Wine in Paris
Dining in France
Wine and France are inextricably entwined. A vibrant thread in the fabric of daily life and culture, wine has helped shape France's history, gastronomy, and urban landscape. Our 2.5-hour Paris wine tour and tasting, led by a sommelier or oenologist guide, introduces the basics of French wines, from the Bordeaux and Burgundy to the country’s lesser known appellations. Over a couple glasses of wine, we will discuss the wine-making process and the evolution of wine in France, as well as food and wine pairings, current trends, and tasting techniques to help you continue your appreciation at home or abroad.
- Paris wine tour and tasting led by an expert sommelier or oenologist.
- Taste up to 4 wines and pair them with cheese and charcuterie.
- Small groups—never more than 6 people on a walk.
Paris Wine Tour and Tasting
We'll begin with a discussion of France's 2,500 year history of wine production, which dates from Greek and Roman times. Sitting together at a traditional bar à vin, we'll taste a few classic French white wines. Here, we'll learn about dégustation, the art of tasting, and we'll explore the history of wine in France and its particular importance in Paris. Showcasing the diverse styles of French wine, these tastings will serve to calibrate your palate, teaching us how to evaluate wine using our senses of smell and taste.
We'll also enjoy a plate of fromage or charcuterie and discover the basics of pairing French wine with food, raising the concept of terroir, the dominant philosophy in French wine and cuisine. We'll use this concept to explore how natural elements can effect the flavor of your wine. We'll then head to a charming bistro and further our discussion. On our way, we may even have time to stroll through the neighborhood market that's quieting down for the evening to peek at what may still be left in the stalls, broadening our understanding of terroir.
Seated at our second local establishment, we'll settle in to taste a few typical red wines. Here, we have an excellent opportunity to take a closer look at the bottles to understand what’s inside. France was the first country in the world to classify its wines using AOPs. This system, dating from the 1930's, is still in use today and can be daunting to even the most seasoned wine expert. Guided by our docent, we will learn the ins and outs of this system, its initial purposes and structure, and how it has evolved today. While examining several bottles, we will be able to dissect a typical French wine label and see its quality level clearly, before even trying the wine.
"We marveled at our docent’s breadth of knowledge, not only of the end product—wine—but perhaps even more so of its history and the ever so many pieces of the puzzle."
To bring our experience full circle, we may put our wine knowledge into practice at a local wine shop, a cave à vin, where we'll take an in-depth look at the wine regions of France, the art of reading French wine labels, and current trends in French wine-making. We will leave our walk with new gustative knowledge on French wines that we can take home with us and put to good use when buying or drinking French wine anywhere in the world.
Please note any food allergies or intolerances in the Notes box when booking.
Special Custom Tastings: For visitors looking for a unique experience, we can custom-design a private tasting to focus on a particular region or on lesser-known wines. We can also arrange a luxury wine tasting experience. For more information see our Private Paris Food Tour. Foodies may also enjoy our Paris Food Tour or our Paris Market Tour.
After meeting your guide in central Paris, relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan on the short drive to the Champagne region of France. Your small-group tour is guided by a trained sommelier with an extensive knowledge of the Champagne region and its beautiful vineyards.
Your tour will include a visit to three Champagne houses and wineries, but the actual stops will vary according to the day you visit. They may include well-known brands such as Mercier, Pommery or Tattinger, along with smaller, boutique wineries in the Champagne region.
During your tour, learn about the Champagne-making process as you discover the underground chalk cellars where the Champagne is aged. Finish your visit with the days first glass of bubbly, and then hop back in your minivan for the drive through the delightful countryside. Your tour may include a stop in Hautvilliers, home to the ancient Benedictine abbey where a local monk by the name of Dom Pérignon (maybe youve heard of him?) worked on the creation of Champagne in the 18th century.
For your next stop, head to a small boutique winery that produces high-quality Champagne. After a tour of the winery, taste three different Champagnes and one wine while enjoying a French lunch of cheese and charcuterie (cured meats like sausage and pâté) and admiring the spectacular views of the Marne Valley. In the afternoon, your tour continues to the Premier Crus area, where youll visit another boutique winery for your final Champagne tasting of the day. See how the style and characteristics of each producer compare to each other and how the final product varies. Youll receive three tastings of Premier Crus (a classification of French wine that denotes very high quality) before heading back to Paris.
Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people when exploring the castles, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide. This tour also includes access to skip the long entry lines at Château de Chenonceau.
After leaving Paris in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, your day trip of the wine and castles of the Loire Valley starts at Château de Chambord. This beautiful château was built in 1519 by King Francis I, who used it as a hunting lodge. Admire its French Renaissance architecture, luxurious furniture, ornamental ceiling vaults and astounding staircases, and keep an eye out for frolicking deer and wild boar as you stroll along the castles lush grounds.
Next, youll stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Nitray Vineyards at Château de Nitray. This is not your average box lunch -- you'll enjoy a home-cooked lunch of fresh, local French ingredients and sample some of the regions best wines, including a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a full-bodied Cabernet Franc. Your guide will take you through the wine-tasting, pointing out the different flavors. You will end your visit with a tour of the vineyard.
Your final stop is Château de Chenonceau, an elegant 16th-century castle that is sure to steal your heart at first sight with its smooth white stone and intricately painted wooden door. Entry lines can be quite long here, especially in the peak summer season, but dont worry! This tour includes skip-the-line access, so you dont have to wait in the long queue. The interior of the castle is well-maintained with original stone carvings, immense tapestries and an intimate chapel. Almost equal in beauty are the castle grounds and many gardens, planted by the famous ladies who owned the Ladies Château and gave it its name.
Relax in an elegant wine bar in central Paris and begin your French wine-tasting experience! With a professional sommelier, taste several award-winning French wines from different regions in France such as Sancerre, Champagne and Bordeaux. Learn about the history of French wine, how to read a wine label, and the different wine-making regions in France. You can also purchase any of your favorite wines at the end of your tasting.
You have three options to choose from:
1.5-hour wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie lunch: This more in-depth session includes a tasting of five French wines accompanied by artisanal bread, cheese and charcuterie (cured meats), such as smoked ham from southwestern France and saucisson (dried sausage) from Corsica. Your sommelier will take you through the different wine regions including Rhone, Bordeaux and Champagne. Learn the art of food and wine pairing and discover expert wine-tasting techniques.
2-hour wine and Champagne tasting: Join this wine tasting and enjoy six French wines from regions including Champagne, Sancerre and Rhône, accompanied by fresh bread. Explore the art of food and wine pairing; learn how to read a French wine label and navigate a wine list; and uncover the meanings of commonly used terms like 'terroir' and 'appellation.' Your sommelier will provide great tips and plenty of fun anecdotes, too!
2-hour grand cru wine tasting: During this ultimate wine-tasting experience, try six of France's greatest wines accompanied by a platter of delectable cheese and charcuterie. The six different wines, selected from some of the countrys best wineries, include grands crus (a classification of French wine denoting exceptionally high quality), premiers crus (the second-highest classification level) and older vintage wines, all boasting rich, complex flavors. Your sommelier will be on-hand to answer all your questions, and the content of the class will be tailored to meet your needs and preferences.
Make your own way to the central Paris wine bar-restaurant that will host your tasting.
When you arrive, be shown to the elegant, cellar-like tasting room all stone walls and vaults and meet your professional sommelier and the rest of your like-minded, wine-loving group.
Take a seat at the communal dining table and listen as your sommelier talks you through whats ahead. Your sommelier will have chosen four top-notch French wines, including Champagne, to match the menu for the evening menus vary according to the season and will give you a fascinating introduction to each variety and why it makes the perfect foil to your food.
Then, relax over your delicious 3-course meal, with an appetizer, main course and dessert (see Itinerary for a sample menu) skilfully prepared by the Cordon Bleu French chef. While you eat, enjoy the generous servings of wine and hear about the origins of each varietal and the French wine region it hails from.
As you sip on Champagne, learn how its made and what makes it special, and throughout the meal, build your wine knowledge as your sommelier explains concepts such as 'terroir' the type of natural environment in which a wine is produced. Chat freely to your fellow guests, join in discussions about wine, and glean expert tips from your sommelier on how to taste wines properly and pair them with food.
Drink in the convivial atmosphere and after dessert, enjoy a tasting of a classic digestif such as Bas-Armagnac, Cognac or Calvados.As the evening ends, receive an information sheet on the wines youve tasted, and after saying goodbye to your sommelier and fellow guests, head back to your hotel.
Start your Parisian wine tasting and lunch at midday in an elegant wine bar in a beautiful wine cellar in central Paris. Taste five wines, served in Riedel wine glasses, from different regions in France including Bordeaux, Sancerre, Champagne and Rhone. Your expert host, a trained sommelier, will guide you through the wine-tasting process and teach you some techniques on how to fully appreciate the different wines included in your tasting. As you savor the flavors, listen as your guide takes you on a tour of France's main wine regions and shows you how to read a French wine label.
With your wine, taste some artisanal cheese from an excellent fromager (cheese maker). Learn how to pair cheese with wine and discover the reasons behind why certain flavors go better together. In addition, enjoy some tasty charcuterie (cured meats), including smoked ham from Southwest France and saucisson (sausage) from Corsica. This fun and informative lunchtime tour in Paris will give you a unique insight into Frances famous culinary traditions, and will surely delight your senses!
Treat yourself to an evening of wine tasting in an elegant wine cellar in central Paris, located near the Louvre museum. Taste six wines from regions all over France including Rhone, Sancerre, Bordeaux and Champagne.
Your friendly and informative sommelier guide will lead the session and offer interesting insight into French wine with a unique and refreshing approach. Discover how Champagne is made and what makes it so prized. Learn how to taste wine properly and how to read a French wine label. If youve ever been confused by concepts such as terroir or appellation, your knowledgeable host will explain them in detail.
In a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy samples of wine, served in crystal Riedel wine glasses, accompanied by fresh bread, plus cheese or charcuterie, if you select that option. As you savor the flavors, learn about the different wine regions of France including the grapes they grow and the style of wine they make. Youll be given a list of the wines you tasted as a reminder of your afternoon, and will leave your 2-hour wine-tasting session with newfound expertise and appreciation of French wine.
Expand your knowledge of wine with an afternoon of wine tasting in a beautifully renovated wine cellar in central Paris near the Louvre museum. During this 2-hour wine-tasting session perfect for wine experts and novices alike, indulge yourself and enjoy six exquisite wines from different regions in France.
The wines, selected from some of the countrys best wineries, will include grands crus (a classification of French wine denoting exceptionally high quality), premiers crus (the second-highest classification level) and older vintage wines.
Build up your understanding of French wines as your expert sommelier guide teaches you about the main regions of France and the hierarchy of French wine. Discover what makes a great wine; learn about the best tasting techniques; and gain an understanding of French wine labels.
Your sommelier guide will tailor the wine-tasting session to your preferences to ensure that you learn about what interests you in a fun and informative atmosphere. During your tasting, savor some quality French cheese and charcuterie, the perfect accompaniment to these fabulous wines!
This intimate private wine- and cheese-tasting session offers a personalized experience with your expert host.
Treat yourself to an exquisite private French wine- and cheese-tasting experience in Paris! Get an authentic taste of life in Paris and begin your French culinary experience.
Your friendly host, a fully trained oenologist (an expert in winemaking), will make you feel at home and teach you all about wine and cheese pairing. As you savor four different wines, learn about the art of wine tasting, the different varieties of grapes used in the winemaking process, and how to use your sense of sight, smell and taste to fully appreciate the flavors. Ask your knowledgeable host any questions you have about the techniques used to savor wine to increase your understanding of wine tasting and winemaking.
You’ll also sample three different varieties of French cheeses. Your expert host will explain how different types of cheese are categorized by their rinds, such as floral rind cheese, like Camembert and Brie, and hard rind cheese, like Emmental and Comté. Discover the techniques used to store and savor cheese while enjoying your cheese tasting.
You’ll leave with newfound wine and cheese knowledge to impress your friends back home!
This private wine- and chocolate-tasting session ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your host.
Become a wine and chocolate connoisseur during this private French wine- and chocolate-tasting session in Paris! Your host, a trained oenologist (expert in winemaking), will show you the best ways to savor wine and chocolate. Ask any questions you have about wine tasting and the different grape varieties used in the winemaking process as you taste four different wines, including a sweet and sparkling wine.
In addition, sample two tasty types of chocolate as you discover the different stages of chocolate making, including the fermentation and roasting of cocoa beans. Expand your palate and learn how to combine the flavors of wine and chocolate under the guidance of your knowledgeable host.
Have fun experimenting in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere and take away some valuable skills and knowledge to impress your friends back home! At the end of your French culinary experience, you will be given a list of the wines you tasted as a reminder of your authentic Parisian afternoon.
The tour starts at 7am with direct pick up at your centrally located Paris hotel. Travel in a luxury minivan with your driver/guide accompanying you throughout the day. Be entertained by the stories about Burgundy wine, history of the region, and with many anecdotes of today's France.
The tour is private for a more personal and flexible experience for your group.
- Visit and tasting at Chateau Pommard (€20 per person)
- Visit of city Beaune & its medieval hospital "Hospice de Beaune" (€10 per person)
- Lunch at traditional Burgundian restaurant (+/- €20 per person)
- Visit and tasting at Meursault or Chateau Santenay (+/- €20 per person, depending on availability)
- Sightseeing of the region with time for photos
- Stop in the vineyards
Meet your sommelier in Paris who loves to share his passion for wines with visitors coming from all over the world.
He has been organising wine tasting classes and wine events for more than 6 years. You'll be seated in the charming tasting room in the heart of Latin Quarter, you will discover and taste four fine and excellent French wines that you will pair with four typical cheeses and some pieces of French baguette.
The tasting room is in a small wine shop in a small cobblestoned street of Latin quarter. The V shape table has no more than 15 seats, so it's small groups only and everyone is perfectly installed to see the sceen with maps and pictures of the wine regions.
Your walking tour takes place in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, where you'll meet your guide.
Head first to a cave a vin (wine cellar) to sip sparkling wine and learn a few key things about French wine, and then stroll through the Montmartre neighborhood to the marché (market), where you can purchase a few bottles of vin, if you wish, with assistance from your guide (own expense).
Continue your tour to a bistro/wine bar to treat your taste buds to a few new wine selections, accompanied by bread, cheese, and meat pairings (optional) for a true taste of Paris.
Your day tour starts with pickup at your Paris hotel by your guide for the drive to your first stop in the Loire Valley, the Castle of Amboise (Château d'Amboise), once a royal residence.
Featuring Renaissance designs, the white castle stands on the banks of the Loire River, towering over the landscape. Take a 1-hour tour with a provided audio guide to see the castle's interior rooms, chapel (where Leonardo da Vinci is entombed), and gardens, and learn about its history, including how it was a gathering place of philosophers, sculptors, and artists from all over France, Flanders, and Italy, including Da Vinci, who came to the château in 1516 and lived until his death in 1519.
Next, visit a restaurant situated in a unique natural surrounding: an ancient mountain cave, which was dug in the chalky valley to use for wine aging. Today, it creates an intimate atmosphere for lunch; enjoy regional Loire Valley dishes and a welcome glass of Montlouis sparkling wine amid the cozy decor of woodwork and a large fireplace.
Your last stop gives you the opportunity to discover some French wine. Learn about the wine-production process at a winery, where you'll take a guided tour that includes a tasting of six winesone rosé, one white, and four reds from the Chinon AOC, accompanied by local products. Afterward, return to Paris to end your day trip.
Meet at the centrally located Avenue Duquesne office at 9:30am. Get all the necessary information about your program. At 10am you will start your tour with a Segway and a multilingual guide, who will tell you historical and interesting facts.
At approximately 1pm you will take a lunch break at the Wine Museum, located close to the Eiffel Tower. Your lunch will consist a 3-course menu with coffee.
At 3pm you will have the occasion to take a skip-the-line visit to Eiffel Tower and climb it up to the second floor on a guided tour. Just after the visit of the Eiffel Tower is over, at approximately 4:30pm, jump on the iconic Bateaux-Mouches for a 1-hour cruise along the Seine river, where you have also a priority access.
Following pickup from your Paris hotel, you will head to the Burgundy region, renowned for its delicious French wines and stunning landscapes. The duration of your road trip will be around 2 hours, during which your guide/driver will regale you with stories about the region.
Your first stop will provide you with an incredible chance to taste different types of wine, made at one of the most recognizable vineyards in Burgundy, Chablisien. If the weather permits, you'll taste the wines outside in front of the vineyard. You will be led by a local French wine producer who knows all the secrets and traditions of wine-making, which he will share.
Afterwards, you will go to the charming city of Chablis, famed world-wide for its wines. As one of the significant gastronomic centers of Burgundy, it offers a vast variety of top-notch, local restaurants. Your guide will, then, take you to a Michelin-star restaurant where you will savor an authentic lunch, consisting of 7 plates made from local organic products. Each couple will also get a bottle of Chablis wine. The meal usually takes approximately 90 minutes.
Following lunch, you will head to the city of Auxerre, which has been in existence since the Gallo-Roman times. As you walk along old-paved, narrow streets (protected and classified by UNESCO), you will behold the Medieval Clock Tower and The Abbey of Saint-Germain d'Auxerre.
Finally, you will head back to Paris, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
- Walk in the steps of world class painters like Monet, Picasso or Van Gogh
- Explore the picturesque back-alleys of a village lost in the capital city
- Revive parties at the Moulin Rouge with Toulouse-Lautrec and Cancan dancers.
- Admire Sacre Coeur Basilica ( Sacred Heart) and Paris most stunning city view
- Discover the Bobos way of life, so uniquely Parisian and amazing food stores
- Taste the Best Baguette of Paris!
This 3 hours Montmartre walking tour starts at the Moulin Rouge.
Your private local guide will take you out of the beaten path to local food stores, to the streets with 3 award-winning pastry shops, wine bars and cheese stores and the Best Baguette of Paris ! You can stop and buy anything you want to try on the way, it's a private tour, a unique experience. You want to try a coffee and croissant? Or maybe a glass of wine and cheese? Just feel free to enjoy your time and delicious food : you are in Paris !
You will see where Van Gogh used to live, Picasso's very first art studio and Renoir's iconic windmill. You'll meet artists working on their canvas in the middle of the streets. As we reach the top of the hill, you will enjoy the most amazing view on Paris and visit the beautiful Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
Before parting apart to new Parisian adventures, your guide will give you restaurant recommendations, his best addresses for shopping in the area and all practical information to enhance your stay in Paris.
You will meet your Sommelier in Paris. After a 2-hour ride in a air-conditioned van with a maximum of 8 people, you will arrive in the lovely village of Chablis. Your first wine-tasting takes place at a famous Chablis producer, where you will visit the caves, see the fermenting tanks, barrels, old vintage bottles, and finish with various wine tastings.
You will then head to a typical village of Burgundy, where ancient grapes varieties are still grown. You will enjoy your second tasting during a wine,cheese and meet pairing lunch at a family-run producer.
After lunch break, your sommelier will drive you through the vineyards area to another Burgundy appellations famous for its great Pinot Noir wines. You will learn about french wine labels, "terroirs", Burgundy grapes varieties and also about the epic history of the Knights Templar and Cistercians monks. Your final tasting will take place in a historic wine cave from the XI century built by monks.
Return to central Paris around 7pm.
Meet your Sommelier behind the Panthéon in the historic 5th district of Paris and discover Paris with new eyes, during a lovely walk in the streets of the oldest part of the city, learning the secrets of Lutece - the old Roman village. You will stop at a wine shop where your Sommelier will give you tips to pick the best wines for good value. You will learn all the information you need to buy wine and how much you should pay for (labelling, aging, regions etc. ).
After shopping, you will follow your Sommelier until a small authentic Parisian bistrot for a 1 hour wine and cheese paring tasting. You will discover 3 cheeses from small French Producers and taste each of them with the perfect french wine match. You will discover new flavors and tasting sensations. You will talk with your Sommelier about grapes varieties, the exciting "new" french wine regions, biodynamic wine...
Your Sommelier is friendly, knowledgable and experienced at teaching from the beginner to expert levels.
Meet your guide in central Paris at 8am. You will travel in a comfortable deluxe van and have time to relax. After a 2 hours drive, you will arrive to the ancient Roman founded village of Sancerre where you will discover the lovely streets and enjoy the nice view of Sancerre appellation vineyards. You will start with the visit of a local winemaker and experiment white and red tastings. You will visit the cellars, talk to the winemaker and taste their best wines made with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes. You will end the morning with a break for lunch.
After lunch time, your Sommelier will guide you to meet a second local wine producer for visiting and tastings. You will as well have a nice walk in the vineyards where your Sommelier will explain to you the characteristics of the region climate and soil. You will continue the visit through the vineyards and stop at a family cheese farm and taste the delicious "Crottin de Chavignol" goat cheese, the famous cheese from the Loire Valley with a last glass of wine. You will head back to central Paris around 7pm.
Your guide is a highly qualified Sommelier, passionated by history who will teach you how to understand French wine labels,"terroirs", Loire Valley grapes varieties, french cheese varieties. The small group (max 8) makes it very interactive and convivial. The white and red wine tastings, the wine and cheese pairing and the various sights visited from Medieval Village to a cheese farm make the tour very complete.
In a unique and historical setting in the center of Paris, you will have 2 hours to create your own wine.
With the help of a winemaker, youll get to taste and pick the grape varieties you want in your wine, then blend, try, taste again, improve and ultimately create your very own wine.
Once this is done, its time to move on to step two, which is creating a label for your wine. With our easy-to-use system, its a piece of cake. And a fun one too.
Youll walk out of the experience with a bit of a buzz and a personalized wine you made yourself. The price of the workshop includes one bottle.
If you have an interest in wine and its culture, youll learn the info, the history, the secrets, the science to boost your wine culture.
All this presented in an amazing setting (try a huge 18th century royal wine cellar in central Paris), and with a very interactive and engaging approach. A museum with all the good stuff, and without any of the boring stuff!
This wine tour was created by people who think wine culture needs to be fun and relaxed. An 18th century Royal wine cellar has been transformed into a maze of rooms that will surprise, enchant and stimulate you. This english guided tour is a truly unique experience in the very center of Paris.
At the end of your visit, the exclusive shop will make your souvenirs shopping a piece of cake. From posters to wine books or personalized bottles, they have it all.
Though our venue is 400 years old, the French Wine Experience is a brand new Paris attraction. Book now and become pioneers!
Enjoy our app before, during and after your visit. It features games, quizzes, videos and a full on illustrated wine knowledge database.
Book online now and schedule you visit whenever is convenient for you.
Make your way out of Paris for an all-inclusive private day trip to the beautiful Champagne district with a wine expert!
Join your private guide Michel on an exclusive day trip to the magnificent vineyards in Champagne!
You'll depart from Paris by taking a comfortable 1st class train journey (50 min) to Champagne Ardennes Station. It's the best way to enjoy the scenery of the French countryside, plus Michel will share insights about the tour and great stories with you!
As a wine exporter he has many connections with different vineyard owners and actually owns one himself in the south of France, so he'd love to share his knowledge with you!
Upon arrival you'll make your way to the first vineyard visit by private van. Here you will have an exclusive visit to a reknowned artisan winery near Epernay and will of course enjoy a tasting afterwards!
The next stop will be at Reims, regarded to be the capital of the Champagne wine-growing region. Before enjoying a tasting you'll also visit the breathtaking Reims Cathedral. Reims is also known for its magnificent gastronomy, so next to a delicious tasting you'll also enjoy a luxurious lunch along with a Champagne glass or two.
The final visit will be to the Möet Chandon or Pommery (depending on availabilities and dates) where you'll spend some time in the famous crayères cellars.
After the final tasting, you'll depart back to beautiful Paris after a great day in Champagne!
Schedule of the day:
9:30 AM: Arrival in Champagne Ardenne and transfer to the first Vineyard visit by private van.
10:00 AM: Visit to the Champagne Ardenne Vineyard with an exclusive visit to the cellars. Tasting included!
11:30 AM: Transfer to Reims and visit to the beautiful Reims Cathedral
12:30 PM: Time to enjoy a delicious lunch paired with a great wine tasting in Reims
2:30 PM: Visit to Möet Chandon and the famous Crayères cellars. Tasting included!
5 PM: Departure to Paris
Enjoy a deep dive in the heart of le Marais district with a group of maximum 10 persons. Get introduced to French and other countries tasty specialties thanks to your knowledgeable guide.
While on this tour, you will stop by 8 to 10 stops of some of Paris most fantastic shops! While discovering this amazing area you will try wines, cheeses, delicacies like Organic Tapenade, Cured Meat, Baguettes, Jams and other great traditional french delicacy. This tour will also be the opportunity to taste chocolate and Macarons from renown chocolatiers.
From the oldest market in Paris 1605 to St Paul's church this unique route will make your taste buds scream !
Is there anywhere in Paris a more emblematic and picturesque quarter than Montmartre ? How is it possible to concentrate so many French symbols and food in such a small area ? Follow your passionate local guide and unveil the mysteries of Montmartre during an unforgettable 3 hours food tour on top of the French capital !
- Between le Moulin Rouge and le Sacré Coeur, taste only the best of Montmartre!
- Youll have 8 to 10 stops, both sweet and savory
- Small groups tours ensure you the best experience you can get!
- Chocolate, pastries, cheese, cured meats and wine on the menu
- During the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the most passionate and talented food artisans of the capital.
Look around you! Dozens of cobblestone streets, lots of somptuous hidden mansions, hundreds of warm and lively Parisian cafés, charming terraces everywhere, some typical little squares and adorable stores of all types
No mistake you are in Montmartre ! If the City of Lights had a heart, no wonder it would be beating here, in Montmartre and nowhere else.
You have probably heard of Montmartre as the residency of some famous painters of the 19th and 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso and Van Gogh, or even as the setting of some myhtical movies such as Amelie! Yet, Montmartre has also a great gastronomical heritage. You can tell by the several mouthwatering window shops along the way, full of elegant and delicious cakes, appetizing chocolate candies, and of course, shelves full of generous cheeses, cured meats and French wine!
Not only Montmartre contains some of the most popular cultural symbols of Paris, such as Le Moulin Rouge and Le Sacré Cœur, but it also has an undescribable soul provided by every single actor of this area. All the talented food artisans play a major part by contributing to the warm and unique atmosphere of the district.
On the way, your guide will take you to the breathtaking Clos des Vignes, which happens to be the only vineyard in Paris. This incredible spot will make you forget about where your are, thanks to its timeless setting that literaly throws you back a century ago, when the wine served in every cafes and bistros was coming from the Montmartre's vineyards!
Your local and foodie guide will be delighted to walk down these streets in order to introduce you to the best food artisans of the area, and also to share with you some unforgettable tastings at every stop. You'll feel like a little child while eating the sweet treats we've selected for you, while a glass of good wine paired with some fresh cheeses and cured meat will make you fill in the shoes of a real Parisian enjoying his apéritif along with friends!
Get ready for Montmartres magic and delicacies, they are only waiting for you!
Since the 12th century, Montmartre has been the cradle of wine making and drinking in Paris. In this hilltop Bohemian village, drinking wine in lively cafés, cabarets and picturesque bistrots is absolutely inevitable! At a walking distance from the vineyards of Montmartre, youll follow your wine expert guide, for a unique wine and food tasting experience in some of the best bistrots of the area.
How to choose your wine? What should you eat with it ? What are the best bistros of the capital for an unforgettable apéritif?
The art of the real Parisian « APERO » wont be a mistery for you anymore !
- Your guide is a real wine expert, seize this unique opportunity to learn what you've always wanted to know about it!
- Youll stop in a selection of picturesque bistros for wine and food tastings
- Small groups tours ensure you the best experience you can get!
- Cheeses, cured meats and excellent wine are on the menu
Did you know that in France the apéritif is much more than a simple introduction to dinner ? Sharing some delicious wine and a generous platter of fresh cheeses with family, a bunch of friends or your lover, is absolutely unevitable ! Parisian people know it and never miss an opportunity for a festive apéro at least once a week.
Paris abounds with bistros and brasseries, and all of them are real temples for good food and good wines where Parisians gather after work to enjoy a great moment together. Be one of them for one night and follow your passionate and cheerful guide across Montmartre, the most emblematic area of Paris for nightlife and romance.
During this 2.5 3 hours tour, you will not only enjoy exquisite wines paired with delicious food, but youll also be immersed in the most popular and charming area of Paris, where artists, restaurants, hidden little art shops, cafés and bistros create an inimitable and unforgettable atmosphere.
Youll be stunned by this hilltop village, charcterized by its cobblestone streets and its unique Parisian vineyards ! Not so surprising that the best bistros and cafés opened their doors in an area where wine and gastronomy have always been related to art and nightlife.
At the crossroads between le Moulin Rouge, le Sacré Coeur and la Place du Tertre, your guide will be more than happy to take you to the hidden gems of this area, off the beaten paths, in order to share with you some funny and unexpected anecdotes about French people, Montmartre and of course, about wine!
Your wine and cheese class takes place at a location around the Montmartre district, where you'll sample some of the finest cheeses while learning about the techniques and language of cheese tasting from a trained sommelier.
Discover the secrets of affinage and how the concept of terroir applies to cheese. You'll also learn how to choose wines that complement each cheese type, and sample cheese and wine pairings accompanied by artisan bread and fruit or olives fresh from a Paris market. In all, taste five varieties of cheese and five wines, representing the major families of French cheese and wines, with some regional specialties.
With more than 365 cheeses and 450 AOC wines available in France, you could taste a new cheese and wine every day of the year. Understand how to differentiate it all and why the French love cheese and wineand love to share itduring this cultural experience.
Your evening begins at 6pm near the corner of Rue Baudelique and Rue Ordener in Paris. This night includes a seat at the Chef's Table with a resident sommelier choosing 5 different wines to accompany each small dish that will be prepared right before your eyes by your chef. Both will help you unlock the secrets of food and wine pairing as an introduction to French food and wine culture. This is your chance to get into the mind-set of a chef as he prepares a gourmet meal. It is also an occasion to learn the master the art of wine pairing with skills you can take home.
Just sit back, relax, and observe the creativity and expertise of the chefs for this unique dining experience with delectable French dishes and wines. The chef and sommelier are here to keep you entertained while teaching you skills and easy to remember guidelines about French wine and food pairing that surely will come in handy at any of your future events.
The menu is decided by the chef and is based on what is fresh and in season. While a menu is not provided ahead of time, you can indicate at time of booking if you have any dietary restrictions that the chef should be aware of when composing his menu. The event will end around 10pm.
From the moment you arrive at cave à vin (the wine cellar), you'll know you're in good hands; the boutique is stocked wall-to-wall with selections of reds, whites, and rosés from across all of France. You'll be greeted warmly by the staff and get settled in the prepared wine-tasting area of the boutique. After meeting your wine expert, you'll receive a great overview of the wine regions of France, and with maps and authentic soil samples you'll understand how different grapes and the diverse terrain of the country have led the vast number of varieties of wine produced. Your wine expert will tailor your tasting to the group's wishes, and will propose wines from across France based on your interests. Paired with a hard cheese and a soft cheese from a nearby artisanal cheese shop, you'll discover the incredible flavors that can be created simply by combining different wines with each. Water and bread will be also available as a palette-cleanser. You'll be able to ask questions and learn from some of the most passionate oenologists in Paris, who are happy to share their love of wine with you. A treat for the senses and the mind, you'll finish up your tasting feeling more confident in understanding the differences in wines, thanks to what you've learned and the varieties of wine that you've enjoyed.
A spittoon will be provided for those that wish to use it. Note that, as the tasting does not take place in a restaurant, the boutique's toilets may not be readily available and/or easily accessible.
Discover the region of Champagne in one day on this tour from Paris. You'll enjoy guided visits and tastings at renowned Champagne houses such as Moët and Chandon or Veuve Clicquot, as well as smaller wineries, plus have lunch at a family-run estate. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore vineyards, walk through chalk cellars, and learn about this legendary sparkling wine. This 11-hour tour is by minivan with a guide, who specializes in wine and Champagne and shares knowledge and anecdotes.
Your driver guide picks you up in a comfortable minivan in Paris for the roughly 1.5-hour drive to Champagne, the region where the famous French bubbles are produced. On your way to the vineyards, enjoy croissants and other pastries while your guide tells you about the amazing world of Champagne.
Begin with the visit to a prestigious Champagne house such as Moët and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, or Mumm (depending on availability). Check out beautiful chalk cellars full of bottles, get lost in a maze of galleries, and enjoy a Champagne tasting at the end of your tour, by which time the mysterious Méthode Champenoise will no longer be a secret to you.
Continue your day trip with a drive through the vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, Cote des Blancs, and Vallée de la Marne, between Reims, Ay, and Epernay. While you admire the scenic views, learn how to distinguish the three different Champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier. Your next stop is a family-run winery where you'll have lunch. Meet the winemaker and enjoy a meal of traditional food paired with a Champagne tasting.
After lunch, head to Hautvillers to visit its abbey and soak up the atmosphere of a typical French village, where Benedictine monk Dom Perignon made sparkling Champagne for the first time more than 300 years ago. Then visit another family-run winery, and see a sabrage or a dégorgement à la volée (depending on availability). Enjoy a tasting of authentic Champagnes that you don't get the chance to enjoy outside of France.
Throughout your day trip, you'll listen to plenty of information about how Champagne is made. Hear about Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs. Find out how Champagne Rosé is made. Discover if Grands Crus and Premiers Crus exist in Champagne. Find out if there is a specific Champagne terroir. Hear about the history of the Champagne region and how the coronation of French kings used to take place in Reims' Gothic cathedral.
Following your third tasting, your guide drives you back and drops you off in central Paris (Hôtel de Ville)
Discover the wonders of the Loire Valley with this Wineries & Castles full-day tour from Paris! Visit the magnificent Chateau of Chambord, enjoy a gourmet wine & food pairing lunch at a family-run winery of the Touraine Wine region and enjoy a visit and tasting in a second Loire Valley winery. White, red, rosé, sparkling and sweet wines, youll be amazed by the diversity of Loire Valley wines! This small-group tour limited to 8 people includes round-trip transportation by air-conditioned minivan.
Do you want to see splendid Renaissance Castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this 11-hour wine & culture day tour, you will have fallen in love with Chambord impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines. After an early morning hotel pickup in Paris, you will travel with your knowledgeable guide about. 2 hours south of the city towards Chambord Castle. En route, bite into flaky croissants and pastries while hearing about the wine-making region of Loire and its heritage.
You will arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for an audio-guided tour. Come away knowing the secrets behind this magnificent « Château », constructed by King Francis I of France five hundred years ago. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, pass through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc grapes.
Settle in at a family-run Vouvray Wine estate, where youll meet the winemaker and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional food, paired with a wine tasting. After lunch, discover another family-run winery and depending on availability, taste sparkling white wines, dry and sweet white wines, red and rosé wines. Here, you will get to taste authentic Loire Valley wines largely unavailable in the rest of the world.
You will be dropped off back in central Paris (Hôtel de Ville) in the evening.
Choose to upgrade this tour with aWine Bottle Labelling option, where you can design your own custom label, and at the end of the experience the bottle filled with your succulent selection and adorned with your one-of-a-kind personalized label is yours to take home and enjoy.
Meet your guide at the Arc du Carrousel, near the Louvre Museum in central Paris. The world-famous art gallery draws the crowds, and its entrance lines even in the quieter evening hours can be long. Bypass the lines with your skip-the-line entrance ticket, and head inside to discover the Louvres wealth of artwork.
With some 3,500 pieces of art, a visit to the Louvre can be overwhelming. So remove the hassle, and follow your guide to uncover the museum's highlights. Stand before Da Vincis Mona Lisa, one of the best-known pieces of art in the world, and hear little-known facts about iconic sculptures such as the Venus de Milo, an ancient statue of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Learn about the different genres of art represented at the impressive gallery, and hear tips for things to look out for as you walk around the exhibition space.
After 2.5 hours inside the museum, your wine experience starts! Stroll the short distance from the Louvre to nearby Les Caves du Louvres a quintessentially Parisian bar.
Take a seat, soak up the welcoming ambiance, and enjoy your flight of wine three glasses of different varietals that have each been selected specially for your group. Team the wine with some nibbles, too, and savor melt-in-the-mouth charcuterie and pungent cheese as you chat about French art and food with your guide and group. Your tour finishes inside the wine bar, but you can stay for longer if you wish.
You can also choose to upgrade this tour with a Wine Bottle Labelling option, where you can design your own custom label, and at the end of the experience the bottle filled with your succulent selection and adorned with your one-of-a-kind personalized label is yours to take home and enjoy.
After making your way to a wine restaurant near the Louvre, your evening of fine food and wine in Paris begins with a glass of Champagne. In a city renowned for its high quality cuisine, this restaurant offers the chance to enjoy delicious dishes made with only the finest fresh and seasonal produce, and designed to go perfectly with the wide variety of wines available.
Alongside your meal, enjoy three different glasses of wine -- each paired with the separate courses to complement your food. Note each wines complex flavors and tones, and you'll understand the role that wine plays in fine dining.
End your dinner with a classic digestif -- an alcoholic drink (usually a fortified wine or liquor) that aids digestion and then leave the restaurant to continue your night in Paris on your own.
- First course: Duck foie-gras with apple and mango chutney and red onion jam
- Wine: Loin de loeil sweet white wine from South Ouest
- Main course: Duck Magret (succulent breast meat from corn-fed ducks) and pumpkin velouté (sauce)
- Wine: Saint Joseph red wine from the Rhone Valley
- Dessert: Moelleux au chocolat (dense chocolate cake with a melting center) served with vanilla ice cream
- Wine: Fitou white dessert wine from Languedoc
- Digestif: Chartreuse or Cognac
Feast your senses on the sights, smells, and especially the tastes of Bordeaux in this VIP day trip with an all inclusive lunch and wine tastings. Youll also visit the lovely town of Saint-Émilion, learn lots of wine history and lore, try eight different varieties of local wine and even stop by a scent garden to test just how good your palate really is.
Catch the high speed train from Central Paris to Bordeaux and arrive in just two hours, then hop in a private transport to Saint-Émilion. Take a full tour of the historic town with your guide before stopping in a small winery for an introduction to the wide range of wines produced in the region. Then enjoy a tasting in their historic cellars with local cookies as a palate cleanser.
Hopping back in your minibus, head to a nearby chateau for a full tour of the premises, including a stop in the lovely scent garden to test your palate on the various smells and flavors you might encounter in Bordeaux wines. Finally, head to the chateaus old tower to taste two of their most popular wines.
Before you leave, youll sit down for lunch on a terrace overlooking the vineyards. The menu changes seasonally, but think local meat and produce; fresh, natural ingredients; and of course, another glass of wine, on the house.
Your final stop is a much smaller winery that has some of the oldest grapevines in Bordeaux. Youll learn the story of these wines and enjoy a dégustation barrique, in which the owner will tap some of his barrels and fill your glasses straight from them. This tasting includes two different white wines and one claret which is a very old style of wine unique to the region.
Finally, hop back on the bus to Bordeaux city, then catch the train back to Paris. Youll arrive back in Montparnasse by 9.00pm with plenty of time to enjoy a late dinner.
Take a 3-hour gourmet food tour of France with this small-group walking tour. Sample a variety of delicious regional specialties from Paris traditional heritage food district; then enjoy a flight of French wines with a typical French lunch. Your guide will lead you to the best spots in this area: sample breads, cheeses, charcuterie, pastries, and chocolates, lovingly produced by skilled artisans from across the country. Then you'll end the tour in an award-winning wine bar, where the local produce and fare will be paired with a flight of leading wines, for an authentic and delicious French lunch. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 people.
Meet your guide and small group at the Etienne Marcel metro station in Paris, where you'll begin your tour of the best of French regional gastronomy. Start in a local bakery, in typical French style, with a coffee and a buttery croissant. Learn about how these specialties are made, along with traditional, organic breads. Your guide will pick up some baguettes here to enjoy later in the tour.
The Les Halles quarter of Paris is traditionally known as the belly of Paris. Once home to the huge, teeming food market that fed the city each day, it remains today a mecca for food lovers, the streets lined with specialty food stores, restaurants, cafés and kitchen supplies. Join the local Parisians as they shop for their daily groceries, and take a stroll along its most animated street, the rue Montorgeuil, stopping along the way at favorite boutiques. Savor tasty artisan cheeses from across France in a traditional, local fromagerie, and delicate flavored fine chocolates from an artisan chocolatier. Then its time for a visit to the oldest (and possibly most beautiful) patisserie in Paris, founded by the baker to Queen Marie in 1730 - also the inventor of the Baba au rhum. Winners of several awards, including Best Chocolate Eclair, choose your favorite pastries to be savored later over lunch. The last stop is a beautifully restored epicerie, where you'll try traditional delicacies from the South West of France.
Your expert guide will also point out a centuries-old oyster house (the oysters were originally rushed to Paris by horse), as well as will highlight traditional butchers, fishmongers, and grocers as you wander along this fascinating street. For the cooks among you, particularly pastry lovers, dont miss the wonderful suppliers of kitchenware and ingredients, including one of the oldest supply stores in Paris.
The tour ends at an award winning wine bar, where the days' discoveries collected will be paired with a flight of top-class French wines, served by a sommelier. Sample wines from three different regions, and discover and how to pair each wine with your food. Your gourmet tour concludes with a typical picnic-style lunch with wine.
The reputation of French wines is unparalleled. Rolling vineyards cover the countryside from Burgundy to Bordeaux, producing some of the best wines in the world. Be part of a guided small group tour for visiting an historic 18th century wine cellar, now transformed into a spectacular wine experience. Learn about the grape varieties that grow across the country, the centuries old craft of winemaking and the fine art of wine tasting.
Your visit will include a tasting of three wines that have been carefully selected for you by the in-house sommelier. Then, its time to head across the city to Montmartre, to one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Enjoy a VIP visit to a beautiful working vineyard closed to the public, taste its wine and learn about the fascinating history of the famous artists quarter.
Meet your friendly, local guide and small group at a central location in Paris close to the Louvre Museum. The first visit is to the incredible vaulted wine cellars that once housed King Louis XVs wine collection. Legend has it the cellars were linked to the Louvre by tunnel to allow for easy transportation of the wines for royal banquets. Today, these wine cellars have been completely restored. Your expert guide will lead you through rooms dedicated to educating visitors about the cultivation of grapes, the winemaking process, and the smells, tastes, and colors you will recognize as you taste wines. Put your new knowledge into practice with a tasting of three wines selected for you by the sommeliers.
Next, its time to head above ground, where your guide will lead you to your next stop: a tiny and beautiful working vineyard nestled in the heart of the historical artists quarter of Montmartre. Travel here by metro, as a typical Parisian would. On the way, stroll through the most Parisian of parks, the Tuileries Gardens, before heading for lively Montmartre and the Clos Montmartre vineyard.
The presence of vines in Montmartre officially dates back to 944, and many say even to Roman times, making this the oldest vineyard in Paris. In the 18th century, three quarters of the hill of Montmartre was covered with vines. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour around this captivating area, regaling you with stories of the lives of the artists and famous residents who once called Montmartre home. This tour also gives you VIP entry to the Clos Montmartre vineyard, closed to the general public and only opened for a special few. Take a tour of this charming vineyard, and learn how the wine is made in the local town hall. Its the only town hall in Paris to have a license to make alcohol.
End your tour with a tasting of Clos Montmartre's hard-to-come-by wine. Only 1,750 bottles are made each year, and all proceeds go to support local charities in Montmartre. At the end of your tour you are free to spend your evening in Montmartre, perhaps on the artists' square at Place du Tertre or in one of the typical bars or restaurants in the area. Your guide will be happy to make recommendations to ensure you spend a perfect Parisian evening.
Spend 7 hours of your day enjoying Frances most famous treasures: art and wine. Start your day in the company of the Mona Lisa and her world famous friends. Skip the long lines and embark on a journey through the worlds largest museum- the Louvre, in the company of an expert and fully accredited local guide. Then experience a tour of a historic 18th century wine cellar, transformed into a spectacular interactive wine experience. Your visit will include a tasting of 3 wines that have been carefully selected for you by the in-house sommelier. Then its time to head across the city to Montmartre, to one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Visit a beautiful working vineyard closed to the public, taste its wine and learn about the fascinating history of the famous artists quarter. Small-group tour capacity is kept at 15 guests or below. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included: you will meet at a central location, however transport between attractions is included.
Meet your expert local guide and relax as they lead you past the famously long lines and directly into the museum for a 2.5 hour guided visit. You will of course meet the worlds most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, and learn some of her many secrets. Discover also the beautiful Venus de Milo and the spectacular Winged Victory. There are also many other hidden treasures to be found in the Louvre. Your guide will show you crowns studded with precious jewels, ancient Egyptian antiquities, sublime Greek statues and much more.
The Louvre was once a palace, home to the French royal family, and you will visit magnificent rooms whose sumptuous decorations bear witness to this; rooms built for Kings. End your visit in the lavish apartments of Napoleon III, often overlooked by visitors and yet one of the most breathtaking parts of the museum. Make the most of this extraordinary museum, join the tour and let your guides make your visit one of the highlights of your trip to Paris.
After lunch (at your own expense) its a short walk to your next visit - an incredible vaulted wine cellar that once housed King Louis XVs wine collection. Today these cellars have been restored and transformed into an incredible space where you can discover the tradition and craft of winemaking in France. Your expert guide will lead you through the rooms dedicated to learning about the cultivation of the grapes, the winemaking process and the smells, tastes and colors you will recognize as you taste wines. Your visit includes a tasting of 3 wines that have been selected for you by the sommeliers.
Your guide will lead you on to your next stop - a tiny and beautiful working vineyard in the heart of Montmartre. You will travel here by metro, as typical Parisians would. On the way you will stroll through the most Parisian of parks, the Tuileries, before heading for the lively and historical artists quarter of Montmartre.
The presence of vines in Montmartre goes back to Roman times, making this the oldest vineyard in Paris. In the 18th century Montmartre was outside of the city of Paris, and so not subject to its taxes, making the wine and rents cheap, and so attracting the artists, dance halls and cabarets that the area became so famous for. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour around this captivating area, regaling you with stories of the lives of the artists and famous residents who once called Montmartre home. This tour also gives you VIP entry to the Clos Montmartre vineyard, closed to the general public and only opened for a special few. Take a tour of this charming vineyard, and end your tour with a tasting of their hard to come by wine.
At the end of your tour you are free to spend your evening in Montmartre, perhaps on the artists square at Place du Tertre, or in one of the typical bars or restaurants in the area. Your guide will be happy to make recommendations to ensure you spend a perfect Parisian evening.
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France is known around the world for its wine regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy, but you don't have to leave Paris to enjoy this traditional French setting. In the city, a tranquil area called Bercy was known to be the world's biggest wine marketplace in the 19th century. With a guide, your walking tour takes you through this typical Parisian area, where locals like to hang out and relax.
Start by discovering the wine district's fascinating history on a 1-hour walk along the pedestrian streets and through Bercy Park. Then head to Chai 33 restaurant, a former warehouse in the heart of the village. In charming surroundings, a sommelier shows you the historic wine cellar and tells you the secrets of the art of wine tasting. Then enjoy two carefully selected wines to end your experience.
Discover the enigmatic charms of Frances capital on this guided Paris tour that pairs secret local hangouts with delicious food and wine. Youll start your Paris tour in front in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and then move on to the Hôtel de Ville, the citys town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Learn about the horrible death of Robert-François Damiens, the infamous man who tried to assassinate King Louis XV.
Well then move on to the little tangled streets of the Marais to spot beautiful medieval churches, corbelled houses, and narrow lanes. Well also pass by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris and well try our first pastry, a delicious meringue known as a merveilleux.
Next, visit Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, part of the French gay scene. Youll learn how this part of city, once sordid, became synonymous with trendy Paris, and a shopping hub for fashionistas and the core of bobo culture. While youre here, stop and sample a delicious macaron from one of Paris most famous pastry chefs.
Just a street away is Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish community. Its a vibrant pedestrian street full of falafel stands and delicious Jewish-influenced delis. Well enter a fabulous chocolate store to taste a butter-filled pastry, called Kouign Amann, a specialty from Brittany.
Our Paris tour will then take us back to the South Marais, where stands the longest remaining piece of the 12th-century defensive wall of Paris. After a walk through impressive Saint-Pauls church, well stop in at a local wine bar, where well get a professional wine tasting. Well sample some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac andArmagnac or Old Plum brandy. To accompany our drinks, well also taste some delicious French cheese or charcuterie treats.Continue to Paris oldest and certainly most beautiful square, la Place des Vosges, home of Frances national writer, Victor Hugo. From there, its only a short walk to your final destination, la place de la Bastille, the former prison that was captured on July 14, 1789, triggering the French Revolution. The area nearby is full of bars and restaurants, leaving you with plenty of options for carrying on with your evening in the City of Lights.
Join us for the perfect Parisian day! Embark on a delicious adventure with this three-hour Paris tour that stops off at iconic wine bars, bistros and brasseries. Time to get your foodie game face on with some iconic French food, wine and craft beers!
The best things to do in Paris often revolve around food and wine. On this Paris tour, you will try some of the citys famous specialties, from snails, to cheese or charcuterie, always paired with wine or beer. Your call what goes best together with the food!
Youll start this tour on Place de la Bastille, the place where the former Bastille prison once stood and where the French Revolution started. Learn about that significant part of French history that still defines us. From here well move to our first stop, a historic bistro that looks identical to how it did a century ago. Its here that well try our first bite, some iconic French snails with a glass of wine.
Well continue your tour in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, formerly a working class neighbourhood, known for its furniture artisans, blue collar feel and revolutionary vibe!
From there, well reach one of Paris most quintessential wine bars. At this friendly wine paradise, the bar serves locals and visitors with the same passion. You might still find old barrels where neighbours can just come and fill their empty bottles for a few euros. Here, youll learn about the long history of wine in France, while tasting some wine of course! Well also pair that wine with some of Frances best charcuterie: delicious pâtés, rillettes and smoked hams.
From here well move to one of Paris oldest markets: Marché dAligre. Take a moment to wander on your own on this iconic bustling market full of delicious French products. Well meet at the cheese seller stall to grab our beautiful platter of French cheese. After a brief explanation about the different cheeses, well head to a famous beer bar that serves over 300 different beers. Youll get to try three different tasters from three very different kinds of beers produced in France, which well pair with the cheese. Trust us, while wine and cheese gets all the credit, beer and cheese pairings are becoming more common. This is your chance to discover how well French cheese and Parisian craft beers go together!
If youre still in the mood, well walk back to Bastille using a beautiful but completely unknown elevated former railway line thats been turned into a park. The route offers great views over the neighborhood. The tour will end back at Bastille Square, unless you prefer to keep partying in the buzzing Aligre area!
This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
Meet your guide in the heart of Le Marais, an old district of Paris with plenty of medieval architecture. As you stroll around this fashionable area, once favored by the aristocracy and today filled with trendy art galleries and restaurants, listen to commentary from your expert local guide.
Work up an appetite as you make your way to Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, a small, centuries-old covered food market. Take in the sights and smells in this enclave of food stalls offering fresh produce and a variety of cuisines.
Your guide will lead you to an authentic French bistro where you will sit down with your small group for your tasting session. As you discover some of France's most famous cheese and wines, your guide will help you distinguish among different flavors and provide tips on selecting ideal wine and cheese pairings. Sample five cheeses including blue cheese, comté and goat's cheese and four different wines.
After your tastings, feel free to ask your guide for restaurant recommendations. Your leisurely walking tour of Le Marais and wine and cheese tasting session conclude at 6pm, leaving you the rest of the evening to discover more gastronomic delights!
Meet your guide, a fromager (cheesemonger), at the cheese shop in Paris' 3rd arrondissement. Step into your hygienic protective suit and head down to the underground cellar, where a variety of cheese rounds lie maturing in the cool temperatures.
Explore a large room full of maturing cheeses such as Beaufort (a raw cow's milk cheese produced in the French Alps), Etivaz (a hard, raw cow's milk cheese made in the Swiss Alps), Gruyère (a mild, hard yellow cheese originating in Switzerland but also produced in France), bôfavre (a hard cheese made in Switzerland's Jura Mountains) and many, many more. The exact cheeses vary according to the time of year. Marvel at the 77-pound (35-kg) wheels of Comté cheese racked up alongside delicate goats cheeses and soft Camembert, all in varying stages of maturation and ripening.
Listen as your guide delves into the history, traditions and techniques of French and Swiss cheese production, and feel free to ask any questions that come up. Then it's time to master the fine art of cheese and wine pairing. Savor seven soft, delicate cheeses, and follow your bites with sips of both light and complex wines, learning to appreciate the delicious, elegant and subtle flavors at play. Munch on bread and fruit to go with your cheese samples.
At the end of your 1.5-hour tasting, head back up to street level to conclude your session.
Enjoy a day in the French Countryside while you explore three remarkable Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Join a small group tour from Paris and spend the day marvelling at the beautiful Renaissance castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise!
Wander through the flower gardens of Chenonceau, gaze at its delicate arches which cross over the Cher river, and learn the extraordinary history of this Chateau which was run by woman for most of its existence. In the châteaus cellars, youll enjoy 3 wines from this region (Red, Rosé & White).
At Chambord youll marvel at the largest of the Loire valley chateaux, admire its extravagant architecture with double spiraled staircase and hundreds of stunning columns and spires which adorn the roof.
Then at Amboise youll visit the court of King Francois 1st, the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci, and experience the charming village attached to the Chateau!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR :
- Chateau de Chenonceau: This chateau has is remarkable for its feminine history of mistresses and ex queens of france as well as its unique aches over the River Cher. - Exquisite French Gardens: The gardens of Chenonceau with their more than 130,000 flowerings plants and shrubs are truly stunning!
- Chateau de Chambord: This Chateau is famous for its outstanding architecture with an amazing double spiral staircase and dozens of unique spires on its roof!
- Chateau dAmboise: This Château has known the birth of princes, the reign of Kings, and the death of the greatest Renaissance master, Leonardo Da Vinci!
- Wine Tasting : At Chenonceau youll enjoy 3 wines from the Loire Valley region (Red, Rosé & White).
- Small group: You will be in a group with no more than 8 people and your guide! So individual attention and quality time with your guide can be guaranteed.
- Comfortable A/C Van: Youll ride in a brand new, very comfortable, minivan. You can even pick up some nice souvenirs and well put them in the back for you.
- Live Guide: Hear an introduction to the Loire Valley region and the history of each Chateau our professional guide who will be happy to answer any questions you have. - Visual Aids: Your guide will carry old maps and and pictures that will help you to better understand the history of each castle.
You will also learn how to taste wine like a real wine expert. This wine tasting takes place in small groups of maximum 12 people in a charming place located in the heart of Latin Quarter.
If you want to buy a small cheese platter to pair with your wines , please tell us in the comment section when you book (12 euros for 4 cheeses - payment on arrival)
This tasting session includes an introduction to French wine regions, descriptions of the 6 wines tasted with their particularities, grapes, making process, etc... as well as an Introduction to the art of wine tasting
During your session, you will have 1 glass of Champagne and 5 glass of wine, and baskets of excellent french baguette from the bakery: Gaumier.
This is an excellent opportunity for people who want to have a light introduction to French wines and discover how they pair perfectly with French cheeses. You will get the all the basic information your need to know about wine in France. This includes proper terminology, proper wine tasting etiquette, and most importantly, proper appreciation. This tasting will include four different wines:
- one white from Loire Valley
- one white from Burgundy
- one red from Beaujolais
- one red from Languedoc*
You will also have generous portions of four cheeses, selected by the famous cheese maker Beillevaire, to pair perfectly with those wines. After the session, you will be given a pocket ready guide on how to properly taste and discover all the richness that French wines offer. This wine and cheese class is usually available on Wednesday and Friday at lunch time, starting at 1pm.
Discover the beating Heart of Paris The Ile de la Cité on a 3-hour walking tour that includes a tasty French wine break. Set out to explore the authentic island on the Seine River. Let yourself be taken away by an expert local guide who shares fascinating tales about the area and introduces you to the history of Paris: from the Roman emperors to emperor Napoleon, passing by King Philippe Auguste until Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Notre-Dame to the Holy Chapel, etc. Taste some French wines, cheese and charcuterie in a 13th century cellar and enjoy your exclusive tour of the Heart of Paris.
Follow your English-speaking guide through the colorful streets of the Île de la Cité. Your guide will tell you a series of unbelievable anecdotes about past love stories, spurned lovers, famous royal mistresses and much more upon your 2:00pm meeting point in Square René Vivian. Our Heart of Paris Tour will also give you the opportunity to have a comprehensive overview of some of the most famous historical monuments: the legendary Notre-Dame cathedral, the mysterious Conciergerie, the former Royal Palace. You will explore the narrow streets of the island, cross the most beautiful bridges and contemplate many other Parisian monuments. This tour is also a great opportunity for you to live two very French and exclusive experiences: enjoy some French wine, charcuterie and cheese, in a unique 13th-century cellar. Join us to our tour!
Meet your instructor at a cookery school in central Paris (59 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine) to begin your class. If you've opted for the 6-hour class, start with a croissant and a cup of coffee or tea before heading to an open-air food market near Paris' Latin Quarter, where you'll pick up the ingredients for your meal and taste some cheese with your instructor.
If you've selected the 4.5-hour class, make your way to the cookery school after your instructor has returned from the market. Begin by planning your 3-course lunch menu, which includes an appetizer, main, and dessert course. Then, get started under the watchful eye of your instructor. As you prepare your meal, pick up tips and gain insight into traditional French cooking techniques.
After two hours in the kitchen (and a glass of wine or two), head through to the dining table with your fellow cooks. Sit down to the delicious meal youve prepared and enjoy half a bottle of white or red wine. You'll also learn the fine art of pairing food with wine. Before leaving, you'll receive electronic copies of your recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home.
Meet your instructor an experienced sommelier at your cookery school in central Paris to begin your wine and cheese pairing class. Designed with wine enthusiasts in mind, this 2-hour class is ideal for visitors to Paris keen to learn how fine French wine and cheese complement each other.
During your class, taste four wines from different regions across France as well as one Champagne. Listen as your guide explains the five major French cheese families, then sample them to experience their subtleties of flavor for yourself. Hear the geographical and historical origins of the wine and cheese youre tasting and gain insight into the key concept of "terroir" in French produce.
Enjoy five wine and cheese pairings accompanied by a selection of sliced ham, bread and olives, and savor the wine and cheese as they work together to create complex aromas and flavors. Under guidance from your sommelier, bring your senses of smell and taste to the fore and learn the skill of blind wine tasting.
Take a knife and master the art of sabering a Champagne bottle to open it, then share a glass with your classmates. At the end of your 2-hour class you will receive Drop-Stop for the perfect pour every time and the school will send you the list of wine and cheese matches you will have sampled electronically.
Head to the venue in central Paris in the afternoon to meet your guide, an experienced sommelier, and begin your wine tasting. Designed with keen wine-lovers in mind, this 2-hour session offers insight into some of Frances most productive winemaking regions and the wines for which they are famous.
Throughout your class, listen as the sommelier describes five of the key winemaking regions across France. Learn some of the primary characteristics of the grape varietals that thrive in the countrys fertile soils, and gain insight into the links between region, grape and flavor. Hear how to recognize a wines provenance without looking at the label.
During blind tasting sessions accompanied by a selection of sliced ham, bread and olives, bring your senses to the fore and sample five carefully selected wines and one type of Champagne. Explore their similarities and differences with your sommelier, and gain appreciation of the various aromas and flavors at play in your glass.
Master the stylish art of opening a Champagne bottle with a saber, then share a glass with your fellow drinkers. At the end of your session, receive a useful booklet and a stop-drop for the perfect pour every time, then head out into Paris to conclude your experience.
Useful French for rail travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is?||Où est?||ou eh|
|...train station||la gare||lah gar|
|ticket||un billet||uhn bee-YAY|
|ticket counter||les guichet||lay ghee-SHAY|
|departures within the hour||départs dans l'heure||day-PAR dohn luhr|
|local departures||départs banlieue||day-PAR bahn-LYOO|
|long-distance departures||départs grandes lignes||day-PAR grahnd leenyh|
|departure time||heure de départ||uhr de day-PAR|
|arrival time||heure d'arrivée||urh dar-ree-YAV|
|first class||première classe||pruh-mee-YAIR klahs|
|second class||seconde classe||say-COHN-duh klahs|
|one way ticket||un billet simple||uhn bee-YAY SAHM-pluh|
|round trip (return) ticket||un billet aller-retour||uhn bee-YAY ah-LAY RAY-tour|
|I would like to reserve a seat||Je voudrais réserver une place||dzuh voo-DRAY RAY-sair-vay ooun plahs|
|I have a Eurailpass||J'ai Eurailpass||dzay ao-rail-PAHS|
|sleeping couchette||une couchette||ooun koo-SHET|
|berth in a sleeping car||une place en voiture-lit||ooune plahs uhn vwa-TOUR-lee|
|car / carriage||voiture||vwa-TOUR|
|punch your ticket||composter de billet||cohm-poh-STAY de bee-YAY|
|departures||le départ||luh day-PAR|
|coming from||en provenance de||un pro-veh-NONS de|
|going to||a destination de||ah des-tee-nah-tzee-YOWN de|
|Is this the right platform for the Paris train?||Est-ce que c’est le quai pour le train de Paris?||es kuh say le kay poo-rh leh traah de pah-REE|
|delayed||en retard||hn ruh-TAR|
Useful French for air travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is...||Où est?||ou eh|
|to the right||à droite||ah dwa-t|
|to the left||à gauche||ah go-sh|
|straight ahead||tout droit||too dwa|
|departures hall||Hall de départ||ahl de day-PAR|
|arrivals hall||Hall d’arrivée||ahl da-ree-VAY|
|delayed||en retard||hn ruh-TAR|
|on time||à l’heure||ah LOUR|
|early||en avance||hn ah-VAHNS|
|security check||le contrôle de sécurité||luh kon-TROLL de say-cure-ee-TAY|
|shuttle||la navette||lah na-VET|
|boarding pass||une carte d’embarquement||ooun kart dem-bark-eh-MUHn|
|baggage claim||la livraison des bagages||la lee-vray-SOHn day bah-GA-j|
|carry-on luggage||les bagages à main||lay bah-GA-j ah meh|
|checked luggage||les bagages enregistrés||lay bah-GA-j on-ray-jee-STRAY|
Useful French for car travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|scooter/motorboke||une moto||ouhn mo-TOH|
|gas station||station-service||stah-see-YOHN sair-VEES|
|gas||de l'essence||deh lay-SAWNS|
|Fill it up, please||faire le plein, s'il vous plaît||fair le plahn seel voo play|
|Where is...||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the road||la route||lah root|
|...the street||la rue||lah roo|
|...the road for Paris||
la route de Paris
|lah root de pah-REE|
|to the right||à droite||ah dwa-t|
|to the left||à gauche||ah go-sh|
|keep going straight||tout droit||too dwa|
|toll||un péage||uhn PAY-ahj|
|road map||carte routière||kahrt roo-tee-YAIR|
|roundabout||rond point||rohn pwea|
Typical road signs
|English (anglais)||French (français)|
|Speed limit||Limit de vitesse|
|Give way||Cedez le passage|
|Give way to traffic coming from the left/right||Priorité à gauche / à droit|
|No passing||Interdiction de doubler/dépasser|
|No entry||Sens interdit|
|Road closed||Route barrée|
|Risk of ice||Verglas|
|Speed camera||Radar de vitesse|
|Pedestrian crossing||Passage piéton|
|Parking prohibited||Stationnement interdit|
|Pedestrian zone||Zone piétonnne|
Basic phrases in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||pro-nun-see-YAY-shun|
|please||s'il vous plaît||seel-vou-PLAY|
|Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?||par-lay-VOU on-GLAY|
|I don't understand||Je ne comprende pas||zhuh nuh COHM-prohnd pah|
|I'm sorry||Je suis desolée||zhuh swee day-zoh-LAY|
|How much does it cost?||Combien coute?||coam-bee-YEHN koot|
|That's too much||C'est trop||say troh|
|Good evening||Bon soir||bohn SWAH|
|Good night||Bon nuit||bohn NWEE|
|Excuse me (to get attention)||Excusez-moi||eh-skooze-ay-MWA|
|Excuse me (to get past someone)||Pardon||pah-rRDOHN|
|Where is?||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the bathroom||la toilette||lah twah-LET|
|...train station||la gare||lah gahr|
Days, months, and other calendar items in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|When is it open?||Quand est-il ouvert?||coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR|
|When does it close?||Quand est l'heure de fermeture?||coan eh lure duh fair-mah-TOUR|
|At what time...||à quelle heure...||ah kell uhre|
|Day after tomorrow||après demain||ah-PRAY duh-MEHN|
|a day||un jour||ooun zhuhr|
|a month||un mois||ooun mwa|
Numbers in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|21*||vingt et un *||vahnt eh UHN|
|22*||vingt deux *||vahn douh|
|23*||vingt trois *||vahn twa|
|5,000||cinq mille||sank meel|
|10,000||dix mille||dees meel|
* You can form any number between 20 and 99 just like the examples for 21, 22, and 23. For x2–x9, just say the tens-place number (trente for 30, quarante for 40, etc.), then the ones-place number (35 is trente cinq; 66 is soixsante six). The only excpetion is for 21, 31, 41, etc. For x1, say the tens-place number followed by "...et un" (trente et un, quarante et un, etc.).
‡ Yes, the French count very strangely once they get past 69. Rather than some version of "seventy,' they instead say "sixy-ten" (followed by "sixty-eleven," "sixty-twelve,' etc. up to "sixty-nineteen.") And then, just to keep things interesting, they chenge it up again and, for 80, say 'four twenties"—which always make me thinks of blackbirds baked in a pie for some reason. Ninety becomes "four-twenties-ten" and so on up to "four-nineties-ninteen" for 99, which is quite a mouthful: quartre-vingts-dix-neuf.