During this amazing trip, we are bringing guests to dine and enjoy some of the best Michelin Star restaurants in the world, scenery made of elegant rural sites, and a natural climate of extremely welcoming locals. These are the top gastronomical destinations one can dream to visit. As French-born I can assure you that if any places in France need to be visited, these are the ones.
Depart U.S.in route to LyonMonday, June 17th:
Arrive mid-morning at Saint Exupery Airport in Lyon, France. Our bus driver will be welcoming us as we land.
Head to the Hotel St. Georges in Chalon sur Saone for a welcome cocktail and light lunch, check-in, unpack and get accustomed to the hotel and settled in. Guided visit of the town for everyone to get familiarized with the surroundings. Dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit of the Fromagerie Gaugry in Brochon — where artisans have created many cheese specialties belonging to the Burgundy traditions.
Next, a visit of the well-known Hospices de Beaune, a former charitable almshouse, founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a Museum. Important wine functions are held here annually.
Lunch and time on your own to explore.
Depart for Chateauneuf en Auxois for a visit of the castle overlooking the Canal de Bourgogne. The Chateauneuf Fortress is one of the last remaining 14th century Burgundian military vestiges. The castle has been classified as a historical monument since 1894., when it became a protected site (along with its surrounding village). It is primarily labeled the “plus beau village de France”.
Back to the hotel where we will dine together.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a Masterclass Grand Crus at “l’Ecole de Vins”, where you will discover all the first and grand crus of Burgundy. With explanation, and tasting, this class should get your palate ready and make the rest of the week much clearer.
Departure to Chagny for a spectacular gastronomic lunch at Jacques Lameloise. (3 Michelin Stars)
Continuing to Santenay in a caravan of antique French cars (2 CVs) to visit the castle of Santenay with an amazing wine tasting. Back to the hotel where we will dine together
Breakfast then departure for a guided visit of the Abbey de Cluny, it was built in 910AD and grew into a stunning reputation across Christian Europe. It was a house of over a thousand living quarters and 10,000 priests. Under Saint Hugues, dubbed “Hugues the Builder”, a program was started in 1088 that included unbelievable construction work. The Abbey had to match its reputation. Recognized as a French historical building in 1791, Saint Hugues Church was disassembled from 1798 to 1823. The remains include the south corridor topped off with the holy water steeple and will help you to understand the impact of this church and its disciples on the religious architecture of the 11th century in Burgundy.
Next, we’ll visit Mâcon for a panoramic visit by bus, before reaching the sub-region of La Bresse by the historical bridge of Saint Laurent to arrive at Vonnas.
We’ll enjoy a gastronomic lunch at Georges Blanc’s (3 Michelin Stars), where five generations have worked in the kitchen, resulting in a cooking style that mixes tradition and creativity.
Back to the hotel for you to have time to explore the city and diner on your own.
Breakfast and departure for Saulieu, where we’ll enjoy a guided visit of the old city and the Basilique Saint Andoche. This Basilique is one of the oldest Roman churches in Burgundy, dating back to the 12th century. We’ll discover the steeple representing the world’s flora, Roman art, Biblical scenes and hand carved wood dating from the 14th century. This is the resting place of Saint Andoche, Greek predicator at the end of the 2nd century and one of the Christian martyrs from Burgundy.
We’ll have a gastronomic lunch at “La Côte D’Or”, Bernard L’oiseau, (2 Michelin Stars), belonging to the wife of the late Mr Loiseau who ended his life in fear of being downgraded on the Michelin book. He never was and kept his 3 stars until 2015.
Then, we’ll return to our hotel for a little free time and dinner together.
Breakfast and depart for Romaneche Thorins where you’ll discover Georges Duboeuf’s kingdom (“Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé” creator). Exciting visit in a unique and entertaining display, exposition and theatre.
“Le hameau du Vin” will invite you to discover the world of harvest in Burgundy and “le jardin en beaujolais” will take you through the heart of the aromas and tastes and will be followed by an instructive visit of the vinification center for the Georges Duboeuf wines.
We’ll continue to “Moulin A Vent” for a true “machon” (indoor Beaujolais Picnic) at the Castle, prepared by the wife of the winemaker, a true Beaujolais tradition. There will be a guided visit of the castle with tasting of its best “crus”. You will be able to enjoy the great food and wine pairings and the remarkable hospitality while visiting the unbelievable windmill that gave the name to the appellation (Moulin a Vent).
Continue towards Fuissé through the vineyards where you will be awaited by Christophe Thibert for a visit and tasting in his domain where we will try several “crus du Maconnais”. Christophe and Sandrine will show you their vineyard of the prestigious Pouilly Fuissé. You’ll then return to the hotel through the vineyards of Saint Véran for a relaxing evening on your own.
Breakfast then departure for a guided visit of the Renaissance-style Castle of Cormatin, surrounded by an extraordinary park. We will then meet with Olivier Devêvre for a guided visit of the Cos Piguet. In a winemaker house dating from 17th century, we will discover the secrets of the black truffle of Burgundy, saffron, and the vine peach. The crops are cultivated following a traditional “Savoir Faire” truffle hunting demonstration,
Up next, an amazing lunch in the town of Charolles where we will dine at the Restaurant Doucet. After lunch, continue a visit of the House of the Charollais (best beef quality of Europe) how to know everything on this breed and its meat, the area, the terroir, etc.
Back to the hotel where you will have time to relax and dine on your own.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for the beautiful city of Lyon, which spreads over 18 miles on the edges of the Saône River. We will discover the very narrow streets and the well-known “Traboules”. These pathways from one street to the other will unveil some artfully restored architectural treasures (inside court, Italian style galleries, wells, staircase, etc.). The house of the Chamarier, opened in 1498, the Hotel of the Gadagne representing the entire history of Lyon will be on our way.
Lunch at World’s most well-known restaurant and oldest three Michelin star (since 1965), “Auberge Du Pont De Collonges” Paul Bocuse (3 Michelin Stars).
Return to the hotel for a very last evening fun dinner!
Early Breakfast and Departure, back to the USA.
- The all-inclusive price includes hotel, ground transportation, most meals with wine, all guided visits and excursions, taxes and fees.
- The price per person is $4595. Single Supplement of $550.
(Airfare is not included – we will advise you what time you will need to arrive in Lyon.)
To reserve your space a $1000 per person non-refundable deposit is due. A non-refundable payment of 50% due by March 1st and balance due by May 15th.
- 18 guest minimum, 30 guest maximum.
- Informational Trip Meeting TBD at the Burke Manor Inn & Pavilion
- For additional information: (336) 449-6266
Burke Manor Inn & Pavilion
303 Burke St, Gibsonville, NC 27249