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Self-drive Champagne and Burgundy

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Paris
Travel Ends
Dijon
Travel Periods
16 Apr 2022 - 29 Oct 2022
Experience
Food & Wine, Self-Drive
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
This journey will take you to Champagne, with its UNESCO listed cellars, domains and vineyards, and Burgundy where wine is a culture rather than a drink!

Highlights

Stroll down Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

Tasting at Dom Perignon champagne House

Scenic drive through the beautiful villages of Côte de Beaune: Pommard, Volnay, and Meursault, and through the Grands Crus roads, via Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet

Enjoy a Guided tour of 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage and one of Europe's most important Gothic structures.

Discover Dijon and its Philippe le Bon Tower, with a plunging view on the Liberation Square!

Sample some "terroir" wines at a local domain in Nuits Saint Georges

Drive through the bustling streets of Reims, wonder at some famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful City Centre and its imposing Cathedral, and check out places like the Royal Square, the majestic City Hall, Roman Oratory Ruins and the widest standing Roman Arch in the world! On the UNESCO World Heritage List, the 13th-Century Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures - and is where most of the Kings of France were coronated through the ages. On the way to Epernay, take time to stop at the Marne River Valley, pause in picture-perfect vineyards, then continue to the Avenue de Champagne: formerly known as Avenue du Commerce, which stretches for about a kilometre with several tunnels and caves underground.

As you drive to Beaune, take in a picturesque view, while driving along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover why they call it the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. Last day is at leisure before returning to Dijon to drop off your car.

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Included

2 nights in Reims at Hotel de La Paix - 4*
1 night in Dijon at Hotel Oceania Le Jura - 4*
3 nights in Beaune at Hotel Le Cep - 5*
Private transfer hotel in Paris to Railway Station in Paris
TGV Train from Paris to Reims
Car rental (SUV auto Nissan Qashqai or similar) for 7 Days
Daily Breakfast
Reims & Epernay, The Bubbles Day, 2 Champagne tasting, Moet & Chandon / Taittinger
Tour and Champagne tastings at Vranken-Pommery
Divine Day Tour - Burgundy Wine Tour (Tasting 10 wines)
Wine tasting at a local domain in Nuits Saint Georges
Entrance fees for Le Clos de Vougeot included
Optional Extras
Bouchard Aine & Fils

Bouchard Aine & Fils

Visit the Bouchard Aine & Fils.

We invite you to the “Tour of the 5 Senses”, a one-of-a-kind tour that is sensorial, fun and interactive - it's exploring wines through sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. Then, take part to a guided tour and tasting of 5 wines (2 white and 3 reds - Villages, Premier Cru and Grand Cru). Lunch not included.

* Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or contact us for details.
Day 1
Paris → Reims

Enjoy a private transfer from your centrally located Paris Hotel to the train station. Then, board your TGV transfer to Reims.

Pick up your car at the depot in Reims, a comfortable, air conditioned automatic Nissan SUV (or similar) with GPS included!

We suggest you stroll through the storied streets of Reims: many sites, monuments and museums evidence the rich history here, from the Gallo-Roman to modern times, including the fabulous Art Deco period. 

Overnight stay in Reims at the Hotel de la Paix.

Parking included

Paris → Reims
Day 2
Reims → Epernay → Reims

After breakfast, enjoy your Reims & Epernay, The Bubbles Day Tour with 2 Champagne tasting: Moet & Chandon and Taittinger.

Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger.*
Located in the great regions of wine-growing Champagne, the Champagne Taittinger vines cover 288 hectares evenly distributed over 34 different vineyards, which include some of the appellation’s finest. With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of that House’s own style of wine , in which Chardonnay plays such a significant role. The vineyard’s own production is supplemented by contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in Champagne.

Guided tour of Cathedral of Reims. 
Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. Be captivated by the unique stained glass and the exceptionally rich statuary – over 2 300 statues among which is the famous Smiling Angel. It is here that King Clovis was baptised around the year 498, giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France would be crowned here!

Dom Perignon tasting lunch included.

Hautvillers sightseeing.
On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyard to meet with another prestigious figure: Dom Pérignon who finalised the process to elaborate Champagne. He highly contributed to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers.

Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay 
Located in the heart of town, Epernay is internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 100km of tunnels under the pavement!

Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon.*
Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne was also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.

Overnight stay in Reims at the Hotel de la Paix.

Parking included.
*Subject to availability: Taittinger could be replaced by Mumm or Pommery. Moet & Chandon could be replaced by Mercier or De Castellane.

Breakfast, Lunch
Reims → Epernay  → Reims
Cathedral of Reims
Day 3
Reims

After breakfast, the day is at leisure to enjoy Reims.

Why not taking time to explore on your own:

  • Palace of Tau: The Palace of Tau was founded in the late 4th century on the site of a former Gallo-Roman house on the southern side of the cathedral.
  • G H Mumm: Explore champagne from every angle by discovering the ancestral know-how of the Mumm House, which, combined with an avant-garde spirit since its creation in 1827, never ceases to renew itself by demonstrating its exactness, constancy and audacity.
  • Maison Fossier Biscuits: Heir to a great line of gourmet makers who make the reputation of Reims, the Maison Fossier has managed to preserve and develop the creative maestria that makes its biscuitières recipes essential gourmet steps. A traditional biscuit forged by two and a half centuries of history, Fossier combines the good taste of yesteryear with the flavours of today to satisfy all gourmets. 

Then, enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the world-famous Grande Maison de Champagne Vranken-Pommery that includes a discovery tour with Champagne tastings. Vranken-Pommery has an outstanding Gallo-roman cellars still in use for Champagne making (listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Overnight stay in Reims at the Hotel de la Paix.

Parking included.

Breakfast
Reims
Day 4
Reims → Dijon

After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and drive towards Dijon.

In Roman times Dijon was a crossroads between northern Europe and the Mediterranean. In the 14th century it was here that the Valois Dukes of Burgundy founded one of the most brilliant courts in Europe. Dijon then became the seat of the order of the Golden Fleece. From the Renaissance onwards, the townhouses of the Nobles of the Robe reshaped this “city of a hundred towers”.

Dijon's pedestrian streets wind between medieval houses, churches and Renaissance townhouses. The Place de la Libération, created by Hardouin-Mansart, is one of the loveliest squares in France. In summer, its sunny café terraces are perfect for a city break.

Overnight stay in Dijon at Hotel Oceania Le Jura.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Reims → Dijon
Dijon
Day 5
Dijon→ Beaune

Check out after breakfast and drive towards Beaune, in the beautiful Burgundy region.

Located in the heart of Burgundy with its world famous vineyards, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, and Pommard, Beaune is a classic Burgundy village. Also famous for the Hospices de Beaune, you will enjoy wine tastings, local cellars, restaurants and the panoramic views of the Grands Crus Road.

Alternatively, you can  add an optional tour such as a visit to the Bouchard Aine & Fils, a “Tour of the 5 Senses”, a one-of-a-kind tour that is sensorial, fun and interactive - it's exploring wines through sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. 

Overnight stay in Beaune at Hotel Le Cep.

Parking included

Breakfast
Dijon→ Beaune
Hospices de Beaune
Day 6
Beaune → Grands crus roads → Nuits Saint Georges→ Vougeot → Beaune

After breakfast, start your Divine Day Tour - Burgundy Wine Tour.

Your guide will pick you at 9.15 am at Hotel Le Cep.

Our professional guide is an expert in Burgundy wines, gastronomy and history. With his knowledge and passion for Burgundy, he will answer all your questions. Highly personable, your guide will help you discover, in a friendly, relaxing and fun way, all the secrets of the region. No stone will be left unturned!! And, no worries, you don’t need to be an expert in wine to enjoy this tour!!

Scenic drive through the beautiful villages of Côte de Beaune: Pommard, Volnay, and Meursault, and through the Grands Crus roads, via Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. Sightseeing of the famous Bâtard-Montrachet, Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet. Welcome to the spirit of France.

While we are in the vineyards you'll have a clear and entertaining presentation of the difference between the appellations “Village, Premier Cru and Grand Crus”. Here the Chardonnay is at its best!

Tour and wine tasting in a local domain in Beaune
This Domaine is an important vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. The wine cellars and the winery are located in Beaune, in the Place Saint-Jacques. Its owner, Yvonnick, has extensive experience in the wine world, having worked for twenty years in sales of Burgundy wines on the French market. The area offers a wide range of different wines, classified under various names, including several 1st Crus and Grand Crus, whether white or red. He produces different appelations like Saint-Aubin, Meursault 1er Cru "Les Charmes" and Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru.

Lunch is not included.

Atter lunch, depart for the Route des Grands Crus. Sightseeing along the Grands Crus road and stop at the famous Romanée-Conti. Considered as the most prestigious name of Burgundy, this plot of 1, 8 hectares produces the most expensive wine of the world. Picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We will take advantage of being in those prestigious vineyards to explain the Terroir and the different steps needed along the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. L’expression du Terroir”.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Clos Vougeot. Founded in 1098 by monks, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot covers 50 hectares. The castle houses the brotherhood of the knights of the tastevin. Its wines are ones of the most famous in Burgundy with a Grand Crus: Le Clos Vougeot.

Then, continue with a tour and wine tasting in a local domain around Nuits-Saint-Georges. Visit of the cellar and share an authentic moment with the winemaker around a tasting of his best Pinot Noir wines.

Overnight stay in Beaune at Hotel Le Cep.

Parking included

Breakfast
Beaune → Grands crus roads → Nuits Saint Georges→ Vougeot → Beaune
Clos Vougeot
Day 7
Beaune → Dijon

After breakfast, check out and drive towards Dijon to drop off the car. 

Breakfast
Beaune → Dijon
Palace Ducal, Dijon

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR

Hotel options

Hotel De La Paix
Hotel De La Paix

Reims
Right in the heart of Reims, magical capital of the Champagne region, you’ll find the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix. This island of calm is located just a stone’s throw from the shops and the Cathedral. Between old stones & and new design, the Best Western Hotel de la Paix welcomes you with 169 fully equipped and air-conditioned modern bedrooms full of charm.

Hotel Oceania Le Jura
Hotel Oceania Le Jura

Dijon
The 4-star Oceania Le Jura Hotel, in the centre of Dijon, welcomes you to a world of elegance and chic design, perfectly setting off the historic character of the hotel, with its Burgundy stonework and wrought iron. The hotel has 73 rooms at your disposal, offering impressive high ceilings, spacious interiors, warm and lively colours, and beautifully-appointed bathrooms with Italian-style walk-in showers. You will also be charmed by their garden, a leafy haven of peace and tranquility.

Hotel Le Cep
Hotel Le Cep

Beaune
Ideally located, the hotel is in the very heart of historic Burgundy, just a stone's throw from the center of Beaune. The Hotel is 2 mins walk from the famous Hospices de Beaune and its magnificent Cathedral Notre Dame. The hotel is part of the great hospitality tradition of Burgundy, entirely devoted to the quality of your nights and your stay. All personalised, the 62 rooms including 32 suites have an undeniable character.

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