Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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The Best of France!

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Paris - Loire - Brittany - Normandy, France - 9 nights
Available year round


This exceptional tour will lead to wonderful places such as the eternal city of Paris, the Loire Châteaux, the famous Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy. You will enjoy a relaxing stay, experience the French “Art de vivre” enjoying a luxury tour that will capture your imagination and introduce you to some of the wonderful highlights that France has to offer. Want to change up the itinerary? No problem - let us know how you'd like to tailor it to fit your needs and budget!


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French Cookery Classes

Mayenne, Loire, France - 5 or 7 nights
Available March to October 


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 six guests to the chef so everyone gets the personal attention they require, regardless of your skill level, with extensive hands-on time in the kitchen. Choose from a five night or seven night itinerary. The seven night experience is a bit more advanced and includes a market tour and visit to Mont Saint Michel - and we also offer a festive Christmas itinerary in December.

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Gastronomy in the Heart of France

Loire Valley, France - 6 nights
Available April to October - Sunday to Saturday


For those who are interested in learning to cook in the Loire Valley of France, from two very qualified and award winning chefs, this exciting cooking vacation is for you! Your seven hands on cooking classes during your six night stay are taught in English in a traditional French farmhouse kitchen. You will learn French cuisine but with a twist, using exotic flavors from around the globe. Your culinary holiday will also include visits to local areas of interest as well as a wine and chocolate tasting. 

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Normandy Discovery

(Options: Customized Itineraries)
Normandy, France - 6 nights
Available year round


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, its cuisine and the breathtaking gardens in this region of incredible beauty. Experience guided visits, delicious tastings and meals in gourmet restaurants and even a visit to Monet's gardens in Giverny!

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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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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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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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Active Gourmets in Bordeaux

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Bordeaux, France - 3 nights
Available year round (excluding July and August) 


Savor the wines, foods and landscapes that define this Bordeaux culinary getaway. Staying in a private French home is a unique way to get to know French people and to share their family's and friend's culinary passions. This holiday is an opportunity to taste and cook traditional and locally grown foods: wine from their vineyards, vegetables from their gardens, shellfish from their seacoast or mushrooms from their forests. This program is offered for a couple or a family with one or two adolescent children ages 12-19. In the guest suite there is a room with a double bed and next to it is a children’s room with adult size bunk beds.


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The Best of Bordeaux

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Bordeaux, France - 4 nights
Available year round


Bordeaux invites you to experience the best that the city has to offer - and in luxury style. Stay at a wonderful four star hotel, enjoy private visits, partake in a cooking class with a chef at a beautiful chateau and of course Bordeaux wouldn't be Bordeaux without learning about and tasting the fine wines for which this region is famous. 

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Savory and Sweet Southwest France

Gascony, France - 3 or 5 nights
Available May to September - 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.





"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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