This year we’re returning to Burgundy, which was our home in France for three years.
Itinerary – 2 nights in Lyon, 7 nights in Beaune & 2 nights in Auxerre, plus optional nights in Paris. Price: 3980 Euros per person, share twin.
Day 1 – Saturday 16 September Arrive LYON independently and check-in to your central 3 star hotel, between the Saone and Rhone rivers. Meet at 6.00 for drinks and introductions, before walking to DINNER at a restaurant.
Day 2 – Sunday 17 – LYON Explore the old city, its narrow streets, Renaissance and Gothic houses and the covered alleyways, known as traboules. Later a cable car will take us up Fourvière Hill for the magnificent view over the city, then you are free to explore the basilica, the Roman theatres and archaeological museum. Return to our hotel by cable car or a zig-zagging footpath, with a side trip to a rose garden. DINNER at a restaurant.
Day 3 – Monday 18 – BEAUNE Discover the hinterland of Beaujolais and the medieval hilltop village of Oingt, then wind through the vineyards to a country inn for LUNCH. Continue to Tournus for its beautiful abbey church, then take the autoroute up to Beaune for our charming town house – four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, living and dining rooms, a well-lit kitchen, separate TV room, uitility room and laundry. After settling in, we’ll sample some Burgundian specialities with a PICNIC DINNER and wine tasting.
Day 4 – Tuesday 19 – BEAUNE Early departure for Verdun-sur-Doubs to meet chef Didier Dennis. After coffee we’ll embark on a morning of cooking a Menu du Marché, which we will eventually consume with the sommelier’s selected wines. Evening free.
Day 5 – Wednesday 20 – BEAUNE Free morning to explore Beaune and the marvellous Hotel Dieu, followed by an excursion to Puligny-Montrachet for a wine tasting LUNCH. Afternoon visit to the fortified chateau at Rochepot, then wind through the Cote de Beaune vineyards back to Beaune. Evening free.
Day 6 – Thursday 21 – BEAUNE A visit to Dijon, where we’ll follow the Trail of the Owl to the Tour de Philippe-le-Bon and climb 316 steps up to its roof for the panorama. Free time to recover and explore Dijon’s market and numerous churches, museums and shops. Return to Beaune via the Cote de Nuits vineyards, stopping at Nuit St Georges or Clos de Vougeot; the largest single vineyard in Burgundy. DINNER at a restaurant.
Day 7 – Friday 22 – BEAUNE Full day’s excursion to the Jura, visiting the Royal Saltworks at Arc et Senan and the Arbois vineyards before LUNCH at a modern country bistro. Afternoon circuit to the charming hilltop wine village of Chateau-Chalons and then down to Arlay to sample the unique wines of the Jura in an ancient wine cellar. Evening free.
Day 8 – Saturday 23 – BEAUNE Free day in Beaune to relax and enjoy the big weekly market, cellars, shops and museums. Evening free.
Day 9 – Sunday 24 – BEAUNE We head for the hills and the Haute Cote de Nuits to learn about the Burgundy truffle and hunt for the elusive delicacy, before enjoying a special LUNCH. Return to Beaune, stopping at Savigny-les-Beaune for the chateau its collection of Abarth racing cars, motor cycles, tractors and fighter planes. Evening free.
Day 10 – Monday 25 – AUXERRE Depart Beaune and the Cote d’Or for the walled town of Semur-en-Auxois and then the pretty hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, noted for its aniseed sweets and the film Chocolat. Afternoon visit to the Abbaye de Fontenay and Noyers, noted for its 14-15th century half-timbered buildings, before arriving at Auxerre. DINNER at a restaurant.
Day 11 – Tuesday 26 – AUXERRE We meet local wine expert, Brendan, for a day exploring the Chablis and Auxerrois vineyards and cellars. Farewell DINNER at a restaurant.
Day 12 – Wednesday 27 September Tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the station. The train journey to Paris takes about 1hr 45mins.
Extend your holiday with a few nights in Paris and possibly a cruise on a hotel barge. Many barges include transfers from Paris and most cruises start on Sunday.
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