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Loire Valley Castle Tour DETAILS – the Price Includes the following:
This exclusive small group, Loire Valley Tour is led by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC Company Tour Guides. Our guides are history, culinary and wine specialists. They are also UNESCO Heritage Award Winners, published authors, photographers and regular contributors to several travel guides series about the Loire Valley and other regions of France. Our Tour guides are professional France history and Loire Valley-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, and ludic stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
5 Nights, 4-star boutique hotel accommodations — at hotel Pavillon Des Lys in historic Amboise — (NO Hotel Hopping)
Enjoy fun and fact filled guided tours, independent visits and leisure time at Loire Valley castles of Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Amboise, Villandry, and Azay-le-Rideau.
Participate in two (2) private, hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations with three (3) different Chefs – our culinary friends; award winning, celebrity Master, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and Michelin-Star Chefs.
8 Meals + 1 Cocktail evening of regional specialties: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners (mix of cooking classes, Michelin-star restaurants).
ALL of our Chefs during this exclusive castles and culinary tour are good friends with one another. Each will share his/her individual specialties and favorite regional recipes with us in cooking class. Each cooking class offers a unique look inside the professional and personal lives of each of our Chefs, and how distinctly different their culinary styles are from each other. We’ll prepare three course meals during each class, indulge in tasting wonderful local sparkling wines from the region, and tasting the sumptuous recipes we’ve prepared together in class.
Regional classified wines included at all group meals–Indulge in tasting classified Touraine wines from Chinon, Amboise, Mesland, Bourgeuil, and Sancerre.
We also offer a value-added services and other charming surprises on our tours including complimentary use of an Ipad mini (with both 4G and wifi access) and a surprise regional gift on our Provence Tours, complimentary Champagne & chocolates and surprise gift in your room on our Loire Valley and Bordeaux Tours, and a surprise gift on Champagne Tours.
FIRST CHEF: A special welcome dinner prepared by one of our favorite Michelin-star Chefs of the region, Frédérique B.
Two (2) cooking classes with three (3) different Michelin-Star/Master Chefs
SECOND CHEF: Cooking Class and Cooking Demonstration with our friend, Michelin-star Chef Damien G.
THIRD CHEF (A husband & wife team): Cooking Class with celebrity Master Chefs, our friends Angelique and Christophe (works with Alain Ducasse) at their home
Participate in a fun “Tour de France” Cheese and Wine Tasting with our friend, a Michelin-star Chef.
Tour & Taste at Artisan French Chocolate Workshop with our Award Winning Chocolatier (chocolate-maker).
Shop at the weekly market in Blois and/or Amboise.
Bottled water provided throughout the trip.
All ground transportation throughout the tour.
Gratuities to guides and driver.
This exclusive Loire Valley Tour is limited to 12-16 guests per Tour date.
Comfort Zone – Designed for the interests of and to appeal to both the Active and Occasional Walker.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – airfare to/from France, train fare to/from St. Pierre des Corps TGV station, some meals as detailed in the itinerary, personal purchases.