BURGUNDY | JURA | LYON
Lyon has been deemed the gastronomic capital of the world and for good reason. Thanks to Paul Bocuse, Lyon became the birthplace of nouvelle cuisine in the 1970s and in recent years was chosen to be the international capital of Gastronomy. Boasting incredible dining experiences in Bouchons—the Lyonnais restaurants that serve local fare the city of Lyon has been a favorite for food lovers.
LYON also makes a great gateway to the scenic wine country of Burgundy whose terroir was recently awarded UNESCO heritage status is the ultimate destination for fine wine lovers and bon vivants looking for an unforgettable gourmet tour in France. This is the home of the world’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir featuring in many a wine collector’s libraries.
While vines are thought to have arrived in Burgundy from Greece via Marseille around 600 BC, it was the Cistercian and Benedictine monks who were responsible for the careful cultivation of the first vineyards in the region. The 1100-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Cluny was one of the most important and powerful spiritual capitals in medieval Europe and it was there that the monks cultivated the first quality and terroir conscious Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They delineated many of the boundaries of the same vineyard that we still see today! The Cistercians also disciplined vine production and founded the beautiful Clos de Vougeot, which you will visit on this tour.
You will taste exquisite reds from the Côte de Nuits as well as taste the “Rolls Royce of whites” from the Côte de Beaune. Apart from fine wines, Burgundy is also a food lover’s paradise. Favorite culinary staples like Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin originate here. Local delicacies in the region include Dijon mustard, blackcurrants, Chanterelles, Morels, Ceps and another 100 mushroom varieties as well as a treasure trove of mouth-watering cheeses.
From Burgundy, we make our way up to Jura. Never heard of it? You're not alone!
Jura does an excellent job of holding France’s best-kept secrets close to heart. Officially a department in the greater region of Bourgogne–Franche-Comté, the Jura is stitched in roughly between Bourgogne, or Burgundy, to the west and the Swiss border to the east. Thanks to an economy that revolves around producing renowned wine and cheese amid rolling vineyards and mountain meadows, the Jura is a bucolic buffet for lovers of French food. Of the four AOC-designated cheeses made in the Jura, pale-yellow Comté may be the most beloved. (The others are Morbier, Mont d’Or, and Bleu de Gex.).
Though the Jura is France’s smallest wine region, it produces acclaimed and unexpected varieties. Vin jaune (yellow wine), a late-harvest white made entirely from the Savagnin grape, ranks as the elixir of note. It is undoubtedly one of France’s most spectacular albeit off the beaten track, regions to visit for food and wine lovers.
This will be a gastronomic tour for the ages. Dust off those passports!
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LYON | BURGUNDY| JURA
Limited to 10 persons
JUNE 30 - JULY 9 | 2022
Per Person | Double Occupancy
USD 750 PER PERSON DEPOSIT + REGISTRATION AGREEMENT REQUIRED
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Experienced travelers with a passion for wonderfully authentic food and wine in traditional settings . Bring your spirit of curiosity, your joie de vivre, a willingness to try new foods and flavors, your kindness and grace in new cultures. Our guests are adults of all ages who love walking through historical old cities, down soft cobbled stone streets and enjoy going off on their own to explore places in their own time, as well as spending time with the group.
Our group sizes are small. While many tour companies boast small group sizes of 20-40 (yikes!), we never travel with more than 12 guests. Throughout this tour we will meet with subject-matter-experts in art, cuisine, cheese makes, sommeliers and so many people who are passionate about their craft and love sharing their passion and knowledge with us.
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Relais & Chateaux
One of the hallmarks of all our tours is that we stay in distinct properties renowned for their architectural design and are of historical significance offering up an unforgettable vacation experience.
On this tour, each of the three locations we stay in will present an entirely different experience with unique architecture and luxurious details. After all, the architecture that surrounds us is vitally important to our sensory pleasures. All hotels on this tour are 5-star hotels.
A Renaissance Jewel in the heart of Vieux Lyon. In a 5-star hotel that resembles a castle in the city, whose decor will take us back to the Italian Renaissance, our historical hotel seamlessly blends historic charm and modern comfort.
In Beune, we will stay at a 5-star historical boutique hotel, member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Chateaux & Hotels Collection, is ideally located in the heart of the medieval city of Beaune, so you can spend your free time leisurely strolling through it's beautiful streets.
In Jura, a Château which bears the name of the marquis who, during the 18th century, forged the identity of this former hunting lodge. A Relais & Chateau, 5-star experience awaits us. Only 7 rooms, this estate is as authentic as it is charming and beautiful.
DINING: ONE & TWO MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS TO LYONNAISE BOUCHONS
Our tours are distinct in their extraordinary level of dining experiences. We seek out the shining stars in the culinary world wherever we travel and this tour is no different.
From a One and Two Michelin Star restaurants by some of the most talented chefs in the region, our dining experiences exemplary as they are always unforgettable.
But as true food lovers, we can't be snobs! We go where good food leads us. From rustic dining at Lyonaisse Bouchons known for its hearty fare to food market halls and little hole-n-the-wall gems, we're doing it all!
WINERY TOURS & TASTINGS
In Burgundy, the Wineries of Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune | We travel through winemaking villages to the north of the Côte de Beaune and stop on the Corton hillside, a unique location in Burgundy for red and white Grands Crus.
Prestige tasting at a wine cellar: elegant Pinot Noirs and unoaked white wines.
Wine tasting lunch at a family-run estate with a variety of estate wines paired with typical Burgundy dishes and cheeses.
In Jura, we visit a winery in Arbois which is important in the history of Jura wine with the largest vineyards of Savagnin grapes. In 1999 the estate made a brave choice by converting its entire land to organic viticulture and today they have reached a new stage of practicing biodynamic farming throughout the 34 hectares.
We also visit a wine shop which uses a very unique and beautiful cellar from the Middle Ages built in 1322 in which wines are aged even today. This is one of the only classified Gothic style cellar in Arbois.
UNFORGETTABLE CULINARY EXPERIENCES
Hands-On Market + Cooking Class in Beaune
We enjoy the experiencing a proper Saturday market in Burgundy, shopping for their ingredients and then cooking a full menu of Burgundian classic dishes, paired with wines. We feast on the dishes we have prepared.
2-hour Beaune Gourmand Walking Tour. Discover the history of the city of Beaune and its gastronomy by tasting the Burgundian specialties: parsley ham & gougères with a glass of white wine, cheeses, gingerbread, crème de cassis. This 2-hour food tour with a local will include 7 tastings + wine at a wine shop and a cellar.
Dessert & coffee at a famous 4th generation Patisserie and Chocolatier. The Chef is considered one the best Chocolate makers in all of France. Édouard Hirsinger the fourth generation of chocolatiers and pastry makers in his family, who’ve been in business for over a hundred years in the charming little town of Arbois.
HISTORICAL & MUSEUM TOURS
LYON | BEAUNE | DIJON | JURA
From a Hospice de Beaune, hospital foundation from the Middle Ages and one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments to learning more about Vieux Lyon, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Roman Theater, and Lyon Cathedral we will spend several hours in Lyon, Beaune and Dijon with Art Historians and cultural mediators on our immersive tours.
In Jura, we visit a site of great historical importance - Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans - the Royal Saltworks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, is located. The northern western, and southern borders of the commune are the departmental border between Doubs and Jura.
The work is an important example of an early Enlightenment project in which the architect based his design on a philosophy that favored arranging buildings according to a rational geometry and a hierarchical relation between the parts of the project.
LYON WWII & THE RESISTANCE TOUR
During the Second World War, the city of Lyon played a key role in the liberation of France from the Nazis and thereafter became known as the Capital of the Resistance. This tour takes its participants back in time to when Lyon became a hotbed of Resistance against the enemy, almost entirely behind closed doors.
Exploring from the north to the south of the Presqu’Ile via the Vieux Lyon, this tour presents some of the key figures of WWII and the heroes of the Resistance, and shows the streets, monuments and passageways where the clandestine battle for a free France played out.
TOUR BEGINS & ENDS IN LYON, FRANCE
Transfers between destinations in A/C minibus
Walking tours & historical tours.
Market Tour & Cooking class in Beaune with lunch and wine service.
All breakfasts, 9 meals (lunches and dinners)
All taxes, fees, and gratuities.
ZOOM Meet-up before departure to hob-nob with fellow travelers and go through the itinerary.
Know Before You Go!
This itinerary is the current plan but is ever evolving and things may change. We will make every effort to provide the tours and experiences that are described above. However, since we are traveling off the beaten path, it means that plans may change at the last minute. You always have the option of skipping a particular excursion, but please note that we will be unable to make refunds for any missed meals or other events.