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Taste of France - 7 Days

Start point: Paris
End point: Paris

DAY 1: Arrive in Paris

Bienvenue! Welcome to Paris for the start of your 7 day Taste of France tour! If you arrive early, take time to explore The City of Lights, stroll the historic boulevards, visit the many museums, shop in charming boutiques or simply people-watch from a Parisian cafe. This evening, you’ll meet your Expat Explore tour leader and fellow travellers at our included welcome dinner.



Experiences

If you arrive early enough, enjoy some time to explore Paris before meeting the rest of your tour group for dinner this evening.

Accommodation

Ibis la Defense

Other Foods to try

This evening, you will enjoy dinner where you can try classic French cuisine like chicken with creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and beef bourguignon (a stew made with red wine). A vegetarian dish is also offered.

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DAY 2: Paris - Burgundy - Lyon

Leaving Paris behind us, we make our way to the Burgundy region, where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting. If Paris is the place for romance, then Burgundy is the place for two other things France is well-known for: great food and fine wine. Famous ‘Burgundies’ (wines made in this region) include whites made from Chardonnay grapes, and dry reds made from the Pinot noir grape. We’ll then travel on to Lyon, where your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour. The city, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its gastronomy, historical landmarks and picturesque riverside setting. This evening, you’ll have the opportunity to join your tour leader for an optional dinner, where you can try classic Lyonnais cuisine.



Experiences

Enjoy a tasting of classic French wines in Burgundy.

Overnight in Lyon, where your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of France’s third-largest city.


Optional Excursions
Three-course Lyonnais dinner€23
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Campanile Lyon Centre

Other Foods to try

Lyon is renowned for it's food and wine, so take the opportunity to try some local dishes; coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine), escargot (snails) and cuisses de grenouille (frogs legs).

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DAY 3: Chateau de Chaumont - Loire Valley

Our first stop today is at the incredible Chateau de Chaumont. Built in the 15th century, this stunning example of a renaissance French Chateau (castle) stands on a hill above the River Loire, and is known for its summertime garden festival. The ‘Festival des Jardins’ (International Garden Festival) has been held here since 1992, and features up to 30 themed gardens that paint a panoramic picture of landscape design from around the world. After having some time to explore the chateau and the extensive gardens, we’ll head to our accommodation in the Loire Valley, where we’ll enjoy an included dinner.



Experiences

Visit Chateau de Chaumont; entrance to the chateau and the gardens is included in your tour package.

Accommodation

Kyriad Tours Centre

Other Foods to try

France is famous for hundreds of different varieties of cheese, and in the Loire Valley goats cheese is a particular regional speciality. The most famous include Sanite Maure, Pouligny-St-Pierre, Selles-sur-Cher and Crottin de Chavignol. And of course they pair perfectly with the region's wines!

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DAY 4: Loire Valley - Free day

Enjoy a free day to explore the Loire Valley! This fertile river valley in central France is covered in vineyards, hundreds of chateaux and quaint French villages. The valley is one enormous UNESCO World Heritage Site, testament to the centuries of history and architectural riches offered by this region, and the perfect way to experience these treasures is on the châteaux optional excursion. In addition to experiencing the stunning French countryside, the charming town of Amboise and a wine tasting, you will visit two of the finest châteaux in France; Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord.

Attractions to discover in your free time
Optional Excursions
Loire Valley châteaux day trip€40
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

DAY 5: Mont St Michel - Bayeux - Normandy

Our first stop is at magical Mont St Michel. An island commune located just off the coast, it is one of France's most recognisable landmarks, and is another French entry on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. After some time to explore the abbey and monastery we’ll travel on to Bayeux, a commune in north-western France. Bayeux is famous for the bayeux Tapestry, a large embroidered cloth more than 70 metres long which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. You’ll have free time to see the tapestry in the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, or alternatively the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, which offers a great insight into WWII and the prominent role this region played during the Normandy Landings.



Experiences

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel, an island commune and monastery. One of France's most recognisable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel attracts more than 3 million visitors each year.

Experience Bayeux and the famous tapestry of the same name; have some free time to explore the museums.

Accommodation

Campanile Bayeux

Other Foods to try

Normandy is famous for its apples; the region produces little wine, but is a major producer of cider, apple brandy and pommeau (an aperitif made by mixing unfermented cider and apple brandy). Apples are also used widely in cooking - each locality in the province has their own variation on the apple tart.

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DAY 6: Normandy beaches - Paris

This morning we’ll explore ‘Omaha’ D-Day landing beach. It was here that the Allied forces landed in June 1944 during WWII, which eventually led to the liberation of France. You'll have time to explore the area and reflect on all that transpired here, as well as the opportunity to visit the Arromanches 360 cinema. This optional experience tells the story of the Battle of Normandy thanks to archive images gathered from around the world. We’ll then continue back to Paris where your tour leader will lead you on a driving tour of this famous city; you’ll see the must-see sights including The Eiffel Tower, The Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. To round off the last day of the tour we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner so you can say your goodbyes and share your memories of the last week with your fellow travellers and tour leader.



Experiences

Visit the D-Day landing beaches of Arromanches and Omaha. Omaha Beach was the codename for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II.

Enjoy a driving tour of Paris. Look out for L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, The River Seine, l'Ile de la Cite, the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lovers Bridge, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Pigalle (the Red Light District) and the Moulin Rouge!


Optional Excursions
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema€6
Cabaret Show€70-90
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Ibis la Defense

Other Foods to try

Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening during your last night on tour, with options including typical French dishes like beef bourguignon and roast chicken with potato gratin, with a vegetarian option also offered.

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DAY 7: End of tour

This morning, your Taste of France tour concludes after breakfast. Don’t forget to swap details with your fellow travellers before your onward journey home!



Experiences

By this point you will have enjoyed 7 incredible days exploring the very best of France. A true delight! If you would like to extend your stay in Paris after the tour, please contact us to confirm the hotel.

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