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Tour 2

The Burgundy Wine Region

TOUR SUMMARY

SPLENDORS OF EUROPE offers this week long luxury escorted tour to Burgundy France.  This is a small group luxury tour of Burgundy that includes walking tours and excursions which highlight history, architecture, art, and gourmet culinary experiences.  This tour has a regional focus and provides wonderful in-depth cultural experiences in Burgundy.  Two professional escorts ensure that our small group of 12 or less has a friendly and personally rewarding  experience.  The tour includes escorted museum visits in Beaune and Dijon and visits to the most beautiful vineyards and villages of Burgundy.  You’ll enjoy multiple wine cellar and  wine tasting visits.   The tour also includes hot air ballooning, first class high speed trains, visits to a castle and château and all of the best sights in Burgundy.  Travel to Burgundy France and enjoy the charming Burgundy Wine Region tour with Splendors of Europe.  You'll have the best vacation trip ever.  Visit the hotel, restaurant, and tour photo galleries at the end of this page.

Burgundy provides endless views of the charming French countryside and features numerous adorable villages.  Here you’ll explore medieval walled towns, storybook castles, and ancient stone churches.  You will visit the quaint stone villages featured in "The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy", with names synonymous with great wines like BEAUNE, POMMARD, MEURSAULT, and PULIGNY-MONTRACHET.

This tour indulges the wine enthusiast in the pleasures of Burgundy wines.  You’ll see the legendary vineyards of Burgundy as you travel the picturesque wine route.  You will visit several famous wine cellars and wine bars, to taste some of the world’s most famous wines. You will enjoy wine tasting visits at local châteaux and cellars, and at Clos Vougeot, an old Cistercian winery with a six century cellar and a sixteenth century castle.

You will stay in medieval Beaune, the gastronomic and wine center of Burgundy.  Here you’ll dine on delicious Burgundy cuisine at award winning restaurants, and of course savor some of the world famous wines!  Your last evening is spent in a wonderful château in the Chantilly forest.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

1. All of "Our Special Features and Qualities" listed in the table of contents.

2. Airport greeting and transfers to and from Charles De Gaulle airport, near Paris

3. Ground transportation throughout your tour

4. Two Professional Escorts

5. Seven nights in deluxe character hotels. See the "Tour 2 Hotel Photo Gallery" at the bottom of this page.

  • One night in Paris
  • Four nights in Beaune, Burgundy
  • Two nights at a Château in the Chantilly forest.

6. All hotel taxes and gratuities

7. Award winning dinning.  See our "Gallery of Restaurants" at the bottom of this page.

8. Seven Breakfasts

9. Seven Delicious lunches

10. Six Gourmet dinners

11. Café refreshments

12. Beverages, mineral water, coffee, and dessert with all dinners

13. All restaurant gratuities

14. Admission with choice of escorted or self discovery visits to approximately 35 sites

15. Interactive discussions with authentic local experts.

9 Day Itinerary

SATURDAY International flight to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport

SUNDAY - Arrive at Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris.

Meet your escorts at the airport. After a brief taxi ride we check you in our Parisian hotel and relax this morning in Luxembourg Gardens. The garden is attractively located in front of the magnificent Palais du Luxembourg, now the home of the French Senate. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Paris and popular with Parisians. Enjoy lunch at a fine Parisian restaurant and get acquainted with your hosts and fellow travelers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This afternoon we enjoy a cruise on the Seine through the center of historic Paris.  A visit to St. Sulpice church near the hotel and featured in the "Da Vinci Code" is also possible. 

This evening we enjoy welcome cocktails at our hotel before we savor dinner at a very nice nearby restaurant.  L+D

 

MONDAY - Train to Burgundy and the Towns of Dijon Capital of Burgundy and Beaune the Wine center of Burgundy

No need to tote your luggage today.  After checking out of our hotel in Paris, it is delivered to your hotel room in Beaune. You travel comfortably by the world’s fastest train, the TGV to Dijon.  We arrive in Dijon and begin with a delicious lunch at a fine local restaurant.

After lunch we go to Place Francois Rude and enter old town Dijon. We stroll the narrow cobbled streets and see the renaissance facades on rue de Forges. visit the Gothic Eglise de Notre-Dame with its many gargoyles. We walk past charming medieval half timbered on our way to the renaissance style hotel de Vogue. From here we walk past medieval stone and

timbered houses.  Next we visit the former regal palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. We explore the courtyards and the Tower Philippe-le-Bon. From the top, we enjoy a wonderful view of Dijon and the surrounding countryside. Next we explore inside where we find the Museum des Beaux Arts, the best art museum in France after the Louvre.

 After the art museum we investigate the many fine shops in the area. The Cathedral of St. Bénigne, famous for its outstanding 11th-century crypt by Volpiano can be visited before we depart Dijon.

We end our visit at the park like Place Darcy and see the Triumphal Arch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We leave Dijon by train to make the short trip to Beaune.  In Beaune we check into our beautiful hotel, only a 3 minute walk to the center of Town.

An evening stroll around Beaune is a pleasure. Dinner is enjoyed in Beaune near our hotel. B+L+D

 

TUESDAY - Champagne Balloon Ride in the morning, Beaune in the afternoon.

This morning we enjoy a ballooning adventure. We meet our pilots and soon we’re floating over Burgundy, enjoying views of the vineyards, villages, châteaux, and castles.  When Beaune

we land, we pop the corks and enjoy a Champagne celebration.  See more ballooning photos at www.air-escargot.com.

Next we travel the wine route to the elegant Chateau Gilly where we enjoy a delightful lunch on the  terrace. 

 

Later we visit Clos Vougeot, Here we learn about the history of the wine making by the Cistercian monks, and  "La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin" (Brotherhood of the Knights of Wine). 

This afternoon we return to Beaune. We visit the Hotel Dieu, an architectural jewel of the middle ages.   Refreshments are enjoyed at a local café after which you are free to explore this Chateau Gilly

wonderful medieval town. Dinner is at your leisure this evening. B+L

                                                                                                                                                                               

WEDNESDAY - Drive the scenic wine route, visit châteaux, vineyards a castle and enjoy wine tasting.

We ride through the vineyards and the most beautiful villages of Burgundy including Pommard and Saint-Romain.  In Saint-Romain we make a brief stop at the barrel makers shop and witness this ancient craft.  On to the cliff side village of Orches. Here we enjoy the panoramic view of the valley.  Next we visit Rochepot, the story book image of a Castle. We tour this large well preserved castle, built high on a rocky cliff.                                                                   

Rochepot Castle

We enjoy lunch in an ancient salt cellar where your meal in grilled in a fireplace in the dining room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch we  pass through the vineyards and villages with names that are synonymous with great wines, like Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay and Pommard. This afternoon we enjoy a wine tasting visit at the cellars of the majestic Château de Meursault. Afterward, we return to Beaune. We visit the cellars of Marché aux Vins and enjoy wine tasting.  Stroll around this charming medieval village, with many attractive shops along the narrow pedestrian only streets.       

Tonight we enjoy another gourmet dinner at La Grilladine in Beaune.  After dinner enjoy wine tasting or beer tasting at Pickquicks Pub, a "British Pub" in the heart of France that is frequented by the English speaking. International beers are severed upstairs while downstairs there is a well stocked wine bar. B+L+D

 

 

 

THURSDAY – Wine Tasting in Medieval Cellars and Beaune. 

This morning we visit the the wine museum, and then on through the vineyards to a small traditional cellar in Aloxe Corton where we meet a local wine maker and taste his exceptional wines.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

                                                    Chateau Bellecroix

 

 

                                            Wine Tasting School in Burgundy                                                                                                                        Chateau Bellecroix                                                                  

 

Lunch is enjoyed in Beaune.   This afternoon you are free to further explore the extraordinary medieval town of Beaune with many attractive shops along the cobbled pedestrian streets.   A gourmet dinner with aperitifs is enjoyed at exquisite Château Bellecroix, head quarters of the legendary Knights of Malta.  B+L+D                                                                             

FRIDAY Travel to the Chantilly Forest. 

Today we leave Beaune  by high speed TGV train and travel to Paris.   Here you enjoy lunch at the renowned Train Blue restaurant.   After lunch we head for the enchanting Chantilly forest where we find our elegant Château.  Here we relax before dinner at the Chateau. B+L+D

SATURDAY- Château Chantilly

After breakfast at our Château, we make a visit to the magnificent French Renaissance Château Chantilly.

Chantilly is considered one of the most beautiful in all Europe. Here we visit the Château and the Conde Museum. We see beautiful furnishings and great works by van Dyck, Botticelli, Rubens and many other great masters.

Château Chantilly

Lunch is enjoyed in the hameau hidden in the trees near the palatial French gardens.

 

 

 

 

We also visit the stables fit for a king.

After our visit of Château Chantilly we return to our Château. Here the lovely setting offers splendid forest views and quiet walks around the grounds.

Tonight we enjoy cocktails before an elegant farewell dinner while we regale about your wonderful holiday. B+L+D

 

 

 

SUNDAY - Airport transfer to CDG airport at your convenience and your return flight home, or extend your stay in France. B

Museum Vivant du Cheval

INCLUDED SITE VISITS AND EXCURSIONS

1. Luxembourg Gardens.

2. St. Sulpice Church

3. Wine museum of Beaune

4. Wine tasting at the Cellars of Maison Champy

5. Notre Dame Church of Beaune

6. Medieval Beaune

7. Barrel Makers shop

8. Excursion to Rochepot Castle

9. Château Bellecroix

10. Village of Pommard

11. Pommard wine maker visit and wine tasting

12. Beer or Wine Tasting at a British Pub

13. Hot Air Ballooning Adventure, (Included on luxury tour, optional on deluxe tour)

14. Clos Vougeot excursion

15. Nuits St George

17. Hôtel Dieu visit

18. Patriarche Cellars wine tasting

19. Village of Meursault

20. Wine tasting at the wine cellars of the Château de Meursault

21. Dijon

22. Place Darcy

23. Place Francois Rude

24. Eglise de Notre-Dame

25. Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne

26. Musée des Beaux Arts

27. Tower Philippe-le-Bon

28. Dijon Shopping

29. Cathedral of St. Benigne

30. Seine River Cruise

31. Château Chantilly

32. Conde Museum

33. Museum Vivant du Cheval

34. Our Chantilly Forest Château

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