Insight Vacations‘ 12-day Loire Valley itinerary will take travellers to some of the country’s best kept culinary secrets with wine sommelier Tom Leroy and food expert Barbara Barde.
Highlights include a tour of Château Des Ducs de Bretagne, where the kings of France once lived, as well as wineries like Château La Cassemichere and Chereau Carre. This is where travellers will get a taste of Muscadet (a dry white wine), which is made from a specific grape — the Melon de Bourgogne — native to the Loire Valley. Perhaps, the most exciting winery in this itinerary is the Couly-Duthiel winery, where the most exclusive wines in the country are made.
There is also a guided tour at the Musée des Marais Salants, where one learns the art of hand harvesting a particular type of sea salt, which is known as Fleur de sel. Find out more about mushrooms at the Musée du Champignon in St Hilaure — although unassuming, one will learn of the are many ways in which the fungi are cooked.
Other unique foods that are included in this itinerary are trying goat cheese at the Chèvrerie de Chamons as well as wandering through Paris and sampling the best of its food stalls, gourmet delicatessens, and patisseries.
This tour is only available for a group of 40, and is priced at about US$3,024 per person if you’re sharing a room. The voyage starts on 27 September and ends 8 October 2015.
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