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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: Hotel in Paris 
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 double accommodations
-6 Breakfasts and 5 dinners
-Entrance to Fontainebleau castle
-Biking tour, cooking class and wine tasting in France
-Seine river cruise 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

-Explore the French countryside
-Cook with a French Chef
-Explore Paris like a local
-Visit the magnificent castle of Fontainebleau
-Learn about French wine & gastronomy
-Full day adventure in the countryside

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirements: 21+
-Group size: 16 max, average 13
-Private bus transportation throughout the trip. Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to airport on final day. There are a few long drives on this trip but this will be the opportunity to enjoy the scenery and get to know your group!
-Physical rating: 1 -  Light. In France the most physical part is the biking tour.
-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 a bike.
-Accommodations: Hotel (5 nights) with roommate(s)

Community

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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 and/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.

Accommodation

Boutique hotel rooms for duration of trip

Single travelers are paired with someone of the same sex

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

We recommend using a 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.

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 our first location 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.

Key Phrases

  • 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 riverbank
  • Enjoy delicious French wine in the French countryside

Paris

  • Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Pompidou Centre
  • The Catacombs
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Père LaChaise Cemetery
  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur Basilica
  • Palace of Versailles

General Rules

We reserve the right to decline any traveler that may affect the welfare of the other travelers or trip leaders.

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession.

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