Burgundy with Andrew Murray
August 6 - 12, 2022 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Best of Burgundy
Sip and savor the best of Burgundy with renowned winemaker Andrew Murray
August 6 - 12, 2022
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7 Days, 6 Nights
Beaune, Meursault, Vosne-Romanée, Dijon
You swivel a glass of perfectly velvet-red wine. It’s a grand cru, one of the world’s most prized varietals, made from grapes grown just a stone’s throw away. Its color, aroma, and taste are like nothing you’ve ever experienced, and you savor every last sip. You’re in Burgundy, experiencing everything through the eyes of a legendary winemaker, and your days are filled with tasting, learning, indulging, and exploring the best of Burgundy: truffle hunts and hot-air balloon rides, market tours and countryside picnics, meeting the region’s top vintners, and savoring exquisite French cuisine prepared by Michelin-star chefs. This is Burgundy like you’ve never experienced.
With you on this weeklong adventure is Andrew Murray, the award-winning California winemaker with a passion for pinot noir and an even greater penchant for Burgundy’s wines. He’s here to bring the story of Burgundian winemaking to life and celebrate the incredible French terroir as we taste our way through one of the world’s most iconic food and wine regions.
If you love fine wine and cuisine, this trip is for you. We’ll meet with top winemakers, producers, and chefs who define the art of French winemaking and cuisine, and explore the finer details of Burgundy in a way few other travelers can.
The unique opportunity to meet, laugh and learn with Burgundy's top vintners
Fine wines, cheeses, fresh-picked truffles, and Burgundy's exquisite regional cuisine
The fine art of winemaking at Burgundy's most legendary châteaux and wineries
The French countryside, local markets, medieval cobblestone villages, stunning châteaux
3 Reasons to Travel with Andrew Murray
Andrew is an award-winning California winemaker, and a tour-de-force in the world of wine. In his twenties, he founded a winery and vineyard in California's Santa Ynez Valley, where the climate, soil, and rolling hills remind him of France. Today, he's a pinot noir connoisseur on a mission to share his love and passion for Burgundy wine.
Burgundy is Love
People may shy away from Burgundy because of some preconceived notion that it's for snobs or collectors. "That certainly kept me out of Burgundy for years! It wasn't until a trip a few years ago with fellow vintners that I realized, oh my God! There are amazing village-level wines here. It’s a variety, it’s a region, it’s a wine so worthy of people's attention."
Life to the Fullest
Andrew is the kind of person who’ll start the day with a sunrise walk through the vineyards, followed by a perfectly flaky pain au chocolat at a local coffee shop. He epitomizes the French joie de vivre.
Back to the Beginning
Exploring Burgundy is pure joy to Andrew. It's where his love of wine was born. He’s excited to share this region with his community and bring people back to where his passion began.
Day by Day
Savor an unforgettable week in Burgundy with exclusive tours and tastings with local winemakers, cultural immersions like truffle hunting and village market tours, and decadent dining at the region’s best establishments.
Bienvenue à Bourgogne! We’ll meet up with Andrew and kick off our week with a farmers market tour in town to witness the bounty of Burgundy on display. Graze over fresh produce, mouthwatering local charcuterie, foraged mushrooms, and barrels of cured olives, tasting along the way. Then it’s off to the town of Vougeot to visit Château de Gilly, a historic castle and former medieval residence of Cistercian monks dating back to the 1300s. Here on the sunny terrace, we’ll enjoy lunch and our first taste of Burgundy’s world-class reds and whites. Santé!
We’ll reconvene in the afternoon for a private tour and tasting at the iconic wine house Maison Albert Bichot, to learn about Burgundy winemaking and sip wines straight from the barrel. Dinner tonight is back in Beaune at Le Caveau des Arches in their cozy 17th-century stone-vaulted cellar.
Today it’s off to the countryside to take in the Burgundy’s stunning beauty by bike. We’ll hop on our e-bikes and climb up gentle hills, through the vineyards, by and past picture-perfect villages. It is here you get to see Andrew in his element as he shows off Burgundy classics like Chablais, in addition to the AOC and village wines that will “knock your socks off,” as he puts it. We’ll stop along the way to taste some wines before ending with a lovely countryside picnic. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the legendary Hospices de Beaune, a former 15th-century hospital turned museum and wine cellar, and one of France’s most famous historic monuments. Here we’ll enjoy rare access to the private cellars and an exclusive tasting with head winemaker Ludivine Griveaux.
In the evening it’s off to Château de la Crée, a 15th-century turreted castle in Santenay. We’ll stroll the surrounding vineyards, explore the underground cellars while we taste with Andrew, and finish the evening with an unforgettable private dinner together.
Today we get a taste of Burgundy’s best chardonnays. We’ll start with a tour of Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, and Chassagne Montrachet, three legendary winemaking villages just outside of Beaune, and enjoy a tasting at Château de Chassagne, followed by lunch. We continue our tastings of Grand Cru pinot noir at the Vosne Tasting Club in Vosne Romanée, Burgundy’s premier wine region.
After exploring and wine tasting all day, we’ll be glad for some time to rest and relax back at our hotel in Beaune, where we have the evening to dine in one of the town’s many atmospheric brasseries.
Today is truffle-hunting day, a quintessential Burgundy experience. We’ll drive into the scenic countryside of Marey-lès-Fussey and follow our expert truffle-hunting guide and search dogs through the forest in search of the most special of funguses: the summer black truffle. Digging in the soft soil on our group truffle hunt will inspire plenty of laughter and connection to nature. Our hard work is rewarded with a lunch of fungi-inspired delights: a showcase of fresh truffles over five delicious courses.
Tonight, dinner is a private affair at the regal Château de Meursault, whose cellars date back to the 12th century and hold 800,000 bottles of wine. We’ll get a private tour of the cellar while sipping perfectly crafted Burgundy whites and reds, followed by dinner with wine pairings.
We’ve seen Burgundy from the ground, now it’s time to head to the skies and admire it from above. Take in awe-inspiring views of the vineyard-covered countryside on a morning hot air balloon ride. We’ll drift gently over red-roofed villages and fairytale castles, over craggy stone walls, rows of luscious vines, and dark bouquets of trees where–we now know–truffles hide out. Upon landing, enjoy a celebratory toast with a glass of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne.
In the afternoon, we’ll be treated to a private cellar tour at Maison Drouhin followed by a tasting of the vintner’s exceptional wines, learning about the similarity between Drouhin’s French wines and those made at their vineyards in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Tonight is yours to enjoy in Beaune.
This morning we’re off to explore Dijon, a town famous for its food and history (and, yes, its mustard!). We’ll wander its enchanting cobblestone lanes, tour through its bustling market and sample the city’s famous pain d’epice (French-style gingerbread), whetting our appetite for a traditional Dijonaise lunch at a beloved bistro. Next we’ll stop in Morey-Saint-Denis for a vineyard visit and tasting at Domaine Magnien to try their incredible biodynamic wines harvested by hand.
We’ll end our final night with a bang: a private dinner prepared by a Michelin-star chef at the most exclusive wine club in the world. Under the buttressed ceilings in the 1243 Bourgogne Society, we’ll indulge in exquisitely crafted French cuisine paired with exceptional Burgundy wines, and reminisce on our trip that any Burgundy aficionado would die for. Our bragging rights have been well earned!
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll pack up and begin the journey home with a drive back to Paris, and say au revoir to Andrew and our newfound friends. Until next time!
Hôtel Le CepBeaune
You’ll feel the heartbeat of Beaune as you enter Hôtel Le Cep, an exquisite, wine-centric 16th-century mansion in the heart of town. Located just steps away from the city’s top sights and shopping, all within historic architecture that dates as far back as the Middle Ages.
Hôtel Le Cep is a place itself to explore, with its underground wine cave, a tree-filled courtyards, and lovely spa. Its room are adorned with antique furnishings but with all the modern comforts to create a restful place to relax and unwind each day.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Six nights at a unique 5-star accommodation; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with locals guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities and exclusive private tours and activities; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip start; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins and ends at Hôtel Le Cep in Beaune. We recommend booking flights to/from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. On the final day of our trip, we will organize a group transfer from Beaune to Paris. The specific time of this transfer will be determined after we’ve gathered all guests’ flight times to ensure the best schedule for the group. Please note that it is your responsibility to arrange transportation to Beaune at the start of our trip.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in France under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the French Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is an $1,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 guests, plus our Modern Adventure team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel before April 8, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after April 9, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after June 7, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).