Foodie France with Chelsea Winter
Join Chelsea Winter, Celebrity Cook and Dedicated Foodie, on this specially created guided holiday of France.
Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris, a foodie frenzy of delicious cuisine, stunning chateaux, Loire Valley, a healthy helping of Bordeaux, medieval cities, bustling village markets, Roman footprints left on the French landscape centuries ago, Burgundy’s gastronomic talents…
Day 1 Fri 25 August: Auckland – Hong Kong
Check-in at Auckland International Airport where we are introduced to Chelsea Winter and board our flight to Hong Kong. On arrival in Hong Kong we will be met and transferred to our hotel.
Day 2 Sat 26 August: In Hong Kong
Today’s sightseeing with our guide starts with an exciting funicular railway ascent to the top of Victoria Peak to take in the soaring views of Hong Kong. We stop at Aberdeen Fishing Village for a sampan ride allowing a “close up” view of waterborne life for the “floating community”. This is followed by a delicious dim sum lunch. Then a short drive takes you to the famous Stanley Market – one of Hong Kong’s oldest settlements, best known for its bustling market. At leisure this afternoon before we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Paris. (B, L)
Day 3 Sun 27 August: Hong Kong – Paris (3 nights)
Welcome to Paris, the city of light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. Relax after your journey or take a stroll in the local neighbourhood. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and dinner in the heart of the city. (D)
Day 4 Mon 28 August: Paris Sightseeing
This morning after a leisurely start, your Travel Director takes you on a tour of this mesmerising city for views of the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of the loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Later visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breath-taking views across the city. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the Latin Quarter. (BB, D)
Day 5 Tues 29 August: French Cuisine Experience
Today’s exploration of French culture takes on another dimension as you meet a real Parisian chef for a French cuisine experience including a light lunch. During your Cultural Insight learn some culinary secrets and get to savour your creation. The remainder of the day is then yours to enjoy as you wish. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll along the River Seine or enjoy some shopping at Printemps - one of the biggest department stores in the city. Your Travel Director will be there to give you advice. This evening you may wish to consider an Optional Experience to attend a performance of a true French cabaret at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. (BB, L)
Day 6 Wed 30 August: Paris – Loire Valley
Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. This evening join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouthwatering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse. (BB, BG)
Day 7 Thurs 31 August: Loire Valley – Bordeaux (3 nights)
Visit Château Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Later arrive in the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world’s major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade de Quinconces during your orientation. This evening we will dine in our hotel. (BB, D)
Day 8 Fri 01 September: Bordeaux: Pilat and Arcachon Excursion
This morning visit the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. A short drive will bring you to Arcachon, a town famous for its oysters. Enjoy a walking tour and an oyster tasting. Arrive back in Bordeaux where you have time to explore the city. (BB)
Day 9 Sat 02 September: Bordeaux: Dordogne Excursion
Enjoy a scenic day through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval ‘Bastide’ villages. Drive to the renowned wine village of St Emillion, possibly one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production, a perfect place to enjoy a wine tasting. Dine in a local restaurant. (BB, D)
Day 10 Sun 03 September: Bordeaux – Carcassonne
Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site; see the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. This evening we will dine in our hotel. (BB, D)
Day 11 Mon 04 September: Carcassone – Avignon (3 nights)
Visit Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a guided walk along the top of the impressive aqueduct which dates back to Roman times. Continue on to Avignon for our 3 night stay. (BB)
Day 12 Tues 05 September: Avignon: Provence Excursion
Arrive at St. Rémy de Provence where you have time to explore the food markets. At Les Baux de Provence one of the most beautiful villages in France, admire the stunning views over Arles and the Camargue. A short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral during your walking tour with your Local Expert. Tonight enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue. (BB,BG)
Day 13 Wed 06 September: Avignon Orientation & At Leisure
This morning’s orientation includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône. This bridge inspired the famous French song ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Then you’ll have time on your own to explore this glorious medieval town. (BB)
Day 14 Thurs 07 September: Avignon - Lyon (2 nights)
From Avignon we drive to Chateauneuf du Pape where we have the opportunity to experience a Cultural Insight into the wines produced in this area and enjoy a tasting of the local produce. Later arrive in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. (BB)
Day 15 Fri 08 September: Lyon Sightseeing & At Leisure
We take a walking sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist through old Lyon where we discover “Traboules”, hidden passageways and secret alleyways. We visit les Halles de Lyon, a unique covered market proudly representing the tastes of the region. Then time on your own to take in this wonderful city. Enjoy a Beaujolais dinner in a local ‘Bouchon’. (BB, D)
Day 16 Sat 09 September: Lyon – Paris
Travel north and stop for wine tasting in charming Beaune, a walled town in the centre of Burgundy, surrounded by the Cote d’Or vineyards before continuing through to Paris. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a farewell dinner. (BB, D)
Day 17 Sun 10 September: Depart Paris
Time to say ‘au revoir’ at the end of your wonderful French adventure as you prepare to return home and transfer to the airport for our flight to Hong Kong with fantastic
memories of your holiday. (BB)
Day 18 Mon 11 September: Hong Kong – Auckland
Arrive in Hong Kong for a transit visit before continuing to Auckland.
Day 19 Tues 12 September
Please note: NZ$1840 single supplement
Your trip cost does not include
• NZ domestic flights
• Passport and visa charges
• Meals other than those specified on day by day itinerary
• Items of a personal nature ie beverages, laundry, phone calls etc
• Optional excursions
• Travel insurance
• Some gratuities on the tour (at the discretion of the individual traveller)
• Accommodation prior to departure from Auckland
• Single rooms unless the facility has been reserved and paid for at the time of
25 Aug 2017 - 12 Sep 2017
*per person share twin
19 days from
- Economy class return airfares with Cathay Pacific. Opportunity to upgrade to Premium Economy and business class (subject to availability).
- Hong Kong stopover for one night at Park Hotel Hong Kong (or similar) including full day sightseeing with lunch.
- 15 day/14 night Trafalgar custom-made itinerary of France staying in hand-picked 4 star hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities.
- “Be my Guest” highlight meals in Tours at a traditional farmhouse and in Avignon in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue.
- Buffet breakfast daily in Hong Kong and France (15), lunches (2) including a cooking experience in Paris.
- 9 three course dinners in local restaurants and hotels including a welcome and farewell dinner.
- Services of an expert Trafalgar Travel Director in France.
- Local specialist in Paris (day 2), Arcachon, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne, Arles and Lyon.
- Travel by luxury air conditioned coach with reclining seats. VOX audio system throughout, WiFi on coach.
- Airport transfers in Hong Kong and Paris.
- Tips and gratuities to the Travel Director and Driver in France
- All hotel service charges, local taxes, baggage handling in hotels (on bag only) and hotel tips (excluding Hong Kong).
- Group photo.
- Wallet containing comprehensive travel documents