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Highlights of 2018 trip 

Testimonials from 2018 Loire Valley tour

Rachel Baker and her French team have put together a movable feast of incredible cultural and historical sites, such as Léonard de Vinci’s chateau at Amboise, as well as memorable explorations of wine and food from the Loire Valley. But even more importantly, French language learners, whether debutants or seasoned veterans, will benefit from the opportunities to practice their French in a supportive environment. I heartily recommend this unique travel experience that features both visits to well-known tourist attractions and meaningful interactions with local artisans, musicians, and writers.

Marcia Whitney-Schenck


Wonderful trip. Thoughtfully curated by Rachel our superb tour leader. Culturally rich with delightful surprises would unlikely be experienced on other tours. Brian Burrow

Rachel, Yopo and Zurg have put together a wonderful itinerary featuring a fine balance of the history and culture of the Loire Valley. From Neolithic dwellings and sites to modern day poetry performance accompanied by local musicians, the trip brimmed with unique experiences. Featuring gastronomic adventures, music, dancing and walks among gardens and chateaux, it provides an unequalled insight into life in the valley throughout time. However, what makes this trip outstanding is the charm and personalities of our hosts who welcomed us into their homes and lives and feted us with music, poetry, food and wine and the gracious generosity of French hospitality. Even if your language skills are rusty, there is much to be gained from this excursion, not the least of which is a desire to learn enough to return to France with a deeper appreciation of her people and maybe some better skills the next time! Nancy McPike 


Our tour leaders created a special experience for us, with an out-of-the-ordinary blend of places to visit and marvelously prepared local food and wine to enjoy.  Our guides and drivers were friendly and helpful, all the time.  I am so glad I was able to be part of this trip. Jeriann Walsh


Each day was planned well, with a variety of activities, no day having too many of the same type. Our guides were a team, who were positive and efficient leaders, enjoyable companions, and extended hospitality to us in their own homes. Anne Rollo

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