Paris and Rome, where kitchen aromas drift down cobbled streets, and delicate treats tempt from neighborhood windows. These are cities of indulgence and extravagance, where the icons of history gaze down on an everyday devotion to food. Gastronomy is a lens for exploring the authenticity of these grand capitals, it’s an invite to what lays behind the famous facades: pastry classes, tasting menus, food markets, unique restaurants, vintage vineyards, and much more.
Rome – Roman Tasting Menu With Wine
Most visitors are surprised when they land in Rome. Yes, it’s a big and bustling city, a capital that stretches for miles. But the heart of Rome is remarkably laid-back. Pedestrianized streets tumble out from what was once the heart of the empire, and these are places where locals also walk and pass the time of day. Your hotel is amid the city’s ancient core, only a walk to some of the world’s most remarkable monuments. Such a central location means it’s easy to experience the places of Rome you deem unmissable, without wasting hours crossing the city. When taking a break from the food you can quickly discover the Pantheon or Vatican Museums, and you can time your visit to arrive before or after the middle of the day crowds.
This afternoon’s food experience provides a tranquil yet evocative introduction to the Roman cuisine. Dine in the Parioli neighborhood, at a small family-run restaurant adored by locals. All the produce is organic and comes from nearby farms, often picked that every morning. Italian cuisine is relatively simple. It’s all about the quality of raw ingredients and real attention to detail. You sit down to a classic four-course menu, each dish paired with wine as you travel through the classic steps of a Roman meal. It is indulgent, and you will be full, but that’s what a foodies tour is all about. Return to the hotel and drift off, or stay up a few more hours to watch the city roll by from a cafe terrace.
Rome – Piazza D’Allessandria Market Tour and Traditional Italian Cooking Class
Rome – Exploring Frascati Vineyards and Olive Oil Producers
Rome – Local Culture and Market Food of Rome
Rome – Mediterranean Cooking and Vintage Railway Car Dining
Rome – Free Day in Rome, With Possible Excursions
Paris – Seine River Cruise and Introduction to Paris
Paris – Flavors of Parisian Neighborhoods Walking Tour
Paris – French Pastry Class and Eiffel Tower Dinner
Paris – A Day in the Vineyards of Champagne
Paris – Free Time in Paris and Bistro Tasting
Paris – Departure
- Sip legendary wines at Frascati vineyards and pop a bottle of bubbles in Champagne
- Learn the art of Parisian pastries and perfect Italian pasta
- Explore traditional food markets and compare the flavors from these two great capitals
- Dine in the Eiffel Tower and dine on a vintage railway car that stops outside the Colosseum
- Tour Parisian and Roman neighborhoods that are best understood through their food
- Discover Roman and Parisian bistros, where the produce reflects the very best from a country
- Enjoy multiple tasting menus and take your pick from guides’ recommendations for authentic local dinners
- Experience the sights of course, with six days in Rome and five in Paris
Paris and Rome are two iconic cities that can be best understood through their food. In the land of the Eiffel Tower or Colosseum, it’s easy to stumble into the flocks of tourists that stumble from famous site to famous site. Yet these are cities with atmosphere and authenticity, not merely airbrushed postcards. Aromas drift down cobbled lanes, like coffee and chocolate and charcuterie treats. Locals gather on cafe and restaurant terraces, the hum of chatter mixing with clinking cutlery. Bistros and kitchens invite you with both smells and sounds, not to mention those tempting delicacies that glisten behind glass. Food isn’t just what you eat. It’s an avenue into the most authentic and atmospheric parts of these cities. It’s an invitation to travel into the heart of Paris and Rome.
Food provides your lens on this handcrafted tour to two European capitals. It takes you into neighborhoods where other visitors don’t tread. It reveals secrets and traditions that most others don’t notice. Gastronomy connects you to local cultures, showing the nuance that exists between different parts of the cities. You’ll discover a remarkable attention to detail and a fabulous love for the finer things in life. There are indulgent experiences of course, like fine dining and food and wine pairings. This tour also takes you into the backstreets and bistros where the locals go to eat for a chance to discover lesser-known treats.
Six days in Rome are followed by five in Paris. Sit down to a Roman tasting menu with wine, an easy introduction to cuisine on the first day. Spend day two at an intimate food market, searching for ingredients you can then use in a traditional Italian cooking class – the menu is flexible but think multiple courses in true Italian style. Spend day three sampling the best of the Frascati vineyards, then day four exploring Rome’s local and lesser-visited neighborhoods. There’s a Mediterranean cooking class on day five, followed by a fine dinner on a vintage railway car that stops outside the Colosseum. Day six is left free and is an opportunity for a day trip elsewhere in Italy, with many possible places within 1 hour by high-speed train.
Fly direct to Paris and the River Seine provides a dreamy introduction to the French capital; think three-course dining as you pass Notre-Dame as legendary monuments dominate the horizon. On day eight, you’re immersed in local neighborhoods, searching for the treats that originate down narrow cobbled streets. Learn the art of French pastries on day nine’s cooking class, before Michelin-starred dining inside the Eiffel Tower. Pop champagne corks in Champagne before a final day in Paris, where traditional bistros help reveal the gastronomy of an entire country. You’ll be full when you leave, and you’ll have great memories of what makes these two cities so special.
$4,291 per person (excluding international flights)
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