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7 Days Cooking Holiday and Wine Tours in France

Cooking Vacations and Wine Tasting in France

The culture and craftsmanship of the Prigord region wonderfully remains as it was decades ago. This scenic area is built on rolling hills shaped by the winding Dordogne River as it makes its way west to Bordeaux. Here you will discover a remarkable community of vintners, farmers, and craftsmen, as well as markets famous for their foie gras, walnuts, truffles, and goat cheese. You will have the sensation to be back in time by admiring impressive fortified villages and medieval castles. This special vacation is designed to make you feel like a local as soon as you step into this beautiful French region.


  • Wines tastings
  • Local market tours
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Museums and historical visits
  • Unique farm visits and tastings
  • Visits to amazing vineyards
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Black truffle hunting


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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From the fall of the Roman Empire to the 18th century and today, this exquisite French 13th century chateau presents more 1500 years of live history.The valley of the little river Caudeau, at the foot of this majestic chateau, keeps numerous traces of human habitat from prehistory to the period of the Roman empire. Through the 5th century, the invasion by the Germans in 407, followed by the Visigoths and finally, by the annexation of Aquitaine to the kingdom of the Francs by Clovis (507), bring this fortification into the High Middle-Age. These troubled times lead its inhabitants into the caves and galleries of its emerging rock, later fortified and isolated by deep moats.

Tastefully appointed rooms in an exquisite French 13th century chateau that offer a comfortable, intimate and welcoming setting. In every room you will find quality amenities such as bottled water, fruit baskets, and evening sweets. These delights complement the fine French linens and luxury bath products that are replenished by the maid service. The chateau has a multitude of sitting rooms, and terraces. In addition to your luxurious room, youll enjoy 24 / 7 access to the heated outdoor pool, bicycles, kitchens, and common rooms. Accommodation is a private room furnished with either two twin beds or one European king bed, and all bedrooms have their own bathroom. Be prepared to be indulged.


Do as much or as little as you please during your stay. Participate in all aspects of the program, or request a picnic lunch and venture off. Whether relaxing by the pool, hiking, biking, or enjoying the sanctuary of the estate, the experience is yours to create.

Cooking classes

During your stay, you may participate in up to six different hands-on kitchen gatherings. Topics will range from pastries to fish to duck confit. The open kitchen atmosphere invites observation, participation, and tasting at any time of day. The market tours are designed to be both informative and fun.

Cycling and hiking

Your hybrid bicycle is yours to use at any time and endless biking and hiking trails await. The itinerary includes opportunities to cycle to some destinations; however, for those who prefer, a van is always available.

Farm visits and tastings

Learn how cheese is made at a local fromagerie, explore a fast-paced snail farm, and stroll through on of the oldest market of France to gather fresh produce for an improvised dinner at your chateau. Watch as walnuts are harvested and learn about how orchards are tended. Take part in a hunt like no other, with the famous black truffle as prey.

Museums and historical sites

The Dordogne valley is known as The Valley of 1001 Castles. From medieval strongholds like the village of Beynac, the chateau of Castelnaud or Bridoire and the UNESCO recognized village of Les Eyzies, the carefully selected destinations will give you an intimate understanding of the region and its culture.

Vineyards and wines

Tour the Bergerac wine region and discover its five main varietals. Enjoy a discussion with winemaker David Fourtout and taste some of the best wines his ninth-generation winery has to offer. Visit the cave at the renowned Chateau Monbazillac, home to the largest noble rot production facility in the world.

Included excursions

Black truffle hunting

Explore a fast-paced snail farm

Explore Dordogne Valley and Beynac village

Informative and fun market tours

Stroll through on of the oldest market of France

Tour the Bergerac wine region

Visit a traditional French farm

Visit the cave at Chateau Monbazillac

Visit the chateau of Castelnaud or Bridoire and Les Eyzies


This retreat will take place in Prigord, France.



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Car rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Local market
  • Meeting room
  • Room cleaning


During this vacation, you will be feasted with daily delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, including regional wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Breakfasts are typically served at the domaine and include a selection of fruit, juice, yogurts, pastries, cereals, and a self-serve espresso bar. Omelets and crpes will be added to the menu on occasion. Lunches will be served at a local restaurant or created together. Picnic lunches are available upon request. Dinners include casual dining on the terrace, picnics in a vineyard, buffets at the domaine, and an incredible farewell party.

Things to do (optional)

You can have a lovely private picnic lunch during one of your excursions. Please let Cuisine and Chateau know a day in advance and they will make the proper arrangements.

What's included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 different hands-on kitchen gatherings
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All excursions, entry fees, and tastings
  • Bicycle rental for the week with helmet, lock, and pump
  • Local transfers
  • Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Wine tasting

What's not included

  • Additional transfers
  • Airfare
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Bergerac Dordogne Prigord Airport (EGC) or at Perigueux Bassillac Airport (PGX). Cuisine and Chateau will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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