(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.
Your host will teach you the secrets of Provençal cuisine and his wife, a doctor, only adds to your experience with her welcoming nature and wonderful personality. During your week, you will see all there is to see in Provence including the Lavender and Corkscrew Museum and the Truffle and Wine House in Menerbes.
Enjoy wine tastings, visits to the most beautiful villages of the Luberon as well as enjoying gourmet food and the breathtaking beauty of this region.
Day One - Saturday
Meet with your hosts in Cavaillon. Guests are welcomed and shown their rooms. A rental car is required for this tour and guests are able to arrive at any time of the day. Depending on your arrival time, lunch is offered followed by the itinerary being discussed. The usual means of arrival are via Marseille Provence Airport or by train to Avignon TGV station where you will rent a car to drive to Cavaillon.
There is free time in the afternoon to rest, go for a walk in the forest, discover the small chapel of St. Jacques or take a swim in the swimming pool. Apertif and dinner are served at 8pm.
Day Two - Sunday
10am: Depart for the farmer's market of Coustelletwhere the local produce is purchased (vegetables and fruits) for your cooking. Antique dealers are also here, revealing some hidden secrets of yesteryear.
Visit of the Lavender Museum where you can buy perfumes, soap and essence of Lavender. Afterwards there will be drinks in a local café (typical Provençal drink : PASTIS or wine)
Followed by free time during the afternoon.
Some suggestions: visit to the antique Market of L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE in the "Venice of Provence" which has one of the largest concentrations of antique dealers in France.
5pm: Hands-on cooking class where you prepare your own Provençal dinner
8pm: Aperitif and dinner.
Day Three - Monday
10am: Leave for the village of Menerbes, an ancient fortified town which was once a Protestant centre in the Vaucluse. It was this village where the author Peter Mayle chose to settle and write his best selling book "A Year in Provence". Here too can be found the Corkscrew Museum, which displays history, sociology, technology and the arts from the 17th century to today. The corkscrew museum has more than 1000 pieces on exhibition ...starting with the first corkscrew forged by hand in steel, to the decorative "objet d'art" in solid gold. Let yourself be guided through the centuries and across country in the discovery of this unique collection.
Visit of the winery Domaine de la Citadelle and wine tasting of red, white and rosé wines...these fresh and smooth flavors reveal a typical Luberon soil character. Then a visit of Domaine de Marie winery with wine tasting followed by a visit of the ancient village Oppedes le Vieux.
1pm: Free time for lunch and the afternoon. Some suggestions: Visit of Fontaine de Vaucluse ...or some shopping
5pm: Hands-on cooking class
8pm: Aperitif and dinner
DAY FOUR - TUESDAY
10am: We will visit the Village of the "BORIES. These dry stone shelters, built by the local peasants and shepherds, constitute a real ethnological museum in the open air on the plateau of Gordes. They dated from 3500BC and were regularly rebuilt, using ancient methods.
We will visit the village of Gordes, the local village market and its castle which was rebuilt in the mid 16th century. The building was bought and restored by the Op Art painter Victor Vasarely. Dominating the valley of the Coulon, this village was built on a spur of mountain range.
12:30pm - Departure to Roussillon visiting the Ocra.
1:30pm - Free time for lunch in Roussillon and shopping.
5pm: Hands-on cooking class with aperitif and dinner at 8pm.
Day Five - Wednesday
9am: Departure to St. Remy - Enjoy an olive oil tasting at "la maison de l’huile d’Olive", visit a Chocolate shop and visit St. Remy de Provence which is one of my favorite villages!
11am: A visit to Les Baux de Provence. This is a classified beautiful spot and historical monument with views across to the Camargue. Here there is a lot to discover of the old village : the old castle, dungeons, towers etc. The Lords of Baux built their fine citadelle here in the 10th century. Another place full of magic is the Cathedral of Images located in the antique quarry of Les Baux-de-Provence
1pm: Free time for lunch and shopping
5pm: Hands on cooking class followed by apertif and dinner at 8pm.
Day Six - Thursday
Breakfast and preparations for your departure during the morning, with the hope that we will see you again soon! Check out time is normally 11am.
ADDITIONAL NIGHTS' STAY
If you would like, why not stay an additonal night or two on bed and breakfast? There is a lot to do in the area and you can easily visit some of the sites in the area on your own.
Avignon is a great day trip as well as Chateauneuf de Pape or Le Pont du Gard - also, Arles or Aix in Provence are also very popular destination areas.
See below for pricing for one or two additional nights at the guest house.
A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 9 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Nearest Airport/Train Station:
Marseilles Airport - about 1 hour and 15 minute drive to guesthouse
*Clients usually take the TGV High Speed Train from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Avignon Train Station (2.5 hours), rent a car at the train station and drive about 30 minutes to the home.
*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.
FIVE NIGHT PROGRAM
Single Room Supplement/US$250
Additional Nights' Stay: US$200 per night on bed and breakfast
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a deposit of US$500 per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.
Available March to November. Saturday to Thursday.
*Please inquire about alternate dates
Arrival & Depart: Avignon TGV or Marseille Airport. Guests must rent a car for free time and transportation to Cavaillon.
For further inquiries or to register, click here.
Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
F. Haus, Los Angeles, California"The time spent with in Provence was a superior educational and cultural experience. Hands-on cooking classes with Chef enhanced my culinary skills and knowledge. The hosts made us feel as if we truly were "in their home" as guests. The morning excursions were exceptional and provided a view of the area not usually experienced in tours."
Bonnie T., Livermore, California"My experience with AGH was outstanding. Jo-Ann was very accommodating and provided us with all the information we needed. We had an amazing experience with the Colours and Perfumes of the Luberon. The chef and his wife were very welcoming and the cooking lessons were the highlight of the trip.."
Carl S., Branford, Connecticut"Fabulous trip, great hosts, perfect plan to absorb all in that area of Provence. Excellent cooking instruction."
Leslie M., Seabrook, Texas
"Jo-Ann - We had an absolutely fabulous time! Our hosts are two of the most delightful people I have ever met. We laughed so much and of course we learned a lot. I had no idea I could cook anything that would taste so good! Accomodations were excellent and we were well taken care of and pampered and we learned how to cook, and lots more French. The sightseeing was also excellent."
Trudi M., Issaquah, Washington"Hi Jo-Ann - We had a marvelous time. Thanks again for the recommendation."
Jane H., Los Angeles, California
"This was one of the best vacations I have experienced. Your communication and suggestion was right on target. It exceeded all expectations- loved our intelligent, fun, warm hospitable hosts, the food was excellent, the company superb, the accommodations were excellent and the host went out of his way to meet our individual interests."
Prue H., Queensland, Australia
"Thank you for arranging my holiday so quickly...I loved it. The three hours we spent in the kitchen, each day, were fabulous. We were totally focused on the task of preparing a 4 course meal, which was both stimulating and relaxing. The accommodation is first class, and we had exceptional hosts, and the Luberon region is rich in history and culture. The best holiday week of my life!!
Theresa F., Alameda, California"We were very impressed with the experience as a whole. Everyone had a great time with great hosts. The house was beautiful and the view was amazing. We all had a wonderful time! We especially enjoyed our excursions everyday and enjoyed our cooking classes each evening. I celebrated my birthday while I was there and also my friend Greg had a birthday. They made sure that we had a celebration which was very special to the both of us."
Conrad Y., Madison, Wisconsin"Through a week in Provence we cooked some amazing dishes and visited a lot of interesting places. The excursions at the beginning of the day were active indeed. I may have even lost a pound despite eating quite heartily!"
Dorothea S., New York, New York"Superb setting, caring hosts, great accommodation. It couldn't have been a better experience. Oh yes, the cooking was fun too!"
Shirley R., Blue Pell, Pennsylvania"This is my 2nd Active Gourmet trip and I would go again! What an awesome week with 2 WONDERFUL, warm people. The ambiance and friendly spirit was just wonderful. The quality of the food & wines was excellent. Visiting the local markets with a local person was something we could not have done on our own. Menus and recipes were planned with input from the guests, which made our experience very personal!"
Esther A., Mexico City, Mexico"Dear Jo-Ann - You were right! I had a wonderful time and had the best hosts. I had the opportunity to meet all of their family and they were great with me too. Always trying to please me. I really felt like they were part of my family! Provence is such an incredible area, such rich and beautiful. I had the best time. Also, I wanted to thank you because you helped me to make the decision when I was insecure to go. Thanks! My best regards"
Pam S., Bloomington, Indiana"Dear Jo-Ann - I cannot thank you enough for recommending this trip to me. Somehow you knew that it would be right for my first trip to Europe, my curiosity and my love of cooking. The sightseeing was more than I ever expected, the cooking classes were wonderful and challenging and more than all of that, my hosts were charming and caring with much passion and humor to their lives. I feel as if I was immersed in French life for a week, not only for what I saw and the many dishes that we cooked, but also for the rich experiences with them and their family and friends who we had the opportunity to meet most nights at dinner. It was an amazing trip in a beautiful place and I will never forget it. Thank you."
Sheryl W., Nanuet, New York"Dear Jo-Ann - What fabulous hosts. We arrived and were greeted warmly. We were immediately made to feel at home and like we were part of the family for the week. The cooking classes were great fun and we were never at a loss for words and laughter during all of our dinners. The touring was wonderful as the host showed us his love for the area as well as the history. He made wonderful recommendations for our free time and made the cooking classes fun even for a non cook like me (and you know I was worried about that). It was a wonderful experience which I would recommend to anyone wanting to experience life with a French family. It was much more than just a cooking experience and exactly what I was looking for."
Gerrarda O., Seattle, Washington"I had a super trip to Provence. What exceptional hosts and great fun. The combination of cooking, touring and relaxing suited me perfectly. Thank you for all your help."
Nancy S., Boca Raton, Florida"Wonderful host and wonderful tour guide. We loved all the history he taught us, and the fabulous trips to the market and to all the little villages. We had a ball in the kitchen, especially once we started drinking wine halfway through each lesson. It was more fun and more interesting than my expectations, and I will forever remember every minute of being in Provence and the Luberon."
Theresa M., California"The hosts are wonderful people. Very welcoming and good instructor and tour guide....I have some lovely memories of Provence."
Alison, Colorado"Wow! what a wonderful week I had!...In the kitchen I learned so much. It was easy to see why the cooking of Provence is so special and delicious...you made everything seem very achievable...thank you for your wonderful hospitality."
Laurie H., Toronto, Canada"Thank you for a wonderful experience en Provence. The tours of the region allowed me to enjoy many sites I would never have discovered on my own. The cooking lessons were a lot of fun."
Katharine F., Saddle River, New Jersey"Dear Jo-Ann - All preliminary planning was excellent, starting from the info on your website through to final contacts before we left. Our stay was delightful and exceeded anything we imagined. Our hosts were warm and charming, and made us very welcome in their home. Guest services were equal to those in any hotel, with behind-the-scenes staff who invisibly kept things in order. Our excursions out were to a combination of historical sites and local markets known only to the people of the region. With our chef giving lessons on a combination of things from produce selection, souvenir shopping and historical information, this quickly became the trip of a lifetime!"
Kate P., Atlanta, Georgia"Dear Jo-Ann, Thank you so much for helping me find "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon" in Provence! My week was absolutely amazing! They could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Their hospitality was outstanding and the cooking classes were perfect. The trip was all I hoped for, and more! I also loved touring the countryside - what a great guide! I would love to stay in touch with you about other, future programs! Thanks again for your help!"
Genie H., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware"Dear Jo-Ann - I loved the balance of sightseeing, the local markets and festivals, the 3 hours of cooking classes most days and our lunch and swimming at the home. The chef was a most patient instructor and he and his wife made a great team! Thank you for helping me have such a wonderful holiday by myself!"
Pamela F., Leuven, Belgium"Dear Jo-Ann - I had a great time!; one-on-one time with a professional chef really showed me how much more I could learn about cooking. He had great tips and helpful information. The Provencal recipes were fantastic and I have made them a number of times since returning home. The daytime excursions in the Provence region were fantastic - we saw so many beautiful sights and had such fun (even for November!)."
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(Option: Day Cooking Classes)
(Luberon) Provence, France - 4 or 7 nights
Available March to November - Saturday to Saturday
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.