Day 1: City of Lights (Paris)
As you are driven down to your hotel from the airport, take in the first views of dreamy Paris. After check-in, step out for a 3-hour walking tour of the city. You can make your way to Ile de la Cite, where the medieval city was focused, and where you can admire the cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the most famous Catholic churches in the world. Walk through the courtyards of the world-famous Louvre and learn about Paris at the time of Napoleon as you see the imposing Arc de Triomphe on the renowned Champs-Elysees. Or head straight for the iconic Eiffel Tower for a selfie of a lifetime!
Day 2: First Taste (Paris)
Start your culinary sojourn at the local markets of the city. On a guided walking tour of the old Les Halles market district, today you will observe vendors of all sorts of speciality foods, cutting-edge culinary ware, and even Paris’ oldest patisserie. Stop by to try local specialities and taste a variety of items, including cheeses, pastries, chocolates, and more. And why not buy some to take the flavours back home? Please note, this tour could be shifted to the Latin Quarter or the Madeleine area to accommodate for the best open market, based on date of travel. Enjoy the evening with a gourmet meal at one of Paris’ most iconic restaurants.
Day 3: Inside A Vintage Cellar (Paris)
Set out for a private wine tasting with Lionel Michelin, wine expert and vintage collector, at his 17th century cellar, a mythical site where the famous wine merchant Jean-Baptiste Besse settled in the early 30’s. For over 50 years, amateur wine enthusiasts have come here for an exploration of some of the oldest wines in the world, including the likes of Hemingway and Ustinov. Your exclusive wine tasting will be conducted in English by the owner Lionel Michelin as he shares his passion for oenology and fascinating insights into the wines’ region, varieties, characteristics, and evolution. Enjoy a gourmet lunch paired with the wines, with delectable foie gras, cooked meats, smoked salmon, fine cheeses and pastries.
Day 4: Wine Trails (Paris – Beaune)
Depart by train from Paris to the medieval town of Beaune, approximately 3.5 hours away. After check-in, we will step out for a walking tour, which will provide a brilliant overview of the city, spotting the signature Burgundian tile roofs of the old town most prominently featured on the 15th century Hospices de Beaune, also known as the Hotel-Dieu. Stroll past the old market and the clock tower, where you can see the intact half of the town's medieval ramparts and admire the church of Notre Dame.
Day 5: Cooking Up A Storm (Beaune)
Lead by an expert chef and instructor, today we start the day at a local cheese shop for a full day of exploring, cooking and tasting the gastronomic delights of Burgundy. The day includes a market tour in the heart of Beaune, a hands-on cooking class on Burgundian cuisine, and a seven-course lunch, including a cheese tasting with local producers, and wine tasting paired with the menu. Regional ingredients, local markets, fresh produce – are all themes for this culinary day, as you prepare lunch with the experts and learn about classic techniques you can use at home. Afterwards, enjoy a seven-course meal with table service, featuring local Burgundy wines and a full cheese course.
Day 6: Aroma, Body, Colour (Beaune)
Learn the ABCs of wine today on a full-day excursion through the villages of the Cote de Beaune and Cotes de Nuits with a private wine expert. Enjoy three private wine tastings at three spectacular estates, sampling a great selection of Burgundy's best wines. On route, you can see Burgundy's Champs Elysees, and the villages of the Cote de Nuits; take a break at Vosne-Romanée outside the Romanee-Conti estate; and admire stunning views of the Chateau of Clos de Vougeot, and the exceptional scenery of the Cote de Beaune. Visit the amazing Chateau de Pommard, exploring its wine cellars, and its wine museum and art gallery, finishing with a special private wine tasting.
Day 7: Epicurean Delights (Beaune – Lyon)
Depart by train from Beaune to Lyon, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes away. In the Old Town of Lyon, you will be met by your private epicurean guide for a half-day gourmet walking tour of the gastronomic capital of France. Lyon is famous for its world-renowned chefs like the Méres Lyonnaise (the “Mothers of Lyon”) and local hero (and three-Michelin-star chef) Paul Bocuse. Your guide, a specialist in local culinary history, will take you through some of the most prominent culinary neighbourhoods in town, with tastings of local specialties. Stroll past the streets of Lyon as you uncover the tastes of the city, meandering from Old Town on the banks of the Saône, to the Left Bank of the Rhone.
Day 8: A Lyonnaise Liaison (Lyon)
You will participate in a workshop today, in the heart of Lyon where you'll join a small group of up to 8 participants for a cooking class led by a professional chef. With the guidance and oversight of your instructor, create three delicious recipes of typical Lyonnaise cuisine. Later, enjoy the food over lunch, paired with local wine.
Day 9: For The Love Of Chocolate (Lyon)
Today, we will spend a full day along the Rhone for an oenological and gourmet experience that combines both wine and chocolate. To the south of Lyons, the Côtes du Rhône vineyards stretch along the length of the river with breath-taking views from hilltops. Savour the most prestigious wines of the region and enjoy a gourmet stopover in Tain l’Hermitage to visit the multi-sensory Valrhona Cité du Chocolat, the ultimate place for chocolate exploration and knowledge. Learn about the secrets that have made Valrhona the flagbearer of the chocolate industry.
Day 10: Au Revoir France! (Lyon)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.