7 Days Cooking Holiday in France

7 Days Cooking Holiday in France

  • Maison Quarante, D37E2, 34310 Quarante, France

French Cooking Vacation in Languedoc

Enjoy a 5-day immersion in the very best that Languedoc has to offer. From your base in a charming French home, you will travel through some of the most picturesque spots from the Mediterranean coast to the breathtaking Haut Cantons and discover the rich cultural history of the area. Along the way, you will meet many artisan producers of such delicacies as Pelardon, the famed tangy and creamy goat cheese, and become an astute wine connoisseur, while also getting first-hand knowledge of the regions cuisine through hands-on cooking classes.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking lessons
  • Enjoy comprehensive wine tastings
  • Free time to explore the region at your own leisure
  • Discover a wide range of regional dishes
  • Taste delicious regional olive oils
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • French, English
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Maison Quarante is peacefully situated at the end of the Grand Rue, in the heart of the hilltop village. This magnificent house was built in 1805, and has been carefully renovated with all modern facilities yet without losing its charm. Enter through the front door and step back in time into this spacious decorative hallway which leads to a grand staircase and bedrooms above. Step into the spacious and beautiful dining room with adjoining drawing room with French doors leading out onto the terrace where you can have breakfast and dinner. There is always plenty of space in the garden for all kinds of activities: breakfast, swimming and socializing - or just relaxing in peace and quiet.

The pool is situated away from the house at the bottom of the garden, surrounded by palm trees and a generous seating area. In warm weather the old orangery can be used for dining and is also the venue for tutored wine tasting with the wines from the local vineyards. The rooms are centrally heated, comfortably furnished with en-suite bathrooms, and have a view of the village or the gardens and the rolling landscape or the vineyards beyond. All the rooms are large with high ceilings, chandeliers and furnished in the 'French' style with some charming touches.

Day 1, Sunday - Arrial

  • Upon arriving at the house, you will join the group for a welcome aperitif followed by dinner.

Day 2, Monday - Vineyard visit, wine tasting, cooking class

  • In the morning, you will meet a winemaker and his family.
  • After a guided tour of his vineyard, you will enjoy a comprehensive wine tasting followed by a lunch in his home.
  • The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish before the evening cooking class and dinner.

Day 3, Tuesday - Beziers tour, cooking class

  • You will take a leisurely stroll through Beziers historic center and shop atthe halles, the indoor market in the center of town.
  • You will enjoy lunch at a great wine bar.
  • You will have free time before starting the informal evening cooking class and dinner.

Day 4, Wednesday - Cruise, olive farm and winery visit, cooking class

  • After breakfast, you will go on a morning cruise on the Canal du Midi, traveling through some of the most remarkable sites.
  • Lunch will be served on the boat followed by a visit to an olive farm and a winery.
  • The afternoon will be free to enjoy at leisure before starting the evening cooking class and dinner.

Day 5, Thursday - La Clape wineries, cooking class

  • The day will begin with a leisurely stroll through Narbonne and shop at the bustling halles, the indoor market in the center of town.
  • You will enjoy lunch at a restaurant featuring local seasonal produce.
  • On the way back, you will stop at one of La Clape wineries, a little-known appellation at the edge of the Mediterranean.
  • The rest of the afternoon will be free to spend at your own leisure before starting the informal evening cooking class and dinner in the evening.

Day 6, Friday - Cooking class

  • You will stroll through the magnificent town of Pézenas and its many artisanal shops.
  • Lunch will be served at one of the town’s leading regional restaurants.
  • After some time to relax, the day will conclude with the evening cooking class and festive dinner.

Day 7, Saturday - Departure

  • After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport or train station for your return home or to continue your travels through France.
  • Cruise on the Canal du Midi
  • Stroll around Beziers
  • Trip to Narbonne
  • Visit to an olive farm
  • Visit local wineries
  • Visit to Pézenas

Nestled between the Camargue region to the east and the French Catalonian Pyrenees to the southwest, and extending northwards to the Cvennes and the Massif Central, Languedoc is a vast province of many faces and contrasts. Sandy coastlines, bucolic marshes and wild life sanctuaries, vineyards stretching far into the horizon, and charming picturesque villages grace the sunny Mediterranean Bas-Languedoc.

Just as striking is the Haut-Languedocs rough and austere landscape of chiseled peaks and deep valleys. There, in the cool pine and oak forests, wild boar, deer, and mouflons, a unique race of wild mountain sheep, exist peacefully amidst nearby rustic villages and hamlets hidden along twisted roads and lonely trails.

The range of landscapes and its central position have made this southern province a cultural hub, boosting a diverse and fascinating heritage. Archaeological remnants of ancient civilizations are evident along the shores of the Mediterranean. Further inland, medieval towns and fortified cities such as Carcassonne and Minerve, along with the lonely silhouettes of Cathares fortresses, are the legacy of the darkest days of the Middle Ages and religious wars.

The regal and opulent city of Montpellier, was a center of learning for centuries, attracting some of Europe's most illustrious scholars, writers, scientists, and artists of their time, a distinction that the regional capital still holds today. The picturesque towns of Pézenas and Narbonne are fine examples of the regions architectural heritage. Here, Romanesque, Gothic, and graceful buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries interface with each other in perfect harmony.

Activities
  • Art classes nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Local market

During your trip, you will dine at many venues; from casual bistros favored by the locals, to more formal restaurants and private homes. While meeting the local artisans, you will have the chance to taste some of the local delicacies such as Pelardon, the famed tangy and creamy goat cheese, the rustic traditional charcuterie, and even enjoy comparative tastings of regional olive oils made from the indigenous Lucques and Olivieres varieties.

  • Admire the beautiful architecture
  • Cycle through the picturesque landscapes
  • Go for a swim in the pool
  • Hike along the village trails
  • Learn about the region's history
  • Read a relaxing book in the vineyards
  • Sightsee around the region
  • Visit the local markets
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Cooking classes as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance and transportation to tastings and artisan visits
  • Meals as included in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from the airport or train station
  • Airfare or train to the city
  • Drinks outside of those specified
  • Insurance
  • Private expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Bziers Cap d'Agde Airport (BZR). Saveur Languedoc will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up in included in the price.

Arrival by train

Bziers train station and the Narbonne train station are the closest. Saveur Languedoc will pick you up from there. The pick-up in included in the price.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Languedoc, France

Saveur Languedoc organizes culinary vacations in Languedoc, to the South of France, including cooking classes and food and wine tours.

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