France Cooking Vacation: Travels with Karen - Pathways to Provence
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Travels with Karen: Pathways to Provence - ONE-TIME ONLY
La Cadiere d’Azur

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Sold Out! A note from Karen Herbst, founder of The International Kitchen: Please join me on this intimate and compelling exploration of Provence, a destination I love to revisit as its on my list of “all time favorites.” A region of totally charming small towns, local markets with food displays that are works of art, fields of red poppies, golden sunflowers and lavender, along with great artistic history and proximity to the sea, this should be on everyone’s “bucket list.”

A one time only departure, the group is limited to a maximum of seven (7) people in private ensuite rooms. The departure is currently sold out but you can join the wait list.

About the location: La Cadiere d’Azur is a delightful ancient hilltop village, where traditions of the good life are still honored. The hotel for your six night stay, the Hostellerie Berard and Spa, is a lovely country inn in the heart of the village, situated among other beautifully restored historic buildings, around a pool and with an award-winning spa. The property includes two fine restaurants, one a charming bistro and one a fine dining restaurant. You will find the hotel is truly a family affair, owned and operated by generations of the Berard family.

Your 'Travels with Karen' Women Only Week will be jam packed with visits of quintessential towns of the Provence region, cooking classes, market visits, wine, oil and cheese tastings and much more. The itinerary also allows for a little free time for you to relax or experience the Berard Aroma Spa for some well-being treatments.

Berard familyAbout the cooking lessons: Chef Berard and his son Daniel will lead you in innovative cuisine based on traditional flavors of Provence and the Mediterranean. Menus are determined by the seasons and the chefs will provide an introduction to their skills and craft, for which Chef Berard has been awarded a Michelin star. The classes are held in a delightful “bastide” created exclusively for the classes and whenever possible, fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit are used from the surrounding gardens.

Travels with Karen: Pathways to Provence - ONE-TIME ONLY Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • Group arrival transfer from Marseille airport and/or train station, TBD, and check in to Hostellerie Berard.
  • Settle into your lovely room, and tonight everyone meets for a delicious welcome dinner with wonderful local wine.
  • Overnight.

Day 2: Monday, May 29

  • Breakast.
  • In the morning, take part in your first hands-on cooking class in the Bastide, and start the course by selecting some fresh ingredients from the Bastide garden.
  • Weather permitting, lunch will follow on the outdoor terrace, where you can appreciate the wonderful scenic views.
  • The afternoon will be devoted to visiting a producer of the wonderful local Bandol wine. Considered Provence’s best kept secret, you’ll get a tasting of this exquisite wine.
  • Tonight dinner will be on you own; perhaps choose to dine in the hotel or one of the nearby restaurants in town.
  • Overnight.

Day 3: Tuesday, May 30

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, depart for Sanary Harbour. Every day there is a selection of freshly caught fish as well as a fresh produce market. Together with one of the chefs, ingredients will be chosen for the fish dish to be prepared during your next cooking class. Return to the bastide for the class.
  • Lunch will be the creation of your efforts, complete with local wine.
  • Enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps a spa service.
  • Dinner tonight is on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day 4: Wednesday, May 31

  • Breakfast, and then it’s off to explore the town of St. Remy de Provence, a typical and picturesque Provencal town, where the fabulous weekly market is held. You’ll have some time on own to explore and have lunch. * Before we leave St. Remy, experience a special goat cheese tasting in a farmhouse where you will meet the white goats, who will come up to nuzzle you!
  • Continue on to the bustling university town of Aix en Provence. The birthplace of Paul Cezanne, it is a city of beautiful boulevards lined with 17th and 18th century mansions and elegant shops.
  • Dinner will be on your own, with a choice of many wonderful restaurants.
  • Transfer back to hotel after dinner.
  • Overnight.

Day 5: Thursday, June 1

  • Breakfast followed by your next cooking class, in which you’ll cook with only the freshest of Provencal vegetables.
  • Lunch based on your efforts to follow along with local wine
  • In the afternoon, depart for a local elegant estate known for its olive oil production. During the visit, you’ll get a tasting of top quality olive tapenade.
  • Dinner tonight will be at Hostellerie Berard.
  • Overnight.

Day 6: Friday, June 2

  • After breakfast, depart for Cassis, a harbor town oozing with Mediterranean charm. If weather permits, go on a boat ride to the calanques, a series of coves nestled between towering limestone cliffs. Best of all is lunch of “moules and frites” on the scenic harbor.
  • Return to the hostellerie in the afternoon.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner together at Hostellerie Berard.
  • Overnight.

Day 7: Saturday, June 3

  • Breakfast followed by check out and group departure transfer to Marseille airport and/or train station, time to be determined.

*Anyone who likes to arrive early to get over jet lag, please contact The International Kitchen for options.

**Anyone interested in extending with a stay in Paris, Karen will be there for two weeks following the program. We will be happy to assist with hotel accommodations and/or any other services for any pre and/or post travel.