Iconic Journeys Worldwide would like to present to you our FIRST EVER wine and culinary tour…. en France! An Old World wine country that has been cultivating vineyards for over two thousand years, France continues to create some of the most delicious and iconic wines in the world.
In 2019, discover the incredible wines of Burgundy. Meet well-known wine producers from Chablis through the Iconic Cote d’Or, all the way down to the Beaujolais, and taste along the way the most elegant Pinot Noir, crisp, mouth-watering Chardonnay, as well as fruity Gamay. And of course, what is wine without food? Tuck into French comfort food in quaint village bistros, while also having a chance to taste delectable haute cuisine at Michelin star restaurants! Can’t wait to see you there!
Day 1- Arrival day in Paris
Transfer to Chablis from Paris or CDG (Charles de Gaulle) airport that afternoon. (Arriving in Paris a day or two before is advisable in case of delayed flights and to adjust to jet-lag). Check in to your hotel in Chablis and enjoy a “welcome dinner.” Overnight in Chablis. (D)
Day 2- Chablis
Today you will make your first visit to see some of Chablis’ finest vineyards, where plantings are 100% Chardonnay grapes, producing some of the world’s purest and most individual expressions of this classic varietal. In the morning, visit Grand Cru producer Domaine Laroche and tour their historic facility in the heart of the old village- including the 13th century press in the Obédiencerie. Enjoy a lunch and visit to Domaine Brocard, a producer who makes some of the best organic wines, from younger Village wines to the more complex Premier and Grand Crus.
This afternoon we will visit another of the top producers in this area.
Overnight in Chablis, where you are free to dine as your appetite dictates. (B, L)
Day 3- Vezelay and the Cote d’Or
An easy start to the day. Check out of your Chablis hotel with a mid-morning departure to Vezelay; one of the most important villages in the days of the crusades and a principle point on the pilgrims’ trail to St. Jacques de Compostelle. Walk up the hill to the basilica, passing artist workshops and interesting shops. There is an active monastery next to the UNESCO-listed basilica, which is famous for housing relics of St. Marie-Madeleine, brought there in the 11th century.
Free for lunch in Vezelay, then in the mid-afternoon, continue driving south to check into our hotel in Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or.
Dinner tonight is casual, a short walk from our centrally-located hotel. Overnight in Beaune. (B, D)
Day 4- Cote d’Or
A morning visit to a top winery just outside of Beaune, then continue to a tasting lunch at Domaine Senard on the slope of the famous hill of Aloxe-Corton.
After our winery visit, we drive north through the villages of the Cote de Nuits, passing one famous vineyard or producer after another as we orient ourselves to this iconic wine region. Arriving in Gevrey-Chambertin, we will visit one of the top producers in this village, tasting a range of wines from Village to Grand Crus as we learn about the different terroirs of the slopes.
We return to Beaune at the end of the afternoon, where you are free to choose one of the many excellent dining choices close to our hotel.
Overnight in Beaune. (B, L)
Day 5- Beaune
You are free to use the morning to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, around the corner from our accommodation, or enjoy the interesting shops and galleries of this charming town. If you feel less active, relax and indulge in a spa treatment in the comfort of your lovely hotel.
Lunch is open, then at 2pm, we will rendezvous to head out for our orientation of the Cote de Beaune. As we drive through the different picturesque villages, we learn the characteristics of this terroir, comparing it to the Cote de Nuits and stop to taste at two of the finest producers of red and white Burgundy.
Returning to Beaune, you are again free for dinner as your appetite directs. Overnight in Beaune. (B)
Day 6- Cote de Beaune/Cote de Nuits
Today we will visit either the Cote de Nuits or the Cote de Beaune, depending on preference of our guests.
Dinner is open in Beaune. Overnight in Beaune. (B, L)
Day 7- Beaujolais
Check out of your accommodation and drive south to the Macon region either in the morning or after lunch. Visit one or more producers in the Macon region, depending on arrival time, and possibly also a producer of Charolais beef, if the group desires. Lunch subject to final itinerary in either Beaune or Macon.
Overnight in Beaujolais. (B, L)
Day 8- Beaujolais
This morning we visit one of the top Beaujolais producer’s, followed by lunch on the hill of ‘la Madonne’ overlooking the vineyards of Fleurie. Enjoy another winery visit this afternoon as we meander through the beautiful hillsides of the Beaujolais villages, then return to our hotel in time to relax and freshen up (or maybe enjoy a spa treatment if time permits) before our Michelin-starred farewell dinner together.
Overnight in Beaujolais. (B, L, D)
Day 9- Departure to U.S.
After breakfast, check out of our hotel and transfer to Lyon airport for departure. (B)
Note: The producers that we meet will vary upon availability throughout the year.
CHABLIS: Hostellerie des Clos (or similar)
BEAUNE: Hotel Cep (or similar)
BEAUJOLAIS: Hotel le Savigny (or similar)
$6,895 per person, plus $1600 single supplement
- Hotel (sharing double/twin) and breakfast daily listed in itinerary
- Meals/wine tastings as indicated on itinerary
- Travel by air-conditioned vehicle throughout
- Wine expert host (2 hosts with 8 or more guests)
- International air
- Any meals or drinks purchased that is not included in itinerary
- Hotel accomodations in Paris (or elsewhere) prior to the first tour day