A Weekend Getaway to Burgundy

Renowned for fabulous wines, gastronomic specialties, and UNESCO World Heritage listed sites, Burgundy is truly a must-see part of France. A weekend getaway to Burgundy is the perfect amount of time take in the fine wines, gourmet foods, stunning landscapes and rich cultural experiences.


A Weekend Getaway to Burgundy

How to Get to Burgundy

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From Paris, Burgundy can easily reached by either car or train. The high speed TGV train from Paris to Dijon takes just over 90 minutes. For a leisurely drive, it’s possible to reach Beaune from Paris in a little over three hours. Getting from Dijon to Lyon is equally as convenient by TGV train or car – both take under two hours.

Day One: Private Cooking Class and Custom Wine Tasting

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Begin your weekend getaway in Burgundy in gourmet style. Enjoy a market visit, cooking class, and a gourmet lunch followed by a custom wine tasting.

In the morning, you’ll head to the cooking school in Beaune for a full day of exploring, cooking, and tasting. This class is designed to introduce you to the delightful gastronomic culture of the region. Highlights include a morning market tour, a two-hour hands-on cooking class, a Champagne apéritif followed by a seven-course menu including a local cheese course, and a Burgundian wine pairing hand-selected from a wine shop.

The menu changes constantly depending on the season. It is always full of new surprises from favorite artisan food producers and from cooking school’s own potager. Participate and learn as the chefs explain and demonstrate the classic French culinary techniques used in each recipe, from sautéing to searing to sauce-making. Afterwards, head up to the airy third-floor dining room for a leisurely lunch. Gather around a zinc-topped table for a convivial lunch in simple French fashion, next to a wall of windows overlooking the atrium below. Candles will be lit and Champagne flutes will be filled.

After lunch, enjoy a one hour custom wine tasting. Your wine expert will enlighten immerse you into the world of Burgundy wines. Select six sought-after cuvées and learn how to assess the qualities of outstanding wine. During this private session you’ll discover your wine profile, the most remarkable terroirs of Burgundy, biodynamic winemaking techniques, as well as how to connect with your senses. It’s the perfect introduction into the world of Burgundy wines!

Where to Stay in Burgundy
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Hôtel Le Cep

This 5-star hotel is an institution in Beaune. It’s ideally situated in the heart of medieval Beaune, just minutes away from the famous Hospices de Beaune. The hotel owes its charm to the merging of two private mansions and their historical 16th century courtyards.

The rooms are all decorated with antiques collected throughout the years and each room is named after a Burgundian village or Grand Cru wine. The choice of the different fabrics, antique furnishings and refined décor make for a warm atmosphere.

The restaurant proposes a cuisine influenced by the region. There are traditional dishes from Burgundy that are revisited by the Chef. The setting is cozy and refined with a contemporary decor.

At the end of the day, guests can relax in the bar. In the winter, enjoy the comfortable atmosphere whilst sipping a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. In the summer, relax in the sun bathed 14th century courtyard.

The hotel’s luxurious spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages.

Day Two: Discover the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits Wines

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Spend day two on the weekend getaway to Burgundy discovering two remarkable styles of wines: Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. 27 appellations, 36 communes and over 1,200 climats make up the incredible landscape. Over centuries, winegrowers have worked extensively to refine the terroir.

In this exceptional full-day tour, learn about the concept of terroir, invented over 2,000 years ago in Burgundy. You’ll discover the influence of geology on Burgundy wines, the diversity of terroirs of the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits through their geological complexities and a precise study of the landscape, the work of the winemakers, how Burgundy wines are classified, the ever important concept of climate and more.

Your expert local guide is an expert in Burgundy wines (and completely bilingual). The day includes three private visits where you will taste both white and red wines and young and old vintages – 20 wines in total including 12 Premiers Crus and Grands Crus and a minimum of eight Clos. This is a unique moment to discover the true diamonds of the Burgundy terroir: Clos de Tart, Clos de la Roche, and Clos des Lambrays.

Where to Stay in Burgundy
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La Borde

Some twenty kilometers from Auxerre in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, this 5-star hotel is an estate made up of an authentic 14th-century stately residence and seven hectares of wooded grounds.

The six rooms hold French names for various flowers, from aubépine to tulipe, and sit regally beneath timbered ceilings. Some rooms have fireplaces, while all come with Jacuzzi tubs.

Enjoy a memorable dinner made with local products at the hotel’s restaurant. Many of the dishes come from vegetables grown in the hotel’s vast garden, where guests can also time wandering through.

Guest can truly enjoy the passing of time here: between the bucolic walks, the heated outdoor pool, the spa and the fitness center.


A weekend getaway to Burgundy is a perfect escape to the French countryside, especially for food and wine lovers. French Side Travel would love to help you plan a dream trip to France with a custom, completely tailor-made itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Paris, the South of France, Normandy, and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process.

France from the Water: Cruises in Every Region

For a unique perspective of France, one of the best things to do is take in the scenery from the water. Read on to discover French Side Travel’s list of fabulous cruises in every region.


France from the Water: Cruises in Every Region

Full-Day Cruise Along the Côte d’Azur

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Embark in Cannes for a fabulous full-day cruise along the Côte d’Azur. Here you will truly see the best of France from the water! Travel to Monaco where you’ll disembark and have time to enjoy. Discover the city, do some shopping, and enjoy a fabulous lunch in the port. After lunch, head towards Mala Bay for a relaxing afternoon swim in the crystal clear waters. Pass by the stunning Villefranche-sur-Mer bay with views of the port and colorful village. The special cruise will culminate with a view of the sun setting over Cannes.

Traditional Pinasse Boat Tour from Arcachon

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Enjoy the highlights of the breathtaking Arcachon Bay on a traditional pinasse boat. Sail through the small channels, past oyster beds, picture-perfect beaches, l’Île aux Oiseaux (Bird Island), and Lège-Cap Ferret’s charming villages. While on board you’ll be able to sip champagne and enjoy a fabulous picnic of local dishes. It is sure to be a memorable day!

Where to Stay in Bordeaux
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Les Sources de Caudalie

Located between vineyards and forests, just 20 minutes from Bordeaux’s city center, this 5-star hotel was designed using recycled local materials to create a collection of state-of-the-art buildings that are perfectly in tune with the idyllic surroundings.

Each of the rooms boasts a unique decor, featuring antiques, collectible furniture, and fine draperies. Most of them have a terrace or a balcony with a beautiful view on the vineyards or on the lake.

Set in a former orangery, modeled on an ornamental, 18th-century glasshouse, the two Michelin-star restaurant invites you to savor the chef’s brilliant cuisine. On nice days, enjoy lunch or dinner in the sunshine, on the terrace overlooking the lake and the vine-covered slopes.

The spa offers unique treatments combining the virtues of natural hot spring water with the most recent scientific discoveries of the benefits of grapes and grapevines.

Private Champagne Cruise along the Marne River

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Experience the Champagne region differently: while sipping Champagne and cruising in a lovely wooden boat from the 1920s. Your local, knowledgeable skipper will take you along one of the great French rivers to meet France’s most celebrated wine. Travel from one village to the next as you discover a serene and peaceful way to see the vineyards from a different angle. There will of course be plenty of Champagne included with the cruise, but you will also get to enjoy a picnic with regional specialties.

Discover Cassis and the Calanques on a Luxury Boat with a Skipper  

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Enjoy full-day aboard a luxury boat as your skipper takes you to see the fabulous Calanques National Park and Cassis. The Calanques are white limestone cliffs interspersed with secluded coves and beaches. The National Park stretches between Marseille and Cassis’s coastline and offers a playground for hiking, snorkeling, sunbathing, and, of course, sailing. Afterwards, discover the gorgeous Cassis port. Stop for lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant with a breathtaking view over Cap Canaille. During the afternoon your skipper will show you the best places to snorkel and swim in the area!

Experience the Loire Valley’s Domaine de Noiré Vineyards with A Picnic and Boat Cruise

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This unique experience will truly immerse you in the best of the Loire Valley with fabulous scenery, an up-close look at a vineyard, a picnic with local products, and a cruise on a traditional boat. Start with a visit of Chinon before arriving at the Domaine de Noiré to get to know all of the work that goes into producing wine. You’ll take a carriage ride through the vineyards to reach a gastronomic, chef-prepared picnic along the banks of the Vienne River. After lunch, cruise the Vienne River and take in the unusual views from a traditional gabare boat.

Cruise on an a Traditional Sailboat from Cancale

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Your expert local guide is a dyed-in-the-wool Breton passionate about sailing. He will take you aboard on his traditional Breton sail boat. The boat is one of the first copies of the legendary regional fishing boats that date back to the 18th century. Your captain is not only a skilled and certified sailing instructor, but is also passionate about Breton history. On this authentic and quite atypical cruise, discover an unusual look at France from the water. Take in the the regional heritage, listen to historical anecdotes, relive the 18th-century lives of fishermen, and observe the flora and fauna from the unique perspective off this magnificent bay. Cancale is the self-proclaimed oyster capital of France. You should not miss the occasion to treat yourself to a tasting paired with a fine glass of white at one of the many stalls on the harbor!

Where to Stay in Brittany
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Villa Tri Men
This lovely 4-star property is surrounded by magnificent grounds, overlooking the estuary of the Odet river, next to Sainte-Marine port.

An elegant bourgeois house originally built in 1913 and transformed into a hotel in 2003, this villa offers decor to perfectly match its history. The villa was renovated in 2018, adding more charm and comfort to a place with so much character and history. There are 16 rooms and three cottages and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Trois Rochers.

Sainte-Marine is a small welcoming port between wild nature, magnificent beaches and local culture. It possesses a unique atmosphere that will make you come and come back.

The Ultimate Dinner Cruise in Paris

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Enjoy a unique six-course meal experience aboard the most prestigious boat on the Seine River, beloved chef Alain Ducasse’s Ducasse Sur Seine. Your table is reserved with the most beautiful view on the entire boat. Arrive early and enjoy a glass of Champagne on the deck of the boat overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Soon you’ll be off, quietly cruising along the Seine River in a 100% electric boat. Throughout the entire cruise you’ll delight in spectacular views over the most beautiful landmarks of the capital along the journey.

In-between courses take a moment to step outside on the deck of the boat and enjoy the amazing scenery as you pass by. You’ll see it all from the Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, and Notre Dame to the famous bridges of Paris, and of course the Eiffel Tower. True Parisian romance at its best, this exceptional cruise and experience is sure to be one you’ll never forget.


We hope we’ve inspired you see France from the water. Fabulous cruises await you in each region! French Side Travel would love to help you plan a dream trip to France with a custom, completely tailor-made itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Paris, the South of France, Normandy, and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

France by Bike

In the past, discovering France by bike used to be reserved only for the adventurous. Now, with the rising popularity of e-bikes, it’s possible for almost anyone to enjoy biking in France, families included. Read on to discover the best ways to experience the gorgeous scenery and culture in France by bike.


France by Bike

Discover Nice’s Fabulous Panoramic Views from an E-Bike

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This bike tour will bring you to Nice’s most beautiful viewpoints. It’s usually a place that’s difficult to reach, but thanks to your electric bike you’ll be able to easily climb to one of the most magnificent panoramic views along the Côte d’Azur.

The ride is not only filled with scenery, but will give you a wonderful overview of the city of Nice. Start the tour at the Port of Nice. You’ll then ride uphill on the “Castle Hill,” from where you can admire the beautiful views of the City and the Italian Alps. Next, pass by the lovely Place Masséna located just at the gates of the old town. Finish with Place Garibaldi before heading back to the port.

Provençal Charm Bike Tour with Wine and Olive Oil Tastings

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The day begins in the fabled town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The town is renowned for its most famous visitor: Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh spent the last year of his life in Saint-Rémy, tirelessly painting the countryside and completing some of his most important works.

After discovering Saint-Rémy, cycle along the base of the Alpilles mountains where the chiseled limestone cliffs meet vast olive groves. Stop for a tasting of some of the region’s most coveted olive oils. Rounding the mountains, you’ll pass the sleepy villages of Saint-Étienne and Fontvieille. The charming square in Fontvieille practically begs for a pause café. Afterwards, take seldom-used roads to climb through the heart of the Alpilles.

You’ll then reach the perched medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence, listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Take the time to visit the village and enjoy a leisurely lunch before the real fun begins: enjoy a wine tasting at a small, family-run estate before cycling back to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Where to Stay in Provence
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Villa Gallici

This intimate 5-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence is just a few minutes walk to the historic center. The elegant design is evocative of a bygone era with antique furniture, ornate woodwork, and fine textiles.

Rooms and suites are large, feature modern amenities, and offer a view over the garden. Some also include a terrace.

Guests can enjoy access to a spa and wellness area, a large garden, and an outdoor heated pool. There is also a gourmet restaurant onsite, which combines Provençal classics with modern cuisine.

Private Guided Bike Tour Along the Banks of the Seine River in Paris

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Take in the most iconic sights of the French capital while cruising along the banks of the Seine River, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting on the Rive Droite (Right Bank) of the Seine. Cross the Pont Notre-Dame to kick off this adventure and discover Paris’ winding history. From Notre Dame Cathedral to the Eiffel Tower and from the Palais de Chaillot to the Musée du Louvre – you will enjoy the most beautiful perspectives that the city has to offer.

During the tour, your professional guide will point out the prestigious monuments and multiple treasures of Paris. Discover fascinating facts and trivia about the beautiful old streets, monuments, and people. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs along the way.

Full-Day of History and Wine in Saint-Émilion

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The day begins with a guided walking tour through the charming UNESCO World Heritage classified village of Saint-Émilion, which dates from the Middle Ages. You’ll discover much of its fascinating history. Then, it’ll be time to start pedaling to the first château: a beautiful and charming family-run estate located in the heart of Saint-Émilion vineyards.

After a delightful lunch, visit the vat house and cellar where you will discover the traditional way of making wine. Afterwards, you’ll take an easy ride through the beautiful vineyards and see prestigious properties such as Château Pétrus or Château Cheval Blanc – regarded among the best wineries in Bordeaux. Stop for a visit and tasting at a Classified Growth château on the edge of Saint-Émilion to learn more about the winemaking process from grape to bottle. Enjoy a final tasting to finish off the day.

Discover the Châteaux, Wine, and Scenery of the Loire Valley by Bike

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Discover some of the most incredible châteaux in France by bike. Visit the Château de Villandry, one of the last châteaux built during the Renaissance period, where you will see one of the finest examples of Renaissance garden design in all of France. Afterwards, bike along the banks of the Loire River to an old fisherman’s village. Stop for a picnic lunch on the riverside, complete with local delicacies and wine.

Next, play amateur photographer in Rigny-Ussé where you can admire the exceptional exterior architecture of the Renaissance castle. The view of the château from the bridge over the Indre is quite simply stunning. At the end of the day, stop in one of the vineyards in Vouvray to visit a cellar and taste the delicious local sparkling wine of the Loire terroir.

Biking and Kayaking in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the antique capital of Provence, is also known as the Provençal Venice. Its quays are lined with ancient waterwheels, and the whole village is set on a tiny island surrounded by the emerald waters of the Sorgue River. After taking in the town’s picturesque streets, ride into the heart of the countryside. Quickly the town gives way to farmland: ancient farmhouses are surrounded by apple and pear orchards. You’ll be completely off the beaten-path. The guide will lead you through small and flat country roads with very little traffic.

Stop for lunch at a restaurant in Fontaine de Vaucluse, a pretty village centered around a beautiful greenish-blue pool water from the Sorgue River. After lunch, ride to Lagnes where you’ll descend the clear emerald colored Sorgue River by canoe before returning back at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. 

Where to Stay in Burgundy
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Hôtel Le Cep

Ideally situated in the heart of medieval Beaune, just minutes away from the famous Hospices de Beaune and the Notre-Dame Basilica, this 5-star hotel is a genuine institution. The hotel owes its charm to the merging of two private mansions and their historical 16th century courtyards.

The 62 rooms, of which 32 are suites, are all decorated with antiques collected throughout the years and each room is named after a Burgundian village or Grand Cru wine.

The restaurant proposes a cuisine that is mainly influenced by the region as well as traditional dishes from Burgundy that are revisited by the Chef. The setting is heartwarming, refined and the decor contemporary.

At the end of the day, guests can settle down to enjoy a drink or regional Cru. In the winter, enjoy the comfortable atmosphere whilst sipping a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, and in the summer relax in the sun-bathed 16th century courtyard. The hotel’s luxurious spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages.

Full-Day Private Wine and Bike Tour in Burgundy

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Discover the terroir and vineyards of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy by bike. You’ll pedal through the vineyards and experience the wine and terroir of the region. Cycle through some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world while admiring the authentic and traditional landscapes. Between châteaux, estates, and vineyards you’ll absorb plenty of history and culture thanks to your wine and cycling professional guide.

Start the day with a visit and tasting at Château de Chassagne-Montrachet. Next, bike to Puligny-Montrachet for lunch at a traditional restaurant, or enjoy a picnic outside weather permitting. Afterwards, continue your journey back to Beaune with a stop at Pommard for another tasting. Throughout the day you’ll see some of the most beautiful landscapes and villages in Burgundy such as Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and more.


We hope we’ve inspired you to discover France by bike. French Side Travel would love to help you plan a dream trip to France with a custom, completely tailor-made itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Paris, the South of France, Normandy, and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

The Ultimate Foodie Experiences in France: Part One

A wonderful way to get a look into life in France is by visiting local food markets. French Side Travel has a fabulous network of expert guides and professional chefs to show you the best of the each market along with regional and seasonal specialties. Read on to discover part one of the ultimate foodie experiences in France.


The Ultimate Foodie Experiences in France: Part One

Aix-en-Provence: Private Market Tour and Cooking Class

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Immerse yourself into the Provençal way of life and spend a half a day shopping, cooking, and eating like a real Aixois. Aix-en-Provence has a rich history filled with numerous traditional foods. You’ll start your day learning more about this history. Then, you’ll head to the market held in a 700-year-old square where you’ll meet local producers and sample their varied specialties. 

Learn how to choose the best produce before heading to a cooking school in the old town. With the assistance of the head chef, you’ll transform fresh, seasonal ingredients into a tasty three-course meal. You’ll learn about traditional Provençal recipes and infuse them with a modern flair. Simplicity, flavor, and fresh ingredients are the keys to family-style cooking in France. After the cooking is done, you’ll gather around the table with local wines to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Avignon: Private Market Tour, Cooking Class, and Wine Tour

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Start the morning by meeting your local chef in front of Marché Les Halles, a covered market filled with fresh and colorful foods. It’s a favorite place to shop for both locals and chefs alike. Together, you’ll choose the best products to use during your cooking lesson with a focus on local and seasonal foods. Since you and the chef will design the meal together, you’ll also create recipe cards during the cooking lesson.

When the cooking is finished, enjoy an apéritif. You’ll learn interesting tricks and tidbits on food and wine pairings. You’ll sit down and enjoy lunch with the chef where you’ll have interesting and informal discussions about your experience and culture in France. After lunch, you’ll depart for an afternoon wine tour. In each cellar you visit you’ll discover the history of the estate. The owners will welcome you personally and lead you on a visit of the winery with explanations about the harvest.

Where to Stay in Bordeaux
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Yndo Hotel

The beautiful 5-star hotel was formerly a private 19th-century mansion. The decor expertly blends late 19th-century sophistication think moldings, ceiling rosettes, and ceiling heights – with modern flourishes. Located in the heart of historic Bordeaux, by the Place Gambetta and Cours de l’Intendance, the hotel is a perfect base from which to explore.

Each room has its own identity with customized decoration. However, two constant characteristics should be highlighted – an element of understatement to create a calming atmosphere and specially crafted furniture. Everything has been thought out down to the last detail.

The inner courtyard is a relaxing place to enjoy breakfast or an aperitif under a splendid magnolia. Hotel guests will have exclusive access to the restaurant. Discover a selection of top-quality seasonal products to delight your taste buds. Everything served is made in-house.

Bordeaux: Gourmet Walk and Cooking Class with a Professional Chef

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The city of Bordeaux is best explored on foot, and our favorite tours always include food and wine. A professional chef will be your guide for this gourmet experience. You’ll start with a walk around Bordeaux where the chef will lead you to his favorite market. Discover an abundance of local specialties from Southwest France.

Take your pick among the fabulous foods to select your ingredients. You’ll then return to the cooking school for a class with lunch to follow. The chef will help you learn and master both simple and more complex French cooking techniques. Throughout the preparation of your starter, main course, and dessert you’ll get a fabulous overview of French cuisine. After enjoying an apéritif you’ll sit down to enjoy your meal, paired with local Bordeaux wines of course.

Burgundy: Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

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Spend a full day discovering the various specialties of Burgundian cuisine and wines during the ultimate gourmet tour. You’ll taste it all including charcuterie, cheeses, macarons, chocolates, breads, pastries, and more. Depending on the season and on which day you visit, your expert guide will select a market to visit. It could be a local market in a village next to the vineyards, in Beaune, or the famous Halles de Dijon. In each place you’ll be sure to meet local producers and farmers.

Throughout the day, sample fabulous regional products including truffles, jambon persillé, gingerbread, cassis from Dijon, anise candies, chocolates, pastries, and, bien sûr, the famous Dijon mustard. The afternoon will be spent traveling through the legendary Côte de Nuits or Côte de Beaune vineyards. You’ll also see châteaux, former abbeys, Romanesque churches, and charming villages on the Grands Crus Road.

The best of the day will be saved for last. You’ll stop in a traditional cellar for a comparative Burgundy wine tasting including white and red wines and Premier Crus and Grand Crus. Your guide will show you how to pair the local products selected during the day with the wines.

Paris: Aligre Market and Montmartre Gourmet Walking Tour

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You will have the opportunity to discover two of the most famous places for food in the City of Light. Your local expert guide will take you to the bustling and vibrant Aligre market, which has both indoor and outdoor components. You’ll experience an absolute explosion of colors and flavors. You’ll quickly see why it’s regarded as a foodie paradise. Take a moment to recharge with a coffee break à la française before continuing your visit to all the best food shops in the area, where you’ll of course enjoy tastings!

Your next stop will be Montmartre to discover more incredible food shops. You’ll visit the best boulangeries, pâtisseries, and specialty shops. Your guide will also point out historic and delicious restaurants, the famous Montmartre vineyards, and two mills. You’ll finish the tour at the base of Sacré Coeur, where you’ll be in a prime position to continue exploring Montmartre. Your guide will be happy to give you some more tips to make the most out of the rest of your day!

Where to Stay in Paris
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Relais Christine

This 5-star hotel was a former 16th century home in the heart of the Left Bank, built on the remains of a 13th century abbey. This delightful and discreetly luxurious boutique hotel has managed to preserve the intimacy of the private residence it once was.

Between its flowered courtyard and private garden, it is a haven of peace. It’s perfectly located in Saint-Germain next to many restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

On one or two levels, each of the 48 rooms and suites offers a unique atmosphere and is decorated with rich fabrics, some with original wooden beams, some with a more contemporary touch. Two rooms and two suites share a unique private garden.
Many options for families with various connecting options and single units for four people.

Each morning, the stunning vaulted breakfast room offers a rich buffet. To have a drink and unwind in front of the fireplace, try the lounge and its honor bar. Room service is available 24/7. Let the hotel pamper you in the Spa offering sauna, jacuzzi, treatments by Carita or keep in shape in the one of-its-kind vaulted fitness room.


We hope part one of the list of ultimate market experiences in France helps to inspire future travel. French Side Travel would love to help you plan a dream trip to France with a custom, completely tailor-made itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Paris, the South of France, Normandy, and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

The Best of Burgundy

For wine aficionados, Burgundy in Eastern France is a must-visit region. Thanks to the vineyards’ privileged location and a favorable climate, the area produces some of the world’s great wines. But there’s more to Burgundy than just great wines: think a fascinating history, rich culture, and strong gastronomic traditions. Read on to discover French Side Travel’s list of the best of Burgundy.


The Best of Burgundy for Food and Wine Lovers

Tour Historic Beaune

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An absolute must-visit in Burgundy is Beaune, a fortified city located in the heart of the region. In fact, thanks to Beaune’s central location it is one of French Side Travel’s top recommendations for places to stay.

Learn about Beaune’s fascinating history with your private guide while wandering through the charming cobbled streets. Pass by places like the Basilique Collégiale Notre Dame and the Hôtel des Ducs. Beaune holds an annual wine auction in the Hospices de Beaune. Recognizable by its roof with geometrically colored tiles, this former 15th century hospital is now the Hôtel-Dieu museum. It exhibits masterpieces such as Rogier van der Weyden’s Last Judgment.

In the purest Burgundian tradition, no visit to Beaune would be complete without a wine tasting. Visit one of the fabulous tasting rooms in the city center. Or, go outside the city walls for a private tour of Château de Beaune, a 15th century fortress. This visit will please even the most demanding connoisseurs with privileged access to private areas of the cellars.

Where to Stay in Burgundy
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Hostellerie de Levernois

This 18th century house converted into a 5-star hotel in Burgundy offers the authentic charm of a beautiful mansion. The six hectare park surrounding the hotel provides a quiet environment where guests can find peace and tranquility.

The 26 bedrooms and suites are bright and colorful. Each of the rooms has its own identity, combining subtly tradition and modernity.

Bathed in light, with view on the park and the river running through it, the restaurant welcomes all lovers of gourmet cuisine. Particularly attentive to the quality, the Chef favors seasonal products from local producers, sometimes even directly from the garden.

For sport and recreation, don’t miss the 18-hole golf course, tennis court, and bicycles.

Taste Exceptional Wines

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The best way to discover Burgundy and its exceptional wines is with an expert oenologist and native of the Burgundy region. Spend a day or two (or more, depending on your preferences) getting to truly know some of the Grands Crus in the area.

The Côte de Beaune undoubtedly has the greatest Chardonnays in the world thanks to the “Golden Triangle,” made up of Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne. Learn about the diversity of terroirs of the Côte de Beaune through their geological complexities and a precise study of the landscape, the work of the winemakers, the undeniable influence of large wineries on the future of the area, and the ever important concept of climate. Along the route des Grands Crus you will discover places such as Beaune, Volnay, Pommard, Meursault and Puligny-Montarchet.

Known as the Champs-Élysées of Burgundy, Côtes de Nuits are the best of the best. For lovers of Pinot Noirs, this is truly a paradise. While it is a small area, there are plenty of terroirs and an incredible variation of parcels and vines that make it renowned around the world. Along the Route des Grands Crus you will discover Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, and Nuit Saint Georges. Each day includes three private visits where you will taste both white and red wines and young and old vintages – 20 wines in total including 12 Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. Truly an unforgettable experience for a wine aficionado!

Immerse Yourself into the World of Burgundian Cuisine with a Cooking Class

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Spend a day at a renowned French cooking school for a complete introduction to the delightful gastronomic culture of Burgundy through exploring, cooking, and tasting.

If it’s a market day, you’ll begin the morning at the Beaune market where you’ll have a tour and gather provisions for lunch. If it isn’t a market day, you’ll get to know wonderful addresses of food shops including a favorite fromagerie and an artisanal butcher.

Afterwards, head back to the kitchen for a two-hour hands-on cooking class. Everyone will don an apron, standing behind their cutting board as the chef talks through the day’s menu. Your chef will explain and demonstrate the classic French culinary techniques used in each recipe, from sautéing to searing and sauce-making.

Once the cooking is done, aprons will come off, and you will head up to the airy third-floor dining room for a leisurely lunch. A zinc-topped table will be set for the convivial lunch in simple French fashion, next to a wall of windows overlooking the atrium below. You’ll toast to your hard work in the kitchen with a glass of Champagne followed by a seven-course menu including a local cheese course and a Burgundian wine pairing hand-selected from a wine shop. A perfectly authentic and memorable moment!

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sites of Roman and Medieval Burgundy

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Another on the best of Burgundy is the picturesque countryside. Learn about the incredible cultural and historical heritage of the Côte d’Or on a journey through quaint country roads in the rolling Auxois countryside. Semur-en-Auxois is a well-preserved medieval village with charming boutiques, cafés, and terraces.

Drive through Alésia, a famous battleground where Julius Cesar beat Vercingétorix’s Gaul army in 52BC. Next up is Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, recognized as one of “the most beautiful villages in France” and the site where Chocolat was filmed. Be sure to visit the Anis de Flavigny candy factory.

Take a tour of the 12th-century Fontenay Abbey where you can visit the ornamental gardens and follow the trail of the Cistercian monks at this UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world. Alternatively, you can stroll through the village of Vézelay and enjoy a spectacular view over the valley. Here you can visit the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Where to Stay in Burgundy
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La Borde

Twenty kilometers from Auxerre in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, lies La Borde, a 5-star hotel and estate made up of an authentic 14th-century stately residence and seven hectares of wooded grounds.

The six rooms of the hotel are immaculately furnished. Each has a French name for various flowers, from Aubépine to Tulipe, and sit regally beneath timbered ceilings. Some are equipped with fireplace and all come with Jacuzzi tubs..

Enjoy a very fine local dinner at the restaurant. Much of the menu is made from vegetables grown in the hotel’s vast garden, a place where you could spend all day wandering its grounds.

Guest can truly enjoy the passing of time here: between bucolic walks, the heated outdoor pool, the spa and the fitness center.

Visit a Mustard Mill

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Photo by Philipe Bruchot

When in Burgundy, visiting a mustard mill is a must to discover the famous condiment. The Fallot Mustard Mill is a traditional and family-run mill. It’s the last that prepares recipes passed down from generations and to grind the seeds using stone wheels. This process gives the paste its fully rounded qualities.

Ancient tools and equipment are exhibited in the original Napoleonic building. It shows what a mustard mill would have looked like in the 19th century. A harmonious sound and light display invite visitors to enter the world of mustard. An entertaining and interactive trail takes the visitor through the centuries, explaining traditions linked with mustard and its history. Don’t miss the opportunity to fill up your own jar of mustard at the end of the visit – it’s a perfect souvenir!


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