Lifestyle Vacations

Sèvres, France

Lifestyle Vacations in France is a leader in high-end journeys to France, offering authentic hands-on cooking classes aside to gourmet and cultural tours & featuring the French culture and traditions.

Culinary Vacations 1

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from US$2,950
from US$2,950
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8 days / 7 nights

Instructors 1

Corinne Preteur

Born in Paris and raised in the Loire Valley, Corinne has spent many years in the USA, working first for Hasbro Milton Bradley (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), and partnering with Birmingham Associates in Boston, then. Within her long professional career, Corinne has organized and guided numerous VIP tours and press trips worldwide. She has an extensive knowledge in France history, food, wine, and gastronomy, in general.

Testimonials 17

  • A traveler France

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    I wish to thank Corinne, from the bottom of my heart, for the most wonderfully inspirational deliciously educational day. From the moment you collected me, I felt complete warmth and knew this day would be just a great one. one of the best i would experience whilst in Paris. And, that it was, plus more. you truly provided me with so much insight to not only Fontainebleu and Vaux le Vicomte, but to the history and other places to see, wine and dine in Paris, to ensure that my visit to your country would be one of memorable. And, thanks to you, yes, it was. your tour and my time with you, will be forever in my heart and a very cherished and special memoir of my time in Paris 2016. Thank you. A bientot !

  • Bethe Connecticut

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    Several years ago, my husband and I (foodie wannabes) went to France and on our last day, Corinne brought us on a food tour in Paris. She was such a gracious, knowledgeable, and well-connected host. She picked us up since we didn't have a car and brought us to a charming area of Paris where we walked the streets and went to shop after shop, tasting, learning, meeting wonderful food experts (even the mayor of cheese), and collected a wonderful picnic lunch that we had al-fresco next to a beautiful fountain.

    For a moment, we felt French. I took many pictures, but none do the day justice. I regret not writing a review right away about our wonderful experience and am now in the middle of planning a trip to England and am not sure we can top our perfect day in Paris. So, if you are going to France, I highly recommend you take the time to have a perfect day with Corinne, as well. Corinne, thank you so much for a memory of a lifetime that we cherish.

  • Sue Australia

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    I would highly recommend this 3-hour walking tour around the Latin Quarter in Paris. Corrinne knows all the local shop keepers and was very generous in providing us with beautiful food to taste, including lunch with wine.

  • a traveler Florida

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    Corinne (the travel agent) has a great passion for showing you authentic France. The trip allowed us to experience France through the eyes of a French person. The food, shopping, and excursions were all remarkable. I will definitely do another trip with Lifestyle Vacations.

  • a traveler United States

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    Corinne (the travel agent) has a great passion for showing you authentic France. The trip allowed us to experience France through the eyes of a French person. The food, shopping, and excursions were all remarkable. I will definitely do another trip with Lifestyle Vacations.

  • a traveler United States

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    In the spring of 2014, my wife and I toured the Loire Valley for four days with Corinne Preteur of Lifestyle Vacations France as our private guide. The trip was spectacular. We were hoping for a cultural and culinary adventure, but what we experienced far exceeded our expectations in every way. The quality of the food and dining experiences, the wonderful guest house, and Corinne's knowledge and passion for French history and culture, all came together for an extraordinary holiday. And as a tour guide, Corinne represents the epitome of attention to detail and extraordinary customer service. That was last year.

    This year, in the fall of 2015, we visited the Bordeaux and Perigord regions in southwest France for 9 days, again with Corinne as our guide, and my sister-in-law joined us, as well. Besides the expected winery visits (although we were there during the busy harvest time, Corinne was able to arrange private tours of two Grand Cru Classe chateaux), touring Bordeaux, and visiting the towns and villages along the Dordogne River, this trip included two fantastic luxury guest houses, cooking classes in her home kitchen with a wonderful chef in Bordeaux, and a cooking class in the working kitchen of a Michelin star restaurant in Sarlat.

    We also visited the prehistoric caves in Lascaux, lunched and toured in Bergerac, visited a walnut oil mill and goose farm, toured gardens and chateaux, and dined in some of the most fantastic restaurants of our traveling experiences. But again, Corinne Preteur was the star of our holiday, for she made everything happen seamlessly and perfectly.

    Travelling with Corinne at Lifestyle Vacations France is like traveling with your best friend, who also just happens to be the most knowledgeable, professional, honest, and delightful travel professional we have ever encountered. If you are visiting France and love its food and culture, you cannot do better than to travel with Lifestyle Vacations France Culinary Tours!

  • Karen J. United States

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    Corinne is a great guide, not only because she knows French food and wine so well, but because she is a delightful traveling companion. She made each day a new adventure - chateaus to visit, great wine to sample, wonderful cooking classes, and fantastic meals. Corinne made our tour of Bordeaux and Perigord special and I am already looking forward to visiting another region of France with her. We were with Corinne for 9 days and each day was a delightful experience.

  • a traveler San Francisco

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    This was my third trip with Corrine. I have gone alone for the cooking tours in the Loire and Burgundytwice, and recently I went with my husband for a tour of the Loire Valley Chateaux. Corrine is now a friend with the advantage of a tour guide, who is passionate about France, its history, and its heritage. She is generous in sharing that knowledge. She pays careful attention to details, yet she is flexible and will go above and beyond to ensure a memorable experience. I have no doubt that we will make future trips with Corrine and Lifestyle Vacations.

  • a traveler Washington

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    It was absolutely amazing. It was my first time traveling alone and with very limited knowledge of the language. I did my best to assimilate and spoke the language as often as I could. The food, the tours, and the company was such an incredible experience. I met a lot of other individuals traveling from all over. I learned a ton, saw a lot, and made friends too. Thank you Corinne for the tours, cooking lessons, and great conversations.

  • Jennifer Australia

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    I have traveled with Corinne for several years, both alone and with my adult daughters, and I will continue to do so in the future. Every trip has been a delight because Corinne provided us with a private view into the French life that few ever get to see. Corinne is a French living in Paris and with so much experience in many regions of France. Why do I keep coming back to Corinne? Because she is unique and offers a personal companionship that goes well beyond sightseeing or culinary experiences, her knowledge and contacts provide special experiences, and her personal attentiveness to your needs goes well beyond any guided tour I have ever been involved with.

    She is also so warm, funny, and extremely talented. Corinne goes out of her way to keep you safe and supported in every way during your time with her. I cannot recommend Corinne more highly. She is a gem on a very special market niche in tourism in France. My family and I love her very much.

  • Cathy Canada

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    My husband planned a cooking trip for us to the Loire Valley. I am sure you will have your breath taken away when seeing these views for the first time, tasting these extraordinary dishes, or getting kissed on both cheeks as a daily greeting. Traveling with Corrine as our guide was superb. We had many laughs and learned so much about the Loire Valley. I know you will not be disappointed booking with Corrine.

  • Sarah Australia

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    Did several tours with Corinne in September and October, 2014 - Paris, Bordeaux, and Champagne. I cannot recommend Corinne highly enough. She is organized, funny, informative, and will bend over backwards to accommodate your every need. She seeks out experiences that are off the beaten track and her personal culinary knowledge is outstanding. You will not be wasting your time doing the tourist thing you will be given and experience that is truly French. Cannot wait to go back and do more with this wonderful woman.

  • Cameron Western Australia, Australia

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    We were a party of four and had a great time with Corrine. She was very helpful and knew the places and people we visited. The highlight was lunch at Le Foch in Reims.

  • Katie Texas, United States

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    I have booked two of Corinne's personally-guided, customized tours (one to Provence and most recently, one to Bordeaux) and they are unforgettable experiences. With Corinne, you get to experience the most France has to offer. Her knowledge of French history, food, wine, and culture (and passion for them all) is awesome. And, the food and wine were incredible! Not to mention that Corinne is an absolute joy, energetic, warm, fun, and so, so generous and accommodating. I cannot recommend Lifestyle Vacations (and Corinne) enough.

  • Dino and Nancy California

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    Corinne helped us plan a perfect stay in Lyon. Not only did she set us up with interesting events, the people that she chose to help us (Anne, Oliverie, and Yann) were fantastic. We will be going back and we will be calling Corinne again.

  • a traveler South Carolina

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    The culinary taste tour was fantastic and our guide, Sara, was excellent. All the food we tasted was out of this world and done extremely well. It will be well worth it if you are a foodie.

  • a traveler Houston

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    My husband and the two kids loved Corinne (recommended by college BFF) and using her personal knowledge of France, history, foodie stuff, and Americans. She is one of a kind! I have traveled the world a lot - for pleasure and business. Our experience with Corinne does not disappoint. I wish we had more time to take more of her tours! She customizes them for you and your interests, and has great taste and guidance on food and value (including accommodations). We had a gourmet meal in a Loire Valley restaurant with Corinne that I never would have noticed if she hadn't taken us there. Corinne and her company get my highest recommendation. As my friend said, it is unique and you won't be disappointed!

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