The purpose of this culinary tour is to feature and highlight Provence exquisite and healthy food, fine wines, traditions, history, and exceptional lifestyle. You will love sunny Provence for its alive markets, magnificent lights, smells of delicately perfumed fresh air by wild herbs and flower and for its flavorful and healthy cuisine paired with delicate local wines. Indulge in Provence greatest lifestyle through this culinary and gourmet program.
During this trip, you will be staying in La Villa des Dentelles with the options of private room, shared double room, or double room. La Villa des Dentelles offers five elegantly decorated rooms and suite, with en-suite bathroom equipped with walking shower. Each room or suite is in beige, grey, and white colors trends, furnished with stylish antiques and king-size or two single beds.
Modern amenities include minibar, safety lock, hairdryer, bathrobe, toiletries, and more. There is free Wi-Fi connection in all rooms. The villa has a pool and a summer kitchen with a washing machine at the guests' disposal.
Delightful Provence is a lifestyle vacations France original culinary program designed for individuals and small groups limited to six people. It is escorted by Corinne Preteur personally. This program includes three hands-on cooking classes taught in English. You will get all the recipes in English. Aprons will be provided. Two classes are operated in the Luberon Cooking School and run by the Executive Michelin-star chef, an instructor at the Paul Bocuse Culinary Institute.
Each class features a different four-course menu including an amuse-bouche, an appetizer or also known as a starter, a main course or also known as an entree with meat or fish, and a dessert. Along with your four hours’ class, you will learn how to prepare and to cook a French-style menu from scratch. You will learn chopping, cooking, and baking methods, as well as the plated presentation.
Tasting lunch accompanied by aperitif, wine, and coffee or tea follows each class. One class is operated at La Villa des Dentelles, run by Chef Marie and coordinated in English by Corinne. The menu you will learn to cook includes organic produce and can be gluten-free if participants have allergies. It is also a way to say “I eat with pleasure with and being allergic to gluten is not a handicap!” It is an afternoon class followed by a food and wine pairing tasting dinner.
Aside to your cooking lessons, you will also visit perched villages by walking, as well as producers such as goat cheese farm, winery, honeybee farm, and olive oil mill. A full-day excursion to Avignon and to Les Baux de Provence is scheduled. Michelin-star restaurant lunch and visit to Les Carrières de Lumières is on the itinerary too.
You will arrive in Avignon TGV train station or Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) and be transferred by private car or minibus. Then, you will heck-in at La Villa des Dentelles and take some resting time to recover from jet lag. You will then have a welcome aperitif and dinner at the villa. Stay overnight in the villa.
In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast. You will then go on tour to see Hilltop villages around Beaumes de Venise for two hours, followed by a picnic lunch and wine tasting in a winery. In the afternoon, you will have cooking class starting at 4:30 p.m. for three hours, followed by a food and wine pairing tasting dinner. Stay overnight at the villa.
In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast. Then, you will transfer to the Luberon Cooking School. At 9 a.m., you will go on a market tour with the chef for one hour. You will meet producers and smiling local people while learning how to choose the best produce to be prepared and cooked afterwards. Back to the school, you will enjoy a coffee and start partaking a four-hour cooking class celebrating the Provence cuisine.
Aperitif and gourmet food and wine pairing tasting lunch. You will then go on a walking tour to Gordes or to Roussillon Hilltop Village. You will then transfer to Beaumes de Venise followed by a resting time. You will then have a light dinner at the villa. Stay overnight at the villa.
In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast. You will then transfer to Les Baux. Afterwards, you will go on a morning visit to the medieval village and to Les Carrieres de Lumieres, a spectacular sound and light show in the disused quarry that explores the fantastic and wonderful world painted by Bosch, Brueghel, and Arcimboldo, a 16th century artists.
Gourmet lunch at L'Oustau de Baumanières Michelin-star restaurant. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Avignon. You will then visit to the historic quarter and to the Popes' Palace. Afterwards, you will transfer to Le Barroux and have dinner at the villa. Stay overnight at the villa.
In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast before transferring to Vaison. You will then go on an open-air market walking tour. This market is known to be one of the biggest in Provence. You will then have lunch. In the afternoon, you will go on a walking tour to Vaison Medieval Village. You will then go on a visit to a goat cheese farm at the milking time around 6 p.m. Afterwards, you will have dinner at the Caromb' Restaurant. Stay overnight at the villa.
In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast. You will then transfer to the Luberon Cooking School. You will participate in a four-hour cooking class starting at 9:45a.m. You will learn how to prepare and to cook a traditional gourmet meal including an amuse-bouche, starter, main course, and dessert.
Aperitif and tasting lunch accompanied by wine and coffee or tea. In the afternoon, you will make a visit to Gordes Olive Oil Mill and to a honeybee farm. You will get the chance to meet the producers. Afterwards, there will be a farewell dinner at the villa. Stay overnight at the villa.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Avignon or to Marseille by private car or minibus. End of the tour.
Born in Paris and raised in the Loire Valley, Corinne has spent many years in the USA, working first for Hasbro Milton Bradley (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), and partnering with Birmingham Associates in Boston, then. Within her long professional career, Corinne has organized and guided numerous VIP tours and press trips worldwide. She has an extensive knowledge in France history, food, wine, and gastronomy, in general. She is the creator, owner, and director of Lifestyle Vacations France, and the founder of Paris-based Antilope Productions company and Côté Loisirs TV France.
This cooking holiday will take place in Provence, France.
During this trip, you will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Two of the lunches will be from the cooking classes that you have participated. Other lunches and dinners will be enjoyed in either the villa or Michelin-star restaurants.
Please book your flight to arrive at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lifestyle Vacations will pick you up from the airport.
You can also arrive at Avignon TGV Train Station. Transfer from and to the train station is included. Lifestyle Vacations will pick you up from the train station.
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