Hunting & Cooking Truffle original Tour in Provence

COOKING VACATIONS

Truffle Hunting & Cooking Tour, January 19-22, 2023

$3,290.00$3,740.00

JOIN CORINNE IN PROVENCE TO EXPLORE THE STUNNING TRUFFLE-HUNTING REGION ON A LUXURY WAY.
You will enjoy a superb French cuisine paired with the finest Côte-du-Rhône wines. You will visit tucked-away perched villages and historic sites. An Experience of a Lifetime!

4 days / 3 nights (Thursday-Sunday)
– Private Villa accommodation
– Truffle Market tour, Truffle Hunting and Cooking Class
– Daily Gourmet experiences
– Cultural guided tours
– Transfers & transportation by private van

Pay a 50% deposit per item

Before booking this tour,

please contact Corinne at +33(0)626 815 015 (WhatsApp)

or by email

We want to be sure that this tour, the itinerary and the food offered match with your wishes, likes and expectations. Thank you.
We look forward to speaking with you and to welcoming you soon!

Join Corinne in Provence to Experience and Enjoy the Truffle Season!

Despite Provence is popular in Spring, Summer and Fall thanks to lavender fields, fruits orchards, olive groves and warm climate, we invite you to discover the south of France in winter especially if you love truffles, one of the world’s most luxurious foods!

Truffle Cooking & Cultural Getaway to Provence is a Lifestyle Vacations France exclusive Journey, scheduled Thursday to Sunday. It’s escorted by Corinne Preteur personally.
– You will experience the truffle market in Richerenches.
– You will partake in a hands-on cooking class.
– You will visit Grignan and Gigondas hilltop villages.
– You will visit a winery and meet the producer.
– You will visit an olive oil mill when the famous green nectar comes out.

Private Villa Accommodation

LIFESTYLE VACATIONS COOKING TRUFFLES IN PROVENCE 2023

Indulge in the elegance and design of Villa Monségur located in the outskirts of Grignan historic hilltop village in the North of Provence, only one-hour away from Valence TGV station. The villa is the perfect place to relax and to enjoy the delightful Provence cuisine with truffles but not only.

Villa Monségur, nestled in a 1,2 ha estate, offers all modern comfort with 3 spacious bedrooms furnished with king-size beds; each with en-suite bathrooms & private toilets. Bathrooms are equipped with a walk-in shower and heated towel rail. You will find a hair dryer, toiletry products and towels in each bathroom. The villa has a fully equipped kitchen which opens onto a spacious dining and living room.

Daily breakfasts in Villa Monségur include eggs, ham, cheese, freshly baked baguette, croissants, brioches, butter, jam, honey, cereals, organic milk (cow, almond and soja), fresh fruits, crepes, home-made cakes, tea, coffee… everything to start the day on the best way!

TRUFFLE HUNTING, COOKING CLASS, GOURMET & CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Lifestyle Vacations Truffles Cooking Tour

This noblest and most characteristic underground mushroom grows in symbiosis with oak trees. Tuber Melanosporum black truffle is above all a sigh of pleasure and satisfaction – a sigh that says, “Finally, the Greatest Joy is here!”. Though Provence is not the only place they are found, more than 80% of France’s truffle production comes from the Enclave des Papes in the north of Provence.

Searching truffles provides lots of fun! You will walk in the foot steps of the truffle hunter and the dog to see how he works in a total symbiosis with his owner. On Saturday morning, you will stroll across Richerenches village to experience the largest truffle market in France (from mid-November to mid-March). The market attracts nearly 400 producers and more than 2000 passionate visitors about the famous “black diamond”. A part of the village is devoted to the professional market, closely watched by the police … for the simple reason that transactions are done “on the back of the truck” and only in cash. At more than 1200 € per kilogram depending on the season, offer and demand, the transactions reach considerable amounts. On the other side of the village, along main street, producers display truffle, fruits and vegetables producers and regional products. After a certain time walking through the village, you will enjoy a truffle aperitif at L’Escapade restaurant and bar, an institution in the village!

Saturday late in the afternoon, comes the time of the hands-on cooking class. You will join Corinne in her kitchen to partake in a 4-course truffle cooking class. You will enjoy a food and wine pairing tasting gourmet dinner afterwards.

In addition to the truffle adventure, you will take the advantage of the winter season to visit an olive oil mill. Olives are always harvested after the fall when the fruits are ripe, immediately brought by the farmers to the mill to be pressed. You will see the oil process and enjoy the different kind of first cold pressed oils depending on the olive varieties and terroir.

Provence is one of France’s largest wine region. You will get the opportunity of your journey to visit one of the top-ranked Côtes-du-Rhône winery in Gigondas Grand Cru village. You will visit the cellar and enjoy a tasting.

You also visit Grignan and its chateau built on a rocky headland overlooking the village. Originally built in the 11th century by Adhemar de Monteil (one of the principal figures of the First Crusade and bishop of Puy-en-Velay from before 1087), the chateau was transformed during the Renaissance period into a prestigious “leisure residence”. It pays tribute today to Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marchioness of Sévigné and to her daughter Françoise-Marguerite who married François Adhémar, Count of Grignan. Dismantled at the Revolution, the chateau was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century in a pure Renaissance style.

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Thursday) – Welcome to Provence
Evening private transfer by van from Valence TGV station to Grignan.
Check-in at the Villa. Welcome dinner.
Overnight.

Day 2 (Friday) – Truffle Hunting, Visits to the Olive oil mill & and to the Winery
Breakfast in the Villa.
10:30am: Transfer to the nearby truffle farm. Meet Audrey who will explain the growing process of black truffles.
Follow the truffle hunter and the dog in search of the famous black diamond. You will see how the dog works in a total symbiosis with the farmer.
Back to the farm around 12:30pm to enjoy a 6-course tapas lunch accompanied by a glass of wine.
Afternoon visit to an authentic olive oil mill nearby Vaison-La-Romaine (the opportunity to see a mill working when the olives are pressed to get the oil).
Visit to one of the top-10 Côtes du Rhône winery in Gigondas. Tastings follow each visit.
Back to the Villa end afternoon. Resting time in the Villa.
Aperitif and gourmet 4-course food & wine pairing truffle dinner in the Villa.
Overnight.

Day 3 (Saturday) – Truffle Market tour – Visit to the Chateau of Grignan – Cooking Class
After a copious breakfast, transfer to Richerenches around 10am.
You will stroll across the village and enjoy the truffle market. Lunch in Richerenches.
Afternoon visit to the remarkable Chateau of Grignan. The opportunity to learn more about Adhémar-de-Monteil family and Marquoness of Sévigné).
Back to the villa to partake in the hands-on cooking class starting at 4pm for 3 hours. Aperitif and gourmet dinner follows.
Overnight.

Day 4 (Sunday) – Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux & La Garde Adhémar guided Tour
Breakfast in the Villa. Check-out (not later than 11am).
Morning visit to Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux hilltop village hosting a small truffle market.
Lunch in La Garde Adhémar followed by the village walking tour
Transfer to Valence TGV station (not later than 3:30pm).
End of the tour.

LIFESTYLE VACATIONS TRUFFLE CULINARY TOUR

PROGRAM PRICES

US$ 3,290/pers. (DBL occupancy)
Single occupancy supplement: $450

Price includes:
– Valence TGV station round-trip private transfer
– 4 full-day transportation by luxury van
– 4-night privatized Villa accommodation, breakfast included
– Daily gourmet lunches and dinners as detailed in the itinerary
– Truffle Market Tour and hands-on private Cooking Class
– Truffle Hunting experience and Visits to local producers
– Grignan and Provence hilltop villages guided tours (Grignan entrance fee included)

Not included: TGV express train tickets, personal expenses and personal insurance.


January 19-22, 2023 (6 spots left)
Tour is confirmed with 4 people and limited to 6 participants.
Considering the high demand for truffle weekends, please book your journey in advance. Thank you for your understanding.