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Burgundy wine tasting

The Center of France on the Back Roads

16 days
Burgundy, Loire Valley & Normandy
Heritage & History
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
US$ 4,020 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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BURGUNDY wines & gastronomy

  • In Burgundy, you will reside for 3 nights in a beautiful B&B house owned by a wine maker family and located in one of Burgundy most famous wine towns. Situated in the heart of Burgundy, near Beaune, this is the perfect place to learn about the local wines. Explore all major vineyards of the region and have a chance to taste red and white wines among the best in the world, directly at the winery!
  • François, a real passionate, will take you for half a day on a 4-wheel drive to tour around Burgundy vineyards, following itineraries that no other tour can do. You will taste wines directly at the winery and ride over dirt roads in Nuits Saint Georges and Vosne Romanée. François is very friendly and you will feel like a relative he wants to show his favorite places.
  • Apart from the vineyards, we will show you how to exit the beaten track and discover the authentic and charmful Burgundy. Winding roads leading to tiny timeless villages - some of them "Most Beautiful Villages of France" - will give you a real feel for this region. Discover Beaune, a beautiful medieval town that has been completely preserved from modern constructions, and you should definitly be there on market day, the local products are truly delicious. Taste some local cheeses, the "Epoisse" at the cheese factory or uncover the mysteries of the French Kings in Dijon. Burgundy has a lot to experience.

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The Loire Valley

Then, enjoy the "sweet life" in Touraine, stopping over in little villages to savour goat cheese or taste amazing wines. Take the time to relax in rose gardens, or to enjoy the traditional cuisine in many small restaurants frequented by the locals.

  • Your next stop will be in the heart of the medieval city of Loches. Spend 2 nights in a very comfortable house - built against the old walls - that used to be a staging house. From there, explore Montrésor, one of the "most beautiful villages of France" and the must see castles of Chenonceaux or Chambord.
  • As a second stop in the Loire Valley, you will stay for the following 5 nights in a restored 18th century stonehouse nestled in a lovely hamlet. Your charming Host knows very well this region and will be happy to share some tips with you. One night, you will share a delicious home-cooked dinner, prepared by Monsieur. Do not miss the aperitif in the underground vaulted cellar - an out-of-time experience!
  • Located on the south banks of the Vienne River, this charming B&B is within short driving distance of Chinon and Saumur, beautiful, historic cities. Included in this itinerary is a bike rental for a day. You will explore, at your own pace, several villages and castles such as Langeais and Villandry. No worries, the road along the Loire river is totally flat!

 

Normandy Heritage & history

  • On your way to Normandy landing beaches, stop over for 2 nights near Mont Saint Michel: this ancient beautiful abbey sitting on top of a tidal island in the middle of Mont Saint Michel Bay. A true wonder! Stay in a gorgeous castle 20 minute drive to the famous village. Your welcoming Hosts own the place for several generations and you'll really feel what the "vie de château" trully is ! For you to avoid the "up and down walk" on the crowded street on Mont Saint Michel, you'll follow a local English speaking private guide who will help you discover this amazing village off the beaten path.
  • Located 2 miles from Bayeux, in a peaceful countryside, your Bed & Breakfast is a beautifully restored water mill where you will be warmly welcomed by your French Hostess for 3 nights. Jump into the local history: from William the Conqueror in the 11th century whose adventures are illustrated in the Bayeux tapestry, to the Battle of Normandy in 1944. From there you will discover the WWII landing sites as well as the Norman hinterland, its cheeses and half timbered villages. 
  • Your journey ends in Giverny. This tiny unchanged village takes you back to the 19th century when the great painter Claude Monet created a new art movement: impressionism.Monet's gardens are beautifully maintained exactly as they were when Monet painted them. We include in this itinerary a by-pass ticket that enables you to avoid the lines at Monet’s house and gardens.

 

History, culture, gastronomy, "the sweet life": this is France!

This itinerary includes

15 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 16 days
A «Table d’Hôtes» home-cooked dinners, with your Hosts and other travelers
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made especially for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities and visits
A French Smartphone with GPS & all Apps you need for this trip

Pictures of the accommodations

Stay at a wine maker family

#1In one of Burgundy famous "village"

Stay at a wine maker family

Relax in a very well equipped room

#1In one of Burgundy famous "village"

Relax in a very well equipped room

Meet with fellow travelers in a convivial atmosphere

#1In one of Burgundy famous "village"

Meet with fellow travelers in a convivial atmosphere

The B&B house is built against Loches' medieval walls...

#2An antique townhouse in Eastern Loire Valley

The B&B house is built against Loches' medieval walls...

with welcoming rooms...

#2An antique townhouse in Eastern Loire Valley

with welcoming rooms...

... decorated with antiques

#2An antique townhouse in Eastern Loire Valley

... decorated with antiques

Stay in an 18th century house

#3An old stone house in a lovely hamlet of the Loire Valley

Stay in an 18th century house

Enjoy having an aperitive drink the vaulted cellar before dinner

#3An old stone house in a lovely hamlet of the Loire Valley

Enjoy having an aperitive drink the vaulted cellar before dinner

Relax in a large suite room with a living room area

#3An old stone house in a lovely hamlet of the Loire Valley

Relax in a large suite room with a living room area

Spend a night around your host table and taste delicious dishes

#3An old stone house in a lovely hamlet of the Loire Valley

Spend a night around your host table and taste delicious dishes

A unique B&B...

#4A gorgeous castle near Mont Saint Michel

A unique B&B...

...with comfortable "salons" where you will feel at home

#4A gorgeous castle near Mont Saint Michel

...with comfortable "salons" where you will feel at home

...and spacious bedrooms

#4A gorgeous castle near Mont Saint Michel

...and spacious bedrooms

After a day visiting, relax in the peaceful park

#4A gorgeous castle near Mont Saint Michel

After a day visiting, relax in the peaceful park

Your hosts are very welcoming and speak very good English

#4A gorgeous castle near Mont Saint Michel

Your hosts are very welcoming and speak very good English

A peaceful B&B, 2 miles from Bayeux

#5A restored mill in Normandy

A peaceful B&B, 2 miles from Bayeux

You can still see the mechanism of the mill

#5A restored mill in Normandy

You can still see the mechanism of the mill

Rest in a very spacious and quiet room...

#5A restored mill in Normandy

Rest in a very spacious and quiet room...

...or in the garden around the house, by the water

#5A restored mill in Normandy

...or in the garden around the house, by the water

Enjoy tremendous breakfasts in a cozy athmosphere

#5A restored mill in Normandy

Enjoy tremendous breakfasts in a cozy athmosphere

Activities included in this tour

wine tasting Burgundy

BURGUNDY WINE TASTING

Spend a half-day with François who will drive you in his 4WD in the back tracks and the dirt roads of Burgundy vineyards. He will take you like a friend would do to several wineries in some of the most famous vineyards in the world. 

Biking in the Loire Valley

Biking day in the castle's country

Spend a day biking at your own pace and discover many villages and castles nestled on the banks of the river. We have tested several itineraries so you can chose depending on your mood and what you would like to see.

Mont Saint Michel

MOUNT SAINT MICHEL PRIVATE TOUR

Discover this unique village and its Abbey with a local guide who will explain you about its history and traditions. She will take you to many small streets to see places that tourist usually don't see.

GUIDED TOUR OF A 12TH C. ABBEY

Get totally off the beaten track and explore each nook and cranny of this 12th century jewel. The owner, who will guide you, is passionate about local history and is totally dedicated to the conservation of this site.

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