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Overview

Rhone Alps France Cooking Vacation

Your chef and hostess mixing cocktails!This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Selected by Le Figaro magazine as one of ‘les plus belles chambres d’hotes’ (the best b&bs) in all of France.

Ready for a bit of time in the garden.Enjoy a luxurious six-night exclusive Savoyard French cooking vacation at a lovingly restored chalet located in the heart of the French Alps, just south of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva and with roads leading into Italy. The Savoie has long attracted visitors not only for its unforgettable scenery of dramatic mountain peaks and lush, green valleys but also for its rich and unique French culinary dishes that are, in part, inspired by Italy.

Dishing up dessert during your France cooking vacation.The dishes you will learn to prepare during this France cooking vacation feature a host of local foods, from cheese to mushrooms, potatoes, and apples. The Savoie even has its own pasta: Les Crozets, which is made with buckwheat flour. Your instructor and hostess loves teaching local and classic French dishes in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Whichever season you choose to visit during your cooking vacation in France, the colors, clean air, abundance of flora and fauna, and unrivaled seasonal produce of the region will leave you wanting to come back for more.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Amber & Thomas
md
My partner and I had a wonderful time on our Cooking Vacation. We were looking to leave the US, visit friends abroad, and learn some new dishes while we did it all. Peg looked through her list of options and found us a few. Unfortunately, since things are still settling out with COVID, our first few choices were taken. In the end it worked out for us because we ended up spending 5 days in Savoie cooking with Nikki and her husband Hugh. We learned 30+ regional French dishes! We were even sent the recipes at the end of our stay so that we could replicate them at home.

France Cooking Vacation Highlights

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of your France cooking vacation in the French Alps will be the hands-on cooking classes with your host. She will introduce you to local and classical French fare and tailor the lessons to your specific skill set. But your France cooking vacation will also include:

  • charming accommodations at a beautiful mountain chalet
  • a market visit to explore the local products
  • a walking tour to explore the local villages
  • an excursion to Annecy, the beautiful lake town of the Alps
  • meals as indicated
  • and more!

Cooking in the French Alps Culinary Tour Itinerary

A bedroom at the chalet.Day One

• Arrival transfer from Geneva or Lyon airports, or Albertville train station.
• Upon checking into he chalet, Nikki and her husband Hugh will show you around and help you settle in. If you’re arriving early in the day, a lunch and afternoon tea and cake will be served.
• Nikki and Hugh will start your France cooking vacation by inviting you into their private bar for a welcome drink and to have a chat about the following days ahead and this wonderful region of France. Next, they will serve a very traditional Savoyard meal. – Tarte aux tomatoes roties et thyme de montagne, Tartiflette, Green salad, Peche poaches, vervain et vanille.
• Overnight.


Making dessert during your cooking vacation in the French Alps.Day Two

  • Breakfast will be served in the vaulted dining room.
  • In the morning, begin your first cooking class, which will focus on the preparation of a traditional Savoyard lunch. During class, Nikki will explain how the local history and traditions are linked to the local produce.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts. Sample lunch menu : Comte
    souffle, salad de tomate, tarte aux myrtilles.
  • In the afternoon, put on your walking boots and take a leisurely look at the three surrounding villages, the history of the area, and how they operated as a community back in the 1700’s. You will meet a few farmers and taste some local cheeses. (Or if you prefer, you can rest, read, and enjoy the scenery from one of the many lounges dotted around the property.)
  • Return to the chalet to relax before pre dinner drinks and dinner is served with a selection of Rhone wines. Sample dinner menu: Tatin d’endives et tomme de chèvre, Poulet fermier aux champignons et creme fraiche, creme caramel.
  • Overnight.

A French village in the fall.Day Three

  • After breakfast, drive to the valley floor (about 20 minutes) to visit a local farmers market to source and purchase the fresh ingredients for the evening cookery class. During this visit, Nikki will take you around the market to sample and enjoy the local produce, to choose together a selection of wine and seasonal food items for the following days picnic hamper.
  • Enjoy a lovely farm to table meal in a local restaurant together (drinks not included).
  • In the afternoon, take part in your second cooking class, where you’ll make dinner using ingredients from the market. Five-course sample menu: Amuse-bouche feuilletes, Tartare de tomato, Tart epinards et chèvre Sainte-Maure, Filet de cabillaud en papillote, Salade aux 5 perfume, Choux jasmin – framboise.
  • Pre dinner drinks and nibbles on the terrace or at the bar (weather depending) – then dinner based on your efforts, during which you will learn more about the local Rhone wines.
  • Overnight.

Showing off some homemade tarts.Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Spend the morning in your next cooking class preparing the food for
    your dinner. Sample menu: Gateau de Savoie, Soupe a l’oignon, Diots
    au vin blanc, gratin de crozet, Tarte tatin, soda bread, biscuit sale.
  • Lunch is a beautiful and easy walk into the forest where you will find a
    magical table set overlooking the Alps – by foot in summer or snow
    shoes in winter. Eat, relax, read, and take in the jaw dropping views.
  • This evening, enjoy pre-dinner drinks, followed by a three course meal and local wine, served downstairs in the vaulted dining hall under the chandelier.
  • Overnight.

Enjoying the French AlpsDay Five

  • After breakfast, your France cooking vacation will take you on a picturesque journey to the unforgettably beautiful and historic mountain lake town of Annecy, about 90 minutes away. A real jewel of the Alps, Annecy delivers on all fronts: breathtaking scenery, quality shops, gourmet restaurants, as well as quaint streets, buildings, and a castle dating back to the 12th century.
  • You will have the day to explore, shop, and choose your own restaurant for lunch on your own.
  • Meet back together at 4.00pm.
  • After returning to the chalet, enjoy an aperitif together before Nikki serves you dinner.
  • Overnight.

Shopping in the local village.Day Six

  • Breakfast.
  • After breakfast, you will meet in the kitchen for your final hands on cookery class during your France cooking vacation. Have fun while creating a variety of lovely local dishes using many of the cheeses from the region.
  • Lunch together, discussing everything you have learned.
  • Free time in the afternoon to relax and pack before your farewell dinner.
  • Overnight.

A beautiful view of the mountains.Day Seven

  • Breakfast followed by check out by 11 am.
  • Return transfer to Geneva or Lyon airports or the Albertville or Charmbery train stations.

French Alps Cooking Vacation Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night France Cooking Vacation

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation in double or double twin room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Local wine, water, and coffee with all meals served at the chalet

Classes & Instructors

Your 4 cooking sessions during your France cooking vacation will be with host Nikki, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, and who has always had a passion for food, wine, and rustic architecture. After her stint at Hotel & Catering College, she left for Europe in search of a new dream. This took her to many exciting places, allowing her to gather a multitude of culinary experiences along the way, from cooking on Super yachts to cheffing in private villas and running a handful of hotels. Eventually Nikki settled in the Savoie region where she has been part of the community ever since. Nikki enjoys nothing more than sharing her knowledge of 30 years of living and cooking her way around France.
In your hands-on classes that take place in the chalet’s cookery kitchen, Nikki promotes a relaxed atmosphere where she will build your confidence and knowledge based on your skill set, whether your want to learn fundamental culinary techniques or recipes that require a higher level of technical skills. Nikki has a talent for taking the traditional food of the region, and often likes to give those recipes a slight twist. Most of all, you will laugh, learn and prepare exceptional dishes in a stress free environment, a magical experience overlooking the French Alps.

Excursions

  • Walking tour of the area with your hosts to visit three local villages
  • Market visit
  • Forest picnic lunch (weather permitting)
  • Excursion to Annecy

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers to/from Geneva or Lyon airports, or Chambéry Charles Les Eaux or Albertville train stations.

Not Included

  • Drinks during meals out (lunches days 4 & 5)

Accommodation Information

This alpine chalet retreat was once an old barn, until it was renovated into a luxurious boutique property by husband and wife Hugh and Nikki. In addition to the cooking school, lounge area, formal dining room, and guests’ private farmhouse kitchen, there are three bedrooms decorated in a Savoyard style featuring modern amenities, including plasma satellite TV, Netflix, surround sound, and free WiFi.

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Pricing & Tour Dates for our France Cooking Vacation

Find pricing and dates for our culinary vacations in the French Alps below, and contact us for availability or to book your trip.



French Alps Cooking Vacation Pricing:
2022

6-Night Cooking Vacation Pricing

US$3500 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$500 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is refundable minus a $200 per person penalty up to 60 days prior to the trip start date. 

Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

The purchase of travel insurance is strongly encouraged, even if the package you are purchasing is Worry Free Booking eligible.

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

French Alps Cooking Vacation Pricing:
2023

6-Night Cooking Vacation Pricing

US$3650 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$500 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is refundable minus a $200 per person penalty up to 60 days prior to the trip start date. 

Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

The purchase of travel insurance is strongly encouraged, even if the package you are purchasing is Worry Free Booking eligible.

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.


French Alps Cooking Vacation Tour Dates

Our Cooking in the French Alps French culinary vacations are available any week for a minimum of one person. Please inquire with specific dates for availability.

2022
Sample dates. Please inquire for availability.
September 4-10
September 11-17
September 18-24
September 25-October 1
October 2-8
October 19-15
October 16-22
October 23-29
October 30-November 5
November 6-12
November 13-19
November 20-26
November 27-December 3
December 4-10
December 11-17

2023
Available during the following periods:
January 23-February 1
March 12-31
April 1-30
May 14-21
July 17-31
September 5-14
October 22-31

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Amber & Thomas
md
My partner and I had a wonderful time on our Cooking Vacation. We were looking to leave the US, visit friends abroad, and learn some new dishes while we did it all. Peg looked through her list of options and found us a few. Unfortunately, since things are still settling out with COVID, our first few choices were taken. In the end it worked out for us because we ended up spending 5 days in Savoie cooking with Nikki and her husband Hugh. We learned 30+ regional French dishes! We were even sent the recipes at the end of our stay so that we could replicate them at home.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Thomas (Thom) & Edith (Edie)
Ohio
Trip taken May 2018
Nikki and Hugh are fantastic people and felt like long-time friends at the end of the trip. Nikki kept us very busy with meal preparations for both lunch and dinner, often working on 5-7 things at the same time. Nikki was also good at identifying weaknesses in our backgrounds and encouraging us to work on those areas (for example, I did more pastry related things than I have ever done before). Trips to Annecy and to the market in Moutiers were both interesting and informative and full of photo-ops. Hugh has done fantastic work on the Chalet and we got to see the early stages of his latest project and to hear tails of the Tour de France. Overall it was certainly a week to remember!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Suzy & Amanda
Florida
The family environment that Nikki and Hugh provided was so welcoming! I loved the chalet, the village, the hosts and their guests. The lodging was amazing! The food was wonderful and the hospitality of the family was totally over the top!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Rhoda & Helen
BC
Trip taken August 2015
The Chalet in the French Alps was stunningly beautiful for its architecture, interior decor, and nature. The wide spacious kitchen was so well laid-out with 4 ovens, 2 induction stoves, 2 sinks and expansive table for preparation of meals. Nikki's instructions and menus were easy to follow and duplicate at home. She was very organized and gave helpful tips when needed as well as the use and awareness of fresh organic products. Evening meals were always plated and presented so beautifully plus being yummy with lots of good wine. Excursions and exposure to local areas/towns nearby was interesting and informative. Especially enjoyed the local Tuesday market in Moutiers where one wanted to purchase everything! Thank you Nikki and Hugh for the memories and friendship. Our hosts were most gracious, hospitable and generous making us feel welcomed from our first meeting saying their home was ours.
I gave this trip 5 stars
Deborah A
CA
Trip taken May 2015
The hosts (Chef Nikki and her husband Hugh) provided a warm, kind and welcoming environment during the entire visit! Every effort was made to ensure the stay at the chalet and the cooking course was comfortable, safe, educational and enjoyable!!! The cooking classes were excellent and very educational!!! Visiting a nearby farmer's market to select and taste local produce to prepare for the cooking classes was wonderful! The walking tours to nearby villages and important cultural landmarks was greatly appreciated! In addition, the hosts introduced our group to a few of the special local residents in the community near the chalet further enhancing the entire visit! Overall, the cooking program in the French Alps was a wonderful culinary and cultural experience provided with great heart, warmth, hospitality and pride by the hosts!!!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Adrienne & Morna
Arizona
Trip taken May 2015
Awesome environment, great and useful recipes and tips. Nikki and Hugh were the consummate hosts and great fun. I would highly recommend the trip to anyone looking for a beautiful location and practical, delicious food ideas.
No rating given with this review
Nikki and Hugh are incomparable hosts. They make you feel like family. The cooking instructions were excellent. Nikki's a terrific teacher, and she uses ingredients that we can readily find at home (even in Indiana). The accommodations are wonderful and the scenery simply can't be beat. You guys are great! Robert, IN
No rating given with this review
The trip was perfect. It was totally catered to my needs and wants. Nikki and Hugh were great hosts creating an environment that is inclusive, engaging and inviting. The location was spectacular high up in the French Alps, but you still felt connected to the world. I liked that. Nikki listened to what I wanted to cook and we prepared several dishes together from starters to desserts. This was exactly what I was looking for in the experience. Also the accommodations were outstanding. The room was comfy and cozy very conducive for a good night sleep. The food was amazing as well. I can't say enough about how much Nikki and Hugh made this a trip to remember. Jennifer

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Enjoying a cocktails in the garden during your French cooking vacation.

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