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Experience the glorious countryside, medieval villages, and ancient vineyards of the fabled French wine region of Burgundy (Bourgogne to the French) with Patz & Hall Winery. Discover the wines of the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south while you savor delicious cuisine and learn about the area’s unique terroir and system of climates as you immerse yourself in this scenic and culture-rich corner of France.
I would happily die with a bottle of white Burgundy in my mouth.
- Julia Child
passionate area winemakers, knowledgeable local guides, and artisan food producers
the ancient walled city of Beaune and admire the architectural treasures of the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or
first-class wines produced from the unique climates and famous domains of Burgundy
WELCOME TO BURGUNDY
Land in Lyon and meet your driver in the arrivals hall for a private transfer to the hotel in the historic town of Beaune (pronounced “bone”). This evening, we kick off our adventure together with a special visit to a private manor where we will savor some of the finest vintages from their magnificent cellars and a welcome dinner.
Enjoy a relaxed morning to explore your surroundings and wander the charming streets and inviting main square of Beaune. Each street from the plaza fans out to the ramparts, moats, and watchtowers, some of which date back as early as the 12th century. We’ll meet at Beaune’s Michelin Star restaurant, Le Jardin de Ramparts, for a delicious 7-course lunch paired with wine and then spend the afternoon discovering the craft manufacturing of one of France’s most famous mustards: La Moutarderie Fallot. Dinner is on your own tonight.
CÔTE DE BEAUNE
Today we discover the wines of the Côte de Beaune, home to the greatest Grand Cru white wine vineyards such as the legendary Montrachet, and the famous appellations of Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Volnay. We will visit and enjoy guided vineyard tours and tastings at three family wineries in the region. Lunch will feature iconic Burgundy’s dishes, like poulet de bresse à la crème and gougères. The evening is open to enjoy as you choose. Your Travel Director is available to provide advice and recommendations.
This morning we head to a famous Burgundy Sparkling Wine producer where we will visit the factory and learn about the process of making Crémant de Bourgogne. We will follow this with a sparkling wine tasting and lunch in Beaune.
In the afternoon, we learn about the history and art of barrel cooperage, including a detailed demonstration of how the barrels are made. We may have a chance to experience building a barrel--an ancient trade that dates back countless years but has changed very little.
CÔTE DE NUITS
Today we explore the Côte de Nuits region, home to some of the finest red wine vineyards in the world and best known for its Grand Cru red wines made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Our first tour and tasting will be at a local Grand Cru estate. While in the area, we’ll enjoy a special lunch with wine pairings. Next, we’ll head to the historic Clos de Vougeot, a beautiful 13th-century monastery owned by the Confrérie du Tastevin, the famous wine brotherhood of Burgundy. During a fascinating guided tour of the Clos, we’ll learn how wine was made in the Middle Ages and view massive 13th-century wine presses that still work beautifully to this day! Afterward, we’ll taste Premiere and Grand Cru wines at one of the best producers of the Grand Cru appellation followed by a walk along the renowned vineyards of Domaine de la Romanée Conti. Return to your hotel later this afternoon for an evening on your own.
MARKET STROLL AND COOKING WORKSHOP
Today we experience the cuisine of the area with a hands-on cooking class and farmer’s market tour. We’ll shop with a local chef to get the freshest seasonal ingredients. While in the area, we will make a stop to tour the amazing Hospice de Beaune, a medieval hospital, which is one of France’s most treasured historical monuments. Its colorful glazed roof tiles established the classic style that is found on ancient buildings throughout Burgundy. Following this visit, we will dive into our cooking workshop where we will prepare an authentic four-course Burgundian menu paired with local wines.
This morning we enjoy the unique experience of truffle hunting and venture into the woods to discover how it’s done, followed by a conversation with a local producer, a tasting of truffle products, and a delicious truffle-based lunch. In the afternoon, we round out our culinary experience by visiting a local cheesemaker to discover each stage in the production of Burgundy cheeses. Afterward, we taste the Burgundian specialties, which form an integral part of the region's rich heritage. Tonight we gather one last time for a festive farewell dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant.
Savor an early breakfast before heading to the Lyon airport to catch return flights home.
Take a private transfer to our centrally located hotel in the culinary capital of Lyon, which has more restaurants per capita than any other city in France. Settle in and explore your surroundings. Gather together for a delicious dinner showcasing Lyonnaise cuisine at a quaint boucherie restaurant.
Saint-Joseph & Hermitage
Spend the day discovering the different terroirs of Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Cornas, and Saint-Péray appellations and tasting some of the best Cru wines. Start the day with magnificent views over Hermitage wine country from the St. Christopher Chapel. Visit at least two wineries, tasting several Syrah and Marsanne Rhône wines with an expert. Relax with a rustic winery lunch.
Head back to Lyon late this afternoon, unwind at the property, and then explore the city at your leisure. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening in one of Lyon’s many amazing restaurants.
This morning, your local guide will take you on a walking tour down cobbled passageways in Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn why Lyon is considered the gastronomy capital of France as you walk through the Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse — the city’s covered food market filled with delicious treasures. After lunch, take the city’s funicular to visit the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere for a breathtaking view of the city. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Shop in one of the many boutiques, sip a cider at a cafe, or take a stroll along the river, as you wait for the evening lights to illuminate the city.
Enjoy your last petite déjeuner and then take a private transfer into Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport to fly back home. À bientôt!
Najeti Hôtel de la Poste
Situated in the heart of Beaune, this restored 19th-century inn occupies the site of the city’s former post office from which the hotel draws its name. Hôtel de La Poste features spacious and stylish individually decorated rooms fitted with modern ensuite facilities. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers, slippers, toiletries, and hair dryers. In addition, the property offers free WiFi, an onsite restaurant providing traditional cuisine, and a cozy bar/lounge where guests can unwind with tea or a drink.
Le Royal Hôtel Lyon Lyon Extension
Spend three nights in the center of Lyon at the Hôtel Le Royal Lyon. The townhouse-like hotel is a short walk to Lyon’s Old Town and overlooks the Place Bellecour. The hotel offers three dining spaces to enjoy Lyonnaise cuisine – Côté Cuisine for breakfast, L’Institut restaurant and cooking school, and Côte Bellecour for regional wines and bites.
Main Program: October 17 - 24, 2021
Extension: October 24 - 27, 2021
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that can range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.
- Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 2 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
- Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
- Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
- Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
Club Member Rates
Jr. Suite: $6,495
Jr. Suite: $6,795
*Guests of club members also enjoy club member rates. Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability (if any) and rates for triple accommodations.