Our best-selling cooking vacations in France have attracted rave reviews over the years, and it’s not hard to see why. Our cooking vacations in France range from Normany to Provence, but today we will feature in particular our cooking vacations in the Loire Valley. The area is full of beautiful chateaus and known for some delicious foods, such as bread and goat cheese, and wine. But what makes this trip really special are the locals that you will meet, the cooking classes, and the joie de vivre of the French!
“I am happy to tell you that the tour people in the Loire were first rate. Absolutely wonderful knowledge of the area, the program was great… The wine caves, chateaux and the Michelin star cooking lessons were all memorable. Thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip,” raves Jackie from California of our Grand Tour of the Loire: Wine & Chateaux.
Earl, a culinary travel from Canada, writing of our Gourmet Cuisine in France tour, agrees: “This was an excellent course – casual, yet very informative. The key features were excellent instructors, plenty of hands on work as well as demonstrations, fabulous meals, a very quiet and relaxing rural environment, very good facilities and a well thought out program. Above all, I was looking for relaxation, and I got that in spades.” (Please note the chefs of our Gourmet Cuisine in France tour have since retired.)
Of course, the chateaux are one of the most popular parts of our Loire Valley tours. “The Tours of the Loire Valley were absolutely wonderful and we enjoyed the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. ….We got to see 9 chateaux of the Loire valley with all of the history,” wrote one culinary traveler. While another added, “Four days in the Loire Valley was everything we hoped for and more. It’s hard to pick out a high point. The chateau of Chambord – probably. The cooking school with a trip to the local market to buy our ingredients – yep, that too.”
Of course, while the cooking classes and the excursions are important parts of your trip, clients also pointed to the accommodations, to the friendliness and expertise of the guides, and to the smooth planning by The International Kitchen It’s enough to make us blush!
Seriously, though, whether it’s your first time in France or your tenth, we believe our France cooking vacations have something unique and wonderful to offer. Give us a call to start planning, and we’ll prove to you we have the best Loire Valley culinary vacations out there!
By Peg Kern
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Originally published November 6, 2012.