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 Tour Manager along with 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
Immerse yourself in a unique foodie and travel experience of France, visiting Paris and the famous Dordogne region in our 10 day tour. Paris, the magnificent city of light and capital of gastronomy, where people really care about food. Savour the specialties of this magical city – charcuterie, patisserie, cheese, wine, bread and chocolate and age old dishes such as steak frites, baba au rhum and croque monsieur. Explore famous neighbourhoods, chat with locals and learn new skills as you participate in a hands on cooking class. Walk and peruse markets and shop as the Parisians shop.
Experience the famous Dordogne, one of the most beautiful regions of France and a top foodie destination. Here, we cook, taste, sample, discover, explore and wonder at all the magnificent Dordogne has to offer.
Join us for a tour that will not only inspire you as a cook and foodie, but will teach you new skills, open you up to whole new food experiences, give you the opportunity to taste top class food and wine and engage you in a food culture that is famous the world over. Includes immersive food tours, hands on cooking classes, market tours, fine restaurant dining, wine tasting, garden visits, culture, history, shopping and much more.
- Tour the famous Left Bank of Paris, tasting as you go
- Shop like a Parisian in high end home ware and food boutiques
- Discover the chicest department store in Paris
- Sample truffles at a famous truffle bar
- Learn why some of the oldest restaurants in Paris are still so popular
- Explore and shop lively and bustling markets
- Immerse yourself in hands on cooking classes
- Experience travel on the famous TGV through the French countryside
- Discover why traditional French food is still enjoyed in so many restaurants
- Wander in awe at one of the most perfectly preserved medieval French towns
- Be taken back centuries as you tour the old town of Sarlat
- Shop regional delicacies at the market and choose food for a picnic en plein air
- Experience the best of French food at a Michelin starred restaurant
- Explore an ancient chateaux and bridges
- Sample artisanal ice cream and liqueurs direct from the producers
- Stroll magnificently preserved gardens
- Explore an historic winery
- Wander the historic heart of Bordeaux
- Enjoy a food tour and learn all the foodie secrets of Bordeaux
- Dine on the best French food and wine
- Taste, inhale, touch and see the most beautiful food in a country that is a foodie’s dream!
- 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: Paris: (D)
Bonjour et bienvenue à Paris. Hello and welcome to Paris, the ‘City of Light’ and home to some of the best food in the world. You will be met by your tour director and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore Paris at your leisure. Later this evening we meet in the hotel for an apéritif, introduction and tour briefing before departing for our ‘Welcome Dinner’ in a classic French bistrot.
Day 2: Wednesday 2nd September 2020: Paris: (B/L/D)
We start our day the only way to start in Paris, touring the Left Bank. We’ll be tasting as we go - cheese, bread, wine, charcuterie, chocolate and, of course, patisserie! We visit artisanal shops, meet the vendors, mix with the locals and shop the exceptional produce that is quintessentially Parisian. We set off next to an upscale Left Bank district to explore fascinating high-end speciality home ware, kitchenware as well as food and book shops. Shop like a Parisian and take home wonderful mementoes of your time in Paris. Then we head to the chic and glamorous Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, which houses one of the best food halls – La Grande Epicerie - in the world. Here you will find everything from rare gourmet delicacies and prestigious wines to vegetables and pantry basics. It’s a food lovers haven and one of my favourite food shops in Paris! If you’re up for it take a seat at Maison de la Truffe and sample a dish or two featuring the ‘Black Diamond’. Free time here before we wander back to our hotel. We rendezvous for an apéritif before dinner at a 1920’s brasserie.
Day 3: Thursday 3rd September 2020: Paris: (B/D)
Join me for an optional early morning walk to see Paris stretching and waking up. Then we’re off on the Métro to visit one of the most popular marché (market) in Paris, where vendors shout out their wares and some of the freshest cheeses, breads and produce from local farms are on offer. We soak up the atmosphere as we rub shoulders with Parisians carefully choosing each and every purchase.
Afterwards we’re off to explore a lively, historic street, much loved by Parisians, lined with boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bars. There is every gourmet food shop imaginable as well as fromageries, boulangeries, patisseries, chocolatiers and glaciers. We spend the rest of the morning here and have lunch at our leisure. Then there is the option of an afternoon of free time or join me to peruse the most famous cookware shop in the world, wander the historic covered arcades and spend some time reflecting in a magnificent church that is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. We then rendezvous in the late afternoon for a delicious and fun foodie cooking class.
Day 4: Friday 4th September 2020: Paris – The Dordogne - Sarlat-la-Canéda: (B/D)
We say au revoir to Paris this morning as we make our way to Gare Montparnasse to catch the TGV (Very Fast Train) to Bordeaux. We sit back and enjoy the view as the train weaves its way through the French countryside. After arriving in Bordeaux, we journey through the Dordogne region, dotted with chateaux, charming villages and verdant hills to our destination in the heart of the Périgord Noir, Sarlat-la-Canéda. This magnificent medieval town is one of the most beautifully and perfectly preserved in France, with its winding, cobblestoned streets, picturesque squares and Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It is also renowned for its superb food, as we will discover tomorrow. You are free to relax or wander the town before a simple dinner at a local bistrot.
Day 5: Saturday 5th September 2020: The Dordogne - Sarlat-la-Canéda: (B/L/D)
We rendezvous this morning for a tour of the famous, bustling, market with an 800 year old history and tradition of trading. This market is considered one of the best in France and as we make our way shoulder to shoulder (it’s that popular!) from stall to stall we find all the produits de terroir on offer. Think foie gras, confit de canard, sanglier (wild boar) sausages, truffles, walnuts, wild cèpes and girolle mushrooms, strawberries, cabécou (the famous local goat cheese) and Le Pruneau (the local apéritif made from prunes). As we wander, we will select delicious goodies from the vendors and create our very own picnic basket. Later we sit back with our brimming basket and enjoy a tranquil picnic – en plein air – under the trees in the local gardens. After lunch we’ll step back in time and enjoy a private tour of medieval Sarlat, with its narrow, winding streets, ancient cathedral, and imposing architecture. We’ll discover the fascinating history, dating back to the Middle Ages of this magnificent town and its people. We meet later in the evening for a classic French dinner.
Day 6: Sunday 6th September 2020: The Dordogne: (B/L)
Have a relaxing morning or join me for an optional early morning power walk around old Sarlat. We then meet up for a scenic drive through the dramatic valleys of the Périgord Noir to a very special lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant where we enjoy the full French excellent food and wine experience. After lunch we need a walk and fresh air! So we set off to a nearby historically listed chateau complete with medieval defensive fortifications, Renaissance architectural elegance and breathtaking views. Explore at your leisure before we have a leisurely drive back to Sarlat and a free evening.
Day 7: Monday 7th September 2020: The Dordogne: (B/L/D)
Today we enjoy an excursion to a stunning formal garden, one of the most beautiful in the Dordogne. Sit in reflection by the manicured lawns, be inspired by the vegetable gardens, gaze at the elegant statues, admire the topiary or simply wander peacefully by the trees and flowerbeds. Then it’s a simple, but delicious lunch in the garden café. A truly peaceful morning. We then head to a glacier (ice cream shop) like no other, where we will sample some of the most incredible glaces and sorbets from a true artisan. On the way home we stop for a visit to a local distillery where we discover the secret to a centuries old aperitif, explore the cellars and have the opportunity to purchase liqueurs, brandies and other artisanal products. Make sure you have space in your suitcase for a bottle or two! We continue our ‘getting to know’ Sarlat by enjoying dinner in another fine, local restaurant.
Day 8: Tuesday 8th September 2020: The Dordogne: (B/L)
It’s a very early start this morning but you will be well rewarded as we travel through the beautiful countryside to an historic wine estate. We explore the winery and are immersed in a fully hands on cooking class with a local chef. The winery is famous for its deliciously deep red Malbec wine and its Michelin rating for its cuisine. This will be a class with a focus on seasonal food – perhaps mushrooms or truffles – and will finish with tastings of the food paired with premium wines from the winery. After lunch we visit the medieval city of Cahors. Founded in Roman times this city has a wealth of history and a largely intact historic centre. We tour the 14th century, stone arch Valentré Bridge, spanning the famous river Lot and a remarkable example of medieval architecture with its three fortified towers. Then it’s time for home, some down time with a free evening.
Day 9: Wednesday 9th September 2020: The Dordogne – Bordeaux: (B /D)
This morning we farewell Sarlat and head to the UNESCO listed Bordeaux, the epi-centre of the famed wine region and a port city on the river Garonne. Bordeaux wine has been produced since the 8th century and is still renowned the world over. After settling into our hotel, we wander the historic heart of Bordeaux, the Saint Pierre district. Gaze in wonder at the magnificent monument of the Porte Cailhau, a royal entrance between the city and the river and wander the narrow streets and picturesque squares. In the afternoon we take a food tour, uncovering all Bordeaux’s foodie secrets and tasting our way from boutique to wine shops through the historic centre. Enjoy some down time before our farewell dinner at a classic Bordelais bistrot, where perhaps you may even try les escargot?
Day 10: Thursday 10th September 2020: Bordeaux – Paris: (B)
Our last day is spent heading back to Paris on the TGV where we sadly farewell everyone. Thank you for sharing in our passion on our Foodie tour of France.
Some guests may wish to stay in Paris or continue their journey in France. BT&T is able to assist with any further travel arrangements.
Thank you for sharing our journey
Our itineraries are carefully curated to ensure you are rewarded with the best foodie experiences in France. The magic of travelling in a small group allows us to cater for spontaneity and it is sometimes these unplanned moments that can be the most rewarding and memorable and together with the rich tapestry of experiences and the characters we meet along the way it makes this a very special tour.