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5 Days France Cooking Vacations in Lyon

Original Cooking Vacations in France

This tour takes you to Lyon - a hometown of the world-renowned chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud - for a pilgrimage to the so-called Mecca of French cuisine! This itinerary includes cooking classes with two different chefs and in two different schools to provide you with a better teaching of French and Lyonnaise cuisine. Indulge in the fabulous history of Lyon, while enjoying a two-hour private walking tour. Enjoy wine making and taste several Beaujolais wines in a friendly atmosphere!


  • Michelin-star recipes adapted to home cooks
  • 2 hands-on cooking class followed by tasting dinner
  • Market cooking class followed by a 5-course tasting lunch
  • Full-day tour to the medieval French village
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Recipes in English


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Indulge in the authentic city of Lyon and La Villa sur la Colline modern-design guesthouse located in La Croix Rousse, an alive residential district with its typical restaurants and café, small shops, also paying tribute to its past with interesting silk museum. La Villa sur la Colline is set on 3 levels with elevator. It offers 5 rooms with en-suite private bathroom. Guest rooms are furnished with king-size or two single beds. Modern amenities include TV with international cable chains, free WiFi access. The rooms are air-conditioned. Guests have a private living and dining room with coffee and tea facilities. Guests can use the fridge, and the kitchen. Daily breakfasts are served here.


Day 1 (Wednesday)

  • Early afternoon check-in at the guesthouse.
  • In the afternoon enjoy a 2-hour walking tour in Saint-Georges and Saint-Jean historic quarters, guided by Lifestyle Vacations' greeter.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant facing the guesthouse.
  • Overnight at the villa.

Day 2 (Thursday)

  • Continental breakfast
  • Take a taxi to get to the cooking school located in Sainte-Foy-les-Lyon (about 20 minutes distance).
  • At 09:30 partake the first cooking class which is private and taught in English. This class celebrates the French and Lyonnaise traditional cuisine.
  • A 3-course tasting lunch accompanied by wine follows the class.
  • Your cooking program will end around 13:30.
  • Afternoon is free for visiting or shopping.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight at the villa.

Day 3 (Friday)

  • Continental breakfast.
  • At 09:30 get to the cooking school by foot (about 10 minutes).
  • Experience the food market of La Croix Rousse with the chef before starting your cooking class which is taught in English.
  • A 5-course tasting lunch accompanied by wine follows.
  • Your cooking program will end around 17:00.
  • Late afternoon is free for visiting or shopping.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight at the villa.

Day 4 (Saturday)

  • Continental breakfast.
  • Meet your tour guide on place Bellecour at 09:00.
  • Transfer to the Golden Stones area in the Beaujolais.
  • Visit to a family-run winery.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon excursion to Perouges medieval village through la Dombes and its numerous ponds and birds watching spots.
  • Guided walking tour of Perouges including its fortress church and picturesque cobble-stone narrow streets bordered by 13th to 16th century houses.
  • Transfer to Lyon around 17:00.
  • Free time.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight at the villa.

Day 5 (Sunday)

  • Continental breakfast.
  • Check-out not later than 11:00.
  • End of the tour.

Included excursions

Discover Lyon by walking

Indulge in the fabulous history of Lyon while enjoying a two-hour private walking tour. Join the guide on place Bellecour- the central point in the city - for a unique exploration of Saint-Georges and Saint-Jean Renaissance quarters built along the Saone river and down the hill of Fourviere. Follow your guide through the narrow cobble-stone streets, the secret courtyards and galleries that are called traboules. Admire the unique Florentine architecture of the splendid carved and ocre-colored facades. You won't miss La Maison des Avocats, as well as La Tour Rose. Feel a very special atmosphere of the pedestrian streets bordered by cafs, bouchons (traditional bistros), small shops, and others. The walking tour is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, starting at 16:00.

Explore the Beaujolais vineyards and Pérouges medieval village

Meet your guide on Place Bellecour. After a 45-minute drive, you will arrive to Beaujolais, which is considered the prettiest wine region of France. You will discover the unknown beauty of the Golden Stones country with its quaint medieval towns and majestic castles. Visit the picturesque village of Oingt and enjoy the panoramic views of the stunning landscapes with rolling hills dotted with the vineyards.

Then, push the door of a family winery and immerse in the history, terroir, and tradition meeting the winemaker himself. Experience a private vineyards inspection learning wine making process. You will also taste several Beaujolais wines in a friendly atmosphere.

The afternoon excursion guides you to the medieval village of Perouges through La Dombes, which is famous for its ponds, migratory birds, and preserved nature. Arriving to Perouges is like traveling through the middle age times. Visit the fortress church, walk along cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of 13th to 16th typical half-timbered houses. Take your time to enter little craft souvenirs shops and taste the famous galette de Prouge pastry!


Lyon and Burgundy are marked by a millennial history which not only left a magnificent architectural heritage perfectly integrated in the breathtaking landscapes between fertile lands and hills, but also faithfully preserved traditions and culture. Dijon, Beaune, and Lyon are on the list of the most beautiful sites in France. Burgundy and Lyon boast a fabulous food and wine heritage left by France millennial royal past.

Lyon is listed at the UNESCO and offers so many cultural explorations, from the Saint-Jean Renaissance quarter to the Roman ruins with its spectacular amphitheater, the hill of Fourviere, the picturesque quarter of la Croix Rousse, the painted walls frescos, the Saone banks, the peninsula where you find the fine arts museum, and the opera house. The district in which you will be placed - La Croix Rousse - is a residential district with its typical restaurants and caf, small shops, and a silk museum La Maison des Canuts.


You will have a welcome dinner at the day of your arrival and daily continental breakfasts. On Friday and Saturday, you will enjoy tasting lunches that you cooked together with chefs. Your delicious dishes will taste even better because they will be accompanied by wine. As you may know, Lyonnaise traditional cuisine is inspired by the surrounding regions - La Bresse, Le DauphinandLes Alpes, Le Beaujolais and La Dombes, La Bourgogne.

Tripe and offal are not excluded if you are brave for that. However, you will certainly prepare and cook the famous pistachio or truffle sausages, pike or chicken dumpling (quenelles) served with a creamy mushroom or crayfish sauce, Bresse chicken, guinea fowl supreme, and more.The Lyonnaise classics of pastry and desserts are puff pastry donuts and pink pralines tart; however, chocolate royal or caramelized apple tatin tart can be added to the menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

Things to do (optional)

  • Immerse yourself in the history of silk crafting visiting the silk museum La Maison des Canuts
  • Ride the oldest funicular line in the world
  • See the glories golden statue of the Virgin Mary
  • Visitthe Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who is believed to have saved Lyon from hazards and conquerors through ages
  • Visit the original Roman settlement ruins and spectacular amphitheater
  • Walkalong the hill of Fourviere to see La Tour Metallique - the most famous rival of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

What's included

  • 2 cooking classes and tasting lunches
  • 4 nights modern-design guesthouse accommodation
  • Daily continental breakfasts
  • Full-day tour to Beaujolais and its chateaux or to Beaujolais and Perouges medieval village
  • Guided walking tour to Lyon historic quarter
  • Market cooking class followed by a 5-course tasting lunch
  • Recipes in English
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival

What's not included

  • Airfare to/from your country
  • Airport or train station round-trip transfer
  • Other expenses not listed above
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Taxi fares
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday dinners
  • Wine during the welcome dinner

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Lyon-Saint-Exupery Airport (LYS). The airport is located in 20 kilometers from the city center. You can get to the city center by train - the railway station Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupery is located close to the airport. The way from the airport to the city center will take 30 minutes. Airport transfer is not included, but Lifestyle Vacations in France will gladly assist you for a taxi booking.

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