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Food & Wine Lovers Tour - Insight Vacations

Food & Wine Lover’s Trip of France & Italy

Private Custom Group

Duration: 12 days • Countries visited: France, Italy
Group trip type: Food & Wine

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Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Paris!

    On arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, there’s time to relax or perhaps explore the local area. Later we enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks at a cosy bistro with our Travel Director and fellow guests. (HD)

  1. Day 2: Highlights of Paris & Cookery Lesson

    On our guided sightseeing trip this morning, we will see the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, the Place de la Concorde and the magnificent Eiffel Tower. We then visit various Gourmet Food Emporiums that can be found on some of the most fashionable streets of Paris. This evening, we visit a Culinary School for a cookery lesson and dinner. (BB, HD)

  1. Day 3: Food Markets of Paris

    We start with an early morning visit to an open-air market, where there is time for you to wander around and mix with locals who shop daily for the freshest foods. We then enjoy breakfast at a local café.  The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this beautiful city at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Louvre Museum or simply stroll along the boulevards and browse in the chic boutiques. (HB)

  1. Day 4: Champagne to Beaune

    All aboard for a day of fine wine and charming scenery! First we travel through Brie country to Epernay in the heart of Champagne, where we stop to visit the wine cellars and taste some of the celebratory drink. Then via Dijon, we continue through the Burgundy vineyards to the quaint, medieval town of Beaune with its gabled houses, 13th century walls and myriad wine cellars. This evening we enjoy dinner at a local winery. (BB, HD)

  1. Day 5: Sightseeing Medieval Beaune

    This morning we enjoy an orientation excursion to this town, including a visit to Hotel Dieu - the master element of the town’s heritage with its multi-coloured roofs. It is one of the jewels of Burgundy. Each year, more than 400,000 visitors pass by the Hôtel-Dieu, which today covers a large area of the town. Marvel at its museum, three courtyards, outbuildings, 15th century bastion and hundreds of metres of cellars which contain, notably, the personal reserve of the Hospices. This afternoon is at your leisure and tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (BB, HD)

  1. Day 6: Nougat Capital Montelimar & Old Roman City of Nimes

    This morning after breakfast, our journey takes us past the vineyards of Macon and Beaujolais and the valley of the River Rhone to Montelimar, famous for its delicious nougat. Here we stop to visit a nougat-and-chocolate factory for a tasting. We then continue on to the old Roman city of Nimes. Tonight dinner is included at our hotel. (BB, D)

  1. Day 7: Roman Sites & Food Markets in Nimes

    Our orientation of Nimes this morning shows us the Roman Arena and the 2000-year-old Maison Carree. Then we visit a local market to see and sample fresh produce. Dinner tonight is served at a restaurant, which specialises in local cuisine. (BB, HD)

  1. Day 8: French Riviera to La Spezia in Italy

    We leave Nimes today and travel along the smooth motorway towards the most beautiful town in France after Paris: Aix-En-Provence. We continue on via the stunning French Riveria and cross the border into Italy along the spectacular ‘Flower Riviera’. This stretch of coast consists of little-sheltered coves, sharp promontories, cliffs, tiny fishing villages and wide sandy bays.  We arrive at our hotel in Golfo dei Poeti, which is situated in the most inner part of the Golfo dei Poeti, in time for dinner. (BB, D)

  1. Day 9: Italian Cookery Class in La Spezia

    Today we enjoy a highlight visit to a local restaurant for a cookery lesson. We begin with a welcome cappuccino and a relaxing walk in the vegetable garden to learn about herbs, before enjoying a standing lunch with a glass of wine. Then, later this evening, we enjoy a gourmet dinner to taste everything that has been prepared during the morning. Wine and liqueurs are included. (BB, L, HD)

  1. Day 10: Highlights of the Italian Riviera

    A full day excursion to the beautiful western coastal region known as the Italian Riviera, where we explore the ‘Cinqueterra’, or ‘five villages’, which were for years only accessible by donkey. The villages still retain their charm and their reputation for producing one of Italy’s most sought-after and exclusive wines. Tonight we enjoy a seafood dinner at a local restaurant. (BB, HD)

  1. Day 11: Wonders of the Italian Lakes

    We drive northwards from La Spezia this morning through the dramatic scenery of the Apennine Mountains and on to the fertile plains of the Po Valley. We stop for some wine tasting and then we head towards the spectacular Italian Lakes District. This afternoon you have time to relax, before our special farewell dinner at the hotel. (BB,D)

  1. Day 12: Farewell Milan

    Our memorable trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. We transfer to Milan Airport for our onward flights home. (BB)

Meal guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, HD = Highlight Dinner, D = Hotel dinner, HL = Highlight Lunch, WR = Welcome Reception

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