French Riviera holiday, walking, culture & cooking option

“Our only cooking and walking break in Provence, tailor made, that takes you on a journey from farm to fork, plateau to plate. ”


St Jeannet village | Market trip Nice | One day cooking session | Visit to local producer | Vineyard visit | Guided hike of village and hinterlands.

Description of French Riviera holiday, walking, culture & cooking option

A rejuvenating holiday around the beautiful medieval village of St Jeannet, in the south of France, one step away from the French Riviera – the the Côte d'Azur.

This holiday can be as long as you like, so you can adjust the length of your stay and arrival day according to your needs: three nights, four nights, five nights, six nights… Or more! Have a look at our suggested itinerary down below and join us whenever you want.

Are you looking for a different kind of holiday that makes a little more sense? This package will give you the rare opportunity to live with two local people, Benoit and Corinne, and meet their friends in rural France, taste regional products, admire the beautiful landscape, get off the beaten track and experience French culture from the inside.

We do our best to apply a mindfulness philosophy to our day to day life. As we walk in the surrounding hills, visit a local producer or share a cooking session with our guests, we try to be as mindful as possible, aware of the present moment, in complete contact with our bodies and our breathing. This approach has changed our lives deeply, and hopefully it will change yours too.

Saint Jeannet is a small and peaceful village perched in the Mediterranean hills, only a few steps away from Nice and the Côte d'Azur. We enjoy an amazing view of the sea and can benefit from the warm climate of the French Riviera. A delicious breakfast is included every day, with the highlight being the homemade jams prepared by Corinne. We try to provide everything you could want for breakfast, with fresh bread, croissants, pastries, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruits and juices.

During your stay enjoy a day hiking in the hills, with wonderful views over the French Riviera, plus a guided tour around the hillside villages, including a visit to a goat farm, and to a local vineyard where we can taste the wine. Picnic lunches with lots of cheese to sample are included on these days. There is also a guided tour of the Côte d'Azur, including Nice, the famous market of the Cours Saleya, and a drive to Villefranche, Eze and Monaco (this day can be adapted to your interests depending on the mood of the moment).

This holiday includes all transportation during the holiday in our nine seat mini van, and all guided visits and tours with Benoit, a professional, certified and fun guide. And of course, friendliness and authenticity are included throughout – which have no price!

Dinners are not included, but we are happy to book a table at one of St Jeannet’s finest restaurants. This offers more flexibility, giving you the chance to skip dinner or just have something light if you don’t feel like a big meal, which can happen after one of Corinne's picnic lunches!

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Departure information

This trip runs every week (April- Nov) with a set itinerary but the length of stay & arrival date can be adjusted to your needs
Our top tip:
Stay on at the auberge for a few days and use it as a base to do your own thing.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Family run traditional ‘auberge’.
Accommodation, transport, breakfasts, lunches, guided tours.
Dinners not included, but so many gastronomic gems on doorstep.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We are keen supporter of local farmers and artisans. All the produce is sourced locally and the fruits and vegetables are mostly organic. We only serve local St Jeannet wine in order to encourage the local industry and also arrange visits to the local cellar.

Having grown up in the region Benoit is understandably enthusiastic about the village and its surroundings. He is an excellent guide and willingly shares information relating to the history, culture and geography of the region. A stay here is a wonderful way to explore French culture.

The best action we can take to respect our environment is to let people know how to behave while walking in the countryside or in the mountains, such as keeping our litter with us, not taking flowers, respecting wildlife habitats etc. As a certificated walking guide and a professional mountaineer, this is Benoit’s duty. He also offers his guests walks in the National Park of the Mercantour just an hour and a half away from home, which is a protected area in term of plants and animal species. There are nearly 60 “endemic” plants species, and the guards of the park have already reintroduced animal species such as the “gipaete barbu”, a huge raptor bird that had been hunted until it disappeared, and vultures that travel now between this park and the regional park of the Verdon. Also, wolves have come back in the park via Italy through the Alps and are now protected as well. Guardians of refuges in the National Park sometimes have the opportunity to observe them.

The Impacts of this Trip

We buy as many fresh products as we can, like fresh vegetables grown by local producers. Corinne shops at the local butcher, buy the bread at the local boulangerie everyday, and find local honey and cheese at the peasant market in the next village. We also recently met a young man who just started to make his olive oil after spending a year to renovate (helped by his family), an olive tree fields, that had been abandoned as the work was considered too hard. We offer our guests to visit the unique vineyard that remains in the area, which is also located near the village of St Jeannet. The same family has been growing this wine for more than 3 generations, despite the fact that all the other vineyards had been abandoned when the perfume industry in Grasse had offered the peasants to buy flowers instead. Also, visiting some villages around that are being abandoned slowly by slowly by young people who don’t want to work in agriculture anymore make us believe that it will help to maintain a little activity and encourage the few ones who have decided to still live out there. At last, being in a small village ourselves, we are often in contact with our neighbours who are very keen to come and sit on the terrace sometimes and talk about the old times of the village, which is we believe a nice way to learn about the culture of a country. And this is maybe the best part of a trip overseas.


20 Reviews of French Riviera holiday, walking, culture & cooking option

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019 by

This was an excellent experience. I went as a single person, thinking that I would experience some social elements but would largely find myself on my own for much of it. I would have been respected for wanting to be solitary too, but the people, the yoga and the day programs were just so engaging...the atmosphere so inviting and inclusive, I just allowed myself to relax into the lovely, warm rhythm of the place, and I'm so glad I did. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2019 by

The most memorable parts of the holiday were the people we met and the fantastic planned activities. The yoga was some of the best sessions I have attended and really made the week find a pleasant rhythm. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019 by

I cannot compliment the food enough! Each morning a delicious breakfast home made! The picnics provided had a great variety and were scrumptious ! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2019 by

St Jeannette is a beautiful and friendly village, as were Benoit and Corinne. This has been my best experience in France. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2018 by

The most memorable part of the holiday were the people running the accommodation and the supporting crew who organised all the activities and ensured a comfortable stay. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2018 by

If I were to pick one particular moment as most memorable it would have to be being in France, mingling with the locals at the neighborhood restaurant and watching France beat Belgium to make the World Cup finals. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2018 by

A lovely B&B in a small village run by 2 wonderful people who will do everything to make your stay special and memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2018 by

The views from Saint Jeannet are fabulous and I met so many lovely people at the inn. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2018 by

Great - a genuine holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

Benoit and Corrine were the most amazing hosts. They are always making sure their guests are happy and satisfied. The house is lovely. I recommend the top floor balcony room. The views of sunrise and sunset along the Alps Maritimes and the Côte D"azur are awe inspiring. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2017 by

Awesome experience and as a solo traveller I felt very looked after and included. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2017 by

The entire week at St. Jeannet was memorable! Loved each of Benoit's daily activities including his informative, detailed, and interesting commentaries! ... The area, the people, the beauty, the food, the relaxing pace (activities did not start before 10 AM... no jumping out of bed and rushing to catch a bus!)... Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2017 by

The excellent, friendly, informed guiding on the activity days. The pace was relaxed and enjoyable. Very enjoyable -friendly hosts, delightful area. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2016 by

It was FABULOUS Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

The peaceful, unspoilt village with spectacular views. The friendliness and warmth of our hosts, their local knowledge and their pride in their local area. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2014 by

Book it. The local tours are great with good food. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2013 by

It was simply the best holiday I have been on in years very special Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2012 by

We enjoyed the idea of doing everything locally with local people and contributing to the local economy. Above all, we felt really well taken care of with much attention to detail. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2012 by

Difficult to pinpoint just one element of the holiday. As a lover of the outdoors, I enjoyed the guided walk and picnic into the local Baou hills but then I also enjoyed the relaxed, fun and informative guided walk of the old town of Nice. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2011 by

Excellent. Corinne and Benoit aim to please. The accommodation is basic, but clean and warm. Read full review

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