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Heaven in the Hills of Umbria

Todi, Italy

Undulating hills, speckled with centuries-0ld, ocher-colored villas, surrounded by olive orchards and vineyards, glisten under the brilliant blue sky. This is Umbria, Tuscany’s breath-taking neighbor, relatively untouched by tourism. If this sounds like heaven, join us at the Villa Tre Grazie, a magnificent 16th-century villa perched on a hilltop overlooking the Tiber valley, with panoramic views of the rooftops and spires of Todi with her lovely Renaissance temple.

The Villa Tre Grazie (Three Graces), is surrounded by two hectares of gently rolling land including an olive orchard, a fruit orchard and formal gardens with terraced swimming pool and bath house.
During our weeklong sojourn, we will learn to make handmade pastas, pizzas cooked in the Villa Tre Grazie’s own 16th-century outdoor brick oven and many other Umbrian specialties. In addition to these hands-on cooking classes with local experts, we will taste the very best regional wines, cheeses and olive oils, shop for fine hand-painted Italian ceramics and hand-woven Italian fabrics in Deruta and Montifalco, and enjoy in depth tours of Orvieto and Assisi.
To round out this extraordinary week, we will take a stroll in the Umbrian hills, to enjoy the stunning views of the countryside. Andiamo!!

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

• Arrive at the Villa Tre Grazie in the late morning in time for a buffet lunch in the garden.
• Afternoon free for relaxing in the garden, swimming (weather permitting) or napping.
• Aperitivos al fresco at sunset.
• Festive Welcome Dinner at home in the Villa.

Day 2

• Breakfast at home in the Villa.
• Morning cooking class on hand-made pastas with several sauces taught by a very special local expert followed by lunch.
• Afternoon visit to Orvieto with plenty of time to see the sites and to shop.
• Dinner at home in the Villa.

Day 3

• Breakfast at home in the Villa.
• Morning visit in Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208. We will have a private tour of the Basilica of St. Francis, including the magnificent Giotto frescoes and other important historical sites.
• Late lunch.
•Afternoon visit to the home and painting studio of two remarkable American artists, Alan Feltus and Lani Irwin.
• Dinner at home in the Villa.

Day 4

• Breakfast at home in the Villa.
•After breakfast, we will heat up the 16th-century outdoor brick oven for our afternoon cooking class.
• Morning visit to a farm making some of the best local cheeses. We will be able to watch the cheese-making process and taste the cheeses at various stages of development.
• Visit to Deruta to shop for hand-painted Italian ceramics, both new and collector pieces. We will have a special private tour with Grazie, owner of MOD ceramics and close friends of the Villa Tre Grazie’s owners.
• Lunch in the Old Town of Deruta.
• Late afternoon pizza cooking class using the Villa’s brick oven.
• Dinner at the Villa feasting on our very own hand made pizzas and salads.

Day 5

• Breakfast at home in the Villa.
• Morning visit to the charming city of Montifalco, noted for its lovely 14th century church, San Francesco, and special hand-woven Italian fabrics. We will visit the very best fabric shops for excellent shopping.
• Lunch at the Alchemist, a delicious local trattoria.
• Afternoon wine tasting in Montifalco where we will taste the Sagrantino di Montifalco chosen by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas for their wedding!
• Dinner at home.

Day 6

• Breakfast at the Villa.
• Morning hike in the Umbrian hills around Todi, OR free time for shopping in Todi, or relaxing in the garden.
• Lunch together in Todi.
• Farewell Dinner.

Day 7

• Linger over a final breakfast at the Villa Tre Grazie.
• Return to the Rome airport or Todi train station in the late morning.

 

Accommodations & Cost

Accommodations: Villa Tre Grazie is a magnificent private 16th-century villa, complete with orchards, gardens and swimming pool. All participants stay in the Villa Tre Grazie’s lovely bedrooms.
Included in the cost: 6 nights accommodations; all ground transportation; all meals including aperitivos and carefully selected regional wines; all cooking classes; and all sightseeing and private visits as described above. Limited to ten class participants.
Not Included in Cost: Airfare to and from Rome, Italy. Alcoholic beverages except as specified in the program.
Cost: $4990 per person in a double room. $600 single supplement.
Important note: substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.
Deposit: $1000 per person.

 

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Sailing in the Turkish Isles

with French Chef Reine Sammut

Sails Full, Turkey

Sails Full, Turkey

Turkey has 300 days of sunshine, a gorgeous coastline of untouched bays bordered by the Taurus Mountains and an impressive number of diverse, ancient Lycian, Pamphylian and Greco-Roman cities bathed in sunlight.

The cradle of sailing since the dawn of civilization, Turkey offers a multitude of idyllic cruises along the lacy coasts and golden beaches of the turquoise Aegean and Mediterranean seas. History and culture combined with the warm hospitality of the locals and their picturesque villages make sailing along the Turkish coast an unforgettable experience. Most of these fabulous ancient sites can only be reached by boat!

If this sounds like your dream come true, join us and let yourself be transported to a world of virgin islands, protected inlets and quiet bays carved in a land of natural and archeological treasures which bear witness to 5000 years of history and mythology. Lounge on the deck, swim, dive, and let yourself be immersed in heavenly surroundings while the boat takes you leisurely along the coast. Every night, we will anchor in a different harbor and enjoy different Turkish specialties, many of which we will cook with our chef, Reine Sammut ( a Michelin 1-star from Lourmarin, France).
Reine will be our hostess / chef / friend all week long as we explore the markets, treasured sites, and cook the healthiest, most delicious food imaginable.

Trip Itinterary

Turkey with Chef Reine Sammut

Turkey with Chef Reine Sammut

Day 1

  • Arrive at the Dalaman airport in the afternoon, where we will be met and taken to the Marina Gocek, in the Bay of Fethiyé
  • Settle into your cabins on-board the Fratello, beautifully equipped for our idyllic cruise
  • Cocktails and introduction to the crew
  • Welcome dinner on-board with Chef Reine Sammut

Day 2

  • Morning cooking class on classic Turkish cuisine
  • After the class, a swim before lunch
  • Lunch, feasting on our creations
  • Afternoon exploration of Gocek
  • Dinner on-board

Day 3

  • Gocek
  • A full day exploring Gocek and its 12 islands
  • Breakfast, cooking class, swim, lunch, siesta
  • Another lovely dinner at nightfall

Day 4

  • Fethiyé
  • A morning visit on land to Fethiyé after breakfast. The visit will include the marvelous traditional market, the Acropolis, the tombs of Telmessos, and the Roman amphitheatre. Fethiyé is also known for its colorful bazaar, where we will do some wonderful shopping.
  • Return to the boat for lunch
  • Tea time and cooking class in the late afternoon
  • Apertifs and dinner on-board.
Sailing on Fratello, Turkey

Sailing on Fratello, Turkey

Day 5

  • Fethiyé – Baba Adasi
  • Leave Fethiyé after breakfast
  • A day of sailing and discovering the beautiful coastline treasures, arriving at Baba Adasi, a tiny island with an amazing ancient lighthouse. We will enjoy lunch, tea, swimming and dinner as we sail.
  • We will moor in a beautiful inlet with stunning cliffs

Day 6

  • Baba Adasi – Ekincik
  • Leave Baba Adasi after breakfast for a day of sailing en route to Ekincik
  • A morning swim, cooking class, and lunch
  • In the afternoon, we will explore the most important cultural sites including the tombs of renowned Lycians in the cliffs
  • On land we will visit the ruins of this ancient village, incredibly well-preserved with its Greek/Roman Theatre and Thermal Baths.
  • We will return to our boat, the Fratello, for dinner

Day 7

  • Last swim and lunch before returning to Gocek
  • Afternoon visit to Gocek and its bazaar to purchase a few more treasures
  • Aperitifs at sunset followed by a sublime farewell dinner

Day 8

  • Tranfers to the Dalaman airport after breakfast

Accommodations & Cost

Accommodations: A cruise on Le Fratello, beautifully equipped with deluxe staterooms, each with a private bathroom with a shower.

Included in the cost: Seven-nights accommodations on board; all ground transportation; all meals including aperitifs and carefully selected wines; all cooking classes; and all sightseeing and private visits as described above. Limited to ten people.

Not Included in Cost: Airfare to and from Dalaman airport.

Cost: $4,990.00 per person, single supplement $2000.00. Important note: substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.

Deposit: $1000.00 per person.

Register for this trip — check-out the general information section about Les Liaisons Délicieuses trips — see what other travelers have to say — check for when this trip is scheduled or discuss a custom trip based on this itinerary.

A Day in Paris with Patti

Enjoy a cup of coffee with Patti in the heart of Paris where Patti offers insights to local and favorite sites. After breakfast, walk through the Square des Batignolles, an exquisite little neighborhood park, before going on to a delightful, delicious covered market nearby.
After the market visit, you have three possibilities:

1. A return to Patti’s apartment for a personally and carefully prepared delicious lunch.

2. A cooking class and lunch at L’Atelier Guy Martin, the cooking school of Michelin 2-star chef Guy Martin.

3. A 3-course lunch with Patti at one of her favorite restaurants, which includes wine and an opportunity to meet the chef.

If you would like to spend an evening with Patti as a separate activity, there are two possibilities:

1. A gourmet dinner at the Ravenscroft’s Paris apartment with Patti and her husband, Kent. We will begin with aperitifs and continue with a first course, main course, cheese, and dessert, all paired with delicious wines.

2. Dinner with Patti at a restaurant of your choice. Patti will make the reservation and dine with you, helping you select the very best food and wine the restaurant has to offer. Patti can also arrange shopping tours in Paris for antiques, fashion, and home decorations. ‘A Day with Patti in Paris’ can be scheduled any day but Monday (the Market is closed) when Patti is in Paris between early October and early May.

This is ideal for 2-6 travelers.

Pricing is based on travelers’ custom desires, which generally ranges from 100 € – 250 € ($130 – $325) per day, including food and wine.

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