France for Foodies: Paris, Loire Valley & Bordeaux
- 10 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 4,500
FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Let your senses guide you on this journey to three of the most celebrated cities in France. Get a taste for Paris and explore the flavours of Montmartre. Then connect to Tours and Bordeaux to taste world-class wines, visit majestic chateaux, and sample regional dishes alongside expert guides.
This 10-day French vacation takes you to Paris, Tours, and Bordeaux to soak up French culture and sample delicious foods and wines. It features first-class accommodations and small-group tours.
Your journey through France begins in Paris, the City of Light and arguably the most popular city on the planet. Take advantage of a Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket to zip around to popular landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe, at your own pace. A boat cruise along the Seine will showcase some of the most beautiful views of the city, such as the flying buttresses of Notre Dame. A three-hour walking tour in Montmartre, the city’s bohemian heart, will introduce you to some of the city’s best bakeries and pastry shops. You’ll also head to a cheese cellar for a tasting of an array of delicious cheeses from across the nation, all expertly paired with an appropriate vintage of wine.
Say au revoir to Paris and ride the train into the Loire Valley and the city of Tours, where you’ll head on a private-guided walking tour to get to know the City of Art and History. You’ll learn about local culture, swing by a winemaker, and see landmarks, such as the gorgeous Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, with its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Head into the surrounding valley and visit the estates of Vouvray Appellation, which produces some of the best wine in the Loire Valley. You’ll visit a family-run estate and enjoy a wine tasting at a wine house along the Loire River. Another day, visit two of the most prestigious chateaux in the region: the Chateau de Chambord and the Chateau de Chenonceau.
Connect onwards to Bordeaux by train, a city synonymous with wine. A walking tour will introduce you to the city’s many flavours, from baguette to the sweet pastry canelé to aged cheeses. Based in Bordeaux, you’ll also visit Saint-Emilion, one of the prettiest villages in the region, and head to a nearby chateau to sample local wines. Later, follow the Route des Chateaux in Medoc to reach some legendary wine estates renowned around the world.
At the end of your time in Bordeaux, connect to the train station for onward travels.
- 10 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 4,500
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Arrive in Paris
Upon arrival in Paris, meet your driver and be transferred to your hotel in Paris. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Les Plumes Hotel
Les Plumes Hotel
This hotel is located in Paris, and is a popular choice for business and leisure travellers. The excitement of the city centre is only 2 km away. For those who want to venture out, Musae de la Franc-Maeonnerie, Musae Grevin, Theatre des Varietes are just …
This hotel is located in Paris, and is a popular choice for business and leisure travellers. The excitement of the city centre is only 2 km away. For those who want to venture out, Musae de la Franc-Maeonnerie, Musae Grevin, Theatre des Varietes are just some of the attractions available to visitors. Guests will be able to enjoy numerous entertainment and shopping venues as well as dining opportunities, not far from the property. The residence offers countless facilities and services which will surely enrich a stay in Paris. Pets are welcomed at this city hotel and airport transfer is also available for guest's convenience.
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Paris Hop-on, Hop-ff Tour and Seine River cruise
After breakfast, this comprehensive Paris tour allows you to discover the attractions of Paris at your own pace. Whether it is shopping, dining, history, or romance that brought you to the city of lights, this tour will help you to discover your perfect Paris. Your pass allows you unlimited hop-On, hop-Off access over a one-day period. There are 4 routes and more than 50 stops to choose from on this wonderful tour. All 4 routes are interconnected, allowing you to switch between them easily.
Your day also includes a boat cruise on the Seine River. The Seine is the epicenter of Paris, flanked by the emblematic monuments of the French capital, making it a real essence of the city. The modern riverboat "Bateau Parisien," with accessible terraces and outdoor walkways, will take you on a smooth boat ride along the river. Enjoy the beautiful panorama on this one-hour cruise and learn about the city's secrets and fascinating history. An audio guide available in 14 languages will keep you entertained. Glide past the Notre Dame cathedral and under the famous Pont Neuf. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the most iconic landmarks in Paris: Louvre Museum, Tuileries Garden, Orsay Museum, Grand Palais, Trocadero, Conciergerie, and many more.
Montmartre Walking Tour & Cheese and Wine Tasting
With this 3-hour walking tour in Montmartre, you will visit some of the best bread and pastry shops in town! You will learn why the best baguettes are in Montmartre, taste some unusual bread such as squid ink/ curry baguette or blue cheese ficelle, some financiers or fruit tarts, and much more. In this tour, be sure to learn how to recognize a good shop from an industrial one or how to find the best croissant so that you won't make the mistake again! This tour will also be the occasion to discover the streets of Montmartre village, its grapevine, and mills, as well as its best restaurants and shops. As we don't like crowded itineraries, we will use a different way from Rue Caulaincourt to Rue des Abbesses, and try to stay off the beaten path!
Later in the day, take an introduction to the French cheese and wine experience as you visit a 17th-century cheese maturing cellar in the heart of Paris. You will learn the skill of tasting exceptional cheeses and pairing them with wonderful wines. Ooh, la la! Learn and enjoy the art of tasting and pairing exceptional cheeses with wines in a historic Parisian cellar - you will never taste cheese and wine like this again! This tasting includes seven types of cheeses, two glasses of wine, and a fresh baguette.
Say Au Revoir to the City of Light and take a private transfer to the airport or train station.
Arrive in Tours
Upon arrival in Tours at St. Pierre des Corps railway station, meet your driver and be transferred to your hotel in Tours. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Hotel Oceania L'Univers Tours
Hotel Oceania L'Univers Tours
Opposite the town hall, this 4-star hotel is ready to welcome you following the creation of a spa and the complete renovation of its common areas and 91 rooms, which perfectly blend tradition, design and modernity: high ceilings, warm colours, some with hydrotherapy baths... The …
Opposite the town hall, this 4-star hotel is ready to welcome you following the creation of a spa and the complete renovation of its common areas and 91 rooms, which perfectly blend tradition, design and modernity: high ceilings, warm colours, some with hydrotherapy baths... The restaurant has also been fully refurbished. Everything has been done with the goal of conserving and showcasing the authenticity and charm of the building, with the addition of deft touches of colour, chic and elegance. The spa and well-being area boasts a superb stainless steel swimming pool that places the accent firmly on modernity. The Jacuzzi, hammam and fitness room are perfect for a break that blends relaxation and well-being. The Oceania L'Univers Tours hotel and restaurant is one those historic hotels that's deeply marked by the illustrious figures who have stayed here, to whom the hotel pays homage with an impressive gallery of portraits overhanging the immense lobby. Thanks to the new colours, materials, furniture and facilities, our hotel will offer you a truly remarkable level of comfort during your weekend or stay in Tours.
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Private Half-day Guided Walking Tour and Vourvray vineyards with tastings
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Tours and take you for a memorable walk to discover the interesting places of the city. Declared a "City of Art and History" more than 20 years ago, Tours stays true to its title boasting rich cultural and historical heritage dating back to the second century BC. During your walk, you will have the chance to stop and have an aperitif with local wine at a local producer. Finally, you will reach Place de la Cathedrale, which is a beautiful little square with two impressive religious landmarks. The first is the Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The second is the beautiful Cloitre de la Psalette, a cloister completed in the same architectural style as the cathedral. Your guide will take you inside the cathedral to explore the architecture and also share some stories and anecdotes about the area.
In the afternoon, you will get to visit two superb estates of the Vouvray Appellation, admire the wonderful vineyard landscapes and learn how to taste these elegant wines produced from one of the most well-known terroir of the Val de Loire area! You will get to meet a genuine French winemaker in a charming family-run estate! Visit the traditional vat room where hundreds of barrels are lined up. During this visit, you will improve your knowledge regarding wine-making and of course winetasting! After this, your guide will drive you to a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. All along the afternoon, you will get to know and understand better the diversity of Loire Valley wines. Your guide will help you to learn the different steps of wine-tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas. And before saying goodbye, you will get to share an aperitif with a stunning view.
Full-day Guided tour of the Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau with lunch
Spend the day discovering the Loire Valley while visiting two of its most prestigious castles: the majestic Chateau de Chambord and stunning Chateau de Chenonceau. Chateau de Chambord is a glorious historic site that will take you to the heart of the Loire Valley and the Renaissance era. Your guide will make this trip back in time a fun and captivating experience by sharing with you various facts and anecdotes about its history. We will stop for lunch off the beaten path, in a lovely and private Loire Valley chateau that was built by Jean le Breton. Start with a tour of this unique family château, where you will meet the family and discover all the authentic rooms and lovely surroundings of this haven of peace and tranquility. Next, the Château de Chenonceau is the most visited historical monument in France after the Chateau de Versailles. You will get to admire this stunning château and its unique gallery, built on a bridge across the Cher River. With your guide, take a stroll through the gorgeously-manicured gardens a la Francaise named after the famous ladies who lived there: "Catherine de Medicis" and "Diane de Poitiers". After this memorable visit, your tour guide will share with you a delightful aperitif with local products in a secret spot with a magnificent view.
Say goodbye to the Loire Valley and take a private transfer to St Pierre des Corps railway station to your onwards journey in France or beyond.
Arrive in Bordeaux
Upon arrival in Bordeaux at the main train station, meet your driver and be transferred to your hotel in Bordeaux. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Hotel La Maison Bord'eaux
Hotel La Maison Bord'eaux
It is in a former coaching inn in the 18th century that was created La Maison Bordeaux. Located in the heart of town, this intimate space is the combination of a contemporary and an old architecture. Decoration based on simplicity and comfort. The game of …
It is in a former coaching inn in the 18th century that was created La Maison Bordeaux. Located in the heart of town, this intimate space is the combination of a contemporary and an old architecture. Decoration based on simplicity and comfort. The game of colour will amaze guests with it's daring and originality. We leave voluntarily try an unique place that will make the stay even more memorable. Built around an Italian garden, the house consists of a main building, with the austere facade that looks like a Southeast building of 18th century and an old barn decorated with a horse's head stone, mane deployed. Guests can enjoy books available to them in the library.
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Bordeaux Gourmet City Walking Tour
You will start your day in the city center of Bordeaux nearby the cathedral at a bakery, where you can smell the flavors of the fresh bread just coming out of the oven and share this moment with the baker. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a canelé, the traditional sweet pastry from the area of Bordeaux. Your next stop is a "Tour de France of Cheese and Charcuterie" at a cheese store, where you will receive a detailed explanation of the production and character of famous cheeses and charcuterie.
Full Day Saint Emilion and Medoc Wine Region Tour with tastings
Today you'll visit the charming village of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a historic city dating back to the 9th century. The village is located on a hill and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards. Just outside of town, you'll get to sample the region's famous wines at a chateau that produces grand cru classé vintages. Walk through the vineyards and tour the cellars to learn about the winemaking process. The visit includes two tastings and is accompanied by hors d'oeuvres.
A picnic lunch is served at the chateau. Next, explore Médoc's famous Route des Chateaux and pass by legendary Bordeaux appellations. This specific terroir is known for its powerful reds. A visit is to an intimate estate. It's been owned and run by the same passionate family for generations. Walk in the vineyards, tour the traditional vat room, and learn the steps of a proper wine tasting in the cellars. You'll get to practice training your nose to identify wine aromas. The final visit of the day is to an estate that produces grand cru classé. Learn about winemaking from the grape through to the bottle. End the visit with a tasting paired with local specialties.
Say goodbye to the Bordeaux and take a private transfer to the train station to your onwards journey in France or beyond.
Tuesdays: July to October
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Private transfers to/from train stations (trains not included)
- 3 nights first-class accommodations in Paris
- 3 nights first-class accommodations in Tours
- 3 nights first-class accommodations in Bordeaux
- Paris Hop-on Hop-off ticket
- Seine River boat cruise
- Montmartre Walking Tour including 5 tastings of pastries and breads (max 8 guests)
- Introduction to cheese and wine including 7 types of cheeses, 2 glasses of wine, fresh baguettes
- Private Walking Tour including an aperitif with local wine
- Vouvray Vineyards Tour including wine tastings and local food (max 8 guests)
- Tour of Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau with lunch, local wines and pastries (max 8 guests)
- Bordeaux Gourmet City Walking Tour including tastings (max 8 guests)
- Full Day Saint Emilion and Medoc Wine Region Tour including oenological expert, picnic lunch and wine tastings (max 8 guests)
- Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1)
- International flights
- Train tickets between cities
- Travel insurance
- Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season with a minimum 90 day advance purchase required. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
18 Sep 2023