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January 14, 2020 | 4 Minutes

France for Foodies

3 Ways to Explore Food in France

Plan an epicurean adventure to get a taste for France’s culture and history. At Marriott’s Village D’lle de France— just 14 miles outside Paris — townhouse-style 2-and 3-bedroom accommodations come fully equipped with the comforts of home like full kitchens, washers/dryers, and furnished terraces. Or you can opt to stay in the heart of Paris in a hotel using your Marriott Bonvoy Points.

PARISIAN TASTINGS, CLASSES AND TOURS

You can enhance your stay in Paris with experiences, classes and tours full of traditional French fare through Marriott Vacation Club Activities, Powered by PlacePass.

Start your morning with a warm baguette, then learn how they’re prepared during a Paris Bakery Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Watch how doughs are crafted and baked, then try your hand at making breads to take home fresh from the oven.  For a more in-depth cooking and tasting experience, plan a Small-Group French Cooking Class in Pariswith an experienced French chef who will guide you through the creation of a scratch-made traditional meal. The three-course dinner includes an appetizer, entree and dessert at the chef’s Parisian apartment. For a bubbly delight, reserve the Paris Champagne Tasting for Foodiesto sample rich French wines in a beautiful 17th-century cellar in the St. Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. Learn about the grapes, processes and regions that produce this French favorite while you sip and nibble on Comté cheese and ham.

EDIBLE DESTINATIONS

Your Club Points can be used to reserve multi-day culinary tours. The 7-Day Edible Exploration Through Parisincludes hands-on culinary classes, shopping at the local market, and an opportunity to cook under the guidance of an international chef. A champagne dinner inside the Eiffel Tower will make the final evening of your tour sparkle. During the Four-Day Edible Escape to the City of Light, you’ll make flaky croissants and relish the sights on a Seine River Lunch Cruise. Both tours include stays at a charming boutique hotel nestled among historic museums, shopping and dining.

Explore the heart of France on the Flavors of the Loire Valley Tour, a seven-day epicurean adventure in a region that reflects the rich culinary history of the European Renaissance. You’ll enjoy four hands-on cooking classes, learn about unique regional flavors, sample world-class wines, and visit the famous Château de Chenonceau to absorb the culture of this captivating region.

MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE GUIDED TOURS

Meet fellow Members when you use your Club Points to reserve the newest Member-exclusive tour — The Treasures of Southern France from Provence to Bordeaux. This 10-day journey will immerse you in the incredible foods, wines and farms of the French countryside, and includes two nights in a stunning chateau. You’ll begin in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where a local chef will take you on a truffle hunt guided by specially-trained dogs, and will continue on to visit the picturesque hillside-villages of Gordes, Avignon, Carcassonne, and the Dordogne Valley. This experience begins at 11,500 Club Points for single occupancy and 16,000 for double occupancy.

Reserve Your Stay

  • Members can use Club Points to make a reservation at this property. Contact Member Services to check availability or make a reservation.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Points may be redeemed at hotels in this location. To search for availability and redeem Marriott Bonvoy Points, log in to Marriott.com. Remember when you reserve five consecutive nights, you’ll only be charged for four.
  • Members should contact Member Services to use Club Points through the Explorer Collection.