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France: Food & Wine Tour Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to France Food & Wine!

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 of France by exploring Paris and Burgundy. These regions are famous for its history, culture and of course world-famous food and wine.

Indulge in the world famous wine and cheese from the Burgundy region after experiencing French history and culture in Paris - "The City of Lights".

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Start: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) -- Paris, France
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 9:00 am on Day 1.

Finish: Paris City Center -- Paris, France
Plan to depart at anytime on Day 7. Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport.

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

What's Included

  • 6 days / 5 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotels
  • 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Guided walking tour of Paris
  • See the world famous Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris, and the Louvre
  • Entrance to Fontainebleau castle
  • Dinners cooked by a French chef
  • Wine tasting in Beaune
  • French cooking class with a chef
  • Bike tour the French countryside
  • Seine river walk in Paris
  • Food tour in Paris
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from France

Highlights

  • Tour Paris - "The City of Lights" - and be mesmerized by the charming city
  • Visit the magnificent Castle of Fontainebleau - a gem of the French Renaissance
  • Wander through Beaune, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
  • Stay in a private French guesthouse in the heart of the French countryside
  • Take a cooking class with a French Chef
  • Become a wine tasting expert

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 French countryside guesthouses and mesmerizing cities, this trip is for you!

This trip is for people who are curious about learning and experiencing the French culture and 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 is a perfect 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.

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

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:

  • Croissants, ham, eggs, cereals, fruits, juice, tea, coffee.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Variety of chicken, fish & beef dishes.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Some meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies. Our Chef in Burgundy can offer vegetarian or vegan options only if diet restrictions have been communicated in advance.
We suggest gluten free travelers to bring snacks as it may be more difficult to accommodate for this dietary restriction in France.

Transport

You’ll be traveling by private, locally-owned, ground transportation throughout your trip. There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

  • Private ground transportation from the airport on Day 1 (Included)
  • Private ground transportation throughout France (Included)

Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to the airport on Day 6.
Cabs and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms and locally-owned guesthouses for the duration of your trip. Please be aware that rooms in Europe can be smaller and don’t always provide a minibar, air-conditioning or a safe.

Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are 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. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or 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.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader 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 reusable 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 organically inspired when possible.

Do not forgetBring a two prong power adaptor to charge your electronics.

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your 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 U.S. Department of State 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

The tap water in France is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep France beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter France from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

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 (EUR).

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest only about ~USD $300 (€250) in cash since most places will accept credit cards.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

ATMs are available in towns and cities but not in the village we will stay in Burgundy.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

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. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

Temperatures in France during the summer months will be hot. Prepare for a dry & warm climate during these months.

Months of April - September in France

  • Average high is 61-77°F.
  • Average low is 45-61°F.

cultural information

The French are very passionate about their history, politics, arts and of course their food and wine!

Expect lengthy dinners in restaurants. In France eating is a way to socialize and connect with people.

Quality of life is very important for the French as well as taking time off. The French can get up to 5 weeks of vacation each year!

Some shops might be closed during lunch time so workers can take a break.

Smoking is very common in France and though smoking inside restaurants is banned, it will be allowed outside and on terraces.

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

Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $300 in cash.
The activities below will be paid in Euros. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

BURGUNDY

Stroll around the Chateau grounds and gardens

Explore the small town

Walk along the Burgundy canal

Enjoy delicious French wine in the French countryside

PARIS

Louvre Museum: ~USD $20

Eiffel Tower: ~USD $25

Père LaChaise Cemetery

Montmartre & Sacré Coeur Basilica

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

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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