Welcome to Normandy ! Close your eyes and imagine a peaceful and verdant region with black and wine 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 fishermen villages with a strong maritime history, without forgetting the essential: the food! Normandy is certainly one of top-five gourmet destination in France with beautiful markets, exquisite produces, and great restaurants. Yes, Normandy is dedicated to foodie travelers!
Through our original Normandy Cooking Adventure you will enjoy cooking and eating, meeting local people, and discovering the region with its cultural heritage. Normandy cooking adventure itinerary has been designed by Corinne A. Preteur for Lifestyle Vacations France. It features the Pays d'Auge with its food, cider and Calvados brandy, with its preserved natural environment and picturesque villages and hamlets. Corinne personally runs cooking classes and guides this tour.
We give you the choice of 3 guest houses accommodation, each one in a different style, but all celebrating the French art de vivre: La Duvalerie house and cooking school, Le Manoir de Livet and La Bihorée. Each house offers beautifully decorated bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and all modern amenities. Exquisite daily breakfasts include tea or coffee, freshly baked cakes or crepes or waffles, exquisite butter and jam, baguette, cereals, milk, yogurt, fresh fruits and juices, etc. All houses have free internet access.
Join Corinne in her kitchen at La Duvalerie 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! The cooking school is set in a beutifully restored farm house located in the Pays d'Auge, Calvados county, nearby Lisieux, Livarot, Cabourg and Deauville.
“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 more than twenty 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.
Normandy Cooking Adventure 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 paté, 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.
Taste of Normandy combines cooking experiences and connections with local people and producers. It 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, chic sea resorts such as Deauville and Cabourg. 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 Deauville & Cabourg 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$ 2,750 per person (based on DBL occupancy, 2 people booked together)
US$ 2,510 per person (based on DBL occupancy, 4 people booked together)
Single occupancy supplement US$290
Price includes :
5-night 4-star charming guesthouse accommodation
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners including two in Michelin-star restaurants
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
4 half- and full-day excursions to historic sites
6-day transportation by private car or minibus including Lisieux and Paris transfers.
Not included : airfare to/from your country, train ticket to Normandy, drinks at restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
May 14-19, 2017 (sold out)
July 16-21, 2017 (2 spots left)
July 1-6, 2018
August 5-10, 2018
Tour is confirmed with 2 people, and it's limited to 6 participants. Considering the limited space in the tour and in the property, it's recommended to book in advance.