Indulge your senses with the tastes and smells of the Anjou region’s finest produce, meat, breads and dairy products and their many outdoor farmers markets. The incredible local flavors will linger on your mind long after they pass your lips. In addition to the local cuisine, you will get a taste of French village life and discover people and places you won’t soon forget.

At a glance

  1. 9 days and 8 nights

  2. July 2013

  3. At most 7 people

  4. Location: in and around Angers and Saumur, France


  1. Monique will be your personal tour guide and translator

  2. Private cooking classes with a professional French chef

  3. experience open air markets and gather local organic ingredients

  4. enjoy a bicycle ride which will take you through winding roads and give you a chance to discover the French country side

  5. visit to an 11th century underground village harboring houses, a sheepfold, a stable and even a chapel

  6. discover family owned organic vineyards producing internationally renown wines during wine tasting visits

  7. we will be visiting farms that have been practicing organic agriculture throughout the generations.  You will get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making French food so unforgettable

  8. we will visit the tallest castle in France, see the longest tapestry in the world, a medieval fortress, an 11th century Abbey lead by women for centuries, museums that will transport you back in time


Nestled amid the Natural Park Loire Anjou Touraine, Le Chai de la Paleine makes an ideal retreat in Le Puy-Notre-Dame, France.

During your stay you can enjoy relaxing walks through the property’s large outdoor park and garden area, where you will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature at its best. Just outside the walls of Le Chai you will be able to wander the cobblestone alleyways of the medieval village and its striking architecture, enjoy the local bakery and cafe or walk in the picturesque surrounding vineyards.

The Region

The Loire Valley is known as the ‘Garden of France’ thanks to its temperate climate and abundant local produce. The local inhabitants are both friendly and welcoming. Dining from casual bars and local haunts to fine dining at châteaux – the options are endless. 

The Loire Region is steeped in history and provides many attractions with its museums, abbeys, medieval churches, cathedrals, and troglodyte caves.

Over 200 people in the Loire live in limestone troglodyte caves.The river, lakes and forests accommodate those with outdoor interests. There are also plenty of paths for cycling, walking or horseback riding.

The region is especially known for its numerous wines and delicacies that can be found at the many open air markets as well as in its supermarkets.

More about the Loire Valley.


  1. Double Occupancy: $2800 (per person)

  2. Single Occupancy: $3200 (per person)

Includes 8 nights lodging at Le Chai, located in the heart of the Loire Valley in one of the oldest villages in the area dating back to the Romans, all ground transportation once in the Loire Valley, all meals (except two lunches), all monument, castle and museum entrance fees, three private cooking classes with a personal chef, bike rental and full-time translator and guide availability.

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