Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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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.


A cooking class with this charming chef in Provence features fresh ingredients from the market and the surrounding countryside, stories and history to enliven each dish, and local wine and cheeses to round out the 4-6 dishes prepared. Each class is about three hours of instruction/preparation followed by the feast of your labors.


Surrounded by the bounty of Provence, the urge to share comes naturally in this sun-drenched country. The many varieties of fish at the market come straight from the Mediterranean Sea just a half an hour away. The olives are pressed nearby and give a smooth and fruity golden green oil to drizzle over vegetables, bread, pasta. The wines in the "backyard" are amongst the most distinguished, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Lirac, Tavel, and more. Mushrooms grow in the the hills, tomatoes are sold ripe from the field July through October, and fresh cheese from goats and sheep raised and tended locally is there for the asking.


Classes can be scheduled for a morning going through lunch, or an evening going through dinner. (10am-3pm or 5pm-10pm). Each class includes the 3 hours of instruction, 4-6 dishes, and the meal following accompanied by local wines and cheeses.


Please note that cooking classes including market visits can only be done on Wednesday or Saturday mornings at 9am as that is when the village market takes place.






A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 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.)






Nearest Airports/Train Stations:


Marseille - a full hour's taxi ride to Avignon or you can take the Marseille shuttle service (for clients from America you still must take another plane and switch in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid..., there is not yet an American airline that flies direct to Marseille)
Nimes Domestic Airport - one hour (which would mean switching planes in Paris to the domestic line, Air Litoral, or coming in from London or Ireland on Ryan Air)
Montpelier - 92km - 1 1/2 hours
TGV (high speed train from Charles de Gaulle)  

*Be sure that the reservations are combined with the airline reservations so as not to be lost if a plane is delayed. Allow sufficient time (at least an hour and a half) to get from plane, pick up luggage and find said train station.


*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.






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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.







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This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE. 



*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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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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