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The life of any wine connoisseur or lover of wine is not complete without experiencing the magic of France's Burgundy and Beaujolais regions and their world-renowned wines. From behind and amidst the vines, experience a once-in-a-lifetime wine adventure for 7 nights and 8 days, hosted by Orlando-based wine expert Tim Varan.
After the first 3 days of exploring Beaujolais and its superb wines synonymous with celebrations, the journey continues to Burgundy for 4 more days of wine-focused activities. The itinerary has been meticulously designed to showcase the region's verdant hills, elegant châteaux, fascinating towns such as Beaune and Dijon, classic French dishes and local cuisine, and of course, the finest wines. To ensure our legendary flexibility and personalization for guests, this group is kept small.
Tim is known in the wine industry for keeping detailed records of every wine he tastes. He's also known for having a very accurate palate and a great selection of wines. He tastes wines weekly and judges them on their individual merit without concern of reviews or scores. Tim owns Tim's Wine Market, with 5 stores in the Orlando metro area and on the Florida East coast.
What he enjoys most about the wine business:
Definitely the people, both producers and customers, who make each day fun. Since our tag line is featuring the faces and places that make wine great, I get to travel and taste wine with vendors and producers, learning the fine details of what makes each wine relevant. Then I get to use that knowledge to teach, either to my employees and franchisees, or in one of our Wednesday night classes or one-on-one with customers. The ultimate moment of joy comes from having someone tell me that they enjoyed a wine that was outside their comfort zone.
Frenchman Mikael Audebert, has been in the business of making dreams come true for hundreds of travelers since 2000. Born with the “itch” to travel and owner of vast experience in the travel industry, he has extensively explored the four corners of the earth and continues to do so several times a year, as leader of many of our curated journeys.
Mikael moved to the U.S in 1992 to pursue a career in tourism. From the very beginning, he saw the end of the traditional travel agency coming and quickly developed a customized approach to more individually-tailored, travel planning and travel management for his clients. As a result, Mikael and Art In Voyage have received impressive recognition for professional excellence, including being named to the Orlando Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, Watermark Media's “Most Remarkable Person of the Year” for 2013, the Orlando Business Journal's 2012 list of “Businessmen to Watch” and has received numerous awards for his charity work in the Orlando., Florida marketplace.
And, when we say that we don’t send you anywhere that we haven’t been, we aren’t kidding! Mikael is so committed to vetting guests’ interests before booking them, he even personally checked out the paragliding launch pad at Six Senses' Zighy Bay in Oman. The view is one of peace, quiet and absolute beauty and the thrill is running toward the cliff for a 10-minute flight. It’s now his favorite spot, too!
When Mikael is not traveling the World, or creating new journeys, he flies his plane over the Western Cape.
There is no describing the beauty of South Africa without including the kindness of its people, the extraordinary culinary experiences, the exceptional wine and the 150+ National Parks, each offering a little bit for everyone.
How can one not be proud of one's home region. Provence continues to win my heart at each visit, and I proudly showcase it to guests who, without any surprises, get to fall in love with its people, its food, its wine and most importantly, its endless and diverse exceptional scenery.
While my best moment in Sri Lanka was riding the train, in 3rd class please, through the jungle and tea plantations (with live music on board from joyful locals), I fell in love with its people first and foremost. A patchwork of cultures and religions that seem to co-exist in peace with great pride.
Join Orlando-based Wine Expert Tim Varan 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, Tim and Clemence. 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.
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.
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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