Biking and Cooking in the Loire Valley
About the location: The Loire is rich not only in medieval, Renaissance and classical chateux, it has an abundant production of agriculture. From the superb salmon in the Loire River to the valley’s Atlantic side, which produces grapes for wonderful wine, you will be treated to incredible food and drink. Blois is a little town with a famous château, which is piece of living history, and enjoys a scenic setting on the right bank of the Loire.
Your accommodations will be at a lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of Blois, as well as at a charming 4-star hotel at the foot of the royal castle in Amboise.
About the bike riding: The Loire Valley is a very scenic and pastoral location for easy to moderate bicycle riding. This is a self-guided riding tour, and you will be equipped with all the necessary equipment, maps and itineraries.
About the lessons: Your first lesson will take place in a charming chateau, where the kitchen dates back to the 15th century. The chef will lead you in a hands-on lesson in the cuisine of the region, and you'll make seasonal dishes — including a starter, main course, and dessert — which you can recreate back home. For the second class, visit a boutique cooking atelier where you'll work with one of the 10 chefs who love to share their know-how and love of French gastronomy. Through both courses you'll learn how to select the best produce, the tastiest cheeses, and more, all while learning to craft a seasonal menu.