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 Dordogne/Périgord program is for you!
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. Our fully-equipped kitchen is located in Saint-Cybranet quaint village. A professional Chef lived in this house with his family which explains the kitchen's size and equipment… perfect to run cooking lessons for small groups up to 6 people.
This program includes 4 hands-on cooking classes scheduled in the morning or in the afternoon. You will experience at least 15 different recipes from scratch. Despite the South West cuisine is reputed to be rich, Corinne has created well-balanced menus paired with local wines (ie: Bergerac, Montbazillac, Pecharmant).
What are you going to cook ?
The Périgord cuisine celebrates the countryside traditions. Menus follow seasonal fresh produce. It can include duck paté, 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-Périgord", 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…
Gourmet additional adventures
Each day offers a gourmet fest! Aside to cooking classes followed by a tasting lunch or dinner, you will experience the finest Périgourdine cuisine in traditional and Michelin-starred restaurants. You will go to a typical ferme-auberge, and to top-ranked restaurants including a starred one.
In addition to your cooking lessons, you will experience the food market tour guided by Corinne, and visit to local producers as well, including a goose & cheese farm, a walnut oil mill, and a winery. But 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, Castelnaud-La-Chapelle lovely villages bordering the Dordogne river, and Marqueysac remarkable gardens. You will also enjoy the full-day excursion to Lascaux caves and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac prehistory Museum in the Vezere Valley. Tour are escorted in English by our local tour guide.
Welcome to La Maison de Laroc, a luxury B&B located in a Dordogne valley picturesque village, listed in France's 100 most beautiful spots. It offers 3 spacious bedrooms furnished with king or twin-single beds; each has its private en-suite bathrooms with a walk-in shower, and separate toilets. Amenities include air-conditioning, free WiFi, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, mini-bar and refrigerator. living and dining room.
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 living and dining room which is private for the guests. A balcony-terrace oriented south with a view on the valley is the perfect spot to relax while enjoying a drink.
Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome to Sarlat train station (around 2pm or later). Private transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Resting time.
Transfer to Corinne's house in Saint-Cybranet (10 minutes distance) at 4pm.
Welcome aperitif and dinner accompanied by wine. We will meet each other, discuss and review the program together.
Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Overnight.
Day 2 (Monday): After breakfast, transfer to Saint-Cybranet and join Corinne in the kitchen to partake your first cooking class. You will learn how to prepare a 3-course menu, and a paté that you will enjoy later in the week. Tasting lunch followed the class.
Afternoon visit to the walnut farm, and to Castelnaud medieval fortress.
Light dinner at Corinne's house (buffet). Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Overnight.
Day 3 (Tuesday): After breakfast, transfer to Saint-Cybranet.
Morning cooking class 2 followed by lunch.
Afternoon visit to Marqueysac manicured and romantic gardens. It features more than six kilometers of shaded paths bordered by 150.000 hand-pruned centennial boxwood trees, the whole embellished with belvederes, waterways, rockeries and grassy clearings. You will get a panoramic view of the Dordogne Valley, castles and villages from the 130-meters high belvedere. Time free in the gardens for resting. Other option : visit to Les Milandes (the chateau was Josephine Baker's residence...).
Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Resting time. Dinner in a Michelin ranked restaurant nearby. Overnight.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Early breakfast and transfer to Sarlat at 8:30am.
Market tour and shopping with Corinne and time free in Sarlat for shopping and visiting. Sarlat-La-Canéda is the first town in Europe to feature so numerous historic Renaissance-style buildings per square-meter... superb!
One-hour cruise on the Dordogne river including picnic lunch aboard. Resting time.
Afternoon cooking class 3, followed by tasting dinner. Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Overnight.
Day 5 (Thursday): Full-day cultural tour.
After breakfast, transfer to the Vézère Valley in the north of Dordogne county to visit Lascaux IV international cave art center. The valley has 147 prehistoric sites, 15 of which are on Unesco's world heritage list. Lascaux original cave which was discovered in 1940 by Marcel Ravidat is closed to the public.
Lunch in a traditional ferme-auberge nearby Montignac.
Transfer to Beynac. Walking tour of this picturesque village (steep cobble-stone streets and paths...) or relaxing time at La Maison de Laroc.
Light dinner at the guesthouse. Overnight.
Day 6 (Friday): After breakfast, transfer to Corinne's house.
Cooking class 4 starting at 9:30am followed by lunch.
Afternoon visit to a geese farm followed by a walking tour to Domme picturesque village.
Farewell dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant. Overnight
Day 7 (Saturday): Check-out after breakfast.
Transfer to Sarlat train station. End of the tour.
US$ 3,500/pers. (double occupancy)
Single supplement US$ 590
All taxes & VAT included.
6-night luxury B&B accommodation,
Daily continental breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
4 cooking classes followed by tasting lunch or dinner accompanied by wine,
Recipes in English,
Visits to local producers,
Guided tours to the Dordogne Valley villages,
Visits to cultural sites as detailed in the itinerary (entrance fees included),
7-day transportation by private car or van, including Sarlat train station round-trip transfers.
Not included : airfare to/from your country, drinks in restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
May 10-16, 2020 (6 spots left)
September 20-26, 2020 (6 spots 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 the tour and in the guest house, reservation in advance is strongly recommended.