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9 Days Paris & Loire Valley, Culinary Tours in France

  • Paris - Loire Valley - Versailles

Culinary Vacations in France

A personal experience into the world's most sumptuous food and wine country. This food and wine tour will take you right into the heart of the culture: the wine cellars and kitchens of the finest vintners and chefs in the world. Where a single, perfectly grown grape or tomato is endeared and revered. We invite you to experience the real character and personality of the country youre visiting in a way that leaves you with a little bit of its culture inside. Then, even when you're back home, you'll have a special place to visit that can enrich your life.

Highlights

  • Cooking class
  • Foodie tour in Paris
  • Visit Parisian caf and the market
  • Cheese producer visit in Loire Valley
  • Visit chateaux and castles in Loire Valley
  • Visit the grand palace of Versailles
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • French, English
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Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Onzain, France

At the heart of the Loire Valley enjoy the charm of a dwelling, built in the typical style of the Sologne region, with its half-timbered walls and beams. In a cozy and refined environment, treat yourself to an exceptional four-night stay at a 4-star relais and châteaux hotel. The rooms have internet access, direct dial telephone, a mini bar, a safe and a television with both French and international channels.

Hotel Melia Le Colbert, Paris, France

Found at the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris opposite Notre-Dame Cathedral, this 4-star hotel is the perfect option due to its excellent location and personalized service. Fully renovated, this 19th century mansion provides free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, full breakfast buffet, pleasant and welcoming bar to relax or work in comfort in Paris. You will be spending three nights in this wonderful hotel.

Day 1 - Meeting point, welcome dinner

  • Meet in Paris today at the lovely Hotel Colbert.
  • Evening familiarization walk of the neighbor before our first "aperitif" together and a delicious dinner in a local bistro.

Day 2 - Market visit, foodie tour, free time

  • We will be up early this morning and off to visit one of the wonderful outdoor markets.
  • After the market, we will meet our guide who will take on a walk through the "foodie" section of Paris and teach us some Parisian history and culture.
  • After the tour, the balance of the day is on your own, dinner suggestions provided!

Day 3 - Excursions

  • A full day in Paris to visit your favorite museum and enjoy one of the many outdoor cafes.
  • Let’s meet for dinner and share stories about our day's adventures.

Day 4 - Transfer

  • Departure for the Loire Valley, one of the most beautiful regions of France and certainly a best kept secret! Your home for the next 4 nights is a really lovely Relais Chateaux property, Domaine des Hauts de Loire.
  • We will stop for a Chateaux visit and lunch en-route, with a late afternoon arrival to our hotel.
  • Welcome dinner served at the hotel this evening.

Day 5 - Excursion, cheese producer visit

  • Full day today dedicated to visiting the valley of Castles!
  • Along with our castle visits, you will enjoy a visit to a local cheese producer, a fantastic lunch in the countryside, and the company of a local guide that will share lots of stories with you about the Loire Valley both from the past and the present.
  • Late afternoon return to the hotel, dinner plans to be determined.

Day 6 - Cooking class

  • The morning and early afternoon will be spent at a delightful local bed and breakfast, where you will experience and introduction to local cooking.
  • Lunch will be served after your cooking class and will consist of the treasures that you prepared in the morning.
  • Late afternoon return to the hotel, evening plans to be determined.

Day 7 - Excursions, free time

  • Another wonderful day ahead exploring local villages, another visit to a fantastic castle, and time on your own to enjoy lunch.
  • This afternoon we can choose to keep our touring pace, or enjoy the peace and beauty of our hotel.
  • Dinner served at the hotel this evening.

Day 8 - Transfer, excursion, free time, farewell dinner

  • Off to Versailles today, the grand Palace awaits us!
  • You will visit the Palace, a light lunch on your own, and then check in to one of the most magnificent hotels in the region for our last night’s stay.
  • Farewell dinner to be served at the hotel this evening.

Day 9 - Departure

  • Off to the airport for your flight home, or destinations beyond if you choose to extend your stay.

Loire Valley

Located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France, it spans 280 kilometers. Often called the "garden of France", the Loire Valley is an enchanted land of vineyards, floral gardens and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand châteaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle paced life that has, for centuries, made it a sought-after location for poets and writers.

The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself. The landscape and the many cultural monuments, illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design. It is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Blois and Chinon etc, but in particular in its world-famous castles, such as the Château de Chambord.

Paris

The capital and most populous city of France situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country. It has a timeless familiarity for first-time and frequent visitors, with instantly recognizable architectural icons, along with exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques and priceless artistic treasures. From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from the River Seine.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are architectural masterpieces while Haussmann's wide squares and boulevards influenced late 19th- and 20th-century town planning the world over. Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. It is dubbed as the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and the Capital of Fashion.

Versailles

A city in France renowned worldwide for the château and the gardens of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century. The Palace and Park of Versailles have had a large influence on the artistic form of other palaces and gardens in Europe. The town also has other points of cultural notability. Today, its position as an affluent suburb of Paris has meant that it forms a part of the Paris artistic scene, and musical groups such as Phoenix, Air, and Daft Punk have some link to the city.

  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 4 dinners
  • 5 lunches
  • 8 nights accommodations in beautiful 3-4 star properties
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Full time bi-lingual escort
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG). Italian Horizons will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.