• BEST FOR… wine lovers

    Loire Valley, France

    Consider the Loire your own precious realm as tour company Butterfield and Robinson unlock magnificent châteaux for your stay. With an emphasis on fantastic wine (this is France, after all), you will uncover the mysteries of the Wine Growers Brotherhood of Chinon and learn culinary skills from Michelin-starred chef Monsieur Jean-Claude Rigollet at his home.
    Insider tip: Make sure a once-in-a-lifetime hot-air balloon ride over the wine-growing region is included on your bespoke itinerary. From US$5,700 per person for six days; butterfield.com

    DINE IN DECADENCE
    Eat alfresco in a vineyard (left), while staying in the opulent Domaine de la Tortinière (top)

    GRAND GARDENS
    Venture round the exquisite Château de Villandry (above)

    WHAT TO PACK

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    Photographs: Butterfield and Robinson

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