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8 Days Jazz and Gourmet Culinary Holiday in France

Jazz at Montreux Festival and Cooking Holidays in France

Take a well-deserved holiday and enjoy the best food, fine wines, and visits to one of the world's most famous music festivals, the Montreux Jazz Festival. During this gourmet culinary vacation, you will also enjoy cooking workshops, a market visit, meals at the best restaurants, as well as other activities that will make your stay in the French Alps a memorable experience. Relax in the beautiful Chamonix Valley and enjoy the best of French cuisine!

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  • 2 cooking workshops
  • Enjoy an evening wine tasting
  • Guided market visit and kitchen garden tour
  • Listen to live music at the Maison des Artistes in Chamonix
  • Visit the Montreux Jazz Festival and half day trip to Italy
  • Daily delicious meals with wine
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The chalets where you will be staying are of a very high standard, with modern bathrooms and spa facilities. They are beautifully restored Savoyard farmhouses with ambiance and style. Your courses will be run from one of these luxury Alpine chalets: Chalet Vieille Savoyard, La Forge, Chalet Schuss, or Chalet Caro. You will be staying in a double or twin room with a private or en-suite bathroom.

Chalet Caro

Chalet Caro is a tastefully renovated Savoyard farmhouse, dating from 1835, located in the heart of the village of Les Houches. The chalet has five en-suite bedrooms and a sixth bedroom, a kitchen, a dining room with a French range cooker, a wood burning stove, and large farmhouse table that accommodates 12 people. There is also a professional second kitchen. Chalet Caro has an enclosed courtyard garden with barbecue facilities and a hot tub.

Chalet Schuss

Chalet Schuss sits in its own woodland just above the village of Les Houches. It enjoys some of the best views in the valley and boasts a large, sunny balcony and enormous floor to ceiling windows. The chalet has five bedrooms with private bathrooms, an open-plan sitting and dining area, a separate television and games room, a sauna, and an outdoor hot tub.

Chalet Vieille Savoyard

Chalet Vieille Savoyard is a tastefully renovated Savoyard farmhouse dating from 1781, located in the heart of the village of Les Houches. The chalet has five en-suite bedrooms, a hot tub, treatment room with massage table, and a sauna. There is also satellite television, Wi-Fi, and a garden.

La Vieille Forge

La Vieille Forge is a tastefully renovated blacksmith, set next to a small stream, located in a tranquil setting just above the village of Les Houches. The chalet has seven en-suite bedrooms, a spacious living room with an oak floor, and leather sofas and chairs.

It also features a wood-burning stove, and open-plan to a charming wood-panelled dining room. There is also a hot tub, a treatment room with massage table, and a sauna. The chalet also has satellite television, Wi-Fi, Wii games, and a lovely garden.


During this gourmet culinary vacation, you will enjoy an evening wine tasting and a market visit, as well as a kitchen garden tour. You will also enjoy a game cooking workshop, which will allow you to get hands-on experience. Since Chamonix is close to Switzerland, traveling to music summer festivals is a must. That is why you will enjoy a day trip to Montreux Jazz Festival and an evening of live music after dinner at the Maison des Artistes in Chamonix.

To continue enjoying the best of this region's music, you will return to Montreux for an afternoon and evening trip to a ticketed event. This event is to be confirmed when artists and dates have been announced. In case you still want more from this holiday, you will visit Italy for a half-day trip and enjoy a cooking workshop afterward. Meals in Michelin star restaurants will be other highlights of this wonderful week in France.

Included excursions

  • Afternoon and evening trip to Montreux for a ticketed event
  • Day trip to Montreux Jazz Festival
  • Half-day trip to Italy
  • Kitchen garden tour
  • Live music evening at the Maison des Artistes
  • Market visit


Emma Lawrenson
Emma is a private and fine dining chef based in Chamonix, in the French Alps, providing private catering and hospitality services. The summers in the French Alps are so stunning and the produce is so exciting that Emma sets up Holiday Cookery Courses to introduce and share with clients the culinary delights of the region.


This jazz and gourmet food holiday will be held in the village of Les Houches in Chamonix Valley, France. From the chalet, you can easily travel throughout Chamonix Valley, as well as to Italy and Switzerland. Les Houches is ideal for both long weekend cookery holidays and week cooking courses.

Nearby places

  • Geneva Airport (GVA) - 1 hour


You have included in the price of this retreat seven breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners served together with wine. One lunch and one dinner will be served in Michelin stars restaurants. Also, tea and coffee are available in the accommodation anytime.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

During this vacation, there is a thermal spa option available and the chalets where you will be staying have spa facilities.

What's included

  • 1 game cooking workshop
  • 1 Italian cooking workshop
  • 1 kitchen garden tour
  • 1 market visit
  • 1 Michelin star dinner
  • 1 Michelin star lunch
  • 1 wine tasting evening
  • 3 four-course dinners in the chalet
  • 3 lunches
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers to and from Geneva Airport (GVA)
  • All tuition, ingredients, and equipment
  • Day trip to Montreux Jazz Festival
  • Half-day trip to Italy
  • Linens, towels, and bathrobes
  • Live music event at the Maison des Artistes
  • Tea and coffee
  • Transportation to activities in the itinerary
  • Trip to Montreux for a ticketed event
  • Wine with dinner

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Optional extras
  • Personal, travel, and holiday insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Geneva Airport (GVA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Holiday Cookery Courses will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 56 days before arrival.
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