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Overview

Delectable Dordogne: Land of the Black Truffle

Table outside during your France cooking vacationThis trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Discover the flavors and natural beauty of the Dordogne, France’s black truffle country. The Dordogne — also known as the Périgord — is a region rich in delicacies and gastronomy all year round, in no small part due to the foie gras and other duck and goose-based ingredients. Come spring time, delight in morel mushrooms, white asparagus, and strawberries. Summer brings a bounty of fresh produce and fruit, and the Fall is time for walnuts, chestnuts, and more mushrooms. It can even be argued that the Winter is a wonderful time to visit, as its the best time to experience the famous black Périgord truffle, which are also known as the ‘Diamonds of Périgord.’ In fact, the truffle here is the centerpiece of many traditions in the Dordogne, and that is reflected everywhere!


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
shireen & shawn
Northwest Territories
Trip taken April 2017
Great combination of learning about history and culture, meeting great people, eating good food and drinking good wine. The highlights were leaning to prepare a duck from Pierre Corre the chef, and meeting several winemakers on their own vineyards. An added bonus is that the Auberge is on the pilgrimage trail of Santiago de Compostella so had wonderful walking trails surrounding it.

Trip Details

Delve into the flavors of the Dordogne during your 3 hands-on cooking classes with Chef Pierre, who has long called the region home, as he was born here. While he speaks French, the hands-on classes will have a translator on hand to help him communicate his wealth of knowledge — over 30 years of experience — about the region. Courses all focus on the regional specialities, particularly duck and, of course, truffles! One of the courses will take place in a nearby chateau and focuses on other delicious treats of the region: pastries, such as apple tourtiere, rounding out your fabulous gastronomy getaway.

Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrive on your own to the 3-star hotel, Auberge de la Truffe, and check in to your room. (Or, a transfer can be arranged for an additional cost.)
  • Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner at the hotel (wine not included).
  • Overnight.

Cooking vacation in the Dordogne


Day Two

  • Start your day with a buffet breakfast.
  • Around 9 a.m. depart for Chateau d’Abzac, in Bordeaux wine country.
  • Visit the Chateau and its cellars and take part in a pastry class at the chateau. During this two-hour course, you’ll learn how to make such classic pastries as apple tourtiere, walnut cake, and strawberry tart.
  • Lunch to follow in the chateau’s 18th-century dining room, when possible with the Baron d’Anglade (the chateau’s owner), wine included.
  • On the way home, stop to see a walnut oil mill that has been in use since the 12th century, and maintained by the same family since the 16th century.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
  • Overnight.

Cooking courses in France


Day Three

  • Buffet breakfast.
  • In the morning, depart around 8:30 a.m. for Perigueux. With the chef of the auberge, you’ll visit the open air market, the most famous one in the region, where there’s fruit, vegetable, poultry, and flower stalls. If you travel during the winter months, you may visit the covered goose and truffle markets instead.
  • Following the tour of the market, some time on your own for personal shopping and exploring in this beautiful ancient city. Lunch on your own.
  • Return to Sorges at 2:30 p.m.
  • Stop at the truffle museum for a visit. Through the museum, learn about how the truffle grows, as well as how it’s harvested during truffle hunts.
  • Start your next cooking class at 4 p.m. This course will focus on how to best turn this strange mushroom into a delicacy. Sample menu (subject to change): omelette aux truffes, Brouillade aux truffes, rosace de magret de canard à la royale, and a dessert sabayon aux truffe.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts at the hotel.
  • Overnight.

Making duck during a French cooking class


Day Four

  • After breakfast, it’s time to visit a goose and duck farm to see how the birds are fattened.
  • In the morning, you’ll also visit Saint Jean de Côle, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in all of France.
  • Return to the hotel for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, take part in a cooking lesson focused combining foie gras and truffles.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts at the hotel.
  • Overnight.

Wine at a picnic in France


Day Five

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, head out to Bergerac, a town situated on the northern side of the Dordogne river. Bergerac is known for its large medieval center as well as its wine. During this excursion, you’ll have a guided visit of the 17th-century family-owned Chateau de Tiregand, situated in the heart of the Percharmant vineyards located just a short ride from town.
  • Following lunch at a winery, depart to visit one of the most celebrated vineyards in the area. After seeing the modern wine production technology, enjoy a wine tasting led by a specialist.
  • You’ll also visit the 16th century Chateau of Monbazillac, which is located up above the vineyards and includes a museum as well as vaulted cellars.
  • Return to the auberge for your farewell gastronomic truffle dinner.
  • Overnight.

Bedroom in Dordogne


Day Six

  • Breakfast followed by check out and departure.

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodation in 3* hotel

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Wine included with 2 lunches at wineries, for other meals wine to be selected and paid locally

Classes & Instructors

Delve into the flavors of the Dordogne during your 3 hands-on cooking classes with Chef Pierre, who has long called the region home, as he was born here. While he speaks French, the hands-on classes will have a translator on hand to help him communicate his wealth of knowledge — over 30 years of experience — about the region. Courses all focus on the regional specialities, particularly duck and, of course, truffles! One of the courses will take place in a nearby chateau and focuses on other delicious treats of the region: pastries, such as apple tourtiere, rounding out your fabulous gastronomy getaway.

Excursions

  • Visit of Chateau d’Abzac in Bordeaux wine country
  • Excursion to Perigueux including market visit with the chef
  • Trip to truffle museum
  • Visit of a goose and duck farm
  • Visit of Saint Jean de Côle, one of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Excursion to Bergerac, including chateaux and winery visits

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included but can be arranged to/from Perigueux train station for US$70 each way (2-3 people), or from Bergerac or Limoges at an additional cost. Alternatively, we are happy to assist you with a low-cost car rental.

Miscellaneous

Please note truffle hunting season is December until the middle of March.

Not Included

  • Wine with meals (except where otherwise noted)
  • Overnight tourist tax (1-2 Euros per person per day)

Accommodation Information

Located near Sorges – in the heart of France’s black truffle country – l’Auberge de la Truffe is a welcoming 3-star hotel and property that loves to share its love of the truffle, as well as other local products. All 21 rooms are elegant and include ensuite bathroom, as well as room amenities that include wi-fi, telephone, alarm clock, minibar, and flat-screen TV. The property itself features a bar, lounge, and billiard room, in addition to the gastronomic restaurant, where some of the trip’s cooking classes take place. Many of the meals take place at the auberge, and can be enjoyed in the property’s dining room or out on the terrace.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

5-night Program

US$1675 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    *See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

    Single occupancy supplement: please inquire.

    New Year’s supplement: $100 per person.

    Please inquire for availability in July or August.


    Tour Dates

    Available any dates you choose (excluding July & August) for a minimum of 2 people. For July and August: please inquire. 

    Itinerary generally starts on a Monday or Thursday. 

    2021
    Sample dates follow, please inquire for availability.
    May 23-28
    May 30-June 4
    June 6-11
    June 13-18
    June 20-25
    June 27-July 2
    July & August please inquire
    August 29-September 3
    September 5-10
    September 12-17
    September 19-24
    September 26-October 1
    October 3-8
    October 10-15
    October 17-22
    October 24-29
    October 31-November 5
    November 7-12
    November 14-19
    November 21-26
    November 28-December 3
    December 5-10
    December 12-17
    December 19-24
    New Years: please inquire

    2022
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    January 2-7
    January 9-14
    January 16-21
    January 23-28
    January 30-February 4
    February 6-11
    February 13-18
    February 20-25
    February 27-March 4
    March 6-11
    March 13-18
    March 20-25
    March 27-April 1
    April 3-8
    April 10-15
    April 17-22
    April 24-29
    May 1-6
    May 8-13
    May 15-20
    May 21-26
    May 29-June 3
    June 5-10
    June 12-17
    June 18-23
    June 26-July 1
    July & August: Please inquire
    August 28-September 2
    September 4-9
    September 11-16
    September 18-23
    September 25-30
    October 2-7
    October 9-14
    October 16-21
    October 23-28
    October 30-November 4
    November 6-11
    November 13-18
    November 20-25
    November 27-December 2
    December 4-9
    December 11-16
    December 18-23
    New Year’s: please inquire

    Reviews

    We gave this trip 5 stars
    shireen & shawn
    Northwest Territories
    Trip taken April 2017
    Great combination of learning about history and culture, meeting great people, eating good food and drinking good wine. The highlights were leaning to prepare a duck from Pierre Corre the chef, and meeting several winemakers on their own vineyards. An added bonus is that the Auberge is on the pilgrimage trail of Santiago de Compostella so had wonderful walking trails surrounding it.

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