Join us for a journey through two of the most famous wine regions in the world – Champagne and Burgundy. We’ll visit some superb wine houses in each region, enjoy fabulous French cuisine, and stay in grand style at Chateau Hotels. The Champagne region has been producing wine since the Middle Ages (11th century) when Pope Urban II declared that the wine of Aÿ in the Marne département was the best in the world. Burgundy has set the standard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production for the better part of a millennium. The great wines of Burgundy are among the most collectible and expensive in the world. “I drink my champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” -Madame Bollinger (1884-1977)
In the morning take the train from Paris to Reims and we’ll pick you up at the Reims train station. (We’ll let you know exactly what train to get on, and where to get it).
Then, we’ll have a private visit to the exquisite Art Nouveau Pommery Villa Demoiselle followed by several Champagne tasting across the street as well as a cellar visit to Pommery Vranken.
Then we’ll drive a short way out of town to Chateau Sacy, our luxurious home for the next 3 nights. After some time to check-in and relax we’ll enjoy a cocktail on their terrace followed by a sumptuous first meal together.
Today we’ll head into the charming town of Epernay where we’ll take a short historical tour.
We’ll lunch in town at the delicious La Grillade Gourmand. After some time to walk around town to shop and wander, we’ll embark on a tour and tasting of the renowned house of Veuve Cliquot, the first lady so to speak of Champagne.
We’ll head back to the Chateau for an afternoon rest.
After a big lunch we’ll leave you to your own devices. Perhaps room service or walk into the village to Les Bulles, a friendly bistro nearby.
Today we’ll reveal our secret weapon. Brendan, our very own wine educator will join us and introduce us to some of his favorite smaller champagne houses which are often called grower/producers.
We’ll keep these secret addresses close at hand for now. In between tastings we’ll have a simple picnic along the way, taking in the sunshine of the day.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a relaxed dinner in Reims town at Au Bon Manger where we can sample some biodynamic wines.
Today we must check out in order to make our way to Burgundy. We’ll meet Brendan en route in Chablis where he’ll take us to one or two of his favorite producers for a tasting followed by lunch.
Then we’ll make our way to our second Chateau stay, the lovely Chateau Saint Sabine.
After checking in, why not relax on the terrace or by their lovely little pond.
After some time to yourself, we’ll join us again for dinner at their downstairs dining room.
Today we’ll head to the center of Burgundy – the lovely town of Beaune where we’ll first tour the Hospices de Beaune and then we’ll take a short historical walking tour.
Then we’ll lunch today at a fun, hip little wine bar which is across from our favorite antique shop.
This afternoon you are free to explore and shop on your own. We suggest visiting the only family owned mustard company left in France, Maison Fallot.
Late in the afternoon we’ll meet up with our friend Katherine, an English lady who has adopted France as her own. She has a delightful cookbook which she’ll gift to you but first you must roll up your sleeves because this is an interactive cooking class.
After we learn, chop, stir, taste and bake we’ll sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labors. Enter again our friend Brendan who will take us through a tasting like no other. We’ll taste a bevy of Burgundian wines and we’ll learn why his philosophy of paying less and getting more is a revelation!
Today after our breakfast at the Chateaux, Brendan will escort us into the beautiful Burgundian countryside to visit three of his favorite Village producers. These are the women and mean who are producing glorious wines without the eye popping price tags you find at the wine auctions.
After a rest back at the Chateau we’ll have our grand finale dinner together. We are heading a short drive away to the walled village of Chateuneuf.
We’ll take a walk around this lovely historic village visiting the Chateau and then we’ll settle in for an early meal family style at Le Bistro Pre Verts.
Because they have a wide selection of wines and even whiskey’s by the glass its time to try a few you’ve not had a chance to.
We’ll toast to each other and an incredible wine-filled 7 days!
All good things have to come to an end. After breakfast you’ll be escorted to the train station in Dijon for a train headed back to Paris, but your memories will last a lifetime.
Your host for this trip is Claudine Hemingway. Claudine has had Paris in her blood for generations. As a descendant of the great author Ernest Hemingway, the love of Paris has always been there. Claudine is a French arts and cultural historian who loves to dig deeper and share the history of Paris and the people that shaped it through daily stories, live and virtual tours, and a weekly podcast. She loves Champagne as much as you do!
Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals (except one) plus 2 glasses of wine with dinner
All guides, experts and tastings
Your stay at unique highly rated hotels
All Museum or other entry fees
All in-country transport including your transfers
Roundtrip airfare to France
Train travel to and from the start and finish
Any spa treatment desired
Any personal souvenirs or purchases
Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.
Trip Insurance (required)
Trip Medical Coverage (required)