Southwest France Cooking Vacations
Savor the delights of French cuisine during a visit to one of our cooking schools in Southwest France, where you will explore the area’s many gastronomic specialties, including such famed products as paté, cassoulet, confit de canard, fois gras, Armagnac, Sauternes, and of course the wines of Bordeaux, which you can explore during a Bordeaux wine course. On a trip to Southwest France you will also find the famed Languedoc area, which offers stunning medieval fortresses, fine wines, and abundant produce, and the Dordogne, a verdant land known for its numerous castles and many types of truffles and patés. Traveling father south, the Midi-Pyrenees is home to mysterious medieval abbeys and churches, robust wines, and spectacular ancient towns. Join us for a culinary vacation in this rich, yet mostly unspoiled part of France, and discover the true heart of French gastronomy.
Please see the full list of our cooking vacations and culinary tours in Southwest France below.
Vacations in Southwest France
Your five-night cooking vacation in France takes place outside Bordeaux in a lovely, recently restored inn of just four rooms. Enjoy French cooking courses with your hosts, both professional chefs, and a variety of wonderful excursions.
5 nights — Available April to June, and September to mid-October
Go To A Taste of Bordeaux...
Pascal Méli and Michele Rousseau invite you to Pascal’s wine estate, Chateau Bujan, for a delightful eight-day cooking holiday and Bordeaux wine tour in France! You will explore regional French wines, their delicious accompanying dishes, and the vineyards, villages, and markets of the Bordeaux region.
7 nights — Available on request for a minimum of four people.
Go To A Week In Bordeaux Wine Country...
Situated at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, Chateau de Lamothe is a relaxing retreat run by a charming husband and wife team. Explore the the stunning Béarnaise countryside, dine at 3* Michelin star restaurants, and take five hands-on cooking classes with the chateau’s owner.
5 nights – Available for a minimum of 4 people June 3-8, September 16-21, October 7-12, and November 4-9.
Go To Chateau Cooking In Bearn...
Bordeaux, on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, is a very elegant town. And this is an equally elegant program in a beautiful chateau, with the culinary and sommelier services of Suzanne, your hostess and owner of the property. Take part in a very special and personal experience, dining in Michelin restaurants and sampling some of the finest Grand Crus of this exceptional wine region.
5 nights — Available on request year-round for a minimum of four people.
Go To Chateau Cooking In Bordeaux...
Cruise the Canal du Midi in France’s gorgeous Languedoc region on board the luxury barge Alouette. Spend a week on the water developing your culinary skills and preparing a variety of sumptuous meals and desserts. The intimate Alouette carries a maximum of 4 guests!
6 nights — Available any week May through October for four people.
Go To Cook On A Luxury Barge...
Learn the art of French cookery in Gascony, the jewel of France’s gastronomic crown. With the unmatched beauty of the Gascon countryside as your backdrop, begin your journey into French cuisine with this well-structured and comprehensive French cookery course. Under the instruction of two successful chefs and conisseurs of French fare you will explore the culinary delights of this famed gastronmic hotspot and learn to prepare the region’s signiture dishes. Located in a small, tranquil village in the heart of the French countryside, The Gascony Cookery School is more than just tuition in French cuisine. It is pure escapism. In 2010 The Sunday Times recommended The Gascony Cookery school as “one of the best ways to spend a weekend.” Its hosts invite you to discover why….
Go To Gascony Cookery School...
Explore the gorgeous and historic region of the Midi-Pyrenees with three nights at a lovely Chateau and cooking courses with its Chef.
Please inquire about our special ‘foie gras’ itinerary.
3 nights — Available on request January to June 15, September 15 through December.
Go To Gastronomic Retreat In The Quercy...
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Here is a sampling of testimonials from our clients...
Cooking Under a Golden Sunset - Perfection !!!! The ideal location to experience everyday life on the Amalfi Coast. With its location between Positano and Amalfi, we had ample time to tour the areas we wanted to visit....Read more
A Culinary Adventure in Umbria - It’s taken me quite a while to write about our experience at Palazzo Seneca. Not because it wasn’t everything I dreamed of and more, but because it so exceeded all of my expectations...Read more
Cooking in the Heart of Andalusian Olive Country - Very rural Spanish, which was lovely insight into the true Spanish way of life. Peter & Maureen, Australia...Read more