Active Gourmet Holidays
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The Best of France!

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Paris - Loire - Brittany - Normandy, France - 9 nights
Available year round


This exceptional tour will lead to wonderful places such as the eternal city of Paris, the Loire Châteaux, the famous Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy. You will enjoy a relaxing stay, experience the French “Art de vivre” enjoying a luxury tour that will capture your imagination and introduce you to some of the wonderful highlights that France has to offer. Want to change up the itinerary? No problem - let us know how you'd like to tailor it to fit your needs and budget!


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Culinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Burgundy, France - 7 nights
Available April to November – Saturday to Saturday


Experience the delights of hidden Burgundy! You will be introduced to its gastronomic secrets and will join in on hands on culinary and wine adventures with a talented chef whose style of cooking reflects the use of fresh, fragrant, colorful, seasonal food inspired by the markets and local producers. Discover the 1er and Grand Cru Vineyards with a renowned wine expert with exclusive access to some of the most famous Domaine’s in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Create delectable dishes, witness the vibrant market of Dijon, and dine out at a 3* Michelin Restaurant.

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Gastronomy in the Heart of France

Loire Valley, France - 6 nights
Available March to July, September - Sunday to Saturday


For those who are interested in learning to cook in the Loire Valley of France, from two very qualified and award winning chefs, this exciting cooking vacation is for you! Your seven hands on cooking classes during your six night stay are taught in English in a traditional French farmhouse kitchen. You will learn French cuisine but with a twist, using exotic flavors from around the globe. Your culinary holiday will also include visits to local areas of interest as well as a wine and chocolate tasting. 

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Aix-en-Provence Market and Cooking

Aix-en-Provence, France
Available April to October


Aix-en-Provence is a wonderful Provençal town, known for being the home of Cézanne. While visiting this area, why not experience it by taking a cooking class with a talented and passionate Frenchman, born and raised in Marseille? He learned to cook through his mother and both of his grandmothers. You will meet in Aix-en-Provence and will then be led through the market to choose the fresh ingredients for your cooking class, which takes place in his countryside home with an organic garden. A delicious way to spend a day!

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Captivating Provence

Luberon, France - 3 nights
Available March to November (excluding July and August) - Wednesday to Saturday


Treat yourself to a three night stay in a fabulous Relais and Chateaux accommodation in the Luberon. Enjoy cooking classes from a talented 2 star Michelin chef, wine tastings and gourmet meals. This is a perfect little escape if you'd like to visit other parts of France with a short stay in this beautiful area of Provence. You can also extend your stay if you'd like to stay a bit longer. Arrival must be on a Wednesday since the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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Cooking in Provence

Provence, France
Available year round


If you are looking to take authentic cooking classes in Provence in a rustic French home kitchen, then this is the class for you! Learn the secrets of creating delicious food using the finest and freshest ingredients in the area from a French chef. This class is one of Active Gourmet Holidays' most popular and for good reason - a warm and talented chef who loves his work and wants to share his passion for food and creativity with you.

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Culinary Cannes

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Cannes, France
Available February to November - Tuesday to Sunday


Enjoy a cooking class at a multi award winning venue in Cannes, France. The classes are taught by a trained professional chef who is also a published author working on a recipe book. You will go shopping to choose your ingredients for the morning cooking class at the local market and then have a hands-on lesson with lunch in a stylish, yet casual, Art Deco apartment in the heart of Cannes. This is a great way to discover the culinary delights of Southern France and to get an insider's view of the Cote d'Azur. There are many other options available such as an Appetizer Only class, a Cheese and Wine Tasting class and a Main Dish class.

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Marseille Market and Cooking

Marseille, France
Available April to October


Take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a day of cooking and exploration with an experienced cook who will share the specialities from this incredible city on the south coast of France. Marseille is the oldest city in France and is known for many things but especially for its iconic dish Bouillabaisse. You will learn delicious and authentic Provencal recipes, taught by a man who was born in this very place and who learned how to cook from his family. 

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Saint Rémy Market and Cooking

Saint Rémy, France
Available year round - Wednesdays and Fridays


Why not experience the authentic Provence in a different way? Through a guided market visit followed by a cooking class at a beautiful renovated family "mas" (farm). You will first have the market visit and then return to the farm for a hands-on class where your instructor and host will share his delicious traditional recipes. This is a perfect activity if you already have accommodations but would like to include a memorable day with family and friends at a French home. Available on Wednesdays and Fridays but please inquire about other possible days.

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Active Gourmets in Bordeaux

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Bordeaux, France - 3 nights
Available year round (excluding July and August) - Tuesday to Friday


Savor the wines, foods and landscapes that define this Bordeaux area between the ocean and the Saint Emilion. Staying in a private French home is a unique way to get to know French people and to share their family's and friend's culinary passions. This holiday is an opportunity to taste and cook traditional and locally grown foods: wine from their vineyards, vegetables from their gardens, shellfish from their seacoast or mushrooms from their forests. 


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The Best of Bordeaux

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Bordeaux, France - 4 nights
Available year round


Bordeaux invites you to experience the best that the city has to offer - and in luxury style. Stay at a wonderful four star hotel, enjoy private visits, partake in a cooking class with a chef at a beautiful chateau and of course Bordeaux wouldn't be Bordeaux without learning about and tasting the fine wines for which this region is famous. 

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Immersion into the Languedoc

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Languedoc, France - 6 nights
Available April to November (excluding August) - Sunday to Saturday


Join a native Languedocienne on a culinary journey in this little known corner of southern France, nestled between the Camargue region to the east and the French Catalonian Pyrenees to the southwest. Your hostess was part of the original group who started the Food Network and was a producer of a restaurant program and some other related series. You will discover this singular historic region rich in traditions, art, architecture and culture and meet some remarkable personalities and spirited characters, from local chefs and winemakers to artists and artisans, all of whom are passionate about their craft and their land.

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Savory and Sweet Southwest France

Gascony, France - 3 or 5 nights
Available April to September - Sunday to Friday


For an extraordinary cooking vacation, we invite you to a quaint village in southwest France. It is here where you will learn classic French recipes as well as the cuisine from the Gascony region. Your instructors are two talented and professional chefs. Classes will take place both at the cooking school which is on a hill overlooking beautiful fertile farmland, as well as in the nearby restaurant, walking distance from the school, where the owner here will provide his expertise as a French chef. Your lovely accommodations are right next door to the cooking school. 

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BOOKING INFORMATION:  Each program lists the Fees Per Person, Deposit, Dates and what is Included. Use the right side navigation (the booking information link) to view this information listed at the bottom of every program.


CANCELLATION POLICIES:  Please inquire about the cancellation and refund policy of the tour in which you are interested. 


CLIENT REMARKS: Our clients' thoughts and remarks about their experiences are 'click expandable' at the bottom of our tours. Use the right side navigation (the client remarks link) to view this information.


MAPPING: Our exciting destinations are depicted in regional mapping for each program. You can also access Google MapsTM when available! In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.





Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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