INTIMATE BURGUNDY PRIVATE WINE TOUR IN 5* HOTEL - 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
The centuries-old tradition of Burgundy winemaking is evident in the bountiful vineyards stretching across the landscape. Burgundy boasts some of the most acclaimed and luxurious wines in the world. The capital, Dijon, is a flourishing cultural hub, where visitors can step back into the past with its mix of gothic and art deco architecture. If wine isn´t your priority, Burgundy offers the visitor a multitude of sightseeing options, such as the Palace of the Dukes, the gothic Cathedral of Saint Bénigne, the Romanesque churches of Burgundy, including the remarkable Abbaye de Vézelay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Les Hospices de Beaune, a medieval hospital that was in use until the 20th century and now functions as a museum of Flemish art. Whether you´re eager to sample Burgundy wines and discover what makes them some of the world´s most famous, wander the medieval streets and uncover Burgundy´s historical secrets, or a combination of both, Ophorus provides tours to meet every traveler´s need. Enjoy the attention of our professional, English-speaking guides and let us help you experience the best this region has to offer.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TRANSFER IN BEAUNEPick up in Beaune Train Station.
Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in.
Depending on arrival time, discover this beautiful small town of FranceThis charming historic town is a true delight for architecture and wine lovers. Beaune can be easily explored by foot since most of main attractions are located within the walls. Reach Place Carnot and the main pedestrian areas that are dotted with restaurants, wine bars and shops. Night at your hotel.
DAY 2 – A FULL DAY JOURNEY IN CÔTES DE BEAUNE9.30am Pick up at your hotel.
Savor a Range of Wines in this Exceptional Wine making RegionToday, the Côte de Beaune winegrowing region is on your program. The vineyard covers 20km from north to south and faces the morning sun. Wine production here is composed of both red & white wines that are internationally renowned.
Begin your tastings with Butter-Golden MeursaultNowhere in the Côte de Beaune does the Chardonnay grape do better than it does here. Meursault is greeny-gold in colour or canary yellow, leaning towards bronze as it ages. Limpid and brilliant, it sometimes exhibits silvery highlights. Its bouquet has strong aromas of ripe grapes. The young wine is redolent of toasted almonds and hazelnuts in both a floral and mineral setting. Butter, honey, and citrus fruits are also present. Upon arrival at the Winery, you will immediately be taken by the meditative atmosphere. The Cellars are among the most prestigious in the region. Here, you will first have the opportunity to visit then grounds and then participate in a fully commented wine tasting session around these elegant White Wines.
Guided tour in one of France’s most prestigious MonumentsAfter some free time for lunch in or around Meursault, drive back to Beaune for a guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune. Typical example of Burgundy flamboyant gothic style, this former hospital founded in 1443 by the chancellor Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins is the testimony of the Flemish influence on the duchy of Burgundy. As far as architecture, it is worldwide famous for its colorful polychromatic glazed tile roofs. The Last Judgment triptych painting by Flemish painter Rogier Van Der Weyden is the highlight of the visit. You
will tour the Salle des Pôvres (where the sick ones were looked after), the kitchens, the pharmacy and other rooms exhibiting artifacts and tapestries.
Taste some of Burgundy’s most Esteemed Wines
Experience a unique wine tasting session within Beaune. You will be warmly welcomed for a visit of the facilities, cellar and winery. Explanations are clear and adapted to each person’s level of knowledge; the visit is fun & informative. You will round things off with a commented tasting of different appellations such as Saint-Aubin, Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain, Corton-Charlemagne while several Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, both red and white, are available.
5.30pm return to Beaune Tourist Office and night at your hotel.
DAY 3 – DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF CÔTES DE NUITS WINES
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel.
Wander through the Prestigious Vineyards of the Cote de Nuits, Land of Pinot Noir
Located between the town of Dijon and the tiny village of Corgoloin, the Côte de Nuits and Hautes Côtes de Nuits wine producing regions grow along a narrow strip of land that is around 20 kms
long and as narrow as 200 meters wide. The wines produced here are mainly red wines and the King of the Grapes is Pinot Noir!
Taste the Originality of Traditional Wines in a Family Owned Domain
Our first stop will be in a family owned winery that has been in the same hands for more than 4 generations. The Domaine is located between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune, in a little village of the Hautes Côtes. During the visit, you will be introduced to the notion of "terroirs" which are very diverse and distinct in this particular area. The Domaine spreads out over 19 Ha of vines with no less than fourteen different appellations. The winegrower pays particular attention to the environment, organic products and mechanical care of the soil so as to leave a healthy soil for the descendants. The wines are vinified following the traditional method. After your commented wine tasting session, the tour moves on towards the village of Gevrey- Chambertin.
Free Time for Lunch in one of the most famous Villages of Côtes de Nuits.
Gevrey-Chambertin is without a doubt one of the most emblematic wine appellations of Burgundy. Considered to be “Pinot Noir” Paradise, its rich “terroir” is home to nine of the thirty-three grands crus of the region. Before reaching the village, your sightseeing along the Grands Crus road will be punctuated by photo opportunities especially in front of world famous Romanée-Conti. Considered as the most prestigious name of Burgundy, this plot of 1, 8 hectares produces one of the most expensive wines in the world. After lunch, we continue towards the Chateau de Vougeot. Your guide will suggest restaurants depending on your wishes.
A Unique Wine Farm Chateau located in the Heart of the Burgundy Vineyards
If Chateau Clos de Vougeot does not produce wines anymore it still remains a symbol of more than a thousand year of History in Burgundy. In the 12th century, the Chateau is owned by the Monks of Citeaux who cultivate the vines at the time. They construct a wall that surrounds the precious lands giving the domain the name of ‘Clos’ which can be translated as ‘enclosed’. Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to visit the 12th century vat house with its huge press machines, the wine cellar or the dormitory with its amazing wooden framework.
Experience a Commented Tasting of Acclaimed Côtes de Nuits Wines
Nuits-Saint-Georges is a lively small town with centuries-old history of winemaking. Most of the wines grown here are Pinot Noir but there are some plots planted with Chardonnay. Here, we have organized a commented tasting so that you may better comprehend what makes this wine region so special. In a carefully selected winery, your tour will begin with the visit of the Vat Room where the greatest Côte de Nuits wines are crafted. Then move on to the magnificent 19th century vaulted cellar where you will be explained the different stages of vinification and maturing of great Burgundy wines. Finally, participate in a commented wine tasting session of several Burgundy Wines. Glass in hand, a wine expert will demonstrate how to taste some of the most prominent “terroirs” of Burgundy.
5.30pm return to Beaune and night at your hotel.
DAY 4 - BEAUNE
Breakfast at your hotel and return transfer to the train station of Beaune. End of our services.
1. Arrival/departure transfer in Beaune
2. 3-night accommodation in 4* or 5* Hotel Double room sharing
3. Breakfast from day 2 to 4
4. The services of an expert private English speaking driver/wine guide
5. Full day Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits
6. Entrances to the Hospices de Beaune and Clos Vougeot
7. All tasting fees in the wineries
8. Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped Minivan
1. Lunches and dinner
2. Meals, drinks unless specified
3. Personal insurance and expenses
4. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
5. Eventual gratuities