OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH FRENCH-SWISS BORDERLAND SOJOURN
SLIDESHOW & SUMMARY:
Discover France on the Off-the-Beaten-Path French-Swiss Borderland Sojourn. You will explore affluent cities, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the local wine country and lush mountain countryside, while experiencing wonderful French indulgences and the authentic regional culture.
From your tour base in Besançon, the capital of the Eastern France region of Franche-Comté, you will take day trips to enjoy the beauty, history, culture, wines and culinary traditions of an enchanting area that few people outside of Europe know. Fine food & wine and the exceptional architectural patrimony are the main focuses of this mouthwatering gastronomic sojourn. Leisure activities include the option to bike along one of Europe's best trails. On a day trip to Bourgogne (or, "Burgundy") one of France’s two most prestigious wine regions, you will taste some the most sought after wine in the world.
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You will be based in the fortified city where Victor Hugo and the inventors of cinema were born. Sojourning in one hotel for the whole trip means you can unpack your bags and make yourself at home in the city for a relaxing trip without having to repack or change hotels. You have options throughout the sojourn so you can choose according to your interests and make this an active walking tour or a relaxing getaway. Options include:
Renowned Historic Cities: Explore Dijon; Tour Besançon’s World Heritage Citadel site;
Eagle-nest castle: Take a guided tour of a medieval fortress;
Outdoor Activities: Hike along a cliff to enjoy natural settings that attract travelers from northern Europe; Bike along a river on one of Europe’s best bike trails;
Wine Tastings: Sample rare grape varietals still used in France’s first A.O.C. protected region: Arbois; Tour two prestigious wineries in Bourgogne’s Côte de Nuits;
Michelin-Star Cuisine: In addition to locals' favorite eateries, enjoy restaurants considered outstanding by Michelin;
“Best Craftsman of France” (M.O.F.): Savor a meal prepared by one of France’s very best chefs; Visit the boutique of one of the best chocolate makers in the country;
Regional products: Tour a maturing cellar to learn how France’s leading artisan cheese is aged and eat at restaurants specialized in cheese dishes.