Walking the Culinary Secrets of Burgundy & Paris

Travel from Paris, visiting the most beautiful vineyards and historic heritage places in Burgundy. You will also enjoy delicious Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs along the route, great views of the vineyards, beautiful scenery, and regional cuisine, while visiting local villages near Beaune. Burgundy is a place for lovers of history, architecture, food and fine wines… L’ art de vivre

The program includes a private gourmet and cultural experiences in Beaune, Dijon and Paris with a local guide. The secret places of those amazing cities visited will give you many great memories to take home.

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Day 1: Paris / Welcome

Meet and greet your guide at the Charles de Gaulle airport and private group transfer to the Hotel in Paris, which is located in a charming neighbourhood in the heart of the 6th arrondissement, Rive Gauche – In the evening, before our welcome dinner at traditional gourmet restaurant, we will go over the trip itinerary – Overnight at Louison Boutique Hotel (B, D) 

Hotel: The Hôtel Louison invites you to enter into the History of France. In a royal family residence, which housed the illegitimate children of Louis XIV, the Hôtel Louison invites you to discover a tasteful, stylish and elegant “French-style” universe. Here, tradition meets modernity, a recipe which brings together sculpted busts, period mouldings, design furniture and graphic fabrics.

Day 2: Paris / Cultural & Gourmet Experience

After breakfast, we will visit Paris by walk with our local guide. Enjoy the most representative places nearby; the Luxembourg Garden, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse neighbourhoods, stop for a Macaron at the Pierre Hermé boutique or a chocolate at the Deux Magots legendary café – Menu lunch at the oldest restaurant in Paris – After lunch, at leisure for personal activities – In the afternoon, about 6:00 pm, we will depart from the Hotel to enjoy a Bateaux Mouches sunset experience with spectacular views of Paris – Dinner on your own – Overnight at Louison Boutique Hotel (B, L)

Day 3: Paris

After breakfast, day at leisure for visiting a local fruit & vegetable market, a Paris Museum, a relaxing walk by the Seine River or shopping in the neighbourhood near to the Hotel – In the afternoon, about 7:00 pm, we will enjoy a fabulous menu dinner at Spring restaurant near to the Louvre. At Spring restaurant, the menu changes monthly and the dishes are inspired by the market and the French tradition. The Chef, Gilles Chesneau, is very attached to the spirit of the terroir, he cooks with the highest respect for the product, carefully considering each transformation with in mind to not only preserve, but to exhale its qualities – Overnight at Louison Boutique Hotel (B, D)

Day 4: Paris-Dijon

After breakfast and check out, transfer to the train station for taking our direct train to Dijon. This travel will be takes about 2 hours – Arrive to Dijon and transfer to the Hotel, located in a charming old town. Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, its medieval heritage with the Dukes of Burgundy and the fine wine route, give this Burgundian city a feel that is both grandiose and provincial – In the afternoon, we are going to visit by walk the historic down town of Dijon – Dinner at Wiliam Frachot restaurant, 2 stars Michelin. The Chef, William Frachot, defines his cuisine as contemporary cuisine without borders and creative, emphasizing both the French countryside as his travels – Overnight at Grand Hotel La Cloche (B, D)

Hotel: This Hausmann-style building, dating 1884, is part of the city’s cultural patrimony. Today a registered heritage site and architectural treasure, the Grand Hôtel La Cloche remains true to that tradition by offering the utmost in comfort and typical Dijon refinement.

Day 5: Dijon – Beaune /The Grands Crus Route

In the Burgundy winegrowing region you will find France’s finest and elegant Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Also you will enjoy the beautiful vineyards scenery and amazing reginal cuisine.

After breakfast, depart for a private tour follow the Grands Crus Route, tasting the fantastic Burgundy wines along the route of Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

First, we will explore renowned villages like Vosne-Romanée or Nuits-Saint-Georges and a premium wine tasting – Tour to the wonderful Chateau Clos de Vougeot, founded around 1100 by the Abbey of Cîteaux. The Clos de Vougeot symbolizes the entire history of Bourgogne wine production through the work of the winemaker monks. Here you can visit one of the oldest cellars in France. This outstanding historical monument is today the home of the Brotherhood of the Knights of Tastevin – Continuation of the tour through the Route des Grands Crus to Gevrey-Chambertin for a delicious gourmet lunch – Visit to a cheese factory (the best of the region, by the way), tasting some typical varieties of the region – from the most «fresh» to the very fresh ones! – Arrival to Beaune for a special wine tasting of Côte de Beaune wines and check in and overnight at L’ Hotel de Beaune – Evening at leisure (B, L)

Hotel: L’Hôtel de Beaune is an exceptional luxuriously restored XIXth century house with its own courtyard. Set in the heart of Beaune with 10 exclusive rooms, it offers the highest standard of comfort and service. L’Hôtel is renowned for its privacy and the personalized service it gives to guests.

Day 6: Beaune / Cooking Class

Today we are going to explore the delightful gastronomic culture of the region. The program includes a market tour in the heart of Beaune, a hands-on cooking class in local atelier, teaching the classics of Burgundian cuisine, and a seven – course lunch, including a cheese tasting of local fromages, and a wine tasting paired with the menu – Continue for visiting La Moutarderie Fallot to discover the Burgundy mustard through its 3 dedicated spaces: a Museum tour which will reveal all the secrets of the Brassica seed and its history, and a sensational experience for approaching of the Fallot gourmet products – Overnight at L’ Hotel de Beaune (B, L)

Day 7: Beaune / Walking and Cultural Experience

Today we will walk through some of Beaune’s Premiers Crus and visit the most important historic site in town.

After breakfast, depart for an easy trail for walking among Beaune’s vineyards to the south of the town with views over Beaune and the Côte de Beaune.

Burgundy’s vineyard “climats” are a unique site in the world and form an exceptional legacy of expertise and tradition, which is why they have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Lunch at local restaurant – Visit the Hospices de Beaune, a hospital foundation from the 15th century. Its glazed tile roofs of sparkling colours are the symbol of Burgundy and its Gothic architecture, an amazing throwback to the golden age of the Dukes. The Hospices, a hospital created in for the poor, is also the owner of a prestigious wine estate whose wines are sold at a major auction in November – Evening at leisure – Overnight at L’ Hotel de Beaune (B, L)

Day 8: Beaune – Paris / End of the Tour

After breakfast and check out, transfer to the train station for taking our direct train to Paris.

B: Breakfast        L: Lunch         D: Dinner

The program includes:

  • Private transportation and airport transfers
  • Bilingual expert guides
  • All entrance fees and wine tastings
  • Introduction to Burgundy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines given by an expert
  • 7 nights in a *** Boutique Hotel in Paris (double rooms),***** Hotel in Dijon and **** Boutique Hotel in Beaune
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • A Cooking Class, including seven course lunch and a wine tasting paired with the menu
  • Visits to a cheese and mustard factories
  • 3 lunches without drinks
  • 3 dinners without drinks
  • Walking through some of Beaune’s Premiers Crus and visit to the Hospices de Beaune
  • First class train tickets (Paris – Dijon and Beaune – Paris)
  • A map of Beaune, Dijon and Paris & a mineral water every day
  • Tips at meals as indicated in the itinerary

The program does not include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such laundry, communications, and others not indicated in the program
  • Tips at the hotels, guides and drivers

Note:

  • The Private Tour is available from May to October 2017/18, departs on Mondays
  • The activities are by recreational walk, about 5-6 hours per day. Overnight in Paris on Day 7 it’s possible with previous group arrangements

EXPERT GUIDE AND TRIP PLANNER

Karen Gilchrist is a graduate of the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of the Sorbonne University in Paris and the holder of diplomas in wine tasting, tourism and marketing from the London Chamber of Commerce and the British Industry Examinations Board, accomplishments during her eight years of residence in Europe. Her experience in connection with wine routes include in USA (California, Oregon, Long Island), France (Burgundy, Champagne, Bordeaux and Loire), Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.

In addition to guiding she is also a wine tourism consultant in Chile and abroad.

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BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY

Visas

If you are a US or Chilean citizen, a visa is not required to enter France. Citizens of other countries, check with your Embassy or Consular office for further information.

Reconfirming Your Flights & Travel Arrangements

We recommend reconfirming your flights to Paris at least 72 hours prior departure. Please finalize all your plans before you leave the U.S or Chile.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS & DELAYS EN ROUTE

Please make sure the person you have designated as your emergency contact while you are on the trip has a copy of your air and land itinerary.

In the event you are delayed en route, contact the Emergency numbers below:

Contact:

Karen Gilchrist at +56 99 5381177

Emergency phone: +56 99 278 1331

UPON YOUR ARRIVAL

Upon arrival in Paris your guide will be waiting for you and assist you to transfer to your hotel. He will be holding a sign with your names.

Please review our Travel to France Information page for helpful tips that will make your stay in France the best it can be.

PRICING
(USD)                       

No. of Persons6-810-12
Price per person$4,000$3,600
Hotel Single Suplem$1,000$1,000

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