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Food & Wine: A Taste of Bordeaux & Burgundy

12 days |  15 days with Champagne & Paris extension
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.

Bordeaux3 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 & Oyster Tasting

From $139 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 and 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 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

From $145 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

From $139 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 an iconic French confection and learn all of the tips and tricks behind how it is 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 unofficial 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.

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.2 out of 5

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    6/17/24 by 2nd-time traveler Dreama

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    6/17/24 by 3rd-time traveler Anonymous

    Down to every last detail, this was an amazing trip. Our guide Pierre was incredibly kind, shared with us a great wealth of information, and entertained us thoroughly as we traveled through France. I learned so much, enjoyed every town and city, and wouldn’t have changed the itinerary at all! I only...

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    2 out of 5 stars

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    5/20/24 by 11th-time traveler Anonymous

    I have been on many Go Ahead tours and this was my least favorite of all of them. On the upside there was a smaller group, the food was mostly delicious, the lodgings were fine although our Paris hotel was far from the center, an hour walk. I loved Lascaux Caves, the oyster farm and all of the small...

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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.
    Hôtel Mercure Bordeaux Centre-Ville
    Hôtel Mercure Bordeaux Centre-Ville

    This contemporary hotel is located in the center of Bordeaux. Guests enjoy a restaurant, on-site coffee house, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find...

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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 on-site coffee house, and air-...

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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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    Crowne Plaza Paris-Republique
    Crowne Plaza Paris-Republique

    This comfortable hotel is located in Canal Saint-Martin. Guests enjoy the charming courtyard, restaurant, and a fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find Pl...

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    Novotel Suites Reims Centre
    Novotel Suites Reims Centre

    This comfortable hotel is located in the city centre of Reims. Guests enjoy the peaceful garden, spacious rooms, and fitness center. Nearby you'll fin...

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