Highlights
  • Sipping fine Burgundies in the vineyards where they originate
  • Wandering twisting lanes of medieval towns
  • Following riverside footpaths to stunning chateaux

On our wonderful (and slightly decadent) journey to the French heartlands, you’ll live the good life like never before. Burgundy is France’s “breadbasket,” the perfect blend of classic French villages, rolling terrain with a patchwork of forests and vineyards, and the country’s most remarkable cuisine. Just when it seems like it couldn’t get any better, we enter the Loire Valley and—in keeping with the region’s opulent reputation—take up residence in our own château. From our gracious home base, we’ll meander out for some gorgeous walks and explore the stupendous “getaway cottages” that bedeck the river’s banks. If you love to take your time when you travel and soak up your surroundings, this is the perfect place to be!

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Itinerary

Days 1-3: Dijon / Beaune

We meet in Dijon (3 nights) for a guided exploration of this historic and culinary capital of the region. The tempo in Burgundy is nice and easy as you’ll discover on a series of lovely country walks. On one of our favorites, we explore the fortified village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois with panoramic views from the moat-side path. With our guide, we also taste the wines of the Côtes de Nuits vineyards. In the the medieval town of Beaune, you’ll have time to roam and shop on our own.

Days 4-7: Loire / Tours

Entering the luxuriant Loire Valley and our château home for the next 3 nights, our first destination is Chenonceaux. The stately château is one of the world's most famous. We've reserved time for a visit there as well as a lovely walk along the banks of the Cher River. We'll leave time for Château de Cheverny with its remarkable furniture collection. From here, we stroll in magnificent Château Villandry's sculpted flower gardens, then rest and refuel over a farmhouse lunch.

Near Amboise, an amble through scenic countryside includes the option of visiting Le Clos Lucé, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, which today holds many of his inventions and original drawings. On our last day we part company in Tours, just an hour from Paris by train.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,995

Price Per Day:

$ 714 per day
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,095
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinner
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare 
  • Passport and Visa expenses
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Other personal expenses
Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Accomodations

Le Cep

Ideally located in Beaune, this is one of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'. Rooted in two 16th century mansions and courtyards with a lovely garden, this homey property features ornately decorated rooms named for the great wines of Burgundy.

Manoir les Minimes

A drape of wisteria festoons the elegant façade of this one-time private residence. The Loire River and Château d'Amboise are directly outside your window. The décor is utterly French, an ambiance that immerses you in the region's grand traditions.

Start City
Dijon
End City
St. Pierre des Corps rail station
Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel your reservation for a tour and/or its extension, we will refund your deposit, less the following fees per tour and/or extension:

If Days Prior to Trip Start Date is 91+ days, then Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person is $50

If Days Prior to Trip Start Date is 61-90 days, then Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person is $300

If Days Prior to Trip Start Date is 46-60 days, then Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person is 50% of trip price

If Days Prior to Trip Start Date is 31-45 days , then Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person is 75% of trip price

If Days Prior to Trip Start Date is 0-30 days , then Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person is 100% of trip price

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