FRANCE: Boutique Foodie Tour - 10 days
1st - 10th September 2020. (Paris, Dordogne – Sarlat-la-Caneda & Bordeaux)
Destinations: France: Paris, Dordogne – Sarlat-la-Caneda, Bordeaux
Tour Grading MODERATE
Tour Commences In: Paris
Number of Days: 10 days, 9 nights
Accommodation: 5, 4 star and boutique hotels
Leaders: Australian chef and expert local chefs and tour guides
Tour Concludes In: Paris
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast; 9: Lunch; 6: Dinner; 6:
Transportation: Luxury minibus and trains
Welcome to our fabulous Boutique Foodie Tour in France in September and indulge in the French lifestyle. We spend three wonderful days in Paris tasting and walking the fabulous left Bank with all it has to offer. Be inspired when we join a delicious cooking class, an experience not to be missed. We then head to the fabulous Dordogne enjoying villages, food and natural wonders as you ascend the dizzy heights especially when it comes to the amazing food and we have a sensational cooking class for you to participate in. Its then onto Bordeaux with food glorious food everywhere. Should say, yes there iss free time to stop and shop with a Happy Hour or two along the way.
- A specially curated itinerary
- Foodie walking tour of St Germain
- Enjoy happy hour at some fabulous chic wine bars
- Be inspired at a couple of fantastic private cooking classes
- Dine at some beautiful restaurants
- A specially curated itinerary
- Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- 5 & 4 star modern & boutique accommodation
- Luxury private Chauffeur driven luxury air- conditioned vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
- Local Trains where domestic transfers
- Fully escorted by our experienced professional chefs and local tour guide
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Admission fees to all monuments, activities, excursions and shows as per the itinerary
- Cooking classes as per the itinerary
- Walking tours as per the itinerary
- Local market tour as per itinerary
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
- An exclusive information travel package
Day 1: Tuesday 1st September 2020: Arrive Paris:
Day 2: Wednesday 2nd September 2020: Paris:
Day 3: Thursday 3rd September 2020: Paris:
Day 4: Friday 4th September 2020: Paris – Dordogne – Sarlat la Caneda:
Day 5: Saturday 5th September 2020: Sarlat la Caneda:
Day 6: Sunday 6th September 2020: Sarlat la Caneda:
Day 7: Monday 7th September 2020: Sarlat: (Gardens & Winery)
Day 8: Tuesday 8th September 2020: Sarlat – Cohors – Sarlat:
Day 9: Wednesday 9th September 2020: Sarlat – Bordeaux:
Day 10: Thursday 10th September 2020: Depart Bordeaux – Paris:
All our hotels are excellent four- and five-star boutique hotels. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or twin beds.
Climate & Clothing:
In summer the weather in France is mild to warm, the temperature average between June and July is about 78°F - 26°C. Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The official currency in France is EURO (€). On January 1, 2002, the Euro became the official currency for 300 million Europeans, in use in 12 countries of the European Union. Traveller’s Cheques can be exchanged at some banks and currency exchange offices but are not as welcome as cash or credit cards. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas.
The electrical current in France is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking. Insurance is available from BT&T. http://www.boutiquetours.com.au/insurance-quote-form
French is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.
Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in France are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter France you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. No visa is required for tourists.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed. Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at this hotel for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.
We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.
France Standard time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 during Summer Daylight Saving Time)
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
We generally use modern deluxe minibuses for tours. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water and bottled water is provided whilst touring in mini bus. Some alcoholic beverages are included in the cost of this tour.
Day 1: Tuesday 1st September 2020: Arrive Paris: (D)
Bonjour and welcome to Paris, one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cosmopolitan cities. You will be met by our BT&T tour guide and driver and transferred to your hotel Later this evening we will rendezvous at our hotel to meet our fellow travellers to begin our private guided Boutique Foodie Tour of France. This evening we are having our Welcome Dinner at a very special Parisian restaurant.
If you would like a tour to see some world-renowned gems of Paris, please contact us to organise a site seeing tour prior to our Foodie Tour. A site seeing tour could include; the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero, Invalides and the dome of Napoléons tomb, Latin quarter with the Panthéon and the Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendome, Louvre Museum, Hôtel de Ville, Seine quays and bridges, l’ile de Cité with the Notre Dame Cathedral (photo stop) and the Palais de Justice. Continue on to l’ile Saint Louis with a stop at the artisanal ‘Glacier Berthillon’ for a ‘dégustation’ (tasting) of their delicious sorbets and ice-creams. The tour ends with a guided visit of Montmartre (Basilica of Sacré Coeur, the painters square - Place du Tertre, Lapin Agile on Rue de Saule) with the panoramic view of Paris from the steps of the Sacré Coeur. Return to the hotel via the red light district area of Pigalle and the Moulin Rouge.
Day 2: Wednesday 2nd September 2020: Paris: (B/L)
This morning we walk St Germaine. Its a fabulous destination to shop and (most importantly) to eat. For this tour, we’ll be exploring some of the tiniest and most special food shops in this gastronomically gifted neighbourhood. This upscale neighbourhood boasts the most impressive concentration of chocolate and pastry shops in Paris, and perhaps the world. But don’t worry, we’ll also be sharing an impressive array of savory delights, from iconic breads to carefully aged cheeses to artisanal charcuterie. We’ll be tasting a bit along the way and finishing at a table where pair our “picnic” finds with different estate bottled wines.
After lunch we’ll stay on the Left bank and enjoy a wonderful tour of another lovely neighbourhood.
As promised its time for our first ‘happy hour’ at a beautiful chic wine bar.
Day 3: Thursday 3rd September 2020: Paris: (B/L/D)
We travel to another fabulous foodie area in the 9th Arrondissements. Well stop for brunch along the way. A visit to the fabulous le Bon Marche, it is a must for all, and if you like truffle there is a exclusive truffle bar just for you. Wwe will slowly make our way to our wonderful ‘Hands on’ Cooking Class, that includes a visit to the St Germain covered market and a scrumptious 3 course Dinner with white and red wine pairings.
Day 4: Friday 4th September 2020: Paris – Dordogne -Sarlat la Caneda: (B)
This morning we depart Paris. We take the train from Gare Montparnase to the fabulous Dordogne region and the stunning town of Sarlat. Free evening at your leisure
Day 5: Saturday 5th September 2020: Sarlat la Caneda: (B/L/D)
Early morning walk with Jacqi optional
After breakfast its off to the local market where it’s your turn to purchase fresh produce that we require for our picnic. Such fun. We then have a guided tour of the picturesque medieval town of Sarlat la Caneda that developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century. This evening we have planned another wonderful restaurant to dine at.
Day 6: Sunday 6th September 2020: Sarlat la Caneda: (B/L/D)
Free morning till we travel by local bus to Monbazillac to feast at another amazing restaurant with sensational food and an exceptional panoramic view. We’ll then continue onto the beautiful Chateau de Monbazillac for a walk around before returning to our hotel. Free evening for you to enjoy at leisure.
Day 7: Monday 7th September 2020: Sarlat (Gardens & Winery) (B)
Today we visit a beautiful garden, Eyrignac et ses Jardins with its 10 hectares of sculptured plants, it’s a fine example of Topiary art in France. Well pay special attention to the vegetable beds that are organised into four plots separated from each other by two perpendicular paths. It includes a clever combination of companion planting by mixing vegetables and flowers and is highly beneficial in promoting the cultivation of excellent and delicious vegetables because the flowers act as a repellent or trap to pests. Following the regimes of permaculture, no chemicals are used, crops are rotated, and with appropriate companion planting natural repellents are the last word!
After a light lunch we will do some more ‘tasting’ at a fabulous artisan distillery. Make sure you have space in your suitcase for a bottle. (Perhaps bring a bottle bag with you) We return to our hotel. Free time to be had before we meet again later this evening for dinner at a really charming restaurant.
Day 8: Tuesday 8th September 2020: Salart – Cohors – Sarlat: (B/L)
Its an early morning start but you will be rewarded as we are visiting a restaurant that’s been awarded a Michelin BIB Gourmand. The restaurant features delicious cuisine based on local produce. You will be participating in a hands-on cooking class and a tour of the restaurant and beyond. After lunch we will visit The Pont Valentré. It is a 14th-century six-span fortified stone arch bridge crossing the Lot River to the west of Cahors, in France. It has become a symbol of the city. And its magnificent. Later we return to our hotel. This evening Is at your leisure.
Day 9: Wednesday 9th September 2020: Sarlat – Bordeaux: (B/D)
This morning we depart for Bordeaux. On arrive we will meet a local guide for a tour of Bordeaux. Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centred on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool. This afternoon is free at your leisure. This evening we join together for our farewell dinner at another wonderful French restaurant.
Day 10: Thursday 10th September 2020: Bordeaux – Paris: (B)
This morning we depart Bordeaux by fast train to Paris.
Its farewell to everyone and thank you for sharing the passion in our journey.
Some may wish to continue the journey with us onto our Boutique Foodie Tour of Italy. (If so please contact us to confirm transfer details. (afternoon flight to Rome)
BT&T is able to assist with any travel arrangements you plan