Everything was perfect. We were met as promised and all of our guides were terrific. I was very impressed with our travel agent's follow up to make sure that everything was going according to plan.
We all loved the trip. Lyon was great. Our guides were wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed their company and the information they provided. The cooking class was great fun and of course all the wine tastings were superb.
The last day in Lyon we went to Annecy for the day. Due to potential train strikes we ended up hiring a driver for the day. If I was to redo this I would have had our agent make those arrangements in advance.
Colmar was great as well. The villages were absolutely beautiful. Our guide was very interesting and had lots of knowledge of the area. He obviously loves the entire Alsace region and imparted a tremendous amount of information.
My favorite part was Reims. Our hotel was amazing. Impeccable service and an absolutely beautiful property. Our guide in Reims was our favorite. Of course the Champagne made everything fabulous.
Champagne tastings, the small wineries were great. We met the wine makers, toured the cellars and were able to watch the process up close. We also loved cooking class, the walking/food tour in Lyon as well as the beautiful villages of the Alsace.
We also had some wonderful meals. We tried 2 Michelin star restaurants which were great but enjoyed all of the restaurants that we tried.
I would have our agent arrange our trip to Annecy. It turned out fine but we paid a premium for the driver and he wasn't a guide.
My only criticism is that our guide's vehicle smelled of smoke which really bothered us.
TRAVEL COMPANY'S COMMENTS
Thank you so much, Barbara for your detailed review. It is really important for us to be in touch at the end of the tour and find out what your final thoughts were. I have taken on board your validations of the choices we made for your guides and I’m happy that in the main part they were perfectly matched to your needs. I was on the phone to Benoit’s boss about your comment and I think that the word has been spread. I’m thankful that you mentioned this, as it reinforces that here in France we need to be continually conscious of all of the mores of our travelers from around the world, and yes smoking is still somewhat accepted in France. May that rapidly changes I say and cigarette odor becomes a thing of the past! Thank you sincerely for your review. - Objectif France
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