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Trip Overview

This 11-day culinary adventure includes destinations synonymous with the food and wine of which France is famous for. Sample the regional specialities of each city, and travel in comfort aboard the world-famous TGV trains. Don’t pack too much luggage as we can guarantee you’ll be bringing a few things home with you at the end of this great vacation by rail.

Highlights

  • Enjoy authentic Macarons and Crepes in the City of Light
  • Discover the real Boeuf Bourguignon and sample mustard from the tap in timeless Dijon
  • Wonder at the beautiful roof of Hospices de Beaune + enjoy a glass or two of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay in historic Beaune
  • Take an intimate walking tour of Lyon, where you’ll be introduced to some of the secrets of French cuisine and culture.
  • Stroll the banks of the Garonne river and sample some of the finest wines in the world in Bordeaux.

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail Travel as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Paris
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Dijon
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lyon
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Bordeaux
  • Secret Food Tour in Paris
  • Day trip to Beaune from Dijon
  • 48hr Lyon City Pass
  • Secret Food Tour in Lyon
  • Skip the line tickets to La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – PARIS
On arrival into Paris, head to your hotel for a two-night stay.  Spend the remainder of the day sightseeing with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower perhaps, or visit the Louvre museum to marvel at some of the finest art in the world.  (Overnight Paris)

DAY 2 - PARIS
Today enjoy a two-hour intimate tour around the scenic Montmartre district visiting 5-6 local eateries, getting an insight about French sweets, pastries, and Paris culture.  If this day is a Monday an equally rewarding general food and drink tour takes place in the same beautiful Arrondissement.   After you’ve indulged, check out the great view of Paris from the gorgeous Sacre Couer church, then head to the Marais district to check out the famous Paris flea markets, or wander the Grand Boulevards which give a wonderful insight into historic Paris.  (Overnight Paris) B

DAY 3 – DIJON
Take the quick TGV train to Dijon and check in for a two-night stay.  In the afternoon head to the huge Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy to marvel at the remarkable tombs and other well-preserved historical wonders.  Pass by Dijon’s stunning cathedral and give the stone owl a rub for good luck as the locals do, drop by the local market to see some of the local truffles foraged from the nearby woods, or pop into any of the historic mustard shops where it’s served from a tap. (Overnight Dijon) B

DAY 4 – BEAUNE DAY TRIP
Jump onto any of the very regular trains to Beaune and within 30mins you’ll arrive into this remarkable, historic walled town.  Beaune is the centre of the Burgundy winemaking region, and the best place to sample or buy a bottle or two.  Be sure to pay a visit to the Hospices de Beaune, whose 15th century tiled roof is more than impressive. When you are ready, head back to Dijon for dinner, and tuck into a hearty Boeuf Bourguignon for a real authentic experience. (Overnight Dijon) B

DAY 5 – DIJON TO LYON
After breakfast and any last souvenir shopping, take the two-hour train ride south to Lyon in the Rhone valley, and on arrival head to your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight Lyon) B

DAY 6 – LYON
Today enjoy a very small group Secret Food Tour around the Vieux Lyon and Bellecour districts where you will have the opportunity to taste authentic and traditional dishes, while drinking lovely local wines.  This great three-hour tour gives any visitor a better understanding of French culture, history and how to live like a local.  After, stop by the tourist information office to pick up your two-day Lyon card to get the most out of this beautiful city. (Overnight Lyon) B

DAY 7 – LYON
Lyon is full of fascinating historical and architectural landmarks.  Continue to make use of your City Pass today with a visit to the fascinating musee des Confluences or the fine arts museum, then hop onboard for a scenic cruise tour along the Rhone.  Head over to the Roman Amphitheatre before tucking into some serious Coq au vin or any other of the many rustic delicacies which have given Lyon the reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. (Overnight Lyon) B

DAY 8 – LYON TO BORDEAUX
Travel from Lyon to Bordeaux via a change of trains in Toulouse today, and make your way to your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight Bordeaux) B

DAY 9 – BORDEAUX
At your leisure head to the impressive Cité du Vin complex today to discover everything you didn’t know and thought you knew about the world of wine.  This vast museum and exhibition/information centre housed in a wonderfully futuristic building holds the worlds biggest selection of wine and tells the global story of wine in a uniquely immersive and sensorial way. Visitors can not only taste but also make wine, as well as enjoying spectacular views across the Garonne river and Bordeaux. (Overnight Bordeaux) B

DAY 10 – BORDEAUX
Enjoy a relaxing day in Bordeaux today, exploring its beautiful streets filled with 18th and 19th century mansions.  Its 11th century Cathedral is well worth a visit, whilst the spectacular Place de la Bourse is makes for a fantastic photo opportunity.  The Bordeaux region produces far more wine than any other in France so its certainly a good place to sample some, and for dinner its worth ordering some of the local shell fish of which there is an abundant supply of. (Overnight Bordeaux) B

DAY 11 – END OF TOUR
After breakfast enjoy one of the fastest trainlines in France, direct from Bordeaux to Paris where your vacation ends, or speak to your Sales Consultant about extending your vacation elsewhere.  B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Our hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Bordeaux , and more specifically in the Golden Triangle , in the heart of the art de vivre in Bordeaux.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Maison Philippe Le Bon

Maison Philippe Le Bon

Hotel located in the heart of the historic center of Dijon , a UNESCO World Heritage site in Burgundy, Maison Philippe le Bon welcomes you in a setting steeped in history. The history of the charming hotel Maison Philippe Le Bon, located close to the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, is closely linked to the history of Burgundy.

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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