Indulge in mouthwatering flavor and divine diversity during your custom-tailored food and culture tour of France, Italy, and Greece. Taste the different culinary techniques that range from the decadent dishes of Burgundy to the hearty ragù of Bologna and the fortified flavors of Santorini. Learn to craft fresh pasta in an antique kitchen. Enjoy sampling rich chocolate truffles in historic chocolateries. Taste remarkable wines utilizing a variety of grapes spanning distinctive landscapes. Whether...
Paris – The Remarkable City of Paris for the Culture and Cuisine
Paris is one of Europe’s most glamorous cities, known for radiant stained-glass windows, soaring cathedrals, sophisticated cuisine, and the elegant architecture of the Belle Époque. You will meet your private transfer at Charles de Gaulle Airport after your flight lands. Venture into the heart of Paris for an introduction to the classic charms along the banks of the Seine River. Patisseries fill their windows with vibrant displays of freshly baked baguettes and colorful macarons. The Eiffel Tower stands as an iconic fixture of the Parisian skyline and reaches 1,063 feet above the verdant field known as the Champs de Mars.
The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to wander the stunning cobbled lanes and tree-lined boulevards at your own pace. The depth of Medieval history in the city emerges from the Musée Cluny on the fabled Left Bank located inside the 14th century Hôtel de Cluny. The former Benedictine Abbey was erected over the foundations of a Roman bath complex to reveal the layers of the city’s history. One of the galleries in the museum displays sculptures from Rome and Gallic cultures dating back to the 1st century AD. A 15th-century tapestry series entitled “Lady with the Unicorn,” depicts an allegorical story of the five senses and their pleasures woven with exquisite detail to achieve intricate flowers, detailed animals, and the featured unicorn.
Paris – Luscious Chocolates and Discover the Monuments of Paris
Paris – The Louvre for a Half-Day Tour and a Gourmet Cooking Class
Burgundy – Burgundy for a Dijon Discovery and Wine Tour
Burgundy – Full Day Wine Tour and Culinary Excursion
Bologna – City Tour and Delicious Pasta-Making Lesson
Bologna – Full Day of Flavor Visiting Parma, Modena, and Ferrara
Tuscany – Countryside Truffle Hunt and a Gelato Tour in Florence
Tuscany – Wine Tasting and Cooking Lesson of Tuscany
Santorini – Athens for a Day at the Acropolis en route to Santorini
Santorini – Santorini with a Food, Wine, and History Tour
Santorini – Depart for Home
- Sip distinctive and celebrated local wines in the small municipalities of Côte d’Or in France, Montepulciano in Italy, and Santorini in Greece
- Wander the grand galleries of the Louvre Museum in search of the masterworks of great European artists and ancient artifacts
- Sample the marvelous flavors of Emilia-Romagna’s most popular ingredients when visiting Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar factories
- Indulge in the robust, earthy notes of truffles after exploring the forests outside of Bologna on a guided truffle hunt
- Discover the true heart of Italian cuisine by learning the traditions, merits, and ingredients of local pasta specialties in Bologna and Tuscany
- View the captivating preserved architecture of ancient Athens decorating the plateau of the Acropolis, the setting of the Parthenon and Erechtheion
- Witness the medieval splendor of Dijon’s famous ducal palaces and St. Germain’s narrow alleys before crafting tradition French foods and tasting divine chocolates
- Bask in the seductive flavors of Florence’s best gelateria on a combined gelato and monuments tour through the Cradle of the Renaissance
- Spend time relaxing in the gorgeous scenery of soaring cliffs, shimmering waters, and the marvelous whitewashed homes of Santorini
Savor the authentic flavors of France, Italy, and Greece during your 12-day culinary and culture tour. Your vacation will be an introduction to the depths of ingredients and tastes integral to the heritage of Paris, Burgundy, Bologna, Tuscany, and Santorini. Get to the heart of the culture by sampling the customary cuisine in tandem with uncovering the history of a space through a combination of architecture, art, and mythology. Indulge in the splendors of the ancient worlds, the grandeur of ducal palaces, and the majesty of renowned natural scenery that emphasizes the brilliant gastronomy of France, Italy, and Greece.
Your culinary excursion into the heart of France, Italy, and Greece will begin with your arrival in Paris. Your time in the City of Lights will engage all your senses with the visual charm of Belle Époque architecture and sensational flavors of the famous cuisine. The monuments of the city act as emblems that anchor you to the dreamy ambiance in the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame de Paris. Meanwhile, the gastronomy celebrates sophisticated flavors and remarkable history seen in chocolates and homemade macarons. The masterpieces in the kitchen mirror the masterworks of the art on display in the Louvre Museum.
Your visit to Burgundy will bring to light the joys of food and wine in the popular region known for indulging in culinary delights. The ducal palaces of Dijon reflect the former grandeur of the Medieval city and the wine cellars in Beaune capture the refined ideals of winemaking passed down through the generations. Cooking classes possess a sense of the rural comfort and the vineyards produce wines with a tantalizing flavor, unlike any vintage you have tasted before.
Bologna offers a special stay in the capital of Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s gastronomic center. The city blends Medieval allure with a culinary heritage steeped in flavor and deceptively simple dishes. Master artists take the form of chefs, cheese-mongers, and producers of balsamic vinegar in the cities of Parma and Modena. Heritage and the Renaissance take center-stage in Ferrara where captivating architecture reflects the growth of artistry in the city. Truffles grow in the woods and, once discovered, add tremendous, elevated flavor to the simplest dishes.
The majesty continues in Tuscany, the famous region of Central Italy known for lush rolling hills and untouched medieval towns. Florence remains a sensational starting point to connect with the beauty of the countryside and the flavorful inspirations of the cuisine from gelato to Bistecca Fiorentina. Explore the smaller towns of Tuscany and unearth stunning cuisine that adheres to traditional recipes and wines nearly forgotten by the outside world, yet treasured in the area.
The final leg of your culinary adventure leads you to Santorini, Greece. Spend time in Athens for the opportunity to wander through the excavated charms of the ancient city-state dating beyond the Golden Age of philosophy and thought in the Western World. The majesty of Santorini’s natural and artistic splendor emanates from ancient traditions of crafting wines, Cycladic architecture, and distinctive cuisine shaped by the volcanic soils and glistening Aegean waters. You can extend your culinary and cultural discovery tour with a longer stay in Greece or perhaps continuing onward to Spain.
$4,147 per person (excluding international flights)
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