Vallée de la Gastronomie: A Tasty Trail

Vallée de la Gastronomie: A Tasty Trail

Note: This article is part of a bigger magazine feature called “Welcome to the Pleasure Drôme.”

Launched in 2020, the Vallée de la Gastronomie is a food-and-wine-themed road trip that runs between Dijon and Marseille at a distance of some 620km.

Traversing three regions – BurgundyFranche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – the route runs along the Rhône and Saône river valleys, utilising the A6 and A7 motorways as a spine for easy access.

The route is not a signposted trail to follow from A to B, but rather an ever-growing collection of 100-plus Michelin-starred chefs and more than 200 independent tourist experiences from which visitors can create their own multi-sensory road trip itinerary according to time available and personal interests.

Visitors can select from cookery courses, explore olive groves, discover truffle hunting, go behind the scenes in breweries, distilleries and wineries, discover the art of cheese- or chocolate-making, and the history of many regional specialties. In addition, visitors can enjoy exceptional culinary experiences at Michelin-starred restaurants and rustic regional cuisine alike and stop overnight at farmhouse chambres d’hôtes.

Covering an area of more than 75,000 km2, all experiences are within 45 minutes of a junction on the A6 and A7 motorways.

Find out more about the Vallée de la Gastronomie here.

From France Today magazine

Want to be inspired by more French foodie experiences and enjoy classic French food, wine and recipes? Head to our sister website, Taste of France, here.

Lead photo credit : Parc Régional Naturel du Vercors from France Today Magazine Issue 187

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Caroline is a freelance writer with a focus on European travel. She has toured all areas of France, but none more so than the Loire Valley where she finds the combination of rich historical culture, rural landscape and exceptional architecture – not to mention outstanding wine – an irresistible lure to return again and again. Says Caroline, "With the focus over the next three years on the Loire Valley's connection to Leonardo da Vinci, lovers of art, architecture and French culture are in for a treat when visiting the region with the many additional events and activities on offer." Caroline is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

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