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Come on a Cheese Tour with me this Summer from France to Spain!

Good Evening Everyone, we are now in my least favourite month of the year when the Christmas buzz has worn off and the days are still short and cold. It's okay though, this month is short but now is the time to plan for some fun adventures this Summer!





I am excited to be working with "Allez Abroad", an independent, husband and wife led duo who arrange off the beaten track trips around France. They approached me last year to collaborate and you may have seen my posts last year which mentioned that I will be hosting their newest addition, a 12 Day Cheese Tour from France to Spain in July 2024.


Not only am I excited to be your host, I am also incredibly proud of the route, activities and experiences we will go on together. This is a trip which will show you some beautiful, picturesque areas of France, the cheeses in these regions but also a focus on exploring the surrounding areas in a fun, active way.


There are fondue dinners, hikes, kayaking and more...BUT...in true Emma fashion you will also get some down time as our hotel in Lozére has an indoor pool and sauna. There are plenty of opportunities to jump into water - which if you know me, you will know I will do at the drop of a hat. Waterfall in Déroc here I come!



The Tour Includes;


🧀Multiple tastings of sheep, cow, and goat cheeses guided by me!

🧀 Fondue, Raclette, Aligot, Tartiflette - all your melted cheese desires

🧀Wine Tasting in Jongieux

🧀Reblochon Cheese Farm Tour

🧀Visit to French Cheese Co-op

🧀Alpine Hike to a Cheese Farm

🧀Visit to ancient Caussenard Farm in Unesco World Heritage Site

🧀E-bike ride in Massif Central

🧀Kayaking in the Gorges Du Tarn

🧀Visit to the Roquefort Caves

🧀1 night in Girona, Spain

🧀2 nights in Barcelona, Spain


We are keen to tell you more and to answer any questions you have about the itinerary or logistics. I'm happy for you to contact me directly but your best bet will be the brains behind this, Allison and Patrick of "Allez Abroad" who will be more than happy to answer any and all questions.


I am so excited to get out on the road onto this trip that I am going to show you the full day by day itinerary here. Whilst salivating and getting eager to go right this second!





Day by Day Itinerary
 

Day 1 - July 27, 2024

Today you will arrive in Paris and then journey to the breathtakingly beautiful French Alps to Le Grand Bornand!

We'll set off in 2 9-passenger vans from Paris to Le Grand Bornand.

Meals

Breakfast at the Hotel is included. A quick lunch is included while traveling. A lavish French Alps Fondue dinner is included.

*Passengers must arrive before noon to Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris.


Day 2 - July 28, 2024

#1 Visit - Learn how cheese is made from an AOP Reblochon cheese farm with majestic views of Mont Blanc!! Option to hike or ride to the farm. Then taste a variety of cheeses on their outdoor veranda.

#2 Visit - After lunch, we'll visit a cheese co-op, where multiple farmers can send their milk to be made into Reblochon, Beaufort, Tomme, and Raclette, a wonderful juxtaposition to our earlier farm visit.

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel is included. A lunch of tartiflette in an authentic open-air restaurant overlooking the French alps is included and raclette for dinner!


Day 3 - July 29, 2024

#1 Visit - Quick drive then morning hike complete with breathtaking views and vivid green pastures dotted with flowers in the French alps destination of Col de la Colombière!

#2 Visit - Enjoy a free afternoon shopping, sipping rosé, or cafe around La Clusaz!

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel is included. For lunch traditional French mountain fare with rich dishes and spectacular views. Reblochon, crisp salads, and puff pastry are just a few of the items that our traditional Alpine restaurant has in store for you for dinner!


Day 4 - July 30, 2024

Travel Day- We'll have a visit before getting on the road to our next destination - Lozère! Wine tasting in Jongieux, a couple shares with us how they produce some of the best wine in Savoie.

Check into an ancient farm renovated into guest rooms and guest houses, complete with an indoor pool and sauna, it's our longest stay and a chance to relax in nature.

Meal

Breakfast is included at the hotel. For lunch a quick bite or more depending on time. Dinner traditional French cuisine served by our host at our cozy mountain lodge.


Day 5 - July 31, 2024

#1 Visit - Walk to Déroc waterfall, 30m above the small glacial valley of the Gambaïse stream. It has impressive views of the large stretches of Aubrac granite in the background.

#2 Visit - Local cheese farm, making flowery crusted cheese from cow’s milk that only takes about 15 days to mature!

Meal

Breakfast at the hotel is included. Enjoy lunch al fresco on the Aubrac plateau enjoying aligot made in it the traditional way in a cauldron over a wood-burning fire! Enjoy a 3-course meal, the products vary by season, though we’ve enjoyed savory pheasant, pâté en croûte, and pork with mustard at this typical Lozerien restaurant.


Day 6 - August 1, 2024

Visit #1 - Sheep cheese farm, meet the sheep, the cheesemaker and taste their savory cheeses!

Visit #2 - Famous Roquefort caves and learn how this epic cheese is made and protected by AOP standards, then sample from various caves.

Meal

Breakfast at the hotel is included. For lunch, we'll try the regional French cuisine made with the freshest ingredients situated in a beautiful plaza in Millau. Enjoy a relaxing dinner back at our lodge prepared by the owner of the lodge.


Day 7- August 2, 2024

Visit #1 - The picturesque village of St. Enimie then learn how it became known for its healing waters.

Visit #2 - Kayaking on the Tarn River, single and double kayaks are available on this 2-3 hour beginner/intermediate kayaking course.

Meal

Breakfast is provided at the hotel. Enjoy regional cuisine at a typical restaurant just across from the Tarn River. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local Auberge after finishing our kayaking trip!

Off the Beaten Path Tours of France

Day 8 - August 3, 2024

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Visit #1 - Take electric mountain bikes to La Malene from our lodge, then enjoy a delicious pizzeria lunch before heading home.

Meal

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Lunch will be provided during the visit. Enjoy free time at the lodge, hop in the pool, or use their sauna before heading to La Canourgue for a 3-course dinner.


Day 9 - August 4, 2024

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Drive to Girona, Spain! After lunch in Coullioure, drive to Girona, Spain made famous for the Game of Thrones series. Explore the Arab Baths, built around 1194, and discover "El Call" one of Europe's most well-preserved Jewish quarters.

Meal

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Lunch at the iconic artist village of Coullioure at a restaurant where farm fresh eggs make their quiche and their goat cheese comes from just a few miles away! Dinner on your own.


Day 10 & Day 11 - August 5 & 6, 2024

Head to Barcelona, only a 45-minute trip from Girona! Travelers will be on their own to experience the magic of Gaudi's architecture, sample tapas on Ramblas, or see a flamenco show!


Meal

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Other meals on your own.


Day 12- August 7, 2024

All good things must come to an end! You'll transfer to the airport and bid farewell for now.

Morning airport transfer to Josep Tarradelles Barcelona - El Prat Airport (BCN)

Meal

Breakfast included at the hotel.


Date: 27th July - 7th August 2024

Group Size: 10 plus drivers/translators

Location: Savoie, Lozère, Girona, Barcelona




Or email Allison directly here: hello@allezabroad.com



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