Burgundy

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    Burgundy throughout the Middle Ages was called the Duchy of Burgundy.  It was more powerful and wealthier than the rest of France that was  under Royal rule at that time . Hence its magnificent heritage which includes some of the most important Western churches and monasteries such as Cluny,  and the magnificently preserved Hospices de Beaune.

    Throughout the ages, Burgundy has been one of the great European centres of Art, Learning and Science.

    It holds an international gastronomic fair every autumn and Burgundy is renowned for its gastronomic specialities such as Boeuf Bourguignonne, Coq au Vin,  Jambon  Persille as well as its famous cheese  Epoisses,  made by monks using a special recipe with grape skins. The exceptional Burgundian cuisine is matched by their outstanding wines.

    Join us in Burgundy’s Cote d’Or ( golden slopes) which is a truly magical  place.

    Discover some of the worlds most famous  villages producing some of the world’s most expensive wines. From one top growth and to another, the list is endless.

    Begin with the Cote de Nuits, tasting Pinot Noir in the regions of Nuits St Georges,  Vosne Romanee,  Clos de Vougeot,  Chambolle Musigny,  Morey Saint Denis and Gevrey Chambertin.

    Next will be a visit to the Cote de Beaune to trace the origins of their Pinot Noir through the villages of Pommard, Santenay and Volnay.

    While still in Cote de Beaune,  we trace the origins of the great  Chardonnay white wines through the vineyards of Meursault,  Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet.  Conclude your tour with a  visit to one of the mustard producers eg; Fallot in Beaune, or Maille and Amora in Dijon.

    The aperitif  ‘Kir’ also had its origin here,  called after the Mayor of Dijon, Felix Kir. It is a blend of Creme de Cassis liqueur and Aligote white wine.  If you love blackcurrants, why not visit CASSISSIUM?  Situated  just on the outskirts of Nuits St Georges.  Discover how they produce top quality liqueurs and flavoured  syrups through its multi-media show, museum and tastings.

    From the stunning Renaissance architecture of the Hospices de Beaune to the impressive 13th century wine presses at Clos de Vougeot, you will discover the rich cultural heritage and the history of the region so exalted by wine lovers.

    TOUR DESCRIPTION.

    The tour for a minimum of two people will be guided by a local wine specialist in a comfortable air-conditioned all road vehicle and with a panoramic roof to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

    You will taste, enjoy and learn more about wine in a convivial environment.

    The tour group can be based in either Dijon or Beaune or perhaps in both locations. Both are ideal bases for touring  Burgundy.  Dijon has a tram system and is linked by high speed trains to Paris and Lyon.  Beaune is  on a regional train line.

    A sample tour will be for at least four days with a direct  flight service with Aer Lingus  from Dublin to either Lyon or Geneva.  Your tour guide will meet you from your airport of choice.

    SAMPLE  TOUR ITINERARY

    Day  1

    Arrive in Geneva or Lyon . Transfer to your hotel in either Dijon or Beaune.

    Dinner in a local restaurant.

    Day 2 and Day 3

    The two full days will be spent touring several wine regions, visiting producers and tasting their wines in their cellars. In the company of your wine guide, you will learn about the wonderful Burgundy wines and the long traditions of their winemakers. Lunch will be in a local restaurant  en route and dinner will be in either Dijon or Beaune.

    *A special food and wine matching lunch can also be arranged in a restaurant  in  the village of Aloxe Corton.

    Day  4

    A  private guided tour or a self guided tour  of Dijon or Beaune.  Free time for shopping and cultural visits.

    An alternative  in Beaune,  would be to visit the extensive underground cellars of Maison  Bouchard Pere  et Fils dating back to 1791.  Or, discover how mustard seed  is grown and then mustard produced and flavoured at  La Moutarderie/Maison Fallot.

    A  half day tutored wine tasting can also be arranged in the town of Beaune at  the house of Sensation  Vin. They specialise in  personalised  tasting sessions.

    Of further interest would be L’Imaginarium des Bulles ( in same location as Cassissium). Created by Maison Boisset,  it invites visitors to the world of ‘Cremants’ sparkling wines. Learn more about Cremant de Bourgogne  production through interactive, sensory and tasting activities.

    Day 5

    Relax and enjoy a coffee or drink in one of Dijon or Beaune many squares and savour your last few hours in Burgundy before your transfer to the airport for your return flight.

    TOUR TO INCLUDE:

    Flights are not included but they can be booked for you.

    TOUR DATES:

    Please register your interest with us and we will tailor make your tour to your requirements.

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