THE PLEASURES OF BURGUNDY and PARIS

  • Duration:8 nights/9 days
  • Countries Visited:France
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Round trip flight from New York to Paris
    • Accommodations in four star hotels based on double occupancy
    • Breakfast daily and lunch and dinner as per the program
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Transportation by deluxe private motorocoach
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
    • Baggage handling of suitcase per person
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DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Paris, France.

DAY 2: PARIS- BEAUNE

Arrival in Paris, where you are met by your guide and assisted to a motorcoach which will take us to Beaune. We have time to settle into our hotel and become acclimated to a new time zone. Tonight you enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants with typical dishes and sampling of local wines. Overnight in Beaune. (B.D.)

DAY 3: BEAUNE

We have a walk about Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, followed by a visit of Hotel Dieu. Hotel was founded in the 15th century by Nicolas Rolin, this jewel of gothic art is the center of the medieval city. A former hospital with Flemish influence housing the precious “Last Judgement” altar. By noon, we are ready for wine tasting and lunch at Les Caves Patriarche with its important wine cellar. Six famous Burgundy wines will be tasted during the visit that will be followed by a lunch at les Case Patriarche. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. In the afternoon return to Beaune for dinner at the vaulted cellar of the magnificent Chateau de Gilly situated in between Dijon and Beaunne. The castle was a former residence of the Priors of the Cistercian Abbey. Overnight in Beaune. (B.L. D.)

DAY 4: DIJON

Today our motorcoach takes us for a cooking demonstration at Jean Pierre Billoux in Dijon. Considered one of the finest restaurant in Burgundy, this establishment lies beneath the soaring stone vaults of an underground wine cellar, originally built around 1870. Its chef and owner, the Billoux family, prepare honest straight forward, deceptive simple food, which has won acclaim throughout Burgundy for its reliance on natural local ingredients and countryrustic finesse. In the afternoon, city walk in Dijon, the capital of the Burgundy dukes and tasting of the black current liquor known as “Creme Cassis.” Time for shopping for mustard, cassis, black currant liquour and ginger bread. Dinner will be at Jean-Pierre Billoux’s restaurant to sample some of the dishes prepared this morning. Overnight in Beaune. (B.D.)

DAY 5: FONTENAY-VEZELAY

Our motorcoach takes us towards Dijon on “La Route des Vins” passing by the region called “Cotes de Beaune” and “Cotes de Nuits” and a stop to taste the wine “Les Nuits Saint Georges.” Stop for a picnic in the vineyard with wine, cheese and bread (or in a restaurant if it rains). Then onwards via Vougeot Gevrey Chambertin and Fixin before arriving in Fontenay for a visit of the Abbey, a famous private historical monument, classified as “Universal Heritage.” Continue onwards to Vezelay, a living museum of French antiquity, frozen in time, on a hill above the surrounding countryside. The town is characterized by its ramparts, its old houses with sculptured doorways corbelled staircases and mullioned windows. Dinner and overnight at hotel Lesperence in Vezelay, one of the most celebrated restaurants in Burgundy and one of the best in the world owned by Marc and Francoise Meneau. Overnight Vezelay. (B.D.)

DAY 6: PARIS

After breakfast, depart for Paris passing by Chablis for wine tasting at Domaine William Fevre, a wine farm established in an old Renaissance style estate house. Maturing in large oak barrels, beautiful cellars and tasting cellaret. The entire range of Chablis wines is presented here for you to taste. Continue onward to Tanlay for a visit of the Renaissance castle that is still inhabited. The gardens are creations of Le Notre and Mansarat. Overnight in Paris. (B. D.)

DAY 7/08: PARIS

Your time in Paris, is at leisure with opportunity to shop, explore or simply enjoy the City of Lights. Overnight Paris. (B)

DAY 9: RETURN TO USA

This morning we are transferred to the airport and flight home. (B)

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