Paris & Burgundy with Sunstone Winery
One Departure Only | June 20 -26, 2020
Best of Burgundy
Sip and savor the best of Burgundy with renowned winemaker Bion Rice
June 20 - 26, 2020
One exclusive departure—book early, spots are limited
7 Days, 6 Nights
Historic Beaune, artful Giverny, joyful Paris
The chandelier light twinkles in your glass of grand cru, as a cool whisper of the cloister stones brushes against your skin like a 750-year-old caress. You’re in the immaculate arched cellar of a fourth-generation, family-owned winery, capping several days of tasting, savoring and exploring the best of Burgundy (from truffle hunts to hot-air balloon rides and cycling through the vineyards). You sip your velvety red—chosen from caged cellars of this ancient building—and let it linger in your mouth. Before the night’s done you know you’ll never taste a pinot noir the same way again.
Your companion on this incredible trip is Bion Rice, Sunstone Winery’s CEO and Director of Winemaking. For nearly three decades, Sunstone has produced the region’s most coveted, organic, impactful wines. It is Bion’s mission to carry on his parents’ winemaking legacy and to share his passion and deep knowledge of wine with us.
If you love fine wine, this incredible trip is for you. We’ll explore Paris and Burgundy together, in ways no other traveler can. If you consider yourself a foodie or are fascinated by how history links unlikely places together, you’ll relish every minute of our adventure. No matter how much of an aficionado you are, you’ll come back with a richer knowledge of, and appreciation for, French wine, art and culture. Join us.
A singular opportunity to meet, learn, laugh and drink with top vintners and wine lovers
Fine wines, fresh-picked truffles, Michelin-star dining and exquisite regional cuisine
The winemakers of Burgundy, the art of Giverny, the culture and exuberance of Paris
The French countryside, stunning chateaux, markets and Medieval cobblestone villages
3 Reasons to Travel with Sunstone Winery
At nearly three decades, Sunstone is the oldest—and continuously organically grown—vineyard in Santa Barbara County. From the start, the Rice family knew they were onto something wonderful. Sunstone's numerous domestic and international wine awards prove they were right. We're honored to travel with Bion Rice to one of the world's premiere winemaking regions.
The Rice family chose Sunstone’s Santa Ynez location for its sunny exposure and Mediterranean-like microclimate. Bion’s winemaking philosophy is to preserve the influence of the land every step of the way.
Walking Sunstone's vineyards has whispers of French history and inspiration everywhere. The Villa at Sunstone even features reclaimed French limestone and a fireplace from Bordeaux.
Wine & Family
Bion's parents, Linda and Fred Rice, started Sunstone with the vision of sustainable, community-focused wine. They’ve been honored many times as having Santa Barbara’s favorite red wine.
Day by Day
This joyous week in France means VIP tastings at exclusive Burgundy wineries, meals at Michelin-starred restaurants, a visit to Monet’s home, truffle hunting, picnics in the countryside—and panoramic views of Burgundy's vineyards by hot-air balloon.
Day 1 | June 20
Bienvenue to Burgundy! It’s market day here in Beaune, so we join the locals coming from nearby villages to peruse foraged mushrooms, barrels of cured olives, sausages direct from the charcuterie farms, and even the odd table of antiques. Next is lunch at Château de Gilly, a former residence of Cistercian monks dating back to the 14th century.
After lunch, we venture into wine history at Clos de Vougeot, a 12th-century, monk-built chateau majestically situated in the country’s largest walled vineyard. It’s also home of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an 85-year-old fraternity of Burgundy wine lovers who award the best local wines with their seal of approval. We visit nearby Domaine Rion to see how a more modern family-run estate operates. On our tasting and tour, we’ll sample their precise, complex vintages—and finish off with some of their earthy, gourmet truffles. We’ll end our first day with dinner at the intimate Le Caveau des Arches, a Michelin-starred restaurant in a 15th-century wine cellar. This is a Beaune welcome as authentic as it gets.
Day 2 | June 21
We kick off the next part of our trip by taking it all in. Start the morning soaring over the Burgundy countryside and getting a preview of where we’re headed from a whole new perspective. Our hot-air balloon ride gives us panoramic views of historic vineyards, charming houses and vast, clear blue skies. As we gently touch back on the ground, we’ll cheers with a drink to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We return to Beaune where we can relax or explore the city for the rest of the morning.
This afternoon, we head to Hospices de Beaune, a 15th-century Gothic hospital-turned-museum. Its colorful, sparkling roof and mesmerizing architecture are symbols of Burgundy itself. We’ll enjoy a tour and tasting in its ancient wine cellars. Dinner tonight will be at 21 Boulevard, another unforgettable Michelin-starred experience tucked in another of Beaune’s stone-clad wine cellars.
Day 3 | June 22
We’ve seen it by air. Today we discover Burgundy’s countryside charm by land. We cruise Côte de Beaune on e-bikes, climbing up gentle hills and cycling on e-bikes between rows of grapevines and by hamlets of red-roofed stone cottages. We naturally finish with a luxurious countryside picnic featuring a full spread of regional delights. We then head to Joseph Drouhin, a fourth-generation estate known for its perfectly balanced, lusciously complex wines, for a private tour and tasting. Tonight we’ll be provided with a list of recommendations to explore and eat dinner on our own in Beaune.
Day 4 | June 23
Today we achieve the pinnacle of DIY gastronomy. We head by foot into hazel, hornbeam and black pine forests to root out the most special of fungus: the black truffle. Digging in the soft soil this morning—with an enthusiastic truffle-hunting dog in tow—will inspire plenty of laughter and connection to nature. After a lunch of fungi-inspired delights, we return to Beaune to taste the rich Burgundy flavors of six emblematic wines at Maison Jadot and get a private visit their barrel-filled cellars, Beaune’s most ancient.
Dinner will be another private—and grand—affair at the majestic Chateau Meursault. Its cellars date back to the 12th century and hold 800,000 bottles of wine! We finish with a low-key ramble around its beautiful, fountain-filled grounds.
Day 5 | June 24
We continue our grand tour of France by heading to Paris. On the way, we’ll stop in Giverny. This surreal Normandy village carpeted in greenery and flowers was home to Claude Monet for the majority of his life. If you’ve seen a Monet painting, you’ve already scratched the surface of Giverny. A studier of the Impressionist movement and lifelong fan of Claude himself, Bion will be sure to point out some hotspots along our tour of the famed artist’s home and gardens. After lunch at a local Giverny favorite, we’ll continue on to the City of Lights. We’ll have the evening to explore the city under a blanket of twinkling stars Van Gogh would be proud of.
Day 6 | June 25
Get ready for a full-day exploration of the exquisite Parisian city. From art to food to river cruising, we’ll cover it all! First, we’ll some of the sites that makes Paris lauded as one of the world’s premier art destinations. We’ll see more works from Impressionist and post-Impressionist masters wandering under the gargantuan arched skyline roof at Musee d’Orsay, stroll the streets of Montmartre, and discover why visitors fall in love with this city time and time again. We’ll have a traditional Parisian bistro lunch and, in the evening, set out on the Seine River for our unforgettable farewell dinner. Aboard our private yacht, we’ll toast under a setting sun, then have a glamorous dinner drifting by bridges lined in lights twinkling as bright as the stars.
Day 7 | June 26
We bid each other adieu today. After breakfast at the hotel, we pack up our wines and start the voyage home with our new friends and even more memories from this unreal week in Paris and Burgundy. Bon voyage!
Hotel Le CepBeaune
Two 16th-century mansions were united via their courtyards to form the exquisite, wine-centric Hotel Le Cep. You’ll feel the heartbeat of Beaune here and be steps away from the city’s top sights and shopping, all within historic architecture that dates as far back as the Middle Ages. Its lauded spa, tree-shaded courtyard and subterranean caveaux make the hotel itself a place to explore. You’ll be surrounded by lush antiques but the rooms have plenty of modern comforts to create a restful place to relax and unwind each day.
Maison Albar Hotels Le Pont-NeufParis
Nestled between the Seine and Les Halles, you’ll be treated to an authentic and refined Parisian experience. This embodiment of 5-star French elegance is designed as a private residence—with all the luxury and comfort of an upscale hotel. When you’re not strolling the rue, or across the historic bridge for which the hotel takes its name, dine on local gourmet cuisine or pamper yourself in the spa. You wouldn’t want a Parisian stay any other way.
Book Paris & Burgundy with Sunstone Winery
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at 9:00am on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Hotel Le Cep in Beaune, France. The closest airports are the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, and the Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport in Lyon. Modern Adventure is able to help arrange transfers to Beaune upon request. We recommend arriving to Beaune on or before June 19 to ensure you’re at our starting point on time.
Our last day is Friday, June 26, 2020. Modern Adventure will provide several group transfers to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 1:00pm or later from here.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to France for visits under 90 days, however are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—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 20 guests, and 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.
What is the cancelation policy?
You may cancel on or before March 16, 2020 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between March 17 and April 20, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after April 21 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 family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being cancelled (See our Terms and Conditions for full details).
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