Ultimate France Food and Wine Tour

10 days

In partnership with Artful Living, and hosted by multiple-Emmy award winner journalist Rudy Maxa, this trip features a tour of France with an emphasis on fine dining at a curated selection of world-class restaurants including Michelin-starred establishments.

  • Capped at 20 guests.
  • $9,495 per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Single supplement: $2,495.
  • Detailed program subject to change. The final program may include different hotels and restaurants of similar or greater standing.

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Day 1: Arrive in Paris, France

  • Welcome to Paris, the city of lights! Transfer from the airport/train station to the host hotel.

  •  Welcome drinks and briefing at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.

  • Walking tour of Paris led by Rudy Maxa.

  •  Dinner at one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurants, L’Avant Comptoir.

Day 2: Paris

  • Morning stroll along the Seine before visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower. (As an alternative, you may opt to visit the shopping districts around the hotel.)

  • Lunch at L’Astrance, a 3 star restaurant.

  • Ride the TGV high speed train to Champagne.

  • Transfer to the 5 star Hostellerie La Briqueterie.

  • Welcome dinner and Champagne tasting at the hotel’s 1-star restaurant, La Briqueterie.

     

Day 3: Champagne

  • An insider’s visit to Champagne, including a private tour of the Dom Perignon cellars at Moët & Chandon.

  • Lunch at Restaurant Le Parc, a 2-star restaurant in Reims.

  • Visiting additional famous Champagne houses with private tastings.

  • Dinner at Les Berceaux, a one-star restaurant in Epernay.

Day 4: Burgundy

  • Scenic drive through the French countryside.

  • Arrive in Burgundy’s capital, Beaune.

  • Lunch at 3-star Michelin Restaurant Maison Lameloise.

  • Overnight at Hostellerie de Levernois, a 5-star boutique hotel with only 22 rooms. Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Bistrot du Bord de l’Eau.

Day 5: Burgundy

  • Tour the most famous vineyards of Burgundy, including a visite to La Cave Privée and Château Pommard.

  • Lunch at Le Cellier Volnaysien in Volnay.

  • Dinner at Ma Cuisine in Beaune.

Day 6: Burgundy

  • Leisurely cruise on the rivers of Burgundy, with stop at quaint little villages along the way to try out the local wines and food.

  • Transfer to Lyon and the lovely Villa Florentine, a 5 star hilltop hotel.

  • Dinner at Paul Bocuse, the legendary 3 star Michelin restaurant.

Day 7: Lyon

  • Visit the center of Lyon, including Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, the mythic indoor food market.

  • Cooking class by a starred Michelin chef at l’Atelier des Sens.

  •  Afternoon flight to Bordeaux.

  •  Overnight at 5 star hotel Le Saint-James Bouliac designed by famous architect Jean Nouvel. Dinner at the hotel’s 1-star restaurant.

Day 8: Bordeaux

  • Visiting Bordeaux wine country and its famous chateaus.

  • Lunch at Villabordoh in Margaux.

  • Dinner at La Tupina.

Day 9: Cognac

  • Day trip to Cognac. Visit the famous Cognac houses.

  • Lunch at La Table de L’Yeuse.

  • Farewell dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s 2-star restaurant Le Pressoir d’Argent.

Day 10: Train to Paris

  • High-speed TGV train to Paris after breakfast.

  • Au Revoir!

THE RUDY MAXA DIFFERENCE

When you let The Original Savvy Traveler arrange your trip through Europe, you are guaranteed peace of mind. Rudy Maxa’s team provides personal service and assistance from booking all the way through your journey.

What’s included:

 

  • Welcome package with luggage tags, tour information, and a personal gift from Rudy Maxa.
  • An exclusive experience with a small group (maximum of 20 guests.)
  • Rudy Maxa’s expert team lead by his Group Director will make your trip seamless, and magical. In addition to the team traveling with you, known and approved local guides with extensive knowledge will be show guests around.
  • The freedom to choose between multiple excursions and programs.
  • All tours, admissions, and entertainment.
  • Airport arrival meet and greet with transportation to the first host hotel.
  • Upscale, handpicked hotels inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s team.
  • All meals, including an upscale restaurant every night inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s team.
  • Luggage Butler Service: leave your bags in your hotel room in the morning and find them waiting in your room at your next hotel.
  • Transportation between cities in smaller luxury vehicles, high speed trains, or by air.
  • All gratuities.