Gastronomic Adventure: Wine Tours in Lyon, Dijon & Champagne
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Day by day
Day 1: Lyon
Private Transfer to your Accommodation
A private driver will pick you up at the Lyon airport or train station and drive you safely to your accommodation.
Welcome to Lyon!
Discover Lyon which is one of the most beautiful cities in France. This attractive city is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of the ancient ruins and fine Renaissance houses it has.
Experience the Opera of Lyon, which is located in the city center in the Terreaux district. This National Opera of Lyon was renovated in 1993 by the architect Jean Nouvel. You will see the auditorium which has an immense black shell suspended in the heart of the building and you will enjoy the orchestra, the chorus, ballet, and the Children’s Choir. In total, there are more than a hundred artists who perform at Lyon National Opera.
This region is also famous for its painted houses. So don’t miss to witness the Canut wall painting which is located close to Henon metro station. This art shows the life of Croix-Rousse, which is a neighborhood built for silk workers. The artwork on the wall takes regular transformations depending upon the change in neighborhood. You will experience some history and modernity by viewing this beautiful art.
Day 2: Lyon
Private Walking Tour of Lyon
In just a few hours, thanks to your passionate guide, you will discover the best of Lyon and its features that have contributed to its reputation throughout the centuries: its architecture, 2,000 years of history, silk factories, and gastronomy.
It is at Place de Bellecour, the heart of the Presqu’île, that you will meet your guide (or in the lobby of your hotel in the city center of Lyon). From the square, which offers an amazing view of the Basilica de Fourvière, you will reach Old Lyon by crossing the Bonaparte bridge. Thanks to the legendary ficelle, the famous cable-car, you will rich the top of the hill in order to discover the unusual architecture of the basilica and appreciate the fantastic overview on the city.
Delicious stopovers will complement the history and the fun little anecdotes because you cannot really visit Lyon without talking about food and silk. This is the perfect occasion to talk about the international reputation of Lyon gastronomy and to discover traditional recipes and gourmet secrets.
To end the walk, you will visit a silk workshop where silk is still woven the traditional way, perpetuating centuries-old traditions. This rich and complete tour is sure to delight the senses!
Your tour ends in Old Lyon.
Restaurant Suggestion for Lunch or Dinner – Le Bistrot du Potager
The restaurant Le Bistrot du Potager located in the heart of Lyon has a culinary magic of great intensity. The restaurant welcomes you and offers the best services with good comfort in a cozy and modern interior. The chef and his team prepare exquisite gastronomy cuisine. The menu from the chef reflects a strong commitment to his philosophy.
The ingredients are carefully chosen and prepared in complete harmony with nature. This is a perfect chosen place for an extraordinary lunch or dinner. The delicious cuisine has modern concepts, and the colors of the dishes you can try are unique. With the detailed tastes of Lyon region. This gourmet restaurant is a genuine gastronomical moment.
Day 3: Pérouges
Private Full-Day Tour of the Beaujolais Wine Region and Medieval Pérouges
Visit these emblematic territories that are Beaujolais and the Dombes region, in a special way. This original itinerary will offer you a global overview of the Lyonnaise region. Enjoy an exceptional day to discover the wonders of these regions.
Leaving Lyon, you will take the road in the direction of the Beaujolais region, just north of Lyon. The morning will start with a tour of a winery, where you will be able to test your knowledge of the Beaujolais wines. Thanks to a tasting of wines from the estate, you will be able to discover and fully appreciate the aromatic richness of these wines.
You will then drive to Pérouges and cross the unique sceneries of the Dombes region, the region of a thousand lakes. This medieval village listed as one of The Prettiest Villages of France welcomes you for a gourmet pause in an authentic Hostellerie from the 13th century. You will taste the famous “Galette” from which the recipe is kept as a secret. You will enjoy some free time in the village, so you can wander in the small cobblestone streets and travel back in time, before heading back to Lyon.
Day 4: Dijon
Private Transfer to the Lyon Train Station
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your accommodation and the train station.
Train from Lyon to Dijon in First Class
Private Guided Walking Tour of Dijon’s Historic Center
Your guide will lead you through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage classified city center of Dijon. Discover the history of a city with the towering Ducal Palace, half-timbered medieval buildings, and cobblestone streets. This resplendent place was the capital of the powerful Duchy of Burgundy for centuries.
Restaurant Suggestion for Lunch or Dinner – L’Évidence
Explore this restaurant with a culinary concept, mixing the bistro spirit and the quality of the beautiful gastronomy. The restaurant offers you a gastronomic bistro type of restoration. Savor the menu which is varied according to the seasons, and recipes are always developed with a creative spirit. You will also find the children’s menu with varieties.
Day 5: Dijon
Full Day Private Guided Tour of the “Côte de Nuits” Wine Region
The region of Burgundy is known for the mustard of Dijon and the anise of Flavigny; but also and above all for its renowned vineyards and exceptional wines! Your guide is a local wine expert. He loves his “terroir” and he is eager to share his know-how and his passion for Burgundy wines.
You will be picked up at your accommodation to discover the wineries and the vineyards of the region. Continue in the direction of the wine-growing village of Vosne-Romanée, along the “Route des Grands Crus”, and the renowned vineyards of the Côte de Nuits producing world-famous AOC wines (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée): Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny. Above all the highly regarded wine Romanée-Conti.
Stop in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin “The king of Burgundy wines”. Then visit the cellars of a wine estate steeped in family history, with oak barrels and old vintages. During the visits you will taste the Grands Vins de Bourgogne, red wines, white wines, including a Grand Cru, as well as Pinot Noir wines produced in harmony with the Terroir (soils).
Walk in the footsteps of the Cistercian monks at the Château du Clos de Vougeot where you can visit the old vat house, the presses and the cellar built between the 12th and 16th century.
Day 6: Fenay - Dijon
Private Cooking Class and Lunch near Dijon
This personalized cooking class will teach you important French cooking skills like how to make macarons, molecular cuisine, verrine and siphon, foie gras, chocolate, or themed menus for example. You will also learn the important entertaining and “art de vivre” skill of how to prepare and properly serve Champagne. The class is adaptable to whatever you desire!
Day 7: Dijon - Semur-en-Auxois (NW Dijon) - Vezelay
Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Roman and Medieval Burgundy
You will learn about the incredible cultural and historical heritage of the Côte d’Or.
You will journey through quaint country roads in the rolling Auxois countryside and discover the 18th-century Burgundy Canal’s picture-perfect waterfront landscapes. Semur-en-Auxois is a well-preserved medieval village with charming boutiques, cafés, and terraces.
In the afternoon you drive through Alésia, a famous battleground where Julius Cesar beat Vercingétorix’s Gaul army in 52BC. Next up is Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, recognized as one of “the most beautiful villages in France” and the site where Chocolat was filmed. Visit the Anis de Flavigny candy factory.
A tour of the 12th-century Fontenay Abbey follows where you can visit the ornamental gardens and follow the trail of the Cistercian monks at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Alternatively, you can stroll through the village of Vézelay and enjoy a spectacular view over the valley. Here you can visit the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 8: Reims
Private Transfer from Dijon Train Station to your accommodation
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer in Dijon.
Train from Dijon to Reims in First Class
Day 9: Reims
Private Guided Walking Tour of Reims and Notre Dame Cathedral
Meet your local guide in front of Notre Dame de Reims for a private tour of the cathedral.
Notre-Dame de Reims, a majestic Jewel of Gothic Art is an architectural marvel, the beauty of which will immerse you the first time you see it. This masterpiece of the 13th century is unique with its stylistic unity, its stained glass windows, and its statues, including the emblematic Smiling Angel. The Baptism of Clovis around year 500 and the 25 coronations of the Kings of France in this major site of prestige and history have given the city the name of the Coronation City.
The tour will then continue in the city center. Capital of the Champagne region, Reims is a listed Town of Art and History. It offers the culture of a big city with the charm of a smaller town. Stroll along its handsome boulevards lined with striking Art-Déco facades and prepare to be bowled over by its architectural features.
Day 10: Reims - Hautvillers
Full-Day Private Driving Tour of the Champagne Region
Your private driver-guide will pick you up in a luxury vehicle from your accommodation for an immersion in the world of Champagne. You will enjoy a commented drive along the Champagne scenic roads and discover the villages that are part of the Champagne appellation area. Stop at the charming UNESCO-listed small town of Hautvillers, where you can visit the church where the famous monk Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried.
After many postcard-worthy views, you will visit a family-run boutique winery (“Premier Cru area”). You will learn about how well-known beverage is made. Enjoy tastings of Champagnes conducted in the cellar (independent producer). You will also drive through the picturesque Avenue De Champagne in Epernay, where several prestigious Champagne Houses have their headquarters.
Next, you will head to visit two small family growers (“Grand Cru area”) and have a comparative tasting in their respective cellars of different types of Champagnes (independent producers). Upon the conclusion of your tour, you will return to your accommodation.
Day 11: Reims
Private Transfer from Reims to the Train Station
A chauffeur will pick you up at your hotel for a transfer to the railway station.
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- This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
- Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.
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