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After an overnight flight from the United States, land in Lyon, France.
Day 1: Meet & Greet at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport by our local Premier Tours & Travel representatives for a private group transfer* to the world capital of gastronomy, Lyon in the Rhône region, before checking in to enjoy your luxury accommodations, Hotel Boscolo (or similar). Enjoy a Welcome Reception at the hotel with the group before embarking on a brief, guided tour of the nearby Grand Hotel-Dieu. The Grand Hotel-Dieu was a hospital of historical significance situated on the west bank of the Rhone River and was named to the UNESCO World Heritage list. After a brief tour, your evening will be at leisure to enjoy one of the many restaurants, bouchons, or brasseries in or near the Grand Hotel-Dieu.
Day 2: Wake up your palette with a guided tour of the famous Les Halles de Lyon—Paul Bocuse for a guided food tour, including tastings, wine, and time for shopping. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Lyon, which is an historic UNESCO World Heritage site. Meander through Presqu’ile and Terreaux learning about the rich history of this beautiful city. Explore the traboules (unique passageways) while learning about the history of silk merchants in Lyon with time to visit a nearby silk shop. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore Lyon. Reconnect with the group this evening for dinner.
Highlights of Your Stay in Burgundy (7 Nights)
After your gastronomy and sightseeing adventures in Lyon are complete, private transfers will transport you from Hotel Boscolo to your historic (yet modernized) accommodations, Château de Barbirey, in northern Burgundy. Chateau de Barbirey is an 18th century renovated castle and a national historical monument (ISMH). The chateau is nestled along the Burgundian canal in one of the most beautiful gardens in France — Les Jardin de Barbirey (a “Jardin Remarquable”). These beautiful environs will serve as a calming respite throughout your week of touring the villages and vineyards of brilliant Burgundy.
You also will enjoy cooking opportunities and Chef’s dinners with Chef Bob and a locally acclaimed culinary artisan for your Welcome Dinner on property.
A carefully balanced itinerary of sightseeing, wine tasting, and culinary experiences off property have been curated for you.
Day 3: En route to the chateau, stop in Pérouges — one of the most beautiful villages in France. Perched high on a hill with the French Alps draped as a fairy tale backdrop, the medieval village of Pérouges is a preserved gothic treasure. Further en route, visit Château de Pierreclos — a "living" castle with 1000 years of history spanning from medieval times to the French Revolution through the Renaissance. Enjoy a historical tour including a tasting of their acclaimed Mâconnais wines. Meander a nearby village at leisure, soaking up the beauty and taking time for shopping and lunch at leisure. Upon arrival to Chateau de Barbirey, settle in to your accommodations before experiencing a Welcome Dinner with our local Burgundian culinary artisan.
Day 4: Visit Beaune today — the charming walled town distinguished by its unique array of pre-Roman, medieval, and Renaissance architecture — to roam at leisure through the Saturday market or alongside Chef Bob as he recounts his days in Beaune as Chef de Cuisine at the two-star Michelin Le Vieux Moulin, sharing stories of life in Burgundy. Lunch will be at leisure before you reconnect with the group to enjoy a guided tour of the Hotel-Dieu Museum/ Hospices de Beaune — a flamboyant example of Gothic architecture and one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Return to the villa for a Chef’s Dinner with Chef Bob Waggoner.
Day 5: Discover Château de Commarin, in the commune of Commarin in the Côte-d'Or Château de Commarin has passed through 26 generations in the same family — never having been sold nor looted during the French Revolution. Classified as a Historic Monument in 1949, the Château de Commarin is a member of the Route Historique des Ducs de Bourgogne and the Association des Châteaux de Bourgogne Franche Comté, as well as the Association des Parcs et Jardins de Bourgogne. Transfer to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a very pleasant village, listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France." Enjoy time at leisure to admire the beautiful ancient houses as well as the superb medieval fortress, which is an excellent example of Burgundian military architecture from the 14th century. Lunch will be at leisure* before returning to the chateau. Chef’s dinner.
Day 6: Enjoy a morning visit to L’Imaginarium. L’Imaginarium is a modern wine tourism site that is entirely dedicated to prestigious wines, the world of Crémants de Bourgogne and local products. Enjoy a tasting at L’Imaginarium before spending time at leisure in Nuits-Saint-Georges — a likeable and lively town with a centuries-old history of winemaking. It gives its name to the Côte de Nuits, and its patron saint, Saint Georges, gives his name to their most famous wine. Surrounded by a sea of vineyards, Nuits-Saints Georges is one of the most important stops on the Route des Grand Crus — an UNESCO world heritage wine route that snakes its way through the Burgundy countryside. In addition to the plethora of wine tasting opportunities in town, visit such sites as Musée de Nuits-Saint-Georges, Beffroi (Belfry) de Nuits-St-Georges (the belltower that has become a symbol of Nuits-Saint Georges), Église Saint-Symphorien de Nuits-Saint-Georges. Or meander toward the train station to experience Le Cassisium, the factory and museum dedicated to Crème de Cassis, which is an alcoholic liqueur produced in the region. Sip on a kir (a French cocktail made of wine and cassis) while you enjoy lunch in this charming village, such as at By Georgette Nuits, or visit shops along the way. Upon returning to the chateau, partake in an optional private, guided tour of Les Jardins de Barbirey to learn more about your stunning environs while sipping a glass of Burgundy. Work with Chef Bob in preparation for the evening’s Chef’s dinner.
Day 7: Head to Dijon for a guided exploration of the capital city of the historical Burgundy region. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Dijon city center, an UNESCO World Heritage site for its late medieval and Renaissance architecture. At the heart of the old city, the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, most of it dating from the 18th century, is the most impressive of the old buildings in Dijon. Enjoy Dijon’s market day — one of the largest market days in Burgundy — with the group, as well as a visit to renown Mulot & PetitJean for a tasting of Pain d’Epices (a local Burgundian treasure). Enjoy time at leisure for lunch and shopping. Return to the chateau for dinner.
Day 8: Today will be at leisure at Chateau de Barbirey to allow you to relax and enjoy the accommodations and the beautiful property. For those who wish to go to Beaune, a transfer will be available at 10:00 AM to go explore the city, its wine bars, restaurants, and shops more thoroughly. It will also be a good time to go visit the famous La Moutarderie Edmond Fallot located in Beaune to learn about, taste, and buy Dijon mustards. The transfer will pick you up in Beaune at 3:00 PM. For the balance of the afternoon, enjoy assisting Chef Bob in the kitchen in preparation of the Chef’s dinner.
Day 9: Visit the renown Chateau du Clos de Vougeot — a symbol of nearly 1,000 years of Burgundy history — for a guided tour this morning. Originally a wine farm, built in the 12th century by monks from the nearby Abbey of Cîteaux with its medieval vat-house and presses, Cistercian cellar, and original kitchens, it forms a unique architectural whole, attracting history lovers, architecture lovers or wine lovers. The Château du Clos de Vougeot is the headquarters of the Climats de Bourgogne and the Seat of the Order of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Seventeen times a year, the Chevaliers du Tastevin receive guests at a high-level evening event called “Chapitres.” New chevaliers are inducted and a dinner in the great Burgundy tradition of conviviality brings together 600 people in the château’s winery. The 12 000 Chevaliers du Tastevin are organized into many “commanderies” around the world, from New York to Hong Kong, via Rio de Janeiro.
In addition, experience “La Table de Léonce," a wonderful new food and wine experience created as a tribute to the man responsible for restoring the Château, Léonce Bocquet (owner of the Chateau from 1889 to 1913). Sit down to our exclusive lunch in Léonce Bocquet's private dining room in the Château's Renaissance wing and enjoy a selection of tastevin Burgundy wines presented with Burgundy fare typical of the terroir. Return to the chateau for the balance of the day at leisure. Final light dinner on property with Chef Bob.
Day 10: Say au revoir to Chateau de Barbirey this morning and return to Lyon. Enjoy a photo stop at Fouvière Hill to experience the panoramic view of Lyon and the famous Basilica Notre Dame de Fouvière. Check into the Hotel Boscolo and enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure to experience any final sightseeing or last-minute shopping. This evening join Chef Bob for a Farewell dinner at Michelin-starred La Quintessence (or similar).
Day 11: Private transfers will be arranged to take you to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Au revoir, France! Bonjour, United States!
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control, including force majeures. In the instance our Expert host cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, Premier Tours & Travel has the right to substitute another Expert host, such as a chef, in such an emergency (timing allowed) and/or the tour will continue in its entirety. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. Airfare is not included. Deposits are utilized to secure services on your behalf and are nonrefundable. Deposits are transferrable to a future Expertly Done Culinary & Wine Travel tour. Two glasses of wine are included with the chef’s dinners. Wine is included as noted otherwise alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of each adult guest. Guests are limited to one carry on and one checked baggage and will be responsible for any additional fees charged for additional luggage. Please see Key Items to Know Before You Leave Home attached.
Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages
English-speaking director and local Premier representatives
Airport meet and greet
Private Group transfers*
Curated 5-Star Luxury Hotel Boscolo (or similar) and a high-end country estate
Full breakfast included daily; Lunches and Dinners as noted
Curated tours and experiences, such as guided city tours, Les Halles de Paul Bocuse tour and tasting, Chateau du Clos de Vougeot (including entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities)
Internet (where available)
24/7 Premier support
ABOUT CHEF BOB WAGGONER
Chef Bob Waggoner received his formal training with Michael Roberts at Trumps in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1983, and later in France at a constellation of Michelin-rated restaurants with chefs Jacques Lameloise, Charles Barrier, Pierre Gagnaire, Gerard Boyer and Mark Meneau. At 23, he took on his first chef position at the private club “Members” in Caracas, Venezuela. Chef Bob Waggoner returned to France at age 24 to become chef of the Hotel de la Poste in Avallon for three years. Then, in 1988 at age 26, in the town of Moneteau in Burgundy, he became the first American chef to own his own restaurant in France, the much acclaimed Le Monte Cristo. He is one of the few Americans to be Knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France. In 1991, Waggoner was offered the opportunity of Chef de Cuisine with Chef Jean-Pierre Silva, the two-star Michelin, at Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, France. After 11 years in France, he returned to the States in 1993 to cook at the award-winning Turnberry Isle in Florida, before joining The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he earned the restaurant a coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.
He finally found his way to Charleston where he was Executive Chef of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place for a dozen years. Every year, Chef Bob Waggoner was at the Charleston Grill, it was awarded AAA Four-Diamond and the Mobile Four-Star award, and in 2001-2005 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award. He is the author of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place: French Influenced Lowcountry Cuisine. Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he has won an Emmy for his television show, Off the Menu with Turner South. He also hosted 2 cooking shows with PBS, U Cook with Chef Bob and Sing for Your Supper with Chef Bob. Currently, he is the owner of “In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner” where he hosts cooking classes in a relaxed, casual, and sophisticated atmosphere. With his easygoing nature, he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants.
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