Paris, Beaune & Reims
3 nights in Beaune, 3 nights in Reims/Epernay, 1 night in Paris
Welcome to Paris. Private transfer to Paris for a welcome aperitif. From this location, we will continue all together to Beaune. We will stop on the way after less than 2 hours driving in the beautiful Champagne countryside in the small village of Chablis.
After a few minutes for a short walk, we will have lunch at:
Restaurant Au Fil de Zinc
18 rue des Moulins, 89800 Chablis
After lunch, motor to Auxerre for a guided visit.
Our guide will wait for us at 3 PM.
Auxerre is the capital of the department of the Yonne, as well as being one of the most representative cities of the entire Burgundy region, it has an industry able to impose itself on the production level and many typical products that exports all over the world. It is a city rich in history, which still retains traces of its very important Middle Ages. A jewel in the crown of the Carolingian age, Auxerre presents several important monuments, true representations of the peaks reached by the Gothic style and has a protected area of 67 hectares, the second in the region after that of Dijon. It is no coincidence that Auxerre was awarded the “City of Art and History” mark in 1995. From this point of view the most representative monument is certainly the Abbey of Saint-Germain, a monastic complex that has lasted for over 1000 years and which presents within its crypts the oldest paintings ever found throughout France. The abbey has been open to the public since 1999 and since then its most visited places are the chapter house, the cellar and the cloister. The Abbey was founded by Queen Clotilde, wife of Clovis, the first Christian King of France, and for this reason an important religious pilgrimage destination. The Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, another building of great historical and artistic value, is an excellent example of the Gothic style, as well as the Clock Tower, inserted in the heart of the pedestrian zone, born as a county prison and then transformed in 1483.
In the end, continue towards Beaune where we will arrive late afternoon.
Check-in at Hotel Le Cep. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
DAY 2 Beaune/Dijon
Meet your driver at 9 AM at your hotel and transfer to Dijon for a walking tour
With a strategic position between northern Europe and the southern countries, the Burgundian capital was home to one of the brightest courts of Europe of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: that of the dukes of Burgundy. Exceptional complex and testimony of a sumptuous past, the architectural heritage of the city of art and history of Dijon consists of impressive monuments and picturesque and old half-timbered houses. It was also enriched in the Renaissance, as well as in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, by elegant buildings. The route de la Chouette, a pedestrian circuit in 22 stages to follow at your own pace, will make you discover the unmissable historical center. Take time to stroll through its pedestrian streets and beautiful squares, then take advantage of the beautiful shops and delicacies you will encounter along the way. Located in the palace of the dukes and the states of Burgundy which also houses the Dijon town hall, the Museum of Fine Arts houses notable collections ranging from antiquity to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance up to the 21st century. In the ancient and large parade hall you can admire the sumptuous tombs of the dukes Filippo the Bold and Giovanni Senza Paura. Dating back to the fifteenth century, the tower of Philip the Good, which overlooks the 46-meter high building, will offer you a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings. Many churches, which embrace all ages from the Middle Ages to the present day, gave Dijon the name of a city with a hundred bell towers. The oldest, the church of Notre Dame, is a Gothic masterpiece, with its beautiful facade decorated with gargoyles. The unusual sculpted owl, which is on a building buttress, is considered a lucky charm to caress with the left hand expressing a wish! Inside the church you can admire the ancient statue of Our Lady of Good Hope, an 11th century wooden Virgin, near the south apse.
In the end, we will have lunch at “Chez Stéphane Derbord” 10 Place du Président Wilson 21000 Dijon.
After lunch, continue to Beaune for an afternoon guided visit of Beaune.
City of art and history, capital of the wines of Burgundy, the city of Beaune, located about forty kilometers south of Dijon, has an exceptional heritage. Surrounded by ancient ramparts, it is considered the center of the Burgundy wine trade. The Hôtel-Dieu, jewel of medieval Burgundian architecture, built in the fifteenth century at the request of the Chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy Nicolas Rolin, to help the most destitute patients. Classified as a Historic Monument, this magnificent complex with its famous painted tile roofs has become a museum of medical history. During the visit, you can admire the fantastic courtyard, the imposing Pôvres hall, the Gothic chapel, the kitchen and the pharmacy, as well as a 15th-century Flemish painting masterpiece: the polyptych of the Last Judgment, attributed to the artist Rogier van der Weyden. This is where the largest wine auction in the world takes place in November, with part of the proceeds earmarked for the maintenance of the Hôtel-Dieu. Not far away, in rue Paradis, there is the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. Classified as a Historical Monument, this ancient fourteenth-century ducal palace houses the Burgundy Wine Museum, where the history of vineyards and winemaking is reviewed through ethnographic and artistic collections, tapestries and everyday objects of winemaking knowledge. Another unmissable monument is the Cluniac-inspired collegiate church of Notre-Dame. This stupendous 13th-century building, one of the last great Romanesque churches in Burgundy, has a Gothic portal and apse, in addition to the Renaissance bell tower. The cultural life of Beaune is intense and lively all year round. In July, one of the most prestigious baroque music festivals in Europe takes place. Another unmissable monument is the Cluniac-inspired collegiate church of Notre-Dame. This stupendous 13th-century building, one of the last great Romanesque churches in Burgundy, has a Gothic portal and apse, in addition to the Renaissance bell tower. The cultural life of Beaune is intense and lively all year round. In July, one of the most prestigious baroque music festivals in Europe takes place.
At 6 PM, return to Beaune
At 8 PM Welcome Dinner at Le Caveau des Arches 10 Boulevard Perpreuil, 21200 Beaune. Overnight in Beaune.
DAY 3 Route des Grands Crus
Late morning departure from Beaune to discover the mythical Route des Grands Crus is a 60 km stretch of the Côte d’Or from Dijon to Santenay that takes you through the grandest wine appellations from Burgundy.
This route encompasses some of the prettiest villages in France for the winegrowers not only take great pride in their vineyards, but they also tend their villages too – clusters of stone houses, adorned with geraniums, narrow cobbled streets, all add to the charm.
Try and catch the honey-colored glow that descends on the villages and hillsides on a sunny day an hour before dusk – this is one of the things which makes Burgundy so memorable.
We will stop in Gevrey-Chambertin for an independent tour around the medieval castle.
At 1 PM we will have a wine tasting in the old cellar.
La Table d’Eole 9 Place Jolyot de Crébillon 21220 Brochon
After lunch, continue the tour. There’s the beautiful, sturdy château, the house of the Burgundian writer Gaston Roupnel (1872-1946) and the townhouse of the wine merchant Claude Jobert. In Vougeot, we will see the Château du Clos Vougeot, the headquarters of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Then will pass along Vosne-Romanée and Nuits St. Georges, whose name is famous for unparalleled.
Late afternoon, return to Beaune. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Beaune.
Day 4 Troyes/Reims
Early morning transfer to Reims with an en-route stop in Troyes where you will have free time to explore the city and visit a Maison Champagne.
There are many cities in France and Navarre that still boast high-quality wooden buildings. Yet it is Troyes that arguably has the most extensive, uniform, and best-preserved or restored heritage. Having almost disappeared entirely, this incredible collection of timber-framed houses from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is now the pride of all Troyes. With their picturesque style and multi-colored appearance, these buildings tell the story of an ever-changing city – a story that is far from complete.
After free time for lunch, Continue to Reims where we will arrive in the afternoon. after checking in at the hotel, we will visit a small Maison Champagne and meet the “vigneron” ( winemaker).
In the evening, we will enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the beautiful panoramic restaurant of Chateau de Sacy. Overnight at Chateau de Sacy.
Day 5 Champagne
The day will start with sightseeing in Reims.
City of coronation, Reims is also the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will also visit Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, one of Europe’s most important Gothic structures.
We will have lunch at Au Petit Comptoir / 17 rue de Mars, Reims
Early afternoon, we will have a guided visit to Mumm Maison Champagne before returning to the hotel to relax.
Tonite we will have dinner at Anna’S – La Table Amoureuse / 6 Rue Gambetta 51100 Reims. Overnight at Chateau de Sacy
Day 6 Epernay, The Capital Of Champagne
This morning motor to Epernay for a guided visit of the town internationally known as the “Capital of Champagne”.
Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 100 km of tunnels under the pavement! You will then visit the world-famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it becomes within 40 years the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st.
This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world. Free time for lunch at the end of the tasting, in the heart of the city.
Free time for lunch, then motor to the hotel. Before arriving at the hotel, stop for a short independent visit in the village of Hautvillers.
Tonite enjoy a Fareweel dinner in a gorgeous garden Brasserie le Jardin at Le Crayere 64, Boulevard Henry Vasnier-51100 Reims. Overnight near Reims.
Day 7 Reims – Paris
Morning transfer to Paris by coach. Once in the city, you will have free time to explore on your own.
At 1 Pm we will check-in at Grand Hôtel Le Littre Tonite, we will have a Farewell Dinner at Alcazar Restaurant 62, rue Mazarine 75006 Paris. Overnight in Paris.
Day 8 Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Paris CDG airport.