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Stately Wine Route of France - Insight Vacations

Stately Wine Route of France

Private Custom Group

Duration: 10 days • Countries visited: France
Group trip type: Food & Wine

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Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Paris & Cruise Dinner!

    On arrival in Paris, you will be met by your Travel Director and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax after your flight and then join your Travel Director and fellow passengers in the evening for a highlight dinner cruise on the Seine. (HD)

  1. Day 2: Journey to Champagne

    We depart on our journey to the Champagne region after a leisurely start to the morning. Enjoy the views of the picturesque countryside, before we reach the outskirts of Epernay for a 3-night stay in the heart of the Champagne region. (BB, D)

  1. Day 3: Champagne Houses & Royal Reims

    This morning we travel to Reims, home to a number of exceptional UNESCO World Heritage sites. Reims played a prominent ceremonial role in French Monarchial history, as the traditional site of the crowning of the Kings of France. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the 13th Century and the site of 25 Coronations.  See the Palace of Tau, which was the residence of the Bishops and Archbishops of Reims, as well as the Saint Remi Basilica. After time to explore, we head to the top champagne houses in Reims. First we journey to Veuve Cliquot for a private trip, including tastings of 2 vintage cuvees (Brut Carte Jaune and La Grande Dame). Then it is onto Champagne GH MUMM for a VIP visit and tasting, including a visit to the Jereboam cellar (usually closed to the public).  (BB, D)

  1. Day 4: Cellars & Estates Around Champagne

    Today we continue our exploration of the region with a visit to Epernay and the Cote des Blancs, a region covered by Chardonnay Grapes. We visit Cave Mercier for a private viewing of the cellar and tastings of 3 different champagnes (Brut Mercier, Rosé Mercier and Réserve Mercier). The visit starts with an informative film about Eugène Mercier. Then we take a panoramic lift to 30m underground and board a laser-guided train for a ride that will take us through some of the 18km-long tunnels to see bas reliefs in the chalk, created by the artist Gustave Navlet. We then return to ground level for a tasting.  Next we go onto another winery for lunch, which also includes a tasting.  (BB, HL)

  1. Day 5: Highlights of Burgundy - Chablis & Beaune

    Today we travel first to Chablis for tastings of this steely white wine. We visit La Cave Du Connaisseur to see the Chablis vineyard and enjoy a guided tasting of three wines: Petit – Chablis, Chablis and Chablis 1er Cru. Then it’s onto Caveau WILLIAM FEVRE to visit its winemaking area and to taste a number of different wines, including Petit Chablis, Chablis, 3 Chablis Premiers crus and 3 Chablis Grands crus.  Our final destination is Beaune, where we will be based for the next 3 nights.

  1. Day 6: Signature Tastes of Burgundy

    This morning join a local guide for a sightseeing excursion to the quaint town of Beaune. We then head to a collection of wineries in the region to taste Burgundy’s signature wines.  Starting with a private visit to Chateau de Pommard, we explore the property and vineyard, and enjoy a tasting. Then we move onto Chateau de Meursault for a guided visit and tastings of 8 wines, hosted in a private wine cellar with our very own sommelier. Lunch is served at a winery, before we head back to Beaune. (BB, HL)

  1. Day 7: Burgundy at Leisure

    Spend today at your leisure and experience the many charms of Burgundy. Your Travel Director will also suggest optional excursions that you may want to sign up for. (BB)

  1. Day 8: Royal Residence of the Chateau de Fontainebleau & Paris

    Today we travel back to Paris, but first we stop at The Château de Fontainebleau, which can proudly claim to have been a sovereign residence for eight centuries! Capétiens, Valois, Bourbons, Bonaparte and Orléans, all members of French ruling dynasties, have lived within its walls. Kings and queens, emperors and empresses have all striven to make their own improvements to the château, which is built around the original keep. We continue onto the French capital for a 2-night stay. (BB)

  1. Day 9: Highlights of Paris

    Start the day with a highlight excursion to the City of Love’s best attractions, followed by an afternoon at your leisure. Our highlight farewell dinner will be celebrated at a local restaurant this evening. (BB, HD)

  1. Day 10: Farewell Paris

    It’s time to bid farewell to your travel companions, as our trip comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.  (BB)

Meal guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, HD = Highlight Dinner, D = Hotel dinner, HL = Highlight Lunch, WR = Welcome Reception

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