PROVENCE AT A GLANCE…
This exclusive cooking vacation program features Provence exquisite and healthy food, fine wines, traditions, history and exceptional lifestyle.
You will explore a region of exceptional beauty with outstanding landscapes, perched historic villages, vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves, and much more!
You will enjoy Provence for its alive markets, magnificent lights, smells of delicately perfumed fresh air by wild herbs and flowers… for its flavorful and healthy cuisine paired with delicate local wines.
Welcome to Beaumes-de-Venise, a charming Provence village which is reputed for its delicate Muscat naturally sweet wines, organic fruits orchards, vegetables gardens, and sweet life. Beaumes is home-village of La Villa des Dentelles boutique-hotel nestled in the Ventoux-Provence countryside between woods, vineyards, and saffron gardens. You will be amazed by its panoramic breathtaking view on the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, especially at the sunset. Unique!
It offers 5 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, etc. Free WiFi connection in all rooms. The villa has a pool as well as a laundry facility.
COOKING CLASSES & GOURMET EXPERIENCES
Our cooking program includes four hands-on classes celebrating the Mediterranean and Provence classics with recipes adapted to home cooks. Provence is a blessed region with tasty organic vegetables, fruits, aromatic herbs, olive oil, goat cheese, honey…and our menus are designed with these local produce, in addition to the Mediterranean fish, the lamb of Sisteron, the free-range chicken of the local farms, etc. Cooking classes are run at La Villa des Dentelles by Chef Marie & Corinne, whose their long list of accomplishments includes Michelin-star experiences.
All along your classes, and at the market place tour, you will get our precious tips to make your cuisine successful. Teachings include cooking methods and organization rules in the kitchen, balanced menu creations with fresh produces, food and wine pairing exercises, olive oil tastings, and more. ALL classes are taught in English, scheduled in the afternoon to leave the morning free for visits, tours, resting time, and shopping. Our menus follow the seasons. Asparagus, artichokes, rhubarb, cherries… start in April. After summer, you are still lucky with berries, peaches, apricots, figs, plums, grapes, pears, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, and more.
Sample menus can include pistou soup, pissaladière, ratatouille, tian provençal, petits farcis, spelt risotto, sea bream topped with a black olives crust, sautéed veal with lemon, thyme and green olives…
Classic desserts and pastry such as the crème brulée, chocolate soufflé, fruits tarts, clafoutis, profiteroles… will certainly be in the menus too!
Each class is followed by a delicious 4-course dinner including an appetizer, a starter, a main course and a dessert, accompanied by wine, and coffee expresso or tea.
VISITS & EXCURSIONS
Our authentic Provence covers a territory located north to Avignon at the border of the Drôme county. Here local people welcome you as a guest and a friend not as a tourist.
Corinne will guide you through medieval villages nestled in the awesome sites of Montmirail, Mont Ventoux and the Luberon. You will visit tiny hilltop villages by walking, and meet artists, artisans, and producers who offer “la crème de la crème”…which means the best food. Program includes a visit to a goat cheese farm, and an olive oil mill.
You will visit Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Vaison-la-Romaine millennial town with its Roman and medieval quarters, and enjoy its alive open-air market scheduled on Tuesdays which is one of the biggest in Provence. You will discover quaint Côtes du Rhône wine villages and Beaumes-de-Venise including a guided tour to a winery.
Day 1 (Sunday) : Welcome to Avignon in Provence!
5pm train station transfer by private van.
Check-in at La Villa des Dentelles. Resting time to recover from jet lag.
Welcome aperitif and dinner at the Villa.
Day 2 (Monday) : Hilltop villages walking tour and visit to a winery – Cooking class & dinner
After breakfast, transfer to Gigondas through Les Dentelles de Montmirail scenic route.
Morning visit to a winery followed by lunch in Gigondas.
Afternoon walk through this beautiful hilltop village.
Cooking class starting at 4:30pm for 3 hours, followed by a food & wine pairing tasting dinner.
Day 3 (Tuesday) : Vaison la Romaine (market & village walk) – Cooking class & dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Vaison. Open-air market walking tour at 10am for about 2 hours.
Lunch in Vaison, followed by a quiet walk through Vaison medieval quarter.
Transfer to La Villa des Dentelles. Resting time.
Cooking class starting at 5:30pm, followed by a tasting dinner accompanied by wine.
Day 4 (Wednesday) : Full-day excursion to the Luberon
After breakfast, transfer to Gordes.
Morning guided walk in the village listed in the most beautiful sites in France, followed by a visit to the olive oil mill.
Lunch at La Fenière Michelin-star restaurant in Lourmarin.
Afternoon guided walk through Ménerbes quaint village.
Dinner in Caromb nearby village
Day 5 (Thursday) : Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape – Cooking class followed by gourmet dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Walking tour through the village to the panoramic view next to the ruins.
Transfer to Avignon. Lunch in a traditional restaurant
Afternoon visit to the Popes Palace (by audioguide).
Cooking class starting at 5:30pm, followed by a food & wine pairing tasting dinner.
Day 6 (Friday) : Avignon TGV station transfer – End of the tour
After breakfast, check out. Transfer to Avignon by private van.
End of the tour
US$ 3,800 per person (DBL occupancy)
Single supplement: US$ 500
– Round-trip private transfer from/to Avignon TGV station,
– Boutique-hotel accommodation,
– Daily continental breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
– 3 hands-on cooking classes followed by food & wine pairing tasting dinner,
– Market tour & shopping, and visits to local producers as detailed in the itinerary,
– Luberon full-day excursion including walks through picturesque villages,
– Daily transportation by private van,
– Tour is conducted by Corinne or Sophie.
Not included: international airfare from your country, train tickets, drinks in restaurants, personal expenses, personal insurance, and everything which is not mentioned in “price includes”.
2020 & 2021 TOUR DATES
June 28 – July 4, 2020 (4 spots left)
October 11-16, 2020 (4 spots left)
June 27 – July 2, 2021 (6 spots left)
October 10-15, 2021 (6 spots left)
This tour is confirmed with 4 participants and it’s limited to 6 people.
Other dates can be added upon request. Please contact us.