Wines of Beaujolais

Tour highlights

  • Visit many different wine-cellars and taste different varieties of wines
  • Enjoy a day at the Haneau Dubeuf - Europe’s first ever wine ‘theme park’!
  • Discover wines of Burgundy and Côtes du Rhône
  • Enjoy a sunrise breakfast and walk through the surrounding hills
  • Take a guided tour of Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France
  • Learn all about vines and wine production in this region
  • Indulge in a wine and food pairing evening in a Michelin starred restaurant

Days 1 - 5: Camping La Grappe to Hameau Duboeuf Fleurie

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Day 1 – Arrive at Camping La Grappe Fleurie

Upon arrival at the campsite, settle into your pitch and then take the opportunity to meet your fellow members with a welcome meeting and drinks. Enjoy dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Day 2 – Visit Hameau Duboeuf

Today visit something truly unique - Europe’s first oenological park! Cultural, educational and entertaining, this park takes you on a journey of discovery into the world of the wine-growers like never before. Museums, 3D cinema and immersive scenography help visitors explore the origins, region and vines as well as the science and technologies behind wine production. 

End your visit here with a wine-tasting and lunch at the Hameau Duboeuf restaurant.

Day 3 – Free day at your leisure

Day 4 – Châtillon sur Chalaronne

Enjoy a leisurely day in the nearby medieval village of Châtillon sur Chalaronne. Here, browse the weekly local market, voted as one of the most beautiful in France, situated under an old timber-frame structure in the main square. Enjoy free time for lunch and to explore the village at your leisure. Then continue your afternoon with a coach tour of Dombes, an area renowned for its artificial rainwater pools.

Day 5 – Free day

Days 6 - 9: Beaujolais to Bourgogne

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Day 6 – Organic Vineyard

Today, visit a ‘bio’ vineyard. Set in beautiful surroundings, this vineyard works to produce wine organically and in harmony with the surrounding flora and fauna, which in turn gives the wine a unique character of its own.

Along with some of the wines, taste a truly regionally authentic lunch of ‘mâchon’ - a collection of cold meats and offal based dishes, traditionally eaten at breakfast!

Day 7 – Geology of Beaujolais

An early start this morning will be rewarded with a sunrise breakfast with a local guide up on nearby Mount Brouilly. Your guide will take you on a walk afterwards to explain the link between the geology of the area, the soil compositions and their influence over the wines of the Beaujolais region. This is also a chance to take in some panoramic views of the area.

Day 8 – Bourgogne

Today you will discover the wines of south Burgundy. Embark on a walk to the Roche de Solutré - a spectacular and striking limestone escarpment in the middle of the Mâconnais vineyards. Enjoy a picnic lunch and in the afternoon, partake in a wine tasting of local whites and sparkling wines.

Day 9 – River cruise on the Saône 

Today is largely free at your leisure. In the afternoon, take in the views from the river with a relaxing cruise on the Saône.

Days 10 - 15: Lyon to Côtes du Rhône

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Day 10 – Lyon

Visit this most vibrant and lively of cities today with a guided tour. Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France is full of bustling streets, restaurants and bars. See sites such as the basilica of Fourvière, le Vieux Lyon - old quarter of Lyon and its ‘traboules’ - hidden passageways, corridors and stairways, used for transporting things such as silk up from the river but also used as secret French Resistance meeting places during WW2.

Enjoy lunch in a ‘bouchon’ Lyonnais - a small, cosy and traditional restaurant and a wine tasting.

Day 11 – Free day

Day 12 – Maison des Climats of Burgundy and Mâcon

The ‘Maison des Climats de Borgogne’ is a visitor centre dedicated to the climates of the Burgundy wine-growing region. But much more than that, this is an educational experience which uses a whole range of media technology and interactive displays to take you on a journey through the history, geology and toponomy of the different areas.

Afterwards, enjoy a wine-tasting workshop and a wine and food pairing.

In the afternoon, enjoy free time in Mâcon at your leisure.

Day 13 – Free day

Day 14 - Côtes du Rhône and farewell meal

Today, enjoy a visit to a producer of Côtes du Rhone wines. 

In the evening, end the tour and say goodbye to your fellow members and hosts with a gala evening at a local Michelin starred restaurant with a wine and food tasting menu designed by the head chef.

Day 15 – Depart from campsite

Please note this itinerary is subject to change.

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