Champagne Vineyards at sunset, Montagne de Reims, France
Champagne in the Château
Arguably the most revered cuisine in the world, France’s food holds a special place in the heart of any culinary aficionado. On this nine-day trip, you will experience the finest in French cooking, dining and wine. Starting in the country’s capital, Paris, you will learn how to make macarons, taste the best of Parisian delicacies, and experience 1900’s style Parisian dining. You’ll sip cold glasses of champagne and dine in the garden of an historical château in Champagne, before travelling to Bordeaux where you will create your very own bottle of wine – branded with your own label! In Lyon you will explore the Beaujolais wine region, before cooking and feasting on a three-course, classic French meal.
Learn to make colourful macarons in Paris
Dine at the Art Nouveau Le Bouillon Racine
Explore the world famous Champagne region
Savour a five-star lunch at Brasserie Les Crayères in Reims
Create, bottle and take home your own wine in Bordeaux
Cook a three-course French meal in Lyon
This exciting trip to France includes international flights, private transfers, excursions, accommodation and some meals.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
When you arrive in Paris, you’ll be met by your driver and taken to your hotel, the Hôtel Etoile Saint Honoré, located near to the Champs Elyseés and Arc de Triomphe in the upscale 8th arrondissement. You’ll kick off your Paris experience in style, with an evening trip in a vintage Citroën 2CV ‘tin bug’. You’ll drive along the Champs Elysées and past classic sights including the Pompidou Centre, the Trocadéro, the Place de la Concorde, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
On your second day in Paris, your foodie journey begins with a macaron making workshop. These legendary colourful, round delights made from almond meringue are a popular feature in any patisserie. Guided by a pastry chef, you’ll learn the skills to create them perfectly. In the afternoon, you’ll take a foodie tour of Paris. With a private guide, you’ll taste the very best wine, pastries, cheese and treats from the delicatessen. You will want to reserve some space in your stomach, because tonight you’ll be dining at an authentic Parisian restaurant in the Latin Quarter - Le Bouillon Racine. This 100-year-old Art Nouveau restaurant serves quintessentially French dishes, in surroundings that will take you back to the Paris of the 1900’s.
The next day, you’ll take a full day trip to Champagne with a private driver. A name synonymous with France, you’ll explore one of the few Champagne Houses permitted to create some of the world’s finest sparkling wines. After a tasting, you’ll enjoy lunch at Brasserie Les Crayères in Reims. Sip champagne in a dreamy garden setting, and savour passionately produced plates of modern French cuisine.
Travel in first class on the train to Bordeaux, the next stop on your culinary voyage. When you arrive, there’s time at leisure to settle into your hotel, Hôtel De Sèze.
The following day is dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux. You will visit one of the region’s famous winemakers, Château Pape Clément, home to France’s oldest Grands Crus vineyards. As well as touring the vineyards and tasting their wines, you will meet a winemaker who will show you how the wines are produced, from the grape to the bottle. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to create your own wine. Guided by a sommelier, you will taste and create your own blend of Cabernet and Merlot wines. When you’re happy with the finished product, you will bottle and cork it, and create a customised label. It’s the ultimate souvenir of your visit to Bordeaux!
Fly to Lyon – the gastronomic capital of France, if not the world. On arrival, you’ll be met by your driver and transferred to your base for the next three nights, the Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette, in the heart of the city. This funky boutique hotel is the perfect place to begin your explorations of Lyon on foot. This evening you will do just that, on a short orientation tour of the city with a private guide.
You’ve tasted the wines of Champagne and Bordeaux, and today you’ll complete your collection in the Beaujolais region. You will visit a Beaujolais winery where you will be introduced to the aromas and enjoy a tasting of the region’s unique wines. Afterwards, you will follow in the footsteps of a winemaker as they take you through the wine production process, and if you like, you can get hands on!
The following day is dedicated to the food of Lyon. Classical French dishes can be complicated and daunting but fear not – today you will be in the safe and capable hands of an experienced chef who will show you the secrets of cooking a three-course meal. Afterwards, you can relax, and enjoy the spoils of your work, naturally accompanied by wine pairings for each course.
On your last day, with a full belly, wave goodbye to Lyon and transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.