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Food & Wine: France through Burgundy & Champagne

11 days Food & Wine Tours
Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering array of local specialties. Sip and savor the best of French cuisine as you travel through rustic vineyards, historic cities and charming villages in Champagne and Burgundy on your way to Lyon.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 3 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Get acquainted with Paris before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and cuisine of the City of Light's many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the Champs-Élysées to view the famed Arc de Triomphe 

• Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde 

• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre 

• Sample typical French pastries and cheeses on a culinary walk

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Champagne Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Reims via Chantilly

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your way to Reims, part of the famous Champagne region, stop in Chantilly for a tour of the magnificent château and taste of the town’s famous vanilla whipped cream.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Reims

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Explore Reims, home to the world’s most renowned Champagne estates.

• Visit the Gothic-style Reims Cathedral, a UNESCO-registered site where the kings of France were crowned

• Step inside the Basilica of Saint-Rémi, the oldest church in Reims

• Pass by the Palace of Tau, a palatial 13th-century Gothic chapel and hall 

• Tour one of the most reputed wine cellars in Champagne, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the famous bubbly

Burgundy Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Dijon via Auxerre & Chablis

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel through the world-famous Burgundy region.

• Stop in the medieval town of Auxerre to see the town’s diverse architecture

• Visit Chablis, the center of Burgundy’s winemaking heritage

• Enjoy a Chablis tasting paired with a charcuterie of meats and cheeses

Arrive in Dijon, home of the famed mustard, for an included group dinner.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Dijon

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Soak in Dijon’s sights and sample its fare on a guided tour.

• Stop at the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy

• Take in the Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon and Dijon’s medieval streets

• At lunch, feast on boeuf bourguignon, a classic French dish

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Historic Beaune & Burgundy Cellars $75*pp Details

Nicolas Rolin, the Duke of Burgundy's chancellor, built the Hospices de Beaune in the hope that his good works would earn him a place in heaven. With his wife, Guigone de Salins, Rolin devoted much of his fortune to caring for the thousands who were left poor and starving after the Hundred Years' War. Nearly 600 years later, income from the town’s vineyards along with profits from annual wine auctions continue to fund the organization. You’ll tour the Hospices before enjoying a wine tasting in Beaune's Patriarche wine cellars.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Lyon 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Lyon via the Burgundy & Beaujolais Regions

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Make your way to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France, with a few stops along the way.

• Journey to the Burgundy region where you’ll take a tour of the Château de Cormatin, an elegant private castle surrounded by a moat and formal gardens 

• Visit nearby Tournus to see the Romanesque-style Abbey of Saint-Philibert 

• Stop in the Beaujolais region to taste some of the area’s rustic red wines

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Lyon

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the country’s culinary capital on a sightseeing tour. 

• Take in the Gothic and Renaissance architecture as you pass by the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

• See Lyon Cathedral and walk through centuries-old traboules, or underground passages

• End your tour in the city’s famous indoor market, Halles de Lyon

• Learn the French art of pastry-making during a cooking lesson with local chefs

Day 10: Free day in Lyon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion. Later, say goodbye to your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner at a traditional bouchon restaurant.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Village of Pérouges $59*pp Details

Make your way to the charming village of Pérouges, a favorite among the French for its winding cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Visit the central Tilleul Square for a panoramic view of the area and explore the Fortress Church of Sainte-Marie Madeleine. After taking in the scenery, stop at a local bakery to sample some of the region’s sweetest specialties, including galette (a round, flat tart filled with berries) and hypocras, a spiced wine flavored with honey, ginger and cinnamon.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Aix-en-Provence.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 3 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Get acquainted with Paris before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and cuisine of the City of Light's many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the Champs-Élysées to view the famed Arc de Triomphe 

• Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde 

• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre 

• Sample typical French pastries and cheeses on a culinary walk

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Champagne Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Reims via Chantilly

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your way to Reims, part of the famous Champagne region, stop in Chantilly for a tour of the magnificent château and taste of the town’s famous vanilla whipped cream.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Reims

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Explore Reims, home to the world’s most renowned Champagne estates.

• Visit the Gothic-style Reims Cathedral, a UNESCO-registered site where the kings of France were crowned

• Step inside the Basilica of Saint-Rémi, the oldest church in Reims

• Pass by the Palace of Tau, a palatial 13th-century Gothic chapel and hall 

• Tour one of the most reputed wine cellars in Champagne, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the famous bubbly

Burgundy Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Dijon via Auxerre & Chablis

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel through the world-famous Burgundy region.

• Stop in the medieval town of Auxerre to see the town’s diverse architecture

• Visit Chablis, the center of Burgundy’s winemaking heritage

• Enjoy a Chablis tasting paired with a charcuterie of meats and cheeses

Arrive in Dijon, home of the famed mustard, for an included group dinner.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Dijon

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Soak in Dijon’s sights and sample its fare on a guided tour.

• Stop at the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy

• Take in the Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon and Dijon’s medieval streets

• At lunch, feast on boeuf bourguignon, a classic French dish

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Historic Beaune & Burgundy Cellars $75*pp Details

Nicolas Rolin, the Duke of Burgundy's chancellor, built the Hospices de Beaune in the hope that his good works would earn him a place in heaven. With his wife, Guigone de Salins, Rolin devoted much of his fortune to caring for the thousands who were left poor and starving after the Hundred Years' War. Nearly 600 years later, income from the town’s vineyards along with profits from annual wine auctions continue to fund the organization. You’ll tour the Hospices before enjoying a wine tasting in Beaune's Patriarche wine cellars.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Lyon 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Lyon via the Burgundy & Beaujolais Regions

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Make your way to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France, with a few stops along the way.

• Journey to the Burgundy region where you’ll take a tour of the Château de Cormatin, an elegant private castle surrounded by a moat and formal gardens 

• Visit nearby Tournus to see the Romanesque-style Abbey of Saint-Philibert 

• Stop in the Beaujolais region to taste some of the area’s rustic red wines

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Lyon

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the country’s culinary capital on a sightseeing tour. 

• Take in the Gothic and Renaissance architecture as you pass by the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

• See Lyon Cathedral and walk through centuries-old traboules, or underground passages

• End your tour in the city’s famous indoor market, Halles de Lyon

• Learn the French art of pastry-making during a cooking lesson with local chefs

Day 10: Free day in Lyon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion. Later, say goodbye to your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner at a traditional bouchon restaurant.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Village of Pérouges $59*pp Details

Make your way to the charming village of Pérouges, a favorite among the French for its winding cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Visit the central Tilleul Square for a panoramic view of the area and explore the Fortress Church of Sainte-Marie Madeleine. After taking in the scenery, stop at a local bakery to sample some of the region’s sweetest specialties, including galette (a round, flat tart filled with berries) and hypocras, a spiced wine flavored with honey, ginger and cinnamon.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Aix-en-Provence.

Add Aix-En-Provence $859 pp

Aix-en-Provence offers travelers the quintessential charms of Southern France. An ideal city to sit back and enjoy your surroundings in, this extension gives you the chance to savor France’s exceptional scenery and cuisine for three more days.

Aix-en-Provence 3 nights

Day 11: Travel to Aix-en-Provence

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the high-speed TGV train to Aix-en-Provence, and enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting $99*pp Details

Travel to a rustic Provençal village outside of Aix-en-Provence. Start your evening with a wine tasting at a vineyard followed by dinner at a local restaurant, featuring the traditional herb-accented Provençal dishes for which the region is known.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Aix-en-Provence

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided walking tour of the city to uncover the quintessential charms of Southern France.

• Discover Aix’s beautiful boulevards, the intricate medieval cathedral and enter the former studio of Cézanne

• Depending on the season, your tour may end with a stroll through the city’s vibrant markets to admire fresh flowers, sample the region’s famous herbs and seek out calisson, a traditional Provençal candy

Day 13: Free day in Aix-en-Provence

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Marseille & Cassis: Coastal Cuisine & Cruise $129*pp Details

Spend a day on France’s stunning Mediterranean coast. Your excursion starts in bustling Marseille, where a local guide shows the diverse character of the city. Notre-Dame de la Garde, the artsy quarter of Le Panier and the Old Port highlight Marseille’s rich heritage, while visits to the Euroméditerranée district and the Palais Omnisports show its more modern appeal. After your tour, sit down for an included lunch and get a taste for Marseille’s fresh, flavorful cuisine. In the afternoon, head to nearby Cassis for a scenic boat ride around the dramatic cliffs and calanques that have made this French Riviera city famous.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $139)

Day 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Marseilles airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Lyon, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carryon bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and refrain from baring shoulders or legs when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France. However, be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

In Lyon, try the poularde demi-deuil (pullet hen with black truffles), cardoons with bone marrow and chicken liver soufflé, washed down with a bottle of Beaujolais or Côtes du Rhône wine. Burgundy produces some of the best French cheeses. Chaource, a white and creamy cheese, and Époisses, which is made by monks and was a favorite of Napoleon, are only two of the dozens that are specific to the region. They’re best enjoyed with a chilled glass of Chablis. And don’t forget to sample the many varieties of truffles and mushrooms Burgundy is known for. In Champagne, the region’s favorite drink is used to flavor everything from its sauces to its sorbets. The cuisine is rustic—pâtés, black pudding and quenelles, game and rabbit—but in no way does that mean it lacks in flavor or complexity. Also worth trying is andouillette, a chitterling sausage. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or fourcourse menu for a good price.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Paris and depart from Lyon (Marseille on the post-tour extension). After clearing customs and collecting your luggage upon arrival in Paris, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation is by private motor coach, as well as a high-speed train on the extension. Most of the destinations on tour are best explored on foot, but in Paris you may want to take advantage of the excellent transportation system. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal.

Electricity

France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Paris.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Lyon, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carryon bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and refrain from baring shoulders or legs when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France. However, be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

In Lyon, try the poularde demi-deuil (pullet hen with black truffles), cardoons with bone marrow and chicken liver soufflé, washed down with a bottle of Beaujolais or Côtes du Rhône wine. Burgundy produces some of the best French cheeses. Chaource, a white and creamy cheese, and Époisses, which is made by monks and was a favorite of Napoleon, are only two of the dozens that are specific to the region. They’re best enjoyed with a chilled glass of Chablis. And don’t forget to sample the many varieties of truffles and mushrooms Burgundy is known for. In Champagne, the region’s favorite drink is used to flavor everything from its sauces to its sorbets. The cuisine is rustic—pâtés, black pudding and quenelles, game and rabbit—but in no way does that mean it lacks in flavor or complexity. Also worth trying is andouillette, a chitterling sausage. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or fourcourse menu for a good price.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Paris and depart from Lyon (Marseille on the post-tour extension). After clearing customs and collecting your luggage upon arrival in Paris, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation is by private motor coach, as well as a high-speed train on the extension. Most of the destinations on tour are best explored on foot, but in Paris you may want to take advantage of the excellent transportation system. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal.

Electricity

France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Paris.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Real France - Insiders Wine & Food Adventure

Wow! What a fabulous experience. From Paris to the countryside and beyond ,this tour offers an in-depth cultural and visual French experience. The small group experience was perfect for this adventure. Our tour director, Christophe, and driver, Manny, were the icing on the cake. Our group of 20 were treated to an insiders food, wine, culture and visual tour of Burgundy and Champagne. Every day included a wine tasting and/or regional meals. The accommodations were good with excellent locations. Highlights included a fresh market picnic lunch in Paris, champagne tours, escargot appetizers, wine tasting after wine tasting and much more. Our pastry experience, making macaroons, was a tasty delight. This tour is perfect for the first time France traveler or like my husband and myself, third timers. If you love food, wine and France this is the tour for you. Additionally, Tiffany, our tour consultant was helpful when it came to arranging our extended stays.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Staff, Food and Wine aspect needs fine tuning

This is a solid tour that could be even better. The itinerary has been intelligently plotted out and we thoroughly enjoyed the wit, expertise, guidance, and care of our superb tour director, Jean-Jacques and driver, Emmanuel. Ample free time to explore on our own was built in. The tour is billed as a "food and wine" experience. The food and wine component could be strengthened. The optional evening dinner in Paris was the only total misfire, at Les Noces de Jeannette, where we were served wine judged collectively to be undrinkable. Jean-Jacques, never at a loss, out of his own pocket, came to the rescue with a superb full-flavored Rasteau from Cote du Rhone, redeeming the evening, but the management's indifference to our plight was still a downer. The set welcome dinner in Paris was a perfect example of bistro dining, featuring fine fare and an entertaining staff of servers who joined in and promoted the merriment. The dinners in Reims and Lyon were memorably delicious with a choice of equally enticing entrees and desserts provided with exceptional service, quietly competent in Reims and Latinly enthusiastic in Lyon. Dijon, too, offered typical and delectable beef bourgignon and escargot, but the sole server seemed overwhelmed by the number of clients. The wine part needs rethinking. We visited four wineries, rated on the Go Ahead 1 to 10 scale for historical interest and quality of wine: Mercier (affiliated with Moet) Champagne cellars in Epernay, history 8, wine 5; Jean Marc Brocard in Chablis, history 10, wine 10; Patriarche Pere et Fils in Beaune history 9, wine 5; Caveau Morgon in Morgon, Beaujolais, history 4, wine 1. Several of us are deep into wine and would have preferred the unalloyed excellence of the Brocard experience at the other stops. The Brocard visit was personal and about a family's devotion to their land and pursuit of adventure and quality. The other stops were the equivalent of visiting a Gallo or Almaden for a winery experience in California, impersonal and aimed more at inebriating a busload of tourists than nurturing the pursuit of fine wine. There was a pastry lesson in Lyon in the art of making a French Macaroon, a lot of fun for everyone, sort of like gingerbread houses for grown ups. The optional tour to the medieval village Peyrouges on the border between Lyon and Savoy was a historical and culinary adventure that should not be passed up. The Cave at St Vincent in the village square sells an unbelievably savory and grapey Mondeuse (rare grape -- close kin to Syrah) for under 10 Euro. All the local guides were extraordinary, especially Andre in Reims and the owner of Chateau Cormatin. The Chateau at Chantilly was a feast for an art historian and the lunch provided in Chantilly town at a Creperie/Galetterie was utterly scrumptious.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great exposure to Fench wine and food!

France has the potential for many memorable cultural, wine and food memories. This tour excelled in all 3 areas and much credit for these many great memories goes to Tour Director "J.J.", who managed the many details of the tour in a very thorough manner. Many times he went the extra mile to insure that requests were fulfilled. Of particular note were the excellent wine tastings and a 5 star rating goes to Domaine Jean-Marc Brochard in Chablis. The visit to Domaine Mercier in Epernay for the champagne tasting was exceptional too. I will have memories to enjoy for many years! Paul

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Outstanding Tour Director and Bus Driver!

Our Tour Director "JJ" and our Bus Driver "Emmanuel" were outstanding! We enjoyed being in a small group of people who enjoyed each other's company. JJ and Emmanuel provided a great combination of professionalism and friendliness.Touring the vineyards in the Champagne and Burgundy areas was a great experience as was touring the several beautiful cathedrals and chateaux. The Surrender Museum in Reims should be included as part of this tour. We had wonderful weather and the French countryside is worth the trip by itself. We had several good local guides. Sebastian was an excellent guide at the Jean Marc Brocard vineyard in Chablis. We enjoyed the many wine tastings. The French food was wonderful but the meals are so filling that Go Ahead Tours should avoid including both a large lunch and dinner on the same day. The wine served with our food varied from not good to okay. The restaurant (It had an accordion player.) that was part of our "Dinner & River Cruise" served wine that should not be used again. The wine was really bad.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Trip

Overall, this was a great trip. "JJ",our Tour Director was absolutely outstanding. I would like to suggest that future tours include more time in Paris. We did Paris beforehand on our own and that was fine but, time there as part of the tour might give it wider appeal. I also recommend including the Surrender Museum in Reims as part of the tour. "JJ" made it possible for us to visit this by our special request. Please upgrade the quality of wines served with the included dinners. The wine served with the Dinner and River Cruise in Paris was undrinkable. The wine at the farewell dinner was almost as bad. For a Food & Wine Tour, the expectation certainly is for a better quality of wine. Last suggestion is to not include both lunch and dinner on the same day. It is just too much for most people. Otherwise, I certainly recommend this Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Thierry Was Amazing!!

Our tour director, Thierry is very friendly, accomodating and efficient!! He executed the entire tour with such ease and charm!! The itinerary was superb, however, Chantilly could skipped over for an extra day in Paris which is the piece de resistance of the trip. The food and wine tastings were phenomenal and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I have to say that my favorite place would have to be Peruges!!! Fabulous!!! I would go again and again and again!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful trip!

It was a really good trip because we saw and did so much. All very worth while, and very good value for money. Brenda and Walton Rawls

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director`

Our tour director was great. He was always there to help us and answer questions. When we went out on our won, he made sure we didn't get lost.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

We just returned from the Taste of Burgundy tour, and we had an amazing time. Our tour director Jean Jacques was outstanding. We were a little apprehensive about booking this as we are in our early 30's and on our honeymoon, but it turned out we had a great group and were not even the youngest travelers. The way the tour was set up gave us the perfect amount of free time, but JJ often offered to take the group on excursions during the free time, which was a great option, and perfect for the single travelers. We had the time of our life, and we look forward to booking with Go Ahead again soon!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour & Bus Directors

Excellent tour director! Thierry went out of his was to be sure the group and each individual were comfortable & having a great time. Informatively he was the best source and really made us appreciate the tour. Hotels were satisfactory, but the Nortel in Paris was the not the best to get around from & breakfasts were generally cold. However, the staff were very helpful. Our tour bus driver, Emanuel, was exceptional as well, and his info of the regions were welcome. His bus tour through Paris was far better than the one provided with the Paris guide. Overall, restaurants were excellent with the exception of 2. Tours of Lyon, Dijon, Chablis, Reims, Chantilly were fantastic! Thanks to Thierry & Emanuel!!!

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