Culinary Food & Wine | Culture Arts & History
10 Nights / 11 Days
Explore and taste Paris, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. This itinerary will help you immerse yourself into the French gastronomic heritage. You will also discover secret gardens, castles and mansions from the 16 & 17th centuries by foot, bike or even in the air on-board a hot air balloon!
- A culinary and gourmet trip to Paris, the Loire-Valley and Bordeaux
- Expert guides in all three regions
- Cultural visits with many wine tastings
Arrival and private transfer
On arrival at the airport welcome and transfer to your charming boutique hotel in the center of Paris. Free time to relax and wander in the lively streets around your hotel.
Discover the islands of Paris
After breakfast, meet your private guide for an introduction of Paris with a walking tour on the Islands (Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis). Your guide will introduce Paris’ history while walking in front of many famous monuments. You will start with the Ile de La Cité where the Sainte-Chapelle was built to protect the relics of the Christ. You will also be able to enter in the gothic jewel, Notre-Dame Cathedral, dated from the 12th century. You will then continue to the Ile Saint Louis, where the French aristocracy used to live in private mansions.
Gourmet lunch and wine tastings
Free time in the morning to discover the covered passages and the Palais Royal. For lunch you are expected in the Galerie Vivienne, in a Parisian institution for a unique wine tasting paired with regional produces. You will be welcomed by your personal sommelier and you will have an introduction to the French wines. You will also be able to focus on a specific wine region such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley if you are a connoisseur.
The Palace of Versailles
After breakfast, your driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel for a private visit of the famous Versailles castle. The Palace of Versailles was the residence of three kings of France: Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, from 1682 to 1789. Your guide will accompany you throughout the morning as you discover the majesty of the Palace of Versailles in the King’s appartments and its spectacular gardens and groves. Free time in the afternoon to bike ride around the gardens or relax on a rowing boat on the King’s Great Canal.
Welcome to the Loire-Valley
After breakfast you will be transferred to the train station and you will take the high-speed train from Paris to the Loire Valley, a great way to see the French countryside. After dropping off your luggage at the hotel you will spend the afternoon discovering the charming town of Amboise. You could discover the Royal castle of Amboise and even the Clos Lucé, where Leonardo Da Vinci used to live at the end of his life.
Cultural day to Chenonceau and Chambord castles
Discover the Loire-Valley culture by visiting the most famous castles with your private guide. In the morning you will visit Chenonceau Castle. The unique architecture of the Chateau of Chenonceau built on the Cher river makes it a must-see in the region. In the afternoon you will be driven to the Estate of Chambord, a national reserve as large as the town of Paris. With more than 400 rooms and its double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.
Organic Touraine wine tour
After breakfast, meet your driver-guide at your hotel for a private organic wine tour in the Touraine area. Your guide will take you to a selection of small winemakers of Bourgueil, Vouvray and Chinon appellations, producing organic or biodynamic wines. After a gourmet lunch you will discover another part of the Loire Valley for two other wine tastings. During this day you’ll really discover the Loire Valley countryside.
Train to Bordeaux
During the day you will be transferred to the train station and you will take the high-speed train to Bordeaux. After dropping off your luggage at the hotel you will spend your afternoon discovering the city of Bordeaux.
Stroll and wine in Bordeaux
After breakfast you will be picked up by your professional wine guide for a private wine tour in Saint-Emilion. During the day you will discover this charming medieval village famous for its impressive collection of historical sites and monuments such as the monolithic church. You will then visit famous Chateaux or family-run estates to understand how they make wines and to learn the specificities of these red wines. During these visits you will have several wine tastings.
Free day to relax
Relaxing free day at your leisure to discover this lively city. If you are a true foodie, enjoy walking around Bordeaux city center to eat different specialties like a canelé or visit the Cité du Vin opened in 2016 to share the heritage of the Bordeaux region wine culture.
Train back to Paris
In the morning, you will take the train to Paris and then be transferred to airport or train station.