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market in Chaillot—Paris, France

Food and Wine of France

Whet your appetite for travel by following this culinary trail through France. This tour can be extended to include the regions around Dijon and Burgundy as well as Bordeaux

 

 

 

Day 1 – Paris

Welcome to Paris! After a warm welcome from your tour guide, enjoy a panoramic tour highlighting the famous landmarks followed by a transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight Paris

 

Day 2 – Paris

This morning enjoy a gourmet walking tour to introduce you to French specialties. Stop by a coffee-roasting shop, a patisserie, a chocolate shop and enjoy a meeting with a wine shopkeeper. This afternoon take time off to explore a traditional French market. Later on, discover the architecture of the capital as you enjoy a Dinner Cruise on the River Seine. Overnight Paris

 

Day 3 – Paris

After breakfast drive west to the Chateau de Versailles. Built by Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles became the home of the French royalty during the 17th Century and eventually grew to represent all that was hated about the monarchy in the build up to the revolution in 1789. Tour the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the gardens. Overnight Paris

 

Day 4 – Loire Valley

This morning depart Paris for the Loire Valley. Known as the Garden of France the Loire Valley is also famous for its cultural and architectural heritage and in particular for its world-famous castles. Visit Chenonceau, a romantic pleasure palace created from the Renaissance onwards by a series of aristocratic women.

Overnight Tours

 

Day 5 – Cycle Tour & Vineyard

Enjoy a cycle tour this morning, winding around Europe's last untamed river – the River Loire. Follow the dedicated cycling tracks and travel through historic towns and villages in which the local ''tuffeau'' stone dominates. Take time to admire castles overlooking the river, gardens and vineyards, landscapes and light effects. Later today stop at a local vineyard and enjoy a private tasting of a few wines before returning to our hotel. This evening attend a special “Son et Lumière” presentation at nearby Chateau Amboise. Overnight Tours

 

Day 6 – Normandy

Leave Tours and head up to Calvados country – Normandy! Along the way drive through Le Mans – the home of the 24 hour racing car marathon. On arrival in Bayeux, Normandy, see the cathedral and the unique Bayeux Tapestry which depicts William of Normandy’s victory over King Harold of England in the 11th Century. Evening is at leisure. Overnight Bayeux

 

Day 7 – Normandy - Culinary Tour

After breakfast meet with a local chef and spend the morning at a traditional French market. Enjoy tastings of the local delicacies while buying the fresh ingredients for today’s cooking lesson. After the visit join the chef in his kitchen and learn how to prepare a traditional French dish. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Bayeux at leisure. Overnight Bayeux

 

Day 8 – Normandy - D-Day Beaches

This morning explore the historic D Day landing beaches of Normandy. museums, cemetaries and memorials will vary depending on interest of the group. In the early evening take time to relax or explore the local seaside towns of Deauville and Honfleur before having dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Bayeux

 

Day 9 – Cider & Calvados

Visit a Norman Cider and Calvados farm this morning. Enjoy a tour of the orchard and the cider machinery before having a typical Norman lunch - homemade pastries, old-fashioned rice-pudding and a glass of cider! Overnight Bayeux

 

Day 10 – Leisure Time

Today is free for last minute souvenir shopping or browsing the local markets one last time! Late afternoon return to Paris for overnight and farewell dinner in a nice typical restaurant. Overnight Paris

 

Day 10 – Departure

This morning we depart for CDG airport.

River Seine

Chateau de Versailles

Loire Valley

Chenonceau palace

noRmandy cider farm

apple cider

Bayeux

Some of the tour’s sights.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

Our tours are tailor made to the exact specifications of the group planner. Please contact us for your custom quotation and itinerary.

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