Your journey through France’s spectacular wine region is one you’ll want to roll around slowly before completely drinking in.
Explore the wine-centric towns, charming villages and breathtaking landscapes of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne, all while staying in well-appointed accommodations that offer style and personalized services. Lovely Bordeaux is one of the most important wine regions and produces some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world. Burgundy’s medieval villages, lush green countryside and concentration of Romanesque abbeys make it one of the prettiest regions which boasts stellar vineyards as well. And then there’s Champagne, that glorious, effervescent region that produces millions of bottles of bubbly each year so that we mere mortals may celebrate our victories and soothe our woes.
Enjoy the vineyards and spectacular panoramas of Burgundy and visit the wine tasting cellar of the Corton Charlemagne. In Reims, you’ll get to visit the Veuve Clicquot Champagne house then have a tasting of their vintage offerings. Head to Bordeaux for some serious wine tasting as you tour chateau of the Margaux or Saint Julien appellations, and “La Winery” where you’ll sample numerous Bordeaux wines. Besides “just” tasting humbling wines, also available to you are private tours through the historic towns of Pauillac, St. Estephe and Saint Emilion, as well as a private guided tour to Arcachon, where you can explore the largest pine forest in Europe. Your time in France promises to be full-bodied with notes of elegance and sophistication.
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For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival which will be waiting for you outside the customs.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy the high-speed train TGV ride from Paris to Dijon. The duration is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Take the short train ride to Beaune. Journey takes 20-30mins.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer today.
There are plenty of wonderful restaurants in and near Beaune to choose from. If you would like your reservation and bill looked after in advance, you could enjoy dinner at the historical Abbaye De Maizieres. Situated near the Hospices de Beaune in a historical cellar of the 12th century and just 2 minutes by foot from the Hotel Athanor, you can enjoy a delicious 3-course-dinner. (Drinks not included). Please contact your Sales Advisor if you would like to include this in your tour.
Enjoy a 2 hour shared tour with an English speaking driver to guide you, as you discover the vineyards of Burgundy and some spectacular panoramas. Marvel at the beauty of the picturesque town of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy - a medieval town of stunning Burgundian/Flemish architecture. The tour includes a visit and wine tasting in the cellar of the Corton Charlemagne.
The nearby city of Dijon is a mere 25 mins by local train which runs frequently throughout the day. Consider doing a self guided walk through town; The rue de la Liberté forms the spine of the town, running east from the wide, attractive Darcy square and the 18th century triumphal arch of Porte Guillaume, past the palace of the dukes of Burgundy on the semicircular place de la Libération. From this elegant square, Rue Rameau continues directly east to Place du Théâtre, from where Rue Vaillant leads on to the church of St Michel. Be sure to check out the lavish town houses in the streets behind the palace: rue Verrerie, rue Vannerie, rue des Forges, rue Chaudronnière (look out for no. 28, Maison des Cariatides). Particularly fine are the Renaissance Hôtel de Vogüé, 12 rue de la Chouette, and at no. 34, the Hôtel Chambellan (1490), housing one of Dijon's tourist offices. Take a look in the cobbled alleys by the Tour St-Nicholas, off rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau. Also in this quarter in the angle between rue de la Chouette and rue de la Préfecture, is the church of Notre-Dame, built in the early thirteenth century in the Burgundian Gothic style. Outside on rue de la Chouette, make your way to rue de la Musette passing just south of the market square and the covered Halles. The whole area is full of sumptuous displays of food and attractive cafés and restaurants. The market operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, and all day on Saturday and is well worth a visit.
Enjoy discovering the picture-perfect Burgundian town of Beaune. The capital of Burgundy's wines, the principal occupation in Beaune is wine - in one form or another. Known for it's tiled roofs and centrally located hospices, (hospital), boasting mostly intact ramparts surrounding the town, it is the perfect place to while away a few hours. There is a local market on Wednesdays and Saturdays which is worth checking out. Be sure to wander into the Bascilica of Notre Dame to view the magnificent 15th century tapestries depicting the story of Marie of Burgundy. Under the cobblestoned streets are dozens of kilometers of wine cellars. And so, it is only fitting to taste some...Patriarche Pere et Fils offers on-hour tours of its underground wine cellars, which closely resemble the Catacombs in Paris. Wine tastings are offered at the end of each tour for adults. Address: 6 rue du College Beaune, France 21200 Tel: +33 3 80 24 53 02.
Take the train to Paris with one change in Dijon. Journey takes approx. 2.5hrs
Enjoy the train ride from Paris to Reims. There are numerous departures throughout the day, some of which are direct. Train travel time on a direct train is approximately 45 minutes.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Meet your English speaking driver-guide at your hotel and depart for a sightseeing tour of Reims. The city of coronation, Reims is also the city of Champagne, which is definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! Continue with a guided tour and tasting at Mumm Maison de Champagne, which was founded in 1827. You will have time for a Champagne tasting lunch with local specialties, which will be assorted with three styles of Champagne. Afterwards you will enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims, a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the 13th century, over 2 300 statues all of the Kings of France were crowned here. Explore 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. A tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate near Reims dedicated to the true expression of Champagne will be provided. At the end of the tour, you will return to Reims train station. The tour includes: pick up from hotel, transportation in a comfortable full option minivan, private English speaking escort guide, entrance fees and tastings at Mumm and at a family estate, and a Champagne tasting lunch with drinks.
Bike along the Green Road of the "Aisne a la Marne" Channel. All equipment including the helmet and bike are included in the rental cost. Please note this excursion is self-guided.
Enjoy the train ride from Reims to Paris. There are numerous departures throughout the day and some that are direct. Train travel time on a direct train is approximately 45 minutes.
Enjoy a private transfer between train stations today.
Enjoy the train ride from Paris to Bordeaux. The train duration is approximately 3 hours (direct).
Enjoy visiting various vineyards and tasting some of the wines of this world-famous region on a 4.5 hour shared tour with a Driver-Guide. Depart for the Margaux appellation, world-famous for its lead 1er Grand Cru Classé: Chateau Margaux. During this half day tour you will discover two renowned Classified Growth Chateaus (Cru Classé & Cru Bourgeois) that create wines in which the Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape. You will then have the opportunity to taste these fabulous wines that are known for their perfumed fragrances. (Wine tasting fees and a small bottle of water per person are included.)
Consider spending the day enjoying a private tour taking in pretty towns such as Margaux, Pauillac, St Estèphe, St Julien,Haut Médoc and Saint Emilion. Perhaps take a barge down the river. Or enjoy the day on a private tour to Arcachon where you could get to discover the largest pine forest in Europe, lush greenery spreading as far as the eyes can see, before proceeding to the Bay, a true inland sea, moving according to the tide. Have Oyster fishermen explain the long breeding process of an oyster before enjoying a sampling of local, fresh oysters washed down with a glass of white wine. Then continue to the impressive117 meter high dunes which you can climb to get an outstanding view. Please contact your Sales Advisor if any of these activities are of interest or if you have a specific request.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Hotel de la Poste (4*) is located in the heart of the wine-growing country of Burgundy, loved by professional oenologists and wine amateurs alike. This prestigious establishment, a former post house in a magnificently picturesque building, is located very close to the cobbled streets, typical houses and ramparts of Beaune's historic city centre. The hotel also has the advantage of being close to the Hospices de Beaune, a superb example of 15th century gothic architecture, with its multicoloured tiled roofs, the venue for the famous annual auctions. The hotel has 36 rooms, including 3 suites, and 2 restaurants which perpetuate the Burgundy tradition of hospitality, good food and great wines. This is the ideal start point for the discovery of the legendary Burgundy vintages, candidates for listing as UNESCO world heritage appellation, and the architectural jewels of one of France's most beautiful regions.
The Best Western Hôtel de la Paix (3*) is located in the heart of Reims, in an exceptional setting, a stone's throw from the Cathedral, the Conference Centre, and the shops, our establishment, which combines modernity and cultural heritage, possesses 165 comfortable rooms with a free Wifi access and air conditioner.The rooms, whose contemporary design emphasises the light and the colours, fall into 3 categories, according to their size and equipment. You enjoy an exclusively area reserved for the hotel’s clientele, for relaxation and well-being. At the bottom of the garden between the old stones and the deck chairs, a covered, heated swimming pool, a hammam and a fitness room are there to help you to relax in all serenity.
The Quality Sainte Catherine Hotel (3*) has a fantastic location in the heart of Bordeaux and just off Sainte Catherine Street, which is said to be the longest pedestrian street in Europe. It is set in an attractive 18th century building with modern decor throughout. Adjacent to the Grand Theatre, many attractions and famous restaurants are nearby the hotel. The on-site bar and restaurant provide excellent meals and drinks, ensuring a comfortable and pleasant stay for guest who base themselves in the hotel as they explore Bordeaux and its surroundings.
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