Embark on Our Unique Culinary Tours of France
Discover France through its acclaimed gastronomy...or should we say gastronomies! Our food and wine tours across France and its remarkable regions are as diverse and rich as the country is. Every French region brings its own tastes and sensations, reflecting its unique history and terroirs; its climate and landscape. Not only will your senses be roused by the food and wines, but each region provides dramatic settings for your gastronomic adventures. During our unique, entirely private culinary tours around France, we will explore this marvellous world of gastronomy with you, initiating you to its many wonders. Not only will you embark on a delicious adventure: you’ll take some of the secrets and “savoir-faire” of French cuisine home with you.
Local produce has inspired the many traditional dishes particular to each French region. Provence, spanning from the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, gives chefs limitless possibilities for inventive cuisine: the region’s aromatic Herbes de Provence make a flavoursome addition to many dishes, while sunny vegetables are the key ingredients in its iconic Ratatouille; and succulent fresh seafood graces its famous Bouillabaisse stew. Food tours in Provence offer different delights with the changing of the seasons. The rolling green landscapes, vibrant lavender fields, and azure blue coastline set the perfect scene for unforgettable memories– including of the gourmet variety.
An infinite diversity of terroirs, culinary workshops, colorful buzzing markets…
Travelling west, to France’s Basque Country and the Atlantic Ocean’s coastal strip, the history and terroir produce different sensations and gourmet traditions. Close ties with Spain bring tapas, spices such as chilli and black pig to the table. The Northern France coastline brings new combinations and tastes. Here, salt-production areas give rise to the AOC classified Pré-salé lamb, while its famous Camembert cheese, mussels and oysters prevail in its acclaimed seafood offerings. Lyon, elected capital of French gastronomy thanks in part to the famed culinary master Paul Bocuse, is the ideal place to unleash your gastronomic creativity, working with master Chefs in private workshops.
As you crisscross this marvellous country during one of our food tours, you will meet artisans, farmers, cheesemakers, fishermen, market stall holders, and Master chefs. They are the true ambassadors and keepers of French tradition and culture. They will bring the story of France’s culinary heritage to life– and make you feel like you’re a part of it. There are also many good reasons to take private cooking classes with a master French chef: not least because you’ll be initiated to the secrets of one of the world’s most-prized gastronomic traditions.
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Often seen as inseparable from French cuisine, the country’s world-renowned wines are unbeatable. You may want to explore and experience these by taking a private wine tour around one or more iconic regions. Personal meetings with celebrated winemakers, as well as private tastings in notable wine estates and champagne houses, can be arranged as part of your bespoke food and culinary tour around France.
Check out our article on the most exclusive places for luxury wine-tasting in Bordeaux, one of France’s most celebrated vintnering regions. We also offer exclusive wine tours in Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire Valley, Champagne, and many other prized areas. What are you waiting for?
Get inspired with our suggestions below: imagine what sorts of food tours you would love to experience, then contact us to start making your dream culinary exploration of France an unforgettable reality.
You may also want to add a more historical and cultural perspective or discover France’s natural beauty. For tons of ideas and inspiration, please consult our dedicated page on Private Tours of France, then browse through a Glimpse of Culture and France off the beaten path. A personalised tour can be designed to match your interests exactly.