Burgundy from North to South

FRANCE
Adventures in the Wines and Geology of Burgundy

Tour Dates: October 6th-13th, 2019

Day 1 Sunday, October 6: Chablis (L)

• It’s market day in Chablis!

•Meet at Chablis hotel at Noon

• Introductions and what’s coming in the week ahead

• Traditional French country feast: Dimanche Midi 

• Tasting at France’s best cave cooperative

• Hotel in Chablis (2 nights)

• Dinner on your own (if still hungry!)

Day 2 Monday, October 7: All about Chablis (B,L,D)

• Geology: What makes Chablis Grand Cru’s what they are

• Learn Chablis’ sweet spots: The Premier Cru vineyards

• And little known gems: Petit Chablis

• Gourmet picnic lunch among the Grand Crus

• Tasting at select Chablis wine house

• Explore Chablis itself - some free time before dinner

• Dinner in Chablis with its culinary specialties

Day 3 Tuesday, October 8: Burgundy Auxerrois (B, L, D)

• Geology and wine country of northern Burgundy

• Wines of the Yonne River valley

• Do you know where the movie “Chocolat” was filmed?

• Lunch along the way by Vézeley

• By the way: Savigny-les-Beaune

• Check into Beaune hotel (4 nights)

• Dinner a la cuisine bourgogne

Day 4 Wednesday, October 9: Côte de Beaune (B,L)

• Geologic setting of the Côte d’Or

• The South: Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny, le Montrachet, St. Aubin and Meursault

• Exploring Village, Premier and our first of the Côte d’Or's 40 Grand Cru vineyards

• Tasting-lunch in the Côte de Beaune

• All about oak: above Saint Romain

• The Pinot Noir wine route thru Auxey-Duresses, Monthèlie, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune's 1er Crus

• Free evening for dinner to enjoy in Beaune (On your own)

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Day 5 Thursday, October 10: Exploring Beaune (B,D)

• Underground in Beaune

• Winemaking and tasting at Burgundy negoçiant Joseph Drouhin

• Enjoy free time in Beaune's luncheon restaurant scene

• All afternoon - so much to see in historic Beaune

• A treat: Burgundy wine dinner together in Beaune

Day 6 Friday, October 11: Côte de Nuits (B,L)

• Geology and Grand Cru wines of the Corton

• North through Nuits-St-Georges

• Why are Clos de Vougeot, Romanée-Conti, Musigny and le Chambertin Grand?

• A little sleuth work in Vosne-Romanée and the 1er Crus

• Picnic lunch among the Pinot Noir giants

• See how it’s done at Louis Jadot 

• Found a favorite? Last evening in Beaune, dinner on your own

Day 7 Saturday, October 12: The Whole Burgundy story end to end (B,L,D)

• Along the limestone hills of the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâcon-Villages

• The whole limestone story at Roches Solutré and Vergisson

• Lunch near Solutré

• Pouilly Fuissé and its Chardonnay neighbors

• Geologic contrast where the  Jurassic limestone meets the Massif Central

• Granite, Gamay and tasting on Beaujolais’ Route de Vin

• Learn what makes real Beaujolais — the cru villages

• Festive au revoir dinner at “bouchon” bistro Lyonnaise

• Hotel in Lyon (1 night)

Day 8 Sunday, October 13: Au revoir (B)

Guidance with transportation at tour’s end

• Au revoir et A bientôt

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Rates:     

Double Occupancy $4,925/person  -  Single Occupancy $5,425/person

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

 

What’s Not Included:

- Passport and all visa fees, photos, immunizations, or other travel documentation fees

- Airfare for flights to and from France

- Train fare or other travel before and after the tour

- Airline or train transfers and baggage handling

- Personal items such as souvenirs or wines that might be purchased for personal use

-Other items noted as optional or not specifically mentioned as included

- Optional travel insurance including cancellation/delay/lost baggage insurance

This itinerary and lodging arrangements are subject to change based on weather conditions and the availability of scheduled wineries/vineyards.

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