Wine & Gastronomy
Stay at the 4* Hotel Oceania L’Univers in the centre of Tours and choose between our various inspiring tours including a choice of Chateaux and Vineyards in the Loire Valley. One such tour would be a full day Chateaux and Wine Tasting comprising visits to Chateau Chinon, Chateau de Langeais and the Gardens of Villandry with a wine tasting lunch included.
Discover the mystery behind the origin of sparkling wine in Limoux, where the Abbot Dom Perignon discovered by accident the process of secondary fermentation and created the world famous sparkling wine. The full day tour is full of culture, dating back to the 12th Century as well as enticing your pallet with delicous wines and amazing gourmet foods. You will visit the medieval citadel of Carcassonne as well as 2 other regions of the Languedoc area: Cabardes and Limoux.
The Villa of Vignamaggio, surrounded by an elegant Italian garden in a stunningly beautiful corner of the Chianti countryside, offers an authentic testimony of country life during the Renaissance period. The main part of the villa dates back to the 14th century.
The Gherardi family who bought the villa from the Gherardini at the end of the 16th century, were responsible for its present appearance. Mona Lisa, the daughter of Anton Maria Gherardini, was born at Vignamaggio in 1479.
Tour of the cellars followed by an exquisite typical Tuscan 3 course Lunch that includes Appetizers, First Course, main course combined to 3 different wines (Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Castello di Monnalisa IGT)& Dessert or Cantucci biscuits accompanied by Vinsanto. The tour is half day with lunch included.
Return to Florence at the end of the visit.
Stay at the fabulous 4* Orologio Hotel in the centre of Florence and with your English speaking Guide visit the unforgettable highlights of this mesmerising city : the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and not forgetting the Accademia Gallery which houses Michelangelo’s statue of David. During your stay your private chauffeur will collect you from the hotel and take you to your 3 hour Florentine cookery class; here you will learn to cook a selction of classic Italian and Tuscan dishes.
5 nights in Bologna visiting such incredible places as San Marino, Modena, Ravenna and Rimini. A great holiday for all the ‘foodies’ out there – visit FICO in Bologna, the world’s largest agri-food park which is only a 20 minute shuttle bus ride from Bologna central station. Here you will see food from all over Italy on show! The kitchens in the restaurants are visible behind glass panelling and host over 30 daily sessions to educate the consumer on food production. Lose yourself in the colours, aromas and taste of Italy’s past, present and future. You can taste and buy the best Italian products: wine, cheese, salami, Mortadella, Pasta di Gragnano, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar etc etc