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France: Luxury Champagne & Burgundy Gourmet & Wine Indulgence Small Group Tour - 5 days

FRANCE: Champagne & Burgundy Gourmet & Wine Tour - 5 Days:
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Destinations: Eperney, Champagne, Puligny-Montrachet , Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and Dijon

Tour Grading EASY: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Paris

Number of Days: 5 days / 4 nights

Accommodation: 5 / 4 Star Modern & Boutique Hotels

Leaders: Professional guide & specialist guides at Restaurants and Wineries

Tour Concludes In: Paris

Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tours

Meals: Breakfasts; 4: Lunches; 5: Dinners; 3:

Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Summary

Indulge in this 5 day gourmet and wine small group tour and discover Champagne, Troyes and Burgundy, Cote de Beaune, Cote de Nuits and Dijon with fine wines and delicious food of Champagne and Burgundy presented by the local experts.

Visit prestigious vineyards and discover why the art of living finds its home in Burgundy.

This is a luxury gastronomy and wine indulgence tour of France.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit of the cellars of the famous champagne houses  with a degustation of champagne
  • Explore the beautiful 13th century UNESCO world heritage site – the Reims Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Tasting bubbles at “Dom Perignon” & “Möet et Chandon” cellars
  • Explore the medieval town of Troyes
  • Discover Burgundy, the temple of wine and gastronomy • Walk the vineyards and cellars of ‘Olivier Leflaive’ and meet the owner himself
  • Tour and understand the workings of a vineyard; the grape quality, the harvesting and the wine making
  • Stroll the capital of Burgundy Wine the medieval art town of Beaune
  • Visit famous vineyards ‘Clos de Vougeot’ at Côte de Nuits
  • Visit a vineyard for degustation – Château de Mersault or Pommard known for its white wines
  • Stop for a degustation of wine in another famous vineyard of the Côte de Nuit or Côte de Beaune appellation known for its red wines in particular
  • Enjoy the gastronomic lunch in Dijon with its exceptional setting in a vaulted crypt
  • Shop at Boutique Maille the home of mustard

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 & 4/3 star Modern & Boutique Hotels as per your choice
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
  • Luxury private Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
  • Australian Tour Manager specialized  professional specialised tour guide
  • Entrance fees to all sights, monuments, shows and activities as per the itinerary
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
  • An exclusive BT&T information travel booklet

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1:   Tuesday:   Paris - Champagne:
  • Day 2:   Wednesday:   Champagne to Burgundy - Puligny-Montrachet:
  • Day 3:   Thursday:   Puligny-Montrachet - Côte de Beaune:
  • Day 4:   Friday:   Puligny-Montrachet - Côte de Nuits:
  • Day 5:   Saturday:    Puligny-Montrachet - Tasting and Dijon:

Country Information

 
Accommodation:

All our hotels are excellent four and five star boutique hotels. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or twin beds.

Climate & Clothing:

In summer the weather in France is mild to warm, the temperature average between June and July is about 78°F - 26°C. Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.

Currency & Money Matters:

The official currency in France is EURO (€). On January 1, 2002, the Euro became the official currency for 300 million Europeans, in use in 12 countries of the European Union. Traveller’s Cheques can be exchanged at some banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash or credit cards. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas.

Electricity:

The electrical current in France is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.

Insurance:

You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.

Language:

French is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.

Meals:

Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening

meals.

Medical Services & Facilities:

Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in France are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.

Passports & Visas:

To enter France you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. No visa is required for tourists.

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:

Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed.

Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at this hotel for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.

Solo Traveller:

We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.

Special Requests:

Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.

Time Zone:

France Standard time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 during Summer Daylight Saving Time)

Tour Group:

Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.

Transport:

We generally use modern deluxe minibuses for tours. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.

Water & Beverages:

Our hotels offer bottled water and bottled water is provided throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour.

UNESCO

Reims Notre Dame Cathedral

VIP Moments

 

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France: Luxury Champagne & Burgundy Gourmet & Wine Indulgence Small Group Tour Map

Full Itinerary

Day 1:   Tuesday:   Paris - Champagne:   (L/D)

After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Paris and met your driver and guide and transfer to Reims. On arrival, there will be a guided visit of the cellars of the famous champagne house “Tattinger” with a degustation of their champagne.  Then visit the beautiful 13th century UNESCO world heritage site – the Reims Notre Dame Cathedral where the French kings were coroneted (30 Coronations) in the past. Lunch will be at an exclusive restaurant in Reims.  Continue on your scenic drive along the picturesque champagne route between Reims and Epernay to where the famous statue of the monk ‘Dom Perignon’ is at the entrance of the renowned champagne house – “Möet et Chandon”  Stop for a visit of their cellars with a tasting of their bubbles. Later transfer to your hotel with time to relax before dinner this evening.

 

Day 2:   Wednesday:   Champagne - Troyes to Burgundy:   (B/L/D)

Following breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to Troyes. On arrival there you will be a guided through the medieval town of Troyes, well known for its half timbered tilted houses. Lunch today will be in the centre of Troyes.  After lunch there is free time for you walk around the cobbled pedestrian streets of Troyes, or to continue on to an outlet shopping centre, Mc Arthur Glen on the outskirts of Troyes for a shopping afternoon. Later this afternoon we leave Troyes and continue on to Burgundy, the temple of wine and gastronomy. On arrival, check in to your hotel, a 17th century building nestled in the pretty village of Puligny-Montrachet on the Côte de Beaune. Meet the owner who is also a producer of burgundy wine. Dinner is at the hotel this evening with a food and wine pairing commented by the sommelier of the hotel.

 

Day 3:   Thursday:   Puligny-Montrachet - Côte de Beaune:   (B/L/D)

This morning after breakfast,  visit the vineyards and cellars of ‘Olivier Leflaive’ and meet the owner himself. The morning is dedicated to understanding the processes in the vineyards in order to have the grape quality required and the method of wine making once the grapes have been harvested until it has been bottled.  We will then leave for Beaune where you will have lunch in a traditional restuarant in an exceptional settling – a magnificent vaulted cellar from the 17th century.  After lunch, visit the capital of Burgundy Wine, the medieval art town - Beaune. Enjoy an hour or so meandering through the narrow typical streets with grand mansions, half timbered houses and squares of flower and gardens. This will be followed by a guided visit of Beaune’s most famous monument - the ‘Hospice de Beaune’.  The ‘Hospice de Beaune’ also known as the l’hôtel Dieu de Beaune, and today is a museum, that was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin (chancellor of Burgundy) as a hospital for the poor and needy. The Hôtel Dieu is one of the finest examples of 15th century Burgundy architecture.  A famous wine auction organised by Christie’s is held at the Hospice de Beaune each year in November during the three day festival (Les Trois Glorieuse) dedicated to the wine and gastronomy of Burgundy. We return to your hotel to relax before dinner. Dinner this evening is at a 1 star Michelin restaurant.

Optional tour to Mustard Mill
today you are able to discover for yourself all the steps involved in transforming the wild mustard seed: from the storage silo right up to packaging the end product. While this Mustard Mill  has been able to preserve its traditional and ancestral manufacturing methods, which involve grinding the seeds with a millstone, it is with pride that we now invite you to come and discover totally new experiences and sensations at a venue which truly befits the 21st century.

 

Day 4:   Friday:   Puligny-Montrachet  - Côte de Nuits:   (B/L)

This morning after breakfast, continue on to the Côte de Nuits passing the famous vineyards of Romanée Conti amongst others. Pause at the renowned vineyards of the ‘Clos de Vougeot’ to visit this wonderful chateau.  Continue onto the Gevrey Chambertin, a tiny winemaker’s village of the Côte de Nuit where you will have lunch at a restaurant in a typical burgundy residence with its traditional varnished-tile roof, for a real taste of cuisine from the Burgundy region.  After lunch, continue along the ‘golden slope’ of the Côte de Nuit among the picturesque vineyards. Along the way we will stop for a visit and degustation of wine in another famous vineyard of the Côte de Nuit or Côte de Beaune appellation known for its red wines in particular.

 

Day 5:   Saturday:   Puligny-Montrachet  -  Wine Tasting and Dijon  -  Paris:   (B/L)

After checking out from your hotel, visit your last vineyard for degustation – Château de Mersault or Pommard known for its white wines in particular.  Then en route for Dijon. Arrive in time for our last gastronomic lunch, enjoy this exceptional setting in a vaulted crypt.  After lunch  have a guided visit (Parcours de la Chouette) of the third Art capital of France. Start at the Place de Darcy, pass by the 19th century Halle of Dijon, Place Baruezai and many typical Burgundy style houses with timber panes (maison à colombages) on Rue des Forges and Rue de la Liberté, Notre Dame, Palais des ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne, La Maison Millière (1483), Saint Bénigne Cathedral, Saint Michel Church, Place de la Libération and Place Emile Zola.  There is free time to wander around Dijon on your own. Dijon is the home of French mustard - we recommend that you stop at the Boutique Maille to buy some special mustard that maynot be found elswhere.  Later this afternoon, return to Paris where your small group tour concludes. It is time to say farewell to acquaintances, new-found friends and France.

Some guests may wish to stay another day or more in this amazing city; please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours and Travel for further travel arrangements.

Tour Hotels

CITY LUXURY DELUXE BOUTIQUE
Epernay:  Hotel Jean Moet NA N/A
Puligny-Montrachet: Hotel Maison d'Olivier Leflaive N/A N/A

 

If you require a hotel in Paris, please contact us.

 

Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.

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