Champagne, Burgundy & Lyon: French Gastronomy Tour
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Day by day
Day 1: Reims
Private Transfer from Reims to your Hotel
A chauffeur will pick you up at the railway stationof Reims for a transfer to your accommodation.
Day 2: Reims - Hautvillers
Private Vintage Wine Tour in Champagne
Your local guide oenological expert will pick up you in your hotel with a vintage van (Estafette Alouette Renault from 1980). The day starts with a visit to a medium-sized Champagne house where you will discover the process of making Champagne and have a tasting of 3 different wines.
For lunch, you’ll stop in a small village next to Reims, where you will have lunch either in a local restaurant or, during the summer, a picnic in the middle of the vineyards. You will also see the Abbaye d’Hauvilliers, the native village of Dom Pérignon.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit a second cellar, one from a family winegrower. You will enjoy a tasting of 3 of his products. Later this day, on the way back to your hotel, the last stop, in the middle of the vineyards, will be the occasion to learn how to slash (“saber”) a bottle of Champagne.
Day 3: Reims - Dijon
Train from Reims to Dijon in 1st class
Private Guided Walking Tour of Dijon’s Historic Center and Discovery of Burgundy’s wine
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 splendid place was the capital of the powerful Duchy of Burgundy for centuries.
During this visit, your guide will introduce you to the notion of “climat”, now registered at the UNESCO Heritage. You will learn about the influence of the wine world on the city of yesterday and today. What better way to discover these wines than with a tasting?
Day 4: Dijon
Full-Day Private Bike Tour through the Côte de Nuits Wine Region
Discover the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, the Champs Elysées of Burgundy, by bike!
Pedal through the vineyards and discover small and typical villages like Marsannay, Fixin, Gevrey Chambertin, Morey Saint-Denis, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanee and Nuits Saint Georges.
This tour takes you from the north of Côte de Nuits to Nuits Saint Georges. After a short transfer by minibus from your hotel in Dijon, the guide will do a briefing about how to use the bicycle and adjust your helmet.
You will ride through the heart of the Burgundy wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Discover the famous Clos de Vougeot before heading to the iconic Romanée Conti plot. After a stop for lunch in Nuits Saint Georges, the capital of vineyards in the Côte de Nuits, you’ll ride back to Gevrey Chambertin for a final tasting.
Upon conclusion of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Dijon.
Day 5: Dijon - Beaune
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your accommodation in Dijon and your next lodging in Beaune.
Private Visit of the City of Beaune and Wine Tasting
With your private guide you will visit Beaune, fortified city located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region.
The city of cobbled streets is famous for its annual wine auction held in the Hospices de Beaune. Recognizable by its roof of geometrically coloured tiles, this former 15th century hospital has now become the Hôtel-Dieu museum and exhibits masterpieces such as Rogier van der Weyden’s Last Judgment.
From the Place de la Halle and its famous Hôtel Dieu, your guide will tell you the great and small history of Beaune, passing through the Basilique Collégiale Notre Dame and the Hôtel des Ducs. The visit continues with a visit to the cellar and a wine tasting, in the purest Burgundian tradition!
Suggestion: Explore Beaune
Beaune is Burgundy’s wine capital, but it has a lot more to offer. Don’t miss the wineries, the 12th-century Notre-Dame Basilica, and the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune. The former charitable almshouse was founded in 1443 and is a reference to Burgundian architecture with its enameled tile roofs. Today it is a museum with a rich selection of paintings, tapestries, and furniture.
Beaune has a large Saturday market day with about 150 stalls that fill many streets of the town and a smaller Wednesday market that is mainly fruits and vegetables and a few regional specialties, centered around the Place de la Halle. The Saturday market in Beaune is a colorful food and clothes market. Here, the market is the major event of the week, spreading from the Halles covered market to the pedestrianized area beside Beaune’s prime visitor attraction, the Hospices de Beaune. Picturesque Place de Les Halles is the main center of activity for the Saturday and Wednesday markets.
Day 6: Beaune
Burgundy Gourmet Tour
Five culinary tasting stops let you discover various specialties of Burgundian cuisine, such as charcuterie boards, cheeses, macarons, chocolates, breads, pastries, and more.
Depending on the season and your day of visit, your guide will accompany you to a local food market in a village close to the vineyards, in Beaune or the famous “Halles de Dijon” where you can meet local producers and farmers.
You will get to enjoy regional products, such as the Burgundy truffle, parseleyed ham “jambon persillé”, local gingerbread, Anise of Flavigny candies, chocolates, pastries, and not to forget the famous Dijon mustard.
A relaxing afternoon through the legendary vineyards of Côte de Nuits or Côte de Beaune. Castles, former abbeys, Romanesque churches and winegrowing villages on the Grands Crus Road.
To end of the day, a stop in a traditional cellar for a comparative Burgundy wines tasting, white and Pinot Noir, including Premier Crus and Grand Cru. You can combine your choice of local products selected during the day with local wines during a special food and wine pairing tasting.
Day 7: Beaune
Train in First Class between Beaune and Lyon
Private Guided Tour of Lyon, from the Presqu’ile (Bellecour Square) to Old Lyon
On either side of the Saône River, take a guided tour to discover two districts with very different atmospheres.
On the left bank of the Saône, the Presqu’île, the heart of Lyon where superb squares like Bellecour, the Célestins, the Jacobins are next to luxury boutiques, restaurants and remarkable monuments such as the Théâtre des Célestins.
On the right bank, you’ll find Vieux-Lyon, a colorful Renaissance district with narrow cobbled streets lined with Renaissance hotels and pierced by traboules.
This is an ideal route to soak up the atmosphere and the art of living in Lyon, from past to present. From the main streets to the Renaissance alleys, relive the great periods of Lyon’s history.
Suggestion for the afternoon – Walks in Lyon at Tete d’Or Park, Banks of the river Rhône and River Sâone
The Parc de la Tête d’Or ( “Park of the Golden Head”) is a 290-acre urban park in Lyon, France.
It includes the Jardin botanique de Lyon as well as a lake where boating is permitted during the summer season. This park attracts a large number of visitors during the summer and it is a popular destination for joggers and cyclists. There is a small free zoo in the middle of the park that houses giraffes, deer, reptiles, primates and other animals. A velodrome, boules court, mini-golf and equestrian facility are also available, as well as a mini-train.
The Berges du Rhône (Rhône Banks) or Quais du Rhône (Rhône Quays) is a series of parks, quays, streets and walking paths that run along the river Rhône in Lyon. The modern Berges du Rhône were built between 2005 and 2007, resulting in the development of 10 hectares of land on the Rhône’s left and right banks, from Parc de la Tête d’Or to Parc de Gerland.
The Saône is an eastern French river. It is a right tributary of the Rhône, rising in the Vosges department at Vioménil and joining the Rhône at the southern end of the Presqu’île in Lyon. The name Saône is derived from the Gallic river goddess Souconna, which is also associated with a local Celtic tribe known as the Sequanes. Monastic copyists slowly changed Souconna to Saoconna, which gave rise to Saône. Brigoulus and Arar were two other ancient names for the river.
Day 8: Lyon
Private Half-Day Tour of the Beaujolais Wine Region
Your chauffeur and private guide will meet you at your lodging for a tour of the Beaujolais vineyards.
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.
Unique in the region, the villages with their ochre stones reveal their warm colours and their play of light.
In this context, you will follow an introduction to tasting in the heart of the vineyards. You will learn everything about the notion of terroir that makes the uniqueness of the different vineyards so unique, while tasting different wines accompanied by a Viennese pastry.
You will also discover the narrow streets and medieval charm of the village of Oingt, a 12th century village classified among the Most Beautiful Villages in France.
The route then continues through the exceptional panoramas of Beaujolais to reach the last stage of the tour. A visit to a winegrower’s estate will complete your oenological approach. He will reveal the secrets of his know-how to you in a friendly atmosphere, before inviting you to a tasting of his wines with a mâchon. This traditional Lyon snack will allow you to discover local delicatessen and cheeses.
Day 9: Lyon
Private Guided Walking Lunch Tour
Lyon has been especially considered the French capital of gastronomy. From fine restaurants to the famous local bouchons, to street food, Lyon offers plenty of options for foodies. Anyhow, it is not easy to determine what to taste. With our local guide you will have an overview of Lyon gastronomy, and find a perfect place and the best thing to eat.
First, you will be offered several delicious starters which will awaken your appetite. An authentic Lyon sausage accompanied with potatoes will be served for lunch in a comfortable place.
Finally, you will be taken for a walk through the lanes and streets of Vieux Lyon and along the way get to taste sweet culinary treats.
Day 10: Lyon
Private Transfer to the Lyon Train Station
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your accommodation and the train station.
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