Visit Burgundy’s many miles of beautiful vineyards, visit estates in both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits and enjoy tours and tasting lunches.
Highlights of this Wine Tour4 days from £829pp
- Unwind with three nights stay in a hotel in the heart of historic Beaune, with breakfast
- Sample the finest whites and uncover local wine-making secrets at family owned estates of the Côte de Beaune. Then taste some of the most renowned reds at the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte de Nuits
- Feast on two wine tasting lunches with 13 perfectly paired wines
- Private local transfers to and from the tasting lunches – so you can really relax
- A morning visit to a prestigious wine cellar in Beaune, followed by a tasting of 6 wines
A Sample Itinerary
- As you arrive in Beaune, settle into your hotel before stepping out on the cobbles to explore this captivating town. Wander the medieval streets of Beaune, its ramparts, the Collegial church of Notre Dame with its 15th century tapestries, and have a drink in one of the many cafés on the main square.
- The day begins with a short stroll to one of the region’s finest family vineyards where you’ll enjoy your first Burgundy wine tasting. Then it’s on to the famed Côte de Beaune to sample perhaps some of the finest white wines in the world, before enjoying a Burgundy wine tasting lunch at the family estate in the heart of the vineyards.
- Start the day with a trip to the Côte de Nuits – the northern half of the Côte d’Or wine region in Burgundy. It specializes in red wines made predominantly from Pinot Noir, the most famous and expensive of which come from the Grand Cru vineyards of Vosne-Romanee and Chambolle-Musigny. With your appetite well and truly stoked, it’s time for your traditional Bourgogne lunch with five accompanying wines.
- After breakfast stroll to one of the region’s longest family cellars where you’ll enjoy your last Burgundy wine tasting! There’s just enough time to explore Beaune’s labyrinthine backstreets and alleyways, before bidding farewell to the capital of Burgundy wines.
Need to know: This is a tailor-made itinerary based on 3* hotel accommodation that we can happily adapt to suit your requirements. We have a number of lovely 4* and 5* options available. All our suggested packages are completely flexible and designed to give you some ideas and inspiration of what we can offer. Please note that our wine tours are semi-private which means that you may have up to seven other wine enthusiasts with you – still allowing for an intimate wine experience. Completely private tours can be arranged for a special occasion.
Nearby Wine Regions: Burgundy is well positioned between a number of other French wine regions. The closest is Champagne, a 3hr drive north, Alsace 3.5 hours north-east and the Loire Valley, 4 hours west. And if you’re a fan of reds, why not make a visit south to Bordeaux? approximately six hours drive are the Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots to match Burgundy’s famous Pinot Noirs. So, stay a little longer and tick another region off your list?
Getting Here: The easiest way to fly to Burgundy is to either Paris Orly or Paris Charles de Gaulle airports.
You can fly to Orly airport from Heathrow with British Airways, from LondonCity with CityJet and from Southampton by Flybe.
You can fly to Charles de Gaulle from Heathrow by British Airways or Air France.Air France also flies from Birmingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. EasyJet operates from Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Gatwick and Luton, Flybe operates from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester and Newcastle, whilst Jet2 runs flights from Leeds/Bradford and Manchester.
From Paris, you can reach Burgundy by rail or by road.
TGV trains travel from Paris’ Gare de Lyon, in the city centre, to an array of Burgundy stations – Dijon, Mâcon, Montbard, Auxerre and Chalon-sur-Saône – throughout the day. The journey from Paris to each of these will take anywhere between 1 hour and 1½ hours, with the exception of Chalon-sur-Saône, which takes 2½ hours. Burgundy also has its own dedicated regional rail system, known as TER, which links the region’s towns and cities.
The Burgundian urban areas aren’t too far in distance from Paris. Auxerre is the closest, and will take approximately 2 hours. Dijon and Mâcon are about a 3½ drive away, whilst Chalon-sur-Saône should take just under 4 hours. Driving from St. Malo, Caen or Dover (if you caught a ferry over the Channel) will add on an extra 4 hours, 2½ hours and slightly over 4 hours, respectively.
Please not that SmoothRed is ABTA and ATOL bonded and will happily make travel arrangements for you.
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