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Lifestyle Vacations invites you for a culinary vacation in Loire Valley France. This original program, designed by Corinne Preteur, includes three morning and afternoon cooking classes followed by food and wine pairing tasting lunch or dinner. It leaves half-days for visits and guided cultural tours. You will visit local producers, and experience the food market shopping. Chenonceaux and Amboise royal chateaux will be visited in a full-day excursion.
La Maison de Bussy is a stunning entirely renovated typical limestone house nestled in one of the quaintest riverside villages of France, between Saumur and Langeais. It offers one bedroom with its en-suite bath (tub and walk-in shower, hair dryer), furnished with a queen bed and stylish antiques. Modern amenities include a flat-screen TV with international channels, Wi-Fi internet access, private terrace overlooking the river.
La Marine de Loire 4-star luxury boutique-hotel complete La Maison de Bussy accommodation, located two-blocks from the house. This lovely boutique-hotel and spa (Cinq Mondes) offers 11 air-conditioned rooms and suites decorated by Catherine Painvin, the celebrity children clothing designer and her daughter Caroline who owns the hotel. You will take your breakfast at the hotel.
You will be be welcomed at Tours TGV train station (between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.) and then transferred to the house or boutique-hotel. Check-in with a welcome drink and snack. In the afternoon, you will visit Saumur (chateau and town) and then enjoy aperitif followed by the food and wine pairing dinner at La Maison de Bussy.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Langeais to visit the medieval chateau. You will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and take a walk alongside the Loire river. At 4:30 p.m., Cooking class at La Maison de Bussy will be starting. This class lasts for three hours, followed by the tasting dinner accompanied by wine.
After breakfast, transfer to Amboise. You will visit the royal chateau and to the Clos Lucé manor which was Leonardo Da Vinci's last residence. Enjoy a hearty lunch in Amboise and then transfer to Chenonceaux. There, you will visit the royal chateau and gardens. The Chateau of Chenonceau was King Henri II, Queen Catherine de Medici, and Diane of Poitiers' residence. A jewel! You will then be transferred back to La Maison de Bussy to have dinner.
After breakfast, you will join cooking class starting at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch. Today, you will visit a winery producing the Saumur Champigny, have a guided tour to the Abbey of Fontevraud, and then enjoy a gourmet dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant.
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Chinon. It's market day! Enjoy some market tour and free time for your own shopping. After that, you will enjoy lunch in Chinon. At 4:30 p.m., you will join a 3-hour cooking class at La Maison de Bussy and have farewell food and wine paring tasting dinner.
After breakfast and check out, you will be transfered to Tours TGV train station.
Cooking with Corinne in the Loire Valley tour highlights the gastronomy with visits to outstanding cultural sites such as:
It will be possible to switch the visit to Langeais by Villandry (the chateau is surrounded by breathtaking gardens).
The tour starts and ends in Tours, one-hour distance by TGV train from downtown Paris and one hour and 50 minutes from Charles-de-Gaulle international airport. The Loire Valley is well named “the Garden of France", offering superb fresh produce aside to river fish, fowl, and cheese displayed on colorful markets. The limestone underground from which the white stone called Tuffeau was extracted to build houses, manors, and chateaux now offer the perfect balance of temperature and humidity to cultivate mushrooms. You will visit a cave.
The Loire Valley has always been a source of inspiration for cooks and chefs. Tarte Tatin, delicious upside-down caramelized pastry, Cremet d'Anjou mixed of whipped cream, cottage cheese and whisked egg whites, and Pithiviers, a puff pastry pie filled with almond cream are just a few examples.
You cannot visit the Loire Valley without tasting the mild local goat cheese which are named by villages where it's made: Selles-sur-Cher, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, Valençay, etc. Same for the wines. Val de Loire is one of the great wine regions producing a delectable complement to the gastronomic credentials.
Varied soil and climate give a definitive expression of popular wine grapes such as Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc, and Cabernet Franc. The vineyards are divided into five areas including Touraine with its own wines and varietals. The Loire Valley is France's 3rd largest region in terms of production, and the vineyards are the 4th largest one in the country with 63 appellations (AOC).
As a guest of La Maison de Bussy, you'll enjoy daily breakfasts. From homemade cake, crêpes or waffles, mouthwatering omelets or fried eggs, to delicious croissants, compliments an assortment of fresh fruits, crispy baguette, cereals, yogurts, jams and honey, cold juices, almond or cow milk, as well as hot teas and coffee.
When it's time to cook, please enter Corinne's kitchen in La Maison de Bussy, Montsoreau. You will partake three hands-on cooking classes of about 3-hour each, the perfect time to learn how to prepare and to cook a traditional French and Loire Valley menu including a starter, a main course, and a dessert.
Aperitif and tasting lunch or dinner accompanied by wine, mineral water, coffee, or herbal tea follows each class. Sample menus can include a sautéed scallops with an orange sauce, fish mousse on toasted bread, zander fish with its sauce beurre blanc, chicken supreme with sautéed seasonal vegetables, fruits tart, and more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG).
Tours train station is one hour away from downtown Paris by TGV train. Transfer from and to Tours train station is included in the price.
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