May 7-May 13, 2017
We will meet you at Charles de Gaulle Airport or the Chinon rail station in the afternoon and transport you to your Manoir home for the week.
Enjoy a meet-and-greet with homemade hors d’oeuvres and locally produced wines, followed by a tour of the Manor. Then relax on the front lawn overlooking the River Vienne and the medieval town of Chinon or explore the estate until it is time for a welcome dinner. Dinner prepared by Chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures.
After breakfast, we will visit a local English-speaking wine expert and viticulturist couple. The day begins with coffee and sweets, and includes a comprehensive tasting and lunch in the comfort of an old barrel cellar. (Breakfast/Gourmet Lunch/Hands on dinner)
Morning breakfast at the Manor. We then drive through the French countryside of the Loire, via the Loire River, where we will picnic. We then continue on to our destination of Angers, capital of the ancient province of Anjou. You will have the opportunity to explore the city of Angers on your own. Highlights include great shopping, eateries, and the beautiful Castle, home of the Fourteenth Century Apocalypse Tapestry, the largest tapestry in the world. Don’t miss a great opportunity for gift-shopping. Dinner in Angers. (Breakfast/Gourmet Picnic Lunch)
Awake rested and ready to go. We will enjoy breakfast and head to the village of Beaumont-en-Veron, in the appellation of Chinon. Here we will meet a local vigneron, sample the local wines and tour a vineyard. We then return to our home town of beautiful Chinon, famous for the legend of Joan of Arc. Hands-on dinner in the Manor Kitchen (Breakfast/Gourmet Lunch/Hands-on Dinner)
After breakfast, we will get an early morning start to the town market of Chinon, with Chef Walter, to shop for the freshest ingredients for tonight’s dinner. Lunch on your own in town, discover Chinon, shop or just relax by the river. Then head back to the Manor for dinner prep and hands-on cooking with Walter in the Manor Kitchen. (Breakfast/Hands-on Dinner)
Breakfast, then off to visit one of the local Grand Chateaux hands-on dinner prep with Chef Walter. (Breakfast/Lunch/Hands-on Dinner)
Breakfast at the Manor, then transportation to Chinon train station for your return home (or your next destination). (Breakfast)