Explore the 'Vallée de la Gastronomie' from Epicurean Paris to Delectable Marseille in the South of France. Experience the sights, sounds, and refined flavours of the capital before setting off to Burgundy, a mustard-infused and wine-centric region. Roam south through Lyon, Beaujolais, and into Provence where you'll be touring top vineyards and enjoying its diverse and delicious farm-to-table refined cuisine. Spend a full 12 days captivated by sublime scenery and delighting in the best food and wine of Southern France.

Highlights

Day By day

Welcome to the City of Lights!

Tony, our trusted chauffeur (or one of his colleagues!), will pick you up at the airport. You can then settle into your carefully selected hotel and head out for your first look at the French capital. We always make sure your hotels are close to the centre and are in very walkable locations. You can start your gastronomic discovery at one of the top restaurants in Paris that we will suggest for you (we will share a selection in your detailed traveller's roadbook), or we’ll find a cozy café near an iconic monument! Our tip is that you get us to secure in advance any top-rated or trendsetting establishments. Overnight: Paris

Montmartre vibes

What could be more perfect than starting your day with a Gourmet Tour? Marion will take you to the streets of central Paris to sample some of the finest gourmet products in the city, such as cheese, bread, and pastries. It is also an opportunity to learn historic facts and gain enlightening insights into the cooking and eating habits of the locals! After this fulfilling day, experience an evening at the iconic Moulin Rouge and enjoy a deliciously concocted dinner and an unforgettable show. Overnight: Paris

Art & Wine in central Paris

For your last day in Paris, you'll visit the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world, covering almost 10,000 years of history. Tickets are valid long enough for you to explore your preferred sections and take a few breaks along the way. Finally, if you want to live an unusual experience, we can organize a wine tasting just underneath in the Louvre's Cellar! Overnight: Paris

Vineyards, History & Art

Au revoir Paris! After a short train journey, you'll be in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. Your destination is officially recognized as a City of Art and History, especially thanks to its city centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The medieval streets and buildings provide a glimpse into the city's rich past. You'll have a taste of its famous cuisine and fine wines from the very first day! Popular dishes from the region include Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Escargots, and Epoisses de Bourgogne (a pungent cheese from the region). Overnight: Dijon

The Best of Bourgogne

Immerse yourself in nearby Beaune’s history with your expert guide. Stroll down the sacred alleys of this captivating town, admire the impressive architecture and be amazed by its unique stories. You'll then tour a couple of wine cellars where Burgundy’s greatest vintages are conserved?and have a convivial lunch of local specialities at an authentic village. You'll end your day back in the centre of Dijon. Overnight: Dijon

Lyon Gastronomy

Time to go to Lyon, the French 'capital of Gastronomy', just over 1 hour away! Enjoy the city blessed with an incredibly diverse range of food. In fact, you can choose between a "Bouchon", a traditional Lyonnais restaurant, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a modern bistro, or a hundred-year-old brasserie. Upon arrival, take a guided food tour of Lyon's Old Town. During the tour, you'll meet local artisan food producers passionate about their professions. They will share their history and knowledge with you, and of course, you'll taste their delicious products. Overnight: Lyon

Medieval villages: Beaujolais & Pérouges

Explore France's most picturesque wine region and live a full day at some of the most wonderful medieval 'golden-stone villages,' like Theizé, Oingt, and Pérouges, with Alexandre, your expert guide. You'll indulge in exclusive tastings, savouring the distinct flavours of velvety reds and elegant whites. Explore quaint villages with cobblestone streets, and don't miss out on the "tarte à la Praline," a flaky pastry base with a luscious combination of cream, eggs, and sugar, resulting in a rich and velvety custard-like texture. Overnight: Lyon

Paul Bocuse Covered Market

Explore the Halles of Lyon, known as Paul Bocuse Covered Market, a vibrant culinary heaven where "gourmands" indulge in fresh local ingredients, gourmet delights, and hidden gems, embracing Lyon's culinary heritage. You'll meet local producers, learn inside secrets from your guide, taste everything from pralines to locally made cheeses, cured meats, and, of course, wine. The rest of the day is left free for you to explore the highlights of the city. At the end of the day, take the train to Avignon and be amazed by the Ancient Palace of the Popes. Overnight: Avignon

Luberon villages & wineries

Experience the very best of Provence by exploring some of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon, a region also famous for its olive oil and lavender fields. A picturesque route will take you to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where you'll enjoy panoramic views of wine country before tasting at the cellars of two fine wineries. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Luberon and its picturesque villages. See Roussillon with its famous ochre cliffs and drive through the village of Lacoste, where you can find the Marquis de Sade's castle. Overnight: Avignon

Shop & Cook like a French!

Your next train will take you to the Mediterranean city of Marseille! Once you have checked into your hotel, you'll join an exclusive cooking class. Your day will commence with a visit to the local food markets, where you'll have the chance to meet the producers and savour their products. Following this, a stop at a prestigious local Château will offer you the opportunity to choose a bottle of their finest wine. After this, you'll join the Chef's countryside home for a?gourmet Provence cooking class and a delicious lunch. Overnight: Marseille

Exploring Cézanne's Country

Picture a wine tour in the scenic landscapes of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, a source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne, and enjoy some of the most natural wines in authentic and charming estates at the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards. You'll explore the Roman town of Vaison la Romaine and savour an amazing lunch in a winery before visiting Séguret, the famous hilltop village. In the evening, a relaxing dinner awaits you while the sun sets.  Overnight: Marseille

Goodbye Delicious France

We have to say goodbye... Today, transfer to the airport for your homeward journey. Congratulations, you can proudly call yourself a Foodie Expert! How about one last Croissant before going back home? A bientôt!

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"This trip is doable by train, but I would recommend having a rental car to explore off the beaten path – and of course, have a driver guide for the wine tasting days so you don’t have to drive. The period from June to November seems to be the most suitable to see the vineyards in their full, colourful glory. In Lyon, I suggest making a stop at Food Traboule, where you can sample a wide range of gastronomic delights in a single evening! "

Sarah, Local Expert

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In short-exceptional! Everything went according to plan-a great trip!
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Sarah didn’t disappoint with her travel suggestions and itinerary! The tours were fun and exactly what we were looking for in our first trip in Europe. We met wonderful people on our journey from Paris to Nice! Our hotels and tour guides were amazing. We can’t wait for our next big adventure!
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