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Burgundy discovery wine tour

12 days and 11 nights

  • Keywords : Art of living, France, Côte-d'or, Burgundy, Saône-et-loire, , Drome, Ardeche, Alpes maritimes
  • Duration : 12 Days
  • Valid days : 7 Days

For nearly two thousand years the great vineyards of Burgundy have enhanced the prestige of the Côte-d'Or.Chateaux, churches and cloisters are lining the “Champs-Élysées” of renowned wines. Your tour will also lead you through picturesque villages, wine and hiking trails.

Itinerary map

Itinerary map

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Dijon - Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

Rental car at your disposal

Upon arrival in Dijon, an automatic compact class rental car with navigation system will be available for a period of 11 days. This will allow you to move freely.

Arrival at Gilly-Les-Cîteaux

Between Dijon and Beaune, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Château Clos De Vougeot, Gilly-les-Cîteaux serves as a starting point for walking or biking tours along the Route des Grands Cru and the rich regional heritage. Those who would like to enjoy the view from above, can take a ride in a hot-air balloon!

Dinner in the Château de Gilly

Dinner in the Chateau’s restaurant “LeClos Prieur.” Dinner will be served in a sumptuous vaulted hall from the 14th century where the Cistercian monks from the Château de Gillyused to store the wine barrels of the grape variety Clos Vougeot.

The Chef Franck Pagetbegan his career with renowned chefs as Joël Robuchon or Antoine Westermann and has worked in prestige houses such as the Hotel Negresco in Nice or the Hyatt Regency in Paris. He offers a refined gastronomy and an exquisite wine list.

His motto is inspired by Paul Gauguin, the famous post-impressionist painter: “cooking suppose a light head, a generous spirit and a large heart.”

Night in a Tradition-Room in a Castle in Cote d'or

Included : dinner (no drinks), bedroom and breakfast

Day 2: Dijon - Beaune - Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

Suggestion: Free Visit of Dijon and the villages lining the “Route des Grands Crus”

Within a distance of 25 km from the Chateau, you can discover on foot the historic center of Dijonwith its well-preserved medieval past. Take a stroll through the picturesque alleys with their neat half-timbered houses alongside impressive manor houses, the Gothic Cathedral Saint-Bénigne and the cultural monuments.

The estate of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy is a real treasure chamber, an assemblage of several remarkably well-preserved historical buildings from the 14th, 15th and 17th century. The Tour Philippe du bon is a “watch out” overlooking the whole city, dare a climb and enjoy the view! The palace also houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of France’s most exceptional museums.

On your way back you may want to get a bite to eat and a taste of wine in one of the many pretty villages lining the most prestigious vineyards alongside theRoute des Grands Crus: Couchey,Brochon,Gevrey-Chambertin,Chambolle-Musigny…


Wine Tasting Course: How to Appreciate a Grand Cru



Valeria is an enology teacher and organizes wine tasting courses, during which you will learn how to appreciate great vintage wines.


In the warm atmosphere of a wine bar in Beaune, she will prepare a selection of wines from Burgundy and other regions. In her workshops, she proposes the following themes:



-Introduction with methodical approach – tasting experience and pleasure, is the wine balanced (acidity, bitterness, tannins)? Identification exercises (look, smell, taste), rounded off with a tasting of three grands crus, paired with a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.



-Evaluation of the aromas. Introduction to the perception of natural aromas in order to develop your olfaction and gustatory senses and learn how to put words on what you feel. In a playful way you will assign memories, images and vocabulary to the wine. Your workshop will end in style with a tasting of four grands crus (wine from Burgundy and other regions), accompanied by a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.



-Detect a wine fault. Introduction to the particularities and qualities of a wine. In order to distinguish a good wine from a bad one, you must learn how to detect the faults. On the basis of a comparison between a labeled great vintage wine and three modified wines, you will learn how to detect the major faults in enology. At the end of your course, you will taste three grands crus, paired with a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.



Duration: around 2 hours – commentaries in English and French



Night in a Tradition-Room in a Castle in Cote d'or

Included : guide , drinks, visit, bedroom and breakfast

Day 3: Vougeot - Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux - Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

Suggestion: Exploration of Vougeot (2km), Vosne-Romanée (4km) and Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux(11km)

Within a distance of only two kilometers, you can easily reach the Château du Clos de Vougeot (designed historical monument).
As early as in the 12thcentury, the monks of the Cîteaux Abbey built a cooperage and a cellar with attached bedrooms, in the 16th century the mansion was added and erected in the style of the Renaissance.

The present owner, the “confrérie des chevaliers du tastevin” (“Fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup") receive their members (renowned winegrowers and celebrities) in a splendid setting to celebrate table and wine culture.

Visit not included, ticket price: 7.50 €; with commentaries in French: 10 €

You will then continue in the direction of the wine-growing commune of Vosne-Romanée along the Route des Grands Crus and the renowned vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, producing world-famous wines such as the appellations Vosne-Romanée, La-Grande-Rue, La-Tâche, Richebourg, La-Romanée, Romanée-Saint-Vivant. Among these vintages, the selected Burgundy wine Romanée-Conti (the rarest, most expensive and – usually - best wine of the world), made of the grape variety Pinot Noir, of which only 6000 bottles per year come onto the market.

You may want to round off your excursion with a visit of the Cîteaux Abbey in Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux, the cradle of the Cistercien Order, built 1098 in the Gothic style.The residents, a community of 35 monks, still obey the strict rules of asceticism, respect ofliturgy, solitude and work; furthermore they produce a delicious organic cheese!

A spiritual and cultural round tour offers an insight into the life of the monastery and the tradition of the Cisterciens. It will lead you through the library, the cloister of the scribes, as well as to an exhibition showing the developing and the management of the territory by the monks over the centuries.

Night in a Tradition-Room in a Castle in Cote d'or

Included : bedroom and breakfast

Day 4: Chorey-les-Beaune - Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

Ride in a Hot-Air Balloon over the Sumptuous Vineyards of Burgundy

Glide leisurely over the sumptuous vineyards and stunning cultural treasures of the Côte d’Or and enjoy the beautiful panorama from above. The operating company is licensed by the French civil aviation authority for the transport of passengers.

Departure in Beaune, ascents at sun rise or sun set provide optimal visibility and light conditions. The activity takes three hours and includes: welcoming at the meeting point, departure to the place of take-off, inflation of the balloon, short briefing and boarding on a one-hour long ride.

Magali will be your balloon pilot, he will show you the riches of the region and glide over prestigious vineyards such as
Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, La Romanée-Conti, Meursault…

You will swing with wind – in the end, it is always the wind that decides the direction!

This is a fun way of sightseeing. At the end of your trip, you will raise a toast to your successful “flight”!

Balloon rides depend on the weather conditions, take-off only in light winds (less than 20km/h), without gusts or rain, a good visibility must be insured. In the event of cancellation due to the weather condition, your excursions will be postponed.

Participation from the age of six, pregnant women are not admitted, no particular physical condition acquired, but participants must be able to walk and stand without any aids.
For your own comfort, we recommend clothes made of natural fibers, sports shoes or hiking boots, hat or cap.High heels, skirts or shorts are not admitted.

Duration: around 3.5 hours, including one-hour ride – commentaries in French and English – in groups up to 12 participants

Night in a Tradition-Room in a Castle in Cote d'or

Included : guide , drinks, visit, bedroom and breakfast

Day 5: Nuits-Saint-Georges - Beaune - Nuits-Saint-Georges - Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

Visit of a Blackcurrant Distillery and Tasting


Although Burgundy is usually associated with its famous wines, it also conceals quite a few other delicacies, such as fine blackcurrant liquors. Jean-Michel will be very happy to welcome you in his distillery, situated in Nuits-Saint-Georges (near Dijon). In a playful and interactive manner, he will introduce you to the secrets of blackcurrant liquor manufacturing. A feast for the senses: first you will watch him do, then you can start mixing, smelling and tasting! During the guided tour through the distillery, you will learn about the production techniques of the renowned crème de cassis, mixed with white wine, one of the Frances most popular aperitif drinks, known under the name of Kir. To finish your visit in style, you will sample a choice of various different fruit creams, liquors and syrups.


Duration: around 2 hours – commentaries: in English, French or German – in groups up to 12 participants.

Free afternoon. Suggestion: visit of Beaune and Nuits-Saint-Georges Beaune is regarded as the wine capital of Burgundy. You can visit the cellars, the Basilica Notre-Dame from the 12thcentury and its well-preserved cultural treasure, the Hospices de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu). The former charitable almshouse was founded in 1443 and built in the sumptuous Gothic style of the late Middle-Ages. With its rich selection of paintings, sculptures, tapestry and apothecary gear, it gives you a great insight into the past. The polychrome enameled tiled terracotta roofs of the courtyard are a true masterpiece. The Hospices de Beaune own a sixty-hectare large wine estate, most of its parcels are situated in vineyards producing appellations of premier cru and exceptional grand crus. Since 1794, the 41 prestige vintage wines are sold by auction under the name vente des hospices de Beaune. For 500 years the entire profit has solely served charitable purposes for the financing of hospitals, medical research and care of the elderly. Not to be missed, near Beaune, in the commune of Vauchignon, the “Cirque du Bout du monde” (cirque of the end of the world) offers a natural site of stunning beauty. In thousands of years, the river Cozanne has dug rocky slopes into the lime rocks, an impressing water fall gushes from one of the rocks. Marked trails cross the site. On your way back you might want to stop for a bite to eat and a taste of wine in the historic town of Nuits-Saint-Georges.Vestiges of an ancient settlement give evidence of a Gallo-Roman occupation. Its most famous appellation wine is the Nuits-Saint-Georges of the same name.

Night in a Tradition-Room in a Castle in Cote d'or

Included : guide, bedroom and breakfast

Day 6: Pernand Vergelesses - Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

Hiking Suggestion: Le Tour de la Butte de Corton Within a twenty-minute distance from your Chateau, you will reach a small and easy loop trail with starting point inPrernandVergelesses,a beautiful village, producing fruity mellow white wines and red wineswith the scent of blueberries. To discover: red and white vintage wines, the viewpoints overlooking PernandVergelesses andthe site la Vierge "Sous Frétille" with its splendid panorama of the Côte de Beaune. You can reach the hiking trail (with yellow marks on walls, trees and ground) through the Route départementale D18, right after the roundabout. Starting point is the parking lot, situated at the lower part of the village.

Dinner in the Château de Gilly

Dinner in the Chateau’s restaurant “LeClos Prieur.” Dinner will be served in a sumptuous vaulted hall from the 14th century where the Cistercian monks from the Château de Gillyused to store the wine barrels of the grape variety Clos Vougeot.

The Chef Franck Pagetbegan his career with renowned chefs as Joël Robuchon or Antoine Westermann and has worked in prestige houses such as the Hotel Negresco in Nice or the Hyatt Regency in Paris. He offers a refined gastronomy and an exquisite wine list.

His motto is inspired by Paul Gauguin, the famous post-impressionist painter: “cooking suppose a light head, a generous spirit and a large heart.”

Night in a Tradition-Room in a Castle in Cote d'or

Included : dinner (no drinks), bedroom and breakfast

Day 7: Gilly-lès-Cîteaux - Creches sur Saone


You will need 1H30 to reach the hotel from Dijon (135 km)


Arrival at the Hostellerie Château de la Barge

After the check in, you dispose of the rest of the day for a visit of the surroundings for example.



Overnight stay at a charming castle in Crèches-sur-saône


Included : bedroom and breakfast

Day 8: Mâcon - La Truchère - Creches sur Saone

Suggestion: discover the beautiful city of Mâcon

At 15 minutes ride from your accomodation, discover the beautiful city of Mâcon in Burgundy, you will have the opportunity to admire the main monuments of the city such as the cathedral of the old Saint-Vincent, in the city center, but also the hospice of charity, the Saint-Laurent bridge crossing the Saône, the magnificent Saint-Jean castle dating from the seventeenth century, and the Ursulines museum which has a collection of works of art dating from the roman era to the contemporary times.

Duration: 2h – the entry price of 2.50 euros for the Ursulines museum is not included in the price of the travel package.

Guided boat cruise on the river Saône

During your afternoon you will embark on a boat, to cruise on the beautiful river Saône. the departure starts at the city of La Truchère located near Mâcon. You will have a guided tour of the dam, mechanically controlled since 2009. Then you will return via the lock gate, followed by a navigation of the river Seille, before returning to the nautical base.

Duration: 1h30 – commentaries in french and english.





Overnight stay at a charming castle in Crèches-sur-saône


Included : guide , visit, bedroom and breakfast

Day 9: Chasselas - Cluny - Chabrillan

Wine Tour in the castle "Château de Chasselas"

The Château de Chasselas, a 12 hectare wine estate located in southern Burgundy,
is a veritable architectural treasure built between the 14th and 18th centuries.

The tour lasts around an hour and proceeds as follows: word of welcome in “Le Clos” at the Château entrance and general introduction to the Estate, update on the work currently being carried out in the vineyard.

Then we move on to the Château’s Cour d’Honneur (main courtyard) for a brief overview of the Château’s history. Next is the tour of the vat room and our vaulted cellar where our vats of wine are stored.

This is where the wine is made and aged. Lastly, we will sample wines from the Estate (we taste at least 3 different wines) in our new wine-tasting and wine sales facility.

Duration: around 1 hour – commentaries: in English or French – in groups up to 10 participants.

Free visit of the Cluny Abbey

After lunch, free visit of the Cluny Abbey, one of the most influential religious centers of the Middle Ages and temporarily the largest place of worship of Christianity. Take a trip to the “Roche de Solutré”, a unique geological and biological world jewel, where impressing prehistoric vestiges were found. The rock is easily accessible.

Duration: 1 hour - Entry not included in the price


Overnight stay in a charming hotel on the banks of the Drôme

Included : guide, entrance fees, bedroom and breakfast

Day 10: Cornas - Ampuis - Chabrillan


Discovery of the prestigious wines of the northern Rhône valley

From Beaujolaise origin, Wladimir has grown in this region of golden stones and vines. He underwent training as an oenologist and discover the vineyards of the region to curious travelers who want to know his expertise and to meet the traditions of his vineyards. Meet at Cornas, north of Valencia, where we will visit the area of this famous vineyard and we will do a first tasting. Then, we will road up the Rhone and take a break to the capital of the appellation of Crozes Hermitages: Tain l'Hermitage. At lunch time, Wladimir will show you his selection of restaurants and you will choose according to your desires! After this gourmet moment, we will climb up the hill of Hermitage and admire the stunning views of the vineyards and the Rhone Valley. Then, towards the west where we will stop to the Côte Rôtie to meet a wine-grower of this famous region, taste wines and visit the area.

Duration : 6h00 – lunch not included – comments in french and english – group up to 7 people max



Overnight stay in a charming hotel on the banks of the Drôme

Included : guide , drinks, visit, dinner (no drinks), bedroom and breakfast

Day 11: Privas - Chabrillan

Bio wine and local product tasting in a tradional cave

Florence and Olivier, passionate winemakers develop biodynamic vineyards . They invite you to discover their cellar, near Privas, located for a wine tasting and products of the Ardèche terroir.

You know all the process of wine making and the work of the vineyards biodynamic !

After visiting the cave , we take the time to taste some wines from their production. You can combine wine tasting with a tasting of the products of the Ardèche terroir picodons , organic bread , charcuterie ... ardéchoise for gourmets !

Attention cellar 's temperatures are between 10 ° C and 18 ° C : bring a jacket or a sweater .

Duration: 1h30 - comments in French or English - Group up to 15 people


Overnight stay in a charming hotel on the banks of the Drôme

Included : guide , drinks, visit, bedroom and breakfast

Day 12: Montélimar

End of your trip

You will drop off your rental car at Montelimar

HOTELS

Night in the Gilly Castle **** - Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

Level : Hotel 4*

The castle, nestling in the heart of the renowned Burgundy vineyards, former residence of the monks and in close vicinity to the famous Château Clos de Vougeot, has preserved its authentic character. With its moat, its French gardens and its beautiful vaulted dinner hall, it has kept its medieval charm. Its elegant rooms provide modern comfort and are equipped with TV (international chains), minibar, room service and safe. Breakfast is served in the beautiful Hall Pierre de Nivelle, its magnificent painted beams was restored by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. A splendid vaulted hall from the 14th century houses the Chateau’s restaurant“LeClos Prieur”. It serves a refined cuisine.When the weather is fine, you can enjoy your meal on the flowery terrace in the shade of the trees. You also dispose of a lounge, a heated outdoor pool (from May to September), a billiard, a boutique and a dry-cleaning service. Activities in the vicinity of the Chateau (within 30 km): helicopter flight, ultralight flights, golf course with 18 holes. At your free disposal and included in the price: parking lot, terrace, garden, WIFI, bikes. Thevisitor’s tax (2 € per day and per person) is to be paid on-site.

Overnight stay in a charming hotel in Burgundy - Creches sur Saone

Level : Hotel 4*

Discover the authentic charm of this 4-star hotel in its magnificent grounds between the Mâcon and the Beaujolais areas. Elegance, calm and modernity combine to offer you a top-of-the-range stay in a 17th-century residence. A few miles from Mâcon, in the village of Crêche-sur-Saône, the castle is a world to itself, with its cosy 21 rooms and 4 suites. They are spacious, non-smoking and comfortable with king-size beds, flat screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, minibar, hairdryer and air conditioning in some. Some are suitable for families and mobility-impaired guests. You will also find an elegant menu in the restaurant at the castle, in Saône-et-Loire. It serves inventive cuisine using local produce, accompanied by a very fine wine list, especially from Burgundy, in the dining room and on the terrace in summer. Enjoy a real moment of gourmet delight every day, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and from 8:00 a.m. at the weekend, Our buffet breakfast is the ideal way to discover our delicious produce and start your day on the right foot. The castle, in keeping with its 4-star service, offers you a host of different products to get your day off to a gentle gastronomic start. Our products vary according to seasonal availability, but you will always be able to find the following on a daily basis: fruit juice, pastries, fruit salad, yoghurts, various cereals, eggs, and a wide choice of cheeses and cold meats. The hotel has a car park for everyone and pets are welcome. Relax in its superb swimming pool in the 10-acre grounds, bar or billiards room. The hotel in Burgundy is well located for visits to Mâcon and Lyon, less than an hour away, La Roche de Solutré and the castles near Crèche-sur-Saône. Free car park, wifi and buffet breakfast included ; Local taxes have to be paid on the spot (around 1 € par night and per person).

Overnight stay in a charming hotel - Chabrillan

Level : Hotel 3*

Welcome to Chabrillan and a distinctive hotel created in an 18th-century farmhouse that has been fully restored in the local style. On the banks of the Drôme, in a peaceful, bucolic setting, you will appreciate the authenticity and comfort of the property, as well as the warm, professional welcome. The AUBERGE LA PLAINE HOTEL is near Valence in the Rhône-Alpes, a region praised for its climate, protected natural setting and landscapes ranging from mountains to Provençal style. It has 19 traditional, inviting guest rooms. Their stone walls and floors make for a cool but cosy setting. The antique furniture and exposed beam ceilings create a pleasantly intimate ambiance. Each guest room has a private bathroom and toilet. However, to ensure a truly restful stay, they do not have telephones or televisions. Internet access (Wifi) is available on the property. The charm of Hôtel de la Plaine extends to the garden. On sunny days it is nice for sunbathing, especially by the pool. The restaurant at the inn serves delicious, seasonal, market-fresh cuisine in the dining room or in the courtyard whose walls are laden with history. The medieval city of Crest is close to this distinctive hotel in the Rhône-Alpes: just over 4 miles from Chabrillan, it is worth the trip, for its chocolates and more! In the area around Auberge la Plaine, you can play golf, swim, ramble and more. Access for mobility-impaired guests. Car park. No television in the room Free car park, wifi and breakfast included ; Local taxes have to be paid on the spot (around 1 € par night and per person).

Base 1 people : price from 3498.00 EUROS
Base 2 persons : price from 2740.00 EUROS
Base 3 persons : price from 2571.00 EUROS
Base 4 persons : price from 2538.00 EUROS