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France: Food & Wine Tour Trip Details

Introduction

France is known for having the best gastronomy in the world and gorgeous landscapes ranging from stunning vineyards to the magnificent Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Understand the beauty and culture the region of Burgundy, famous for its history and culture and of course indulge in the world famous wine and cheese.

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Start: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive Day 1 by 9:00 AM.

Finish: Paris City Center
Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to airport, and are welcome to depart at any time on Day 6.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

-6 day / 5 night stay in shared boutique hotel rooms
-6 Breakfasts and 5 dinners
-Entrance to Fontainebleau castle
-Biking tour, cooking class and wine tasting in France
-Seine river walk in Paris
-Food tour in Paris
-Guided walking tour of Paris
-Airport pickup at Paris CDG and ground transportation

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

Highlights

-Enjoy an insightful tour of the City of Lights and be mesmerized by its unique buildings and architecture style
-Visit the magnificent Castle of Fontainebleau, a real gem of the French Renaissance
-Wander through Beaune one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
-Stay in a private chateau in the heart of the French countryside
-Take a cooking class with a French Chef
-Become an expert in wine tasting
-Bring home unforgettable memories

Is this Trip for You?

French cuisine and wine is world renowned for its quality and rich natural flavors. UNESCO has even named French cuisine a "world intangible heritage".

If you want to enjoy some of the best food and wine in the world from epic countryside chateaus and mesmerizing cities, this trip is for you!

This trip is designed for people who are curious about learning and experiencing the French culture and its gastronomy while relaxing in the French countryside. The trip is also open for adventurers who enjoy hiking and riding bikes.

There are a few long drives on this trip but this will be the opportunity to enjoy the French scenery and get to know your group!

-Age requirements: 21+
-Group size: 16 max, average 13
-Physical rating: Light. In France the most physical part is the biking tour.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • France: croissants, ham, eggs, cereals, fruits, juice, tea, coffee.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • France: variety of chicken, fish & beef dishes.

If you have any diet restrictions or allergies, we’ll do our best to arrange a special menu for you.
Some restaurants offer a vegetarian option. It's suggested that gluten free travelers bring snacks.
Our Chef in Burgundy can offer vegetarian or vegan options only if diet restrictions have been communicated in advance.

Transport

You’ll be traveling on a private bus throughout your trip.

There will be early morning departures on some days in order to optimize your itinerary.

Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to airport on final day.

Cabs and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

Accommodation

Shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip

Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender

Please be aware that some hotel rooms in Europe can be smaller and don't always provide minibar, safe or air-conditioning.

Laundry available at most hotels for an extra fee (inquire with front desk).

*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.
*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a sustainable water bottle
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.‍

Do not forgetThree prong power adaptor for electronics, be sure to bring a converter if devices can’t handle 220v.

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Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with youYour passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • Please bring a sustainable water bottle to refill from the faucet; the water is safe to drink in France & bottles can be refilled at the hotels.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into France however the CDC recommends routine inoculations.
  • More specific Health information for Travelers to Europe can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

  • The official currency in France is the Euro (€).
  • Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • ATMs are available in towns and cities but not in the village we'll stay in Burgundy. Almost all places we go to accept credit cards.
  • We recommend you to bring some cash with you to cover additional expenses such as lunch, optional activities, snacks, souvenirs…etc.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov

Weather

Average high in France from April - September is 61-77°F.

Average low in France from April - September is 45-61°F.

cultural information

  • Hello -- Bonjour
  • Thank you -- Merci
  • How are you?    -- Comment ça va ?
  • I am fine -- Je vais bien
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Excusez-moi
  • Can I have some wine? -- Puis-je avoir du vin ?

Optional Activities

Burgundy
  • Take a stroll around the Chateau grounds and gardens
  • Explore the small town
  • Take a walk along the canal of Burgundy
  • Enjoy delicious French wine in the French countryside

Paris

  • Louvre Museum - €17
  • Eiffel Tower- €25
  • Père LaChaise Cemetery
  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur Basilica

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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