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Renowned for centuries, not just for its wine, but for the quality of its cuisine, Burgundy has much to delight the visitor. From behind and amidst the vines, experience a once-in-a-lifetime wine adventure for 7 nights and 8 days, privately hosted by one of our trusted wine experts. This itinerary has been meticulously designed to showcase the region's verdant hills, elegant châteaux, fascinating towns and classic French cuisine and we invite you to join us for this delightful foray into the French winelands. Along the way, we hope top share our deep passion, knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for Burgundy, its wines, food and lifestyle.
Join our Burgundy based wine expert as we discover two of the lesser-known producing regions of France; Beaujolais and Burgundy. Along the way, private tours and exclusive tastings will be awaiting your arrival at some of the finest wineries in the region.
Lyon, known as the 'World Capital of Gastronomy', is renowned for its cuisine that compliments the wines from the surrounding Burgundy region. A culinary experience at one of Paul Bocuse's eateries will form part of our Lyon exploration.
The wine adventure begins in breathtaking Beaujolais, with guests transferred from either Lyon or Paris. Upon arrival at our property, a fortress magnified by eight centuries of French art de Vivre overlooking the Beaujolais vineyards, you will be greeted by your Art In Voyage hosts. Relax with bubbly in the serene gardens before a rejuvenating massage session. Sunset over the vineyards will be enjoyed with Aperitif drinks followed by a superb 4-course welcome dinner paired with some of the finest wines from the region.
Your first full day in Beaujolais will consist of an epic wine adventure, focusing on two of the region’s best wines. Chateau des Bachelards is the first stop of the day, built as an Abbaye in 1100. After a tour of the property, by no other than the Countess herself, the tasting begins. Experience one of the best Beaujolais during a lunch carefully prepared by a Michelin-starred Chef on the property, followed by an afternoon visit to Chateau de la Terriere. Dinner will be at leisure at the Chateau, in the village, or at Michelin-starred regional eateries, with our recommendations.
This morning we depart for a four-hour Food Tour of Old Lyon, stopping along the way to visit local food artisans, quaint fresh markets, and even a chocolate maker. Afternoon at leisure. Private tours can be arranged for guests looking for a more cultural experience. Tonight, we enjoy a wine tasting followed by a 3-course dinner at Michelin-starred La Rotonde.
From Beaujolais, the journey continues to breathtaking Burgundy, with a stop in the old town of Beaune. In Beaune, embark on a private guided tour to discover architecture dating as far back as the 11th Century. The exploration of this cobbled town includes an authentic lunch served at one of the famous bistros, followed by wine tastings at the town's oldest wine cellars. We then head to our home for the next four nights, a 12th-century Cistercian abbey nestled in the heart of a handsome 7-hectare park. As always, the day draws to an end with an impressive dinner at the property’s Michelin-starred restaurant paired with local wines.
Burgundy wines are renowned in the entire world and the Climats, small parcels of vines that can be found in the region, have recently been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Another full-day wine adventure is on the cards for today along with an afternoon of harvesting. The morning begins with a visit to an upper Burgundy winery focused on the world-famous white varieties. Here, a tour, tasting, and a picnic lunch in the vineyards await before the afternoon of harvesting, mingling with locals, and sipping on bubbly continues. Guests are free to enjoy some well-deserved rest after a long day of labor and fun, with dinner at leisure. Our incredible property offers guests idyllic surroundings for a leisurely evening strolling through the gardens or admiring the views.
After a morning at leisure with optional biking, massages, or visits to local markets, an afternoon of wine tasting begins. Stops are made at two of our favorite wineries, located in the AOC of Côte de Nuits - known for powerful red wines from the Pinot Noir grape variety. Weather permitting, a picturesque lunch in the vineyards is served, paired with a tasting of four Grand Crus, focusing on Nuit St Georges wines. A tour and tasting to the famed Jean Louis Trapet are next on the itinerary to experience several of his premier crus, roses (Marsannay), and some of his fine vintages. Dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations and transportation arrangements.
Following a hearty breakfast, a trip to the historic town of Dijon awaits to discover its bustling markets via a private guided food tour over lunch. A visit to the renowned Halles de Dijon covered market is a highlight of the day, accompanied by an exclusive wine tasting. Of course, an exploration of Dijon mustard is on the itinerary, which entails a stop at Fallot mustard company - one of the last remaining companies still producing authentic artisanal French Dijon. Last but certainly not least, enjoy Pain d’épices de Dijon, known as ginger and honey bread, with a visit to Mulot & Petitjean. After a leisurely return to the property, there will be time to relax before our memorable farewell dinner.
The Beaujolais and Burgundy wine adventure draws to an end with a final breakfast followed by a private transfer to either Paris or Lyon. Should the thought of returning home not sound appealing, choose one of Art In Voyage's optional wine-centric extensions to keep things flowing. Continue to Bordeaux for 3 days/3 nights with our very own Sommelier, Clemence Pontuer, or escape to Provence; the home region of Art In Voyage's CEO, Mikael Audebert. By extending to Provence for this private 3-day/2-night experience, Mikael's sought-after local perspective and extensive knowledge of the area will be a highlight of the adventure.
Château de Bagnols, a fortress magnified by eight centuries of French art de vivre, overlooks the Beaujolais vineyards. It all started in 1217, and a monumental Gothic fireplace still bears the date. Today, the eponymous restaurant plays with purity and color to honor the richness of the Monts du Lyonnais terroir. The château is a voyage into the past with its collection of luminous suites — richly decorated with frescoes and period tapestries and filled with the fragrances of the countryside — which open out to a landscaped garden. They are juxtaposed with the wine cellar that uses wood to...
Château de Bagnols, a fortress magnified by eight centuries of French art de vivre, overlooks the Beaujolais vineyards. It all started in 1217, and a monumental Gothic fireplace still bears the date. Today, the eponymous restaurant plays with purity and color to honor the richness of the Monts du Lyonnais terroir. The château is a voyage into the past with its collection of luminous suites — richly decorated with frescoes and period tapestries and filled with the fragrances of the countryside — which open out to a landscaped garden. They are juxtaposed with the wine cellar that uses wood to create a contemporary design.
With a lake and a botanical garden, the grounds of this 12th century Cistercian abbey are marked by a long tradition of humility, peace, and hospitality and exude tranquillity. Magnificently restored by the Cummings family, the subtle architecture of the exterior of the Abbaye de la Bussière contrasts with the spectacular interior design, which incorporates ancient frescoes discovered during the renovation of the building. Antique furniture and silken fabrics create an ambiance of subtle sophistication and pure elegance. Dine in a cathedral-like setting and enjoy a wine list that offers the very best of Burgundy.
Winefairy (Katie) is one of our two incredible wine educators and is based in Cape Town. She specializes in wines of South Africa, yet her knowledge extends beyond, having traveled around Europe quite a lot. Witty and always fun, Katie would be able to make a beer lover switch to wine through her fun and engaging teachings. Beyond her knowledge of wine (and of the Cape Town region), Katie is also a fantastic journey director, always eager to make sure our guests are not just well taken care of, but "wowed" by their experience. She truly goes above and beyond!
In her own words: “It has been a long journey realizing the dream, but through hard work, much practice (tasting aka drinking) and many studies later here we are. I believe in Brand South Africa and go to every effort to showcase the splendor that is the Cape Winelands. Having grown up in England and moving to South Africa in the early 1980’s my love for this country is deeply rooted and where better than surrounded by magnificent vineyards and the fruits of those vines. Wine is often thought of as elitist and can be quite intimidating, I strive to demystify the mystery that is wine and just simplify the essence of what is in your glass and why you like it. You’d be amazed at how exciting it is when someone just ‘gets’ it. It is so satisfying to me to educate and share the passion and see the fire that ignites the soul to yearn for more,. I just love wine”.
This was our second trip curated through Art in Voyage and it exceeded our highest expectations. Every day was filled with unique experiences based on our wishes and interests. Our guide for the trip and all of the experts on various days were extremely knowledgeable as well as very personable. It was a magical 12 days filled with laughs, wine, castles, and fantastic food. Hats off to Mikael for providing us with this bucket list-worthy experience.
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