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

from $3,549

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

Lyon

Day 1: Private Transfer

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

 

Lyon

Day 2: Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Lyon

This gourmet tour passes through Lyon’s most emblematic neighborhoods with stops to taste local specialties.

Meet your guide by the Saint-Jean Cathedral. He is a specialist in culinary history, who will show you around the charming historical Lyon and point out the admirable traboules, sheltered medieval passageways.

The first gourmet stop is to one of the best pastry shops in Lyon, where you will learn about how pralines are made. Of course, you’ll get to taste them too! The popular pink sugar-coated almonds are a perfect dessert on their own, but are also the base of a number of praline-based treats.

The tour continues on the other side of the Saône River, where the Bourgeoisie settled from the 17th century. The Presqu’île district has seemingly countless bouchons, traditional bistros found only in Lyon. Learn the history of the Mères Lyonnaises, or the mothers of Lyon, 19th-century middle-class women who worked outside their homes as cooks. They created brand new culinary traditions incorporating regional cooking.

A stop at one of the famous Chocolats Voisin stores to taste Coussin de Lyon is a must! This unique chocolate and marzipan dessert is shaped like the cushions used by Lyon’s silk weavers. It has been a symbol of Lyon since the 1960s.

Finally, visit the indoor Paul Bocuse Market, in the modern Part-Dieu district. This is a center of Lyon gastronomy that brings all of the region’s fine products under one roof: charcuterie, cheese, quenelles, chocolate, wines, and much more. Products change based on seasonal availability, but no matter when you visit, it is a gourmet pleasure.

Your tour ends at the “Halles Paul Bocuse”.

 

Lyon

Day 3: Private Full-Day Tour of the Beaujolais Wine Region and Medieval Pérouges

Your chauffeur and private guide will meet you at your lodging for a tour of the

Beaujolais vineyards and the medieval village of Pérouges.

This is a day of wine and history. Discover the region’s spectacular nature, historical heritage, fine wine, and delicious regional specialties. Head north of Lyon for a drive through the Beaujolais vineyards. The landscape offers some breathtaking views. Your first stop is to sample wine in the Château de Montmelas in the heart of the Beaujolais AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) region. This winemaker distinguishes himself with warm hospitality and a dedication to a traditional wine-making process.

Depending on your preference, you may stay for lunch in Beaujolais or stop in Dombes. Lunch is at our your own expense, but your guide can make suggestions about the best local bites and the culinary specialties not to be missed.

In the afternoon continue your journey through the Dombes plateau, an extensive area brimming with small lakes and historical villages. The region is renowned for bird-watching and fishing. It boasts an enormous diversity of bird species. The majority of the small lakes are actually man-made, dug by monks centuries ago.

Next is the medieval village of Pérouges, recognized as one of France’s most beautiful villages. Walk around Pérouges learning about its history. A gourmet break in the traditional Hostellerie gives you an opportunity to taste the galette au sucre de Pérouges with a glass of cider. This thin sweet tart is a local specialty and a real treat. Finally, some free time is planned so that you can continue the visit at your own leisure.

 

Lyon - Dijon

Day 4: Private transfer

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

Train in 1st Class from Lyon to Dijon

Private Transfer

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

Dijon

Day 5: Morning Private Guided Tour of the “Côte de Nuits” Wine Region 

While Burgundy would already be famous if it had just given the world Dijon mustard and Flavigny anise, it also happens to be one of the premier winegrowing areas anywhere.

Your guide is a local wine expert eager to share his knowledge and passion for Burgundy’s exceptional wines and renowned vineyards.

Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation for a transfer to the regional vineyards. You’ll visit the village of Vosne-Romanée, follow the “Route des Grands Crus”, and see the renowned vineyards of the Côte de Nuits producing the world-famous Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musignym, and Romanée-Conti wines.

Stop in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin “The King of Burgundy Wines” before a visit to a family-owned wine cellar boasting many old vintages.

Alternatively, you can follow the trail of the Cistercian monks at the Château du Clos de Vougeot. Learn about medieval wine-making and visit the monk’s cellar, constructed between the 12th and 16th centuries.

You have an opportunity to taste the Grands Vins de Bourgogne, including reds, whites, a Grand Cru, and some fine Pinot Noirs.

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Duration: 3 ½ hours

Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Roman and Medieval Burgundy

Today take a break from wine tasting to learn about the incredible cultural and historical heritage of the Côte d’Or.

Journey through quaint country roads in the rolling Auxois countryside. 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.

Lunch is at a traditional countryside restaurant, a perfect setting to immerse yourself in the local culture. Regional cuisine and local cheeses are on the menu.

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. Visit the ornamental gardens and follow the trail of the Cistercian monks at this UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, 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.

Dijon

Day 6: Suggestion: Visit Dijon

A stroll through Dijon reveals a charming and well-preserved medieval town. The quaint alleys are lined by half-timbered houses that look like something out of a fairytale. The Saint-Bénigne Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece.

 

The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy contains remarkably well-preserved buildings from the 14th through 17th centuries. The Philippe le Bon Tower is a 15th-century watchtower offering some marvelous views for those who climb its 316 steps. The palace contains the exceptional Musée des Beaux-Arts.

 

There are some great fine-dining restaurants for a nice meal accompanied by wines from the region’s prestigious vineyards including Couchey, Brochon, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Chambolle-Musigny.

Day 7: Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Roman and Medieval Burgundy

Today take a break from wine tasting to learn about the incredible cultural and historical heritage of the Côte d’Or.

Journey through quaint country roads in the rolling Auxois countryside. 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.

Lunch is at a traditional countryside restaurant, a perfect setting to immerse yourself in the local culture. Regional cuisine and local cheeses are on the menu.

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. Visit the ornamental gardens and follow the trail of the Cistercian monks at this UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, 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.

Reims - Epernay

Day 9: Full-Day Private Guided Tour of the Prestigious Epernay Vineyards

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel to start the day with a drive through the Epernay vineyards. Visit one of the best-known Champagne producers for a sabrage Champagne opening and an aperitif in the middle of the beautiful vineyards!

Later visit the tasting room of an authentic family-run winery. Although it is considered to be a small grower’s winery, you can discover great values in their Champagne, as it only selects the best Champagne growers!

Lunch is at your own expense, but we recommend a casual and authentic lunch at Vine Escape Estate (former Champagne house). When the weather is nice, you can be served outside.

Reims

Day 10 Suggestion: Free Day in Reims

Spend a day visiting Reims, the capital of Champagne and the City of Kings. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame is one of the most impressive in all of France and features a remarkable facade. It is the site where a millennium of French Kings were crowned. Visitors also enjoy the Saint-Remi Museum a former 17th and 18th-century abbey featuring tapestries, local collections, and a military collection spanning from ancient times through the 16th century. History aficionados will enjoy the 2nd-century Gallo-Roman Cryptoporticus and the small Museum of the Surrender where the Germans officially surrendered to end WWII in Europe.

Also of note is the unrivaled Art-Deco architecture in Reims. During WWI 80% of the city’s buildings were destroyed. Following the war rebuilding in the 20s and 30s was done largely in this style.

photo of the cathedral of reims in champagne france

Reims

Day 11: Full-Day Private Guided Tour of the Prestigious Reims Vineyards 

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel to start the day with a drive through the vineyards. You will visit a well-known Champagne producer in the morning. Reims is home to some of the most authentic Champagne houses, which we work with, such as Ruinart, Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot, and Pommery.

See Champagne being opened with a sabre and enjoy a glass in the middle of the vineyards.

In the afternoon, visit two fine family-run Champagne producers.

Lunch is at your own expense, but we recommend a casual and authentic lunch at Vine Escape Estate (former Champagne house). When the weather is nice, you can be served outside.

Reims - Paris

Day 12: 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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