8 night – Paris & The Other South of France

The best of two regions awaits, Paris and the Sud de France.  Enjoy Paris with its epicurean delights. architecture, world-class museums and sights, and hidden gastronomic gems. Then travel South to the other Sud de France to experience a relaxing pace to explore its incredible medieval history, canals, local quaint villages, and countryside. Local experts will help you discover the area’s history mixed with some local food and wine. Your stay in France is highlighted by our insider access and stays in special selected hotels and chateaux.

 

Description

Savor the unparalleled enchantment of Paris and its epicurean delights. Discover the “City of Light” as you walk the cobbled-stone streets to take in the architecture, world-class museums and sights, and hidden gastronomic gems. After Paris, travel South to the other Sud de France that is situated between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea. The area offers a relaxing pace to explore its incredible medieval history, canals, local quaint villages, and countryside. Local experts will help you discover the area’s history mixed with some local food and wine. Your stay in France is highlighted by our insider access and stays in a specially selected hotel and chateaux.

Our expertise allows us to create exceptional journeys that are customized just for you. Our itineraries serve as an idea of our bespoke experiences, but allow us to change any element to provide you with a truly tailor-made holiday.

Day 1 Paris

Upon arrival in Paris, your driver will be waiting just outside of baggage for your transfer into Paris and your centrally located boutique hotel. Once you have checked in, you will have the remainder of the day to begin exploring your new surroundings. There are many wonderful things to see and plenty of world-class restaurants waiting for you. We are happy to give you recommendations.

Day 2 Paris

Today you will have your choice of either a private gourmet walking tour or a chocolate & pastries tour. The gourmet walk will take you into one of the finest gourmet neighborhoods in Paris with visits to several specialty food shops for tastings along the way. The chocolate and pastry tour will focus on visits to 4 – 6 specialty chocolatiers and macarons with of course yummy tastings to enjoy. The remainder of the day is on your own. B

Day 3 Paris

After breakfast you can explore your choice of museums and sights. A 2-Day Paris museum pass is included so you can make the most of your time without the long lines. Try the Louvre for the d’Orsay for a glimpse at the largest Impressionist collection in Europe or the L’Orangerie for the famous Monet Waterlilies, or any others of interest. Paris is yours to explore on your own, but if you prefer to customize your day you can ask us to arrange today based on your interests. (private guides are at an additional charge). B

Day 4 Paris

Your final day in Paris is at your leisure. Consider seeing Versailles, Notre Dame, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, or any number of the museums you might have missed. Don’t forget your museum pass will still be good today. B

Day 5 Toulouse / Castelnaudary / Chalabre

This morning your driver will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the Paris airport for a flight to Toulouse. Upon arrival in Toulouse a driver will meet and transfer you to Chateau Terre Blanche with a stop along the way in Castelnaudary for lunch. Castelnaudary is said to have the original version of cassoulet, but Toulouse and Carcassonne might argue this since they both have their own version. However, this regional specialty dish is a must when in the area, so you may want to give and uncover the secrets of cassoulet. Then it is on to Chateau Terre Blanche for a relaxing evening with a light dinner at the chateau. B,D

Day 6 Carcassone / Limoux

Your host will escort you today to Carcassonne, where you will have a tour of this amazing medieval fortified town. Learn about this walled city as you stroll the cobbled streets and ramparts. Next a short drive to Lastours that was once attacked by the Cathar Crusaders of Pope Innocent III. You will have lunch at the Bistro of Michelin star chef Jean Marc Boyer in Lastours. Jean is one of the five Michelin star chefs in the region. After lunch it is off to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Hillaire, which is said to be the birthplace of sparkling wine or at least the first recorded mention, dating back to 1531. Dinner to night will be in a local restaurant at you own expense. B

Day 7 Narbonne

Starting out towards the Med and the old Roman town of Narbonne. Your local expert guide has spent years developing relationships with the market stallholders at the covered market Les Halles in the center of town. You will see and taste some of the best the Languedoc has to offer, from its olive’s groves to local poultry and charcuterie, as well as all the local seafood from Port la Nouvelle near Narbonne. After the tour of the market, a stop at one of the bars to have a glass of a local white wine and then you will have time for lunch in one of the many fine restaurants in and around the market. After lunch take a stroll around this historical town with its unfinished Cathedral or look at the Via Dominta the original Roman road that has been uncovered. But for all food & wine lovers you must visit the Ferme Narbonnaise a beautifully presented store that has the most amazing produce from the local region as well as from all over the world. This afternoon a stop in the Languedoc appellation of the Clape on the coast and visit the vineyards. Tonight a local wine maker will be joining you for dinner at the chateau. What a great way to begin to understand more about the wines from the region and how to pair them. B/D

Day 8 Minervois

Your final day takes you to the Minervois region that is not only highly regarded for its wines, but also for the black gold that you might know as truffles. You will appreciate a visit with one of the original families of the area who produce truffle at Domain Château D’Argeres. Our insider access allows you into the truffle field where you will learn about the relationship between tuber & tree and more about the history of the surrounding land and the family’s place in that history. Before lunch you are welcomed into the cave where the wine is produced and stored and then for lunch you are invited to try the truffles and wines at the family’s table. Todays last stop is at the Rioux Minervois Heptagonal Church in Peryriac Minervois. This is a special Romanesque church from the 12th century that has a mystic and unique history. Then it’s back to the chateau for your final evening and dinner. B, L, D

Day 9 Depart

This morning after breakfast it will be time to say au revoir to your host and Chateau Terre Blanche. Transfer is by private driver to the nearby airport or station. B

Pricing is Per Person $3779.00 USD / 3,286.00 €

Based on Double occupancy

Included

  • 4 nights at Paris boutique hotel
  • 4 nights at Chateau Terre Blanche Chalabre
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Day Paris Museum Passes
  • Paris Gourmet Walking Tour or Chocolate Tour
  • Airport and station transfers as per itinerary
  • Coach airfare from Paris to Toulouse
  • 2 dinners with wine at Chateau Terre Blanche and 1 dinner with Wine Maker
  • 3 exclusive wine tastings
  • Truffle visit and lunch
  • Airfare Paris to Toulouse
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • All visits and tours per itinerary
  • Services of English speaking guides / drivers / Chateau host
  • Customizable itinerary

Not Included

  • Any personal purchases
  • Any extra request outside the agreed menus & wines supplied.
  • Telephone calls outside the French Metropolitan area
  • Air or rail not indicated above
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