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Food & Wine: France through Burgundy & Champagne

10 days (11 days in 2015) Food & Wine Tours
Calling all foodies. Treat your taste buds to a tantalizing array of local specialties on this tour through the celebrated regions of Burgundy and Champagne. Sip and savor the best of French cuisine in rustic vineyards and charming villages. End your gastronomical adventure in the country's culinary melting pot. From the bouchons of Lyon to the bistros of Paris, this food and wine tour will satisfy your every appetite.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Lyon aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lyon2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Lyon. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Lyon. This evening, meet your fellow travelers during your welcome dinner at a bouchon.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting

A local guide introduces you to the historical and cultural landmarks of France’s culinary capital. Begin with an exploration of the city’s ancient quarter. Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Vieux Lyon and the city’s traboules, a series of ancient passageways. This afternoon, transfer to Pérouges for a guided tour and a wine tasting, featuring Beaujolais and the local Cerdon, a sparkling rosé wine.

Dijon2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Château de Cormatin

Travel north to Dijon, home of the famed mustard. En route, you’ll stop to take a tour of the Château de Cormatin, an elegant villa surrounded by a moat and formal gardens. Next, visit the picturesque town of Tournus, where you’ll have free time to visit the town’s church and Benedictine abbey. Later, arrive in Dijon in time for an included dinner featuring regional delicacies.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On today’s tour of the beautiful city of Dijon, stop at the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, the original ducal residence. Next, you’ll take in the Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon and Dijon’s medieval streets. At an included lunch, feast on boeuf bourguignon, a dish that was perfected by peasants but is now served all over France. This afternoon, opt to visit the historic Hospices de Beaune, a charitable hospital founded after the Hundred Years War. The excursion includes a stop along the Routes des Grands Crus to sample some Burgundy wines.

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.

Reims2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Dinner

Visit the town of Chablis, a quaint town that produces some of France’s finest white wines. Your visit to Chablis includes a wine tasting of a variety of chardonnays. Then, continue on to Reims, home to Taittinger, Mumm, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, Piper-Heidsieck and Ruinart, some of the world’s most famous Champagne estates. Enjoy dinner with your group tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting

Included entrances: Notre-Dame de Reims, Basilica of St. Remy

This morning, a local guide introduces you to the charming city of Reims and Notre-Dame de Reims, the city’s Gothic cathedral. You’ll also visit the Gothic Basilica of St. Remy and pass by the Palace of Tau, a palatial 13th-century Gothic chapel and hall. This afternoon, you’ll tour one of the most reputed wine cellars in Champagne, where you’ll enjoy an included tasting.

Paris2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Begin your journey to Paris today. Stop en route in Chantilly, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch and a tasting of the town’s famous Crème Chantilly. Head into the center of town to explore the Château de Chantilly and its extensive grounds. You’ll peruse a collection of more than 700 manuscripts and 12,000 volumes—including a Gutenberg Bible—in the château’s library. Its grounds also house the Chantilly Racecourse, the Great Stables and the Living Museum of the Horse. Continue on to Paris, where you can choose to enjoy dinner followed by a scenic cruise along the Seine on our evening optional excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*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, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On today’s tour of Paris, take a drive along the Champs-Élysées, and view sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Place de la Concorde, Louvre and River Seine. This afternoon, you’re free to explore Paris at your leisure, or join the optional excursion to Versailles Palace and gardens. Tonight, relive memories from your journey over a farewell dinner in Paris.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home, or extend your stay in the City of Light with two more nights in Paris.

Add Paris City Stay, 2 nights $329 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Paris—the city of life, love and light. Not to mention food and wine. From the markets of Le Marais to the bistros of Montparnasse, you'll find beauty, history and delicacies at every turn. So take a seat at a sidewalk café to watch the Parisians do their thing—and don't forget to order something delicious.

Paris2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to discover Paris on your own. Explore some of Paris’ eclectic neighborhoods or exceptional museums; or sit at a sidewalk cafe and watch Parisian daily life.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

You have another day to play in Paris. This morning, you might choose to venture out of the city on our optional excursion to the village of Giverny, Monet’s hometown. Visit the home and gardens of the Impressionist painter and feast your eyes on the landscapes that inspired him.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport where you’ll board your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Paris aboard an internationally recognized airline

Paris2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service transfers you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Spend your day relaxing and start to acquaint yourself with Paris. This evening, meet your fellow travelers during your welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Get introduced to the sights and tastes of Paris this morning. A local guide gives a panoramic tour, taking you by the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and Notre-Dame. Finish off your tour with a culinary walk through some of Paris’ foodie-flavored neighborhoods, stopping at shops and patisseries to sample specialties like chocolates and cheeses. After a free afternoon, opt to join our excursion for dinner and a river cruise on the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*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, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Champagne2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Château de Chantilly

Visit the town of Chantilly, a historic retreat on the outskirts of Paris. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Château de Chantilly and its sprawling castle grounds. Enjoy an included lunch and a tasting of the town’s famous vanilla whipped cream. Afterward, get settled in Reims, part of the famous Champagne region. This town is home to the world’s most renowned Champagne estates, including Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin and Ruinart. Enjoy an  authentic dinner with your group tonight.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Notre-Dame de Reims, Basilica of St. Remi, Wine tasting

This morning a local guide introduces you to the charming city of Reims and Notre-Dame de Reims, the city’s Gothic cathedral. You’ll also visit the Gothic Basilica of St. Remi and pass by the Palace of Tau, a palatial 13th-century Gothic chapel and hall. This afternoon, you’ll tour one of the most reputed wine cellars in Champagne, whereyou’ll enjoy an included tasting of the famous bubbly.

Burgundy2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Transfer to the world-famous Burgundy region today. Your first stop is the medieval town of Auxerre to see the town’s diverse architecture. Make your way to Chablis, the center of Burgundy’s winemaking heritage. This quaint town produces some of France’s finest white wines. Your visit includes a wine tasting of a variety of chardonnays, paired with a charcuterie  of meats and cheeses. Then continue on to Dijon, home of the famed mustard. Gather with your group tonight for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On today’s tour of the beautiful city of Dijon, stop at the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, the original ducalresidence. Next, you’ll take in the Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon and Dijon’s medieval streets. At an included lunch, feast on boeuf bourguignon, a dish that was perfected by peasants but is now served all over France. This afternoon, opt to visit the historic Hospices de Beaune, a charitable hospital founded after the Hundred Years War. The excursion includes a stop along the Routes des Grands Crus to sample some  Burgundy wines.

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.

Lyon3 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Château de Cormatin, Wine tasting

This morning, take a tour of the Château de  Cormatin, an elegant private castle surrounded by a moat and formal gardens in the heart of the Burgundy region. Visit nearby Tournus, where you’ll have free time to see the town’s church and Benedictine abbey and grab lunch. On your way to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France, stop in the Beaujolais region to taste some of the area’s rustic red wines. Arrive in Lyon tonight.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cooking lesson

A local guide introduces you to the historical and cultural landmarks of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with both Roman and Renaissance significance. Begin with an exploration of the city’s ancient quarter. Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Vieux Lyon and the city’s traboules, a series of ancient passageways. End your tour in the city’s famous indoor market, Halles de Lyon, and enjoy free time to seek out your perfect lunch. This afternoon is all about the French art of pastrymaking. During a cooking lesson at a local school, a chef teaches you how to whip up French pastries and confections, such as macarons and éclairs.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Lyon or join our optional excursion to the medieval village of Pérouges. Tonight, gather with your group for your 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

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not staying for the tour extension, a Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the Lyon airport for your return flight home.

Add Aix-En-Provence, 3 nights $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-Provence3 nights

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a high-speed train down to the south of France and get settled into your hotel in Aix-en-Provence. The rest of the day is yours to begin exploring this cultural city. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion for a Provençal dinner and wine tasting in a nearby village.

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.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cezanne's studio

This morning, a local guide gives you the lay of the land with a walking tour of this Roman influenced city. Highlights include Aix’s beautiful boulevards, the intricate medieval cathedral and the former studio of Cézanne, a hometown hero whose Post-Impressionist masterpieces show the beauty of the city. 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

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the charming downtown area of Aix on your own today, or join our optional excursion to the nearby coastal cities of Marseille and Cassis to see the dramatic coastline of the French Riviera.

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.

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport in Marseille for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Lyon, France
  • Dijon, France
  • Reims, France
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
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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 (for 2014 tour)

Round-trip flights arrive in Lyon and depart from Paris. Included transportation is by private motor coach. 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.

Transportation (for 2015 tour)

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 (for 2014 tour)

Round-trip flights arrive in Lyon and depart from Paris. Included transportation is by private motor coach. 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.

Transportation (for 2015 tour)

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: 7/11/2014

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!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Delicious and Memorable Tour

What better way to spend ten days in mid-May than eating and drinking your way through France?! This tour is very well planned. There was not a bad restaurant on the itinerary. The wine tastings were all enjoyable and enlightening. The local guides were excellent. The hotels were convenient, clean, and the rooms spacious (for European hotels). The hotel breakfasts offered lots of options. The staff who served us–waiters, guides, housekeepers–were all kind and dedicated to our having an enjoyable vacation. My only complaints, which I expressed to GoAhead in my evaluation, were the farewell dinner menu and the guided tour of Paris. The dinner menu was set - no choice for the diner - and didn't make allowances for personal preferences or food allergies/sensitivities. The small bus for the guided tour offered limited sightlines and the guide was very difficult to understand. That was two hours of my life I'll never get back (in Paris, of all places!). The only reason I didn't give this tour five stars is it was–if you can imagine–too busy. We were go-go-go from 8:30/9:00 to 10:00/11:00 every day. No surprise many of us fell asleep every time we were on the bus. But, as I reviewed the itinerary at the close of the trip, I can't imagine what event I'd want to remove. The tour has a lot of walking. If you have knee or foot issues, this may not be the tour for you. I loved the tour and will carry the memories with me for years to come. I have blogged about the trip here: http://jancrews.com/travel/a-taste-of-france-2013/

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