Here’s a great opportunity to enjoy some fine cuisine and first class wines in this world famous wine growing area of France. Once we arrive there is very little travelling involved so you’ve lots of time to relax, savour and appreciate what’s available. The Kyriad hotel *** is located in the heart of Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits vineyards. It has an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant serving regional dishes. This property offers ensuite guestrooms with free WiFi and a flat-screen satellite TV. The hotel offers a garden with a shaded terrace. The hotel's bar has a satellite TV with Canal+, Eurosport and BeIN Sports channels.
On Saturday, we’ll make the leisurely crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo on the 2015 sailing and a cabin will be provided.
Sunday - Arriving at 0815 on we make our way eastwards through Rennes, Orleans and thence to Nuits St Georges where we’ll check into the 3* Hotel Kyriad for the next 7 nights. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Monday. Our First visit is to "Le Clos Saint Louis” at Fixin where we’ll meet with the winemaker. The property covers 12 hectares split among the appellations- Côte de Nuits (Villages, Marsannay, Fixin, Fixin 1er Cru and Gevrey-Chambertin. Philippe will take you in the vineyards and afterwards you will visit the cellar and have a tasting. We have lunch on the estate accompanied by their wines. In the afternoon we travel to "Domain Joliet", the oldest cellar of Côte de Nuits. We return to the hotel for a free evening.
On Tuesday we drive to the prestigious village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Our specialist will lead you into the vineyards. He will share you all the secrets he knows about the vineyards and wine. We will finish the visit with a Gevrey-Chambertin wine tasting. There will be time for lunch in the village. In the afternoon we travel to the prestigious Château du Clos de Vougéot. The castle located in the middle of the vineyards built by the monks of the Cîteaux Abbay in the 12th century. It is now the headquarters of the "Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin" (the well-known wine society) and the setting for its prestigious banquets. After the visit of the castle, we move towards "La Grande Cave de Vougéot" (next to the castle) La Grande Cave is one of the must seen buildings in Vougéot. It is also the last remnant of a great Burgundy history, that of the Château de Vougéot built in 1850 by Augustin Grangier. There we have a guided visit of the cellar and wine tasting : 1 cremant, 2 premiers crus et 1 grand cru. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
On Wednesday we start with a visit at Bouchard Aîné et Fils at Beaune . Afterwards there will be time for sightseeing and possibly a visit to the famous Marché Aux Vins and the Hospice de Beaune before we return to the hotel and have dinner there this evening.
We travel to Corgoloin & Prémeaux-Prissey on Thursday. Our first visit will be to Domain d'Ardhuy. The Domaine covers 38 hectares, producing eight Grand Cru, 14 Premier Cru, and 14 Village wines. The wines are produced according to biodynamic principles, are pressed in an 18th-century press and aged in 17th-century cellars. After the visit you will have a lunch at the Domaine. Our afternoon visit will be to Domaine Dubois which produces a range of 21 appellations on 21 hectares of vines: white and red Burgundy, Burgundy Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Nuits Saint Georges premier cru, Savigny les Beaune premier cru and Clos de Vougéot, producing around 100,000 bottles per year.
Our Friday we have a gastronomic stroll through the town with gourmet stops. You will discover the culinary specialities of the region (gingerbread, gougères, cheese..) It is also market day in Nuits St Georges this morning. Free time for lunch in the centre of Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the afternoon we visit Domaine Bony . Our evening event is a gastronomic dinner at “Le Vintage “located in the famous village of La Romanée Conti.
On Saturday. Our first visit today is at Patriarche where there are 5 kilometres of vaulted galleries dating back to the 13th century housing 2 million ageing bottles. A magical, intense, "out of time" place... which perfectly outlines the marriage of wine and culture. Next we travel to Château de Meursault and the guided tour starts in a former Conservatory of the Château dating back to the 19th century and while walking in the cellars, the visitors will turn the clock back to the 12th century. As for the biggest cellar that can house up to 800 barrels, it was constructed in a typical Burgundy architectural style with double-vaulted arcs. During the tour, the guide will explain the vinification methods of Château de Meursault. We return to the hotel for dinner.
We leave Nuits St Georges on Sunday morning and head northwards to Chartres where we will make a refreshment stop near the famous cathedral. We resume our journey and eventually reach Ouistreham where we have dinner before boarding the ferry for England. A cabin is provided.
We arrive in Portsmouth at at 0645 on Monday and the coach returns to the original pick up points.
|June 4th FULL||£1345|
The cost includes; all travel by executive coach; 2-berth cabin aboard ferry, seven nights 3* hotel accommodation with four dinners; all visits and three lunches and one final dinner ; Tour Escort.
£225(Cabin & Room); Cabin upgrades: 4-berth for 2 - £80 4-berth outside cabin for 2 - £95 (per cabin, return)
Pick up points; (June) Plymouth-Newton Abbot-Exeter-Salisbury-Portsmouth; July Plymouth-Newton Abbot-Exeter-Bristol-Bath-Salisbury-Portsmouth