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7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

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7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

Hi All,

We have 7 days to explore France and we love our food and wine! Any tips or ideas would be appreciated. There will be 4 of us all Adults, only 1 person who has not done Paris.

Could we do Burgundy/Champagne and Bordeaux areas?

Would it also be easier to drive or to catch the train?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

Burgundy and Champagne and separate areas -- both are easily reachable by train from Paris. You could schedule a guide both places to take you to the houses (not *necessary* either place, but would definitely make the most of your very limited time).

Bordeaux is too far to put into this trip, IMO -- instead I'd head to the Loire Valley, also within easy reach of Paris by train, and well-known for its food and wine.

It's a rushed trip, to be sure -- if you're going to visit Paris as well, then I'd recommend only 1 of the side trips, because you just don't have much time.

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3. Re: 7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

(but if they base themselves in Paris it's a doddle.)

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5. Re: 7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

which is exactly why I suggested only 1 of the destinations if they're going to spend time in Paris -- it would be a shame indeed to see these areas as only a day trip.

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6. Re: 7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

Remembering that Paris itself is full of extraordinary food and wine, I would cut my agenda to just Paris and Burgundy. I would ask the OP if he has any restaurant or winery destinations in mind. Read Chowhound France for up to date Paris and countryside destinations. Try Googling "Burgundy vineyard stays' for possibilities of seeing Burgundy up close and personal.

We always find it easier to take the train from Paris to the closest city or town to our destination, then pick up a car so we can drive to less accessible areas. Remember to take into account travel time when you apportion your days.

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7. Re: 7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

Here is a short Burgundy concept: We stayed at lovely little La Chouette boutique hotel in Puligny Montrachet and enjoyed a fabulous rustic dinner at nearby Le Vieux Vigneron. More upscale dining in the village is found at Le Montrachet, while a morning of vineyards with tasting lunch is offered at Olivier LaFlaive. With the exception of LVV, these are all minutes away from each other by foot; LVV is 2 km away, so is also easily walkable if you've a mind to do so. PM is a sweet little village, well off the highway and surrounded by vineyards. La Chouette, by the way, offers one of the finest buffet breakfasts we've encountered, also stylish and comfortable rooms and professional staff and welcome.

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8. Re: 7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

Forget Bordeaux. You haven't the time. Stay in Paris, which has food and wine galore, and make a 2-day trip or so to Burgundy.

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10. Re: 7 days to explore Food and Wine in France?

+1 to Diz

We too have had the grapes pointed out in restaurants, it's a really special moment.