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Asheville Culinary Getaway & Biltmore Tour

Gourmet Cooking, Extraordinary Dining and the Elegant Biltmore Estate

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$1,598 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
3 days | 2 nights

Hands-On, Gourmet Cooking Class,
Biltmore Estate Admission, and Extraordinary Dining.

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 locally sourced delicacies and immerse yourself in 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: Tour inclusions can change depending upon seasonality and weather conditions.
2 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
Enhanced Biltmore Estate Tour
Customized Foodie Experience
Gourmet Dining Experience
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
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.
Customized Foodie Experience Depending on availability and chosen travel dates, enjoy a customized foodie experience which could be an interactive cooking class in a fully restored 1950s home in North Asheville, winery tour & tasting, foodie tour or dining experience at a specially selected restaurant. Our culinary travel specialists will work with you to include the best that Asheville has to offer during your travel dates.
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.
Gourmet Dining Experience Experience expertly prepared cuisine that emphasizes estate-raised and local ingredients, with world-class service inspired by the Vanderbilts. White linen tablecloths, fine china, and crystal add to the elegance, along with sweeping views of the estate. Dinner showcases the season's finest meats, seafood, and hand-crafted pastas served in a beautifully appointed setting. Awarded Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide in 2019, The Dining Room has also received Open Table Diner's Choice Awards in 2017 and 2019, and was named One of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America in 2016.
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!
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.
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.
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 had a wonderful time in Asheville! Thank you so much for your help in planning the trip. The Grand Bohemian hotel was beautiful and we appreciated the shuttle service for our cooking experience. All the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Our cooking experience was so fun! Liisa and John were the perfect hosts and shared recipes that we can easily make for our friends and family (and we won't have to reveal how easy the meal was to make!!). The Biltmore was also great! The dinner at The Inn was amazing and the views were breathtaking.
Jean and John W. - July 2023
Our Asheville getaway was great. The cooking class with Lisa and John was great fun and the food was terrific. A really nice couple. Everything about the Biltmore experience was wonderful. And, the dinner at The Dining Room at the Inn was one or our beast meals ever. We also dined at the Corner Kitchen. Best trout I've ever had. The Grand Bohemian is a great hotel. We had breakfast at the Red Stag three times and dinner there our last night. So good! Thanks for all you help. Much appreciated, as always.
Jim and Joan L. - June 2023
We just want to thank you for a most wonderful and memorable time. Chef Liisa and her husband were over the top — an enjoyment and a pleasure. Everything was fabulous thanks to you. We are thinking of you and will always remember you. On our next trip, we definitely will consult with you.
Susan and Carol - June 2021
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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