Culinary Tours

Cooking with Corinne in the Périgord

3 700,00$4 200,00$ / pers.

Since the most ancient times, the land has been worked to offer the best produce… Farmers keep on raising ducks and geese, and developing walnut grove…

7 days / 6 nights (Sunday-Saturday)

  • Luxury B&B accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Cooking classes & Visits to local producers
  • Cultural guided tours
  • Transfers and transportation by private van

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Description

The Périgord at a glance…cooking

Since the most ancient times, the land has been worked to offer the best produce… Farmers keep on raising ducks and geese, and developing walnut groves… Hunting, fishing, natural ressources from the Périgord generous terroir contributed to the greatest culinary art in France. Each season brings its gastronomic topic. Fall and Winter are the seasons of mushrooms (including black truffles), chestnuts, walnuts, escargots, game, etc. Spring and summer celebrate the bounty of Mother rebirth with flavorful vegetables and fruits, river fishes… Year-round, people enjoy foie gras, duck confit, sautéed potatoes, Bergerac wines… making the farms meals an institution!

  • You are a foodie traveler, and you are keen to experience the French South-West cuisine,
  • You are interested in the history, traditions and French culture,
  • You want to book an all-inclusive tour designed for small groups (up to 6 people)…

Our original Périgord culinary and cultural tour is designed for you!


“Cooking with Corinne”

Join Corinne in her kitchen to learn the best of the South West traditional cuisine that you will be able to make at home with ingredients you will easily find. Cooking classes are in our beautifully renovated house in Saint-Amand-de-Coly, one of the most beautiful villages in France.
This program includes 3 hands-on cooking classes scheduled in the morning or in the afternoon. You will experience many recipes from scratch. Despite the South West cuisine is reputed to be rich, Corinne has created well-balanced menus paired with local Bergerac, Montbazillac and Pecharmant wines.

What are you going to cook ? The Périgord cuisine celebrates the countryside traditions. Menus follow seasonal fresh produce. It can include duck pâté, onion soup, chestnut and foie gras velouté, escargots and mushrooms pastry, truffle scrambled eggs, beef fillet with wine sauce and seasonal vegetables, fish paupiette with a sauce beurre-blanc, chicken “Made-in-Perigord”, seasonal fruits clafoutis, soufflé, walnut cake, walnut and honey crepes, poached fruits in red wine, brioche French toast, pears and walnut tart, etc. You will of course enjoy the Rocamadour and Cabecou local goat creamy cheese accompanied by walnut oil dressed salad ! Coffee can be accompanied with a small glass of Armagnac or walnut liquor…


A memorable Gourmet & Cultural Adventure…

Each day is a fest! Aside to cooking classes followed by a tasting lunch or dinner, you will experience the finest Périgourdine cuisine in gourmet restaurants and in a typical ferme-auberge. In addition to your cooking lessons, you will experience a food market tour guided by Corinne, and visits to local producers as well, including a geese farm, and a walnut oil mill.

However the Périgord deserves much more! You will be overwhelmed by the beauty of medieval and Renaissance-style villages and it yellow-stone houses and mansions. You will visit Sarlat, La Roque-Gageac, Beynac, Collonges-La-Rouge and Castelnaud-La-Chapelle lovely villages as well as Rocamadour pilgrims site, Eyrignac remarkable gardens and Lascaux caves. Tours are guided in English.


Luxury private House Accommodation

La Maison de Coly luxury accommodation

Welcome to La Maison de Coly, a luxury 230 m2 typical Périgord’s stone walls house which was a monks’ residence. After an entire renovation, it now offers 4 spacious beautifully decorated rooms, each one with its private bathroom and toilets. Amenities include air-conditioning, free WiFi, bathrobes, hairdryer and toiletries.

The living room is very cozy with its authentic stone fireplace. You will enjoy daily home-made breakfasts, several lunches and dinners prepared by Corinne and Nadia with local fresh produce from the farmers markets and the garden. Daily continental breakfasts include tea or coffee, juice, fresh fruits salad, brioches or croissants, crispy bread, butter and home-made jams, cheese, ham, etc. Breakfasts are served in the dining room.

La Maison de Coly has a heated pool and a terrace to enjoy the aperitif and lunches when the weather allows. The back garden overlooks the park towards the woods, the country road and the peaceful valley.


ITINERARY

Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome to the Périgord!
Pick up at Sarlat train station (around 2pm or later). Private transfer to La Maison de Coly. Resting time.
Welcome aperitif and dinner accompanied by wine. We will meet each other, discuss and review the program together.
Overnight.

Day 2 (Monday): Cooking Class 1 – Visit to Eyrignac Gardens
After breakfast, at 10am, join Corinne in the kitchen to partake your first cooking class. You will learn how to prepare a 3-course menu. Tasting lunch followed the class.
Afternoon visit to Eyrignac manicured and romantic gardens, entirely made up of topiaries with huge hedges cut into intricate geometric patterns and pots full of clipped box. Eyrignac features a privately owned manor house and associated buildings built golden colored stone. Eyrignac features five main gardens: Plant Sculptures Kingdom, Box Labyrinth; Manor & French garden, Capucine’s gardens and White Garden & Flower Meadow, without forgetting the vegetable garden… that Mr Sermadiras, the the owner, is very proud to feature!
Transfer to Saint-Amand-de-Coly later in the afternoon. Resting Time
Dinner in La Maison de Coly “your home in the Périgord”. Overnight.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Cooking Class 2 – Visit to a geese farm and to Sarlat then
After breakfast, morning cooking class 2 followed by lunch.
Afternoon visit to a geese farm followed by Salat guided walking tour. Sarlat is the first town in Europe to feature so numerous historic Renaissance-style buildings per square-meter… superb! Time free for shopping and relaxing.
Transfer to Saint-Amand-de-Coly.
Dinner in La Maison de Coly “your home in the Périgord”. Overnight.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Market Cooking Class 3 – Visit to Lascaux
Early breakfast and transfer to Montignac at 8:30am to enjoy an experience the food marketplace tour and shopping with Corinne.
At 11am, visit to Lascaux IV international cave art center. The valley boasts 147 prehistoric sites, 15 of which are on Unesco’s world heritage list. Lascaux original cave has been discovered in 1940 by Marcel Ravidat but it’s closed to the public for preservation.
Transfer to Saint-Amand-de-Coly after the visit. Lunch in La Maison de Coly. Walking tour in the village after lunch and resting time.
Cooking Class 3 starting at 4:30pm. Dinner in La Maison de Coly “your home in the Périgord”. Overnight.

Day 5 (Thursday): Dordogne Valley full-day excursion.
After breakfast, transfer to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. Visit to the 12th century medieval fortress built on a rocky outcrop which offers a magnificent panoramic view over the Dordogne Valley. The chateau houses an important collection of weapons and armors. Along the bastion, the most powerful siege machines from the Middle Ages have been recreated and placed in attack positions.
Lunch in a traditional restaurant nearby.
After lunch, visit to the walnut oil mill followed by a one-hour cruise on the Dordogne river starting in La Roque Gageac quaint village. On the way back to Saint-Amand, you will see Beynac picturesque village and its hilltop medieval fortress.
Light dinner in La Maison de Coly “your home in the Périgord”. Overnight.

Day 6 (Friday): Rocamadour & Collonges-La-Rouge full-day excursion.
After breakfast, transfer to Collonges-La-Rouge through Brive-La-Gaillarde.
Morning guided tour in Collonges, a 14th century deep red sandstone village which was the former stronghold of the Viscounts of Turenne. You will walk through the narrow cobbled streets bordered with artisanal workshops, and small boutiques.
Lunch in a traditional restaurant in the village.
Afternoon transfer to Rocamadour to visit the holly clifftop UNESCO village built on the path to Santiago de Compostela. The village is home to the relics of Saint Amadour and was the revered sanctuary for the Black Madonna. Pilgrims have been coming to pray here since the 12th century. Walk up the great staircase’s 216 steps to the Sanctuary’s esplanade where you’ll find 8 churches and Notre-Dame Chapel with the statue of the Black Madonna, a small black wooden silhouette from the 12th century with an impressive halo.
Transfer to Saint-Amand-de-Coly. Resting time.
Dinner in La Maison de Coly “your home in the Périgord”. Overnight.

Day 7 (Saturday): Transfer to Sarlat train station – End of the tour but… see you soon!.
After breakfast, transfer to Sarlat train station. End of the tour and… thank you for joining us and making this culinary tour so special!


PROGRAM PRICE

US$ 3,700/pers. (double occupancy)
Single supplement US$ 500

Price includes:
– 6-night luxury private house accommodation,
– Daily continental breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
– 3 cooking classes followed by tasting lunch or dinner accompanied by wine,
– Recipes in English,
– Visits to local producers,
– Guided tours and visits to cultural sites as detailed in the itinerary (entrance fees included),
– 7-day transportation by private van, including Sarlat train station round-trip transfers.

Not included: airfare to/from your country, drinks in restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.


2020 & 2021 TOUR DATES

September 20-26, 2020 (2 space left)
June 13-19, 2021 (6 space left)

Other dates can be added upon request.
Tour is confirmed with 4 people, and it’s limited to 6 participants. Considering the limited space in this tour, reservation in advance is strongly recommended.

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