The Chateaux and Gastronomy of the Loire Valley
with Huon Mallalieu and Bill Knott
3rd October-10th October, 2014
Huon Mallalieu, Bill Knott and James Pembroke have put together a trip to the Loire Valley, the soul of La Douce France. No other region in France has such a happy combination of history, food and wine, and we have chosen to go at the time of the vendange.
Based in the heart of the Loire Valley, Oldie trip-goers will be visiting all the nearby famous sites but at a quiet time of year. So, you can look forward to guided tours of Chenonceaux, Azay-Le-Rideau, Tours, Chambord and Valencay, as well as a trip to Bourges to see the splendours of the cathedral.
You will be staying at Chateau de Noizay (www.chateaudenoizay.com), a very sumptuous 16th century chateau and member of the Relais and Chateaux since 1992. This beautiful chateau, situated just 20 minutes from Tours, has 19 bedrooms and a swimming pool. Maintaining our house party ethos, we will have breakfast and dinner in our own private dining room where we will sample the cuisine of renowned chef, Frédéric Collin.
To reserve a place, please send a deposit for £500 (made payable to Oldie Publications) to James Pembroke, The Oldie, 65 Newman St, London W1T 3EG. The full price of the trip is £1595 and the outstanding balance is to be paid by three months before the trip. If you have any enquiries, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 436 8801.
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A Different Tour of Puglia with Robert Fox and Huon Mallalieu
Wednesday April 23rd– Wednesday April 30th 2014
We received quite a few demands for a return trip tp Puglia, and it was very easy to plot a different but equally exciting tour starting just after the Easter weekend. The distances will be shorter but you will see a lot more of the coast, including the stunning towns of Gallipoli, Monopoli and Polignano. The only repeat is Lecce, but we will split into two groups so that you will all see something new. There will be four double rooms available at Il Trappeto (www.olivemill.co.uk), and the rest of you will stay with Lucy at Hotel La Terra (www.laterra.it) in the old town of Ostuni so that she can escort you down for drinks and dinner every evening.
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