Self-Drive Burgundy

France Driving Holiday to Burgundy

france driving holiday- Credits Olivier Leflaive

At a glance

Region:Burgundy
Type of Tour:
Duration:8 Days
Guide Price:From £1806 to £2181 per person
Number of Meals:7 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 2 dinners
Number of Winery Visits:11 wineries
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 54
Tour Transport:2 full day private transported tours + e-bike hire for 2 days + 1 visit on foot
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

France driving holiday to Burgundy

In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on tourism, we have introduced a flexible range of self-drive breaks, with our clients’ maximum comfort and safety in mind.

On day one of your trip, drive from the UK to Chablis, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You have the complete freedom to choose your preferred crossing time. If you would prefer to spend a night en route to break up the 4 ½ hour drive, we would be pleased to arrange this for you.

After checking into your Grand Comfort room at the 4* Hostellerie des Clos, located in the village of Chablis itself, the remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free to settle in and enjoy your pleasant surroundings.

France driving holiday © Château de Pommard
France driving holiday- credits Alain Doire_Bourgogne Tourisme

After breakfast on day two, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will be transported in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle and your guide will follow the necessary safety procedures. Today, you will have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the wines of the Chablis appellation. As well as visiting a variety of vineyard plots and three wineries to see first-hand the difference between Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru Chablis wines, you will also taste extensive examples. You will have free time for lunch, and your guide will be more than happy to recommend a restaurant depending on how hungry you are feeling on the day. In the evening, a three course dinner with drinks will be served in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

After a leisurely breakfast and check out on day three, drive to the village of Vosne-Romanée in the heart of the Côte de Nuits. The driving time will be around 1 ½ hours. Here, check into your Privilège room at the 4* Hotel le Richebourg. The remainder of the day and evening will then be free to do as you please. This evening, we would be very pleased to reserve you a table for dinner in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

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France driving holiday- Credits Alain Doire_Bourgogne Tourisme

On day four, e-bikes will be provided for the day (if you would prefer a private driver instead, just let us know and we will provide you with the relevant supplement). Take a 14km ride along the famous Route des Grand Crus to Aloxe-Corton, one of the only villages in Burgundy to boast both red and white Grand Cru wines. Here, you will be welcomed at the authentic family-owned Domaine Comte Sénard, where you will visit the vineyard, Les Clos des Meix, as well as the 13th Century cellars. The visit will conclude with a three course traditional lunch, during which you will have the unique opportunity to taste six Grand Cru wines, complemented further by comments from one the estate’s sommeliers. After lunch, head back to Vosne-Romanée to visit a premium winery in the village. As well as having a private tour of the historic cellars, you will taste five wines including a Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru. The evening will then be yours to relax and perhaps enjoy another glass of wine or two at the hotel.

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France driving holiday-Credits Alain Doire Bourgogne Tourisme

After checking out on day five, drive half an hour to the famous village of Puligny-Montrachet, in the heart of the Côte de Beaune. Here, check into a Premier Cru room at the 4* Le Montrachet hotel. After settling in, take a scenic 30 minute walk (private chauffeur transport can instead be arranged if preferred), through the picturesque vineyards to the magnificent Château de Chassagne-Montrachet. You will firstly visit the estate and cellars, and the tour will conclude with a light lunch of local cheeses and delicacies, served alongside four wines. In the evening, you will be welcomed as the guests of Olivier Leflaive, one of the biggest names in the village. Here, a broad tasting of nine wines from the Côte de Beaune (including Premier Cru wines) will be offered alongside a delightful three course dinner. The owners and staff are very gracious hosts and the wine tastings and meal always prove both enjoyable and enlightening.

On day six, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. Today will focus on the Côte Chalonnaise, visiting three wineries in well-known villages such as Rully and Mercurey, with an al fresco picnic lunch served at one of the estates. This evening, we would be very pleased to reserve you a table for dinner in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

France driving holiday credits Château de Chassagne-Montrachet (domaines famille Picard)
France driving holidays- Credits Côte-d'Or Tourisme © J-M. SCHWARTZ

On day seven, check out of the hotel and drive an hour to Mâcon, where you will check in at the 4* Panorama 360 hotel. E-bikes will then be delivered for the day (if you would prefer a private driver instead, just let us know and we will provide you with the relevant supplement). Cycling a total of 23km through the Côte Mâconnais vineyards today, you will visit two wineries for private tours and extensive tastings of the region’s wines (including the legendary Pouilly-Fuissé). A light lunch will be served at one of the estates. This evening, we recommend taking the time to enjoy some drinks and snacks on the terrace of the hotel’s Sky Bar, which offers breath-taking views of Mâcon, the Saône and even Mont Blanc on a clear day.

On your final morning, check out and make your way back to Calais for your return Eurotunnel crossing. The driving time will be just over six hours, and we would be very pleased to arrange an overnight stay en route if you would like to break up the journey.

France Driving Holiday- Credits Stevens Fremont

Region Map

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France self-drive holiday © 2014 - Stevens Frémont - ADT TouraineInterloire

Outline Itinerary

France driving holiday to Burgundy

Day One

  • Drive from the UK to Chablis, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You are free to choose your crossing time.
  • Upon arrival, check into your Grand Comfort room at Hostellerie des Clos, perfectly located in the village itself.
  • The afternoon and evening will be free to do as you please. We would be very pleased to recommend a suitable restaurant for dinner if required.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist/driver guide, who will accompany you throughout the day in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle on a private basis. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Time in the Chablis vineyards, where your guide will explain in detail the specifics of the unique terroir, which allows the appellation to produce its world-famous Chardonnays, and the work which takes place throughout the year.
  • Private tours and tastings at three Chablis wineries.
  • Free time for lunch. Your guide will be more than happy to suggest a suitable restaurant, depending on how hungry you are feeling on the day.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner with drinks will be served in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.
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France driving holiday- Credits Alain Doire Bourgogne Tourisme

Day Three

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the village of Vosne-Romanée in the Côte de Nuits.
  • Here, check into a Privilège room at the 4* Hotel le Richebourg.
  • The afternoon and evening will be free to relax and enjoy your pleasant surroundings. We would be very pleased to reserve you a table at the hotel’s restaurant for dinner this evening.

Day Four

  • After breakfast, e-bikes will be provided for the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and three course lunch with tastings of six Grand Cru wines at a premium winery in the village of Aloxe-Corton.
  • A private tour and tastings at a winery in Vosne-Romanée.
France driving holiday - credits Domaine Debray
France driving holiday- Credits Leflaive

Day Five

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the village of Puligny-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune.
  • Here, check into a Premier Cru room at the 4* Le Montrachet.
  • After settling in, take a scenic walk through the vineyards for a tour and tastings with a light lunch at the majestic Château de Chassagne-Montrachet.
  • In the evening, delight in a three course dinner with tastings of nine wines at Olivier Leflaive, one of the most famous Puligny-Montrachet wineries.

Day Six

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist/driver guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Private tours and tastings at three Côte Chalonnaise wineries.
  • An al fresco picnic lunch at one of the estates.
  • This evening, we would be very pleased to reserve you a table for dinner in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
France driving holiday - Credits pierre-anglade-puligny-montrachet
France driving holiday - Credits Lameloise

Day Seven

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Mâcon.
  • Check into the 4* Hotel Panorama 360.
  • E-bikes will be delivered to the hotel. Your tour day will then comprise of:
  • Private tours at two local wineries to taste a range of Côte Mâconnais wines, including Pouilly-Fuissé.
  • A light lunch at one of the estates.
  • This evening, we recommend enjoying snacks and drinks on the terrace of the hotel’s rooftop bar.

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone. 

 

The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

France driving holiday © studio piffaut
France driving holiday- credits Mathieu Garcon

Accommodation

"The trip was great. Our guide, did a great job and took us to a couple of additional places. The hotels were excellent, as were the wines we tasted. We highly recommend Grape Escapes to our all who want a first class tasting."

Mike- Collin, USA

Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March) or if there are more than two of you travelling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Self-Drive Burgundy HotelsSuperior4*8 Days£2181Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less!

A £300 per person discount applies for four or more people travelling together (and sharing a vehicle on the Eurotunnel).

France driving holiday- Credits Deepix and CIVB
France driving holiday - credits Cadole à Givry Cote Chalonnaise

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
France driving holiday- credits Dom_Devillard_S_Chapuis_178
France driving holiday- Credits- Patriarche Wine Company

Further Information

Travel to your France Driving Holiday

The price of this package includes Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. Please see our travel page for other travel options and further information about travelling to our self-drive holidays in France.

Self-Drive Breaks

For more information on our Self-Drive breaks please see our Self-Drive page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or email info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

France driving holiday - credits Christophe MEYER

I learned a great deal about Burgundy, and had a lot of fun thanks to the fabulous excursions hosted by really interesting, knowledgeable and friendly people.

Peter- Surrey, UK

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