The rather off-beat name for our visit to France obscures the fact that this northern part of Burgundy is as rich and diverse as the rest of the famous wine region. Over the years we’ve visited the centre and the south and ,for a change, we thought that this year we’d take a close look at the northern area. On this occasion we’ll be staying at a hotel renowned for its gastronomy so we’ll only have one light lunch “in country” in order that you can appreciate the hotel’s cuisine. Although Chablis is synonymous with white wine we will cover red and rosé versions too. To round off this unique tour we’ll call in to Champagne on our homeward journey and dally a while.
Our hotel in Vezelay, which is a starting point of the Pilgrims Way to Santiago de Compostela, is the Hotel de la Poste et Lion d’Or which has hosted many famous people over the years who have travelled incognito to preserve their privacy. Winston Churchill was the most famous to have experienced their hospitality . In its own grounds, the hotel has been refurbished recently and has a lift
Saturday - We’ll sail from Portsmouth to St Malo on the 2015 sailing and a cabin will be provided.
Sunday - Arriving at 0815 on the second day we make our way leisurely eastwards through Rennes, Orleans and thence to Vezelay where we’ll check into the 3* Hotel de la Poste et du Lion d’Or for the next 5 nights.
Monday – Today is going to be a very easy day after the travelling yesterday and we’ll be exploring locally. In the morning we visit Domaine la Croix Montjoie and afterwards we’ll spend some time in Vezelay. Our afternoon visit will be to Cave Henry de Vezelay.
Tuesday - visit and tasting is a few miles away at Chablis . Our first visit is to William Fevre (some of you may have visited him with us in the past and he promises faithfully not to delay you for lunch nearby!). In the afternoon , after exploring Chablis, we travel to Domaine La Chablisienne for our final tasting.
Wednesday - We leave the hotel for the short ride to Irancy. Our first visit will be to Domaine Richoux then there’ll be a little time to stroll around the town itself. In the afternoon we have a tasting at Cantin Benoit and finally at Domaine Christophe Ferrari.
Thursday - this morning we are travelling eastwards to Tonnerre and our first tasting will be at Chateau du Clos de Vaulicheres. Afterwards you can explore the town at your leisure before our afternoon tasting at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard.
Friday - We leave the hotel and head northwards to Epernay. We’ll have a little time to sightsee in the town before lunch at In the afternoon we visit Paul Gobillard and afterwards continue to our hotel in the centre of Reims for our overnight. Free evening
Saturday - We’ll have a little time for sightseeing before we have a tasting at Pommery then we travel to Ouistreham . We have dinner here then catch the overnight sailing to England. A cabin will be provided.
Sunday -Arriving at Portsmouth in the morning, the coach then returns to the original pick up points.
The cost includes : travel by executive coach; ferry sailings with 2-berth cabin; 5 nights half-board with wine at dinner in a 3* hotel; all excursions and entrances; one lunch and one final dinner before departing France.
Single supplement - £220
4-berth for 2 - £80
4-berth outside cabin for 2 - £95 (per cabin,return)
Single supplement - £240 (Room & cabin)
Pick up points: Plymouth - Newton Abbot - Exeter - Bridport - Portsmouth.