Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September 2020
Route des Grands Crus, Dijon, Beaune
4* hotel in Dijon center
Transportation by 4* luxury coach
Discover a beautiful French region that is famous for its world-class wines. The Bourgogne has so much to offer: history, culture, lovely villages, castles, and of course, endless vineyards. We will drive the prestigious Route des Grands Crus with its many famous wine houses, and even discover the secrets behind the most expensive wines on Earth! With various guided tours, a trip down the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune sections of the wine route, a visit to Dijon and Beaune, and tasting sessions at two top houses, this is a must-join trip for wine lovers. And since we depart Friday late afternoon you can come straight from your work and be home again on Sunday evening.
Why join this particular trip?
This is our first trip to Bourgogne and we cannot wait to show you this amazing region. The Route des Grands Crus is really famous for wines so if you are interested in oenology or in discovering a new culture, come with us!
What is included in the trip fee?
This trip is rather inclusive already. However, we cannot say yet what the trip price will be.
- Transportation by 4* luxury coach
- One large suitcase per person
- 2 nights in a beautiful hotel in Dijon
- Guided tour in Dijon
- Guided tour in Beaune
- Tour of the Route des Grands Crus
- Entrance fees to the Romanée-Conti Domaine
- Visit of the Romanée-Conti Domaine
- Visit of the “Hospices de Beaune” (t.b.c.)
- Entrance fees for Pommard Castle
- Visit and wine tasting at Pommard
- A great group of international people
- A lifetime memory
Who can join?
Expat Club is open to welcome everyone who feels like joining an open-minded international group of expats and Belgians. Most of our participants are 30-65 years old with some younger and some older and working in a variety of fields (EU, NATO, NGO, diplomacy, corporate, academics).
– Members & non-members
– Expats & (international) Belgians
– Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
As with all Expat Club trips, our program for this is carefully designed. Still, the program may still change depending on, for instance, traffic conditions. The below schedule is therefore not definitive, but will not change substantially anymore after the trip is confirmed. Together with our bus driver, hotel staff, restaurants, and welcoming destinations, we will always do our best to still deliver the best possible program.
16h00 – Departure from Brussels
23h30 – Arrival in Dijon
08h30 – Breakfast in Dijon
09h30 – Departure to Romanée-Conti
10h00 – Arrival Romanée-Conti
10h15 – Guided tour Romanée-Conti
11h45 – Departure to Pommard
12h15 – Lunch at Pommard
13h15 – Departure to the wine factory
13h30 – Guided tour of the Pommard Castle + wine tasting
15h30 – Departure to Beaune
16h00 – Guided tour in Beaune
19h00 – Free time to explore the city
20h00 – Dinner in Beaune
21h30 – Departure to the hotel in Dijon
22h15 – Arrival at the hotel
09h00 – Guided tour of Dijon
10h30 – Free time to explore the city
11h45 – Lunch in Dijon
13h00 – Departure to Brussels
15h30 – Visit to Nancy
18h00 – Continuation to Brussels
23h00 – Arrival in Brussels
This weekend we travel to a region in east-central France that is about the same size as entire Belgium. Its administrative capital is Dijon, our base for this trip. It is the home of the famous Dijon Mustard and the imposing Palace of the Dukes, which houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Dijon is also the most Northern part of the Bourgogne wine region (Burgundy in English), so from here we’ll travel southbound on Saturday in the direction of Beaune. Along the way we travel along many vineyards with primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
Burgundy has a higher number of appellations d’origine contrôlée (AOCs) than any other French region, and is often seen as the most terroir-conscious of the French wine regions. The various Burgundy AOCs are classified from carefully delineated grand cru vineyards down to more non-specific regional appellations. The practice of delineating vineyards by their terroir in Burgundy goes back to medieval times, when various monasteries played a key role in developing the Burgundy wine industry. (Source: Wikipedia).
Route des Grands Crus
Also known as “The Champs Elysées of Burgundy” because of its prestige, this 60km marked out itinerary, between Dijon and Santenay, will take you through the Côtes de Nuits and Beaune and their Hautes Côtes by roads close to the main roads. It promises you some beautiful places in the heart of the vineyard:
- Dijon, city of the Dukes to begin with
- Beaune, capital of Burgundy wines
- Several wine-growing villages, including Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Pommard, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and others.
The city of Dijon, the wine region and wine production have been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This recognition is comparable to the one the Champagne region received, another region that is known that is world-famous for its wines.
The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy The climates are precisely delimited vineyard parcels on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city of Dijon. They differ from one another due to specific natural conditions (geology and exposure) as well as vine types and have been shaped by human cultivation. Over time they came to be recognized by the wine they produce. This cultural landscape consists of two parts. Firstly, the vineyards and associated production units including villages and the town of Beaune, which together represent the commercial dimension of the production system. The second part includes the historic centre of Dijon, which embodies the political regulatory impetus that gave birth to the climats system. The site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages. (Source: website UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
The ideal starting point of the Route des Grands Crus which stretches along the Côte de Nuits, we suggest you discover Dijon, capital of Burgundy. Also known as the City of the Dukes, it contains a beautiful architectural heritage of medieval palaces, half-timbered houses, and Art Nouveau buildings. Without forgetting its grocery stores and gourmet shops where you will find typical local products: mustard of course, but also blackcurrant cream, gingerbread (that of Mulot and Petit Jean is an institution), cheese from the Abbey of Cîteaux or truffles and other mushrooms. Because if there is one thing they do well in Burgundy, it is to eat and drink! During our tour, we will see, amongst others, the Ducal Palace, the Parcours de la Chouette (a circuit in the city), Rue des Forges, the Church of Notre-Dame, and so on.
Located in the heart of a prestigious vineyard whose evocative names of Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, La Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay, Savigny-Les-Beaune … make the eyes of wine lovers sparkle, Beaune is also a city of Art whose most emblematic monument is certainly the Hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) with its famous glazed tile roof. The town has many other treasures to show its visitors and we intend to show you as many as possible. We will see, amongst others, Saint Nicolas Door, the Hotel Dieu, and a mustard factory. We will visit all the must-see places in Beaune!
Pommard Castle & Romanée-Conti Domaine
Pommard and Romanée-Conti are well-known by all wine lovers and experts. They both produce the most expensive wine on Earth! We are lucky because we will have a guided tour at both locations. It is the perfect occasion to discover all the secrets behind these famous bottles and of course do a little tasting ourselves.
We cannot yet tell you in which hotel we are staying, but it is likely a 4* hotel in Dijon. We always pick good hotels with good reviews and locations, so you be be assured of staying in a nice place. Breakfast and free wifi are included.
In the hotel you can choose between the following room options, all include a private bathroom:
- Single room (normally with 1 large bed, with surcharge)
- Double room (1 large bed, for couples, no surcharge)
- Twin room (2 single beds, for 2 friends travelling together)
- Twin room (2 single beds, for 2 single travellers who would like to avoid the single surcharge)
- Triple / family rooms (double bed + single bed / sofa, upon request only)
Expat Club room sharing for single travellers
If you are joining this trip on your own, you can of course take a single room, but then you pay a surcharge (you can indicate this during the booking process). However, you can also opt for the Expat Club room sharing service. This means you do not pay the single surcharge. During the outbound journey we will introduce you to the other travellers who also want to share a room. We do not assign a room partner, but you can mutually agree to share the room. We only offer female/female and male/male rooms (male upon request only). This is a great way to save some money while you get to know another nice person on this trip.
We depart on Friday afternoon, this way we will be able to enjoy the entire Saturday on the Route des Grands Crus. The actual time and departure point(s) will be communicated about one week before the trip. We will be traveling on a 4* luxury bus with reclining comfort seats, footrests, air-conditioning, an on-board toilet, and a DVD-system with at least three flat screens. Along the outbound trip way, you will be served some drinks and snacks (waffles, candy bars).
- The trip will be carried out by one of our trusted coach partners.
- This trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are indicative and may change if required by circumstances.
- The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do not want in the package, please let us know and we may consider a small discount.
- You are personally responsible for getting a good cancellation and travel insurance that covers you for unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses before or during the trip.
- You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for long delays that influence the program (e.g. missed guided tours), neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the coach, strikes, weather, etc.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip. Joining this trip is safe but still at your own risk.
- If you do not find a room partner on your own, we will find one for you (male/male, female/female). During the outbound trip, we will connect you with others in the same position. If you decide to take a single room during the trip, then you will have to fully pay for it yourself. If you book this option, you are never forced to pay for a single room.
- If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, you will have to pay the single room supplement or share a room with another person (if available).
Texts and Photos: © Bourgogne by vitalez, via Shutterstock | © Bourgogne Dijon city hall by Leonid Andronov, via Shutterstock | © chateaudepommard.com