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Winding Through the Best of Burgundy.

Prepare your taste buds for an almost indescribable experience in Burgundy’s most precious terroirs. From Paris, head to Chablis, Auxerre, old Beaune, the historic city of Dijon, the vineyards of Côte de Nuits and Côte d'Or, Tournus, Cluny or Cormatin, Beaujolais. End in Lyon, a gourmand's paradise.

     Educate your palate on magnificent wines in some of the prettiest villages you've ever seen. But there's more to this journey than great wine—and excellent food. Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, once-powerful abbeys, monastic towns, and remnants of Roman emperors and French monarchs.


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Type:Custom Journeys

Mode:Land

Sample Journey

This is an eight-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create a Burgundy journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to France.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2: Paris, Chablis, Beaune, France
• Guided drive from Paris to Burgundy.
• Chablis wine-tasting.
• Abbey of Vézelay (UNESCO World Heritage site).
Overnight in Beaune

Day 3: Dijon, Côte de Nuits
• Dijon, historic capital of Burgundy.
• Château du Clos de Vougeot, among vineyards cultivated by Cistercian monks in the 12th century.
• Lunch and wine-tasting in Côte de Nuits.
• Drive the Route des Grands Crus through charming estate villages, wine-tastings.
Overnight in Beaune
 
Day 4: Beaune, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise
• Beaune old town including Hôtel-Dieu.
• Côte de Beaune wine-tasting.
• Côte Chalonnaise wine-tasting.
• Options: hot-air ballooning, biking.
Overnight in Beaune
 
Day 5: Tournus, Cormatin or Cluny, Beaujolais, Lyon 
• Tournus, an ancient monastic town with an 11th-century abbey.
• Château de Cormatin or the Benedictine abbey of Cluny.
• Beaujolais region, wine-tasting.
Overnight in Lyon or Bagnols

Day 6-7: Lyon
• Lyon old town (UNESCO World Heritage site), fine arts museum, cathedral, Les Halles food market.
Overnight in Lyon or Bagnols

Day 8: Lyon, Paris; United States
• Fly home from Lyon, or ride the TGV speedy train to Paris and fly home.

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Sample Pricing

Per person sharing room from $7,860 for this eight-day sample itinerary.

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Pre-Tour or Post-Tour Option

Paris is France’s capital city. To understand France as a whole, it’s important to have a working knowledge of this great metropolis.

     Paris is a city of history, romance, style, and beauty. There are at least 32 reasons to stroll along the Seine—namely, the 32 unique bridges that cross the river, the oldest being Pont Neuf, built five centuries ago. Paris is a city of magnificent churches and public gardens that charm and seduce. Art museums? The Louvre, of course, is Paris’ foremost gallery, but there are a whole collection of, well, collections around town that you shouldn't miss. And let us not forget the incredible meals that await around evey corner...

Paris Extension. 4 Days.

Arrive in Paris and settel into your hotel before we take a panoramic city tour. The Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and more.

     Then spend time at one of two excellent art collections, either the Rodin Museum or the Musée d'Orsay. Follow up with a visit to Napoléon's tomb at Les Invalides and a walk in legendary Montmartre, once home to Dalí, Picasso, Modigliani, and other masters.

     Speaking of art, no Paris visit is complete without time in the Louvre. We take a guided tour to view the highlights including the "Mona Lisa" and the "Venus de Milo." If you'd like, continue on to the Pompidou Center for contemporary art or the Orangerie for Cluade Monet's fantastic Water Lilies series.

     We conclude our Paris visit beyond the city limits, at Versailles, extravagant residence of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and his court. If you would like, take a behind-the-scenes tour with a lecturer who leads you to areas of the palace normally closed to the public.

     Pricing: Please speak to an R. Crusoe travel specialist for pricing information.


Remember that R. Crusoe & Son can create Paris pre-tour and post-tour itineraries of any length to meet your exact specifications.

 

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Burgundy: Know Your Terroirs.

Burgundy, located in eastern France between historic Dijon and the foodie capital of Lyon, is one of the world’s most famous wine regions. The most common wine produced here? Reds wine made from Pinot Noir grapes and whites from Chardonnay grapes.

Burgundy: Know Your Terroirs.     In order to understand Burgundy’s complex wines, one must first grasp the concept of terroir (pronounced tear-rwahr). The loose translation for terroir is “a sense of place.” For a grape, this means how a vineyard’s geography, geology, soil, and climate interact with the grapevines to create specific characteristics of the fruit and, ultimately, the wine.

     Burgundian wine-makers strongly believe that the terroir of even the same grape variety (let’s say Chardonnay) differs from one field of grapes to the next. For that reason, specific designations are given to wines based on the exact vineyards that produce the grapes. As a result, Burgundy has a higher number of appellations d'origine contrôlée (AOCs) than does any other French wine region.

     Small villages dot the Burgundian countryside, and these are surrounded by sloped vineyards that vary in exposure to sun, rain, and wind. The finest Burgundy wines are bottled at Grand Cru vineyards, which typically enjoy locations high on a slope, with plenty of sunshine and ample drainage. Premier Cru vineyards stand on the second-most desirable locations. Village wines are made from grapes that grow on flatter territory near Burgundy’s hamlets.

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