Day One Monday : Arrival in Beaune, day at your leisure.
Enjoy Beaune’s amazing restaurants, casual or gourmet, where you can try the incredible Burgundy specialties: escargots de Bourgogne, boeuf bourguignon, oeufs en meurette. (poached eggs served in a sauce made a reduced Burgundy red wine), coq au vin or fromages (cheeses).
Dinner at your leisure.
Day Two Tuesday : Château du Clos de Vougeot and Côte de Nuits.
Guided tour of chateau de Clos Vougeot and vineyards of the Côtes de Nuits, local lunch in a winery and afternoon tasting in Nuits Saint George or Hautes Côtes de Beaune
9am Pick up at Beaune Tourist Office.
Transfer to Chateau du Clos de Vougeot via a picturesque drive through villages along the road of the Grands Crus featuring the estates of Fixin, Gevrey Chambertin, and Chambolle-Musigny. One at the Château du Clos de Vougeot, take a guided tours and tasting. Founded in 1098 by monks of the abbey of Cîteaux, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot Grand cru covers more than 50 hectares. Today, it is owned by more than 80 owners. This Grand Cru is one of the most prestigious wines from Burgundy. The castle welcomes now the "chapitres" (dinners) of the emblematic Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (the Brotherhood of the Knights of Tastevin).
We move on to Drouhin-Laroze for a tour and wine tasting lunch in Gevrey-Chambertin.
The family has been established in Gevrey Chambertin since 1850. Their estate being on the best “terroir”, the family produces wine in 7 Grands Crus appellations as prestigious as Clos Vougeot, Musigny, Latricière Chambertin…as well as four famous 1er Cru of Gevrey Chambertin. Following this visit we will driving through the vineyards and take a photo stop at the famous clos Romanée-Conti.
3.30pm will will arrive for a tour and wine tasting at domain in either Nuits-Saint-Georges or in the Haute-Côte de Beaune.
End of afternoon: your guide drives you to your hotel****.
Dinner at your leisure.
Day Three Wednesday: Beaune, Côte de Beaune and Meursault.
Guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune and vineyards of the Côtes de Beaune, local lunch in a winery and afternoon tasting in Meursault.
9.50am hotel pick up.
Guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune. Typical example of Burgundy flamboyant gothic style, this former hospital founded in 1443 by the chancellor Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins is the testimony of the Flemish influence on the duchy of Burgundy. As far as architecture, it is worldwide famous for its colorful polychromatic glazed tile roofs. The Last Judgment triptych painting by Flemish painter Rogier Van Der Weyden is the highlight of the visit. You will tour the Salle des Pôvres (where the sick ones were looked after), the kitchens, the pharmacy and other rooms exhibiting artifacts and tapestries.
Around 11.15, transfer to a local domain, enjoying a picturesque drive through the famous villages of Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and the Château de Rochepot.
12.30 Tour and wine tasting lunch at a local domain: Prosper Maufoux in Santenay.
Founded in 1860, our house situated on Santenay's main square is home to superb vaulted cellars constructed over two levels, the oldest of which dates back to the 15th Century. It is in this context that we have the pleasure of showing you our jewels from the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits.
Transfer to Meursault. Again drive through the vineyards and make a photo stop in the famous Grands Crus Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, and Montrachet.
3.30pm Tour and wine tasting at domain in Meursault. In 1848, Jean Ropiteau who was 24 founded his own wine house. The railway had just arrived in Meursault and Jean had the intuition that it would help make the fame of Burgundian wines. The name Ropiteau soon became synonymous to great white Burgundy wines. The cellars date back to the 15th century and are among the most prestigious in Burgundy.
Dinner is at your leisure.
Day Four Thursday: Transfer.
Check out after breakfast.
Taxi transfer from your hotel to the train station of Dijon.
Take the TGV fast train from Dijon @ 11am to Champagne Ardenne (via Paris) arriving at @ 2.40pm. You may take a taxi to get to your hotel (not included in the tour).
Dinner at your leisure.
Day Five Friday: Reims Heritage & Grandes Maisons de Champagne.
Sightseeing of the Grandes Maisons de Champagne in Reims, guided tour of Reims Cathedral, tour and Champagne tasting at Mumm, Champagne tasting lunch, tour and tasting at family estate in the Montagne de Reims vineyard.
Check out after breakfast.
09:00AM Reims Tourist Office at the Central train station.
You start your day with a sightseeing of Reims. City of coronation, Reims is also the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will enjoy the sight of the Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, Pommery and many names that will make you think of a great party or a romantic dinner with a glass of champagne… And you are going to have more than one!
Arrive at the Grande Maison de Champagne Mumm for a guided tour and tasting at this world famous house. The Mumm Maison de Champagne was founded in 1827, however the Mumm dynasty dates back to the 12th century. They were German and in the 18th century they were already wine producers and merchants. Recognising the quality and the potential of the sparkling wines produced in the nearby Champagne region, in 1927 they decided to establish a branch of their wine company there. “Only the Best” being their motto, they soon seduced illustrious European royal families. The creation of the “Cordon Rouge” definitely established their fame: they became the official supplier of the British Royalty – which they still are – and they attracted artists such as Utrillo and Foujita. Mumm is also the official sponsor of Formula One F1 races.
Lunch and Champagne tasting at either a cellar or a Champagne bar (different to yesterday!) Again you will be introduced to three local Champagnes over lunch.
After lunch take the guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. Let yourself be captivated by the unique stained glass windows and the exceptionally rich statuary – over 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel. It is here that King Clovis was baptized around year 498 giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France would be crowned here!
Following the tour, we take you to the Montagne de Reims vineyards. 9 of the 17 Grand Cru villages in the whole of Champagne region lay on and around the Montagne de Reims. Here, the special terroir gives Champagne much of its character. During this visit, you will take in a tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate near Reims, dedicated to the true expression of Champagne.
Drop off 05:00PM Reims Champagne-Ardenne TGV train station. TGV to Tours departure at 05.54PM arriving in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps at 07.59PM. You may take a taxi to get to your hotel (not included in the tour).
Dinner at your leisure.
Day Six Saturday: Epernay, Avenue de Champagne & Scenic Route
Vineyards of the Cote des Blancs and Grands Crus Villages, tour and Champagne tasting at Moët & Chandon, Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, Champagne tasting lunch, tour and Champagne tasting at a family winemaker and Dom Perignon's tomb in Hautvillers.
Pick up: 09:00AM Reims Tourist Office at the Central train station.
The tour begins with Scenic Route des Champagnes. It meanders among the vineyards and picturesque villages, offering a charming bucolic landscape. We take you to the Côte des Blancs for a sightseeing of some of the most famous Grandes Maisons de Champagne such as: Bollinger, Gosset, Deutz, etc. Enroute the countryside is enamelled with beautiful Grand Cru villages like Ay, Hautvillers, Bouzy, Le Mesnil and Verzenay.
Tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon.
Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, it became the first international brand in the world within 40 years. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. It is probably the most famous Champagne brand in the world today.
Stroll along the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. Located in the heart of town, Epernay is internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 100km of tunnels under the pavement!
Lunch and Champagne tasting at either a winery or a Champagne bar. We will introduce you to local specialties with a tasting of three types of Champagne (Blanc de blancs, Blanc de noirs and Rosé) representing the main terroirs of the Champagne region such as: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blanc.
Drive to the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyard to meet with another prestigious figure: Dom Pérignon who perfected the process of making Champagne. He highly contributed to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers. On the way back to Epernay you will enjoy the discovery of a more modern face of Champagne: a tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate.
05.00 PM: your guide will drive you back to Reims Tourist Office at the Central train station.
End of tour.
Transportation in a comfortable fully-optioned minivan
Semi-private English speaking escort guide
Three nights in a hotel**** in Reims with breakfast daily
Entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon
Tasting at a family Champagne estate
Avenue des Champagne tour
Dom Perignon with Hautvillers stop
Two Champagne tasting lunches with drinks included
Tour of Reims Cathedral
Sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne
Entrance fees and tastings at Mumm
Tasting at a family a estate
Two nights in a hotel**** in Beaune with breakfast daily
Tour and entrance fees of Chateau du Clos Vougeot and Hospices de Beaune
Two wine tastings
Two wine tasting lunches
TGV from Champagne to Burgundy and taxi transfers on Wednesday
8 passengers maximum per vehicle
Services are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation.
Personal expenses, extra, diners, lunches in Bourgogne.
YOUR HOTEL IN BEAUNE FOR 3 NIGHTS
Check in at your hotel**** Le Cep - double occupancy.
Ideally located, the hotel is in the very heart of historic Burgundy, just a stone's throw from the center of Beaune. The Hotel is two minutes walking distance from the famous Hospice de Beaune and its magnificent cathedral Notre Dame. Affiliated to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which include some of the best hotels in the world all representative of their regional identities, Le Cep owes its charm to the uniting of 2 private mansions and their historical 16th century courtyards.
YOUR HOTEL IN REIMS FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in hotel**** La Paix - superior room
Located in the heart of Reims, in an exceptional setting, a stone's throw from the Cathedral and the shops, Hotel de La Paix combines modernity and cultural heritage. Among contemporary lines, designer furniture, old stones and colourful variations, there reigns a serene, fluid and light atmosphere.
Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.