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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.

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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.

• 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 Notre-Dame de Reims, the city’s Gothic cathedral

• Step inside the Gothic Basilica of St. Remi

• 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 Beaujolais Region

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

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

• 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 town’s church and Benedictine abbey 

• 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 St. John the Baptist’s 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.

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  • 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.

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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!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour director and guides can't be topped

This tour was an opportunity to visit an area of France which I will probably never experience again, so I wanted/hoped it would give me enough information and scenery to last a LONG time. Not only was this tour extensive with the usual known tourist spots, but it added Perouge, Chablis and Chantilly..... those little villages you'll never forget. Thierry, our director, was so knowledgeable and interesting and he even extended himself to our free time, if we needed him. The other guides that were selected by Go Ahead were exceptional and knew their subjects to the letter. The venues were also perfect.......old charm to modern Paris. I never dreamed I would know France so well in just 11 days. I highly recommend the wine tasting......all done in the most charming and professional settings. I came away with favorites and a better understanding of wine-making. The bistros and brasseries we tested ranged from elegant to eclectic! My thanks to everyone at Go Ahead!!!!!!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Buyer be Aware

Before booking ANY Go Ahead tour I'd recommend asking the question, what percentage of the group with be composed of a single group under one group coordinator? The concept of group coordinators is a GoAhead business plan that is clearly articulated in their promotional material. Good for Go Ahead not necessary for outsiders to the majority group. Go Ahead's business strategy inherently potentially minimizes the overall tour experience for the minority participants who are not be part of the larger "group coordinator" group. This was my GoAhead tour experience on my recent tour. I was part of a group where the vast majority where part of a "group coordinator" group who had a common base of prior relationships and had previously traveled as a group. I must in fairness state I had not encountered being thrown in with a large "group coordinator" group during my previous 2 Go Ahead tours. In essence I as well as a few others simply fill ins for the maximum tour load. While I will not suggest any individual was not friendly or sociable the reality is there is a certain cohesiveness and clique to a group of common bond travelers. The impact is a a very different tour experience relative to human interactions and socialization due to a lack of participant diversity--diversity in the broadest to definitions. In addition a large tour "block" does influence certain aspects of the the tour itinerary. Bottom line, buyer beware of signing up for a Go Ahead tour dominated a a single majority group. The GO Ahead customer incentives are heavy geared and targeted to the group coordinator business model versus the individual purchaser.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

excellent tour director and bus driver

The tour was excellent and JJ was the same. He went above and beyond the call to make certain everyone was a part of the group, when there was a question or someone wished to go somewhere different from the group, he assisted with a smile on his face and few additional items of interest for the area. The bus driver was an excellent addition to the tour as he spoke English and assisted JJ many times with places to go and help for the persons in the group. Both did so with smiles on their faces and a desire to share France with us.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Perfect Trip

We just returned and were totally pleased by all the aspects of the Taste of France: Burgundy and Champagne Tour. The sights, the vineyards and tasting, and the restaurants exceeded our expectations. And most importantly, Jean-Jacques, our tour director, was superb, both professionally knowledgeable and extraordinarily thoughtful and caring of all in the group. Emmanuel, our driver, was excellent as well. We enjoyed the many interactions we had with so many of the people traveling with the group. Thanks, JJ and GoAhead ... we had a wonderful vacation!!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Not a foodie or a wine lover

While I am not a foodie or a wine lover, I decided to take the Burgundy and Champagne tour, because I love France and this was an area that I had not been to before. My main focus was the history of the area, the architecture, and the culture of Burgundy. Our tour guide, JJ (Jean-Jacques), the Tour Guide of tour guides, and our chauffeur de bus, Emanuel, were excellent and worked tirelessy to assist each traveler. We laughed so much! The local guides for Lyon, Dijon, Reims, the Chateau de Cormatin, etc. were also wonderful, especially in Dijon. In fact, when we finished our tour in Dijon, the whole group was thunderstruck by what a wonderful tour and guide we had there, I am sure the group understood why I came! As for the food and wine. This, I am certain, did not disappoint! Each meal included in the tour was incredible, even the lunches. The wine tastings were fun and the visit to Moet et Chandon was so interesting. I am happy to say that I learned much about wine/champaigne, including that is a grape with my last name that is used in making Moet et Chandon!

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