Day 1: Arrival, Welcome drink, Dinner
You will meet your guide at the Beaune train station after 3 pm and depart for the villa. Upon your arrival at your accommodations you may decide to unpack and relax in your room or unwind by the pool or the garden as weather permits.
Your first wine tasting is in a surprising natural grotto beneath the house.
(Aperitif Kir and Kir Royale with gougéres)
About 7:30 you will gather with the rest of the group and go to dinner. Your dinner this first evening will be at one of the favorite restaurants in Beaune where you will dine on local specialties such as boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin and escargot.
Day 2: Intro to Burgundy Classifications, Vineyard Tour south of Beaune
About 9:00 am, weather permitting, you will enjoy breakfast al fresco on the lovely terrace. Fortify yourself for today’s events by indulging in fresh, buttery croissant, country bread, artisanal jams, yogurt, ham, cheese, fresh-squeezed juices and coffee or tea.
After breakfast you’ll venture to the vineyard next door where you’ll get an introduction to Burgundy wines, their classifications and terroir, all while taking in the gorgeous views over the Grand Crus hill of Corton.
Next you will visit a private organic domain. High up on the pine forest at the top of a hill is the V-shaped vineyard cultivated in biodynamics. There’s also a young truffle plantation of about 700 trees and a vegetable farm that’s cultivated in permaculture, remaining true to the natural ecosystem. This fascinating approach to sustainable agriculture is popular in the Burgundy region.
You’ll enjoy lunch in the private vineyard, dining on local charcuterie, mixed vegetable salad, delicious cheeses and dessert. Best of all you’ll sip and relish the estate’s own Pinot Noir.
This afternoon you’ll drive through some of the most picturesque views of famous vineyards and tiny villages as you make your way to Pommard and Volnay. Don’t worry, you’ll make a stop along the way to take in the views. Be sure to have your camera ready
You’ll visit a winery in Meursault to learn about the fascinating process of turning grapes into wine called vinification. You’ll enjoy a wine tasting of six of the winery’s celebrated wines and be treated to a barrel tasting!
Along the scenic drive to Meursault you’ll stop briefly in the famed Montrachet Grand Crus vineyard area. Here you’ll learn about the highly prized and very special Chardonnay terroir.
Return to your villa about 5:00 pm to freshen up and relax before dinner at a local Beaune restaurant.
Day 3: Discover Beaun Old Town
Enjoy your breakfast on the terrace or in the beautiful dining room as you prepare for the day ahead.
After breakfast you’ll stroll around Beaune’s “Vieille Ville” or Old Town. This medieval walled city has been very well-preserved. Many of the narrow streets feature remnants from there-Roman, Roman, medieval and Renaissance periods. The 13th century basilica de Notre Dame is a beautiful example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
From there you’ll make your way to visit the famed Hospice de Beaune. The stunning museum was once a charitable almshouse, or housing and hospital for the city’s poor. Bedecked in flamboyant Gothic architecture complete with decorative polychrome roof, the museum is also home to a renowned vineyard. The two wings of this beautiful and unique gem are built around a central courtyard with deep roofs covered in glazed and multicolored tile that are arranged in geometric patterns. Inset in the exquisitely tiled roofs are gabled windows with carvings and decorative adornments that are an art form themselves. The dazzling Hotel-Dieu dates back to the 15th century and houses several fascinating works of art. You’ll take part in an audio guided tour which is available in Spanish and English.
Lunch today is a treat! Dine in style in a charming restaurant located in Volnay. This quaint eatery is the perfect place in which to delight and experience the traditional cuisine of Burgundy. Dining in this beautiful vaulted cellar only adds to the restaurant’s enchanting ambience
After lunch you’ll journey to Saint Romain and Orches. These charming villages, surrounded by steep cliffs, are known for hiking, prehistoric sites, vineyards and outstanding views.
Next it’s time to taste some more luscious regional wine. You’ll visit the cellars of of a small winemaker, and taste six of their favorite wines from both Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits.
You’ll return to the villa to relax and plan your free evening in Beaune.
Day 4: Côte de Nuits
Another exciting day in Burgundy begins with breakfast.
Next you will make a leisurely drive through the famous Pinot Noir villages along the renowned Grand Crus wine road. You’ll stop for a one tasting at the celebrated Moillard Nuits Saint Georges winery. Experience six different wines from this winery, which is recognized for its meticulous wine making and aging which is said to bring all its wines to their full potential.
Follow your vineyard map complete with explanations of some of the most prestigious vineyards in all the region. These stand-outs include Romanée Conti, La Tâche and Grands Echezeaux to “name drop” a few.
Next you will stop for lunch at a small village restaurant with a big reputation for mouth watering dishes to please even the most particular gourmand. This restaurant continually receives high praise for their traditional and innovative cuisine.
Then you’re in for a wonderful experience, a visit to the Medieval Château du Clos de Vougeot. It stands in the heart of Burgundy’s vineyards and was originally built in the 1300’s by monks from the Cîteaux Abbey located nearby. In the 1700’s a Renaissance style château was added. The fascinating Château attracts anyone who delights in history, architecture and wine. There is a medieval vat house with presses, original kitchens and Cistercian cellar. Although no wine is produced here any longer it is a wonderful amply of wine culture and history in the region
This afternoon you’ll attend a special wine-tasting at a Grand Crus winemaker. The northernmost appellation of the Côte de Beaune and largest Grand Crus in Burgundy is the hill of Corton. The wines from this area are appreciated as some of the best reds in Burgundy. Through five generations, since the mid 1800s, Comte Senard is recognized for its very special whites as well. You will have the unique opportunity to sample both red and white wines at Comte Senard.
After your tasting you’ll return to the villa for an evening at leisure.
Day 5: Free morning, Cooking Class
This morning is yours to enjoy.
Saturday is market day in Beaune. The town square, surrounding streets and arcades bustle with local folks and their regional neighbors delighting in the opportunity to socialize and catch up. Visitors meander the market stalls as well, checking out local produce, cheeses, olives and unique local foods. Strolling the market is a wonderful way to people-watch and immerse yourself in local life in Beaune. The market offers plenty of fruits, vegetables and special treats. You will also find artisan crafts, clothing and other goods. It’s a very enjoyable way to shop for treasures to bring back with you as a token of a very memorable visit.
You’ll return to the villa about 4:00 pm for an afternoon cooking class. This will be followed by dinner that you have helped to prepare.
Day 6: Departure
Morning Transfer to the Beaune train station.
The program includes:
- 5 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts
- 3 lunches including wine
- 3 Dinners including wine
- 4 wine tasting of 6 wines
- Transfers from/to Beaune train station
- Private tour guide and host
- Transportation for excursions and group dinners.
- Entrance fees to hospice de Beaune
The program does not include
- Travel insurance
- Anything not mentioned in the program
TERMS & CONDITIONS
A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.
Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.
Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.
You will stay in a modern private estate in Burgundy located outside of Beaune overlooking miles of stunning vineyards. The family who owns the house has been rooted in Burgundy for generations. The grandfather was a chocolatier, the aunt owns a truffle farm and specializes in cooking with truffles, the uncle is a chef and the wife is a successful artist – you’ll see her sculptures scattered throughout the house and garden.
The vividly lit rooms are spacious and tastefully designed. Each room has en-suite shower and/or bath, A/C, robes, soap, and Wi-Fi.
On the ground floor there is a large seating area with a fireplace and a piano for evening gatherings.
Underneath the house there is an amazing natural grotto that was discovered by the family. You can enjoy sipping wine while relaxing in the Jacuzzi or explore the cave.
The pool is nestled in the colorful garden, which is cultivated organically with flowers and fruit trees.
The main terrace is a nice place to start your day, gazing the vineyards while having breakfast, or watching the twinkling lights of Beaune at night.
DATES & PRICES
This trip could be available year-round for private groups.
A minimum of 6 guests is required.
Sept 15 – Sept 20
- $ 3300.00
- 6 spots
Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round
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You can fly to Paris and take a train.
You can fly to Lyon and take a train.
If you plan on visiting other parts of France – Consult with us. We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans: Flights, trains. logistics and ideas.
PRE AND POST IDEAS
You can spend time in Paris before or after the tour.
You can spend time in Lyon before or after the tour.
You can combine a trip to Provence or the French Riviera.
We provide a complimentary consulting for your pre and post travel plans: Flights, trains, logistics and ideas.
walking pace is like walking around town.
You will be walking hilltop villages and cobblestone streets.
we try to start the days after 09:00 am.
What should I wear?
Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.
You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.
In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants
Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.
If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.
How many bags can I bring?
We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.
Please check our packing advice.
We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.
You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.
On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.
We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.
Do I need a passport?
Copy of passport
We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.
Should I bring my cell phone?
It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.
Do I need converters or transformers?
European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.
Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.
We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.
It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date
It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.
You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.
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