This is the ultimate private culinary tour of France and Switzerland. It features private touring and tasting in some of the world’s most important wine regions, visits to local food markets and specialty food purveyors, reservations at top restaurants serving authentic regional cuisine, in-depth cultural touring in each destination, and spectacular accommodations, including a palace hotel in Paris, historic chateau in Beaujolais and luxury resort on Lake Geneva.
Paris • Champagne • Burgundy • Beaujolais • Lyon • Lausanne • Geneva
- Paris – has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
- Champagne – the production of the prestigious wine;
- Burgundy – The world-famous Burgundy vineyards produce some of the most prestigious and expensive wines in the world;
- Beaujolais -the region best known for its light red wines, which taste great chilled and offer a refreshing flavor profile;
- Lyon – the gastronomic capital of France;
- Lausanne – a very popular tourist destination;
- Geneva – major gateway to the Alps for outdoor enthusiasts year round.
Tour available as:
• Private tour –English-speaking local tour guide and pre-booked accommodation.
Day 2 – Paris – Private half-day culinary tour
Breakfast at the hotel. With your sophisticated expert guide, enjoy a private culinary tour of the city according to your interests. Visit epicurean delights such as local food markets, bakeries, pastry shops, fromagerie (cheese shops), chocolate stores, tea salons, specialty stores and more.
Day 3 – Paris – Champagne
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a private excursion to the Champagne wine region. Drive through vineyards along the Route du Champagne, stopping to visit the most interesting wine cellars and sample top local vintages. With your private guide, enjoy a tour of Reims, an ancient city with Roman roots. Visit highlights such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic Art and a UNESCO World Heritage Site where 25 French kings and queens were coronated. Also, see Art Deco architecture and browse specialty shops selling chocolates and Biscuits Roses de Reims, the town’s famous pink cookies. Time and interest permitting, perhaps opt for a gourmet lunch at Les Crayeres, a magnificent manor surrounded by parkland.
Day 4 – Paris – Burgundy
Continue to Burgundy, and stay two nights in charming Beaune, the capital of the Burgundy wine country. Explore the well-preserved medieval center of Beaune, browse the local market, and perhaps purchase renowned local wines such as Chambertin, Romanee-Conti and Montrachet. Time permitting, also visit Dijon, famous for its mustard and other fine culinary offerings.
Day 6 – Burgundy – Beaujolais
Breakfast at the hotel. Next, transfer to the Beaujolais wine region just outside Lyon. Spend two nights at the spectacular Chateau de Bagnols, a meticulously restored 13th-century castle filled with antique furniture, wall paintings and Gothic fireplaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a private tour of the surrounding vineyards, wine cellars, and ancient villages.
Day 7 – Beaujolais & Lyon
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a private excursion to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, to explore local culinary traditions, see cultural highlights such as Roman ruins, churches and museums, and perhaps dine at one of the country’s best restaurants.
Day 8 – Beaujolais – Lausanne, Switzerland
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue to Lausanne—Switzerland’s gourmet paradise—for two nights at the elegant Beau-Rivage Palace, a luxurious resort hotel set in lush parkland on the shore of Lake Geneva. During private touring, visit the Lavaux wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 800-year-old terraced vineyards that skirt the edge of Lake Geneva and offer dramatic views of the Alps. Meet winemakers at local wineries, sample Chasselas and other delicious local varietals in Lavaux ellars, and perhaps enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the finest restaurants in Switzerland.
Day 9 – Lausanne & vicinity
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time or optional tour to Chateau de Chillon, a well-preserved castle on a small island in the lake that offers evocative insights into the daily life of medieval aristocracy. Alternatively, you can also take a private excursion to the atmospheric hill town of Gruyeres to visit a local cheese maker to learn about and taste the region’s renowned Gruyere cheese, and perhaps visit the nearby factory of one of Switzerland’s premier chocolate makers.
Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world. As a result, first-time visitors often arrive in the French capital with all sorts of expectations: of grand vistas, of intellectuals discussing weighty matters in cafés, of romance along the Seine, of naughty nightclub revues, of rude people who won’t speak English. If you look hard enough, you can probably find all of those. But another approach is to set aside the preconceptions of Paris and to explore the city’s avenues and backstreets as if the tip of the Eiffel Tower or the spire of Notre Dame wasn’t about to pop into view at any moment.
Known in Roman times as Campania (Land of Plains), Champagne is a largely agricultural region celebrated around the world for the sparkling wines that have been produced here since the days of Dom Pérignon. According to French law, only bubbly from the region – grown in designated areas, then aged and bottled according to the strictest standards – can be labelled as champagne.
Burgundy is the spiritual heartland of two of France’s raisons d’être – food and wine. The vineyards along the Côte d’Or and the Côte des Nuits are littered with some of the most prestigious names in French wine¬making. It’s also renowned for rich, meaty cooking – this is the place o try quintessentially Burgundian dishes such as bœuf bourguignon and escargots (snails).
Commercial, industrial and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years, today Lyon is France’s third largest city.Outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural life, busy clubbing and drinking scene, thriving university and fantastic shopping lend the city a distinctly sophisticated air, while adventurous gourmets can indulge in their wildest gastronomic fantasies.
Lausanne – this hilly city (pronounced loh-san), Switzerland’s fifth largest, enjoys a blessed lakeside location. The medieval centre is dominated by a grand Gothic cathedral and, among the museums, its unusual Art Brut collection stands out.
Super sleek, slick and cosmopolitan, Geneva is a rare breed of city. It’s one of Europe’s priciest. Its people chatter in every language under the sun and it’s constantly thought of as the Swiss capital – which it isn’t. This gem of a city superbly strung around the sparkling shores of Europe’s largest Alpine lake is, in fact, only Switzerland’s third-largest city.