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From Burgundy to Provence, what if we rediscovered France?

The exceptional situation that we have been experiencing for two months should have consequences for our vacation plans. Half-closed or just half-open borders, reduced international flights, anxiety about not finding ideal sanitary conditions… so many reasons to stay in France this summer. After all, France is the first tourist destination in the world…
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Specialist in tailor-made trips, Eluxtravel designs Luxp experiences. By this we mean original itineraries, composed with the client, but always reserving for him some pretty surprises not included in the program. Here is a ride adapted to our new desires, from Burgundy to Provence on routes that flirt with the most beautiful vineyards of France and meander in the scents of the Provencal hinterland, up to the Riviera. A week which makes it possible to understand why nearly 90 million travelers visited our country last year…

 

Day 1

Burgundy vineyards - Côtes de Nuit

Dijon is only 1.5 hours from Paris by TGV. After a stroll through the historic heart of the city of the Dukes of Burgundy, it takes a few minutes for the legendary names to follow on our route: Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambole-Musigny… After a stop at the marvelous domain de la Romanée Conti, you are invited to visit a private estate and share the table with the owner of the place who will make you taste his best wines. The day ends in Beaune with a walk along the adorable alleys lined with bistro terraces.

Where do we sleep?
At the Hôtel du Cep in Beaune. All the charm of an old house (beams, vaulted cellars, patio) with a very nice spa.

 

Day 2

Burgundy villages and abbeys

Along the small roads that criss-cross Burgundy, your driver-guide takes you to meet some of the most beautiful villages in France. Semur-en-Auxoy, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain ... High walls, tapered towers, half-timbering, the spirit of historic Burgundy awaits you. After a bike ride through the vineyards (punctuated by a Burgundy aperitif) or (why not?) A flight in a hot air balloon, you should not miss a visit to Fontenay Abbey. Created in 1118 by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, this superb architectural ensemble, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world. Private property of the same family which has been conserving it since 1820, it welcomes nearly 100,000 visitors each year.

Where do we sleep?
In Beaune, still at the Hôtel du Cep

 

Day 3

Côtes de Beaune - Lyon

Following the discovery of the Burgundian vineyards. It obviously leads to the Pommard region and the Golden Triangle of white wines: Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet. New stop in a private domain for a visit, explanation and tasting followed by a lunch which is an opportunity to choose wines from the property in harmony with the dishes offered. An unforgettable moment. Fortunately, it is the driver who takes the wheel ... without having consumed!

Where do we sleep?
At the Intercontinental Lyon - Hôtel Dieu
A new establishment recently opened in the emblematic Grand Hôtel-Dieu, on the banks of the Rhône, in the heart of the Presqu'île. It is the address to discover, for its comfort of course, but also for the magnificent work carried out by the decorator Jean-Philippe Nuel who admirably enhanced the impressive Soufflot dome, 32 meters high…

 

Day 4

Lyon

An essential gastronomic stopover on the Mediterranean route, Lyon displays the colors of Tuscany on the Renaissance walls of the old Saint-Paul and Saint-Jean districts. A legacy left by Catherine de Medici who came to marry Henri IV in the capital of the sapling. The visit will therefore be cultural and gourmet. It will start at Les Halles Paul Bocuse, the large open market where there are many quality products, and will continue in some notorious traffic jams, the secrets of which will be told to you by your guide. And if the famous Lyon traboules recall the city's past, the walls devoted to street art clearly highlight the present.

Where do we sleep?
Still at the Intercontinental Lyon-Hôtel Dieu

 

Day 5

Avignon and Châteauneuf du Pape

After Valence, we switch to the light and the sweetness of Provence. The vineyards, the olive trees, the villages clinging to the hills, the lavender which tints the fields of mauve as far as the eye can see… and these cities dotted with a history whose vestiges go back to the Roman Empire: Avignon, Aix-en-Provence , Arles… We walk between shade and light according to the lively alleys, small squares where the fountains sing. An art of living that encourages contemplative strolling. By the way, you will stop for a new tasting in the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here the culture of wine dates back to the 14th century when the popes reigned in Avignon.

Where do we sleep?
At Villa Lacoste
Halfway between Aix-en-Provence and the Luberon Natural Park, near Puy-Sainte-Reparade, Château Lacoste is nestled in the hollow of a 200 hectare wine estate. The place has become in a few years one of the most important centers of contemporary art in Europe with the art center designed by the famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the many works that dot the area. The hotel, La Villa, is a superb setting of stone and glass which dominates this exceptional environment.

 

Day 6

Aix-en-Provence and the Baux de Provence

The city of Paul Cézanne has devised an itinerary which enables us to find the places dear to the painter. We are trying to find on the ground the large bronze nails marked with a C (for Cézanne). A way also to discover the city, from his birthplace to the Atelier des Lauves in the north of the city facing the Sainte-Victoire, passing by his favorite terraces… We walk thus from the famous Cours Mirabeau to the old town until 'in the elegant Mazarin district with its mansions. Crossing the Alpilles, you will then make your way to Saint-Rémy de Provence, the light of which has so fascinated Van Gogh, then to the mineral world of Baux de Provence. This astonishing hilltop village which has no less than 22 listed monuments, will still hold you time to admire the projections of the Carrières de Lumière show in the galleries dug in the rock of Val d'enfer.

Where do we sleep?
Still at Villa Lacoste

 

Day 7

Porquerolles - Saint-Tropez

Facing south, head for the coast and the Giens peninsula for a getaway on the island of Porquerolles, the largest of the Hyères islands. It is a private boat that takes you in about fifteen minutes to the small port of this unspoiled island, a true Mediterranean paradise in the heart of the Port Cros National Park. From there, you have to walk about a kilometer (cars are prohibited on the island) on a path sheltered by umbrella pines, to reach the Carmignac Foundation where the financier Edouard Carmignac exhibits his amazing collection of contemporary art. A superb museum which can be visited barefoot to stay in contact with nature and for which Charles Carmignac, the founder's son, is today responsible. For this third season, Villa Carmignac will host the exhibition La Mer imaginaire designed by the American Chris Sharp. Also on the program for this visit is a walk in the park. The 15 hectares, designed as a "no garden" by the landscaper Louis Benech, are an invitation to contemplation. Discovery of plants (blue yucca from Mexico, flamboyant Jacaranda, Canary Islands dragon tree, coconut palm from Chile or orchid tree), but also monumental works that line the route, from La Prairie to the Olive grove, from the Maquis to the Forest…

Where do we sleep?
At the Ramatuelle Reserve
On the Route des Plages, in the direction of Cap Camarat, in an exceptional setting, nestles the Réserve de Ramatuelle, little sister of the Réserve de Genève and the Réserve Paris, the luxury establishments created by Michel Reybier. Here, overlooking the big blue, a hotel, suites and villas, transformed into a jewel of design by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. For swimming, head to La Réserve à la Plage, a charming hut designed by Philippe Starck on the Pampelonne beach…

 

Day 8

Saint Tropez

You must of course take a stroll on the port of Saint-Tropez and have a drink at Place des Lices to watch the regulars' show during a game of pétanque. But for this last day, you probably prefer to take full advantage of the refined tranquility of La Réserve de Ramatuelle by lazing by the pool, with your eyes on the changing blues of the Mediterranean. A nice ending to this beautiful getaway across France.

 

 

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