(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Burgundy, France - 6 nights
Available April to November – Sunday to Saturday
Experience the delights of hidden Burgundy! You will be introduced to its gastronomic secrets and will join in on hands on culinary and wine adventures with a talented chef whose style of cooking reflects the use of fresh, fragrant, colorful, seasonal food inspired by the markets and local producers. Discover the 1er and Grand Cru Vineyards with a renowned wine expert with exclusive access to some of the most famous Domaine’s in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Create delectable dishes, witness the vibrant market of Dijon, learn from the area's traditional baker and dine out at 3* Michelin Restaurant.
Together with wine experts and local wine producers your chef and host offers exclusive visits into vineyards of the most prestigious Domaines in Burgundy.
Your base for the week is a beautiful 200 year old renovated home which has been created specifically to accommodate tailor made vacations throughout the year, offering a variety of experiences from exploring the basics of French cooking to the famous wine auctions at the Hospice de Beaune, a bread making day with Dijon’s top traditional bread maker and cooking experiences.
Your experienced chef Katherine has had the unique opportunity to work in Marc Meneaus Vezely 3* Restaurant and has had a very successful business in the UK for many years. She has been included in the most prestigious cooking magazine in the UK and has appeared on the UK TV Cooking Channel, with several recipes published in the UK newspapers. As a result, she is frequently asked by the French Tourist Board to take part in demonstrations at their major festivals.
This is truly an experience you will not soon forget and will cherish memories for a lifetime!
Day One - Sunday
Arrive to your beautiful home for the week by transfer from the local station provided by your hosts, and enjoy the local Burgundian Aperitif & Welcome Chat.
There will be plenty of time to explore the village and meander along the canal before dinner, where we will discuss the weeks' program and delight in a wine tasting with our expert Brendan Moore who will explain the sometimes confusing appellation of Burgundy’s famous wines.
Dinner is prepared by your hostess.
Day Two - Monday
After a leisurely breakfast you will be preparing for your first culinary experience, discussing basic knife skills, recipes and techniques guests would like to explore during the week, learning how to combine fragrant herbs, pairing fabulous ingredients to create a colorful ‘al fresco’ lunch outside in the courtyard.
This will be followed by a visit to enjoy the wines of the area's local vineyard Flavigny where the film ‘Chocolat’ was made. This wonderful vineyard is just 10 mins away. The wine is fabulous and very drinkable. The owners are knowledgable, full of amusing stories and passionate about their wines.
Dinner will be cooked by the group and your host.
Day Three - Tuesday
Today you will be heading off to Dijon and the colourful Market that is held 3 times a week. You will be armed with your recipe book and a list of ingredients to seek out, testing your French! When your baskets are full a well earned café au lait awaits you before heading back via the ducal palace of the Dukes of Burgundy.
A rustic lunch will be enjoyed from the market out in the courtyard, and then you will be treated to a traditional bread making lesson before preparing supper using all the delicious goodies brought that morning.
Dinner will be cooked by your host and all those wishing to join in.
Day Four - Wednesday
After breakfast we will be concentrating on requests from all our guests, mastering the secrets of traditional French cuisine, for example classic sauces, vinaigrettes, veloutés and stocks, creating the perfect pâté, smoking a sublime duck fillet, or even basics of tempering chocolate.
Dinner will be cooked and served by your hostess where she will demonstrate seasonal recipes from her cookbook.
Day Five - Thursday
A free morning to meander along the Burgundy Canal before heading out to Michelin starred Bernard Loiseau for lunch in the beautiful surroundings of their gardens.
Retuning home we shall be preparing a light supper with ingredients from the potager
Dinner will be light and prepared by the group.
Day Six - Friday
This morning we shall be preparing lunch together and then taking a trip into the local town of Semur en Auxois.
Our farewell supper will be a culmination of all you have learned during your stay.
Day Seven - Saturday
Alas, all good things must come to an end and after breakfast we will be offering transfers to the train station in Montbard where you will be taken to Paris in time for lunch, and your new appreciation for all things French can be truly indulged!
Bon voyage with hopes that you will visit again!
*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season
A minimum of 4 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum 8 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Perfectly situated just 2 hours by car from Paris-A6 direction Lyon, 1 hour by TGV to Montbard from Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Nearest Airports: Paris Charles de Gaulle (highly recommended because of the TGV high speed train to Montbard Train Station) and Lyon
Nearest Train Station: Montbard (if flying into Paris) and Les Laumes Alesia (the local train station, if flying into Lyon - but this has a connection in Dijon Ville)
Closest Village: Marigny Le Cahouet
*Transfers can be arranged from Paris and Lyon Airport for an extra fee of approx 800€
*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.
*Please inquire about additional itineraries and custom programs.
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a non-refundable 25% deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 75 days before your arrival date.
October 28-November 3
Groups please inquire about possible November dates.
*Six (6) nights' accommodation in spacious and comfortable bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms
*All meals and wine
*All hands on cooking experiences, wine tasting and cultural excursions
*Chef's cookbook (1 per couple/1 per single traveler)
*All transport including transfers from and to the train station at Montbard, or by prior arrangement a private transfer from Paris (extra fees apply - please inquire)
Airfare and personal expenses are not included.
For further inquiries or to register, click here.
Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Shannon H., Kamloops, Canada
"Our trip to Burgundy was more than we could have expected. Every day was filled with as much food and wine exploration as one desired (which was a lot). Our host and her colleagues were brilliant and helped make our trip super entertaining, inspiring and memorable."
Darren & Lise H., Stroud United Kingdom
"Thank you for such a wonderful visit, very inspiring. I actually made my own foccacia today! It was such a good relaxed environment to learn – nice to wander over to see what others were making...Charlie was a wonderful guide – very informative but not too formal, made it great fun! We both thought this was just wonderful, so well planned and executed. The Daily Itinerary, Menus and Recipe Book were a lovely momento and will be used."
Mabel, United Kingdom
"Thank you so much for a wonderful, entertaining holiday. I enjoyed it so much and I did learn a lot and am putting it to good use."
Boris and Marilyn, USA
Thank you for all of your kindness, the cuisine has been totally magnificent and our room was perfect, it has been wonderful to be with you all
Lianne and Harold, Miami, Florida
Thank you for your fabulous hospitality; it was truly a pleasure …..our cooking classes were unforgettable, something we shall take home and recreate with wonderful memories of Burgundy…we will plan on returning again and again, you have a special place in our hearts…
Tim, United Kingdom
The property was quite lovely! The welcome was wonderful – just like walking into your own country home! Our room was beautiful, spacious & uncluttered, the showers were fabulous and the beds VERY comfortable. Breakfast choice was excellent – nothing else required! Both the lunches & Dinners were feasts and dishes that we can do at home. Your choices were varied and excellent. Lovely Wines and I loved how you matched it to the wines tastings of the day. We were relaxed enough to question what others in the group were cooking, and it was wonderful when it all came together on your beautiful dining table.
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