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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017)

Cruise the Saône and Rhône rivers, with stays in boutique hotels in the heart of Paris and Beaune, coupled with exclusive shore excursions, including a tasting tour and cooking class in Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse Markets; a cooking demonstration in Avignon; and private cellar tours and tastings throughout Burgundy and the Rhône.

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12th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Upon arrival in Paris, you are met and transferred to yourhotel. Later, join your Resident Tour Director — exclusive toConnections guests — for a festive welcome dinner atop the TourMontparnasse, Paris' tallest building.
13th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Board a TGV high-speed train from Paris to Reims, the unofficialcapital of the Champagne wine region. Drive with your small groupthrough the French countryside to Épernay. Take a DomPérignon tour at the Moët & Chandon estate, followed by lunch ata local Michelin-starred restaurant. Later, back in Reims, visit theG.H. Mumm Winery, touring its Champagne caves, followed by atasting. Explore Reims before returning to Paris by TGV.
14th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Set out on a food walk with your intimategroup of Connections guests, stopping tosample fresh-baked pastries, just-pluckedproduce and a variety of local delicacies.Then, travel by private transport toBeaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Visit l'Hôtel-Dieu, a15th-century charity hospital, before settling into your historic,boutique accommodations, an intimate hideaway brimming withantiques and period charm.
15th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Visit a traditional family-run mustardmill for a private tour and tasting. Then,sample vintages at a premier Burgundywinery, accompanied by lunch. Travel toLyon for priority embarkation aboardyour stylish, comfortable river ship, where you have time to settleinto your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French orwalk-out balcony. This evening, gather for a welcome cocktailbefore dinner on board.
16th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Arrive in Mâcon. Join your Resident TourDirector as you set out by small groupon a Connections-exclusive, full-dayexcursion into the Mâconnais region,complete with a goat cheese tasting inTaizé, a truffle tasting in Cortevaix and a country lunch, followedby a private wine tasting with fellow Connections guests.
17th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Dock in picturesque Chalon-sur-Saône. Aspecialist guide leads your intimate groupon a private exploration of local products,including wine, chocolate and bakedgoods at a typical boulangerie. Enjoy therest of your morning at leisure to explore this riverside town. Afterlunch on board, visit medieval Brancion to see Château deCormatin and its splendid gardens.
18th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Arrive in Lyon, France's gastronomicepicenter. As you explore the city by smallgroup, exclusively discover its world-famousmarket, Les Halles de Lyon PaulBocuse, pausing for tastings of localfoods. During a Connections-exclusive cooking class, learn how toprepare regional appetizers, such as cervelle des canut. Later, cruisethe Rhône River, attending a private Connections cocktail party,hosted by your Resident Tour Director, and an exclusive Chef'sHighlights dinner aboard.
19th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Travel with fellow guests for aConnections-exclusive full-day excursion,beginning at Pont du Gard, a stunningRoman aqueduct that you explore withyour intimate group. Then, sit down toan al fresco lunch at its base. Upon returning to Avignon, see themedieval stone ramparts and the remains of Saint-Bénezet bridge(Pont d’Avignon). Visit the Gothic-style Palais des Papes, followedby time at leisure. This evening at a local restaurant, attend acooking demonstration, followed by dinner ashore — culinaryexperiences planned by A&K, just for your small group ofConnections guests.
20th Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Join your intimate group of Connections guests on a day ofexclusive excursions, beginning at the Cistercian Abbey ofSénanque. In Saint Paul-de-Mausole, see the asylum whereVincent van Gogh was voluntarily interned for a year, walkingamid the environs that inspired a series of paintings. Then,stop at a family-run Provençal farm for an authentic Frenchcountry lunch and opportunity to gain insight into rural life. Endtoday in historic Arles, where you discover its massive Romanamphitheater, beautiful basilica and the Place du Forum, whereVan Gogh painted Café Terrace at Night.
21st Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) Arrive in Viviers, a small walled citysteeped in history. Disembark for anintimate, Connections-exclusive wineryvisit and tasting at Domaine Saladin, runby the same family since 1422. Tonight,join the captain for a gala dinner to celebrate your journey.
22nd Jun 2017
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Food & Wine of France: Paris, Burgundy & Provence (2017) After breakfast, transfer to the Lyon airport and board yourhomebound flight

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Cruise the Saône and Rhône rivers, with stays in boutique hotels in the heart of Paris and Beaune, coupled with exclusive shore excursions, including a tasting tour and cooking class in Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse Markets; a cooking demonstration in Avignon; and private cellar tours and tastings throughout Burgundy and the Rhône.

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Cruise the Saône and Rhône rivers, with stays in boutique hotels in the heart of Paris and Beaune, coupled with exclusive shore excursions, including a tasting tour and cooking class in Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse Markets; a cooking demonstration in Avignon; and private cellar tours and tastings throughout Burgundy and the Rhône.

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