A Foodie Tour of Paris, Champagne & Bordeaux

10 Days | Honeymoons & Romance, Wine & Food

Experience the best of Paris, Bordeaux, and Champagne's wonderful gastronomy

from $5,999

Discover the French gastronomy on a tour of Paris and the Champagne and Bordeaux regions! Our local guides and producers will let you in on the secrets of the culinary specialties in France. This trip is all about food tours, wine or cheese tastings and delicious dinners. Of course, you will also have the possibility to visit famous sights in Paris, stunning nature at the highest dune in Europe right at the Atlantic Coast and so much more...

Day by day

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Day 1: 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.

Paris - Paris

Day 2: Private Guided Tour of Paris with River Cruise and Lunch on the Eiffel Tower (morning)

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 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 Tasting in an old Parisian Cellar

In a historic 17th-century cheese maturing cellar in the heart of Paris, le Marais, you will participate to an incredible cheese tasting experience. You will learn the subtlety of tasting exceptional cheeses, and of pairing them with wonderful wines.

Start the experience as a special food tour, with “le meilleur pour la fin” in the cellar. Your dedicated professional cheese specialist will show you the best places where to find the most gourmet French food and ingredients in Paris: baguettes, pastries, fruits, wines, charcuteries, etc. After this experience, you will never taste cheese and wine the same way ever again!

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Day 3: 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. You 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.

Tour of Versailles' Hall of Mirrors

Paris - Reims

Day 4: 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 specialities 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. The last tasting is scheduled: discover the unique aromas of 3 Champagnes from this area – renowned for the quality of its Pinot Noir.

hot air balloon ride over champagne vineyards

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Day 5: 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 crowned.

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.

photo of the cathedral of reims in champagne france

 

Bordeaux

Day 6: 2-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 centre 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.

Bordeaux - Saint Emilion

Day 7: 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 sub-region 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 for a 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 tutored tasting, will provide a rare opportunity to discuss the nuts and bolts of wine-making with your host.

Bordeaux - Arcachon

Day 8: Private tour of Arcachon and visit of the Dune du Pilat

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.

The resort town of Arcachon is a very popular coastal destination in south-west France. Born as a destination for people from Bordeaux to escape to on weekends, it has now developed into one of the best-known and mots attractive seaside destinations in France.

The principal attractions in Arcachon include several kilometers of beautifully maintained sandy beaches, the town center with its markets and vibrant atmosphere, and the ‘winter town’ (the “ville d’hiver”) with its extensive number of grand villas built in the 1860’s – the most complete ‘belle epoque’ town you will find anywhere in France.

The beach in the center of Arcachon is not exposed to the full might of the Atlantic waves, being on the edge of a large inlet, the Arcachon Basin, rather than facing the sea directly. This makes the beaches particularly good for children. If you are looking for something further afield then there are literally miles of white sandy beaches as you continue south towards Biscarrosse, backed by pine forests and with plenty of waves for surfing and body-boarding.

The winter town grew in the second half of the 19th century, particularly around 1860 when a group of businessmen decided to prolong Arcachon’s popular summer season into winter by promoting it as a rival to the Swiss mountains as a ‘cure’ for tuberculosis. The “ville d’hiver” contains numerous grand villas dating from the last two decades of the 19th century. The ‘Mode Pittoresque’ was fashionable at this time and is a wonderfully eccentric mix of a number of architectural styles and building materials. In Arcachon you can see a mix of neoclassical, neo-gothic, old-colonial and Swiss chalet styles. A lack of symmetry is key and the styles incorporate mixes of chalet style roofs with brick facades and bay windows.

The seafood restaurants in Arcachon are of course particularly popular and if you are looking for a cheap but tasty treat, ‘moules frites’ (mussels and chips) are offered in many of the restaurants along the beach. Head a short distance away from the beach front and it is easier to find restaurants offering high quality food at decent prices.

The Oyster House invites you to discover the art of oyster farming, rearing techniques and the history of the French oysters over the centuries. With 7 ports along its coastline, the many oyster farms, the high school of the sea, traditional huts and oyster tastings, Gujan-Mestras is the capital of the oysters in Arcachon Bay. After visiting the Oyster House, oyster tasting is a must! Visit one of the 12 tasting cabins present in the various ports of Gujan-Mestras (own expenses) and indulge in a local culinary experience.

Make the best of your afternoon and visit the Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe, an exceptional natural site near Arcachon. The dune is almost 110-meters high. From the top you can admire the splendid views over the Atlantic ocean.

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Day 9: Private transfer to the railway station

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

Train ride in 2nd class from Paris to Bordeaux (in a comfortable high-speed train/TGV)

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the train station and your lodging.

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.

Paris

Day 10: Private transfer from your accommodation

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the airport.

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