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Lifestyle Vacations invites you for a culinary vacation in Loire Valley France. Start at nearby Orleans, a picturesque town along the Loire river, the holiday route will feature some of the most spectacular chateaux, as well as incredible gourmet spots. Guided personally by Corinne, you will visit chateaux, local producers, wineries, and indulge in the great French lifestyle through gourmet experiences in Michelin-starred and traditional restaurants.
You will be staying at a luxury guest house which is perfectly located in the chateaux route. The guesthouse is a privately-owned property which offers five spacious and elegantly decorated bedrooms with its en-suite private bathrooms. You will find mineral water and tea or coffee making facilities in your room. The property has free Wi-Fi connections.
Experience the finest Loire Valley and French cuisine through hands-on cooking classes run by Chef Philippe, scheduled at the end your afternoon each day, leaving the rest of your day as an opportunity to visit chateaux, local producers, wineries, and indulge in the great French lifestyle through gourmet experiences in Michelin and traditional restaurants.
In the morning, you will be transferred by private car or minibus to the Loire Valley, departing from Paris. Upon arrival, you will have a morning guided tour to Chateau of Chambord followed by a four-course lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Then, you will have an afternoon guided tour to the chateau of Amboise before transferring to Chinon.
You will then check-in at the luxury guesthouse and have some time to rest and relax. Later in the evening, welcome aperitif and dinner accompanied by wine will be served at the guesthouse.
Today, you will start your day with a breakfast at the guesthouse before transferring to Azay le Rideau. Then, you will have a morning guided tour to the chateau before transferring to Langeais.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a three-course lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant. You will then be transferred to Villandry. Enjoy an afternoon guided tour to the chateau and free time in the gardens. After the tour, you will be transferred to Chinon. You will visit a winery which will be followed by a wine tasting session. Dinner accompanied by wine will be at the property.
On this day, you will have your breakfast at the guesthouse and then be transferred to Amboise. You will have a morning guided tour to the chateau of Amboise followed by three-course lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant.
After lunch, you will transfer to Chenonceau where you will enjoy an afternoon guided tour to the chateau of Chenonceau. After the tour, you will be transferred to Paris which marks the end of your holiday.
Chateau of Chenonceau has a unique architecture that reflects in the water. The chateau sits over the river Cher and is chateau is Corinne's favorite. The chateau also is known as the "Chateau des Dames", it owes a large part of its charm to women. It was built in 1513 by Katherine Briconnet, then made even more attractive by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, and was saved from the rigors of the French Revolution by Mrs. Dupin. The chateau is surrounded by gorgeous formal gardens and to reach the chateau and its gardens, you have to walk up a long wooded road. A visit to Chateau of Chenonceau is a must!
Chateau of Villandry is reputed for its amazing gardens. Villandry was built in the 16th century and its architecture is strongly influenced by the Italian and Middle Ages. It prefigures the French classical style, also known as the Henry IV style. Villandry boasts unique "Renaissance" gardens, among its fascinating gardens, are ornamental gardens, water garden, herb garden, and kitchen garden.
Amboise is a jewel of the Loire Valley. The castle overlooks the river and began its life in the 11th century. Expanded and modernized over the centuries, it was seized by Charles VII and became the favorite residence of French kings. Charles VIII extensively rebuilt it at the end of the 15th century.
Henry II and his wife, Catherine de Medici, raised their children in Amboise along with Mary Stuart, the child of Queen of Scotland who had been promised in marriage to the future Francois II. Amboise gained its international recognition through Leonardo da Vinci, who was invited by King Francis I in 1515. The master lived and worked in the nearby Clos Lucé. He is buried in the royal chapel.
Chateau of Blois is one of the most interesting chateaus for its architecture and history. It was the main residence of many kings and queens, starting from King Louis XII and Queen Anne de Bretagne in the 15th century, King Francis I and Queen Claude de France, Henri II and Catherine de Medici.
The chateau was the scene of the murder of the Duke of Guise by the guards of King Henri III, and the death place of Queen Catherine de Medici. Also, Joan of Arc came to Blois in 1429, asking the Archbishop of Reims to bless her before she departed with her army to drive the English from Orleans.
Chateau of Chambord is considered as the Renaissance biggest chateau in France. It is the most visited historic site after Chenonceau. Built in the 16th century for King Francis I, it has only served as a hunting lodge. The architecture is magnificent!
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. She is the creator, owner, and director of Lifestyle Vacations France, and the founder of Paris-based Antilope Productions company and Côté Loisirs TV France.
Chef Philippe will run hands-on cooking classes demonstrating the finest Loire Valley and French cuisine.
The Loire Valley is as French as France gets. Famous for its natural beauty, magnificent castles, and picturesque towns, the Loire Valley is rich in history and culture. It is said that Loire Valley is where the purest French is spoken and the land of simple French home cooking too.
The length of the river, the longest in France, and the last wild river in Europe, and the varied soils and climate of the valley make the valley home to definitive expressions of some of the world's most popular wine grapes including Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Cabernet Franc.
The Loire Valley vineyards represent the France biggest production of white wines and the leading AOC region for fine sparkling wines called Crémants de Loire. It's France's third largest region in terms of production and the vineyards are the fourth largest one in France with 63 appellations (AOC) are listed representing 400 million bottles. The vineyards of the Loire Valley are divided into five regions with its own wines and varietals.
Copious and delicious home-made continental breakfasts will be served in the family dining room or on the sunny terrace in spring or summer. Breakfast includes tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, freshly baked cake straight out of the oven, homemade jam, muesli, yogurt, cheese, juice, fresh fruits, and of course the French baguette and croissants. All you need to start the day in the best way!
Considering it is necessary to relax after a long day of touring and visiting, welcome aperitifs "à la française" and four-course dinners celebrating the local Touraine cuisine will be served at the property. Dinner is accompanied by Loire Valley white and red wines. Three lunches at Michelin-starred restaurants are also included in your package.
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