8-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

Savor the flavors of the world’s most renowned wine regions. Discover the gourmand’s paradise of Lyon and enjoy cooking classes and traditional French delicacies in Provence. See treasured UNESCO World Heritage sites and explore some of France’s most picturesque landscapes and cities. Experience the French joie de vivre like you never expected!

See

the ingenuity of the ancient Romans at the Pont du Gard

Explore

the Northern Rhône valley with expert guides

Taste

quintessential French delicacies and dine at Michelin-starred restaurants

Day 1

Marseille

Land in the Marseille Provence Airport, and take a private transfer to a charming hotel and former 19th century olive oil mill in Lourmarin.

Bonnieux

Unwind at the property and enjoy a light spread of French cheeses and fruit in your room. Take a stroll through nearby Lourmarin before dinner at the hotel. A welcome meal showcases delicious Provençal specialities.

Dinner

Overnight at Domaine de Capelongue

Day 2

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Travel to the renowned wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where vineyards cover more than 7,900 acres of land. Strict Appellation d'origine contrôlée rules allow 18 varieties of red and white wines to be produced. Enjoy a tasting at a boutique winery while learning about the region's history and terroir.

Graveson

Discover Chef Yvan’s colorful culinary workshop in the charming village of Graveson, and master essential French cooking techniques from his charismatic instruction. Indulge in a dinner of our own creation, enjoyed with Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine and storytelling.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Domaine de Capelongue

Day 3

Ile de la Barthelasse

Arrive in the ancient city of Avignon, filled with magnificent art and architecture. Tour a famed distillery, taste their award-winning popular brandies and liqueurs, and learn how they grow “prisoned pears” inside bottles. Relax during a lunch inside the distillery.

Avignon

Wander through Avignon on a guided tour, winding down streets with boutiques, artisan stores, and cafés. Explore the Palais de Papes, the world’s largest Gothic palace. Back in Bonnieux this evening, dinner is on you own.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Domaine de Capelongue

Day 4

Cadenet

Head to an organic farm for a day of truffle hunting. Meet an expert hunter and his dog in the field. Sample fresh truffles paired with Champagne. Enjoy a buffet lunch paired with estate wines.

Bonnieux

Unwind in Bonnieux, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Wander down cobbled streets and take in views of magnificent architecture and the surrounding countryside. Take a break at one of the cafes or restaurants that spill onto the streets. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Domaine de Capelongue

Day 5

Saint-Joseph

En route to Lyon, stop in largest region of the Northern Rhone Valley for a private tour and tasting. Delight in a lunch with the winemaker before continuing to Lyon.

Lyon

This afternoon, settle into a grand residence in the heart of Lyon. Explore the medieval and Renaissance architecture of the city center with a local guide. Enjoy a fine French dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Le Royal Lyon

Day 6

Golden Stones Country

Explore the somewhat secret area known as the Golden Stones Country (pierre dorées). Forty parishes of ochre-colored stones and majestic castles make up this stunning region. Visit the village of Oingt before stopping at a family winery for a private vineyard tour and lunch.

Pérouges

This afternoon, travel to the medieval village of Pérouges. Stroll along cobblestone streets and marvel at the French architecture of this popular destination used as a backdrop for several period films. Take time at your leisure to shop or taste local specialities like galette. Back in Lyon enjoy dinner on your own.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Le Royal Lyon

Day 7

Beaujolais

Travel through picturesque villages and learn about the terroir and wine appellations of Beaujolais. Visit a chateau winery and discover the secrets of grape growing and winemaking unique to the region. Stop in Fleurie, one of the best-known of the ten Beaujolais crus and enjoy breathtaking views of the Saone Valley. Meet a winemaker, tour the small winery, and finish with a tasting.

Lyon

Back in Lyon, lunch is on your own. This evening savor a memorable farewell dinner at the esteemed Paul Bocuse Institute situated in the hotel.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Le Royal Lyon

Day 8

Lyon

Savor your last French breakfast, then take a private transfer from your hotel to the Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport for flights home. Not ready to leave? Continue your travels to Paris, the City of Love, for an optional four-day extension. Bon Voyage!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Paris

Day 8

Take the train from Avignon to Paris. Enjoy a private driving tour of the city’s most important sites, like Notre Dame, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and more. Bienvenue à Paris!

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Bourgogne & Montana

Day 9

Capture special memories on a privately guided photography tour. Ascend the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Bourgogne & Montana

Day 10

Enjoy a day at your leisure. Wander the streets, pop into museums and chocolatiers, and explore a menagerie of boutiques and restaurants.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Bourgogne & Montana

Day 11

Take a private transfer from your hotel to the Charles De Gaulle Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

  • Program: Mar 12 — 19, 2018
    Extension: Mar 19 — 22, 2018
  • Program: Oct 8 — 15, 2018
    Extension: Oct 15 — 18, 2018

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum of 24 is based on double occupancy.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Gourmandly Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond those included with major meals

Rates*

Classic: $4,995
Superior: $5,495
Deluxe: $5,895
Single: $7,195

Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,795
Single: $3,995

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Terms & Conditions

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