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Food and Wine in a French Chateau

DETOUR MINI ADVENTURE

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A mouthwatering food & wine odyssey with our 16th Century Chateau as your base camp

FOOD & CULTURE

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Meals

    3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

  • Group Size

    Maximum 8 people

  • Team

    Contiki Host and Local Experts Gabriel and Anne Sophie

Villefranche-sur-Saone, Beaujolais, Lyon

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Welcome to Detour. This isn't just another holiday: this is travel that connects you, teaches you and changes you. Get off the tourist trail and learn new skills with a local host, discovering spectacular destinations through a local's eyes. These mini-adventures will change the way you look at the world.

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Laetitia Lyon Host

Laetitia - Food and Wine in French Chateau

On your Lyon day trip your host will be Laetitia, a Lyon local who is passionate about her family recipes. This passion led Laetitia to combining her two great loves – tourism and food, to create unforgettable culinary experiences in her hometown. Laetitia will have you feeling like a true Lyonese walking through the streets and tasting delicious typical dishes guided by a local friend who not only shares the best places to eat in town, but some secret local only hang outs also!

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DAY 1

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Villefranche-sur-Saone

Bonjour, welcome to your foodie adventure! Today kicks off with a complimentary transfer from Villefranche sur Saone Station to our 16th Century Chateau.

Beaujolais Wine Region

Rub your eyes, blink: yep, that's our accommodation for the night, complete with a bar, swimming pool and dreamy views of the surrounding vineyards. Once we've checked in and chilled out we'll be feeling like royalty, and that's before we enjoy some local wine paired with cheese. Then, it's time to head to the local village, for a 3 course welcome dinner of traditional French fine dining. This is the good life. Once we've had time to digest our dinner, we'll get to explore this cute village before heading back to the Chateau for a glass of wine at the bar. What a day, and we're just getting started...

DAY 2

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Beaujolais Wine Region

This morning we'll bid au revoir to our Chateau for the day, as we head into Lyon for a change of pace.

Lyon

Welcome to the hub of culinary wonders that is Lyon! We won't waste any time getting stuck in with a Moveable Feast walking tour, exploring Lyon's chic bistros and boulangeries with our Local Host. Lyon is famous all over the world for its culinary tradition, thanks to both chefs and tourists flocking to this magical city, attracted by the rich gastronomy it offers. However, it isn't easy to decide where to start, especially if you have little time and an endless choice of restaurants! From traditional bouchons to starred restaurants to street food, this city offers countless possibilities. Our host will give us an overview of the gastronomic tradition of this beautiful city, and you'll soon feel like a true Lyonese as we walk through the streets, tasting delicious typical dishes (and maybe a cheeky glass of wine) as we go.

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Once we're suitably stuffed with culture and have whetted our appetites, we'll head back to the Chateau for a well deserved dinner. We've got more adventures in store tomorrow.

DAY 3

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Beaujolais Wine Region

Rise and shine! After enjoying a hearty homemade breakfast this morning, we'll get ready for some winery hopping. The Beaujolais region has some of the world's finest vineyards, producing fruity, bold wines that are as distinctive and beautiful as the region itself. We'll visit two wineries where you'll have a chance to learn about the wines they produce (including the world-famous Beaujolais Nouveau), meet local winemakers and of course sample some of their finest drops. At our second stop, surrounded by the swaying vineyards, we'll enjoy lunch paired with wine. Then, for our final evening, it's time to head back to the Chateau where our team of live-in chefs will prepare an authentic French Dinner. We'll tuck in on the Chateau terrace, with even more magnificent views of the Beaujolais countryside. France, we never want to leave you.

DAY 4

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Beaujolais Wine Region

It's our final day (sob), but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy one last breakfast, take a stroll in the countryside or even have a dip in the pool. You can take a complimentary transfer back to Villefranche-sur-Saone, or make your own arrangements. The trip is over, but all of those delicious memories will put smiles on our faces for years to come.

All accommodation is included

Beaujolais, France

About this trip

This foodie adventure takes you into the vineyards of the Beaujolais Wine Region, where your accommodation - our exclusive 16th Century Chateau - awaits. Across 4 days you'll get stuck into all of the flavours of France, including wine & cheese pairings; a day trip to Lyon for an immersive cooking class in a local's home; winery hopping to try some of the world's finest drops and enough local food to make you mutter 'ooh la la' between every mouthful.

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