Join your English speaking host for an intimate and unique gourmet walking tour of Sète. Stroll the streets along the canals of the “Venice” of France, past historical buildings while sampling local specialities, meeting merchants and getting historical and culturals tips. The visit will include delights such as pastry and chocolate, fine foods, cheeses and wines. Your culinary adventure will also take you to “les Halles” the harbour’s colourful and authentic fish and seafood market. On market days (Wednesday), the true scents and flavours of southern France will be abundant where you will discover seasonal produce and how to use it at home.

Nancy loves to write about her food experiences in France. Have a look at her posts on the “Romance of Roquefort“, “Cheese Etiquette“, “Who’s got the World’s Best Oysters?” and more on Barefoot Bloggers special section. Absolutely Southern French Food and Etiquette.

“Nancy McGee has created a small marvel.Rather than the traditional tours of sights she gives you precious insight to the culture and people of Sete,through the medium of its unique culinary delights.Into her experiential tour she also weaves fascinating stories that bring this unusual town to life.A must for anyone who loves to get beneath the surface of a place.”
October 2013 – Nigel Barlow UK

Shelly and I truly enjoyed yesterday ..was our highlight in Sete ..your tour gave us such insights into Sete ..that we would have not experienced on our own .At each stop we encountered vendors who were both professional and informative ..and had a real passion for there field !
We will tell Trip Advisor the Rick Stevens !!
Thanks again for such a wonderful experience !!

Sue & Shelly Sept 2013

Other unique and exclusive experiences available in Sète : – Cooking workshop from 10am to 2pm, Boat outing to oyster beds and sampling with local wines. Vineyard tasting and tours in a vintage Citroen 2HP…

MEDITERRANEAN “Hands on” cooking workshop

With your local experienced French chef in Sète, learn how to prepare a fine three course meal with freshest ingredients and cooking in a typical French kitchen. You will be able to enjoy the meal together and partake your creations with a helping of some beautiful local wine from 10am to 2pm : 75 euros per person (min 6 – max 8). Your chef can also hold a private workshop in your holiday home in the area or cook your evening meals. Quotation on request.

Absolutely Southern France Receives 2013 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award

CONTACT: Nancy McGee
BUSINESS: Absolutely Southern France
PHONE NUMBER:  +33 613 231035
Honoured as a Top Performing Tour as Reviewed by Travellers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site

Sète France May 23rd 2013 –– Absolutely Southern France (ASF)  today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“ASF  is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Nancy McGee, Director of ASF. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor. With 30 visiting luxury cruise ships and visitors from around the world, Sète is growing in importance as a tourist destination. Because France is known for its food and wine tradition, I identified a need to offer a gourmet experience and at the same time a glimpse of the town’s many attractions and local colour. “

Absolutely Southern France’s Gourmet Walking tour is an intimate and unique culinary adventure in  Sète. An English speaking guide will accompany groups of no more than six along the canals of the “Venice” of France, past historical and cultural attractions, while sampling local specialities and meeting merchants. The visit will include delights such as pastry, oysters, cheeses, wines and other fine foods. Visitors will discover the true scents and flavours of southern France while visiting the outdoor and indoor acclaimed markets with their unrivalled displays of fish, seafood and abundant local seasonal  produce.  The merchants, whose expertise is often handed down through several generations, are always delighted to explain how to prepare their produce.
Following the success of the gourmet walking tours in Sète, ASF is now offering a similar experience in nearby Montpellier.
ASF  provides it services and local knowledge to travellers who are looking for   unique and customized experiences such as wine tours, yoga tours and much more  on the Riviera, Provence and the Languedoc regions.



> Join your English speaking host for an intimate and unique gourmet walking tour of Montpellier. Stroll the streets past historical buildings while sampling local specialties, meeting merchants and getting historical and cultural tips. The visit will include delights such as pastry, olive oil, fine foods, cheeses and wines. Your culinary adventure will also take you to the central market stalls laden with local produce and to an authentic coffee roastery, to experience the simple, fresh and elegant food of the real south of France in this bustling and vibrant city. . Other unique and exclusive experiences available in neighboring Sète : – Shop, cook & eat with your chef – picnic and paint with a renowned artist ! Boat outing to oyster beds and sampling with local wines. Vineyard tours…


Discover the Riviera

Mingle with the rich and famous, admire the gorgeous yachts and luxurious cars, shop at the Dior and Chanel boutiques, enjoy the excitement of the night life in the clubs and casinos, and admire the  Prince’s Palace of Monaco which  is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. We can arrange for a local guide to take you for a day tour to visit the Principality followed by a drive along the coast to admire the scenery and visit Cannes, Eze (perfume factory) and Nice (lively market). For CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS, shore excursions are organized departing from Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo.

The Art of Chocolate

Luxury chocolate factory rated Number 1 by Gault and Millau expert panel, is located in the outskirts of Aix en Provence. Discover the secrets of this exquisite delicacy or take a chocolate making courses. These exquisite chocolates are filled with ganache, praline, caramel or liqueur. Why not spoil your family and friends with a gift of chocolate decorated with speckles of 22 carat gold? While in Provence, we can make your vacation truly special, sourcing other unique experiences to include a gourmet walking tour, car rental, hotel reservations – No need to spend hours on the internet – contact us now to help you build your vacation.

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Villa Gallici

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La Chevre d’Or

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Hotel Europe

Former residence of a Marquis located in city center, elegance, luxury, antiques and real comfort

Le Boscola Hotel

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Hotel Majestic

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Saint Tropez nightlife and shopping

Absolutely Amazing Ar

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Churches and Roman arenas in Arles

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