12 Days departing 24 September 2017
Exclusively Hosted By: Tour Director: Barbara Barde and Sommelier Tom LeRoy
Indulge your love of food and wine on this gastronomic adventure through the villages and vineyards of the Loire Valley with “foodie” expert, Barbara Barde and your personal sommelier, Tom LeRoy.
Welcome Dinner (WD), Buffet Breakfast (BB), Highlight Lunch (HL), Three-course Dinner, plus tea or coffee (D) and Celebration Dinner (CD).
Insight Vacations reserves the right to alter itineraries should circumstances dictate.
Insight Vacations, Tour Director
Barbara is an award winning television producer with over 600 titles to her credit. She began appreciating and collecting wine almost 20 years ago and is known for her impressive cellar. An ardent “foodie”, she is always on the lookout for an amazing recipe, new ingredients or amazing new restaurant. Barbara is also a passionate traveller and has spent the last several summers as a professional Tour Director with Insight Vacations.
Wine Sommelier Tom Leroy is a criminal lawyer in Toronto who began collecting and appreciating wine fifteen years ago. A true aficionado of wine, he has recently obtained a wine specialist certificate from George Brown College and was also certified as a Wine Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Tom is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.
NANTES: Join a walking tour through the old city and on to the eighteenth century grandeur of the Ile de Feydeau.
NANTES: Explore the Chateau Des Ducs de Bretagne, an incredible castle that served as the Breton residence to the kings of France.
NANTES: Visit an exquisite winery for an incredible tour and tasting of the region’s varietal, Muscadet.
ANGERS: Visit the Chateau d’Angers home of the largest medieval tapestry.
ANGERS: Visit the Musee Cointreau for an exploration of the world renowned French aperitif.
SAUMUR: Learn about the traditional and modern cultivation of mushrooms at the Musée du Champignon.
CHINON: Explore the beautiful medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with your local guide.
ST-NICOLAS DE BOURGEUIL: Visit the family owned vineyard of Frederic Mabileau.
LOIRE VALLEY: Buzzing with life, full of colour – enjoy a walking tour through a local market
LOIRE VALLEY: The richness of the soils around Tours produce wonderful whites, full of fruit flavours. Visit a family run winery
CHÂTEAU CHENONCEAU: Visit the beautiful “ladies castle”, a jewel spanning the River Cher and enjoy a relaxing river cruise.
SANCERRE: Visit he Maison des Sancerre museum, full of surprises.
SANCERRE: Learn about the local goats cheeses from a master cheese maker and taste of the fruity, well balanced wines.
PARIS: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
PARIS: Visit gourmet delicatessens, local patisseries, and speciality food stalls on your Parisian food market tour.
LE CROISIC: Savour delicious local specialties as you lunch by the sea. (HL)
DOUÉ-LA-FONTAINE: Enjoy lunch underground in a cathedral sized cave. (HL)
PARIS: Join your Tour Director for good food, company and drinks at a Farewell Celebration Dinner. (CD).
MONTBAZON: The Chateau d’Artigny is a palatial mansion set in a 65-acre private estate with manicured gardens in the heart of the Loire Valley.
|One exclusive departure, limited seats, book early to avoid disappointment|
|All prices are per person|
Tips & Taxes & Porterage: Insight hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage. All tips are included for services on tour provided by dining-room waiters, chambermaids and porters at hotels.
What’s Not Included: Airfares, airport taxes and charges imposed by third parties, passports and applicable visa fees, laundry, phone calls, items of a personal nature, beverages, meals and sightseeing not detailed on the itinerary, tips and gratuities to the Tour Director, coaches drivers and local city guides, excess baggage,Optional Experiences and travel insurance. Please note that travel insurance is highly recommended. Please see your Travel Agent for further details.
*A deposit of AUD $200 per person is required within 7 days of booking.
Final Payment: Required to your travel agent no later than 70 days prior to departure.
Price: the advertised price is in Australian dollars. No surcharges in regards to cost or currency fluctuations will be made once deposit is received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or its agencies.
Discounts: Frequent Traveller & 2nd tour Discount apply only. No other discounts are available on this tour. Refer to our current Europe & Britain brochure for conditions of these.
The following scale of charges apply when cancellation is notified:
|No of days prior to commencement||Cancellation fee as,tour % of total tour price|
|More than 70 days||loss of deposit|
|Between 69 & 30 days||38.5%|
|Between 29 & 08 days||55%|
|07 days or less||100%|
Amendments: A fee of $50 may apply to any change made to your booking once confirmed.
Refunds: No refund is available if cancellations occur after the tour has commenced or in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilised.
Itinerary Changes & Tour Cancellation:
Insight Vacations reserves the right to vary itineraries should circumstances dictate, as well as cancel or reschedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements, or circumstances beyond its control. The advertised tours require minimum numbers to depart. Should these not be met Insight Vacations reserves the right to alter or cancel arrangements.
Hotels: The hotels listed in the itinerary are confirmed, although subject to change for reasons beyond our control.
Rooming Arrangements: Please note that single accommodation is usually limited. Occupying a single room either by choice or circumstance is subject to the applicable supplement.
Tour Membership: Any person aged 5 years or more is eligible, though if under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The Tour Director may, at his or her discretion, require any person to withdraw from
any tour if he or she deems the person’s acts or conduct offensive or a nuisance to other passengers, and we shall have no further liability.
Porterage: for one suitcase on tour is included in the tour price and at arrival or eparture from each tour hotel. Due to limited coach capacity this single bag should have a weight not exceeding 30kg (66lbs) and dimensions not exceeding 77.5cm (30.5in) x 56cm (22in) x 32cm (12.5in). Charges will be levied in the
event these limits are exceeded and our promise to transport you as indicated may be invalidated. Note: Airlines may restrict check-in baggage to 20kgs per person.
Documentation: Approximately 2 weeks prior to departure from Australia, documentation will be received by your travel agent including a tour itinerary, a full Hotel list, an Optional Excursion list, baggage labels & ticket wallet.
Holidays & Changes: During local or national holidays abroad, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited. In such instances, and whenever possible, slight itinerary adjustments are made by Insight Vacations to minimise inconvenience to our passengers. If, however you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by such minor limitations please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure. Similarly, holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. Due to the unreliability of domestic air scheduling, religious festivals, and other unforeseen circumstances, the itineraries, hotels or order of sightseeing may change at short notice.
*Pre or post tour accommodation is subject to availability. If not available, an alternative may be offered.
Booking Terms and Conditions: These conditions incorporate the basis upon which bookings are accepted by your Travel Agent and Insight Vacations. By making a booking you are agreeing to these terms & conditions. Insight is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or re-scheduling of any tour departure. For further information about Insight Vacations please refer to Insight’s brochure. These conditions must be carefully studied prior to making the commitment of paying the deposit as they must be referred to Additional terms and conditions may be applicable to group bookings and will be advised.