Introduction
On our wonderful (and slightly decadent) journey to the French heartlands, you’ll live the good life like never before. Burgundy is France’s “breadbasket,” the perfect blend of classic French villages, rolling terrain with a patchwork of forests and vineyards, and the country’s most remarkable cuisine. Just when it seems like it couldn’t get any better, we enter the Loire Valley and—in keeping with the region’s opulent reputation—take up residence in our own château. From our gracious home base, we’ll meander out for some gorgeous walks and explore the stupendous “getaway cottages” that bedeck the river’s banks. If you love to take your time when you travel and soak up your surroundings, this is the perfect place to be!
Picture yourself...
  • Sipping fine Burgundies in the vineyards where they originate
  • Wandering twisting lanes of medieval towns
  • Following riverside footpaths to stunning chateaux
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 - DIJON / BEAUNE
We meet in Dijon (3 nights) for a guided exploration of this historic and culinary capital of the region. The tempo in Burgundy is nice and easy as you’ll discover on a series of lovely country walks. On one of our favorites, we explore the fortified village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois with panoramic views from the moat-side path. With our guide, we also taste the wines of the Côtes de Nuits vineyards. In the the medieval town of Beaune, you’ll have time to roam and shop on our own.

DAYS 4-7 - LOIRE / TOURS
Entering the luxuriant Loire Valley and our château home for the next 3 nights, our first destination is Chenonceaux. The stately château is one of the world's most famous. We've reserved time for a visit there as well as a lovely walk along the banks of the Cher River. We'll leave time for Château de Cheverny with its remarkable furniture collection. From here, we stroll in magnificent Château Villandry's sculpted flower gardens, then rest and refuel over a farmhouse lunch.

Near Amboise, an amble through scenic countryside includes the option of visiting Le Clos Lucé, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, which today holds many of his inventions and original drawings. On our last day we part company in Tours, just an hour from Paris by train.
Loire & Burgundy
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Dijon, France—2:00 pm—Gare de Dijon Ville Rail Station

Ending Point: Tours —12:00 pm— St. Pierre des Corps rail station

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Go a little off the grid
The ultimate luxury on a barge tour in France is escaping the crowds. On all of our Loire Valley tours we get to the places the tourists don’t go.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Loire and Burgundy vacations. We always offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
June 5-11, 2016$4995.00$1095.00
September 11-17, 2016$4995.00$1095.00
October 9-15, 2016$4995.00$1095.00
June 4-10, 2017$4995.00$1095.00
September 10-16, 2017$4995.00$1095.00
October 8-14, 2017$4995.00$1095.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
Loire & Burgundy
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Burgundy and Loire have a temperate climate. The temperature is generally very comfortable; with a daily range from 65 to 75 degrees and evening temperatures around 60 degrees in the spring and fall, and about 5 to 7 degrees warmer in the summer.

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Hotels
Le Cep

Ideally located in Beaune, this is one of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'. Rooted in two 16th century mansions and courtyards with a lovely garden, this homey property features ornately decorated rooms named for the great wines of Burgundy.

Manoir Les Minimes

A drape of wisteria festoons the elegant façade of this one-time private residence. The Loire River and Château d'Amboise are directly outside your window. The décor is utterly French, an ambiance that immerses you in the region's grand traditions.

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Our small groups offer more options
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