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FRANCE: FOOD & WINE FAQ

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What type of food will we be eating?

Enjoy local French cuisine – and arguably some of the best food on the planet.

Burgundy is probably the best region of France to get a real taste for French Gastronomy and drink delicious wine – and that's exactly where we're staying.

Expect to eat snails, chicken, beef, duck in red or white wine sauce, paté, and a lot of cheese! A Chef will be preparing dinners and give you a cooking class to teach you the best recipes of this beautiful region!

Where is Burgundy?

Burgundy or ‘Bourgogne-France-Comte’ is one of the 18 regions of France located on the eastern part of the country.

The region is divided into 8 departments and you’ll be staying in the department of ‘Côte d’Or’ which means ‘The Golden Slope’.

Burgundy is famous for having rich gastronomy but also for being a premier and very important wine region. ‘Côte d’Or’ is without a doubt the department where you can find the finest and most expensive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines of the world.

What are the accommodations like?

Paris: stay in small boutique hotels that are centrally located. They are just a short walk to the main landmarks.

Burgundy: stay in a private house for only your group. Fancy, right? The house is located in a very small village in Burgundy, a 30-minute drive from Beaune. We think it’s the best way for the group to connect with each other and be immersed in the quiet and beautiful French countryside.

Both accommodations in Paris and Burgundy will have two beds per room. In Burgundy, some rooms are bigger and can accommodate 3 people in the same room.

Solo travelers will be paired with a roommate of the same gender.

You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout.

If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge.  Please contact bookings@under30experiences.com for more details.

What is the physical level of this France trip?

Moderate - This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.

What is the best time to visit France?

It’s always a good time to visit France! France has a temperate climate with cold winters and warm summers. Expect tourist spots to be crowded during Easter, Christmas, and the months of July and August.

Paris is one of the top 3 most visited cities in the world so be prepared to share this beautiful city with many other people. However, you will enjoy less crowds in Burgundy.

Can I drink the water in France?

Drinking water from taps is considered safe in France, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, we recommend you to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

Can I opt out of an included activity?

Of course! This trip is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. Just be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.

How much time do we spend in Paris?

On Day 1, you’ll have a guided walking tour with your trip leader and have the afternoon free if you wish to visit museums or neighborhoods such as Montmartre or Champs Elysées. You’ll also have the afternoon free on Day 5.

If you’d like to enjoy more of Paris, we recommend you arrive a few days before the trip or extend your trip.

What if I have allergies and/or diet restrictions?

If you have any diet restrictions or allergies, we’ll do our best to arrange a special menu for you as we want everyone to be well-fed!

Please be aware that vegetarianism in France is not as common as it might be in your home country. Choices in restaurants are very limited like soups, salads, cheese, yogurt, fruits.  

Those who are vegan or on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and if you fall under this category we recommend you bring your own snacks.

Our Chef in Burgundy can offer vegetarian or vegan options only if diet restrictions have been communicated in advance.

What do I need to pack for France?

Depending on which time of the year you’re traveling to France, you may pack differently. May-June are usually warm but nights can be chilly.

Please refer to our packing list for more suggestions.

What type of luggage is best?

The lighter the better! If you only have a roller suitcase that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag that would be better. We take all forms of transportation and some guesthouses and hotels don’t have an elevator.  

You'll also want a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day. The size of the daypack depends on how much stuff you want to take with you every day.

Can we find ATMs in Burgundy?

You will be staying in a very remote village in the French countryside from day 2 - day 4. There will be no ATMs during this time. However, on Day 3 you’ll be able to find ATMs while visiting Beaune after the wine tasting. In Paris and any other major city or town, you can find ATMs easily.

Can we use our credit cards in France?

Credit cards are widely accepted by stores, hotels, and restaurants in France. However, smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards so make sure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases. Please let your bank know you’re traveling overseas.

Do you have last-minute deals?

Yes! When travelers take advantage of our “Switch Your Trip” program last minute slots open up on sold out trips. Visit our Trips On Sale page for the latest last-minute deals.

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Have a question that's not on this list?

Feel free to reach out to our all-star customer service team at info@under30experiences.com or by calling 1 (888) 839-2086.

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