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Food & Wine: A Taste of Bordeaux & Burgundy

12 days |  15 days with Champagne & Paris extension
Group size1022 travelers
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Dip your taste buds into world-famous French food and wine.

Sipping Bordeaux in Bordeaux? Now that’s how to do French cuisine right. On this small group Food & Wine Tour, hit some of the country’s hottest culinary locales, from Parisian pâtisseries to vineyards in Burgundy. We promise you’ll be asking for seconds, and probably thirds.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches with wine or beer
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 wine tastings
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Included highlights

  • French cooking class
  • Saint-Émilion wine tasting
  • Monbazillac wine tasting
  • Outdoor markets in Périgueux
  • Auvergne cheese tasting
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Bordeaux today.

Bordeaux2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Bordeaux
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bordeaux & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Meet up with a local guide for a tour of the UNESCO-listed historic district in Bordeaux.

  • Begin at the Monument aux Girondins and Place des Quinconces, one of the largest city squares in Europe
  • See the Place de la Bourse before crossing over the Pont de Pierre
  • Stop at Cours Victor Hugo and Palais Rohan
  • Walk past the lively hub of the Place de la Comédie and the Grand Théâtre
  • Sample local sweets, such as merveilles, canelés, or bouchons de Bordeaux, as you go

This evening, join a local chef for a cooking class to learn how to craft French cuisine. Then, enjoy eating the meal you’ve prepared while sipping wines from the region.

Day 4: Free day in Bordeaux
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Bordeaux or add an excursion.

Arcachon Bay Cruise & Bordeaux Wine Tasting

$135 per person

Dordogne Valley2 nights
Day 5: Périgueux via Saint-Émilion & Château de Monbazillac
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Dinner

Pass by breathtaking countryside scenery en route to the Dordogne Valley.

  • Visit Saint-Émilion, located in the Bordeaux wine region, and tour the wine cellars and vineyard located on the estate of Château de Ferrand
  • Try the famous Grand Crus wine, paired with cheese and crackers, as you learn about the vinification process
  • Enjoy free time in the village of Saint-Émilion to eat lunch and visit the underground monuments
  • Continue on to Château de Monbazillac in the Dordogne Valley and discover how its residents lived during medieval times
  • Snack on desserts and chocolate as a sommelier leads a tasting of three sweet, white wines

Sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant in Périgueux, a quaint city in the Dordogne Valley.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Périgueux
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Take a walking tour of Périgueux with a local guide.

  • Stroll through the town’s charming streets to see Roman and medieval architecture
  • Stop by the outdoor markets where you can sample fresh produce, goat cheese, and truffles

Please note: The outdoor markets in Périgueux are seasonal and are only open on Wednesday and Saturday.

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Dordogne Valley or add an excursion.

Sarlat & Lascaux Caves with Lunch

$139 per person

Burgundy Region3 nights
Day 7: Burgundy Region via Auvergne
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Lunch

Travel through the mountainous Auvergne region as you make your way north to the world-famous Burgundy region.

  • Visit a fromagerie where you will learn about and taste small batch cheeses, such as Saint-Nectaire, Fourme d’Aurières, and Caperon Fermier
  • Sit down for a lunch featuring local specialties from the Auvergne region
Day 8: Hospices de Beaune, wine tasting & Fallot Mustard Mill
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting, Tasting

In the heart of the Burgundy wine region sits the walled town of Beaune. Pay a visit to this quaint locale and take a guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune.

  • Learn about Nicolas Rolin, the Duke of Burgundy’s chancellor, who built the Hospices in the hope that his good works would earn him a place in heaven
  • Discover how Rolin and his wife, Guigone de Salins, devoted their fortune to caring for the thousands who were left poor and starving after the Hundred Years’ War
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in Beaune’s Patriarche cellars as you hear how income from the town’s vineyards, and profits from annual wine auctions, fund the organization
  • Sit down for an included lunch at a local restaurant

Later, pay a visit to the famous Fallot Mustard Mill.

  • Join a local guide on a tour of the old mustard mill and production site
  • End the day with a tasting of the mustard produced on-site
Day 9: Free day in Burgundy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the Burgundy region or add an excursion.

Burgundy Wine Route Tastings

$115 per person

Paris2 nights
Day 10: Travel to Paris & baking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Make your way to Paris. This afternoon, join an experienced local chef for a Parisian baking class at a nearby school.

  • Learn the elegant art of crafting French pâtisseries during an interactive and educational cooking demonstration
  • Sample some iconic French baked goods, such as croissants and bread, and learn how they’re made
Day 11: Food of Paris walking tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

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

  • 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, the city’s grandest square
  • Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre
  • Sample traditional French pastries and cheeses on a culinary walk through Le Marais district
  • Walk through iconic Marché des Enfants Rouges covered market, the oldest food market in all of Paris
  • Stop to try fresh fruit, cheese, and crepes
  • Continue along the district’s charming streets, stopping to taste fresh pastries and macaroons

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your group during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit the Champagne region and continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Champagne & Paris
Champagne, Chantilly cream, and châteaux—as if you need anymore reasons to extend your time in France. Spend your days sauntering around the Champagne region with your expert Tour Director. They'll show you exactly why the food, wine, and views are très magnifique.
Champagne Region2 nights
Day 12: Reims via Chantilly
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

On your way to Reims, part of the famous Champagne region, stop in Chantilly. You’ll tour Château de Chantilly and taste the town’s famous vanilla whipped cream during an included lunch.

Day 13: Sightseeing of Reims & Château de Boursault
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Wine tasting

Join a local guide and explore Reims, the unoffical capital of the Champagne region.

  • Visit the Gothic-style Reims Cathedral, a UNESCO-recognized site
  • Step inside the Basilica of Saint-Rémi, the oldest church in Reims
  • Pass by the Palace of Tau, a grand, 13th-century Gothic chapel and hall
  • Try some Biscuit rose de Reims, a pink-hued biscuit flavored with carmine

Head to Château de Boursault, which was built by the original owner of Veuve Clicquot, and remains one of the only châteaux in the Champagne region.

  • Tour the estate’s wine cellar
  • Join a sommelier for a wine tasting featuring wines made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Champagne grapes
Paris1 night
Day 14: Paris via Épernay
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting

Travel to Épernay and tour a Champagne estate before sampling two types of Champagne alongside a sommelier.

Then, continue on to Paris to enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members. Later, spend a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

Paris Home-Hosted Dinner

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Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Centre Ville
Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Centre Ville

This contemporary hotel is located in the city center of Bordeaux. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and lounge. Nearby, you’ll find the historic distri...

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Mercure Perigueux Centre
Mercure Perigueux Centre

This modern hotel is located in the city center of Périgueux in the Dordogne region. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar and lounge, and air-conditioned ro...

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Mercure Beanue Centre
Mercure Beanue Centre

This contemporary hotel is located just outside of Beaune’s Old Town. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby you’ll find th...

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Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel
Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

This modern hotel is located in Montparnasse. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Nearby, you'll find Luxembourg G...

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Mercure Montmartre
Mercure Montmartre

This contemporary hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy on-site dining options, an outdoor terrace, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Sacré-C...

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Mercure Reims Cathedrale
Mercure Reims Cathedrale

Centrally located, the Mercure Reims Cathedrale is at the center of the liveliness or the city, and close by to the Reims Cathedral, the "Champagne Ho...

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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Perigueux, France
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Saint-Emilion, France
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Paris, France
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Bordeaux, France
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FAQ

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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some steep stairs and hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Bordeaux and depart from Paris. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm in France, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • The town market plays an important role in daily French life. Peruse the stalls to find freshly baked breads, locally grown produce, handmade cheeses, cured meats and more.
  • Some of the must-try local foods on this tour include crepes, croissants, cheese, cassoulet, mustard, oysters, Tarte Tatin, beef bourguignon, and macarons.
  • France's wine regions offer some of the most famous varietals in the world, from robust reds in Bordeaux and sweet whites in the Dordogne Region, to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy (as well as sparkling white wine in Champagne on the tour extension).
Electricity & air conditioning
  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on 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.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.