I offer a variety of tours as a customized experience made to suit your interests: walking intensity, historical monuments, food and wine tastings…Whether you have a car or I drive you around, you will discover a beautiful region known to the French but still off-the beaten path for foreign tourists. Please inquire about pricing. Here is the best seller:
Introduction to Southern Burgundy
On this two full-day tour, discover the cultural wealth of Southern Burgundy.
This short tour is designed for flexibility. We can accommodate variable weather conditions just as we can accommodate your interests and energy levels to provide opportunities for adventure and exploration in addition to those described below.
Here is the important information:
Cost is $999 per person based on double occupancy.
Price covers: accommodation at our Eco-friendly guesthouse (three nights with all breakfasts); two dinners; transportation; services of a professional tour guide (Virginie Moré) for all itinerary activities; admissions for all group activities mentioned on the itinerary.
Pick-up and drop-off at Mâcon-Loché TGV train station (1h35 from Paris by train) or Mâcon train station (45 minutes from Lyon by train). You must arrange for your own transportation to Mâcon. I am happy to answer any questions you have in advance of the tour to help you prepare.
Day 1: Bienvenue!
Welcome to our Eco-friendly guest house L’Esprit des Vignes in Saint-Vérand. We get to know each other partaking in a home made dinner.
Day 2: Mighty Cluny & Scenic Drive
A 30-minute drive this morning will take us to the town of Cluny from where in the 10th century Benedictine monks started dominating the western world. The mother of all abbeys, which was subject to no authority other than that of the Pope himself, peaked in the 12th century but was almost completely destroyed during the French Revolution. The remains are proof of its former prestige and influence and the town itself still has plenty of fine surviving Romanesque buildings. After lunch in the old town, we discover the famous Chardonnay wine of this region: Pouilly-Fuissé by tasting at a local winery. We finish the day relaxing at home, where you can enjoy one of the several hikes starting from our house, play “boules” or just have fun watching our goats playing around.
Day 3: Red Gamay and Iconic Hike
This morning will learn about the local Beaujolais grape: Gamay. We meet a local wine maker and see that there are ten famous grand Crus in the Beaujolais region, nothing to do with Beaujolais nouveau! After a light lunch paired with wines, we are a short drive away from the hike to the top of the iconic Rock of Solutré, a rare geological phenomenon overlooking the region and its prehistoric site of the eponymous Solutrean Paleolithic culture. After our visit, we will head back home and finish our French adventure with a gastronomic experience together.
*Itinerary subject to change based on farmers market and wineries.
If you are here on a Saturday, we may modify our itinerary to go to the nearby fabulous farmers market of Châtillon, one of the quaintest in France under its 15th-century wood covered market place, “Les Halles“. The food is fresh and colorful; even the local “Bresse” chickens sport the French flag colors!