Food & Wine Tour: Burgundy and Champagne

One grape variety, one region and one traditional wine maker producing complex and stylish wines – that is the kingdom of wine, Burgundy.

Champagne is the exclusive bubbling wine created for French royal families – a synonym of celebration and joy, this region has an infectiously lively atmosphere that cannot fail to encompass you.

Day 1: Dijon

Start your trip in Dijon, Burgundy’s historical capital. Visit the Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy and the Museum of Beaux-Arts; stroll down their wonderful pedestrianized streets; and photograph their stunning medieval houses and beautiful buildings.

Day 2: Beaune – the heart of Burgundy wine

This artistic city is bursting with fascinating architecture and culture. Visit the Hospices de Beaune, the cathedral, wine cellars in the old village area, and ancient gardens.

Enjoy a private visit to a winery, complete with a VIP tasting session where you will sample some excellent Burgundy wines including some Premier Cru and Grand Cru.

Spend the night in a 4* Winery Resort which is in fact an old castle surrounded by a splendid vineyard. Swim in their pool at sunset before dining in their excellent French restaurant, with top-quality regional wines to top it off.

Day 3: Cote de Beaune

Kick off the day with your guide on a morning walk through the Grand Cru vineyards in Cote de Beaune. Go for lunch with a winemaker where you’ll sample Burgundy wines which complement each dish to illustrate the art of food and wine matching.

In the afternoon, visit the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards, some of the best in the world, and learn from your guide growing and tasting techniques. Sample some of these wines yourself (Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet).

Stay in a wine castle hotel & resort with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, etc. Dine in its gastronomic restaurant decorated in the traditional French style.

Day 4: Cote de Nuits

Visit Cote de Nuits, Burgundy’s red wine valley, and a place for Pinot Noir lovers from all over the world to congregate together. Visit the famous Clos de Vougeot Castle, followed by a small producer of excellent Grand Crus of Cote de Nuits.

Time permitting, road trip to other famous wine areas such as Chamboole-Musigny, Gevrey Chambertin, the sacred Romainee Conti, Vougeor and Nuits Saint-Georges.

Day 5-6 Chablis - Champagne

You will start with a private visit to a local wine producer in Chablis. After a tasting session, have lunch in the city of Vezelay where you should visit the stunning Abbey of Fontenay.

The next morning, head to Champagne for a French cooking class and practise the art of matching the right wines to your meal.

Day 7: Reims

Famous for its cultural heritage, visit the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Reims, where many French Kings were coronated. Taste some excellent champagne in a famous champagne house in the afternoon and learn about the extravagance of these bubbled wines.

Day 8-9: Epernay - Reims

Take a ride on the ‘”Champagne Route” between Reims and Epernay. On this road you will see many different champagne houses and their vineyards.

The following day you will be met by your guide who will take you to the airport in Paris in time to catch your flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Dijon
Day 2: Beaune – the heart of Burgundy wine
Day 3: Cote de Beaune
Day 4: Cote de Nuits
Day 5-6 Chablis - Champagne
Day 7: Reims
Day 8-9: Epernay - Reims

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Excursions
  • Transfers or car hire
  • Activities with guides
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visa if necessary
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that this is required for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1- Dijon 2- Beaune 4- Chablis 5- Reims

Price available upon request

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant