French Wine and Food Tour
A vacation for the true gourmand in you: Paris and Burgundy
Day 1 – Arrival in Paris
Private transfer from Paris airport to your hotel. Free time to adjust to the timezone and relax.
Day 2 – Explore Paris the unusual way
Start the day in the Latin Quarter, where a local guide will meet you and show you around the neighborhood, which is particularly known for its high quality local shops and large choice of speciality foods. You will learn about the everyday life of Parisians and enjoy your first gourmet activity. You will visit a market, a cheese shop, some bakeries and other shops with French regional specialties. You will get to taste many treats, such as foie gras, bread, cheese and wine. A day of delights!
In the afternoon, meet your guide and go on a bike ride (by electric bike) around the various neighborhoods of Paris. Glide along small streets, ride over bridges, get introduced to centuries of history. The electric bike requires little effort, is easy to use, and this tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with the city.
Day 3 – Cheese, Chocolate and French pastries in Paris
This morning, a cheese professional will open the doors to his beautiful cheese cellar in Paris and give you a taste of quality French cheeses. You will learn about the tightly controlled appellations and processes to make these cheeses, and why they are unique to each of their regions.
In the afternoon, discover the upscale and competitive world of high-quality desserts. Your guide will take you to the shops of some of the best pastry chefs in the country.These chefs are considered artists and they work hard every day to come up with new creations that are as pleasing to the palate, as they are to the eye. You will get to taste several kinds of pastries and chocolates, as well as perfect French bread.
Day 4 – Market visit and cooking class
Get ready for a truly French cooking lesson. You will create your menu like a real chef and pick up the ingredients needed from a local market. Fresh, quality produce is the key to tasty dishes, so you will learn how to select the best of the best. Then put on your apron and start chopping away with the chef’s knives. The class is a hands-on experience where the teacher will guide you through the cooking session, help you improve your technique, or simply teach you the basics if you are a beginner. When the meal is ready, gather around the table with the small group of new friends you just made, and enjoy your creations accompanied by delightful French cheeses and wines.
After a well-deserved break, you will put your taste buds back to work, this time for a few rounds of fine French wine. On this tasting you will have the chance to sample wines made in France’s premier wine regions, about 6 wines and a Champagne. Your sommelier will teach you how to tell the difference between a Bordeaux and a Côtes du Rhône, how to taste wine properly, and how Champagne is made. Learn about wine in general and French wine in particular, types of grapes and appellations. After the tasting we suggest you enjoy a nice dinner. We can tell you about our favorite restaurants and even make a reservation for you.
Day 5 – Travel to Burgundy
Transfer by high-speed train to Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. Pick up your rental car at the train station and drive to the charming town of Beaune. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day exploring the area.
Day 6 – Gourmet lunch and tour of the vineyards
Drive to the nearby village of Aloxe-Corton for a gourmet lunch paired with wines at a local winery. You will get a tour of the cellar followed by a 4-course meal and 4 wines selected specifically to match the dishes of the day. The property is located in a lovely setting in the heart of the Burgundy countryside, so feel free to go for a digestive walk afterwards. Don’t forget your camera.
After lunch join a small group for a 2-hour vineyards tour including Romanée-Conti, Clos de Vougeot, Chamberlin and others. Visit the historical monument of Clos de Vougeot, an ancient cistercian abbey with a long history of horticulture. There are records of a vineyard dating back to the 12th century. End the tour with a tasting of magnificent Grands Crus wines.
Day 7 – Biking through the vineyards and wine tasting
Enjoy a bike ride along canals and countryside trails. Follow your guide through the world-known vineyards, such as Pommard, Meursault, Aloxe-Corton, Puligny Montrachet, etc. You might not be able to pronounce their names right, but you will be able to taste these great wines.
Free time in the afternoon. We suggest that you visit Dijon and take the Grans Crus drive, or visit Tournus ,Cluny, Fontenay or Vézelay.
Day 8 – Back to Paris
Drop off the rental car at the Dijon railway station and transfer by high-speed train to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
$3,400.00 PER PERSON IN 4* HOTELS
Based on double room occupancy. Price is subject to variations according to season. Activities may be in a different order depending on availability. Additional terms and conditions apply.
- Private transfer from CDG airport to hotel in Paris
- 4 nights in a centrally located hotel in Paris
- 3-hour, small group gourmet tour in Latin Quarter
- 4-hour, small group electric bike tour
- 3-hour, small group pastry and chocolate tour
- Half day market visit and cooking class (small group)
- Wine tasting in a beautiful Parisian wine bar
- 1st class train tickets from Paris to Dijon
- 3-day car rental, compact size, manual transmission, no deductible insurance package
- 3 nights in a charming hotel in Beaune
- Gourmet lunch with wine pairing in a local winery
- 2-hour, small group Grands Crus wines tasting and guided tour
- Half day, small group biking trip through the vineyards
- 1st class train tickets from Dijon to Paris CDG airport
- Daily breakfasts
- Most taxes
- 24-hour emergency line
Package does not include:
- Personal expenses
- International airfare
- Car rental fees and extras (i.e. road fee, additional driver fee, train station/airport pick-up fee, GPS)
- Other meals aside from breakfast
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Visas or passport processing
- Baggage handling
- Handicap or disability assistance
- Extended customer support
- International driver license (recommended but not mandatory in France)