Western Languedoc for Foodies - 6 Days

This foodie’s trip to the western Languedoc area of SW France is a chance for the food lover to discover a rich variety of regional food and local produce in a beautiful corner of the country.

Languedoc is a fabulous destination for the food lover as well as for the wine enthusiast. The area has a wonderful Mediterranean climate, a rich and fascnating history and is criss-crossed by the Canal du Midi which is classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. What’s not to like!

The surprisingly expansive coast of Languedoc is a foodies dream. From oyster beds to anchovies, from salt to the freshest seafood,  your taste buds will be well and truly tickled here!

Inland, you’ll discover that iconic dish of SW France, the cassoulet, as well as learn about the produce that goes into making it. Visit the pottery facility where they have been producing the terracotta cassoules for over 150 years and then visit the farms that produce the delicious duck for which the area is so well known.

The highlight of this foodie’s trip of western Languedoc is sure to be the cookery class on the banks of the Canal du Midi. Using fresh, seasonal, local produce you’ll create one of the local speciality dishes which you’ll then enjoy for lunch washed down with wine from the chateau next door. Fantastic!

This single centre, fully flexible itinerary is based near Carcassonne and will form the basis from which your own personal itinerary will be created.

We suggest you fly into Toulouse, Carcassonne or Perpignan from where you can hire a car.

If you have any specific foodie interests let us know in the form below and we’ll incorporate them into your itinerary.

The price for this Western Languedoc foodie’s trip will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, the time of year and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.

This itinerary can be combined with any of the others on our site to create a complete trip to France. Consider combining it with our western Languedoc wine itinerary or historic Languedoc one if you’d like to build some history and culture into your holiday.

Day 1
Carcassonne

Take a half day guided walking tour of the lower Bastide Saint-Louis area of Carcassonne which dates back to the 1200s. Your guide will introduce you to some of the specialist shops where you’ll be able to sample handmade chocolates and artisanal wine produced in the surrounding area.

During your tour you’ll learn all about some of the fascinating history of the area – the history of the Cathars is captivating!

Note this tour is available Tues-Sat and some dates in August and early September may not be available due to annual holidays.

Day 2
Castelnaudary and cassoulet

Visit Castelnaudary, the capital of cassoulet which is the signature dish of the Languedoc. Drop in on the Not Freres pottery workshop and see how the terracotta cassoules in which they make cassoulet have been made by the same family for over 150 years.

For lunch, eat at one of our recommended restaurants and experience this hearty dish for yourself.

In the afternoon, explore the ‘route du cassoulet’ and meet the producers of the lingot beans and also the duck that go into cassoulet.

Day 3
Cookery course

This Classic French Cooking Class takes place in a wonderful old property on the banks of the Canal du Midi.

The day will start with an accompanied visit to Carcassonne food market where you’ll be introduced to local producers and taste some of their delicious products, as well as buy items for your cookery class.

Back at the cookery school you’ll learn how to prepare some classic French dishes which you’ll then enjoy for lunch, washed down with a glass or two of local wine.

Day 4
Lunch on the Canal du Midi

Have a relaxing day today and enjoy a 2h30 cruise on the Canal du Midi from Carcassonne. Lunch on board will consist of freshly cooked regional specialities and local wine.

Day 5
Narbonne and Gruissan

Today you’ll enjoy a guided foodie tour of Narbonne and Gruissan.

Your local guide will take you to Narbonne’s les Halles indoor market, a foodie’s paradise where over 70 traders sell delicious edibles.

Here, you’ll have tastings of olives, anchovy-based products and garlic confit. You’ll also buy cheeses which you’ll take with you to a local honey producer for a fabulous taste sensation!

You’ll then be taken down to Gruissan for a seafood lunch followed by a stroll to the fascinating salt museum where you’ll learn all about the delicious (yes, really!) salt that is harvested from the salt pans there.

Day 6
Olives

A foodie tour of Languedoc wouldn’t be complete without a visit to an olive oil producer.

Head East from Carcassonne to Bize Minervois and discover what goes into making some of the regions best olive oil.

Take a self-guided or guided tour of the olive groves, learn about harvesting and processing the olives then allow your tastebuds to be tickled by the final product.

Included

  • Your own personal hand-crafted itinerary
  • Accommodation including breakfast and other meals as agreed
  • Reservations for visits and restaurants as required
  • Local tourist information to ensure you get the most out of your holiday
  • Our personal attention and a dedicated phone number throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights and car hire
  • Lunches unless specified
  • Evening meals and drinks unless specified
  • Personal insurance



Trip Facts

  • 2-8 People
  • April-November
  • 6 days
  • A top quality guest house or 3 to 4* hotel, the choice is yours