Grand Tour of the Loire
About the location: Among the glories of the Loire Valley are the magnificent chateaux studding the banks of the Loire river. The playground of nobles, the valley became the cradle of the artistic explosion of the French Renaissance. Today, you will also find vineyards flanking much of the length of the Loire, and you will blend your visits of the chateaux with tastings of the best wines of the region alongside your English-speaking guide. Your accommodations will be in an elegant 4-star hotel, situated in the heart of Tours, the perfect place to explore all the chateaux that the Loire Valley has to offer.
During this special and exclusive cooking vacation, you will enjoy tastings at some truly remarkable locales. Visit world-class wineries where the the experts will lead you in a tasting of the Loire’s famous wines; explore the amazing array of chateaus with licensed and bilingual guides who will share plenty of anecdotes, and see Leonardo da Vinci's tomb; and discover the origins of goat milk cheese in France.
About the cooking courses: You will have the opportunity to cook with a chef at a boutique cooking atelier. At this cooking school, there is a team of 10 chefs, who are all passionate about their art and are proud to share their knowledge and love of French gastronomy. Following a visit to the local Tours market, where you'll discover the best vegetables and tastiest cheese, you'll head to the kitchen to learn how to make a seasonal meal.