Cellars and Chateaux of Burgundy

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Journey to the gastronomic heart of France on this flavorsome feast for the senses in Burgundy. Delve into the culture and cuisine of this epic epicurean region from its rustic food products and fine dining heritage, to its storied viniculture and culinary traditions. Discover the art of the plate from Lyon to Dijon and Beaune to Chablis, while imbibing the best in Burgundian wines from Beaujolais and Chablis to the Cote d’Or.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Be welcomed at Lyon Airport by your private chauffeur and set off for the heart of atmospheric Vieux Lyon. This evening you will settle in to your sumptuous five-star stay before savoring the authentic flavors of a Lyonnais bouchon with dinner in the city’s 3rd arrondissement.

Day 2

This morning will begin with a stunning funicular ride to the top of Fourviere Hill for spellbinding views of Lyon, before discovering vestiges of the city’s Roman Past with the help of your Regional Ambassador. Savor a traditional brasserie experience for lunch before uncovering the artistic pedigree of the city. Visit the home of the famed Lumière brothers, inventors of the motion picture, and survey Lyon’s vibrant street murals and al fresco trompe l'oeil masterpieces, before delighting in an afternoon tasting of traditional patisserie.

Day 3

Delve into the gastronomic heritage of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with a day in the country. Visit quaint family farms dedicated to the creation of singular gourmet specialties, as you sample such epicurean delights as fromage de chèvre, escargot and saucisson. Journey to the land of the “Golden Stones” where your Regional Ambassador will introduce you to some of France’s most beautiful villages. Your day of gastronomic adventure will conclude with a feast of flavors at the famed Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

Day 4

From the cosmopolitan elegance of Lyon, set off for the fabled appellation of Beaujolais peppered with Gamay vineyards. Be welcomed into the home of one of the region’s most acclaimed winemakers for a private tasting of his esteemed wines. Experience the premiere Moulin-a-Vent subregion noted for the ageability and complexity of its wines. Enjoy a private cellar tour and multi-flight tasting at the estate of a preeminent producer whose wines epitomize the terroir to perfection. Spend free time in the village of Mâcon before arriving to your five-star country retreat outside of Beaune, where dinner will be first class at the hotel’s acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day 5

Today will be dedicated to Burgundian cuisine and the art of the french kitchen at the exclusive culinary atelier of a noted family of food and wine experts. Delight in a guided morning visit of Beaune’s vibrant farmers market to procure fresh, seasonal ingredients for today’s culinary immersion, before returning to the atelier for a hands-on cooking course celebrating the gastronomy of Burgundy in several courses. Your glorious day of cooking will be rewarded with a multi-course lunch expertly paired with hand-selected wines.

Day 6

Explore the iconic Cote d’Or appellation with a day of tastings worthy of the region. Begin with a private cellar tasting of old vintages at a storied producer before visiting the underground cheese cave of a gourmet fromagerie to savor an exclusive cheese and Grand Crus pairing. Visit Beaune’s Gothic, 15th century masterpiece the Hospices de Beaune, before traveling to Pommard to visit the estate of a family of fifth generation winemakers to sample their fine Pinot Noir vintages. Today’s gourmet journey will culminate with a Michelin-starred dining experience in the heart of the Côte de Beaune.

Day 7

Uncover the intricacies of authentic Dijon mustard with a special visit to the region’s most fabled producer. Witness their traditional production process before sampling variations of their high quality condiment crafted from Burgundian mustard seed. Discover Dijon’s signature toits bourguignons (Burgundy roofs) adorned with glazed tiles during a private walking tour led by your Regional Ambassador, before savoring the local flavors of the city during lunch. Your afternoon will be spent enjoying Grand Crus tastings in the hallowed appellation of the Côte de Nuits, while touring such scenic villages as Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Morey-Saint-Denis and Nuits-Saint-George.

Day 8

This morning you will whisk away by chauffeur to the prized Chardonnay vineyards of Chablis in northern Burgundy. Delight in an exclusive vineyard tour via classic Citroën followed by a private tasting of the winemaker’s renowned Chablis vintages. Taste another dimension of the terroir with a sampling of artisan terrines and andouillette at a quaint charcuterie shop, and discover a fresh take on contemporary French cuisine at an acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant for lunch. A lovely jaunt to the idyllic village of Irancy will crown a leisurely afternoon in wine country.

Day 9

Say au revoir to your Lyonnais stay as you are transported by chauffeur to Lyon Airport, or the next leg of your Encounter.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Visits of typical Burgundian farms producing artisan gourmet goods like goat cheese & saucisson
  • Tour of ancient Roman ruins in Lyon with scenic funicular ride
  • Private six flight tasting at winemaker’s home in Beaujolais
  • Farmer’s market visit & exclusive cooking experience in Beaune
  • Tour of acclaimed Burgundian mustard producer with tasting
  • Exclusive cellar visit in the Cote d’Or with Grand Crus premium tastings
  • Vineyard tour in classic Citroën car with Chablis Chardonnay tasting
  • Creme de Cassis liqueur producer visit with tasting

Pricing

The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights

Pricing for our France Encounters begins at:

  • $950-$1,300/per person, per day* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
Small group pricing available for travel parties of four or more

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.


Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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  • Emily L.

    Southern France Gourmet Grand Tour
    CountryBred went above and beyond. From the moment we stepped out of the plane and met our driver, we knew we were in for a treat. Every single detail was accounted for and taken care of, leaving my husband and I to just sit back and relax.
  • Paul B.

    Gourmet Emilia-Romagna and Veneto
    The trip overall was amazing and the logistics were executed flawlessly which allowed for a level of relaxation and unpretentious luxury that resulted in a truly memorable vacation.
  • Brian M. & Janice L.

    Culinary Gems of France and Catalonia
    Well planned and very fun agenda scheduled by CountryBred. The local drivers and guides were very knowledgeable, excellent, punctual, fun to be with and gave us an understanding of the places that we visited far above what we would have learned on our own.

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PRICING

  • CountryBred Encounters begin at $750-$1,000/per person, per day
  • The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights
  • All CountryBred Encounters are land touring experiences only and do not include airfare
  • Groups of four or more are eligible for small group pricing

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