Food & Wine Tour to Noumea, New Caledonia 2020 - 5 Nights
French-inspired cuisine. New Caledonia holds a special place in the hearts of Chef Christophe and Josephine Gregoire. They met and married in Nouméa. They both lived and worked in New Caledonia, Christophe as head chef at various establishments, including Koumac, Kuendu Beach Resort. Christophe also worked as a teacher at the Escoffier Hospitality School. Josephine was a health promotion specialist with the Secretariat of the Pacific Commission.
In late 1999 Christophe and Josephine moved back to Australia and in 2000 opened their first French restaurant, Christophe’s Restaurant in Manuka, Canberra. In 2006 they opened their second, Le Très Bon, in Bungendore, NSW.
Le Très Bon is now a popular multi-award winning restaurant. Since 2006 Christophe and Josephine have conducted an annual Food & Wine tour to Alsace & Les Vosges, France. In 2010 they piloted their first New Caledonia Gourmet tour and have shared their love for this island with their tour clients ever since.
Their emphasis is always on creating a travel experience which is convivial, unique and based on personal connection to place. They invite you to share their love of New Caledonia.
4pm - Welcome drinks and dinner at La Terrasse, La Promenade, Le Hilton Hotel
Discover Gourmet and Cultural Noumea
Visit the local morning market for fresh produce, seafood and local arts and crafts. Chef Christophe will walk you through and explain the tropical produce and flavours.
Cooking Demonstration and Lunch at Chef Fabrice Louyot's La Table des Gourmets.
Chef Fabrice Louyot will treat us to a cooking demonstration and special dishes using local produce. Lunch will be served at this convivial establishment.
Guided tour of Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Exquisitely designed by Renzo Piano, Tjibaou Cultural Centre was built in Noumea to support archaeological and linguistic Kanak heritage.
The centre encourages the contemporary forms of Kanak culture and promotes cultural exchanges.
Petanque Game 1
Pastis, Champagne, French cheese & a game of Petanque at Anse Vata beach at sunset.
Cooking on L'Escapade Island – a day of pure relaxation.
L’Escapade floats like a mirage on the lagoon in the heart of an exceptional 200 hectare marine reserve and only 20 minutes by boat from Noumea, but a world away from the bustle of the city. A great combination of luxury and tranquility in a tropical setting.
Participate in a fun cooking class and competition in the resort's wedding chapel.
Cooking competition judged by Escapade Island Resort’s Head Chef Xavier Rocher. Chef Rocher worked at Le Tres Bon restaurant in Bungendore.
The day includes boat transfers, access to resort pool, deck and a delicious buffet lunch.
Visit La Maison de la Perle (the House of Pearl)
The director of La Maison de la Perle will make a presentation on the different stages of making a piece of jewellery using the magnificent black pearl.
Lunch at Chez Toto, one of the best restaurants in Noumea
Chef Christophe Guerin and his wife Saori will prepare an unforgettable lunch experience!
Petanque Game 2 - Finals
Pastis, Champagne, French cheese & a game of Pétanque at Anse Vata beach at sunset.
Evening Concert - Vanuella Watt
The beautiful Caledonian singer will perform live and exclusively for the tour group at Le Café de la Plage.
L'Atelier Gourmand is Noumea's best patisserie and boulangerie.
You will experience an exceptional demonstration cooking class – how to make a traditional French baguette!
Chocolat Morand Visit
For over 10 years artisan chocolatier Patrick Morand has been in Nouméa sharing his passion for chocolate. At his store you’ll not only find the finest chocolates made from French cocoa but also mouth-watering sweets inspired by the tropical flavors of New Calendonia.
Our tour group will experience the exclusive luxury of watching the master at work with a special chocolate demonstration class.
Free time in Noumea
Enjoy breathtaking views of sunset and Noumea from Ouen Toro Hill
Farewell group dinner Seafood Buffet plus Tahitian Dance Show.
We recommend that you stay longer to further explore New Caledonia and its outer islands.
This program is a very brief outline of daily activities & inclusions.
The program is subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances and/or inclement weather
Gourmet Tour to Noumea
Monday 04 May - Saturday 09 May 2020
Double room rate $3,050 per person
Single room rate $3,350 per person
Included in this program:
✓ Fully escorted tour with Chef Christophe and Josephine Gregoire
✓ 5 nights' accommodation at Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residence
✓ Private fully chartered air conditioned coach travel
✓ Full buffet breakfast daily
✓ 3 lunches with beverages (wine included)
✓ 2 dinners with beverages (wine included)
✓ 2 games of Pétanque with Champagne, Pastis and cheese
✓ Transfers to Escapade Island
✓ Entrance fees to venues
✓...and much more!
Not included in this program:
International and domestic airfares
Meals not mentioned in the tour schedule
Travel and health insurance
*All package prices are in New Zealand Dollars and subject to availability at time of booking.
The above price are per person and for travel from Monday 04 May to Saturday 09 May 2020.