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Patti picking grapes, Alsace

Patti picking grapes in Alsace, France

No matter the destination, the chefs and their friends open their kitchens, their studios, their farms, their vineyards, their homes, and their hearts.

Patti personally coordinates all cooking classes, demonstrations, and visits to vineyards and farms with chefs and their friends. In France, the extraordinary chefs she selects are from every region of France. Patti has worked in all of their kitchens and knows first hand that they are superb teachers who are willing to share their secrets and who relish the opportunity to show their guests everything unique and special about their corner of the country. Patti collaborates with chefs, artists and local people in a range of countries including Italy, Vietnam and Morocco. Where would you like to go? Patti can connect you with the local sites and culinary delights anywhere on the globe.

Custom and Planned Trips

Although you could try to assemble an amazing trip on your own, why risk disappointment?

Design your own custom trip with six or more of your nearest and dearest by choosing from more than 20 locations in France, Italy, Morocco and Vietnam. Or pick a new location. We will work with you to fashion a trip that caters specifically to your group by combining the activities you choose. The possibilities are vast:

  • Proud we are!Top chef’s cooking classes and fine dining
  • Market explorations
  • Vineyard visits and wine tastings
  • Historical and cultural outings
  • Sports such as hiking, tennis, golf, sailing etc.
  • Garden tours
  • Music
  • Antiquing or shopping expeditions
  • Celebration parties: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, reunions
  • Your own wishes vetted by our experts
  • Spas

Patti creates each trip after exploring the local sites and personally meeting and working with chefs, artists and other locals who are eager to share their culture. Too many choices? There are a number of planned trips throughout the year that Patti creates which can be found on the site, or via her newsletter.

Vacations For Various Celebrations and Groups

Trips with Les Liaisons Delicieuses are designed for travelers of all ages. Given the small size of the groups, there are opportunities to plan reunions (with family or college and childhood friends), celebrations (retirement, wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays) and educational gatherings (for book club or gourmet dining groups).  Patti’s unique and personal relationships with numerous renowned chefs and hoteliers allow her to set up once-in-a-lifetime experiences for life’s special moments.

Vacations

Chateau Puymartin, Dordogne

Chateau Puymartin in Dordogne, France

The signature trip of Les Liaisons Delicieuses runs 7-14 days and includes only 6-12 people, depending on the destination. Patti and her guides have traveled extensively in France and Italy, have explored destinations worldwide including Vietnam and Morocco, and are eager to explore new locations such as Turkey, Argentina and Tahiti.

Have a destination in mind? Have a special celebration with family or friends coming up? Contact Patti and let her help plan a custom trip.

Spa Trips

Consider a restoring week on the coast of France, taking care of yourself and being pampered with spa treatments and delicious, healthy meals. At the same time, you can learn some of the chef’s best recipes and visit the region, too. There are currently two locations from which to choose: La Baule: The Hotel Royal-Thalasso Barriere on Brittany’s south coast is one of the best centers of Thalasso therapy (the use of seawater and sea products – seaweed and mud – for health and beauty benefits) in all of France. Tennis, golf, and a casino are also available and Locquirec: The Grand Hotel des Bains on the north coast of Brittany offers miles of coastal walks and a luxurious spa.

The trips can be arranged for groups comprised of six or more people. The best time to visit these spas in Brittany is between October and May, but trips can be arranged anytime you need to get away.

Short Excursions

These trips are designed for travelers who enjoy exploring on their own, but appreciate a mini excursion that provides a more intimate experience with the local culture. Predominantly in France, 2-4 day trips take you to specific regions, such as a travel favorite – Normandy and the World War II beaches, or on specific outings, including to studios, museums, gardens and castles. Patti can plan a custom trip to fit your likes and travel schedule.

In the Footsteps of the Impressionists

These one day excursions go beyond the art. Spend a day viewing the works of famous impressionists. Then, depending on which artist(s) intrigue you, visit the sites where they painted, experience the restaurants they dined at, and enjoy the lunch they may have eaten.  These trips could be run singly or as a series. A minimum of 4 people is required for a day trip.  Or, consider a custom trip if 6 or more people want to do the entire week, with lodging and evening activities.  Learn more

A Day in Paris with Patti

Les Liaisons Delicieuses’ founder and owner, Patti Ravenscroft, is now at home in Paris half of the year and would love to introduce you to the Paris she has known and loved since 1966. Patti can help you discover hidden corners of Paris that only the French know. While she can put together a tour to any of the sites in and around Paris, here is a typical day exploring the intimate locations most travelers miss.

Begin your morning around Patti’s dining room table with a freshly baked croissant or a pain au chocolat and coffee at Patti’s apartment in the village des Batignolles, at the foothills of Montmartre. Over coffee, Patti will tell you about Paris’s best kept secrets—little known shops, museums, walks, gardens, restaurants, and other treasures in the City of Light. Explore the markets, shops and gardens of Batignolles on foot, followed by a cooking class and lunch at L’Atelier Guy Martin.  Learn more

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