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 Perigord 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-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…
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 Perigourdine 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 Perigord 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 modern-style house located in a picturesque village of the Dordogne Valley, listed among the 100 most beautiful spots in France. With its 3 spacious bedrooms, and its living and dining room, its private balcony-terrace oriented south with a view on the valley.
La Maison de Laroc is privatized for you.
Guest rooms are furnished with queen or 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.
Daily continental breakfasts with tea or coffee, juice, fresh fruits salad, brioches or croissants, crispy bread, butter and home-made jams, cheese, ham, etc.
Day 1 (Wednesday): Welcome to Bergerac airport (connecting flights from Amsterdam or London). Transfer by taxi to La Maison de Laroc. Resting time.
Meet Corinne at the guest house. Transfer by minibus to Corinne's house in Saint-Cybranet (10 minutes distance).
Welcome aperitif and dinner accompanied by wine.
Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Overnight.
Day 2 (Thursday): After breakfast, guided tour to Beynac medieval village through its steep cobble-stone streets and paths, and visit to the 12th-century chateau & fortress. Lunch in Beynac.
Afternoon cooking class 1 starting at 4pm. You will learn how to prepare and to cook a 3-course meal including a duck paté.
Aperitif and tasting dinner accompanied by wine to follow. Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Overnight.
Day 3 (Friday): After breakfast, visit to local producers, a 18th-century walnut oil mill and a geese farm. Lunch in a traditional ferme-auberge.
Afternoon visit to Castelnaud-La-Chapelle medieval castle. Transfer to Corinne's house.
Cooking class 2 starting at 5:30pm. Corinne will teach you how to prepare a well-balanced dinner within 2 hours only! Tasting dinner accompanied by wine follows. Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Overnight.
Day 4 (Saturday): Early breakfast and transfer to Sarlat at 8:30am.
Market tour and shopping with Corinne for about 1 hour followed by a guided walking tour to Sarlat which is the first town in Europe to feature so numerous historic Renaissance-style buildings per square-meter.
Lunch at Michelin-star restaurant.
Afternoon time free in Sarlat for shopping. Light dinner at Corinne's house. Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Overnight.
Day 5 (Sunday): After breakfast, transfer to Corinne's house to partake your 3rd cooking class starting at 9:30am.
You will prepare a a traditional Sunday 4-course gourmet lunch that you will enjoy then.
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.
Light dinner at the guest house or at Corinne's home. Overnight.
Day 6 (Monday): After breakfast, meet Corinne at the guest house. Transfer to Carsac-Aillac to the farmers indoor market. Visit and shopping.
Back to Corinne's home, enjoy a tea or coffee accompanied by home-made walnut biscuits. Wash hands, tight your apron and start partaking your 4th cooking class scheduled at 11am. You will prepare and cook a 3-course meal including a starter, a main course and a dessert that you will taste afterwards, accompanied by wine.
Transfer to La Maison de Laroc. Resting time. Overnight.
Day 7 (Tuesday): Full-day cultural tour.
After breakfast, transfer to the north of Dordogne county to visit Les Eyzies-de-Tayac prehistory Museum and Lascaux. Picnic lunch. Visit a family-run winery on the way back. This excursion is conducted in English by our local tour guide.
Farewell dinner at at a starred restaurant in La Roque-Gageac. Transfer to the guest house. Overnight.
Day 8 (Wednesday): Check-out after breakfast. Transfer to Bergerac airport. End of the tour.
US$ 3,660/pers. (DBL occupancy) with 6 people booked together
US$ 4,170/pers. (DBL occupancy) with 4 people booked together
Single supplement : $320
All taxes & VAT included.
7-night luxury 4-key guest house accommodation,
Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners in traditional and Michelin-star restaurants,
4 cooking classes followed by tasting lunch or dinner accompanied by wine,
Recipes in English,
Guided tours to the Dordogne Valley villages and Prehistory sites,
Visits to cultural sites as detailed in the itinerary (entrance fees included),
Visits to local producers as detailed in the itinerary,
8-day transportation by private minibus, including Bergerac airport round-trip transfers.
Not included : airfare to/from your country, drinks in restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
May 24-31, 2017 (sold out)
July 5-12, 2017 (sold out)
September 6-13, 2017
June 6-13, 2018
September 12-19, 2018
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.