Day 1 : 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, fromages (cheeses).
Check-in at your Hotel Henri II**** for two nights B&B.
Day 2 : Beaune, Route des Grands Crus, Château du Clos de Vougeot & Nuits-Saint-Georges
Pick up is at 9:15 AM at your hotel.
Tour and wine tasting in a local domain* in Beaune.
Discover a a fabulous estate situated in the heart of Beaune. Along with the owner, you'll taste the white wines such as Saint-Aubin, Meursault 1er cru “les Charmes” or the famous Grand cru Corton–Charlemagne.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Beaune.
Route des Grands Crus.
Sightseeing along the Grands Crus road and a stop at the famous Romanée-Conti. Considered the most prestigious name in Burgundy, this plot of 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) produces the most expensive wine in the world!
A picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover why they call it the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We'll take advantage of being in these prestigious vineyards as the best way to explain the Terroir and the various steps required throughout the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. "L’expression du Terroir”.
Stop at Château du Clos de Vougeot.
Founded in 1098 by the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux, the vineyard of the Clos de Vougeot represents more than 50 hectares (124 acres) of vines owned today by more than 80 different owners. Its wine is some of the most famous Grands crus of Burgundy. Today, the castle welcomes the different “chapitres” (dinners) of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (the Brotherhood of the Knights of Tastevin).
Tour and wine tasting in a local domain* around Nuits-Saint-Georges.
In the heart of the town which gave its name to the Côte de Nuits, you will discover a new estate. On this tour you'll glean the different techniques which give these wines their exceptional quality!
Wine tasting at a local wine shop in Chambolle-Musigny.
Located in the heart of Côte de Nuits, the Caveau des Musigny offers a selection of Burgundy wines for twenty years. Discover and taste family estates wines in a friendly atmosphere.
Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel.
* Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should this occur we will offer you an alternative of parallel quality.
Day 3 : Transfer to Reims
Check out after breakfast.
Taxi transfer from your hotel to the train station of Dijon.
TGV transfer from Dijon train station to Reims Champagne-Ardenne train station.
Taxi transfer to your hotel.
Check-in at your hotel de la Paix**** for three nights B&B.
Day 4 : Veuve Clicquot & Champagne Grower's family domains
Pick-up is at 9:15 AM at your hotel.
Guided tour of Reims, city of coronations.
Your day will start by sightseeing the vibrant City Centre, a place full of charm, layers of unique history and regional culinary delights.
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot* (Visit included with 4 glasses of Champagne).
House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot that became famous thanks to Madam Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. You will learn about this visionary young widow who built an empire, and became a legend in her time “la Grande Dame of the Champagne region". For a while, take a dip into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover its unique chalk-cellars and the making-process of Champagne.
Guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims.
A Unesco World Heritage Site, the 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the enormity, the hypnotizing stained glass windows and the exceptionally rich statuary (there are over 2300 figures - and among them the famous Smiling Angel). Here King Clovis was baptized late in the Fifth Century AD, giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and started a lasting tradition: between 1027 and 1825 all but two Kings of France were coronated here!
Lunch at leisure in Reims.
Reims Mountain Grand Cru Vineyards.
Then we'll leave the city and drive through the Grand Cru vineyards on the Mountain of Reims, where the Scenic Route of Champagne winds its way between fields of barley, vinyards, forests and picturesque villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly. Realm of the Pinot Noir varietal, the Mountain of Reims is known for its special "terroir" that gives Champagne much of its power and character. We'll take a tranquil, picturesque pause in such a vineyard to take it all in with our own five senses.
Champagne Tasting & Cellar Tours at a Champagne Grower's Family Domain.
In the heart of the Champagne’s Vineyards, you will be welcomed at a beautiful Champagne Grower's Family Estate. More that 4000 family winemakers contribute to the prestige of Champagne, keeping the Tradition alive from generation to generation with a common goal: the true expression of Champagne. The lovely afternoon will finish with another tasting of different Champagne wines. After heartfelt thank-yous and goodbyes we'll gently return you to the city of Reims.
Drop off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel.
Day 5 : Pommery, family estate
Pick-up is at 09:20 AM at the Reims Centre Train Station forecourt
Or at 09.15 AM at your hotel (according to the date of your arrival)
Tour and Champagne tasting at Pommery* (Visit includes: two glasses of Champagne).
Pommery is the first Maison to propose a self-guided and commented tour of its cellars and Gallo-Roman crayères (chalk pits) thanks to a downloadable application and audio itinerary (paper support also available).
Discover the magnificent Elizabethan style buildings in the depth of the cellars, at 30 metres below the ground. You will experience every aspect of the wine-making process and discover the contemporary art exhibition, Experience Pommery. At the end of your visit, you will be able to taste two glasses of the house's emblematic cuvées.
* Pommery may be replaced by Moet & Chandon for few days in March & April.
Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral...
We'll drive through the bustling streets of Reims to show you some famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful City Center and its imposing Cathedral, and point out places like the Royal Square, the majestic City Hall, Roman Oratory Ruins and THE widest standing Roman Arch in the world! On the Unesco World Heritage List, the 13th-Century Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures - and is where most of the Kings of France were coronated through the ages.
On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne River Valley, we'll pause in picture-perfect vineyards then go meet a prestigious personality of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the charming hillside village of Hautvillers. We'll pay our respects there before heading down the meticulously manicured slopes into Epernay for lunch.
Lunch at your leisure in Epernay.
Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.
Located in the beating heart of Epernay, the town internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne", its stunning main street features a half-mile long exhibition of opulent mansions housing some of the most illustrious "Maisons de Champagne": Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the miles and miles of naturally climate-controlled champagne production and storage tunnels deep below the pavement!
Tour and Champagne Tasting at a family estate.
Before returning to Reims, you will experiment another face of Champagne: tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate. More than 4 000 family wine makers contribute to the prestige of Champagne and maintain the Tradition on from generation to generation, for one aim: the true expression of Champagne. Visit of the production’ site followed by a tasting of several cuvées.
Drop-off is at approximately 05:45 PM at your hotel
Burgundy: The Four-Star Hotel Henri II in Beaune for two nights.
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 ten minutes walking distance from the famous Hospice de Beaune and its magnificent Cathedral Notre Dame. Hotel created in 1626, it bears the name of Henry II King of England, in memory of the many stories between Burgundy and England. The transformations made, illustrate all the charm of Beaune, a city attached to its prestigious past. Part of its construction is classified as a historic monument, the other, modern, was designed in a spirit of harmony.
Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should this occur we will provide an alternative of parallel quality.
Champagne: (Four-Star) Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims for two nights.
In the heart of Reims, the delightful capital of the Champagne region, you’ll find Best Western's pride, the Hôtel de la Paix. This island of calm is a stone’s throw from the Cathedral and a host of charming shops. Between old masonry & and new design, the Hotel de la Paix welcomes you with 169 well-appointed, air-conditioned modern rooms.
This tour includes
- Transportation in a comfortable full option minivan
- Semi-private English speaking escort guide
- Three nights in a hotel**** in Reims with breakfasts
- Entrance fees and tastings at Pommery and at a family Champagne estate
- Avenue des Champagne tour, Dom Perignon with Hauvillers stop
- Tour of Reims Cathedral
- Sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne
- Entrance fees and tastings at Veuve Clicquot and at a family a estate
- Two nights in a hotel**** in Beaune with breakfasts
- Stop at Chateau of Clos de Vougeot
- Two tours & wine tastings at local domain in Burgundy
- One tasting at a local wine shop
- One TGV train transfer from Burgundy to Champagne (2nd class ticket)
- Two taxi transfers.
This tour does not include
- Personal expenses
- Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday
- No Day Tours on Sundays.