Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Burgundy, France - 7 nights
Available April to November – Saturday to Saturday


Experience the delights of hidden Burgundy! You will be introduced to its gastronomic secrets and will join in on hands on culinary and wine adventures with a talented chef whose style of cooking reflects the use of fresh, fragrant, colorful, seasonal food inspired by the markets and local producers. Discover the 1er and Grand Cru Vineyards with a renowned wine expert with exclusive access to some of the most famous Domaine’s in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Create delectable dishes, witness the vibrant market of Dijon, and dine out at a 3* Michelin Restaurant.


Together with wine experts and local wine producers your chef and host offers exclusive visits into vineyards of the most prestigious Domaines in Burgundy.


Your base for the week is a beautiful 200 year old renovated home which has been created specifically to accommodate tailor made vacations throughout the year, offering a variety of experiences from exploring the basics of French cooking to the famous wine auctions at the Hospice de Beaune, to bread making and hands on cooking classes.


Your experienced chef Katherine has had the unique opportunity to work in Marc Meneaus Vezely 3* Restaurant and has had a very successful business in the UK for many years. She has been included in the most prestigious cooking magazine in the UK and has appeared on the UK TV Cooking Channel, with several recipes published in the UK newspapers. As a result, she is frequently asked by the French Tourist Board to take part in demonstrations at their major festivals.


This is truly an experience you will not soon forget and will cherish memories for a lifetime!






Day One - SATURDay


Arrive to your beautiful home for the week (from 4:30pm on) by transfer from the local station provided by your hosts, and enjoy the local Burgundian Aperitif & Welcome Chat.


There will be plenty of time to explore the village and meander along the canal before dinner, where we will discuss the weeks' program and delight in a wine tasting with our in house experts who will explain the sometimes confusing appellation of Burgundy’s famous wines.


Dinner is prepared by your hostess. 







Day Two - SUnday


Breakfast traditional Continental 

Departure for the Chablis market 

Your hostess will be accompanying you to Chablis where they hold a lively Sunday market and if time allows a delicious wine tasting in a local winery. 

You will then have a light lunch at Bistro des Grands Crusbefore returning home for your first hands on cookery experience.

Dinner is prepared by your hostess.  



Day Three - MONday


Breakfast traditional Continental

After a leisurely breakfast you will be preparing for your second culinary experience, discussing basic knife skills, recipes and techniques guests would like to explore during the week, learning how to combine fragrant herbs, pairing fabulous ingredients to create a colorful ‘al fresco’ lunch outside in the courtyard.

 After lunch a visit to a famous UNESCO site Abbaye de Fontenay for a guided cultural visit.

A beautiful example of Cistercian monastery where you will be shrouded in a calming and humbling experience in awe of their hard work and extraordinary technical achievements for the period. 


Day Four - TUEsday


Breakfast traditional Continental

Today you will be heading off to Dijon and the colorful Market that is held 3 times a week. You will be armed with your recipe book and a list of ingredients to seek out, testing your French! 

When your baskets are full we will head towards Beaune and enjoy a fabulous lunch in the center right next to the Hospice of Beaune where there will be a guided tour followed by a visit to the Mustard makers Faillot! The ONLY mustard makers to grow ALL the mustard seeds in France. Dinner will be cooked by your host and with those who wish to join in using seasonal recipes from her cookbook.


Day Five - WEDNEsday


Breakfast traditional Continental

This morning you will be learning about traditional french bread and patisserie, where the secrets of a good pastry will be discovered and sourdough bread will be started!

Lunch will be in the courtyard 

This will be followed by a free afternoon to relax and enjoy the Burgundy countryside, swim in the pool, take the bicycles out along the Burgundy canal or with your host plan to do a freestyle cooking improvisation from all of your ideas!

Dinner will be cooked by the group and your host. 


Day Six - THURSday

Breakfast traditional Continental

Northern Burgundy wines are not as well known as the more Southern Pinot's in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune but they are not to be missed! You will be tasting some of the finest and most delicious examples. 

Lunch will be in the wine village of Irancy.


Retuning home we shall be preparing a light supper with ingredients from the potager.

Dinner will be light and will be prepared by the group. 

Bon appétit!





Day Seven - FRIday


Breakfast traditional Continental

This morning we shall be preparing our farewell dinner before heading to Flavigny for lunch prepared by the local farmers wives.

After lunch we will have a visit of the Anis family run factory - the only place in the world where they make these famous sweets.


Our farewell supper will be a culmination of all you have learned during your stay. 





Breakfast traditional Continental

Alas, all good things must come to an end and after breakfast we will be offering transfers to the train station in Montbard where you will be taken to Paris in time for lunch, and your new appreciation for all things French can be truly indulged!

Bon voyage with hopes that you will visit again!  


*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season 





A minimum of 4 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum 8 participants.


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)






Perfectly situated just 2 hours by car from Paris-A6 direction Lyon, 1 hour by TGV to Montbard from Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport.


Nearest Airports:  Paris Charles de Gaulle (highly recommended because of the TGV high speed train to Montbard Train Station) and Lyon
Nearest Train Station: Montbard (if flying into Paris) and Les Laumes Alesia (the local train station, if flying into Lyon - but this has a connection in Dijon Ville)
Closest Village: Marigny Le Cahouet


*Transfers can be arranged from Paris and Lyon Airport for an extra fee of approx 800€


*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.




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