Blue Illusion Chateau Tours
Summer 2022 Program
Blue Illusion Chateau Stay
5th - 12th September 2022
Exclusively tailored for the Blue Illusion community, this seven day all-inclusive experience offers an authentic and unforgettable week with activities including cooking classes, visiting local sights, exclusive tours and more. Embark on the trip-of-a-lifetime and completely immerse yourself in the magnificence of French Château living.
Monday 5th September
Depart Montparnasse train station for the short train trip to Laval station where you will be met by your chateau host.
After a short drive through the Mayenne countryside you will arrive at Chateau de la Carriere, your home away from home for the next 7 days. Built almost 200 years ago it is the quintessential French fairy tale chateau, complete with turrets. You will check into one of the beautifully appointed chateau bedrooms where you can unpack and settle into your room.
Afternoon tea will be served on the terrace followed by tour of chateau and grounds and then free time to wander, enjoy the pool or relax in your room.
Meet back on the garden terrace for Aperitifs/dinner and to meet your fellow chateau guests. Meals are prepared using produce from the chateau potager and local suppliers.
Tuesday 6th September
Enjoy your first chateau breakfast of baguettes and croissants fresh from the bakery, homemade granola and jams, fruit for the chateau gardens and good coffee, all served on the kitchen terrace.
After breakfast, florist Clementine Levy will join us to pick flowers from the chateau garden and help you make a beautiful floral arrangement for your room.
Lunch at the chateau will be followed by visit to Saint Suzanne, one of the oldest medieval villages in France. You can wander through the old ruins and wander the cobbled streets visiting galleries and shops https://www.mayenne-tourisme.com/en/get-to-know-us/unmissable-attractions/sainte-suzanne/
Dinner at restaurant in St Suzanne
Wednesday 7th September
Breakfast then private visit to a Perfume Atelier where you will learn how to handle the rare and most precious essential oils followed by the creation of a cologne, visit to the Perfumers Cabinet of Curiousities and then to the table for a perfumed lunch. https://en.nicolasdebarry.com/visites
Then it’s off to Chateau Villandry for the afternoon to view the beautiful chateau and magnificent gardens and in particular the huge ornamental vegetable garden which is as beautiful as any flower garden. https://www.chateauvillandry.fr/?lang=en
Aperitifs/dinner at chateau
Thursday 8th September
Breakfast – cooking class followed by lunch at chateau
Afternoon visit to local privately owned chateau for tour of the chateau and garden followed by dinner with the chateau owner
Friday 9th September
Breakfast – You get to decide what you want to do – relax – visit the chateau brocante shop or go out for sightseeing or shopping
Aperitifs/dinner at chateau
Saturday 10th September
After breakfast we will head to Laval to visit the weekly market with its abundance of local produce and goods. You can stroll through the centuries old streets, visit the chateau and indulge in some shopping before lunch at L’Essential where you will enjoy the menu of the day showcasing seasonal produce. https://www.laval-tourisme.com/en/pratique-english/pays-de-laval-tourist-office
On the way back to the chateau we will visit to Emmaus, the famous French thrift shop where you might find a few treasures to add into the suitcase Following a leisurely lunch we will return to the chateau for an afternoon cooking class helping prepare dinner for that night.
Aperitifs/dinner at the chateau with champagne or wine tasting
Sunday 11th September
Breakfast – visit to local brocante markets to find some French treasures. The only restriction might be the size of your suitcase but don’t worry we can arrange transportation of the goods back to Australia (TBC).
Return to the chateau for a casual lunch and in the afternoon free time to relax or optional visit to Solesmes Abbey. Built in 1010 and currently occupied by Benedictine monks it is an remarkable structure. Whilst only the Abbey church is open to the public the walk around the Abbey is an experience you will long remember. https://www.france-voyage.com/tourism/solesmes-abbey-1884.htm
Aperitifs/formal last night dinner at chateau
Monday 12th September
Breakfast – you will depart late morning to catch trains back to Paris, CDG etc
3,300 EURO PER PERSON – SOLO ROOM OCCUPANCY
2,750 EURO PER PERSON – SHARED ROOM
PAYMENT TERMS - 50% ON CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING WITH BALANCE PAYABLE 30 DAYS FROM ARRIVAL
INCLUDES ALL MEALS/ALCOHOL/TRANSPORTATION AND ACTIVITIES AS PER ITINERARY
NOTE ITINERARY CHANGES CAN HAPPY DUE TO SUPPLIER ISSUES AND IN THAT SITUATION A EQUIVALENT SUBSTITURE ACTIVITY WOULD BE PROVIDED.
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