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Asheville Culinary Getaway & Biltmore Tour

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$989 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
3 days | 2 nights

Private Cooking Class, Biltmore Estate
Admission with Wine Tasting & Guided Winery Tour

With 135 independent restaurants and 17 farmers markets, there is no shortage of foodie experiences in Asheville. This delectable package centers on the Biltmore Village, which was created in 1896 as the town site for workers at the Biltmore Estate and mirrored an old English country village. The Village is filled with unique specialty shops, art galleries and plentiful restaurant options. With accommodations in or near the unique Village, you will dine on delicious delicacies that the chef prepares before your eyes, immerse yourself in Appalachian Southern cooking, tour the historic and elegant Biltmore Estate and sample wines from the Estate.

Asheville Culinary Getaway & Biltmore Tour

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
2 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
Biltmore Estate Tour
Southern Appalachian Cooking Class
Chef's Table Dining Experience
Foraging Adventure (Optional with Fee)
AVAILABLE DATES
Year-Round, Based on Your Schedule
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In Conveniently located at the entrance of the Biltmore Estate, the Manor House at the Grand Bohemian (across the street from the main building) is central to many of Asheville’s enriching experiences. The Tudor-inspired architecture of the exquisite hotel emulates a rustic and elegant European hunting lodge. The authentic Old-World ambiance is masterfully blended with all of the modern luxuries you desire.
Gourmet Dining Experience Rezaz Restaurant and Enotecca (Italian Wine Bar) located in a historic turn of the century building where modern minimalist decor meets simple casual eloquence. Chef Reza's eastern Mediterranean background and his travels within this region enables him to showcase the wealth of flavors by using spices, herbs and freshest seasonal local ingredients in all his menu offerings. Reza offers our guests a very special Chef’s Table dining experience as you are seated right in the kitchen where you get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the kitchen dynamics during dinner hours. Reza personally coordinates your 5-course meal to your personal tastes.
Day 2
Biltmore Estate Tour Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateau remains America's largest privately owned home.
Southern Seasons – Hands-On Cooking Class Get ready to enjoy an intimate and interactive cooking class given in a turn-of-the-century cottage located in downtown Asheville. You will not only cook, but learn about local cuisine and eat some traditional southern fare with a modern twist. The menus change with the seasons and sustainable ingredients are sourced through local farmers whenever possible. The cozy home setting makes people feel warm and comfortable. It’s like going to a friend’s house for dinner, but with the bonus of an immersive culinary experience. Guests come in strangers, but leave as friends!
Day 3
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Should you desire an extended stay, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Foraging Foray (Optional) Ready to go WILD? Join Asheville’s internationally-known foraging tour company. We’ll wander through field and forest, filling our baskets with edible greens, berries, flowers, mushrooms (when in season), fruits, nuts, seeds…we never know what we might find. On this easy, three-hour stroll, you’ll meet ten to twenty wild foods, focusing on the ones you might find in your own woods or backyard. Then you get to eat what you’ve found. Either take home your "catch of the day," learn to cook it, or let one of our six partner restaurants prepare it for you. You’ll enjoy “find dining,” a memorable lesson in high-class survival. (Please contact a Culinary Travel Specialist for pricing if you would like to add this optional activity)
Grand Bohemian
Conveniently located at the entrance of the Biltmore Estate, the Manor House at the Grand Bohemian (across the street from the main building) is central to many of Asheville’s enriching experiences. The Tudor-inspired architecture of the exquisite hotel emulates a rustic and elegant European hunting lodge. The authentic Old-World ambiance is masterfully blended with all of the modern luxuries you desire. In addition it offers a full-service spa, fine art gallery, fitness center, and fine dining. Inside each of the luxurious guestrooms and suites is an atmosphere of gracious, Tudor-inspired style complete with antique fixtures, hand-carved wooden furniture, and rustic design finishes; you will delight in being pampered by all the modern luxuries synonymous with an Autograph Collection hotel. Concierge services, valet parking and in-room dining are available.
Asheville, North Carolina
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
We just returned from our Asheville, NC Biltmore culinary trip and wanted to thank you for putting together this amazing trip; it was the best vacation ever! The Residences at Biltmore were very nice, comfortable and walking distance to downtown area (where shopping & restaurants were located); Rezaz Restaurant's chef's table dining adventure was so much fun; the waiter and the chefs could not have been more attentive, and every dish was delicious (five courses included)!!; The Biltmore Estate tour was magnificent, from the home, gardens and the winery - we even saw wild turkeys on the grounds!; The Biltmore private cooking class with the Master Chefs was the highlight of this trip - every detail was perfection and the food and wine were exquisite - they even gave us a signed Biltmore Cookbook to take home! Thank you so much for putting together this culinary adventure; we highly recommend it and would go back again and again.
Linda-Jo & Lenny B. - June 2015
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