An exclusive tour (limited to 6 members) 4 September 2017 (14 DAYS) From Vancouver $8,954.00 Includes: Accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels, breakfast and lunch daily, 4 cooking lessons, wine tastings, sightseeing Escorted by Chef Eric Arrouzé
Day 1: Arrive in Orleans. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit to historic district; evening free.
Day 2: Pouilly sur Loire. Pouilly Fume vineyard. Welcome dinner.
Day 3: Sancerre; sauvignon Blanc tasting, troglodyte caves. Picnic lunch in Chambord; Visit to Chateau de Chambord. in Blois.
Day 4: Chateau de Cheverni and its garden. Afternoon tour of Chateau de Chenonceaux, best-known châteaux of the Loire valley. Overnight in Amboise.
Day 5: Royal Chateau d’Amboise. Visit of Château du Clos Lucé; residence of Leonardo da Vinci from 1516 until his death in 1519 Drive along the Loire to Saumur. (122 km) views of many scenic chateaux like Château d'Azay-le-Rideau.
Day 6: The Loire from Chateaux to La Baule,(Located on a 12 km sandy beach). Visit to a Muscadet producer.
Day 7: Guérande salt marshes. Salt has been harvested on the peninsula since the iron age. overnight Vannes.
Day 8: Drive to Quiberon. Visit to Conserverie La Belle -Iloise, a gourmet fish factory. Arrive at our house, near Quimper. Stop to visit the Carnac stones, they are an exceptionally dense collection of megalithic sites around the village of Carnac. Grocery shopping and an evening casual cooking class dinner.
Day 9: Tour ancient Quimper. Visit picturesque PontAven. Cooking class
Day 10: Drive to Pointe du Raz, biscuiterie visit. Trail along the cliffs of Le-Chemin, picnic lunch. Day 11: Armorique National Park and the beautiful Crozon Peninsula.
Day 12: Drive to Perros-Guirec, small town on the pink granite coastline.
Day 13: St. Malo, walk along the granite walls surrounding the Old Town, visit its ancient cathedral. Day 14: Depart St. Malo
Loire Valley: During the 17th and 18th Centuries, when the monarchy was at the height of its power and prestige, this area was where they chose to build their magnificent Chateaux. Most of them have been restored to their former glory and are open to the public. The 634 mile Loire Valley is one of France’s largest wine producing areas with names that are known throughout the world from Chinon and Bourgueil in the west, to Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé in the east. They produce wine of all types, red, white, rose and sparkling.
Brittany: The name derives from the Britons who in the 5th and 6th centuries settled in this area after fleeing western England and Wales to escape from the invading Anglo Saxons. Bretons still proudly protect their Celtic language, heritage and culture. The coastline is spectacularly rugged and the interior contains many quaint medieval towns. While the traditional fishery has declined, tourism is now becoming a very important industry.
Price from Vancouver from Cdn. $8,610.00
(per person based on sharing a room)
- Meet and greet at Orleans station, transfer to hotel
- Eight nights at 3 or 4 star hotels & four nights in a traditional Breton house near Quimper
- Transportation by air conditioned van
- Breakfast and lunches daily and welcome dinner
- Multiple food and wine tastings
- Four cooking classes
- All taxes and fees
- Visits to historic and cultural sites
Optional transfer package in Paris $ 172.00
- Transfer by car from Ch. De Gaulle Airport to Austerlitz station
- Rail tickets Paris/Orleans and St. Malo/Paris
- Transfer by car from Montparnasse station to Ch. De Gaulle Airport
Chef Eric Arrouzé, your host and guide in France. Originally from France, Chef Eric has worked in famous hotels and restaurants in his home country and in Canada. He once served as Executive Chef in a five star hotel on the French Riviera. Passionate about cuisine from an early age, Chef Eric has over 30 years of gourmet experience. He holds a British Columbia Instructor Diploma and has been teaching culinary arts to adults for 15 years. Eric has, in conjunction with UBC, also led many culinary and wine tours to France. Elan Travel is proud to be partnering with Eric to offer a program of unique tours, designed for wine lovers and foodies.
The tour departure is guaranteed. This is an exclusive tour with participation limited to a maximum of six guests. By limiting the group size to such a small number the wine tastings and cooking lessons will be much more enjoyable and beneficial. A small group also allows us to use small traditional and often historic hotels.
OPTIONAL PARIS EXTENSION $ 854.00*
Day 1: You will be met at Paris Montparnasse Station and driven to your hotel, the Sainte-Louis en I’Isle Hotel in the shadow of Notre Dame.
Day 2: Free time, you will be provided with a one day Hop-on Hop- off bus pass for use on any day you choose.
Day 3: Free time.
Day 4: Transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
- single room supp. $ 470.00
The Sainte-Louis en I’Isle Hotel is located on Isle SainteLouis a historic small island in the Seine and just a short walk across a bridge to the Isle de Cite where the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral has stood for centuries. You are truly in the heart of Paris. The hotel is rated 4 1/2 star rating by Tripadvisor
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Maximum group size is 6; Minimum is two. Elan Tours reserves the right to change the tour or amend the itinerary. Program changes may be deemed necessary prior to, or after departure. Elan Tours will make every effort not to defer additional costs incurred but reserves the right to do so.. Elan Tours reserves the right to cancel any individuals membership in the program if Elan Tours deems such action is in the best interest of the group. Elan Tours will not be responsible for any loss, damage, injury, delay , expense or inconvenience occasioned by acts of God, errors or omissions by their agents and suppliers, or any cause or event beyond its control. The passenger contract in use by each airline concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between each airline and the group members. No transportation company supplying services to the group shall have or incur any responsibility for liability to any traveller aside from their liability as common carriers. This tour is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels but please bear in mind that a certain amount of walking is required to enjoy some of the sites visited.