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Home > France > Itineraries > Food And Wine

France for Food and Wine Lovers

Departures

May to September

Duration

7 Days

Locations

Paris and Bordeaux

Overview

An absolute trip for food and wine lovers – what’s better than enjoying both in France, really?

Much like the gastronomic meal of the French, which begins with an aperitif, continues with four food courses, and ends with a digestif, this 7-day itinerary leaves no stomach empty and taste buds unsatisfied.

Test your culinary skills with a private tour led by a French food expert in Paris, getting behind the scenes and learning the secrets of the city’s best boulangeries or chocolatiers, and continue to Bordeaux, the world’s capital of wine, to learn and enjoy – what else – wine!

Top off this delicious tour with fundamental visits to some of France’s most iconic sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Place de la Bourse, and Cathédrale Saint-André.

Itinerary in Detail

    Day 1 - Paris

    Morning

    Bienvenue à Paris! Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where your private chauffeur will meet you to safely transport you to your home in Paris for the next three nights, The Peninsula Paris.

    Just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées, The Peninsula Paris is a luxurious hotel in an ornate 19th-century building and one of the city’s newest Palace-grade hotels.

    Afternoon

    Spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps acquainting yourself with the exquisite hotel and its fabulous restaurants, before meeting your driver in the evening for your transfer to your dining experience. Arrive at Port Debilly, where you’ll board the Don Juan II for your scenic dinner on the yacht.

    Take your tastebuds on an adventure with dishes prepared by Chef Frédéric Anton, Meil­leur Ouvrier de France (translating to “best craftsman of France,” bestowed on only the best of the best).

    Enjoy your gastronomic journey inspired by seasonal local produce, as you cruise along the Seine River and watch Paris go by, starting with the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame, The Conciergerie, Hôtel de Ville, The Pont des Arts, The Louvre, The Grand Palais and The Statue of Liberty.

    Hotel: The Peninsula Paris

    Conciergerie Castle and Seine River, Paris

    The D'Orsay Museum and the Seine river at night.

    Day 2 - Paris

    Morning

    Meet your personal local guide for a day of experiencing the City of Light in true Parisian style – all in the comfort of your private car. The half-day guided tour will include Paris’ must-sees, including landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and the Ile de la Cité.

    Afternoon

    Stroll through the world’s most visited museum, the Louvre, your way, at your own pace with your private after-hours tour. Formerly the royal residence of the kings of France, the museum houses some of the world’s most esteemed masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, and features the picturesque outdoor Tuileries garden that young princes Louis XIII and Louis XV once enjoyed.

    Delight your tastebuds with an unforgettable dinner experience atop the Arc du Triomphe. Indulge in a private dinner prepared by a Michelin-starred chef while being serenaded by an orchestra, on top of one of Paris’ most iconic sites, overlooking the city.

    Hotel: The Peninsula Paris

    The Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris

    Arch of Triumph, Champs-Elysees at sunset

    The Louvre Museum

    Day 3 - Paris

    Morning

    Rise and shine for the ultimate Parisian gastronomy walking tour! Bring your appetite and meet your tour guide (also a food expert), who will spend the half-day introducing you to some of the best food suppliers in the city. This tour can be customized based on your preferences and interests – whether you want to visit a world-renowned boulangerie to meet the baker and learn about the French art of bread baking or catch a glimpse into the life of a dedicated chocolatier who trained with the very best, this tour is bound to be the tastiest one you’ve experienced yet!

    Hotel: The Peninsula Paris

    One of the many world-renowned boulangeries

    Day 4 - Bordeaux

    Morning

    Today you’ll depart Paris for your next stop – Bordeaux. Transfer to the world’s capital of wine via a first-class train ride with premium door-to-door luggage assistance.

    Upon arrival at Bordeaux Saint-Jean Train Station, your private driver will meet you at the door of the train and transfer you to your hotel, InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel.

    The InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, decorated by famed French designer Jacques Garcia, is set in set in an 8th-century building with a neoclassical-inspired façade and faces le Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. With its Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay, the hotel is the perfect home in Bordeaux for food lovers from all over the world.

    Hotel: InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel

    Sunset over vineyard in Bordeaux

    InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel

    Day 5 - Bordeaux

    Morning

    Lace-up for a guided 3-hour walking tour of Bordeaux today. Start by visiting Place de la Bourse, one of the city’s most recognizable sights, and be sure to get a photo of the spectacular Miroir d'Eau (Water Mirror), located just across the square.

    Continue to Cathédrale Saint-André, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century, and stop to marvel at the facades of the Bordeaux Law Courts, Hôpital Saint-André and Palais Rohan, which is now the city hall.

    Conclude your tour at Vieux Bordeaux (Old Bordeaux), by exploring the 15th-century Gate Cailhau and the 14th-century Grosse Cloche, one of the oldest belfries in France.

    Hotel: InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel

    Place de la Bourse

    Saint Andre Cathedral

    Day 6 - Bordeaux

    Morning

    Wake up refreshed and rested for your full-day tour in and around the Saint-Émilion region. This charming medieval village has long gained a reputation as one of the greatest wine regions in the world, thus its streets being lined with wine stores.

    During your guided tour, visit Église Monolithe, one of France's largest underground churches, and the 13th-century ramparts that encircle the village. Subject to availability, a private service with a local priest can be organized for you in the monolithic church.

    Last but certainly not least, finish your tour by visiting some of the best local vineyards, such as Château Franc Mayne or Château La Tour du Pin Figeac, and wind down with a glass of their liquid gold. If interested, your guide can arrange a one-on-one tour experience at a winery of your choice, where you can learn the secrets to how some of the finest wines in France are made.

    Hotel: InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel

    The town of Saint-Emilion

    A Bordeaux vineyard

    Day 7 - Bordeaux

    Morning/afternoon

    Check out of your hotel and meet your driver to be privately transferred to the airport to board your homebound flight. Au revoir!

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