WELCOME TO THE PAYS D’AUGE IN NORMANDY
Welcome to Normandy !
Close your eyes and imagine a peaceful and verdant region with black and white cows grazing under apple trees, rolling hills matching pastures and groves, beautiful countryside scattered with farms and half-timbered or granite towns leading to a stretch of coastline, picturesque harbors and fishing villages with a strong maritime history, without forgetting the essential: the food. Normandy is one of top-five gourmet destinations in France with beautiful markets, exquisite produces, and great restaurants, a destination for foodie travelers!
Through Lifestyle Vacations’ original Cooking with Corinne in Normandy tour, you will enjoy cooking classes and gourmet adventures. You will meet local people and discover the Normandy region through its cultural heritage. Cooking with Corinne in Normandy program features the Pays d’Auge very preserved natural environment, quaint villages, cheese and cider farms, Calvados brandy distilleries. Corinne personally runs cooking classes and guides this tour.
PRIVATE MANOR ACCOMMODATION
Here is the picturesque Pays d’Auge Normandy countryside and its typical half-timbered manors and farms. Le Pressoir is one of those, a former cider farm entirely renovated to offer now the most comfortable accommodation for exceptional holidays. The manor is mid-distance to Pont Levêque and Lisieux, and 30 minutes from the coast. It offers two bedrooms, each one has with its en-suite bathroom and private toilet. For a group of up to 6 people, a nearby beautiful guest house is the best option. It’s a typical thatch roof cottage offering 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and all modern amenities. Daily continental breakfasts include tea or coffee, fruits, yogurts, freshly baked bread, home-made crepes, waffles or cakes, butter, jam, etc.
COOKING CLASSES & NORMANDY CUISINE
Join Corinne in her kitchen to experience the French and Normandy cuisine through hands-on classes taught in English. You will learn, you will cook, you will enjoy eating, and you will have fun. Cooking classes are operated in Le Pressoir which will also be your home during your Normandy vacation.
“I always have looked to find fun in the kitchen since I have seen Julia Child TV shows and having the chance to working with her in Boston. I am a self-educated cook, trained by Michelin-starred Chefs for many years. Today my goal is to teach people to eat better through well-balanced menus prepared with fresh seasonal (organic if possible) produce only. For years, I have simplified hundreds of recipes celebrating the French cuisine for home cooks. In a word, no need to be an advanced cook to join my classes”, explains Corinne.
Normandy is well known for its dairy produce (delicious butter and whole creams, flavorful cow milk cheeses such as Camembert, Pont Levêque and Livarot), cider, Calvados brandy, exquisite desserts but also good meat and delicate fish.
Rural Normandy areas welcome numerous artisans who keep the traditions alive. Aside to your cooking lessons, you will visit producers who make delights such as milk jam, salty-buttered caramel candies, buttered biscuits and shortbreads, etc. You will have the chance to meet local producers on the food markets and in the farms. Cooking with Corinne in Normandy tour includes 3 cooking classes scheduled in the morning or in the afternoon. Within 3 hours you will learn how to prepare and to cook a 3 to 4-course meal including appetizer, starter, main course, pastry, dessert.
One class will celebrate fish, the second one: meat (lamb for example), and the third once: poultry. Aperitif and tasting lunch and dinner accompanied by wine, cider, mineral water, coffee or herbal tea follow each class.
Sample menus can include walnuts and Calvados flavored countryside pâté, Livarot cheese choux pastry (fabulous for aperitif), chicken Made-in-Normandy, rack of lamb topped with herbs crust, sole normande, caramelized apple tarts, seasonal fruits clafoutis, and much more.
VISITS, EXCURSIONS, RESTAURANTS…
Our Normandy tour combines cooking experiences and connections with local people and producers. It also celebrates the Normandy history and heritage through cultural visits including D-Day sites, picturesque villages of the Pays d’Auge listed among the most beautiful ones in France. You will visit Bayeux and Honfleur as well. Visits to local producers highlight cider makers, jams artisans, cow milk cheese farm to learn the secrets of the Camembert and Livarot.You will visit Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives open-air market on Monday, and partake the food shopping. You will also enjoy traditional and gourmet lunches and dinners in traditional and Michelin-star restaurants.
Day 1 (Sunday) – Welcome to Normandy !
Lisieux rail station transfer to the guest house. Check-in and resting time. Welcome aperitif and (early) dinner accompanied by wine or cider at La Duvalerie. Overnight.
Day 2 (Monday) – Market cooking class. Afternoon tour of Lisieux & visit to the farms
After breakfast, transfer to Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives for the market tour and shopping. Visit to La Ferme de Canon (producing organic cider, apple juice, cider vinegar, and poiré aperitif) and to La Ferme des Pâtis, an authentic cow milk farm producing creme fraiche, fromage blanc and making an exquisite milk jam and Teurgoule baked rice pudding. Lunch in Lisieux. Afternoon cooking class followed by dinner. Overnight.
Day 3 (Tuesday) – Cooking class & lunch. Afternoon tour to seaside villages.
After breakfast, join Corinne for a healthy one-hour walk through the Normandy countryside before heading to the kitchen. Morning 3-hour cooking class starting at 10am followed by lunch. Afternoon walking tour and shopping in Deauville and Cabourg. Visit to Graindorge (camembert, livarot and pont leveque AOP cheese). Cheese and wine pairing dinner at La Duvalerie. Overnight.
Day 4 (Wednesday) – Full-day excursion to Bayeux and D-Day sites.
After breakfast, transfer to the D-Day sites: Utah Beach, Colleville American cimetery, Arromanches. Lunch in a crêperie. Afternoon visit to Bayeux and its Tapestry museum. Time free in town. Dinner at Le Pavé d’Auge Michelin-star restaurant in Beuvron. Overnight.
Day 5 (Thursday) – Cooking class & Pays d’Auge quaint villages tour.
After breakfast, join Corinne in the kitchen. Morning 3-hour cooking class starting at 9:30am followed by lunch. Afternoon excursion to the Pays d’Auge picturesque villages such as Cambremer, Blangy-le-Château and Beuvron-en-Auge. Dinner at La Duvalerie. Overnight.
Day 6 (Friday) – Transfer to Paris through Honfleur
Morning breakfast. Check-out at 10:00am. Private transfer by car or minibus to Paris through Honfleur. Guided walking tour of this beautiful historical village. Lunch in a Michelin restaurant. Afternoon visit to Museum Eugene Boudin impressionist painter. Transfer to Paris. End of the tour.
US$ 2,990 per person (based on double occupancy)
Single occupancy supplement: US$ 400
Price includes :
– 5-night 4-star charming guesthouse accommodation
– All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
– 3-hands-on cooking classes followed by tasting lunch or dinner accompanied by wine
– Recipes in English
– Food market tours and visits to producers and artisans
– Cultural tours and excursions to historic sites as detailed in the itinerary
– 6-day transportation by private car or van including Lisieux and Paris transfers.
Not included : airfare to/from your country, train ticket to Normandy, drinks at restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
2022 TOUR DATE
July 3-8 (6 space left)
Tour is confirmed with 2 people, and it’s limited to 6 participants. Considering the limited space in the tour, it’s recommended to book in advance.