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BURGUNDY: BELOW THE SURFACE TOUR

A 5-night getaway to the heart of gracious luxury, culinary delights and extraordinary wines!

OCTOBER 2024 TOUR DESCRIPTION

 

Burgundy is the old France, where the past lives in concert with the present. Historic châteaus, miles of straight Roman roads and magnificent churches are a constant reminder of Burgundy's heritage. Burgundy is a land of culture, countryside, fine food and wine; a land where life is relaxed and enjoyed. The area is rich in culture, history, gastronomy and world-famous wines, and is renowned for its warm hospitality and inimitable knack for enjoying life. Familiar names like Beaune, Meursault, Corton-Charlemagne and Montrachet evoke the tradition and "joie de vive" of the region's top wine growers, where love of wine is so much a part of daily life. Passing old honey-colored stone houses and ancient walls along the quiet, winding wine roads, gives the impression of having gone back in time.

 

A first-class hotel, private visits to top producers and sumptuous dining await as you discover the prestigious wines, history and beauty of Burgundy. You'll enjoy extensive tastings at top wine estates in Burgundy with wine expert Todd Ross, a professional local guide, and internationally award-winning photojournalist Peter Martin, Managing Director of MARTIN KEEGAN TOURS, LLC.

 

October 27, SUNDAY, Day 1 - Welcome to Burgundy! Pick up from Dijon Train Station and short transfer to Beaune. Check in to the charming and historic 5-star Hôtel Le Cep, then enjoy a private walking tour of Beaune, with our expert guide, pointing out important local landmarks such as the Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu and the Collégiale Notre-Dame, followed by a wine-tasting introduction to the Burgundy wine region, and a review of our itinerary for the week. Dinner tonight is at the excellent Aupres Du Clocher in Pommard.

 

October 28, MONDAY, Day 2 - After breakfast we visit the picturesque Château du Clos de Vougeot where once again our expert local guide shares their knowledge of this historic location. It's a short drive to our first wine tasting visit of the day, Domaine Henri Gouges in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Lunch will be at Premnord, the new and stylish restaurant of Domaine Prieuré Roch in Premeaux-Prissey. After lunch it's just a drive to the old cellars of Maison Louis Latour in Aloxe-Corton. Dinner tonight is at one of France's most beloved bistros, Ma Cuisine in Beaune, known for its traditional Burgundian dishes and sublime wine list.

 

October 29, TUESDAY, Day 3 - This morning, after breakfast, we have a guided visit and tasting with Fromagerie Gaugry in Brochon. Cheese is close to the heart of the French, and Gaugry is integral in keeping the local Burgundian traditions alive with its incomparable Epoisses, Ami du Chambertin, Brochonnais and many more! Afterward, it's just a short drive to Gevrey-Chambertin and our first wine tasting at Domaine Drouhin-Laroze. This impeccable domaine has been a family-run estate since 1850, located in the heart of one of Burgundy’s most-important villages. Their holdings include parcels in six grands crus and four of Gevrey’s premiers crus, as well as several village wines. After our tour we’ll enjoy a hearty wine-tasting lunch prepared by our hosts, from their dining room overlooking an enclosed vineyard, with a selection of Drouhin-Laroze’s brilliant wines! Afterward, it's just a short drive to the northern fringe of Beaune and our second wine tasting at the impeccable cellars of Maison Louis Jadot. Afterward, guests have the evening to themselves to explore Beaune and have dinner on their own with our recommendations. From bistros and bars à vins, to Michelin-starred addresses, try Le Caveau des Arches, Le Bénaton, L’Ecusson, Le Bistro de L'Hôtel, La Table du Square, La Superb Bar à Manger, Soul Kitchen, and Le P'tit Paradis, just to name a few.

 

October 30, WEDNESDAY, Day 4 – Dijon Detour. Today we’ll drive north approximately 40-minutes to Dijon where we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city led by our expert Guide. Highlights will include the Notre Dame de Dijon, Place de Liberation, Palace of the Dukes, and the Archeological Museum. Lunch will be on one's own today in Dijon with our suggestions. After lunch we’ll meet at the designated time and place and transit to picturesque village of Pernand-Vergelesses for a tasting at the family-run estate of Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine, who proudly produce a compelling range of wines from the northern Côte-de-Beaune, including many from the Grands Crus Corton and Corton-Charlemagne. After our return to Beaune, dinner will find us enjoying the cozy Burgundian bistro cuisine and wines at l'Ardoise in Beaune.

 

October 31, THURSDAY, Day 5 - After a leisurely breakfast, we'll drive to the charming wine-village of Morey-Saint-Denis to visit and taste at the family domaine of Pierre Amiot et Fils. Lunch today will be a La Tout Petite Auberge in Vosne-Romanée. Our second tasting of the day is just steps away at Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret in Vosne-Romanée. Gathering for our final night in Beaune, our farewell dinner is at the Michelin 1-star Le Carmin, on Place Carnot, not far from the Hôtel-Dieu. This restaurant, with a modern façade, occupies the ground floor of a picturesque old house. After stints with Robuchon and Ducasse, chef Christophe Quéant crafts modern, seasonal cuisine based on traditional textbook foundations.

 

November 1, FRIDAY, Day 6 - Early morning departure today for a shuttle back to the Dijon Rail station for trains to Paris or onward travel.

$5999

5
nights

Tour Dates:

October 27-November 1, 2024

June 1-6, 2025

and

October 26-31, 2025

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Full information and welcome package.

  • Welcome reception and introduction to Burgundy with local wines.

  • 5 nights Luxury accommodations in 'Grand Cru' guestrooms at the *****Hôtel Le Cep, Beaune.

  • Pick up and drop off at the Dijon train station and all transfers during the tour.

  • Private walking tour of Beaune.

  • Private walking tour of Dijon.

  • Joining us all week will be a professional local guide.

  • Tour and tasting at Fromagerie Gaugry.

  • A visit to the famous, picturesque Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.

  • 5 breakfasts.

  • 3 lunches.

  • 4 dinners.

  • All beverages during the seven included meals are provided in the price of the tour. What this means is that ample red and white wines, still and sparkling bottled water, and coffee or tea will be served along with all seven meals provided as part of this tour. (Additional aperitifs or digestives will be the responsibility of individuals.)

  • Entries to all private wine tastings throughout the region.

  • Entries to all museums and other scheduled locations.

  • All gratuities during the tour.

  • Tour ends in Dijon, France.

  • Price Per Person - $5,999.00 (Price does not include airfare).

  • Single Supplement - $1,250.00 (note: single guests may request to be paired to avoid the single supplement fee).

  • Group size limited to just 6 guests.

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