Culture and Wine Tour in Paris, Normandy & Champagne

Discover history and vineyards in France! You will spend a few days in Paris and visit the capital's most famous sights. How about a night tour in a traditional oldtimer or a dinner cruise on the Seine? You cannot not fall in love with the City of Lights. After a few days in Paris, you will visit Normandy and its historic battlefields and cemeteries from WWII. Next, you will have the possibility to visit the Champagne. Make sure to taste one or more glasses of Champagne or wine, before you return to Paris.

Charm and Luxury, Collection
10 Days
from 3999 €

DAY BY DAY

DAY
1

Paris - Paris

Private transfer to your accommodation

A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you safely to your accommodation.

Private tour of Paris by night on a traditional Citröen 2CV



In just an hour, this night tour of Paris will reveal the magic of the French capital at night! Paris, City of Light, is never more stunning than at night, when she truly lives up to her name, with her illuminated avenues and spot-lit monuments taking on a fairy-tale dimension.

However, this is not a conventional tour: your night tour of Paris will be undertaken in a red-white and blue, open-topped Citroën 2CV, with an English speaking Parisian at the wheel!

During your nocturnal Paris trip you’ll be able to see all the highlights of central Paris: Avenue des Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Trocadéro , Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Pont Alexandre 3, Petit et Grand Palais, Place de la Concorde, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme , Louvre Pyramide, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral and Hôtel de Ville.

The tour includes:

Hotel pick-up & drop-off

Duration: 1 hour

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming 4* hotel in the historic Le Marais district in a superior room

DAY
2

Paris - Bayeux

Private Guided Day Tour to Normandy

Pick-up at your hotel in Paris and meeting with your English-speaking driver-guide.

Transportation from Paris to Normandy (approx. 2 hours)

 

Workshop in a Calvados Distillery

The activity starts with a tour through the distillery and the brandy aging cellars. Aude will let you in on the different stages of the Calvados production, the aging processes, and the cellar master’s tasks.

After the tour, take part in a sensorial experience. Aude proposes a blind tasting accompanied with foie gras, chutney and chocolate.

 

Free lunch in Deauville

 

Guided visit of Deauville and Trouville (city walk)

  • Stroll on the famous Planches de Deauville, the symbol of the city and the Art déco. Discover the most emblematic buildings of the city (as the casino)
  • Visit Trouville, the first seaside resort built by artists from Flaubert to Boudin. Get a sense of the time of the Belle Epoque.

Your driver guide drops you off at your hotel in Normandy.

Duration: 8 hours.

Overnight stay including breakfast at a château-hôtel in Bayeux

DAY
3

Bayeux

Private full day guided tour of the D-Day landing beaches (US Sector)

 

The tour covers a large area and stops to visit all the major sites in the U.S sector. During the day your guide will discuss a lot of topics about the war (from German occupation to French Resistance) and speak about many different soldiers’ war stories.

After a quick stop at the German Cemetery, the largest one in Normandy with over 21.000 people buried here, you will head to Sainte-Mere-Eglise. Ideally situated between Cherbourg and the coast, this farming community became the very center of the huge airborne operation (with 15.000 U.S. paratroopers) that started during the night before D-Day. The Airborne Museum has been gathering an amazing collection of memorabilia, in particular in the form of donations from the veterans themselves.

You will then visit Utah Beach. Closest to the Germans and quite separated from the other beaches, it could have been a disaster. But Utah Beach was rather lightly defended and had the great privilege to be protected by the American paratroopers (who had been in the area for several hours already).

As they jumped out of their landing craft, the soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division managed to get rapidly across the flooded area behind the sand dunes to reinforce the paratroopers. On D-Day, 23.000 landed here and casualties remained low under 200.

A stop at Pointe du Hoc, the largest German coastal battery attacked by the U.S Rangers on D-Day, will put you right in the atmosphere - the beach, the cliff, the bunkers, the bomb craters - before making a stop at the best-known Bloody Omaha.

The most famous and most difficult of the five D-day beaches. Omaha Beach took the highest casualties, due in particular to its topography: it was the only beach with high ground just beyond. Standing there and seeing this beach (4 miles long) all at once, when realizing about the big tides and discovering the German fortifications and gun emplacements, will leave you amazed at the extraordinary courage and sacrifice needed. You will understand why the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions suffered more than 3 800 casualties (dead, wounded or missing) to make this battle a victory.

The last stop of the tour will be at the U.S cemetery, for yet another perspective of the beach from the high ground. The Normandy American Cemetery is the final resting place for 9.387 Americans. It covers 172 acres and is an actual battleground as it overlooks the “Easy Red” sector of Omaha Beach. Soldiers all equal in death and their graves in no particular order, they are all marked with the same beautiful Italian white marble headstones. Your guide will then give you the time to stay longer in the cemetery or save time for the Visitor Center, also next to Omaha Beach.

Pick up and drop off in Bayeux - Lunch at own expenses; museum entrance fees to be paid directly on site.

Duration: 9 hours

Overnight stay including breakfast at a château-hôtel in Bayeux

DAY
4

Bayeux - Paris - Paris

Private Transfer Bayeux - Paris

A private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you safely to Paris (approximately 275km).

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming 4* hotel in the historic Le Marais district in a superior room

DAY
5

Paris - Reims - Rilly-la-Montagne

Private Guided Day Tour in Champagne - Part 1

Pick-up at your hotel in Paris and meeting with your English-speaking driver-guide.

Full-day private transportation in full option Mercedes V-Class for 1 day in Champagne.


Your day begins with the discovery of a domain located in the Marne Valley. During a guided tour of the winery and its cellars, you will learn the process of Champagne elaboration. Then, you have the opportunity to discover the art of blending during an oenology class specially organized for you. You will taste the base wines of the 3 grape varieties and you will learn how to recognize their typical aromas. The tour ends with a commented tasting of 3 Champagnes of the domain.


You then head to Hautvillers - a charming Unesco-listed village which is nested on the historical hillsides of Champagne. Trace the history of Champagne and visit the church where Dom Perignon is buried. This famous monk is said to have invented the blending of crus and to have brought major improvements to the Champagne making process.


Lunch break: Your lunch takes place in the most charming restaurant of the village. There, you enjoy a tasty lunch composed of regional specialties paired with 3 single varietal cuvées.


Your oenology initiation continues during this lunch: while discovering Champagne and food pairing, you can also compare the specificities of the 3 types of grapes (100% Chardonnay, 100% Pinot Noir, 100% Pinot Meunier)


In the early afternoon, you head to Epernay for a walking tour of the Avenue de Champagne, where the opulent mansions of Great Champagne Houses are situated.


In the middle of the Avenue, you stop at the magnificent property of a top-range Champagne producer from the Côte des Blancs area. During a commented tasting of 3 Champagnes, you will discover the specificities of this iconic vineyard and the minerality of the Chardonnay grown in Premier and Grand Cru villages of this area.


Your day in the Champagne vineyards ends with a drive on the Champagne Scenic Road of the Montagne de Reims vineyard. A last tasting is scheduled: discover the unique aromas of 3 Champagnes from this area - renowned for the quality of its Pinot Noir.


Your driver-guide drops you off at your hotel in Reims.

Overnight stay including breakfast in a charming hotel from the 18th century

DAY
6

Reims - Paris - Dijon


Private Guided Day Tour in Champagne - Part 2


Pick-up at your hotel in Champagne and meeting with your English-speaking driver-guide.


Full-day private transportation in full option Mercedes V-Class

 

Guided tour of Reims Cathedral - a highly symbolic monument where more than 30 Kings of France were coronated.


Cellar tour and tasting at Champagne Veuve Clicquot - “On the footsteps of Madame Clicquot” guided tour followed by a tasting of the famous Yellow Label and the prestigious La Grande Dame Vintage 2006.


Lunch break: Three-course lunch at a cozy restaurant of Reims city center - including 1 glass of Champagne, 1 glass of wine, water & coffee.


Cellar tour and tasting at a top-range independent producer and tasting of 2 Extra Brut Champagnes.


Transfer back to Paris. Drop-off in Paris and end of service. 



Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Dijon Ville

TGV train - 1st class

Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes.



Private transfer from the Dijon-Ville Train station to your hôtel



Overnight stay including breakfast in a standard room in a charming 4 star hotel in Dijon



DAY
7

Dijon - Beaune

Half-day Tour: discover the beautiful Town of Beaune and its Wineries

Departure from Dijon or Beaune by car.

Beaune is seen as the wine capital of Burgundy. Among its highlights are the wine cellars, the Basilica Notre-Dame from the 12th century and the hospices of Beaune, a former charity almshouse built in 1443 as a hospital for the poor. It features a stunning collection of art and culture treasures such as paintings, sculptures, carpets and apothecary gear offering a fascinating insight into history. You will marvel at the colorful roofs made of terra cotta in the Court of Honor, they are a masterpiece.

The former almshouse possesses a vineyard area of 60 ha producing essentially French quality wines and grand cru. Since 1764, 41 Cuvees de Prestige are sold by auction, the profit is solely used for the financing of hospitals, care of the elderly and medical research.

You will also visit some delicatessen shops and taste local specialties.

After the visit of the town, you will take a walk through the wineries, and then return to Dijon.

This is a perfect activity for gourmets and wine lovers!

Duration: 5 hours.

Suggestion: Visit of Dijon and the villages along the “Route des Grands Crus”

Take a stroll through the well-preserved historic center of Dijon and immerse yourself in the town’s medieval past. Wander along the picturesque alleys lined by neat fairy-tale half-timbered houses, as well as impressive townhouses; do not forget to make a detour to the Cathedral Saint-Bénigne, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

A veritable treasure chamber is the estate of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy assembling several remarkably well-preserved historical buildings from the 14th, 15th and 17th century. The Tour Philippe le Bon is a former watch overlooking the whole city; dare a climb and enjoy the view! The palace also houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of the most exceptional museums in France.

You may want to get a bite to eat and a taste of wine in one of the many pretty villages lining the most prestigious vineyards alongside the Route des Grands Crus; among them Couchey, Brochon, Gevrey-Chambertin or Chambolle-Musigny.

Overnight stay including breakfast in a standard room in a charming 4 star hotel in Dijon



DAY
8

Dijon

Day-Tour through the Wineries of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits

This is an entertaining and instructive tour for wine lovers.

Our guide will pick up at the meeting point in Dijon.

Your tour will take you to the renowned wine growing regions of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits with visits of the wineries including tastings of various Burgundy Grand Cru. During your tour you will learn many interesting things about wine making and the history of the region.

You will have free time in Beaune for a lunch break and a stroll through the picturesque town center abundant with wine shops, gourmet food shops, and wine cellars.

Your tour will end at the meeting point in Dijon.

Duration: 7 hours and 40 minutes.

Overnight stay including breakfast in a standard room in a charming 4 star hotel in Dijon



DAY
9

Dijon - Paris - Paris

Private transfer from your hotel to the Dijon-Ville Train station



Train from Dijon Ville to Paris Gare de Lyon

TGV train - 1st class

Duration: 1 hours and 40 minutes.



Private transfer from the railway station

A private driver will pick you up at the railway station and drive you safely to your accommodation.

Dinner Cruise La Marina - menu "saveurs + champagne"

Enjoy a pleasant and wonderful evening on La Marina de Paris boat. Admire the illuminations of Paris during a cruise on the Seine river for 2 hours, while having a delicious dinner, typical french gastronomy with champagne or superior wine included. Magic night with the dinner cruise menu "saveurs gold".


Menu "Saveurs + Champagne":

 

Starters Assortment:

Mozarella and basil cream, parmesan crisps, small fresh tomatoes

Duck foie gras with salt crystals, mango-pineapple compote

Verrine of quinoa, yuzu flavoured butterfly shrimp 

Crusty bread with black tapenade, fillet of red mullet, vegetable sprouts

**

Main course at choice:

Poultry leg, baby roast potatoes, mini new vegetables

Steamed hake steak, artichoke cream and slow-cooked yellow carrots 

Rump steak, pan-fried mixed vegetables, potato rosette (+7€)

**

Desserts Assortment:

Banana-salted butter caramel tart

Vanilla custard and candied apricot

Dark chocolate macaroon, crisp mikado

Variety of strawberries, whipped cream and mini marshmallows

**

Drinks:

1 glass of Champagne Louis Constant

½ bottle of Champagne Louis Constant

OR

½ bottle of wine:

Chablis AOC le Finage - La Chablisienne (blanc) or Côte de Provence AOC Cuvée du Golfe de Saint Tropez (rosé) or Medoc AOC Château Lacombe Noaillac Medoc

(rouge) or Touraine AOC Domaine des Echardières (rosé) or Bordeaux AOC les Mercadières (rouge)

½ bottle of mineral water

Vegetarian Menu:

Tomato gaspacho with basil and pine kernels, tender shoots in balsamic vinegar 

**

Baby roast potatoes, pan-fried mixed vegetables, artichoke cream

**

Seasonal tutti frutti, pear purée, dark chocolate biscuit

Child Menu:

Seasonal starter

**

Menu choice of main course

**

Chocolate mud cake

**

Orange juice; Coca-Cola or water 


* Exemple of menu, subject to modification

The embankment at La Marina starts from 8.45 pm, Port de Solférino, Quai Anatole France

Duration: 2 hours.



Overnight stay including breakfast at a boutique hotel in Saint-Germain de Prés

DAY
10

Paris

Private transfer from your accommodation

A private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you safely to the airport.