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From September 30 - October 10, 2024

Michael Schafer, The Wine Counselor®, invites you on a journey of discovery in the great wine and culinary regions of Chablis, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Rhone Valley. The Wine Counselor® has an unmatched breadth of knowledge and passion for wine, and a unique style of “edutaining” his guests about the incredible wines they will experience. 


  • DAYS 1 September 30 2024: Detroit < Paris
    Depart USA on a nonstop, overnight flight to Paris, "The City of Light." Meals served on board.
  • Day 2, October 1 2024: Arrive to Paris
    Upon arrival at Charles de Gaul airport, our tour manager will facilitate the short drive into the city.  After checking into our hotel, we'll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure discovering the charms of this capital city. Our Welcome Dinner at the Chez Francoise restaurant will close our first day in the "Land of 400 cheeses." Overnight Le Littre Hotel, a family run hotel only a 13 minute walk to the fabulous Luxembourg Gardens. (D)
  • DAY 3, October 2 2024: Paris  

    After breakfast, we'll enjoy a guided tour of Paris including the Montmartre area of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and other sites. Next, we will tour the Musee Du Vin, a cultural gem housing a rich collection of more than 2,000 pieces, the oldest dating back a century before Jesus Christ. Lunch and a tasting will complete our visit.  After, we will cruise the Seine River with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Paris' delights and enjoy dinner on our own. Overnight in Paris. (B|L)

  • DAY 4, October 3 2024: Paris - Chablis - Beaune

    Today we depart Paris for Chablis, the "Golden Gate" to Burgundy. The first vines were planted here in 1 AD. We'll enjoy at tasting of five wines at Château Long-Depaquit in the center of Chablis.  This storied winery owned by the Albert Bichot family is a leader in sustainable viticulture. After lunch at a local restaurant we visit Domaine Drouhin. We then carry on to the Hotel Mercure Centre, in the center of beautiful Beaune.  There will be time to relax before we savor dinner in a local restaurant. (B|L|D)

  • DAY 5, October 4 2024: Beaune - Burgundy

    We’re cruising the Route des Grands Crus de Bourgogne (Road of Great Wines) today. This remarkable 37-mile road winds through the heart of Burgundy. This is the essence of France.  Our first stop is a morning tasting at Hospice de Beaune.  Next, we'll have lunch and savor the "Prestige Experience" of six wines, including four Premiers Crus at Château de Saint-Aubin.  Our last stop of the day is at Domaine Armelle et Bernard RION in Vosne-Romanee, just a few miles from the famous Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.  We return to the hotel, and the rest of the afternoon and evening are free with dinner on our own. (B|L)

  • DAY 6, October 5 2024: Beaune - Lyon

    Au revoir to beautiful Beaune as we head south into Beaujolais to enjoy the underappreciated Gamay grape at the fascinating Hameau Duboeuf for a tasting and lunch. In the afternoon we visit Château des Jacques for a tasting of their award winning wines.  Next stop on our terrific tour is Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France.  We’ll check in to Hôtel Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette in the heart of Lyon before we enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant. (B|L|D)

  • DAY 7, October 6 2024:  Lyon 

    If you love French food, you’re now in heaven. Lyon is known worldwide for incredible gourmet delights. Today we have guided walking tour of Lyon that includes Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse in the morning where we will taste of the local delicacies - it’s a gourmet’s paradise. After lunch we continue our discovery of Lyon. After the tour we’re free to shop, sightsee, or relax in this diner’s delight of a city. Dinner is on our own and the choices are fantastic.  (B|L)

  • DAY 8, October 7 2024:  Northern Rhone Valley - Avignon 

    We leave Lyon and coach through the Northern Rhone to Avignon, the “Cite des Papes” (City of the Popes).  Our first stop along the way is a tour & tasting in the Condrieu area at Domaine Cuilleron on the west bank of the Rhone.  After lunch, we visit Terres de Syrah by Cave de Tain.  Upon arrival in Avignon, we will check-in to the Hotel de Cambis which is ideally located in the city center. We'll have some time to relax before dinner in a local restaurant.  (B|L|D)

  • DAY 9, October 8 2024: Avignon - Southern Rhone Valley  

    Today we’ll visit the esteemed Château Pegau in Chateauneuf-du-pape to taste some of their legendary wines.  After lunch we will tour and taste at Chateau Pesquier in the AOC of Mount Ventoux, known for challenging Tour de France cyclists. The evening is free to explore Avignon’s delights and enjoy dinner on our own. (B|L)

  • DAY 10, October 9 2024: Avignon - Paris 

    After breakfast in the hotel we’ll arrive at the Avignon TGV train station for our high-speed (186 mph) trip to Paris. After arriving in Paris we’ll check into the Hôtel Le Littré once again. We’ll have free time to explore, sightsee & shop before our farewell dinner at les Noces de Jeannette. (B|D)

  • DAY 11, October 10 2024: Departure Day  Paris < Detroit

    We bid au revoir to the land of wonderful wine, incomparable cheese & unparalleled cuisine. After breakfast we transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport for our nonstop flight home. Merci beaucoup, Conseiller en Vin, for the incredible experience!  (B)

The Wine Counselor® France

SKU: France-Wine Counselor
    • Round trip airfare from Detroit to Paris
    • Tours of Paris and Lyon
    • Tastings of the great wines of Chablis, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Rhone River Valley
    • 9 nights in beautiful 4* hotels 
    • Daily breakfast
    • 7 lunches and 5 dinners including Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Paris
    • French tour manager (fluent English) throughout our journey
    • Luxury motor coach 
    • Land only option available.  "
      Price is for double occupancy (single supplement is $1,125).
    • Paris 10/1/24 – 10/3/24 Hotel Le Littre 
    • Beaune 10/3/24 – 10/5/24 Hotel Mercure Centre 
    • Lyon 10/5/23 – 10/7/24 Hôtel Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette 
    • Avignon 10/7/23 – 10/9/24 Hotel de Cambis
    • Paris 10/9/24 – 10/10/24 Hotel Le Littre
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