tour of your Life!

Second: $ 850 by January 31st, 2023

Third :$ 850 by February 28th, 2023

Fourth & Final: $ 850 by March 15th, 2023

This is 10 days for a total of $ 3375, normally $3695 (including taxes) per guest, twin occupancy. Includes all hotels, breakfast, lunches, 5 dinners, all wines, aperitifs, drinks, everyday activities & visits, in a 44-seat Deluxe Coach A/C  or heated bus. The whole Trip can be paid at once or several payment as you wish. Credit card payments : Please add 3% )

 

This Tour is an exclusive, around 20 Guests only, limited invitation to a memorable & culinary experience, personally directed by Chef Didier as you discover, with him, his birthland, filled with so much history, culinary treasures, meeting his friends and his friends he calls « family », where he started to learn the profession of being a cook, 40 years ago. Local english speaking guides will showcase many, one of a kind, special  sites, visits, places, that no one had seen nor done before. BON VOYAGE.   Questions @ 773-620-3986   THANKS !

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