Gastronomic Journey of France

10 days from $9,420 per person*
  • Explore a Parisian food market with a private guide, tasting local specialties as you go.
  • Join a wine expert for a private tasting in his 17th-century cellar.
  • Compare the flavor notes of Burgundy’s best wines at a private tasting.
  • Discover the gourmet pleasures of Lyon on a private walking tour.
  • Try your hand at Lyonnais cuisine at a chef-led cooking class.
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“French cuisine” has no precise definition — its ingredients and flavors are as varied and unique as the regions that have birthed them — which is exactly why France remains the true gastronome’s first love. The national menu is as extensive as it is exquisite. With its romantic allure, dozens of markets overflowing with produce from the country’s four corners and over 130 Michelin stars spread among its 9,000 restaurants, Paris boasts more than enough variety to keep even the most discerning foodie occupied for several lifetimes. But there’s more beyond the big city; easygoing Beaune captivates wine lovers with its dry reds and flinty whites, and Lyon’s lively bouchons serve up hearty fare and friendly atmosphere. This premium gastro-centric tour offers a chef’s selection of all three.

It begins in Paris with a private guided walking tour of the historic city highlights and icons, followed by a guided food market visit and tasting excursion, then dinner atop the City of Love, dining at Restaurant 58 on the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. Top Paris off with an exclusive wine tasting in the 17th-century cellar of a local collector and sommelier. From there, head to Beaune, a charming walled town distinguished by its diverse array of pre-Roman, medieval, and Renaissance architecture. Here, you’ll take a privately guided walking tour, a hands-on cooking lesson, a seven-course lunch and artisanal cheese tastings before spending an entire day sampling the vintages (including a pair of Grand Crus) on a private tour through the cellars of the famous Wine Route. Last stop: Lyon, the ancestral home of French cuisine, and the gastronomic capital of the world, where you’ll be treated to a half-day gourmet walking tour around the UNESCO-protected town, take a chef-led cooking class, and enjoy an exclusive chocolate and wine tasting in the Côtes du Rhône. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Private Transfer - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
    • France - Welcome Package Paris & South
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour of Paris (3 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - Taste of Paris Walking Tour (2.5 hrs) - Guide
    • Dinner at Restaurant 58 Eiffel Tower (Menu Plaisir) - Dinner
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Wine Tasting in an Ancient Parisian Cellar (with Lunch, 4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Wine Expert
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Paris to Beaune
    Paris to Beaune
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Paris - Beaune [3.5 hrs ] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Gourmet Food Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 5 Beaune
    Beaune
    • Small Group Tour - 1/2 Day Market Visit & The Chef's Atelier Cooking Class (with Lunch, 4 hrs) - Chef
  • Day 6 Beaune
    Beaune
    • Private Tour - Very Best of Cote de Beaune & Cotes de Nuits (with Wine Tastings, 8 hrs) - Luxury Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Silver)
  • Day 7 Beaune to Lyon
    Beaune to Lyon
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Beaune - Lyon [1 hr 45 min] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Gourmet Lyon Walking Tour (3.5 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 8 Lyon
    Lyon
    • Small Group Tour - Cooking Class (with Lunch, 3 hrs) - Chef
    • Optional: Bouchon Bistro Dinner
  • Day 9 Lyon
    Lyon
    • Private Tour - Rhone Valley Chocolate & Wine (with Tastings, 8.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 10 Lyon
    Lyon
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Paris

For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will be waiting for you outside of airport customs, holding a sign with your name on it. They will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Meet your private guide at your hotel and depart on foot for a 3-hour walking tour of Paris, the City of Light. The location of your hotel will dictate how your time is best spent, though your guide will be happy to accommodate any specific requests. Perhaps make your way to Ile de la Cite, where the medieval city was focused, and where you can admire the cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the most famous Catholic churches in the world. Make your way to see the courtyards of the world famous Louvre, the largest palace and museum in Europe. Learn about Paris at the time of Napoleon as you see the imposing Arc de Triomphe on the renowned Champs-Elysees, or make your way toward the icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, for a ground-level photo opportunity of this must-see monument.

Accommodation: Le Saint

A haven of peace, intimacy is the sole identity of Le Saint, a deluxe hotel in Paris' peaceful Saint-Germain-des-Pre´s quarter, combining classic Parisian style and discretion, with the charming surroundings of this legendary neighborhood. Behind the fine Haussmanian facade of a private mansion, Hotel Le Saint is hidden away on the quiet sunny street of Prés-aux-Clercs, harbored from the city bustle. Neither a boutique hotel nor a palace, Le Saint is simply a place where every detail inspires comfort. Each of the 54 rooms and suites create an environment where classic meets modern, and where one immediately feels at home. An on-site restaurant and bar, and a spa and wellness center provide additional comforts for discerning guests.

Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paris
Paris
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Le Saint
Hotel Le Saint

Day 2: Paris

Depart from your hotel on foot with your private guide, setting out on a walking tour to explore the old Les Halles market district, renowned for having been the site of the central Paris food market for hundreds of years. To this day, this quarter is home to a variety of specialist food purveyors and culinary equipment stores, and even Paris’ oldest pâtisserie. With your guide, saunter through a typical Parisian street market, making stops along the way at some excellent specialty shops to taste a variety of sweet and savory items, including cheese, pastries, chocolate, and more. While multiple tastings will be provided for you along the walk, you're also more than welcome to buy your own additional treats along the way too, as you uncover the taste of Paris!

Please note, depending on the date, this tour could be shifted to take place in the Latin Quarter or the Madeleine area, to accommodate for the best open market.

Enjoy a gourmet evening as you dine at Restaurant 58 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, offering marvelous views across Paris. Your meal includes a lift ticket, privileged seating, a glass of champagne, a 3-course dinner menu, and select wine, mineral water, and coffee. 

Please speak with your Destination Expert if you would like to have private transfers arranged for dinner.

Accommodation: Le Saint
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cheese Stall
Cheese Stall
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower at Night

Day 3: Paris

Meet your private driver and vehicle setting out for a private wine tasting with Lionel Michelin, wine expert and vintages collector. He will host you in his 17th century cellar, a mythical site where the famous wine merchant Jean-Baptiste Besse settled in the early 30’s. This cellar has received amateur wine enthusiasts from all over the world for over 50 years, including Hemingway and Ustinov. Revisions were made to Lionel Michelin's property in 2004, inspired by De Vinis Illustribus. The final product was an amazing collaboration of history and passion, transforming this special location into a wine connoisseurs dream. The first basement cellar is a place where the greatest bottles are stored. The second basement cellar, which was built in 1636, is especially dedicated to old vintage wines ranging over more than a century. Your exclusive wine tasting will be conducted in English by the owner Lionel Michelin himself. He will share with you his passion for enology and analyze and comment on each wine: region, varietal, characteristics, evolution and harmony with served dishes. You'll also enjoy an included lunch, selected according to the wines, including top-quality gourmet products like foie gras, cooked meats, smoked salmon, fine cheeses and pastries. Afterward, you'll transfer back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Le Saint
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ancient Parisian Cellar
Ancient Parisian Cellar

Day 4: Paris - Beaune

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Paris to Beaune. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Discover the culinary delights of Beaune on a food-based walking tour through one of the city’s charming historic neighborhoods. Meeting up with your private guide in the city center, you'll embark on a 2-hour walking tour, jumping between carefully selected shops to sample 7 local specialties: parsley and ham gougères, three different cheeses (Citeaux, Epoisses, Délice de Pommard), gingerbread, blackcurrant liqueur known as Crème de Cassis, and a glass of Chardonnay. Food is a point of national pride in France, so follow your taste buds and your knowledgeable guide on an experience for the palate. 

Accommodation: Najeti Hotel de la Poste (4*)

The charming Najeti Hotel de la Poste is located in the heart of Beaune, gateway to the wine-growing region of Burgundy. This prestigious establishment, a former post house in a magnificently picturesque building, offers 36 individually styled rooms and suites, and a restaurant which perpetuates the Burgundy tradition of hospitality, good food, and great wines. Located near the cobbled streets, traditional houses and ramparts of Beaune's historic city center, as well as the Hospices de Beaune, a superb example of 15th-century Gothic architecture, Najeti Hotel de la Poste is ideally situated for a discovery of Beaune and the surrounding wine region of Burgundy. 

Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Beaune
Beaune
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Najeti Hotel de la Poste
Najeti Hotel de la Poste

Day 5: Beaune

Make your way to a local cheese shop where you'll meet up with a small group of no more than 10 participants to enjoy a full day of exploring, cooking and tasting, as you're introduced to the delightful gastronomic culture of Burgundy, lead by an expert chef-instructor. Your day includes a market tour in the heart of Beaune, a hands-on cooking class in our atelier, teaching the classics of Burgundian cuisine, and a seven-course lunch, including a cheese tasting of local producers, and a wine tasting paired with the menu. You'll walk to the famed local market to select the ingredients for today's cooking class in an atelier kitchen. As class begins, crisp white aprons accompany a glass of chilled Champagne. The menu consists of seasonal and market-inspired artisanal food from regional producers. You'll prepare lunch together and learn classic techniques you can use at home. After the cooking class, sit down in the dining room and enjoy a seven-course French lunch with table service, sophisticated and generous wine pairings exploring Burgundy's terroir, and a full cheese course, in celebration of the bounty of Burgundy. 

Accommodation: Najeti Hotel de la Poste (4*)
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  French Market
French Market

Day 6: Beaune

Experience the very best of Burgundy, discovering the wines and villages of the Cote de Beaune and Cotes de Nuits on a full day excursion with a private wine expert. Keeping with the spirit of the very best, you'll be picked up by your driver-guide in a luxury vehicle, before setting out to experience the region. Enjoy three private wine tastings at three authentic estates, sampling a great selection of Burgundy's best wines, including some Grand Crus, epitomizing the best of the best. Witness Burgundy's Champs Elysees, and the villages of the Cote de Nuits as they are revealed one by one along this legendary road. You will be given a welcome break in Vosne-Romanée outside the Romanee-Conti estate, before taking a detour via the Clos de Tart, admiring stunning views toward the Chateau of Clos de Vougeot, and the exceptional scenery of the Cote de Beaune. Visit the amazing Chateau de Pommard, exploring its wine cellars, and its wine museum and art gallery, finishing with a very prestigious private wine tasting. Let the terroir of these fine wines reveal the secrets of Burgundy before your eyes.

Accommodation: Najeti Hotel de la Poste (4*)
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Burgundy Vineyards
Burgundy Vineyards

Day 7: Beaune - Lyon

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Beaune to Lyon. Approximate travel time is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Meet your private epicurean guide in the Old Town of Lyon for a half-day gourmet walking tour of the gastronomic capital of France. A medieval gem with a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, Lyon is also famous for its world-renowned chefs like the Méres Lyonnaise (the “Mothers of Lyon”) and local hero (and three-Michelin-star chef) Paul Bocuse. Your guide, a specialist in culinary history, will bring you through the most emblematic neighborhoods of Lyon's cuisine, taking you in to visit select shops and eateries along the way for a number of included samplings, allowing you to taste the best of the local specialties in town. Stroll past numerous historic monuments and medieval structures as you uncover the taste of Lyon, meandering from the Old Town on the banks of the Saône, to the Left Bank of the Rhone, via the Presqu’île, concluding at Halles Paul Bocuse. 

Accommodation: Cour Des Loges (5*)

Nestled in the heart of Old Lyon, the luxury hotel Cour des Loges resembles a castle in a city whose architectural style recalls the Italian Renaissance. Bringing together four buildings from the 14th-17th centuries around a central courtyard, Cour des Loges offers a perfect blend of historic charm and modern comfort, and promises bespoke luxury for every guest who comes to discover the gastronomic capital of France. With food being such a central element of Lyon, it's no surprise that Cour des Loges features its own Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Loges, an ode to elegant cuisine offering gourmet delights in praise of seasonal flavors. A distinctive property with a prime location in the heart of the city, Cour des Loges is one of those special places that one will enjoy and remember, thanks to its ideal combination of lavish style, comfort and service.

Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lyon
Lyon
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cour Des Loges
Cour Des Loges

Day 8: Lyon

Make your way to a workshop in the heart of Lyon where you'll join a small group of up to 8 participants for a cooking class lead by a professional chef. With the guidance and oversight of your instructor, you'll create 3 delicious recipes of typical Lyonnaise cuisine, and afterward you'll get to taste your own creations for lunch, paired with a glass of red or white wine. Bon appetite!

Optional / Not Included
Lyon is the revered food capital of France, and with that it has a very unique culinary scene, including "bouchon" bistros, which serve traditional Lyonnaise fare. This evening, perhaps set out independently and enjoy the authentic delights of one of the many bouchon bistros in Lyon.

Accommodation: Cour Des Loges (5*)
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cooking Class
Cooking Class

Day 9: Lyon

With your private driver-guide and vehicle, set out for a full day along the Rhone for an oenological and gourmet experience that combines both wine and chocolate. To the south of Lyons, the Côtes du Rhône vineyards stretch along the length of the river. The hillsides form a magnificent landscape and offer breathtaking views. Discover the northern region of the Côtes du Rhône wine growing appellation, with vineyards and wine estates aplenty, many focusing on the spicy, berry-flavored Grenache grape. From Cornas to Côte Rôtie, you will be able to savor the most prestigious wines of the region during some included wine tasting visits. Enjoy a gourmet stopover in Tain l’Hermitage to visit the multi-sensory Valrhona Cité du Chocolat, the ultimate place for chocolate exploration and knowledge, where you'll get to taste, learn, and take home some of the secrets that have made Valrhona the standard bearer in the chocolate industry. 

Accommodation: Cour Des Loges (5*)
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Chocolate Tasting
Chocolate Tasting

Day 10: Lyon

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Le Saint: Paris

A haven of peace, intimacy is the sole identity of Le Saint, a deluxe hotel in Paris' peaceful Saint-Germain-des-Pre´s quarter, combining classic Parisian style and discretion, with the charming surroundings of this legendary neighborhood. Behind the fine Haussmanian facade of a private mansion, Hotel Le Saint is hidden away on the quiet sunny street of Prés-aux-Clercs, harbored from the city bustle. Neither a boutique hotel nor a palace, Le Saint is simply a place where every detail inspires comfort. Each of the 54 rooms and suites create an environment where classic meets modern, and where one immediately feels at home. An on-site restaurant and bar, and a spa and wellness center provide additional comforts for discerning guests.

Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Le Saint
Hotel Le Saint
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Reception
Reception

Najeti Hotel de la Poste (4*): Beaune

The charming Najeti Hotel de la Poste is located in the heart of Beaune, gateway to the wine-growing region of Burgundy. This prestigious establishment, a former post house in a magnificently picturesque building, offers 36 individually styled rooms and suites, and a restaurant which perpetuates the Burgundy tradition of hospitality, good food, and great wines. Located near the cobbled streets, traditional houses and ramparts of Beaune's historic city center, as well as the Hospices de Beaune, a superb example of 15th-century Gothic architecture, Najeti Hotel de la Poste is ideally situated for a discovery of Beaune and the surrounding wine region of Burgundy. 

Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Najeti Hotel de la Poste
Najeti Hotel de la Poste

Cour Des Loges (5*): Lyon

Nestled in the heart of Old Lyon, the luxury hotel Cour des Loges resembles a castle in a city whose architectural style recalls the Italian Renaissance. Bringing together four buildings from the 14th-17th centuries around a central courtyard, Cour des Loges offers a perfect blend of historic charm and modern comfort, and promises bespoke luxury for every guest who comes to discover the gastronomic capital of France. With food being such a central element of Lyon, it's no surprise that Cour des Loges features its own Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Loges, an ode to elegant cuisine offering gourmet delights in praise of seasonal flavors. A distinctive property with a prime location in the heart of the city, Cour des Loges is one of those special places that one will enjoy and remember, thanks to its ideal combination of lavish style, comfort and service.

Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cour Des Loges
Cour Des Loges
Gastronomic Journey of France Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Historic Renaissance Interior
Historic Renaissance Interior

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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