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Gastronomy & Local produce

Var, a gentle land where the simple joys of good living and good food are cultivated. Come and discover the pleasures of our countryside, the protected natural environment, local producers and good food with the subtle flavours of our Provence.

In the beautiful surroundings of the Var region, cruise guests can enjoy a wide range of made-to-measure day programs, tailored to suit your preferences for sport, culture or simple relaxation. The programs are organized on demand for individuals or groups and naturally benefit from a professional framework when required. Below you will find are just some examples of what the Var has to offer - please contact us for details and information on other available activities.

The Bec Fin traditional canning factory and the secrets of Provencal cuisine

The Bec Fin traditional canning factory and the secrets of Provencal cuisine

After a guided tour of the canning factory and a tasting of Provencal specialities, you will attend a cooking class led by a top chef, who will teach you the techniques and secrets of Provencal cooking. A day of Provencal flavours that will certainly leave you with memories of some unforgettable tastes!

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Taste tour (honey, wine and chocolate)

Taste tour (honey, wine and chocolate)

After a guided tour of the mediaeval village of Roquebrune sur Argens and the Musée du Chocolat [Chocolate Museum], you will have the opportunity to taste some local produce, including honey, wine and chocolate. Enough to please any food lover! The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish, strolling through the narrow streets of this mediaeval village, falling under the spell of its charm and its authenticity.

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Taste trip (local canned goods, honey and wine)

Taste trip (local canned goods, honey and wine)

Food lovers will be pleased to discover the Carcès canning factory, as well as the Ruchers du Bessilon (honey production).A wine-tasting session at a winemaking estate in the heart of the vineyards is also planned. You will end the day with some free time in the charming village of Cotignac (cave dwellings).

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Organic wine and produce visit

Organic wine and produce visit

At the start of the day, you will enjoy wine-tasting in an organic vineyard and learn the secrets of organic winemaking. In the afternoon you may visit the picturesque village of Correns, the first “organic” village in France. Following this visit, you will easily understand why these producers have opted for organic farming, in complete harmony with the surrounding preserved countryside.

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The secrets of a master French chef

The secrets of a master French chef

The heart of a village perched along the cliffs is the stunning setting where our master French chef from a restaurant that has been awarded Michelin stars will help you choose your vegetables from the garden before creating famous dishes out of them.

After that, you’ll get to enjoy your culinary creations in this authentic setting where it really seems as if time has stood still.

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Cooking classes at Le Mas des Candeliers

Cooking classes at Le Mas des Candeliers

Wine tourism at its finest – first take a cooking class and then enjoy the fruits of your labour served with wine from the domain. In the company of Véronique Sibille, a chef who is truly in love with Provencal gastronomy, you’ll try your hand at and master pissaladière, pan bagnat, aïoli, bouillabaisse, pistou, daube and other regional delicacies. Olive trees and lavender, fine wine and haute cuisine are all blended together in Mas des Candeliers for a unique and memorable culinary voyage.

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Olive presses in Draguignan

Olive presses in Draguignan

Visit the village where they are wild for olives, and they will show you the village olive press that dates from the 17th century, in use until the freeze of 1956; it was renovated in 2008 and today you can see the presses, the millstone and the water wheel. Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Moulin de Callas where the Bérenguier family has been making extra-virgin olive oil for 4 generations, oil that wins prizes at the agricultural fair in Paris. Picnic in a picnic area or try a gastronomic lunch at the Hostellerie des gorges de Pennafort (1 Michelin star).

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Cooking classes at the Château de Berne

Cooking classes at the Château de Berne

In the heart of Provence lies the Château de Berne, some 600 hectares where authenticity and savoir-faire have been cultivated since 1750. Here, you’ll take a two hour cooking class, after which you can enjoy your delicious work served with award-winning wine from the domain, and in the company of the chef, no less.

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The vineyards in Saint-Tropez

The vineyards in Saint-Tropez

St Tropez' s peninsula is a good land, warmed by the sun and cooled by the four winds, that generously offers its white, red and rosé wines with appellations of origin from the domains that stretch across the exceptionally beautiful landscape. Enjoy the elegance and rich heritage of these wines in any of several packages we can offer you, including a unique winery tour where you’ll see the domain from a four-wheel drive vehicle.

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A day out in the countryside

A day out in the countryside

Come and enjoy a day of country life and farming at Rocbaron. Winemakers will welcome you to their estates to taste their wines. You can then visit a goat farm and spend a little while experiencing farming life by feeding or milking the animals, before sampling some farmhouse cheese of course!

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Festival of Chestnuts and Local Produce (October)

Festival of Chestnuts and Local Produce (October)

Following a visit to the historic centre of Brignoles, you will discover the Chestnut Festival in Camps la Source. You may enjoy the many events promoting chestnuts, wine and other local products, including music, drumming and numerous stands selling chestnuts, chestnuts jam, honey, nougat, olive oil, wine, etc. A delight for the eyes and the taste buds!

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Play golf!

Play golf!

After a quick introduction and the expert advice of a professional, you’ll feel just like Tiger Woods! After all that effort, relax and enjoy lunch in an idyllic, friendly setting by the green at the restaurant “le Z”. You may also choose to end the day with a wine tasting of Côtes de Provence wines from the Château Vaudois domain, wines that are served in the best restaurants of the region.

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Guided gourmet Tour: "Flavours and discoveries"

Guided gourmet Tour: "Flavours and discoveries"

In line with cultural and culinary traditions, Saint-Raphaël, like Provence, has over the years managed to perpetuate the authentic colours and flavours of Mediterranean cuisine. Tour the town's markets and try the Provence specialities that await you: tapenade, olive oil, piperade, etc.

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Discovering the wine and cultural heritage of Saint-Tropez

Discovering the wine and cultural heritage of Saint-Tropez

" La Maison des Vins des Côtes de Provence " offers you a unique and original way to discover the wines along with the cultural and historical heritage of Saint-Tropez Peninsula. Discover the town differently and initiate yourself to wine tasting with an experienced oenologist. Come and enjoy.

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