My friend took this tour last year and raved about the experience; lots of food tastings and wine samplings. Unfortunately, we did not have the same experience.
We were nervous because our tour guide was a bit late to arrive but once she showed up, the tour of 7 people began right away. She was extremely knowledgeable about the area, it’s history and the people.
Our first stop was at a chocolatier. The tour guide appeared to be a bit lost looking for it but found it pretty quickly. We each got to select our preferred truffle; 1 piece each. Then we continued with the tour learning about the area and it’s history.
We stopped at a patisserie and were each able to select a macaron. Not much information was shared about this specialty.
The tour continued uphill walking around Montmartre and learning more about the architecture and history. We finally stopped for cheese and wine. After all the walking and minimal food tastings, we were served 2 cheese platters and 1 bottle of Rose wine to share amongst the 7 of us. Very disappointing.
Our final stop was at a local ice cream shop where we were able to select an ice cream of our choice.
And that was it. One chocolate ($2), one macaroon ($2), one bottle of wine and two cheese platters split between 7 people ($10/pp), and an ice cream ($4). This food/wine walking tour cost $100/pp. No where near worth the price we paid. I would have been happy to pay $40 if it was a simple walking tour but this was advertised as a food/wine walking tour that provided minimal amounts of food/wine.
Our guide was a very friendly person. The problem was we sampled gourmet bagette, gourmet slice of pie, Gourmet absinthe, a Gourmet platter of 6 cheeses and a glass of red wine. No escargots or eclairs or pates or any cured meat samples.A pretty expensive deal for 2 persons.Would have been cheaper to have gone to a good restaurant and ordered real french food.
The tour guide was very sweet but was disappointed with the amount of places and food that we tried. I was on a group tour and another 4 from my group followed and purchased the tour and we are were extremely disappointed in the amount of food that we tried. Not what was advertised and did not recommend to others in my group who were looking to go on at another time.
My partner and I loved this walking and tasting tour. We met our guide Christine, who was incredibly friendly, warm, and knowledgeable, at an outdoor food market in the morning. She was very passionate about her country, history, and the information was delivered in such a way that we felt like we were the first people with whom she had shared her knowledge. We started the tour in what I consider to be nirvana--a beautiful Fromagerie with a huge variety of cheeses and charcuterie. Christine taught us so much about the origins of the food names, and very importantly, the pride Parisians take in food preparation, presentation, and why they brand meats and poultry so one knows exactly where that protein comes from. We saw the freshest vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, sausages, and of course, breads and pastries. We also enjoyed seeing lovely shops, churches, and ancient, narrow streets and buildings. If you're a foodie or history buff, you MUST experience this tour. It's unforgettable. We adored Christine!!