French born Lilian Lacassagne, Executive Chef at the Burke Manor Inn, has released his guided Trip Gastronomic to France for 2016.

One in Burgundy and the other in Bordeaux.

Why would you go, you may ask?

Well, you will get to experience restaurants with 3 stars in the Michelin guide, stay at wonderful places, experience Truffle hunting, discover and learn in a Master class the Grand Crus at          “L’ Ecole de Vin” , and have knowledgable guides take you all over the region. You will not have the barrier of the language as you are traveling with natives. The locals are kind and warm and welcome tourism. This is really an experience of a lifetime!

I am one of the lucky people that was given the Itinerary of both trips and I could not help to post it for my readers. I highly recommend the trip. Hurry, if you are interested, as there is only few more spot available.  As a French Born I assure you that if any places in France need to be visited, these are the ones!

ITINERARY FOR THE TRIP TO BURGUNDY:

Sunday, June 19th:

Depart – en route to Lyon

Monday, June 20th:

Arrival at Saint Exupery Airport in Lyon, France mid-morning, our bus driver will be welcoming us as we land.

Transfer to the hotel, Henry 2, in the heart of Beaune for a welcome cocktail and check-in, unpack and get accustomed to the hotel and its dining areas. In the afternoon, guided visit of the historical heart of Beaune for everybody to get familiarized with the surroundings. Dinner and night at the hotel.

Tuesday, June 21st:

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a guided visit of the Renaissance style Castle of Cormatin, surrounded by an extraordinary park. We will then meet with Olivier Devêvre for a guided visit of the Cos Piguet. In a winemaker house dating from 17th century we will discover the secrets of the black truffle of Burgundy, saffron and the vine peach. The crops are cultivated following a traditional “Savoir Faire”. Truffle hunting demonstration. Followed by a great lunch at the Moulin du Gastronome next to Mâcon where you will be enjoying the specialties of Chef Goineau.

After lunch, return to Beaune by the villages of Mâcon and Tournus for a Masterclass Grand Crus at “l’Ecole de Vins”, where you will discover all the first and grand crus of Burgundy. With explanation, and tasting, this class should get your palate ready to understand the flavors you will experience throughout the week.

Back to the hotel where we will dine together.

Wednesday, June 22nd:

Breakfast then departure for Romaneche Thorins where you’ll discover Georges Duboeuf’s kingdom.(“Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrive” creator) Exciting visit in a unique and entertaining display, exposition and theatre.

‘Le hameau du Vin” will invite you to discover the world of harvest in Burgundy and “le jardin en beaujolais” will take you through the heart of the aromas and scents, the tastes and an instructive visit of the vilification center for the Georges Duboeuf wines.

Continuation to “Moulin a Vent” for a true “machon” (indoor Beaujolais Picnic) at the Castle, prepared by the wife of the winemaker, a true Beaujolais tradition. Guided visit of the castle with tasting of its best “crus”. You will be able to enjoy this great food and wine pairings. You will witness the highest hospitality one can receive in that region while visiting the unbelievable windmill which gave the name to the appellation (Moulin a Vent)

Continue towards Fuissé through the vineyards where you will be awaited by Christophe Thibert for a visit and tasting in his domain. We will try several crus du Maconnais. Christophe and Sandrine will show you their vineyard of the prestigious Pouilly Fuissé. Return through the vineyards of Saint Véran back to the hotel where we will dine together.

Thursday, June 23rd:

Breakfast then departure for a visit of the Fromagerie Gaugry a Brochon. These cheese artisans have created many cheese specialties belonging to the Burgundy traditions. Then on towards the Mustard world capital, through the “Route des Vins”(Road of wines) to reach Dijon, the biggest city in Burgundy, definitely worth the detour. Guided visit with a great lunch at L’Hotel du Nord. Followed by a visit of the historical monuments in the early afternoon prior to return to Beaune by the “Route des Grands Crus” to the Hameau de Concoeur and Corboin located right behind the prestigious vineyard of la Romanée Conti to discover the cultivation of red fruits in the region. We will understand the making of jam slowly cooking in huge copper caldrons and will make clear all the secrets you may have wondered about. And, of course, the visit will end with a tasting of this so famous Creme de Cassis. Back to the hotel where we will dine together.

 Friday, June 24th:

Breakfast and departure for Saulieu, guided visit of the old city and the Basilique Saint Andoche. This Basilique from Clunisienne inspiration is one of the oldest Roman churches in Burgundy (12th century). You will discover the steeple representing the world’s flora, Roman art, Biblical scenes and hand carved wood dating from the 14th century. This is the resting place of Saint Andoche, Greek predicator at the end of the 2nd century, one of the Christian martyrs from Burgundy.

Gastronomic lunch at “La Côte D’Or”, Bernard L’oiseau, (3 Michelin Stars, belonging to the wife of the late Mr Loiseau who ended his life in fear of being downgraded on the Michelin book. He never did and kept his 3 stars).

Returning to the world wine capital of Beaune, our hometown for a free afternoon and dinner on your own.

 Saturday, June 25th:

Breakfast at the hotel then free morning to discover the local outdoor market followed by a visit of the so well-known Hospices de Beaune a former charitable almshouse, founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum. Important wine functions are held here annually.

Departure to Chagny for a spectacular gastronomic lunch at Jacques Lameloise (3 Michelin Stars).

Continuing to Santenay in a caravan of antique French cars (2 CVs) to visit the castle of Santenay with an amazing wine tasting.

Return to the hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening on your own.

 Sunday, June 26th:

Breakfast and depart for a guided visit of the Abbey de Clugny. It was built in 910 and received a high reputation all over the Christian Europe. It was a house of over a thousand living quarters and 10,000 priests.

In 1088 under Saint Hugues, called “Hugues the Builder”, a program was started including an unbelievable construction work, the Abbey had to match its reputation. The building length reached 187 meters, with ceilings 30 meters high. Recognized as a French historical building in 1791, Saint Hugues Church was disassembled from 1798 to 1823. The remains include the south corridor topped off with the holy water steeple and will help you to understand the impact of this church and its disciples on the religious architecture of the 11th century in Burgundy.

Direction Mâcon for a panoramic visit by bus, before reaching the sub region of La Bresse by the historical bridge of Saint Laurent to arrive at Vonnas.

You will enjoy a gastronomic lunch at Georges Blancs (3 Michelin Stars), where 5 generations have worked in the kitchen, resulting in a cooking style that mixes tradition and creativity. At the end of the afternoon we have organized a visit of the last big family owned Moutarderie (Burgundy is well known for its mustard, Moutarde de Dijon.) with a learning of the industry history accompanied with its artifacts.

Return to the hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening on your own.

 Monday, June 27th:

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Chateauneuf en Auxois for a visit of the castle overlooking the Canal de Bourgogne. The Chateauneuf Fortress is one of the last remaining 14th century Burgundian military vestiges. The castle is classified as a historical monument since 1894. When it became with its village a protected site. It is also and primarily labeled “plus beau village de France”.

Followed by a regional lunch at the Auberge des Marronniers, in the heart of the village. Departure for Pouilly en Auxois for an amazing little cruise along the canal de Bourgogne. During this cruise you will discover an illuminated natural tunnel of 3333 meters, and its canal lock. This little cruise will be accompanied by a degustation of local goodies. Return to the hotel for a very fun dinner for our last evening around a theme of bread, cheese and, of course, wine!

Tuesday, June 28th:

Early Breakfast and Departure back to the USA.

 As everything stipulated in the itinerary will indeed be a part of this trip, the chronological order of the days may vary.

 

The all inclusive price includes hotel, ground transportation, most meals with wine (you will have the opportunity on some evenings to venture out for your own dining pleasure), all guided visits and excursions, taxes and fees.

The price per person is $4995. Single Supplement of $400.

ITINERARY FOR THE TRIP TO BORDEAUX:

Sunday, July 3rd:

Depart en route for Bordeaux – Merignac Airport

Monday, July 4th:

Arrival in Bordeaux, France in the morning, our bus driver will be welcoming us as we land.

Transfer to the hotel, Hotel Mercure in the heart of Bordeaux for a welcome cocktail and lunch. Check-in, unpack and get accustomed to the hotel and surroundings. Dinner and night at the hotel.

Tuesday, July 5th:

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a “Day in Bordeaux” .Guided visit of Bordeaux Center with our own local guide. Bordeaux history, sceneries and landmarks. Followed by lunch at “Café de L’opera” (extremely renowned Chef Etchebest) in Bordeaux. Prestigious restaurant located in the grand theatre. Spacious and elegant in a majestic décor will charm you with an array of amazing local flavors.

Afternoon visit of the unique cité du vin (www.laciteduvin.com), we will be some of the first guests to discover this world exclusive museum relating to wine and everything revolving around it since its first apparition.

Back to the hotel where we will dine together and a relaxing evening.

Wednesday, July 6th:

Breakfast then departure for St. Emilion. Greeted at Chateau Fonplegade where we will learn the history of the castle, and the amazing conversion into an organic viticulture. As we visit the cellar and taste some of the finest wines in the world. Departure towards Chateau Franc Mayne for a 60 minute trip to the heart of its 5 acre underground cave/corridors with the power of the terroir and incredible stonework, the history of St. Emilion and its legendary right bank. Degustation of two wines and a little souvenir shopping.

Lunch in the heart of the city at the 1 Michelin StarHostellerie De Plaisance Relaix Chateaux. Afternoon, guided visit of the Steeple, Ramparts, and seeing St. Emilion with a different eye, along with some history of the city’s development. Free time to explore on your own this renowned village.

Back to the hotel, evening on your own to linger and explore at your rhythm.

Thursday, July 7th:

Breakfast then departure for the “Bassin D’Arcachon”. Visit of the typical Villa Arcachonnaises and the so famous Dune Du Pilat. A panoramic visit of this prestigious area, its winter town, relating its rich past throughout an architectural inspired neo classic style and neo gothic style, Swiss chalet and colonial houses.

Our journey continues to the foot of the Dune Du Pilat. Lunch at “Diego Plage L’Ecailler”, Michelin recognized, with its seafood specialties. Afternoon we will climb aboard a private boat for a guided sailing in the Bassin D’Arcachon, we will navigate through the oyster park and based on the tide will observe the work of the Ostreiculteurs. Following a visit to the bird island with the typical shacks and the presqu’ile du cap ferret.

Oyster tasting with wine, of course, at the conclusion.

Return to Bordeaux to the hotel for dinner and rest.

Friday, July 8th:

Breakfast and departure for a “Day in Médoc”. First stop, the amazing Domaine de Lynch-Bages with guided visit, finishing with a tasting of this remarkable wine. Lunch at “Brasserie de Lavinel for a traditional meal. Visit of the Prieuré Lichine located in Cantenac in the center of the Margaux region to discover this very different vineyard on which vines average 30 years of age. An initiation class on wine tasting techniques.

Returning to the hotel for an evening on your own.

 Saturday, July 9th:

Breakfast and a free morning to linger and explore the town on your own. We will meet for lunch at the “Le Chapon Fin”, Michelin guide recognized for another outstanding lunch experience. Afternoon, pedestrian promenade on the edge and piers of La Garonne and its typical quarters, representing some of the highest Haute Couture brands (Louis Vuitton, Cartier, etc).

Dinner at “L’Ange Bleu” where we will enjoy a marvelous Cabaret and Musical show.

Sunday, July 10th:

Breakfast and departure for a “Day in Périgord”. The morning will entail a visit of the well-known Sarlat
our guide will walk us through this city of art and history with its brilliant architecture and its historical monuments. Its Medieval streets and bright plazas are the most pleasant and not to be missed.

Lunch at “La Petite Tonnelle, on the edge of the Dordogne in one of the most beautiful villages in France.   Afternoon we will climb onboard a Gabare (barge) and will travel down the Dordogne to discover five of the most beautiful castles in France. Finishing this little cruise at the home of Josephine Baker (“The Black Pearl”), 1906-1975, where we will enjoy a tour of her home concluding with an incredible show with the animals she loved.

Return to the hotel and relaxing evening on your own.

Monday, July11th:

Breakfast and departure for a “Day in the Sauternes Region”. Visit of Chateau de Myrat, the property of the Pontac family, one of the Grands Crus Classés of Sauternes. We will discover the cellar and learn about this very intriguing way of harvesting and tasting of 2 vintages. The owner himself will also guide us through the English garden, wooded alley in this Centennial Forest where pheasant, squirrel and deer have chosen to live.

Followed by a lunch at “Le St. James known as the “Balcony of Bordeaux”. Afternoon visit of La Citadelle de Blaye, one of the epic Vauban constructions from the Middle Ages we will linger through the little streets of this village. “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!”

Early return to the hotel where we will all enjoy our special last dinner together.

Tuesday, July12th:

Early Breakfast and Departure, back to the USA 

The all-inclusive price includes hotel, ground transportation, most meals with wine (you will have the opportunity on some evenings to venture out for your own dining pleasure), all guided visits and excursions, taxes and fees. The price per person is $4495. Single Supplement of $450.

(Airfare is not included – we will advise you what time you will need to arrive and what flight we will be on.)

This price is based on the Euro exchange rate not climbing over 1.40 US dollars to the Euro. To reserve your space a $1000 per person non-refundable deposit is due. A nonrefundable payment of 50% due by March 30th and balance due by May 30th. 30 person maximum. 

(Airfare is not included – we will advise you on what time you will need to arrive in and what flight we will be on.)

This price is based on the Euro exchange rate not climbing over 1.40 US dollars to the Euro.

To reserve your space a $1000 per person non-refundable deposit is due. A non-refundable payment of 50% is due by March 15th and balance due by May 15th.

(30 person maximum, 20 person minimum)

For additional information please call: 336-449-6266

Informational Meeting:

Thursday, January 21st 4:30pm,

Burke Manor Inn & Pavilion

303 Burke St, Gibsonville, NC 27249

www.BurkeManor.com