Sojourner Tours

A boutique tour company specialized in gastronomic sojourns in France. Go beyond the typical tourist trip: immerse yourself in French culture and discover authentic places loved by the French.

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Book early. SPACE IS ALWAYS LIMITED.

Groups are kept to eight guests so you can visit authentic places, stay in charming boutique hotels and eat in the real restaurants where locals dine. 

C'EST CHEESE AUSTIN

(Half-Day Walking Tour 12:00-4:00)

Contact us to reserve a date for your private party. Sojourner Tours offers this half day tour and a full day tour for private groups of 10-20 people looking for a fun way to discover the French-side of the capital. Prices vary according to group size. 

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All of our Austin tours reflect our philosophy that "the trip is just the beginning of the experience." Once you've immersed yourself in French culture, you want to continue to enjoy the lifestyle and French foods back home. Home for us is Austin, Texas and these local food-tours let us share our finds with you. Each tour aims to capture a different aspect of "les petits plaisirs " or little pleasures of daily life in France.

This food-tour is centered around Austin's best cheese shop, Antonelli's. You'll have a private class on the basics of French cheese led by one of their professional cheese mongers and then stroll around the neighborhood to enjoy a leisurely French-style afternoon.

*NOTE: You must be 21 years old to take this tour.

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"Now, there’s no need to travel all the way to France to stock up on fine cheeses. A simple drive to Antonelli’s Cheese Shop in Hyde Park will do. And very much like Cantin, my favorite cheese shop in Paris, Antonelli’s is a boutique cheese shop with an incredibly knowledgeable staff and a small yet robust selection of cheeses that are handpicked by cheese buyer and connoisseur, Kelly Sheehan."

— Culture Map Austin

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • An Intimate Group: Limited to 15 guests.

  • Guide: Sojourner Tours owner Lisa Gustavson.

  • Private French Cheese 101 Class at Antonelli's

  • Private Guided Tour of Sculptor Elizabeth Ney's House-Museum

  • A French Perspective: You'll see Austin through French eyes.

C'EST CHEESE-austin food-tour ITINERARY

 

In the"Cheese House" you'll get the keys to unlock the mysteries of French cheese.

In the"Cheese House" you'll get the keys to unlock the mysteries of French cheese.

NOON:  You'll begin the day in Antonelli's Cheese House where you'll get an introduction to the cheeses of France. France produces between 350 and 400 distinctly different cheeses that can be categorized into families. You'll discover representatives from these families and more as the basics are revealed to you through tastings. Sojourner Tours will order a charcuterie platter so that you can view this as a light lunch.

‘Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese.’ Our cheesemongers hand select one cheese from each of the seven styles that represent a robust and varied tasting to showcase the differences between milk types and styles. Because the cheeses are not chosen until the morning of the class, all tastings are unique. We hope that all of your questions will be answered but know that the more you learn about cheese, the more you will want to learn.
— Antonelli's

EARLY AFTERNOON: In France, it is common to take a stroll after a meal. In that spirit, you'll take a very short stroll through this Hyde Park neighborhood to the House-Museum of the celebrated 19th century German sculptor Ney -or hop in your car and meet the rest of the group there. In her home, you'll learn about her life and works from a docent who will offer us a private tour.

A portrait of Ney hangs above some of her sculpture work.

A portrait of Ney hangs above some of her sculpture work.

Visit the Elisabet Ney Museum and meet a woman ahead of her time.

You don’t know it, but you know Elisabet Ney.

Her sculptures are part of your mental landscape. She’s credited by many for making Austin the Austin it is today – a center of culture. For anyone interested in the arts or Texas history, visiting the quiet little museum in the midst of a wildlife habitat in Hyde Park is a must.
— The Austinot
Take a moment to discuss and debate the fundamentals of cheese and iconoclastic life of Ney.

Take a moment to discuss and debate the fundamentals of cheese and iconoclastic life of Ney.

MID-AFTERNOON: You'll stroll back to the cluster of shops and restaurants where the tour began to enjoy another French tradition the pause-café. You can enjoy sharing your impressions of the day over an Italian-style espresso and a sweet treat.





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