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Delicious Diversions from Paris to Versailles

(A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour, with a maximum of 8 people)

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$4,298 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

An Immersion into Culture,
Cuisine and Culinary Anthropology

Home to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Élysées and the Moulin Rouge…Paris is renowned for its art, fashion and culture. The world’s leading city of romance is also the undisputed birthplace of haute cuisine. Appropriately described by Ernest Hemingway as a “movable feast,” the City of Light is sure to excite all of your senses during this extraordinary culinary adventure. Your four English-speaking cooking classes are fully hands-on, and led by international chefs who will explain not only the cooking techniques, but also the history and culture of this refined French cuisines. From shopping with the chef in an open-air market to viewing breathtaking landmarks from the comfort of your Seine River cruise, you’ll learn why Paris overwhelms every food-lover with absolute delight! But why stop there? This tour also incorporates royalty with culinary history through a multi-day excursion to Versailles. Here you will enjoy several nights in boutique accommodations, tour the Versailles Palace, its magnificent gardens, the Trianon estate, and experience several hands-on cooking classes. L’assaisonnement est parfait. Bon appetit!

Delicious Diversions from Paris to Versailles

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights Boutique Accommodations
Intercity Transfers
Breakfast Buffet Each Morning
Food Market Tour & Cooking Class
Famous French Baking Class
Scenic Seine River Lunch Cruise
Pastry Baking Class
Hands-on Cooking Class / Lunch
Gourmet Dinner & Wine
Historical visit of Versailles Chateaux
Tour of Marie-Antoinette’s Trianon
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year-Round Based On Your Travel Dates. Please note that this tour requires a minimum of two people.
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In Welcome to Paris. Arrive at your leisure, and plan to spend your afternoon shopping along the Champs-Elysées or exploring the quaint neighborhoods. Hôtel Du Bois is a charming hotel, located in the center of Paris, which puts everything at your doorstep. Situated in a quiet pedestrian street just a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, the Hotel du Bois offers easy access to the world-famous Eiffel Tower, the prestigious Champs-Elysées for shopping and the Louvre Museum, to name but a few nearby landmarks.
Day 2
European Breakfast Buffet You will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet each morning. You’ll find croissants, baguette, cold meats, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, yogurts and a selection of hot drinks and juices. If you prefer the privacy of your room, you can also enjoy your breakfast in your room at no extra charge.
Famous French Baking Class For those that are purveyors of France's famous pastries, this will be a perfect experience for your Paris visit. Whether an experienced baker, or a complete novice, this class welcomes all levels of experience. Taught in English in the heart of Paris, you will enjoy learning some of the most classical of French pastry recipes, options ranging from the exciting and colorful Macarons to the famous Croissant. From start to finish, you will learn the techniques of some of France's famous pastries, and of course finish off every experience with eating the fruits of your hard labor! You'll even take home your classic French pastry recipes, along with a box of these special treats to enjoy later.
Day 3
European Breakfast Buffet You will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet each morning. You’ll find croissants, baguette, cold meats, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, yogurts and a selection of hot drinks and juices. If you prefer the privacy of your room, you can also enjoy your breakfast in your room at no extra charge.
Scenic Seine River Lunch Cruise A highlight of your Paris visit, your Seine River Lunch Cruise showcases a splendid panorama of live musical entertainment, refined cuisine, and delicate and attentive service. Board at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a host of sensations on the finest thoroughfare in Paris - the Seine. The glass-encased restaurant has an all-inclusive menu, where dishes are made from fresh products selected each morning and cooked to order, and served with fabulous wines.
Day 4
European Breakfast Buffet You will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet each morning. You’ll find croissants, baguette, cold meats, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, yogurts and a selection of hot drinks and juices. If you prefer the privacy of your room, you can also enjoy your breakfast in your room at no extra charge.
Food Market Tour & Cooking Class | Gourmet Lunch & Wine Visit an open-air food market in a nearby Parisian neighborhood where your guide/chef will explain the different types of produce and ingredients available for your gourmet lunch. Back at the cooking school, you will learn to prepare a fabulous lunch, and enjoying the fruits of your labor. A 4-course meal with two wines and a local host, who will share surprising tales of how the food you’ve prepared relates to the local culture, make this a special adventure.
Day 5
European Breakfast Buffet You will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet each morning. You’ll find croissants, baguette, cold meats, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, yogurts and a selection of hot drinks and juices. If you prefer the privacy of your room, you can also enjoy your breakfast in your room at no extra charge.
Paris - Versailles Transfer | Check-In Just after your breakfast your private chauffeur will take you to your new boutique accommodation a short walking distance from the heart of Versailles. Your fully-furnished studio guest house will be your royal address for the next two nights. You’ll be greeted by your hosts, who will give you an overview of Versailles, and provide an overview of the program ahead. Your stylishly decorated, boutique studio is situated on a quiet street, and a short walk (less than 10 minutes) to the center of Versailles. Your fully equipped boutique studio comes with a private entrance, wireless Internet, kitchen, and 5-star accessories.
Hands-On Cooking Class | Gourmet Lunch and Wine If you’ve ever sat down to a meal and wished you could recreate it at home, this Gourmet Lunch might be just the thing. In a mélange of gastronomy and technique, your chef, a graduate from the Cordon Bleu school in Paris, will guide you through the entire process. The menu will depend on the season which might include: braised beef with olives and mashed potatoes with olive oil, traditional veal stew and pilaf rice, spiced duck magrets, raspberry macaroon with raspberry sauce, mille-feuilles, orange flavored chocolate mousse. Our Chef’s recipes are sure to please the most discerning of taste buds! After all your culinary fun, you’ll sit down with your fellow classmates to enjoy the fruits of your labors (with wine!).
Self-guided Tour of the Versailles Chateaux After lunch, you’ll walk over to the Palace of Versailles, a World Heritage Site, for a magnificent self-guided tour (with audio guides). It is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century where Louis XIII's old hunting pavilion was transformed by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed his Court and the government up until the French Revolution. You will visit the King’s apartment, the famous Hall of Mirrors, Louis XIV bedchamber, and then discover the amazing gardens and park that include: the Orangery, the fountains and the Grand Canal.
Dinner in a Versailles Restaurant with Wine Enjoy a delicious dinner in a small charming local restaurant, located in a very typical pedestrian street very close to the palace. You’ll have a choice of appetizer plus main course, or main course plus dessert, and some great French wine.
Day 6
European Breakfast Buffet You will enjoy a delicious typical French breakfast each morning served in your boutique accommodation. You’ll enjoy croissants, baguette, pastries, home-made jam, salted butter from the Atlantic coast (beurre salé de Guérande), fresh fruits, orange juice, organic milk, coffee and tea.
Food Market Tour & Pastry Class Your morning class focused on French pastry starts with a trip to the market with your local chef. The market was founded under Louis XIV, one of the most lavish in France, was once responsible for supplying the court with fresh produce. Then back in the atelier, you’ll discover the secrets to preparing French macarons, French fraisier (a tarte citron meringuée) or a delicious vanilla mille-feuille. During this nearly three hour lesson, all taught in English, you’ll create your pastries from start to finish. With English-translated recipes, you’ll be able to impress your friends back home!
Guided tour of Marie-Antoinette’s Trianon After your pasty class, and a short walk back to the Palace of Versailles, you will catch a little train in the park to Marie-Antoinette’s Trianon estate. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by an academic guide, a graduate in Art History and specialized in French 18th Century, who will accompany you throughout the tour, describing the estate’s rich history in English. The Trianon estate, constructed in 1768, is considered an architectural masterpiece in the era’s popular neoclassical style.
Day 7
European Breakfast Buffet You will enjoy a delicious typical French breakfast each morning served in your boutique accommodation. You’ll enjoy croissants, baguette, pastries, home-made jam, salted butter from the Atlantic coast (beurre salé de Guérande), fresh fruits, orange juice, organic milk, coffee and tea.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Your lodging host can assist with, or suggest the easiest transfers back to the airport, or you may wish to explore other exciting locations within France. We hope you have enjoyed your visit, and until next time...Au revoir!
Hotel Du Bois
Location, Location, Location. This hotel's prime attraction is its central location near the prestigious Champs-Elysées, which puts the best of Paris at your doorstep. Situated in a quiet pedestrian street just a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, the Hotel du Bois offers easy access to Porte Maillot Congress Centre and to the world-famous Eiffel Tower, along with many other famous landmarks! This chic and elegant refuge offers guests a peaceful environment with 39 rooms, all beautifully decorated by designer Michel Jouannet.
Versailles Boutique Studio
Your stylishly decorated, boutique studio is situated on a quiet street, and a short walk (less than 10 minutes) to the center of Versailles. Your fully equipped boutique studio comes with a private entrance, wireless Internet, kitchen, and 5-star accessories. Very well equipped. Big comfy beds. Lovely central location down a quiet gated lane. Wonderful neighborhood within easy walking distance of the Palace, restaurants and train station.
Paris, FranceVersailles, France
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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