France | Champagne to Burgundy | Adult Only
Explore two of the world’s most famous wine regions, Champagne and Burgundy in this epic journey to the heart of France.
7 days / 6 nights
Activity LevelActivity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Explore two of the world’s most famous wine regions, Champagne and Burgundy in this epic journey to the heart of France. Pop a cork on a hot air balloon ride and enjoy a real Champagne sunset over the heart of the famed vineyards. See the storied houses on the Rue de Champagne while taking a stroll in Epernay. Visit the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame de Reims where over 25 kings were crowned within its stone walls. Discover Dijon’s palaces and plaza’s, before embarking on a Burgundian gastronomic experience. Sample cheeses and pastries at the sensational farmers market in Beaune. Cycling and hiking through vineyards we’ll stop for tastings at some of our favorites from the region.
- Soak up one of the grandest views in all of France via hot air balloon
- Take a buggy ride through an artisan countryside vineyard
- Explore the small town of Dijon, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the gargoyle-studded church of Notre Dame
- Reward yourself at the end of each day with a locally cooked meal, including fresh bread, wine, and cheeses
- Kayak through the cool Champagne waterways near Epernay, past weeping willow trees and war memorials that fill the region
- Bike on the “Route du Grand Cru” through the rolling vineyard hills between Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-St.-Georges on your way to Beaune
- Stroll along the Rue de Champagne, the most famous street in the region with dozens of elegant Champagne houses, and a grand city hall garden
- Cycle and hike through vineyards, stopping for tastings at some of our favorites from the region
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The Route du Grand Cru: Bicycle along this beautiful sloping road from quiet village to quiet village.
Château de Rochepot: This reconstructed castle will make your wildest dreams come true; watch history, gorgeous architecture, and adventure collide!
The Food: French cuisine simply can't be beat, from fresh local pastries to artisan wines!
Paris, France CDG or ORY
Paris, France CDG or ORY
After meeting in Paris, we’ll transfer to the Champagne region to explore the historic Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame, the traditional coronation location for French Kings. After lunch, kayak through the cool Champagne waterways near Epernay, past weeping willow trees and war memorials that fill the region. Find out what makes the people of Champagne so cheerful as you toast (with Champagne of course) to the start of a fantastic voyage at tonight’s dinner.
About Villa Eugene
Situated in a 19th-century mansion that once belonged to the Mercier family, this elegant boutique hotel just steps away from world-renowned champagne producers. With refined rooms featuring Louis XVI-style decor with oversized windows and updated bathrooms. A breakfast buffet is served in an elegant glass-walled dining room. There’s a stylish bar, plus a heated outdoor pool and terrace.
Ride past meticulously cared for vineyards and learn about what it takes to make a great Champagne on today’s loop bicycle ride. Traverse through the gently rolling hills of chalky soil Champagne is famous for that gives the beverage its crisp clean taste. Take a stroll along the Rue de Champagne, the most famous street in the region with dozens of elegant Champagne houses, and a grand city hall garden. Enjoy a tasting with a local winemaker before tonight’s dinner in town.
Float above endless vineyards on a hot air balloon journey (in the country where ballooning was invented) taking in breathtaking views of a classic French landscape. We’ll hike from village to village with area winemakers sampling a plethora of local paté with a delectable regional pastry, le Gateau Rose. This afternoon we’ll go off-road as we tour the countryside and vineyard by four wheels on an unforgettable buggy ride. Although tonight’s dinner is technically not included, you have plenty of lovely options to choose from!
Arrive early in the town of Dijon, the ancient capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, with time to explore the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the gargoyle-studded church of Notre Dame. Ride from Geverny-Chambertin to Château de Marsannay for a tour of the impressive 35-hectare estate and wine tasting. Later, enjoy an extraordinary dinner before retiring to your room for the night.
About Hotel des Grands Crus
Surrounded by vineyards, this quaint hotel in the French countryside offers you a relaxing stay amidst beautiful views that combine for a truly unforgettable experience. Each of the beautiful, simple, and classic rooms offers a magnificent view of the hotel’s surroundings and a calming environment to help you wind down at the end of the day.
Today’s bike ride will take you along the gently rolling “Route du Grand Cru” to villages like Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-St.-Georges on the way to Beaune. Take a break from your ride for a tour of Chateau du Clos de Vougeot. Continue riding through beautiful vineyards until you reach the prestigious wine town of Beaune. Once there, enjoy a tour of the spectacular Hotel Dieu, founded as a hospital for the poor in 1443.
About Hotel le Cep and Spa
Conveniently situated in the heart of Burgundy’s wine country and close to Beaune’s historic city center, Hotel le Cep has everything you could want. Each room is decorated with its own personality, but each is done so beautifully and charmingly. Enjoy modern amenities and luxury disguised with historical and beautiful elegance. Not to mention a spa that includes cryotherapy!
Wake up to a great breakfast before heading out on another adventure. Hop on your bike and pedal to the Chateau de Rochepot. Learn the history behind this reconstructed castle before heading out to explore more quaint and beautiful villages. The serene landscapes of this area will have your head turning the entire ride. Once back in Beaune, treat yourself to a wine tasting before an amazing meal at tonight’s farewell dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy a hot breakfast before being transferred to Paris for your departure home.
**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
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Arrival & Departure
Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Paris. On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Grand Hotel Bedford (8th arrondissement) in Paris at 8:30 a.m. After a transfer to Reims for a tour of the Cathedral and then lunch, we then transfer to the outskirts of Epernay for kayaking. After breakfast on Day 7, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Paris (3.5 hours transfer).
Day 2 bicycle mileage options: 14 / 24 mi
Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 7 mi
Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 31 / 34 mi
Day 6 bicycle mileage options: 22 / 28 mi
Day 3 Hiking mileage options: 3 / 6 mi
Day 4 Hiking mileage options: 2 / 4 mi
Day 1 mileage options: 6 / 8 mi
Can there be a better place to slow down and catch one’s breath than in Champagne and Burgundy? Not when the landscape is so inviting, and the scent of grapes is always in the air! We’ll savor world-class wines and richly textured cuisine as we explore the very heart of both Champagne and Burgundy. In Beaune, visit the old medieval hospital Hôtel-Dieu, a marvel of Burgundian-Flemish art. Our gentle route follows ancient roads through vineyards and farms, to quaint villages and tiny wine towns. Learn why the limestone soils play such an important role in allowing the particular characteristics of the vines to develop. Sample Pinot Noir (red) and Chardonnay (white) wines and let the product speak for itself. This is a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy one of the world’s most prized ‘routes des vins’!
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Meals not designated.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
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