An All-Inclusive Cooking Vacation in Southern France with a professional chef, in English
Class Duration: 6 days (7 nights accommodations)
Price per person in 2022: 3857€ (that’s 551€/day) based on double occupancy
2023 Price: 3995 euros double occupancy
Single Occupancy Supplement: 578€
Non-participating guest: 850€ (limited to 1 guest per student & 2 total guests per program week)
Schedule: Our program weeks run from Saturday to Saturday
Non-participating guests will be invited to join us for all meals and excursions but may need to use his or her own vehicle. If you are looking for ideas on what to do in Uzès while your friend or partner is cooking, please ask us.
- 7-night accommodations in a beautiful French country guesthouse
- French continental breakfasts each morning
- Welcome dinner expertly prepared by your chef-instructor & including select French wines
- Private wine tours with a WSET-certified wine educator
- Private tastings, culinary & cultural excursions
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners** including dinner at a select restaurant chosen by your chef, unlimited tastings
- Transportation to and from the guesthouse & school and for all organized excursions
- Exclusive guided French market tours
- Hands-on French cooking experience including, bread-making, soups, salads, stews, Provencal dishes, French desserts
- Small group sizes (maximum of 8 students), with up to 2 non-participating guests per session
- You don’t have to be a chef! All cooking levels welcome and the recipes we prepare will have something for everyone – even you expert cooks 😉!
- You don’t even have to cook! A non-participating guest is welcome when traveling with a participant in a shared room. Please inquire.
- Learn from an experienced French chef with over 40 years of culinary expertise in English in a convivial and friendly atmosphere
- Your own Week in Uzes recipe e-book to recreate your recipes at home
- Private transportation to and from Avignon TGV on arrival and departure date
All this for just 551 euros per person, per day (based on the 2022 rate).
**Evening meals are optional. If you prefer you are always free to make your own dinner arrangements.
2022 Course dates (Saturday to Saturday):
- September 17-24, 2022 (4 spaces, 3 double-occupancy. Single occupancy also possible )
2023 Course dates (Saturday to Saturday):
- April 22-29, 2023
- May 20-27, 2023
- May 27 – June 3, 2023
- September 9-16, 2023
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In order for us to provide this program, we require a minimum of 4 people. We will review your request and confirm your booking once 4 participants have booked. No payment is required until the dates are confirmed. Once we have 4 participants, subsequent participants can book directly. You will only be able to book this tour for 2 people maximum at a time. Please email us if you need to book more participants (alternatively, you can submit a second request).
Privatize a Week in Uzès
Want to privatize the Week in Uzès for your family or group? You can email us about privatizing this program.
A Fabulous week in southern France
The Week in Uzès is your French Culinary vacation in Provence and an opportunity for food lovers of all skill levels to partake in a 6-day French Culinary and food & wine tour in the beautiful Gard Provencal. What better way to explore French cuisine and wine than in the company of an experienced French chef with over 40 years of culinary expertise, a WSET certified wine specialist, and an expert travel coordinator. You are on the doorstep to Provence and you can feel it and taste it in all aspects of this program! Our focus will be on Mediterranean and Provençal cuisines but will also include classic and modern regional French recipes.
Your 7 nights in Uzès will be spent at a private French country guesthouse with your fellow classmates. Group size is limited to 6-8 people maximum and you are more than welcome to come either alone or accompanied by a loved one.
You will spend 6 exclusive days in hands-on French cooking classes & expert-guided tours (including both half-day and full-day activities), as well as enjoy private guided tours of local producers, tasting wine, cheese & olive oil, & visiting local French markets. Activities will vary by season.
Experience our Cooking Vacation in France
Every season will have its dishes prepared by you from fresh seasonal ingredients found locally.
Here is a sample of some of the preparations and recipes we’ve done in the past *
- Aioli (sauce and dish)
- Brandade de Nîmes
- Octopus salad
- Mussels and saffron soup, Mouclade
- Bread: Country breads, Baguettes, Brioche
- Bull stew Camarguais (Daube de Boeuf Provençal)
- Stuffed lamb shoulder
- Rabbit or pork terrine de campagne or pâté en croûte
- Stuffed Zucchini blossom
- Tarte aux fruits (seasonal fruit tarts)
- Flan and clafoutis
- Chocolate cakes and ganache
- Cookies (madeleine, financier, diamants)
- Gougère (pâte à choux fromage)
- Preserved Lemon
** This is a hands-on class where you will get to participate in the preparation of numerous French specialties. Some recipes will require working collectively both for their realization as well as limiting unnecessary food waste but don’t worry you will have plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty. We will plan on baking or prepping bread every day of class.
The examples of dishes we may do in class together are not fixed. All recipes are based on seasonal availability, the desires of our participants, as well as time constraints.
The program week is modifiable under the same conditions.
We hope this will give you a little idea of what you can expect during your Week in Uzès without giving away all the surprises that await you.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us
Week in Uzès Sample Program
The following is a sample program for our Week in Uzès – a French cooking vacation in the South of France. The program is subject to change due to weather or the availability of our partners. A more definitive program will be given to you on the day of your arrival. Barring any changes in weather and the desires of the group, this final program will be what you can expect for the week. We ask that you try to be understanding about any slight modifications that will not affect your overall enjoyment of the program.
Pick up from Avignon TGV at 3:30 PM to bring you to your French country guesthouse
Arrival at the guesthouse around 4:30 PM
Welcome dinner cocktail at around 6:30 PM at the guesthouse
To get you excited about the week ahead, we have arranged a “cocktail dinatoire” at the guesthouse around 6:30 PM. A chance to get to know Eric and Yetunde and your fellow participants and discuss the wonderful week ahead. No other dinner plans will be needed.
DAY 2 (Sunday):
1st day of class – Market Day 1
After a continental breakfast, we’ll head off to explore the covered market of Nîmes where we’ll select not only what we will eat for today’s lunch but also get a crash course into the fresh produce that adorns the menus of prestigious French restaurants and our homes. Upon our return to the house, we’ll prepare a light lunch from our market find. After lunch, we’ll get started on some prep for the next day’s lesson.
Optional light supper at home or a Free evening to yourself
DAY 3 (Monday):
Pont du Gard
Continental Breakfast after which we’ll dive into our first full day of cooking preparing today’s lunch menu. We’ll do some cooking and prepping after lunch before our late afternoon excursion.
Excursion of the day: Take in the magnificently preserved UNESCO World Heritage site – The Pont du Gard. This is not to be missed. We’ll enjoy wine over a light apéritif while enjoying this magnificent site.
Optional light dinner at the house or evening free.
DAY 4 (Tuesday):
Wine appreciation day
Start the day with a French continental breakfast at the guesthouse.
Winery Tour – Discover the wines of our region with a visit to two of our local wineries rich with tradition and a passion for good quality wines. Our WSET Level 3 wine educator will be your guide on this full-day tour. You’ll visit one winery in the morning after which you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant selected by our wine specialist.
After lunch, your wine guide will take you to explore a second winery and discover more unique wines of the region.
Optional dinner at the guesthouse or evening free. If preferred we would be happy to offer suggestions for any dinner reservations or you can refer to our restaurant suggestions.
DAY 5 (Wednesday):
Market day in Uzès
The morning will start with a French continental breakfast at the guesthouse. We’ll then head off to Uzès’s “marché des producteurs” (Farmer’s market), taking place on the Place aux Herbes. Take in this beautiful medieval city and shop like a local with chef Eric, for seasonal produce to take back to the kitchen. You will prepare a 4-course luncheon and also prep for tomorrow’s outing. After our lunch break, we take you to visit a working farm where they make the best cheese in the region. Get ready for some chèvre cuteness.
Optional light dinner at the guest house or evening free, post our apéritif
DAY 6 (Thursday):
Déjeuner sur l’herbe
Start the day with a French continental breakfast before an early morning of bread-making. Bake baguettes we’ll take along with us and get excited for the fabulous picnic lunch that you’ve prepared. You will be whisked off to a secluded location for a casual and delicious afternoon.
Optional light dinner at the guesthouse or evening free
DAY 7 (Friday):
Final cooking day
The morning will start with a French continental breakfast at your French country guesthouse. The lesson of the day including preparing lunch. We’ll break just after lunch so you are free to rest or explore.
For our final evening together, we’ll enjoy a quick apéro before we head off for a fabulous dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
DAY 8 (Saturday):
A French continental breakfast will be served at the guesthouse before check-out and pick up at 10 am for the return to Avignon TGV.
(Please note that this is a sample itinerary to give you an idea of what to expect during your week in Provence).
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