Paris, Normandy, and Champagne, France · October 19-27, 2018 · 2 spots left

 

 

When?

October 19-27, 2018 

(Ending late morning of the October 27th in Paris City Center.)

An insiders’ tour of the city food that dreams are made of

Say Paris to a food lover and we immediately conjure visions of flavorful pâtés and terrines spilling out of the charcuteries, bountiful cases of unpasteurized cheeses you can’t legally bring  into America, buttery croissants and crusty baguettes stacked in the baskets of artisanal boulangeries, old world cafés with outdoor seating and the immense pleasure of drinking Pastis on a summer’s eve while people-watching. Paris has long been a city bursting with reasons to fall in love with food. For centuries, those who appreciate food and wine have been drawn here.  The first restaurant was founded here; the world’s oldest café birthed café culture here, and even today, Paris’ markets are unrivaled. Whether eating ripe figs on the banks of the Seine, sipping a kir on the Boulevard St. Germain, or lingering over a dozen oysters on the half shell, Paris will capture the heart of any food lover.

Together with our special host Maisie Wilhelm from Palatine culinary concierge–who is an expert in Paris’ food scene, we’ll taste through the gastronomic history of Paris. Our tour will highlight the traditional ways juxtaposed with the current trends of Parisian food and wine. We’ll also spend a day exploring the famous cheeses, oysters, Calvados, and cider of Normandy, and we’ll end with a few days luxuriating in the world famous Champagne region, sampling its unparalleled wines.

Come along for our food-focused tour of Paris, Normandy and Champagne. See these classic destinations through the expert culinary lens (and palate) of Zingerman’s Food Tours in partnership with Palatine as we explore the history and roots of French & Parisian cuisine, following the arc from old to new.

Who’s coming?

This trip is designed for experienced travelers with a passion for great food and wine and who are curious to learn more, through firsthand tastings and experiences, about the rich culinary culture and history of Paris, Normandy, and Champagne.

We encourage open minds, adventurous spirits, and a deep passion for traditional foods and wines, and their modern-day evolutions.

Our guests are adults of all ages who enjoy walking and exploring places on their own as well as with the group.  We keep the group small. Maximum 12 guests will travel with an experienced leader from Zingerman’s and our host.

Zingerman’s Guide: Kristie Brablec
What is the activity Level? 

Medium

You can expect long days packed with activity and long strolls of up to 3 hours through the streets of Paris. You should be able to stand for long periods while cooking or on culinary tours of neighborhoods.  As is common in Europe, we’ll be walking on uneven ground with occasional steep hills, and plenty of stairs. During this tour we will also be using local transportation that will require a few fast-paced moments of getting on and off the metro.

What is included in the price?

  • Amazing food – all breakfasts, most lunches, and several dinners. We will enjoy traditional regional specialties made with local, fresh ingredients.
  • Behind-the-scenes visits with artisanal producers, local farmers, hands-on baking and cooking experiences.
  • Visits to some of Paris’ most traditional and exciting food establishments–old and new–along with a day trip to Normandy to explore the area’s famous foods.
  • A luxurious weekend in  Champagne to learn the deep-rooted traditions of–and modern approaches to–the classic French wine.
  • A  Zingerman’s tour host and our guides will be at your disposal at all times.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned private bus during the tour.
  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights.

     

What is not included in the Price?

  • Airfare.
  • Alcoholic beverages that are not specifically included in the itinerary.
  • A couple lunches and a few dinners, where you will get to explore on your own (suggestions provided!).
  • Personal spending money.

 

What are the accommodations?

You will be staying in a clean, conveniently located and uniquely Parisian hotel with private bathrooms. There is a lovely hotel bar and restaurant with great outdoor seating should you find yourself a free moment to relax.  The hotels of Paris are full of charm and amazing service but keep in mind the bones of the buildings are centuries old, and the scale of the rooms is much smaller than in a typical American hotel, so space will be limited.   Our hotel will have an elevator to allow easy luggage transfers to and from your room.

What is the price?

$8,250 per person

 

 

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