A Wining and Dining Experience
March 15-22, 2022
(Departure date and itinerary may be subject to minor changes until booked)
Air prices will become available in April: estimated air price is $625 round trip.
Monday, March 14, 2022: Depart the USA
Tuesday, March 15: (lunch and dinner)
Arrive Paris and transfer to Hotel Louison, Villa des Artistes or similar.
Check into hotel. Noon: Celebrate our arrival with Crepes, Galettes and cider at La Creperie Bretonne!
Afternoon to rest or sightsee.
6:00 meeting in Hotel Bar for pre-dinner wine and chit chat.
6:45pm Off to the top of the Montparnasse Tower for spectacular views of Paris while enjoying a gourmet 3-course dinner accompanied by fine French wines.
Wednesday, March 16: (Breakfast and lunch)
Pick-up in hotel lobby at 8:30am for a 3- hour Paris City Tour by minivan followed by Seine River lunch cruise. Enjoy a 3-course lunch including wines while floating down the River Seine. Lastly, we will take a 5-minute stroll to the Eiffel Tower for a ride to the top! * Remainder of the day and evening is at leisure.
6:00pm: Join the group for an aperitif before your evening at leisure!
Thursday, March 17: (Breakfast and lunch)
Guided Visit of Reims Cathedral and Champagne Region.
Pick-up in hotel lobby at 7:00am (time to be confirmed)
Leave on a journey of discovery of the Region of Reims and Champagne and its wine making secrets (Small group). Accompanied by an experienced chauffeur/guide, you will visit the majestic Cathedral of Reims and enjoy a traditional lunch in Epernay (included). You will learn everything you need to know about Champagne. You will have a guided tour of the wine cellars of the famous Moet et Chandon and also have a tour of a local producer. This day will be accompanied by delicious Champagne tastings.
You will discover the mountain of Reims with a stop to take a picture and learn about wine-making in the region. Enjoy the breath-taking views from almost 790 feet up looking out over the vineyards (including some of the most prestigious vintages) and admire the bell towers of as many as 45 different villages!
Set off and on the way to Reims, the driver-guide will tell you about the wonderful Notre Dame cathedral, dating from the 13th Century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (guided tour followed by one hour of free time). A Gothic masterpiece and site of the coronations of the Kings of France, it is also famous for its many statues and stained glass windows. Visit the Cathedral on your own.
Depart from Epernay to arrive back at your Paris accommodation at around 5:30 pm.
6:00pm: Join the group for an aperitif before enjoying your evening at leisure!
Friday, March 18 (Breakfast and Dinner)
Day at Leisure! Do you want to shop, explore museums on your own? The Louvre, the Rodin Museum, Cathedrals, the Latin Quarter, Pere LaChaise Cemetery? Or, take part in an optional half day tour of Versailles with hotel pick up and drop off @ $115 or a full day tour of Loire Valley Chateaux with lunch and a wine tasting (also with hotel pick-up and drop-off) $249 per person.
6:30pm happy hour followed by dinner at Le Bistrot de Campagne!
Saturday, March 19 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Depart hotel at 9:00am for a leisurely stroll to our Chef’s apartment.
We will start with a market visit followed by our hands on cooking class! There is nothing like a visit to a French Open Market!
Chef Marthe teaches her excellent recipes in funny and informative classes. Everything is designed to enhance the flavor and quality of fresh produce. Inspired by the great chefs and improved over time by a thousand tricks, her recipes can easily be made at home. Chef Marthe introduces you to the art of buying the best products in the market, then invites you to make a complete meal with her: entree, main course, and dessert.
Afternoon at leisure.
6:30pm: Happy Hour in Hotel Bar! Join us!
Hotel pick-up at 7:30pm for our wine pairing dinner at O’ Chateau. Return transportation to the hotel at 11:00pm.
During your stay in Paris, you will most likely eat at a restaurant twice a day. As fantastic as it is, it might also get old. This Wine Tasting Dinner could be a special evening in your Paris food and wine experience! This dinner was created for people willing to treat themselves to a different experience, and to a meal they will not forget! No need to be an expert, the important thing is to love wine and food and to want to have a good time.
Throughout dinner you will taste four different wines (including one champagne), chosen by a French sommelier to match the food that night. The meal will be a traditional and well-executed French meal, with an appetizer, main course, and dessert.
With a unique and refreshing approach, the sommelier will take you through a variety of themes to build up and refine your wine knowledge. He will share with you the secrets necessary to taste wine properly, to navigate a wine list, and to choose wine at a restaurant. He will also expertly guide you through the main wine regions of France, explaining how to read a French label, and how to pair wine with food.
This Wine Tasting Dinner is both informative and fun. It is also a unique experience where people get to meet like-minded people - those who enjoy food, fun and meeting other wine-lovers from all over the world, all seated at the same table. You`ll finish up the evening with the tasting of a digestif (Bas-Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados) just to make sure you go back to your hotel with an extra big smile on your face!
Sunday, March 20 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We have an 11:00am rendez-vous at metro Abbesses for our 3-hour walking food tour (Montmartre).
“When you come on our Montmartre Food Tour in Paris, you will get to try many different types of French culinary delights, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.
Free time from 2:30pm onwards.
6:30pm: Happy Hour as per usual!
7:30 departure from hotel for our farewell dinner at Bouillon Julien– a beautiful “belle epoque” brasserie!
Monday, March 21:
Transfer to airport for return flight.
Land only price: $2,695 per person based on DOUBLE occupancy
Price includes all tours as described above, transfers and meals as indicated and tips!
Access to the Eiffel Tower summit is sometimes closed due to inclement weather conditions. If this is the case, we will only be admitted to the second level.