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Bon Appétit Brittany

(Options: Day Cooking Classes)
Brittany, France - 6 nights
Available March to November – Sunday to Saturday

 

If you are serious about learning how to prepare French and modern European food, then this six night cooking vacation is the one for you! Learn from an experienced Michelin trained chef who invites you into his kitchen to share his techniques, tips, presentation skills and recipes through his enjoyable hands on cooking classes. This is for the beginner or advanced so all levels are welcome! Depending on availability, you will stay at a nearby local bed or breakfast or guest house in a medieval village, with rolling hills, lovely people and outstanding gastronomy. Or if you prefer, you can stay in a 4 star hotel a short driving distance to the cooking school. What are you waiting for?

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Culinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy

(Options: Custom Itineraries, Wine Tours, Golf, Foraging)
Burgundy, France - 6 nights
Available April to November – Sunday to Saturday

 

Experience the delights of hidden Burgundy! You will be introduced to its gastronomic secrets and will join in on hands on culinary and wine adventures with a talented chef whose style of cooking reflects the use of fresh, fragrant, colorful, seasonal food inspired by the markets and local producers. Discover the 1er and Grand Cru Vineyards with a renowned wine expert with exclusive access to some of the most famous Domaine’s in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Create delectable dishes, witness the vibrant market of Dijon, learn from the area's traditional baker and dine out at 3* Michelin Restaurant.

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French Cookery Classes

Northern Loire, France - 5 nights
Available April to June, September to November - Saturday to Thursday

 

Located one hour and 40 minutes from Paris, the Mayenne region in the Northern Loire of France provides you with a magical setting for your French cooking vacation. Learn cooking techniques using the beautiful foods of this exquisite region. You will stay in a renovated farmhouse and will experience fun, informal and inspirational classes taught in English with no more than four guests to one chef so everyone gets the personal attention they require, regardless of your skill level, with extensive hands-on time in the kitchen.

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Journey into Normandy

(Options: Shorter or Longer Stays)
Normandy, France - 6 nights
Available May to October

 

Visit Normandy, an untamed land with warm-hearted people. You will enjoy a unique experience as you get to know the French way of life, cuisine, and the breathtaking gardens in this region of incredible beauty. The house where you will stay is at the heart of your visit and has been photographed for various international interior design magazines. Each room has its unique personality and tells a different story, with diverse objects from all around the world. In itself, the house is an invitation to go on a journey, located in the center of the village, and you will have all the time you need to make the most of it during your holiday.

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Cooking in Paris

Paris, France - Day Cooking Classes/Market Visits
Available year round

 

Interested in learning more about French cooking? Join a cooking class in Paris and learn all about the secrets to famous French recipes. You can have fun while learning a variety of recipes in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes are tailored to small groups and you can choose from a Parisian cooking class with market visit or a Macaron, Desserts, Baking and Bread Making class. There are also multi day cooking class packages if you want more than one type of class.

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Aix-en-Provence Market and Cooking

Aix-en-Provence, France
Available April to October

 

Aix-en-Provence is a wonderful Provençal town, known for being the home of Cézanne. While visiting this area, why not experience it by taking a cooking class with a talented and passionate Frenchman, born and raised in Marseille? He learned to cook through his mother and both of his grandmothers. You will meet in Aix-en-Provence and will then be led through the market to choose the fresh ingredients for your cooking class, which takes place in his countryside home with an organic garden. A delicious way to spend a day!

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Captivating Provence

Luberon, France - 3 nights
Available March to November (excluding July and August)

 

Treat yourself to a three night stay in a Relais and Chateaux accommodation in the Luberon. Enjoy cooking classes from a talented chef, wine tastings and gourmet meals. This is a perfect little escape if you'd like to visit other parts of France with a short stay in this beautiful area of Provence. You can also extend your stay if you'd like to stay a bit longer.

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Cooking in Provence

Provence, France
Available year round

 

If you are looking to take authentic cooking classes in Provence in a rustic French home kitchen, then this is the class for you! Learn the secrets of creating delicious food using the finest and freshest ingredients in the area from a French chef. This class is one of Active Gourmet Holidays' most popular and for good reason - a warm and talented chef who loves his work and wants to share his passion for food and creativity with you.

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Cooking Provençal Style

(Option: Day Cooking Classes)
Provence, France - 3, 4 or 5 nights
Available February to October

 

Learn to cook modern Provençal cuisine in France while staying at a beautiful 5 star hotel with a gorgeous spa. In the five night program you will get to got to the local market to see all of the fresh seasonal produce of Provence. Then back to the chateau for your cooking classes which will either take place outdoors in the exquisite brand new kitchen garden or indoors in an ancient wine cellar, depending on weather and season. An outstanding culinary experience awaits you! A three or four night program is also available. 

 

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Culinary Cannes

(Option: Custom Itineraries)
Cannes, France
Available February to November - Tuesday to Sunday

 

Enjoy a cooking class at a multi award winning venue in Cannes, France. The classes are taught by a trained professional chef who is also a published author working on a recipe book. You will go shopping to choose your ingredients for the morning cooking class at the local market and then have a hands-on lesson with lunch in a stylish, yet casual, Art Deco apartment in the heart of Cannes. This is a great way to discover the culinary delights of Southern France and to get an insider's view of the Cote d'Azur. 

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Marseille Market and Cooking

Marseille, France
Available April to October

 

Take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a day of cooking and exploration with an experienced cook who will share the specialities from this incredible city on the south coast of France. Marseille is the oldest city in France and is known for many things but especially for its iconic dish Bouillabaisse. You will learn delicious and authentic Provencal recipes, taught by a man who was born in this very place and who learned how to cook from his family. 

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The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon

(Option: Additional Nights)
(Luberon) Provence, France - 5 nights
Available March to November - Saturday to Thursday

 

Learn to cook in the Luberon from a wonderful chef who will also be your guide and host for the week. You will have the time of your life as you stay in a beautifully restored and furnished home, take hands-on cooking classes and see all the important sites in this very picturesque part of Provence. The program is five nights but feel free to stay an additional night or two since the accommodation is gorgeous and well situated to vist the area.

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Saint Rémy Market and Cooking

Saint Rémy, France
Available year round - Wednesdays and Fridays

 

Why not experience the authentic Provence in a different way? Through a guided market visit followed by a cooking class at a beautiful renovated family "mas" (farm). You will first have the market visit and then return to the farm for a hands-on class where your instructor and host will share his delicious traditional recipes. This is a perfect activity if you already have accommodations but would like to include a memorable day with family and friends at a French home. Available on Wednesdays and Fridays but please inquire about other possible days.

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A Small Taste of Provence

(Options: Longer Stays)
Provence, France - 2 or more nights
Available March to June, September to December

 

Welcome to Provence! You will be greeted by your hosts in their beautiful 19th century “mas”. The village where you will be staying is famous for its rosé wine, being the first in France. It is located within 15 minutes from Avignon in the middle of the vineyards and is the perfect escape for a short break.

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Active Gourmets in Bordeaux

(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Longer Stays)
Bordeaux, France - 3 nights
Available year round  (excluding August)

 

Savor the wines, foods and landscapes that define this southwestern corner of France between Bordeaux and St. Emilion. Your stay in the "Entre Deux Mers" AOC region is a unique way to get to know French people and to share their culinary passions. Your hosts are a French-American couple who invite you into their home, a comfortable renovated 18th century forge, and their nearby vineyard farm.

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Cooking in the Dordogne

(Options: Shorter Stays, Alternate Dates)
Dordogne, France - 5 or 7 nights
Available May to November - Monday to Monday

 

Join us in Southwest France for a five or seven night total immersion in the French lifestyle. Pick-up a straw basket and each morning you will visit a different traditional market with your hostess and chef who will teach you how to select the best produce. In France gastronomy and life pair with market visits which are a a vital event held on the main square of the town. 

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Culinary Escapes in the South of France

Uzès, France - Sunday to Sunday
(Option: Day Cooking Classes/Market Visit)
Available April through October

 

Check out our fabulous week long culinary program featuring 5 days of intensive cooking classes, foodie visits and accommodation in a beautiful guesthouse in a medieval village in the Languedoc Roussillon! This is for the true foodie who wants to learn about French cuisine from a professional French chef with more than 30 years experience. The hands on lessons are taught in English. Or, if you are only in the area for a day and looking for a fun experience, join us for a taste of Provencal and Mediterranean cuisine at the cooking school for a market visit and cooking class, a cheese and wine pairing course, a dessert class, or a fish and seafood class. If you have a small group, we can arrange a private cooking class.

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Immersion into the Languedoc

(Options: Customized Itineraries)
Languedoc, France - 6 nights
Available April to November (excluding August) - Sunday to Saturday

 

Join a native Languedocienne on a culinary journey in this little known corner of southern France, nestled between the Camargue region to the east and the French Catalonian Pyrenees to the southwest. Your hostess was part of the original group who started the Food Network and was a producer of a restaurant program and some other related series. You will discover this singular historic region rich in traditions, art, architecture and culture and meet some remarkable personalities and spirited characters, from local chefs and winemakers to artists and artisans, all of whom are passionate about their craft and their land.

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Savory and Sweet Southwest France

Gascony, France - 3 or 5 nights
Available March to October - Sunday to Friday

 

For an extraordinary cooking vacation, we invite you to a quaint village in southwest France. It is here where you will learn classic French recipes as well as the cuisine from the Gascony region. Your instructors are two talented and professional chefs. Classes will take place both at the cooking school which is on a hill overlooking beautiful fertile farmland, as well as in the nearby restaurant, walking distance from the school, where the owner here will provide his expertise as a French chef. Your lovely accommodations are right next door to the cooking school. 

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BOOKING INFORMATION:  Each program lists the Fees Per Person, Deposit, Dates and what is Included. Use the right side navigation (the booking information link) to view this information listed at the bottom of every program.

 

CANCELLATION POLICIES:  Please inquire about the cancellation and refund policy of the tour in which you are interested. 

 

CLIENT REMARKS: Our clients' thoughts and remarks about their experiences are 'click expandable' at the bottom of our tours. Use the right side navigation (the client remarks link) to view this information.

 

MAPPING: Our exciting destinations are depicted in regional mapping for each program. You can also access Google MapsTM when available! In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

 

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HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING 

Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!

 

Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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