Experience the best of Paris, Bordeaux, and Champagne's wonderful gastronomy
from $4,999 pp
Day by day
Day 1: 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
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.
Day 2: Paris
Private Guided Tour of Paris with River Cruise and Lunch on the Eiffel Tower
Discover Paris’s most famous sites with an expert guide. You’ll travel in style and comfort aboard a chauffeured luxury minibus to ensure an intimate experience.
Stop for a photo in front of the majestic Hôtel des Invalides before heading down the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triumph to the Place de la Concorde. Marvel at the Palais Garnier opera house. Try to spot Quasimodo at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Admire the impressive architecture of the Place Vendôme.
Next up is a 3-course lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant in Paris’s most famous tower. The large bay windows boast spectacular views over the Seine River, Champs de Mars, and Trocadero. You’ll get priority skip-the-line access to the elevator.
Your tour ends with an hour-long river cruise. Sit back, relax, and enjoy iconic views of Paris while learning about its monument’s history and architecture.
Cheese and Wine Pairings in an old Parisian Cheese Cellar
In a historic 17th-century cheese cellar in the heart of Paris, le Marais, you will participate in an incredible cheese tasting experience. You will learn the subtlety of tasting exceptional cheeses, and of pairing them with wonderful wines.
The tasting includes 9 cheese varieties paired with 5 glasses of wine plus fresh baguette.
Day 3: Paris
Private Half-Day Guided Tour of Versailles
Travel back in time to the time of the French monarchy. The resplendent Château de Versailles is an emblem of French royalty and synonymous with extravagance. Your guide will transport to and from the visit and provider you with skip-the-line entry.
Originally a hunting lodge, this breathtaking château was transformed by Louis XIV, the Sun King, in the 1660s. It became a playground for French monarchs, and the center of royal and political power until the French Revolution. In 1789 Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were forced out.
Your professional guide will lead you through the state apartments of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel, and Hall of Mirrors. The Hall of Mirrors is a sight to behold with its three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors, gold accents, and crystal chandeliers.
Afterward, explore the French gardens which mirror the splendor of the interior. Designed by the French landscaper André Le Nôtre in 1661 for King Louis XIV, the 2,000-acre property defined what a French garden could be.
Day 4: Paris - Reims
Private Guided Day Tour of Champagne
Your private driver-guide will pick you up in a luxury vehicle from your accommodation for an immersion in the world of Champagne. You will enjoy a commented drive along the Champagne scenic roads and discover the villages that are part of the Champagne appellation area. Stop at the charming UNESCO-listed small town of Hautvillers, where you can visit the church where the famous monk Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried.
After many postcard-worthy views, you will visit a family-run boutique winery (“Premier Cru area”). You will learn about how the well-known beverage is made. Enjoy tastings of champagnes conducted in the cellar (independent producer). You will also drive through the picturesque Avenue De Champagne in Epernay, where several prestigious Champagne Houses have their head-quarters.
Next, you will get to uncover the secrets behind the signature taste of the largest producer of Champagne: Moët & Chandon. You will taste some of its finest Champagnes in the refined setting of a private salon of the House! Finally, you will visit the oldest producer of Champagne: Ruinart. Learn the fascinating history of this Champagne House, founded in 1729. A tasting session of its unique Champagne is in store for you!
Day 5: Champagne
Private Guided Gourmet Tour of Reims
Along with your guide, you will be taken towards the streets of the “Cité des Sacres” where you will stop in a French traditional brasserie, to enjoy a coffee under an Art Deco canopy. Thereafter, you will head towards the Cathedral “Notre Dame” of Reims, home of the coronation of the French kings where your guide will tell you about the history of this emblematic monument.
You will walk in the historical center of the town and get to admire its authentic Art deco and Art Nouveau architecture. Next, you will be immersed in the gourmet universe of a unique biscuit shop, engaged in the production of French and authentic products. You can taste local sweets made with the famous Biscuit Rose!
You will continue your tour visiting other local shops and will make a stop in a local wine store to appreciate a selection of great Champagnes paired with cheeses and charcuterie.
Private transfer to the railway station.
High-speed Train in 1st Class – Champagne To Bordeaux
Private transfer between the train station and your accommodation in Bordeaux
Day 6: Bordeaux
Two-hour private walking tour of Bordeaux
It is truly exciting to stroll aimlessly through a city with as rich a history as Bordeaux. However, there is always the risk of passing by attractive and important historic monuments without noticing.
Your private guide will take you to one of the most prestigious monuments in Bordeaux: the Grand-Théâtre, built in the 18th century. He or she will start by asking you to look up to admire the sculptures of muses and goddesses overlooking the Place de la Comédie as well as the city’s famous mascarons (stone faces), wrought-iron balconies, historic inscriptions, and a host of other architectural details.
The pleasure of discovering Bordeaux continues with a walk along the quays and an opportunity to admire the unique panorama over the Garonne River. The reflecting pond in front of Place de La Bourse has become emblematic of the city. Nearby, Old Bordeaux features numerous charming squares surrounded by restaurants.
Thanks to the guide, you will also be pleasantly surprised to discover, hidden at the end of a narrow street in the heart of the Saint Pierre district, Square Vinet and its green wall.
The tour ends at Place de la Bourse and a visit to Bordeaux Patrimoine Mondial, the new center that explains Bordeaux’s architectural heritage, as well as the Bordeaux of tomorrow thanks to multimedia tools.
The tour does not include hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Day 7: Saint Emilion
Private full-day tour of the Graves and the Libournais (sub-regions of the Bordeaux wine area)
An English speaking private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you safely to the various sites and activities of the day.
Stretching over 50 kilometers (31 miles), Graves is an important subregion of the Bordeaux wine area. It is located to the west of the Garonne River, south of the city of Bordeaux. The name Graves comes from its intense, gravelly soil, a very important characteristic of quality wine. Indeed, gravelly soil enables drainage, preventing grapes from having too much water.
This morning visit a château in the Graves wine sub-region and taste white and red wines of the Pessac-Léognan AOC (Appellation d’Origins Contrôlée). Pessac-Léognan is located in the northern part of the Graves wine sub-region and, unlike most Bordeaux appellations, is equally famous for both red and (dry) white wines although red wine is still predominant (wine tasting at own expense).
In the afternoon enjoy a visit of the picturesque town of Saint-Émilion (UNESCO world heritage) with its Medieval and Roman vestiges, nestling in a beautiful setting amid vineyards first cultivated by the Romans in the 2nd century. There is a great amount of preserved heritage to see: cloisters, churches, half-timbered houses, old mills, castles. Take your time to stroll along the pretty narrow streets.
Spend the rest of your day visiting two châteaux in the Libournais sub-region of the Bordeaux wine area, located to the north of the Dordogne river, east of the city of Bordeaux. It includes, among others, the Saint-Émilion AOC and the Pomerol AOC (wine tasting at own expense).
Visiting a wine estate is an enriching experience. Walking through the vines listening to a winegrower’s explanations will enable you to become acquainted with viticulture methods, while a tour of the barrel cellar, followed by a tutored tasting, will provide a rare opportunity to discuss the nuts and bolts of wine-making with your host.
Day 8: Bordeaux - Arcachon
Private Lunch in a local fisherman’s stilt-hut
“Cabanes Tchanquées” are traditional stilt-huts built on stilts in the Arcachon Bay. During high tide it looks like they’re floating on water. You’ll stop in one for an intimate meal just a half-hour outside Bordeaux.
The menu includes: a bottle of Champagne, fish rillettes, and a seafood platter with ½ lobster. A bottle of white wine, cheese, and dessert are also included.
As an alternative to seafood a seasonal local stew is available.
Private Pick-up & drop-off from your hotel in Bordeaux
Day 9: Bordeaux - Paris
Train ride from Bordeaux to Paris (in a comfortable high-speed train/TGV)
Lunch cruise on the Seine river
The Seine is one of the world’s most urban rivers, flanked by the emblematic monuments of Paris.
This is an ideal opportunity combining lunch with a cruise on the Seine alongside the splendid panorama of the city’s historic buildings. Take in the stunning beauty while enjoying a typical French menu.
Day 10: Paris
Private transfer from your accommodation
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the airport.
About This Trip:
- Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
- This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
- Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.
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