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TNN’s France Tour

October 6 - October 13, 2023

This tour will have you discovering France’s famous food and wine scene. You’ll explore Paris’s neighborhoods, eat along the Seine, eat in incredible restaurants, drink in cool wine bars, and wander the historic streets of the city before heading off to the famed Loire Valley to see historic castles, learn about wine, and explore the countryside. This is a trip to indulge your inner foodie as you eat, drink, and be merry.

Paris, the City of Lights. The Loire Valley, the region of castles and wine. On this tour, we’re going to take you deep into the food and wine scenes of both, highlighting out-of-the-way bistros, wine bars, castles, and vineyards.

This itinerary was put together to showcase some of the places travelers don’t always see when they visit the region. You’ll get off the beaten path and explore the places that we’ve spent years exploring.

Using our deep local expertise, you’ll meet locals who will explain what it’s like to live in the region, give you insight into the food and culture of the area, explore non-touristy neighborhoods, and walk away with a deeper understanding of each place we visit.

This tour has a heavy focus on food and wine with many included food and wine tasting activities. We want you to meet people and understand France’s food and wine scene.

If you’re the kind of person who wants a more authentic and nuanced travel experience, this tour is for you.

Nomadic Matt will be joining you for the first couple of days of this tour!

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To reserve your spot on a tour, a 40% deposit is required. This deposit is 100% refundable for 30 days. See our terms and conditions for more on our refund policy.

Tour Itinerary

You can arrive any time today. Our guides will be around to welcome you and answer any questions. We’ll meet for an orientation meeting in the early evening before taking you to one of our favorite spots in Paris for a group welcome dinner.

In the morning, we’ll do a historic walking tour of central Paris, where you’ll get to learn about the origins of the city. Afterwards, you’ll have time to yourself to explore the city and its famous attractions and museums. In the evening, we’ll regroup for an included dinner at a traditional French bistro.

This morning, we’ll do a food tour of the Montmartre area of town, getting out of the center and into the historic artist area of the city. Afterwards, you’ll have the evening to explore more of Paris, either on your own or with the group.

We’ll wake up in the morning and head out to the famed Loire valley, home to great wine and famous chateaus. We’ll begin with a train to Tours, where we’ll drop our bags before heading to the famous Chateau de Chambord for a tour. In the evening, we’ll return for a group dinne and wine tasting.

Today, we’ll head to the famous Château de Chaumont for a tour of this chateau before heading back to tours in the afternoon for a cooking class wher eyou can learn the art of French cuisine. Later that evening, our guide will organize an optional group dinner.

In the morning, we’ll visit the village of Chinon for a wine tour and tasting at Domaine Couly-Dutheil. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to walk around Chinon for a few hours before we head back to Tours. In the evening, we’ll do an amazing wine tasting at the famous O Lieudit Winery.

Today, we’ll visit the beautiful chateau at Villandry, which is famous for it’s grounds and gardens. Afterwards, we’ll train through the countryside and back to Paris, where we’ll have one final group dinner filled with good food and wine as we toast to the week we had!

Today, we say goodbye. Our guides will be around in the morning if you need anything or have questions about onward travel.

Tour Essentials

Accommodation

Accommodation is 2 star hotels. If you book a twin share room and are traveling solo, you’ll be paired with someone of the same gender.

Transport

During the trip, we’ll travel via public transportation between our destinations and activities.

Meals

Daily breakfast, one lunch, two wine tastings, and five dinners are included. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice. Alcohol is not included.

Sustainability

We aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. The tap water is safe to drink so we encourage you to bring a water bottle. Trash is recycled whenever possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.

Small Groups

This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants and has a maximum of 15 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people.

Expert guides

Your tour will be led by a licensed and local expert guide. Our guides are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and to ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.

What's Included

What’s Included

  • Accommodation 
  • Transportation
  • All meals mentioned above
  • All activities and entrance fees for activities mentioned above
  • Local guides during activities
  • Expert Tour Leader throughout the trip

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to/from Paris
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals and activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (which is required)
  • Optional activities not listed

FAQ

What are your COVID policies?
This tour is currently open to all travelers. We will closely monitor any new policies and comply with any new restrictions or requirements needed. If the rules change, we’ll let you know.

What about COVID testing?
Should COVID testing be required as a condition of entry or exit, we will help you find testing locations, though you are responsible for the cost of the COVID test and for booking your own tests.

What is the age range of people on this tour?
Our tours see people from 22 to 75. They really run the gambit. In the past, the average age on this tour is about 40. As we’ve found age is only a number, the variety in ages has never been detrimental to the group dynamics!

Is there a lot of walking?
All our tours have lots of walking tours involved that last between 2-3 hours each. While there is no strenuous hiking involved on this tour, you should be prepared to be on your feet a lot.

Tell me about your guides.
Our expert tour leaders are fully licensed guides. They’ll be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the trip, handling all of the local logistics, and dealing with any unforeseen situations that may arise. Our tour leaders are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible. During the course of the trip, we’ll also use other guides for some of our day tours.

Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! We hate tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own. Travel is about adventure and discovery, so we emphasize that on our tours. We want you to see stuff that interests you specifically.

What am I going to do during the listed “free time”?
Our guides will be on hand to give you suggestions, help you decide what to do, and be around. If you want to go off on your own, we get that. We want you to explore and break out of your comfort zone! Our guides are here to help and, after you join the tour, you’ll be sent a list of potential activities you can do on your own.

How many spots can I purchase at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of two per person to ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to go.

What kind of rooms are we staying in?
We will be staying in 2 star hotels the entire trip.

Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.

Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. We’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to continue on the tour.

Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old.

Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing us from any and all liability related to the tour.

What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter any of these destinations, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own expense. We do not offer any help in this area.

What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
We understand plans change. Deposits are refundable up to 30 days after purchase. They can be transferred once in a calendar year to another tour. (You have to do so within 90 days.) Balance payments are due 31 days after purchase. Cancelations made between 90 – 60 days before the tour start date: 50% refund of the balance amount (the deposit is not included in the refund). Cancelations made between 59 – 0 days before the tour start date: 0% refund of the balance amount.

Is there a waiting list?
People sometimes rush to secure a spot but don’t always get the time off work and might need to cancel. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please email us at [email protected]

I still have questions. Can I contact you?
Of course! Our email is [email protected]

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