Discover the food-lover inside of you during your culinary exploration of the iconic gastronomy of France. Relax in stunning chateaus that overlook emerald vines and rolling hills in the countryside. Indulge in the flavor of creamy sauces and fresh produce. Traverse narrow lanes filled with market stalls touting freshly picked fruits and hardy mushrooms. Wander through villages on a country road connecting historic wineries. Sample unforgettable cuisines prepared by private chefs during a cooking...
Paris - A City of Endless Flavor
Parisian streets frame a picture of intimacy. Local shops and charming markets create a village ambiance encompassing the various neighborhoods of the metropolis. Iconic architecture rises alongside the cobblestone avenues. The gargoyles of Notre Dame protrude from the sloping ceiling, looking out onto the quiet waters of the Seine River below. Serene bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants pride themselves on exquisite preparation and quality ingredients. Pastries fill the windows of local boulangeries (French bakeries). Decadent cheeses fill glass cases in narrow fromageries (cheese shops). Your private transfer meets you at Charles de Gaulle Airport upon your arrival in the city.
Settle into your hotel in the heart of classical Paris. At dinner, you have an introduction to the richness and quality of French cuisine with a dinner at a celebrated restaurant located on the Left Bank. The restaurant’s private gardens produce up to 40 tons of fresh ingredients per year. The sleek and simple décor of the interior allow guests to dine with their senses, focusing on beautiful plating, sensual aromas, and delectable flavors. A small bowl of carrot and garlic velouté, one of the five main sauces of French cuisine, arrives at the table. You find traces of smoked bacon inside the crème soufflé. The meal sets the magnificent standard for your entire culinary exploration. Consider learning more about your tour companies in Paris that strive to create a unique experience that's highly personalized in regards to your particular interests and tastes.
Paris - Culture and Cuisine Combined
Paris - Art of the Sweet Tooth
Lyon - Luxuries of Lyon
Lyon - The Wines of Beaujolais
Avignon - Growing Appetite in Avignon
Avignon - Countryside to Coastline
Vence - Splendor by the Sea
Nice - Leisurely Coast
Nice - A Nice Departure
- Learn how to make indulgent sweet treats in the Parisian style during a private pastry lesson
- Discover the secrets of French cooking and the delicacies of Nice on a market tour, followed by a three-course lunch taught by a celebrity chef
- Travel along the Wine Route of Beaujolais to visit enchanting villages and sample the famous wines of the region
- Enjoy traditional Lyonnais cuisine at a historic restaurant in Lyon
- Immerse yourself in the village atmosphere of Cote d’Azur, witnessing quiet charms along the streets and architecture that have inspired celebrated artists
- Revel in the grandeur of Avignon, following in the footsteps of 14th-century popes
Experience French cuisine like a local during your 10-day France culinary tour. Gastronomy and history intertwine across the cities and countryside of France, creating dishes unique to each region. Your delectable culinary discovery begins with your arrival in Paris. The French capital is home to sophisticated dishes and traditional flavors wrapped in decadent ambiance. Your private transfer escorts you to a lavish hotel in the heart of the city. Trips to France are special in their full immersion into the joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life). A short tour after dinner acquaints you with the lights of the city at night.
The following morning, your guide meets you at the hotel to take you on a splendid market tour of Paris, visiting the small and large vendors. Continue traversing the streets of the city to witness the iconic monuments set in the architecture and museums. Then, your guide leads you through the historic Marias district. A pastry chef introduces you to the luxurious treats of Paris before guiding you on creating your favorite confections. In the neighborhood of St-Germain, you find a stunning chocolaterie where you guide leads you through the process of making decadent treats. Your private transfer escorts you to the train station. Board your first-class cabin on the high-speed train to Lyon.
Tour the historic city and its deep connection to the cuisine of France. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Lyonnais restaurant before settling in a luxurious chateau in the Beaujolais countryside. The next day takes you along the Beaujolais wine route. Visit the numerous enchanting villages and enjoy a flavorful tour of the wineries. Next, you travel to the opulent city of Avignon, located on the banks of the Rhone River. Follow your guide on a fabulous tour of the historic neighborhoods and famous Palais de Pape. Wander along the tranquil streets and quintessential cafes of Aix-en-Provence en route to Cote d’Azur.
Relax in your accommodation inside a chateau with a view of the Mediterranean. Visit the hillside villages along the Cote d’Azur, from the local streets of Eze to the fountains in Stain-Paul de Vence. The following day is at your leisure. Lounge on the soft sandy beaches at Antibes or traverse the backstreets of medieval Nice. You could even enjoy a cooking class taught by a celebrated local chef eager to show you the traditional dishes of the French coast. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to the airport in Nice for your flight home.
$7,795 per person (excluding international flights)
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