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The Best of Burgundy

Beaujolais Region - european travel destination

An extraordinary corner of France that is dominated both by history and natural beauty, Burgundy also is home to stunning wines and unforgettable cuisine. Visitors to the region will find that it is an embarrassment of riches, one that they will be reluctant to leave and excited to return to.
 
The rich farmland of Burgundy is nestled between the legendary River Loire in the west and the storied River Saône in the east. Between these picturesque rivers lies a land so fertile that it is home to several renowned grape-growing regions with well-regarded names like Chablis, Mâconnais and Côte de Nuits. Farmers of other crops also have taken advantage of the uncommonly salutary conditions, becoming masters at producing spectacular savory delicacies like Epoisses cheese and Charolais beef. In this part of France, it's easy to see why every meal is a feast.
 
In addition to world-renowned vintners and restaurants that Michelin raves over, Burgundy also is home to an endless list of historic sites that are filled with exciting stories to tell. There are still sleepy villages and country roads bordered by hedgerows that may be explored at leisure, but other features of Burgundy sing of past glories and wait to be discovered by modern visitors.
 
Tours of medieval sanctuaries like those at Auxerre and Cluny and wandering through the elegantly-designed streets of Dijon require a leisurely pace and an open heart. Visitors will marvel that although Burgundy is an ancient place that has withstood two World Wars and several bloody monarchies, it has escaped the ravages of time relatively unscathed. Its remote, unique location has served the region well, helping to preserve ancient monasteries and ancestral homes alike.
 
A tour of Burgundy invites the traveler to open their senses to a world of experiences. From nights spent in luxurious inns where pleasing the guest is paramount to mouth-watering meals accompanied by some of the finest wines the world has ever seen, your discovery of Burgundy will be a life-altering experience that you'll want to repeat again and again.

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Description

Join us for an amazing nine-day wine-tasting adventure that will find us traveling through the gorgeous French countryside, starting in Lyon and visiting the towns of Beaune, Dijon and Perouges. We'll take part in beautiful vineyard tours through the Beaujolais region, Côtes de Beaune, and Côtes de Nuits; a private wine cellar tasting; a cooking class; and a gourmet walking tour. You'll have the option to participate in a chocolate and wine pairing experience, a bike tour ending with a wine tasting at a chateau, and a truly unique truffle hunt. There will be plenty of time to explore these fascinating places on your own as well, where we know you'll feel as strongly for the towns as you do for the incredible French wines.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Fly into Lyon, France
Walking tour of the Basilica Notre Dame Fourviere
Dinner included
3 Nights city center hotel

Day 2

Day in Lyon
Walking tour of Old City Lyon
Cruise w/lunch
Afternoon free to wander at leisure OR optional Fashion Tour
Dinner on own

Day 3

Day In Lyon
Start w/tour of Les Halles de Paul Bocuse market
Cooking Class w/Lunch included
Afternoon free to wander at leisure OR optional Spa treatment OR optional chocolate tasting w/wine pairing
Dinner on own

Day 4

Beaujolais Region & Transfer to Beaune
Bus tour of Beaujolais including vineyard visits with tastings and lunch
Arrive Beaune
Late afternoon to explore
Dinner included
4 nights in Beaune

Day 5

Vineyard Visits
Tour the Côtes de Beaune wine region w/vineyard tours*
*This tour can be done as group OR options: 2CV(auto) tour OR bike tour
Picnic Lunch Included w/wine
Beaune’s Gourmet Tour & Hospices including cheese, ham, wine & gingerbread tastings
OPTIONAL bike tour to Chateau Pommard w/tasting
Dinner on own in Beaune

Day 6

Vineyard Visits
Vineyard & winery workshop w/winemaker
Includes Lunch with the winemaker & paired wines
Private Cellar visit w/tasting
OPTIONAL Truffle hunt w/tasting OR Cooking Class w/dinner
Dinner on own in Beaune

Day 7

Visit to Dijon
Tour the Côtes de Nuits region w/several vineyard stops
Lunch Included
Visit to Dijon w/Gourmet walking tour
Back to Beaune
Late afternoon at leisure
Dinner w/wine pairing

Day 8

City of Perouges & Transfer to Lyon
Tour the medieval city of Perouges
Lunch of French tapas
Return to Lyon for last night
Farewell Dinner w/wine

Day 9

Fly Home from Lyon

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