Dancing Gourmet Premiers Luxury Loire Valley Castle Tour With Routes Francois I

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Gourmet food enthusiasts will discover “la vie royale” in the ultimate gastronomical journey, The Dancing Gourmet Routes Francois I Loire Valley Tour.

By special invitation of Paris-based organization, Routes Francois I, award-winning cookbook author/chef and former professional ballerina Linda Hymes (The Dancing Gourmet) offers this exclusive opportunity to visit the “valley of kings” as an insider. (See www.dancinggourmet.com.)

“Incorporating the food, wine, history, and culture of the region with access to places normally closed to tourists, you experience the best of the Loire Valley as a privileged guest,” says Hymes, Le Cordon Bleu chef and founder of Lindergaff Books, LLC. “This is a gourmet getaway fit for a king.”

Experience first-class culture and cuisine with Relais & Chateaux deluxe hotel accommodations, Michelin chef and regional cooking mini-courses, specialized wine tastings, and exclusive visits to select Francis 1st castles.

For the grand finale, Chef Hymes will cook a special private luncheon at the Chateau of Beauregard.

The highlights of the 7 day/6 night program:

– A cooking demonstration and “l’art de la table” mini-course with 2-star Michelin Chef Remy Giraud of “Domaine des Hauts de Loire” Relais & Chateaux hotel,

– regional cooking mini-course with renowned Chef Damien Garanger of “Le Medicis” restaurant,

– personal tour and chocolate-making demonstration with artisan chocolate maker owner Max Vauche,

– specialized wine tastings, including King Francis 1st’s exclusive Romorantin grape-based Cour Cheverny.

– Private guided visits to Blois, Talcy, Fougeres-sur-Bievre, Beauregard and Chambord include access to castle parts normally closed to the public.

The Dancing Gourmet Routes Fran├žois 1 Loire Valley Tour premiers September 3, 2006 for the 7 day/6 night tour. Rates are $4250 pp, double occupancy, land only, including deluxe accommodations, gourmet meals with wine, transportation, entrance fees, and full-time English speaking guide. For information, contact Lindergaff Books at 1-415-285-2912 or visit www.dancinggourmet.com.

ABOUT LINDERGAFF BOOKS: Lindergaff Books, LLC. offers the Routes Fran├žois I tour to promote the historical sites linked to King Francis 1st, as well as private group tours for corporate team building/specialty events, and special tours for clubs and professionals.

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