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Cooking and sightseeing Tours in Provence or Barcelona
In our unique fully escorted 8 day tour to Provence or Spain, you will enjoy "hands on" cooking classes with some of the best local chefs, working with them in their kitchen. They will also teach you about local products through a guided visits to vineyards, markets, herb gardens, olive oil groves, etc...You will even go truffle hunting with a master and his dog.
In addition to cooking, eating gourmet food and discovering a new culture, you will have fun, share a lot of laughter and above all, be treated like family because we limit our groups to 8 women only.
Culinary travel in Provence with French Escapade Dates: April to Oct.
Cost: Early birds discounts.
Contact: Jackie Grandchamps, French Escapade, 2389 Blackpool Place, San Leandro, CA 94577.
Tel.: 1 510 483 5713
Email: contact@frenchescapade.com
Website: www.frenchescapade.com
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