Tips and deals of the week: Raymond Blanc's Cookery School, Oxfordshire; Viator tours of Vatican, Versailles; Mercy, Lisbon


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The course

Raymond Blanc's Cookery School in Oxfordshire is offering a new course guided by chefs from his recent TV series (Nov-Dec).

The tour

Viator has launched 'Exclusives': private tours of sites including the Vatican and Versailles. Prices start at £174 per person.

The hotel

Mercy is the latest hotel to open in Lisbon, well located between the shopping district of Chiado and the lively Bairro Alto.