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Spring Culinary Package Valentine’S Day Special Chocolate Ecstasy

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SPRING CULINARY PACKAGE
VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL
CHOCOLATE ECSTASY LUXURY EXCURSION IN TABASCO & YUCATAN
Six days/seven nights
February 8 - 15, 2007

Join us on this exotic excursion into the Heart of Darkness... dark chocolate, that is! Test your chocolate IQ:
• Did you know that chocolate - the “food of the gods” - originated in the tropical jungles of Tabasco and Chiapas and other regions of the Yucatán Peninsula?
• Were you aware that the state of Tabasco remains one of the world’s most prominent producers of chocolate?
• Did you know that the criollo cacao bean is considered the world’s finest, is the world’s most expensive, and origi-nated as a species in Tabasco?
On this very special chocolate fantasy, we will meet in Villahermosa, Tabasco, where we’ll visit a range of chocolate producers – from the behemoths that supply companies like Nestlé, to tiny artesanal producers who sell their treats on the roadside. We will visit haciendas that have produced chocolate for over 100 years, where cacao trees shade the verandas and vanilla orchids grow in the wild side by side with pepper and allspice plants. In the chocolate fabricas we will witness first hand how cacao is fermented, roasted, ground and separated into two parts: thick, black, bitter chocolate pasta and creamy white cocoa butter. Along the way, we will visit La Venta – the world’s foremost museum of Olmec culture. It was the Olmec who established the first civilization in Mexico and who in turn handed down their knowledge to the Maya and other groups in Mesoamerica. We will also have some time to visit a handful of colorful, folk churches – a hallmark of Tabascan life. And of course, we’ll sample lots of Tabascan dishes and savor their Mayan roots. Back in the Los Dos kitchen in Mérida, Yucatán, we will satisfy all of our chocolate fantasies. We will work exclusively with criollo chocolate from Tabasco, making everything from savory moles, to desserts, ice cream and candy. Our culinary Workshops will culminate in a luxurious – and romantic – Valentine’s Day dinner.
This special Chocolate Ecstasy Luxury Excursion has been planned in conjunction with Luxury Mexico and Virtuoso and with the support of the Tabasco Secretary of Tourism. Space is limited! Enroll today!

Tour's Schedule

Thursday, 8 February • Arrive Villahermosa, Tabasco airport
• Transfer/check in at La Quinta Real – “Grand class hotels and resorts”
• Hors d’oeuvres; wine and chocolate tasting “Welcome” celebration – Brief introduction to chocolate by Chef Sterling
Friday, 9 February • Continental breakfast at hotel*
• Excursion to Comalcalco; tour of chocolate haciendas
• Lunch at regional restaurant
• Tour of chocolate museum; visits to some of Tabasco’s colorful churches
• Return to hotel
• Dinner at regional restaurant
Saturday, 10 February • Continental breakfast at hotel*
• Excursion to Palenque
• Lunch at regional restaurant
• Tequila tasting at hotel
• Dinner at El Eden restaurant – “Regional fusion in the Hilton Hotel”
Sunday, 11 February • Continental breakfast at hotel*/ check-out
• Excursion to La Venta museum
• Lunch at regional restaurant
• Transfer to Villahermosa airport/flight to Mérida, Yucatán
• Check in at Hacienda Xcanatún – “Small luxury hotel located in restored 18th century hacienda”
• Welcome dinner at Xcanatún’s fine restaurant, Casa de Piedra
Monday, 12 February • Transfer to the cooking school in Merida
• Continental breakfast on the cooking school in Merida terrace
• Chef Sterling: Introduction to Mayan and Yucatecan techniques and ingredients
• Tour of Mérida’s central market
• Cooking instruction in the cooking school kitchen
• Comida fuerte in the cooking school dining room (main meal of the day; includes wine/beer service)
• Transfer to hotel/afternoon and evening free
Tuesday, 13 February • Continental breakfast at hotel*
• Morning tour of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon – a working henequen hacienda
• Lunch at Hacienda Teya – a restored 17th century restaurant with the finest authentic Yucatecan cuisine
• Transfer to hotel; afternoon free
• Dinner at Néctar – updated classics and “nouvelle Yucatecan”
• Return to hotel
Wednesday, 14 February • Transfer to the cooking school
• Continental breakfast on the cooking school terrace
• Cooking instruction in the cooking school kitchen
• Almuerzo (lunch) in the cooking school dining room (includes wine/beer service)
• Preparation of special Valentine’s Day dinner, including Tabascan chocolate
• Cocktail hour on the cooking school terrace
• Dinner in the cooking school dining room (includes wine/beer service)
• ¡Adios! Return to hotel
Thursday, 15 February • Transfer to Merida airport for departure

This Tour Includes:

Price includes all accommodations. Price includes all meals, except for dinner after the two class days at the cooking school in Merida. Continental breakfast, lunch and a late afternoon meal are provided on class days. Prices include all taxes and tips except as noted.Price includes transfer to Merida airport on day of departure.

* Breakfast tip not included. 

Does Not Include:

Price does not include air fare. Price does not include alcoholic beverages except at the cooking school in Merida, where wine/beer service will be offered.

Tour Prices
PRICE $2,995.00/pp
All prices in U.S. Dollars. Price based on double occupancy. For single rate add $1,220.00. Prices are subject to change in January 2007 when new tariffs are posted.

IMPORTANT
• This trip requires purchasing a ticket from your departure point to Villahermosa, Tabasco, and a return ticket from Mérida, Yucatán. If you prefer to fly from Mérida to the Villahermosa airport on the day of your departure, please visit http://www.aeromar.com.mx/previo/index.asp. This new airline offers service between Merida/Villahermosa. You should book this leg of your trip at the same time you book your full flight in order to verify connecting times.

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