Provence Culinary Vacation

Provence Culinary Vacation

Enjoy the best of Provence and four cooking classes with Chef Kathy during this week-long culinary vacation. Stay in a stunning luxury villa in the beautiful Luberon Valley. Experience the food, the wine, the vibrant markets, picturesque villages and the seaside towns. The week includes three full-meal market-to-table cooking classes and one French pastry-making class, guided visits to three Provencal outdoor markets, and the best dining experiences under the glorious Southern France sun. Fall in love with the flavors and the countryside of this enchanting region in the sunny south of France. On days when we don’t cook, we’ll explore other villages and cities in the area: the Luberon Valley, Chateauneuf du Pape wine region, Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, and Avignon.

Amazing accommodations – Stay in an luxury villa located the center of the Luberon Valley, within walking distance to the village center of Lourmarin – named one of the most beautiful villages in France. The entire villa, the pool, and the grounds will be entirely yours for the week!

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DATES AND PRICING

2017 Dates:

  • June 24 – July 1, 2017

2018 Dates:

  • June 16 – 23, 2018

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE-GROUP VACATION: This vacation is available for private groups of 4 – 8 people throughout the year.

Vacation Price:

$3,995 per person (based upon double occupancy)
$750 Single Supplement Charge

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT:

  • To secure you spot on the trip, a non-refundable deposit of $1,250 per person is required.
  • The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to vacation start date.
  • You can make payments by credit card, bank transfer, or check.

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ALL THIS IS INCLUDED IN THE PROVENCE CULINARY VACATION:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation in a luxury villa in the Provence countryside
  • Four hands-on cooking classes – Three full-meal classes and One French pastry class
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners, wine included with lunches and dinners
  • Guided visit to three Provencal markets
  • Guided walking tours of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Arles
  • Visits to the Luberon valley, Cassis, and Sanary-sur-Mer, and Chateauneuf-du-pape
  • Two winery visits and tastings
  • Boat trip along the Calanques in Cassis
  • Pastry shop visit and tasting
  • Cheese shop visit and tasting
  • Round-trip transportation to/from the Marseille Airport or Aix-en-Provence TGV Station at the beginning and end of the vacation
  • Transportation to and from Aix-en-Provence for all daily excursions during the vacation
  • Food Lover’s Odyssey apron and Provence recipe book

**Airfare, transportation to Marseille (if flying in from elsewhere into France/Europe), travel insurance and expenses of a personal nature (souvenirs and other personal items) are not included in the vacation package price.

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WHAT PREVIOUS GUESTS SAY ABOUT THIS VACATION:

“No better way to experience Provence than to cook with Chef Kathy. Every recipe we made will be easy to reproduce at home which is not always the case when you take a cooking class in France. I just can’t recommend her enough.” Joyce (New York, NY)

“I had a great time on the trip and would do it again. You made it very easy by taking out all of the work and leaving us with just the enjoyment of travel.” Cookie (McLean, VA)

“It was the best trip on so many levels….cooking, food, art, painting and friends. It doesn’t get any better than that!” Melanie (Dallas, TX)

“The food was fantastic. This was a unique and personal experience in Provence” Cara (Chicago, IL)

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THE COOKING CLASSES
We will have three market-to-table, full-meal cooking classes during the week. Ingredients for the classes will be the freshest from that day’s market in Provence. All meals will include a starter, main dish with vegetable side, and French pastry for dessert. Along with the three full-meal classes, we’ll have a half-day French pastry-making class where you’ll learn the basics of the French pastry chef.

THE SIGHTS, ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
As the markets and villages of Provence are the focus of your week, you’ll have guided visits to three of the best markets of the region: Aix-en-Provence, Lourmarin, and Sanary-sur-Mer. Enjoy famous French pastries during a guided visit, with tastings, to a local pastry shop. During a market day in Aix, we’ll stop at a cheese shop and learn how to create a perfectly French cheese course. Visit wineries in the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape region and learn by tasting these and the Rose’ wines of Provence. You’ll spend an entire day exploring the villages of the Luberon Valley and appreciate its lush and diverse landscape.

CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT
Aix-en-Provence
Avignon
Chateauneuf-du-pape
Arles
Lourmarin
Roussillon
Sanary-sur-Mer
Cassis

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Day 1: Welcome to Provence

After your pick up from the Marseille Airport or Aix-en-Provence TGV station, you’ll have time to settle into your accommodations in/around Aix-en-Provence.
We will meet each other in the late afternoon for a Champagne and wine reception followed by an orientation walk through Aix-en-Provence and a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Avignon and Wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Spend the morning in the walled-city of Avignon, visiting the old city center, Les Halles market, Palais des Papes and the famous bridge, Pont Saint Benezet. You will have time to explore and shop in Avignon and then we’ll enjoy lunch at a gourmet bistro.

Our afternoon will be in the Southern Rhone Wine Valley. We’ll visit two wine chateau in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine region.

We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner in Aix a favorite restaurant of locals.

Day 3: Market Day in Aix – Market-to-Table Cooking Class

Explore the historic center of Aix-en-Provence and its huge Tuesday market. From the market, we’ll purchase ingredients for our full-meal four-course cooking class. Visit a pastry shop where we’ll have a guided tasting visit and learn all about French pastries. You’ll have time to explore the market on your own before meeting back up for a light apero buffet from the day’s purchases.

Create your own seasonal, three-course dinner with the freshest ingredients from the market during our full-day of food, fun and an educational cooking class.

Day 4: Seaside Villages along the Mediterranean

Spend the morning together at one of the biggest and best markets in the village of Sanary-sur-Mer, along the Mediterranean coast. You’ll have time to stroll the port and check out the colorful array of pointu (pointed) boats along the harbor. We’ll have lunch together along the port of Sanary looking out onto the sea

In the afternoon, we’ll head over to Cassis and take a boat tour along the Calanques, leaving time for a stroll through the cozy town. Dinner tonight will be together at an outdoor table along the sea.

Day 5: Morning at the Market in Aix – French cheese tasting – Cooking Class

The morning will be at the market, where you’ll have free time to explore the market on your own and pick up any food items and/or gifts to take home. We’ll meet back up to visit a cheese shop and purchase cheese for the all-important French cheese course, part of our four-course meal.

At our private kitchen in Aix, we’ll have another full day of food during our hands-on cooking class. We’ll create a four-course meal of typical Provencal dishes and desserts.

Day 6: Exploring the Luberon

Our day will focus on exploring the gorgeous villages of the Luberon valley, their beauty immortalized in words by many writers, most recently Peter Mayle. We’ll visit Lourmarin, Roussillon and the Fontaine du Vaucluse and stop for photo ops outside of Gordes and, when the lavender is in bloom, at the Abbey of Senanque.

Lunch will be on the terrace overlooking the red cliffs of Roussillon

You’ll have the evening free to explore Aix-en-Provence on your own before gathering together for a dinner at one of the best restaurants in Aix.

Day 7: Arles – Farewell dinner together

We’ll spend the morning at the big Saturday market in Arles and then take a guided walking tour of the old Roman city. We’ll have lunch together in Arles and then you’ll have free time to wander the city on your own.

Tonight’s farewell dinner and cooking class will be a traditional Provencal dinner


Day 8: Perfectly French Breakfast and Au Revoir Provence

Morning breakfast of pastries, baguette and cheese together before your departure to either the Aix-en-Provence TGV Station or the Marseille Airport at 9:30am.

**Sequence of classes, activities and excursions may vary. The final itinerary will be given to each guest on the first day of the vacation. Whenever there are local festivals or events happening during a tour, we will try to include them with adjustments to the itinerary to enhance your vacation experience.

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