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Combine skiing with wine tasting and gastronomic dining on exclusive newly launched week-long gourmet holidays in the very pretty village of Samoëns with award winning Peak Retreats, the specialist for ski holidays in traditional mountain resorts in the French Alps.

Ski during the day on the huge Grand Massif ski domain then enjoy the après-ski life in Samoëns with tastings of wines and liqueurs with regional experts, as well as Savoie cheeses. There’s also a torch-lit walk for dinner at a top mountainside restaurant and a chance to learn the art of creating a gourmet desert with one of France’s top patisserie chefs.

The seven-night holidays are available on three weeks in January and three more in March and cost from £828 per person for half-board at the three-star family-owned Hotel Neige et Roc, with its own leisure facilities and indoor swimming pool. Price includes the tasting workshops and also return Eurotunnel crossing.

Winter holidays with Peak Retreats can also be combined with other events in Samoëns such as the fourth Winegrowers Week (16 to 20 January) which features five gastronomic evenings with a matched wine and dine experience and seven vigneron café events featuring wine from Burgundy, the Rhone, Bordeaux, Languedoc, Loire, Alsace and Savoie.

Self-catering holidays with Peak Retreats start from £124pp, based on four people sharing a one bedroom apartment in a village residence with indoor pool and from £235pp in a superior luxury MGM built apartment, with leisure centre and indoor pool. Prices include return Eurotunnel crossing. Plus, opportunities to save £100* on January lift pass offers for Samoëns. Visit www.peakretreats.co.uk or call 0844 576 0123. Please mention ‘The Foody Traveller’.

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French Travel Service specialises in customised travel for people who want to explore France at their own pace but who may need some expertise and practical advice on destinations, rail schedules and hotels. Even “off the peg” tours from FTS are infinitely adaptable and 2014 sees an even greater choice of holidays and short breaks.

New tours for 2014 include the art and heritage -Toulouse-Lautrec and Cathar Country Tour, and for lovers of nature and walking - thePyrenean Mountain Tour. New Short Breaks include Arras which, along with Lille and Amiens, will be witness to many WW1 Centenary events, as well as Troyes, Albi, Hyères and the Ile de Ré.

FTS also offers self-catering apartments in 13 resorts, principally on the coast, as well as Aparthotel serviced flats in 12 cities across the country.

FTS independent touring holidays include the Basque Country, southern Auvergne, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Provence and Corsica.

Visit www.F-T-S.co.uk or call 0844 84 888 43 mentioning ‘The Foody Traveller’.

Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours have introduced a brand new category to their 2014 wine touring programme – Free Wheeling Wine Holidays - a range of exciting independent cycling holidays that cross Europe’s greatest vineyards.

The carefully designed, tried and tested routes, allow groups to set their own pace cycling around the famous wine regions of the Loire, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Southern Champagne and Chablis, secure in the knowledge that luggage is transferred between hotels! The holidays are based on six nights, staying in small character auberges, to four and five star chateaux, in the heart of the wine growing areas.

With pre-arranged wine tastings, well-researched restaurant lists for lunch and dinner, suggested picnic spots and the best local shops for a selection of local delicacies - combined they create the perfect ingredients to make cycling in France a joy for any food and wine lover!

For further information on Arblaster & Clarke’s Free-Wheeling Holidays, Wine Tours or to receive a brochure visit www.winetours.co.uk, or call 01730 263111 mentioning ‘The Foody Traveller’.

Arblaster & Clarke specialise in world-wide wine tours.

On offer are themed tours such as opera and wine, vineyard walks, wine cruises, cycling through vineyards, short breaks or bespoke wine related travel. www.winetours.co.uk

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