iExplore Burgundy: Vineyards and Villages of Burgundy

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $2,560
  • Length: 7 days
  • Operator: iExplore Group
  • 1-800-iExplore9am - 5:30pm Central
    Destinations: Europe, France, Beaune
    Activities: Culinary
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Tour Description

Join Alison Phillips from Aligra Wine and Spirits on a guided tour of the famous Burgundy vineyards, including the Clos de Vougeot, grand cru vineyards of 50 hectares shared by over 80 winemakers. You will then enjoy four nights at the wonderful Le Montrachet hotel in Puligny. Using this hotel as your base you can set off and discover the small villages that have been absorbed by the vines that have made the Burgundy region what it is today.

Itinerary

Day 1, Sept. 9th: Arrive Beaune

We meet at our hotel in Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy. The prestigious wine town of Beaune, with its famous Hospice and its wine estates, is a place of elegance and nobility. Whilst in Beaune, a visit to the Hospices de Beaune is highly recommended.

Day 2, Sept. 10th: Vougeot - Beaune

This morning you will transfer by train to Vougeot and embark on a loop walk around Vougeot in some Nuits-Saint-Georges Estates. You will discover the Château du Clos de Vougeot, seat of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Testevin, dating back from the XII century, when monks used to cultivate vine: this magnificent edifice is a visible proof of the creation and exploitation of the vineyard in the Middle Age. This afternoon you will transfer back to Beaune by train where you will spend another night. (Walking time 3.5 - 4 hours )

Day 3, Sept. 11th: Beaune - Pommard - Monthelie - Puligny Montrachet

A stone’s throw from the centre of Beaune, above the plains of the Saône and half-way up the slopes, are the prestigious vineyards of Beaune Premier Cru. Today you walk between the vineyards, along low, dry stone walls, passing old winemakers’ cabins, and to Pommard. Here you can taste some of the deep and fruity reds that the region has to offer. (Walking time 3.5 hours). We have included a gastronomical dinner this evening upon your arrival!

Day 4, Sept. 12th: Puligny Montrachet - Gamay - Chassagne Montrachet

Today a climb takes you to the hamlet of Gamay, with its stronghold built on top of a rock. On the untamed mountain slopes, you’ll follow the ridges through the oak, beech, and pine forests with splendid views of the vineyards below. You follow a shelf path through the Santenay Premier cru before entering the prestigious vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet, where pinot noir and chardonnay flourish side by side (Walking time 5 hours).

Day 5, Sept. 13th: Puligny- Montrachet - Saint Romain

Today you walk through the valley and reach the nestled village of Auxey-Duresses. Its ruby red wines possess a bouquet of blackcurrant, blackberry, and blueberry. The path climbs into the woods where numerous prehistoric and Gallo-Roman ruins have been unearthed. You continue to the hills of Saint-Romain, which has a history of wine-making that dates back 2000 years. The ruins of the castle of the Dukes of Burgundy can also be explored here. (Walking time 3.5 hours).

Day 6, Sept. 14th: Saint-Romain - Orches - Château de Rochepot

You will climb into the forests and foothills to the perched village of Orches: a lookout whose views on a clear day can extend all the way to Mont Blanc, the highest peak of Western Europe. You descend through the ruins of the medieval village of Dracy and later reach the Château de Rochepot, a 13th century gem of architecture with a rich history (Walking time 5 hours).

Day 7, Sept. 15th: End Beaune

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred by taxi to Beaune where your trip ends.  

Departures

One Departure Only! September: 9-15, 2012

Pricing Information

Min Size: 8
Max Size: 17

2012 Pricing: 2 passengers sharing one room: $2560

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation in twin share rooms with private facilities
  • A certified English speaking walking guide for the duration of the tour
  • Luggage transfers throughout
  • Private taxi transfers
  • Return train transfers from Beaune to Vougeot
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinners (one in a local restaurant, one in your hotel in Puligny)

ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDED:

  • Chateau de Clos de Vuogeot visit
  • Chateau de Meursault visit and tasting
  • 2 nights in the Hotel Bretonniere in Beaune
  • 4 nights in the Hotel Le Montrachet in Puligny

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Departure taxes, visas, travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
  • Meals (unless stated in itinerary) and drinks
  • Additional tours or activities
  • Entrance fees not noted on the itinerary, taxis/transport (if opting out of walks)
  • tips and items of a personal nature

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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