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SAPIO Languedoc

Languedoc Food and Wine Tours

On the traces of the Occitan culture

Length

8 Days

Group size

4-8 travelers

Travel style

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Languedoc: Oysters and Roquefort - 8 Days

Trip highlights

Oyster farm in Sete

Roquefort cheese

Hike Cirque de Navacelles

Vermouth tasting

The Feast experience

Visit of cattle and wine farm

Picnic on lake du Salagou

Olive oil tasting

Cooking class

Destinations: • Octon • La Vacquerie-et-Saint-Martin-de-Castries • Montpellier • Sete • Mourèze

Arrival information: You can fly to Montpellier by plane. If you prefer to travel by train, you can also travel to Montpellier station. If you would like to book a transfer to the hotel, we can organise this for you. If you would like to arrive by car or camper van, there is parking possible at the accommodation.

Follow us on a culinary discovery of the Languedoc, and indulge in oysters, wine, olive oil, and cheese! This is a region on the rise—authentic and idiosyncratic, with fascinating landscapes of (still) untouched nature, with passionate farmers and winemakers. You will live in a remote hamlet in the middle of nature, hike through special landscapes, and meet people who will let you look behind the scenes of how they produce food. Over the course of the week, you will get to know and learn about Languedoc cuisine in typical regional restaurants. A journey of discovery for the curious.

Why book with Feast?

✔ Experts for culinary discoveries in the Mediterranean
✔ Book with confidence: 20 years of experience VTT
✔ Small groups of 4-12 travellers
✔ All experiences, meals, guides and daily transfers included
✔ Sustainable travel, avoiding mass tourism sights
✔ Complete and flexible rescheduling without inconvenience, complexity, and stress with our Flexi option.

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Every booking supports local communities through a small donation to our V Social Foundation. By clicking on this link, you can find out more about these projects.

SAPIO Languedoc Sete
SAPIO Languedoc La Palombe Octan
SAPIO Languedoc Domaine de L´Oulivie

Map

Itinerary

Transfer Sapio

0 Days

Transfer Montpellier Train Station - Hotel

From

EUR 80

Transfer Sapio

0 Days

Transfer Montpellier Airport - Hotel

From

EUR 85

SAPIO Languedoc La Palombe hotel
SAPIO La Palombe Octon
SAPIO La Palombe Octon

Welcome Dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Enjoy your first aperitif in the Languedoc with your fellow travellers and your guide

Journey to this remote corner of France, land of the Occitans! In the small, charming Hotel La Palombe, any worries will quickly melt away. Situated in the middle of nature, peace and relaxation are guaranteed. In the late afternoon, you will get to know your tour guide Bert and your fellow travellers over an aperitif before you experience your first dinner together in the Languedoc.

SAPIO Languedoc Cirque de Navacelles
SAPIO Domaine de Ferrussac
SAPIO L’Ogustin

Tasting of wines & local food

Hike in the Karst region

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dinner with the winery owner Renaud

Today, you will hike with Bert to the Cirque de Navacelles in the wonderful karst area around Navacelles along the Vis River. See gorges carved deep into the limestone, waterfalls, and huge valley basins. On your way there, you’ll stop at the vineyards of the Domaine de Ferrussac. Get to know the owner, Renaud, and his vines. After the hike, Renaud will show you around his winery and cattle farm, offering you a taste of several interesting wines and other local products. In the evening, Renaud accompanies you to a local restaurant, where you can continue to philosophize with him and your fellow travellers about life, the Languedoc, and the joie de vivre.

Distance: about 6 miles. Elevation difference: 110 metres. Duration: 4h (comfortable)

SAPIO Roquefort
SAPIO Roquefort
SAPIO Gaec des Truels

Sheep & goat cheese producer visit

Roquefort cheese tastings

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taste two different kinds of Roquefort at a small and a commercial producer

Today, Bert will take you to a sheep and goat cheese producer in Lazarc. With homemade bread, you will taste a variety of wonderful cheeses. In the afternoon, we go to the other side of the Parc Naturel des Grands Causses to Roquefort. To understand the myth of Roquefort cheese, visit both a commercial and a small producer, both of whom will teach you the history of the most famous blue cheese. For dinner, linger at the small producer’s and enjoy the atmosphere.

SAPIO Lac du Salagou
SAPIO Lac du Salagou
SAPIO Domaine de L´Oulivie

Hike around Lac du Salgou

Olive Oil Tasting

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Have a picnic in the middle of nature after your hike around Lac du Salgou

In the morning, go on a leisurely hike with Bert around the Lac du Salgou near the accommodation, followed by a picnic in a landscape to unwind. In the afternoon, we head towards Montpellier to a wonderful olive oil domain, where the Billet family lives and has been working organically for years. In the evening, visit one of the two capitals of the Languedoc: Montpellier. Bert will guide you through the alleys and reveal a few secrets. The rest of the night is for you to enjoy on your own and try to find the best culinary spots.

SAPIO Sete
SAPIO Sete
SAPIO Languedoc Sete

Oyster Farm Visit

Vermouth Tasting

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eat delicious oysters with the oyster-catchers

Today, Sète is on your program. Take a water taxi to the city centre, where Bert shows you around the weekly market and tells you some interesting culinary stories. After a typical market snack, visit a historic vermouth manufacturer in the area, where you will learn many fascinating things. Then, head to an oyster farm and meet Mathieu, who will share interesting stories and delicious oysters to snack on. And because there can never be enough oysters, Bert invites you to dinner at a kind of oyster fishermen's clubhouse, Le Cercle. Enjoy the atmosphere and the people!

SAPIO Cirque de Moureze
SAPIO Cirque de Moureze
SAPIO La Palombe

Cirque de Moureze hike

Cooking Class with Christian Ravinel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Experience a cooking course with a former star chef

Start the day with the small Cirque de Moureze hike, where you can stroll between stone sculptures created by nature. You'll spend lunch in the area before enjoying a short break at your accommodation. In the late afternoon, Christian Ravinel awaits you with a cooking class in Langue d’Oc. After you've finished your work, you can take off your aprons and take a seat at the table to try your own creations for dinner. Bon appétit, or better—bon apetís!

SAPIO Flor en Thym
SAPIO Flor en Thym
SAPIO Flor en Thym

Farewell dinner with seasonal produce

Foraging

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn about herbs and plants with a young entrepreneur

Today, Bert will introduce you to the herbal, pharmaceutical, and perfume culture of Montpellier. You will also meet an innovative young entrepreneur, Guillaume, owner of the company Flor en Thym. Guillaume describes himself as a collector and environmentalist, and gathers, processes, and markets spices and medicinal plants, all completely organically. In the afternoon, visit André and Quentin at the Chateau Cazaneuve winery, for good conversation, wine, and olive oil. From the winery, you will hike one last time through the wonderful Languedoc landscape on your way to dinner. Chef Vera will prepare a colourful, seasonal Occitan farewell dinner to remember your culinary journey to Languedoc.

SAPIO Languedoc
SAPIO Languedoc
SAPIO Languedoc

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today it's time to say goodbye to the Languedoc! Or not—stay a few more days, as there's still so much more to discover! Enjoy a little more peace and quiet in La Palombe. Or go on a few hikes in the Cévenne. Have you already visited Toulouse and Carcassonne? Or is Montpellier and the Mediterranean calling you? We would be happy to support you in planning an extension to your vacation.

Transfer Sapio

0 Days

Transfer Montpellier Train Station - Hotel

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EUR 80

Transfer Sapio

0 Days

Transfer Montpellier Airport - Hotel

From

EUR 85

Dates & Prices

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15

Jun

2024

22

Jun

2024

Full

From

EUR 2,398

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in German.

Your guide for this tour

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The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

15

Jun

2024

22

Jun

2024

German speaking tour

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From

EUR 2,398

14

Sep

2024

21

Sep

2024

Full

From

EUR 2,398

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English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

Guide

Bert Van den Abeele

Bert

Your guide for this tour

A Belgian of Flemish origin, Bert Van den Abeele studied sport and education in the 1970s. After years of traveling and long stays in the south of France, he moved to Lake Constance in 1985, where he founded one of Germany's first organic wine imports. In 2007, he then moved to where he had always wanted to live: the south of France, where he first lived in Languedoc and since 2015 in Provence! It is the unspoiled nature, the vast wild landscape and the uncomplicated way of life that drew him here. He is passionate about healthy food, natural regional agriculture, good food, excellent, honest wines and a relaxed atmosphere.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

14

Sep

2024

21

Sep

2024

English speaking tour

Bert Van den Abeele
Full

From

EUR 2,398

21

Sep

2024

28

Sep

2024

Available

From

EUR 2,498

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in German.

Almost guaranteed! : Only a few participants are still missing for the trip to be guaranteed!

Guide

Bert Van den Abeele

Bert

Your guide for this tour

A Belgian of Flemish origin, Bert Van den Abeele studied sport and education in the 1970s. After years of traveling and long stays in the south of France, he moved to Lake Constance in 1985, where he founded one of Germany's first organic wine imports. In 2007, he then moved to where he had always wanted to live: the south of France, where he first lived in Languedoc and since 2015 in Provence! It is the unspoiled nature, the vast wild landscape and the uncomplicated way of life that drew him here. He is passionate about healthy food, natural regional agriculture, good food, excellent, honest wines and a relaxed atmosphere.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.


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21

Sep

2024

28

Sep

2024

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German speaking tour

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Almost guaranteed!

Bert Van den Abeele
Available

From

EUR 2,498


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Preferred date unavailable? You'd like to book further ahead in the future? Contact us

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Single Room Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option "share room (if possible)". If no other participant chooses this option, you will be accommodated in a single room. The cost of the single room is EUR 390 and Feast will in that case pay 50% of the single room supplement, the rest will need to be covered by you. We will notify you approximately one month before the start of the tour.

What's included

7 nights at the Landhotel La Palombe, including breakfast, accommodation tax and wifi.

7 minimum four-course meals including wine accompaniment (1/2 bottle per person) and water

6 light lunches, picnics and snacks including drinks served

4 leisurely nature walks and a herb tour

Visit to the market in Sete

Cooking course "Languedoc cuisine" with Christian Ravinel

Visits to the Domaine de Ferrussac wine estate and Cheateau Cazaneuve

Visit to Roquefort cheese producers

Visit to an olive grower

Visit to the city of Montpellier and elegant dinner

Visit to an oyster farm

Visit to a Vermouth producer

Entrance fees mentioned in the programme

All journeys in a comfortable 8-seater bus

Tour guide and translation Bert Van den Abeele

​10 EUR donation to the VSocial Foundation to support community projects https://www.vsocialfoundation.org/

What's not included

Arrival and departure

Additional drinks

Tips

Cancellation and travel health insurance

FAQs

If the traveller withdraws before the start of the trip or does not start the trip, Ventura loses the right to the travel price. Instead, Ventura may demand reasonable compensation from the traveller. This shall not apply if Ventura is responsible for the cancellation or if unavoidable, extraordinary circumstances occur at the destination or in its immediate vicinity, which significantly impair the performance of the package tour or the transport of persons to the destination; circumstances are unavoidable and extraordinary if they are beyond the control of the party invoking them and their consequences could not have been avoided even if all reasonable precautions had been taken.

Ventura has defined this claim for compensation to which it is entitled in the following cancellation fees. The calculation is made taking into account the time of the cancellation declared by the traveller up to the contractually agreed start of the trip, the expected saving of expenses and the expected acquisition through alternative use of the travel services. The compensation shall be calculated as follows according to the time of receipt of the declaration of cancellation by Ventura or the travel agent:

a) General cancellation fee (as a percentage of the travel price):

For bookings in the CLASSIC fare: up to 65 days before departure 20% from the 64th to 30th day before departure 25% 45% from the 29th to 15th day before departure from the 14th to 7th day before departure 60% from the 6th day before departure 80% 90% on the day of departure and in the event of a no-show

For bookings in the FLEXI fare: up to 65 days before departure 0% from the 64th to the 45th day before departure 10% from the 44th to the 30th day before departure 20% from 29 days before departure, the cancellation fees are identical to those of the CLASSIC rate

b) Special cancellation fee:

Special offers/specials, individually prepared package tours and group tours may be subject to special cancellation conditions, to which explicit reference is made in the respective service description or travel advertisement/offer and the travel confirmation in accordance with Art. 250 §§ 3, 6 EGBGB.

Ventura reserves the right to demand higher, specifically calculated compensation instead of the above cancellation flat rates, insofar as Ventura can prove the occurrence of significantly higher expenses than the applicable cancellation flat rate.

We advise you to take out travel cancellation insurance, as it can always happen that you are unable to travel shortly before the departure date due to unforeseen illness, an accident or for other reasons. Repatriation assistance insurance is strongly recommended!

If you pay for your Feast trip with your VISA credit card, you are normally insured, but please ask your bank to confirm this. If you do not wish to take out insurance, Feast cannot be held liable.

Feast's travel insurance offer:

We offer 3 types of insurance (cancellation cover/all-round cover/travel cover) when you book online through our partner HanseMerkur. Of course, you can also contact other insurance companies of your choice.

The following links will take you to the insurance booking portal. After booking, you will receive your insurance documents and invoice directly from our partner HanseMerkur.

For Germany, Austria and Belgium, click here https://secure.hmrv.de/rvw-ba/initBa.jsp?baid=419&adnr=4562815&fTypId=0&locale=de_DE

For Switzerland, click here https://secure.hmrv.de/rvw-ba/initBa.jsp?baid=800&adnr=4577797&fTypId=0&st=HMINT&locale=de_CH&mId=21

You can book your travel insurance at any time from the moment you book your trip up to 30 days before the start of your trip.

No, all our tours include an individual journey in order to avoid unnecessary national bundled flights and to give you the opportunity to organise your journey individually.

We are happy to help you plan and decide on flights, train connections or intermediate stages.

If you need a transfer from the airport or train station, we can organise this for you.

A deposit of 20% of the tour price is due upon receipt of the invoice. Please transfer the remaining payment no later than 21 days before departure. Bank transfers from Germany and other EU countries via IBAN and BIC are fast and inexpensive. You can also pay conveniently by credit card.

According to our terms and conditions, we can cancel the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached up to 21 days before the start of the trip. As a rule, we will inform you one month in advance to discuss alternatives. You can then, for example, choose another date or an alternative trip. If these options are not suitable for you, we will refund the full travel costs already paid. However, it is rare that a trip cannot be realised. As soon as a trip is guaranteed to take place, we will highlight this on our "Dates & Prices" page.

You can start organising and booking your journey as soon as we have confirmed that the trip is guaranteed to take place. This happens at the latest approx. 30 days before the start of the trip. If the minimum number of participants has already been reached, you will of course be informed immediately.

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