The Best of Beaujolais, Burgundy, and Champagne Vineyards

12 Days | Honeymoons & Romance, Wine & Food

Spend two weeks sampling the very best wines in Beaujolais, Burgundy, and Champagne

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This tour is our wine tour par excellence. You’ll learn to better appreciate the beguiling drink on this two-week sojourn through world-class vineyards. Start in Lyon, France’s favorite foodie destination, before winding your way through Dijon and finishing off in style with an immersive Champagne experience. Along the way, you’ll enjoy guided tours of prestigious Beaujolais, Burgundy, and Champagne wineries. Cultural tours and gastronomic attractions in Lyon, medieval Pérouges, Dijon, and Reims round out this luxurious tour.

Day by day


Day 1: Lyon

Private Transfer from the Airport to your Accommodation

A private driver will pick you up from the airport and drive you safely to your accommodation.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a 4-Star Hotel in Lyon

fountain at Lyon, France

Day 2: Lyon

Morning 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. 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 reach the top of the hill in order to discover the unusual architecture of the basilica and appreciate the fantastic overview on the city.

Return to Old Lyon, while strolling through the roman theaters or taking the same cable car back, to St John’s Square, the oldest square in Lyon. Enter the historic neighborhood to discover the charm of its Renaissance architecture. Your guide will show you its courtyards and “traboules.” These typically covered passageways through the medieval structures hide beautiful courtyards.

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.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a 4-Star Hotel in Lyon

Lyon city in France

Day 3: Pérouges

Private Full-Day Tour of the Beaujolais Wine Region, Bresse and Medieval Pérouges

Visit these emblematic territories that are Beaujolais, Bresse, and Dombes, 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 three 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 continue your trip in Chatillon-Sur-Chalaronne, in the heart of the Bresse region. With its remarkable architecture and its famous Bresse poultry, this small town offers a gourmet stopover for you to have lunch. Your guide will gladly give you advice about the local specialties you should taste. On Saturdays, market day, you will wander around the stalls under the halls dating back from the 11th century, in an authentic and convivial atmosphere.

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 break, in the 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.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a 4-Star Hotel in Lyon

Romantic couple in vineyards

Day 4: Dijon

Private Transfer to your Accommodation

A private driver will pick you up at the railway station and drive you safely to your accommodation.

Train from Lyon to Dijon in First Class

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

Private Transfer from Dijon Train Station to Accommodation

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the train station and your lodging.

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.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 4-star Historic Hotel in the Center of Dijon

Beautiful architecture in Dijon

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). The tasting is accompanied by regional cheeses or fine chocolates.

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 centuries.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 4-star Historic Hotel in the Center of Dijon


Beautiful view in Dijon

Day 6: Dijon

Private Cooking Class and Lunch in 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. You will also learn the important entertaining skill of how to prepare and serve champagne. The class is adaptable to whatever your desire!

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 4-star Historic Hotel in the Center of Dijon

Day 7: Roman and Medieval Burgundy

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 of the valley. Here you can visit the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 4-star Historic Hotel in the Center of Dijon

city Dijon and its church

Day 8: Reims

Private Transfer from your Accommodation to Dijon Train Station

A private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you safely to the train station.

Train from Dijon to Reims in First Class 

Duration: approximately 4 hours

Private Transfer: Reims Train Station to Reims

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Reims Train Station and Reims.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a Premium 4-star Hotel in the Heart of Reims

Reims' beautiful landscape

Day 9: Reims - Epernay

Suggestion: Explore Reims

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. There are nine champagne houses to visit in Reims (some of whose cellars have Gallo-Roman origins) plus five Michelin-starred restaurants.

See the monumental Notre Dame cathedral, recognized internationally as a model of Gothic architecture. It played a central role in France’s history for 800 years as the venue for the coronations of 25 sovereigns.

Smell champagne cellars. The sweet, musty aroma of wood and stone deep underground combined with the sour tang of barrel-aged alcohol…it’s one of the Champagne region’s most unmistakable and trademark smells. All the city’s champagne houses offer guided tours; the oldest is Ruinart, founded in 1729. Taste pink biscuits. Les biscuits roses de Reims are light, crunchy, vanilla-flavored biscuits dating from the 17th century, typically dipped into a glass of champagne.

Private Guided Tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Reims

Meet your local guide in front of Notre Dame de Reims for a private tour of the cathedral.

Notre-Dame de Reims, 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 the 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.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a Premium 4-star Hotel in the Heart of Reims

Day 10: Reims

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 a 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 cellar of different types of Champagnes (independent producers). Upon the conclusion of your tour, you will return to your accommodation.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a Premium 4-star Hotel in the Heart of Reims

Reims' beautiful castle in France

Day 11: Reims Vineyards

Driver at Disposal for the Day

A car with an English-speaking driver will be at your disposal.

Private Cruise on the Marne River

Sipping champagne and cruising in a lovely wooden boat from the ’20s is the best way to visit champagne. Enjoy a private boat trip in a 1927 Dutch cruiser, a vintage vessel that is agile, comfortable and fast. The front deck is raised to host a small living room, a kitchen, and a restroom.

Your local, knowledgeable skipper will take you where one of the great French rivers meets French most celebrated wine. From one village to another according to your wishes. A serene and peaceful way to spend an afternoon and see the vineyards from a different angle. You will discover the listed UNESCO World Heritage sites from an unexpected point of view.

While cruising, you will be offered a bottle of champagne from a small winemaker of the valley.


Suggestion: Explore Epernay

Epernay is well known as the capital of the Champagne-producing region of France: it is a wealthy-looking town because of the expensive 19th-century townhouses and other mansions constructed with the wealth derived from the champagne trade. The town sits below the vine-covered hills typical of the region. It is the perfect location to discover various well-known champagne producers.

Start your tour of the grand champagne houses on Avenue de Champagne. Some of these have the most remarkable and extensive caves below the buildings. Along this avenue stand many of the most impressive Champagne houses and chateaux in Epernay. Moët-et-Chandon and Mercier are the most renowned champagne houses. They will introduce you to the champagne experience (called a dégustation in French). But there are also many smaller producers open to visits in the town. The garden at the Chateau Moët-et-Chandon will be the highlight of your day.

Epernay is best known as a mecca for those with an interest in champagne. But the town and the surrounding region also contain places of interest. Because of its geographical location near the French border, Epernay has been attacked and almost destroyed numerous times during its long history. As a result, there is little remaining here from the medieval period: most architecture in the town dates from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Portail Saint Martin is the oldest monument in Epernay. It is an impressive stone doorway and all that remains of the 16th century Church of Notre Dame.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a Premium 4-star Hotel in the Heart of Reims

Couple eating and drinking wine in vineyard

Day 12: Reims - Paris

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the train station.

Train in 1st-Class from Reims to Paris

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About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • 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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