Food & Wine: France through Burgundy & Champagne with Linda Piccolo

with Aix-En-Provence extension
Sep 6-16, 2019 / 11 DAYS

Discover the ingredients of French culture.

Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering array of local specialties. Sip and savor the best of French cuisine as you travel through rustic vineyards, …

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 wine tastings
  • 1 cooking lesson
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Eiffel Tower photo stop, Parisian food markets, Champagne cellar tour, Burgundy wine tasting, Château de Cormatin, Lyon Cathedral, pastry-making class

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 3.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some …

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 06: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 07: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Get acquainted with Paris before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Sep 08: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and cuisine of the City of Light's many neighborhoods, called arrondissements. • Drive down the Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe  • Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, on an island in the Seine River  • See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde  • Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre  • Sample traditional French pastries and cheeses on a culinary walk Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

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Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
5 hours
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Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on the restaurant for your dinner. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.5 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Champagne Region / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 09: Reims via Chantilly

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On your way to Reims, part of the famous Champagne region, stop in Chantilly for a tour of the magnificent château and taste of the town’s famous vanilla whipped cream.

Sep 10: Sightseeing tour of Reims

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Reims, home to the world’s most renowned Champagne estates. • Visit the Gothic-style Reims Cathedral, a UNESCO-recognized site • Step inside the Basilica of Saint-Rémi, the oldest church in Reims • Pass by the Palace of Tau, a palatial 13th-century Gothic chapel and hall  • Tour one of the most reputed wine cellars in Champagne, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the famous bubbly

Burgundy Region / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 11: Dijon via Troyes & Chablis

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the world-famous Burgundy region. • Stop in the medieval town of Troyes to admire the unique architecture on a walking tour, followed by free time for lunch  • Visit Chablis, the center of Burgundy’s winemaking heritage • Enjoy a Chablis tasting paired with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses Arrive in Dijon, home of the famed mustard, for an included group dinner.

Sep 12: Sightseeing tour of Dijon

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Soak in Dijon’s sights and sample its fare on a guided tour. • Stop at the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy • Take in the Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon and Dijon’s medieval streets • At lunch, feast on boeuf bourguignon, a classic French dish Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

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Historic Beaune & Burgundy Cellars
5 hours
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Nicolas Rolin, the Duke of Burgundy's chancellor, built the Hospices de Beaune in the hope that his good works would earn him a place in heaven. With his wife, Guigone de Salins, Rolin devoted much of his fortune to caring for the thousands who were left poor and starving after the Hundred Years' War. Nearly 600 years later, income from the town’s vineyards along with profits from annual wine auctions continue to fund the organization. You’ll tour the Hospices before enjoying a wine tasting in Beaune's Patriarche wine cellars.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Lyon / 3 NIGHTS

Sep 13: Lyon via the Burgundy & Beaujolais Regions

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France, with a few stops along the way. • Journey to the Burgundy region where you’ll take a tour of the Château de Cormatin, an elegant private castle surrounded by a moat and formal gardens  • Visit nearby Tournus to see the town’s Benedictine abbey  • Stop in the Beaujolais region to taste some of the area’s rustic red wines

Sep 14: Sightseeing tour of Lyon

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the country’s culinary capital on a sightseeing tour.  • Take in the Gothic and Renaissance architecture as you pass by the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière • See Lyon Cathedral and walk through centuries-old traboules, or underground passages • End your tour in the city’s famous indoor market, Halles de Lyon • Learn the French art of pastry-making during a cooking lesson with local chefs

Sep 15: Free day in Lyon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion. Later, say goodbye to your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner at a traditional bouchon restaurant.

Medieval Village of Pérouges
Medieval Village of Pérouges
4 hours
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Make your way to the charming village of Pérouges, a favorite among the French for its winding cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Visit the central Tilleul Square for a panoramic view of the area and explore the Fortress Church of Sainte-Marie Madeleine. After taking in the scenery, stop at a local bakery to sample some of the region’s sweetest specialties. Taste a galette, which is a round, flat tart filled with berries, and hypocras, a spiced wine flavored with honey, ginger, and cinnamon.4 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Sep 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Aix-en-Provence.

Extension / Starting from $859 pp

Aix-En-Provence / 3 NIGHTS

Aix-en-Provence offers travelers the quintessential charms of Southern France. An ideal city to sit back and enjoy your surroundings in, this extension gives you the chance to savor France’s exceptional scenery and cuisine for three more days.

Sep 16: Travel to Aix-en-Provence

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the high-speed TGV train to Aix-en-Provence, and enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

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Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting
6 hours
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Travel to a rustic Provençal village outside of Aix-en-Provence. Start your evening with a wine tasting at a vineyard followed by dinner at a local restaurant, featuring the traditional herb-accented Provençal dishes for which the region is known.6 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Sep 17: Sightseeing tour of Aix-en-Provence

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided walking tour of the city to uncover the quintessential charms of Southern France. • Discover Aix’s beautiful boulevards, the intricate medieval cathedral and enter the former studio of Cézanne • Depending on the season, your tour may end with a stroll through the city’s vibrant markets to admire fresh flowers, sample the region’s famous herbs and seek out calisson, a traditional Provençal candy

Sep 18: Free day in Aix-en-Provence

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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Marseille & Cassis: Coastal Cuisine & Cruise
8 hours
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Spend a day on France’s stunning Mediterranean coast. Your excursion starts in bustling Marseille, where a local guide shows the diverse character of the city. Notre-Dame de la Garde, the artsy quarter of Le Panier and the Old Port highlight Marseille’s rich heritage, while visits to the Euroméditerranée district and the Palais Omnisports show its more modern appeal. After your tour, sit down for an included lunch and get a taste for Marseille’s fresh, flavorful cuisine. In the afternoon, head to nearby Cassis for a scenic boat ride around the dramatic cliffs and calanques that have made this French Riviera city famous.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Sep 19: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Marseille airport for your flight home.

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