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WINE-KNOWS TRAVEL, INC.

Burgundy & Champagne
June 2-10, 2019
5 Spaces Remaining

How do I meet up with the group?
What about airfare to and from France?
Who are the people I can expect to be my fellow travelers on this tour?
What accommodations will be used
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What culinary experiences will be offered?
What about clothing?
How about the weather?
What are my options as a single traveler?
How much free time is available?
Once the tour is over what are my options?
Do you accept credit cards?

How do I meet up with the group?

The tour begins June 2, 2019 in the Champagne district’s city of Epernay (located  <90 minutes by frequent rail service from Paris).   It is strongly advised that  participants arrive in Paris or Epernay the day before the tour begins, to avoid any possibility of missed connections with the group.  We will be happy to obtain early arrival hotel space for you in either location.

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What about airfare to and from France?

Group airfare has purposefully not been included to allow maximum flexibility in arrival & departure options. You may go early or stay over after the trip concludes.   Wine-Knows Travel, Inc. provides land only arrangements and does not provide airfare.

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Who are the people I can expect to be my fellow travelers on this tour?

Our groups are composed of people from diverse occupations, singles & couples, men & women, a mix of young & old, well- seasoned international travelers as well as novices.  All have a common interest in food & wine.  Many participants on our tours are repeat clients.  In addition, each tour participant is a non-smoker.

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What accommodations will be used?

The following 2 special properties (one in Champagne, the other in Burgundy) will be utilized on this trip.  Both offer the best of what the region has to offer the discerning traveler.

 
Former 19th century villa of a famous wine-making family
. This 5 star hotel offers a rare opportunity to sample how the Champagne aristocracy lived.  The 15 bedroom property is a perfect place to unwind from jet leg as it’s located in a peaceful setting with pretty gardens and a swimming pool.  Early arrival can be arranged, but space is limited so early booking is essential.
 

Elegant 16th century Burgundian mansion with Spa.
   Lavishly furnished with beautiful antiques, this 4 star hotel has even hosted King Louis XIV.   Complete with an impressive tower, the stylish wine country hotel has named each of its bedrooms after a Grand Cru wine.  Situated in the epicenter of Beaune, its ideal for easy access to the city’s sights, shopping & sipping.
 


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 What culinary experiences will be offered?

Dining experiences have been mindfully selected. Meals will be special culinary events ranging from sophisticated world-class restaurants (with tours of their celebrity chef’s kitchens), to simpler family owned places or wine bars.

In addition to carefully chosen restaurants, this tour will feature a cooking demonstration by a famous pastry chef & chocolate cookbook author.  There will also be excursions to a premier producer of Dijon mustard, and a visit to Burgundy’s most highly regarded outdoor food market.

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What about clothing?

The tour will be business casual dress during the day.  As the French have a more formal dress standard, there will be no shorts allowed during our winery visits. It is strongly suggested that men bring a sport coat (tie optional) for dining at the more sophisticated restaurants & in the formal dining rooms of private chateaux.  Women should bring a similar level of attire for these high-end dinners.   Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit our first hotel has a pool.

Consider the following 3 rules of thumb to minimize the amount of clothing required:  (1) Bring layers.  (2)  Use the mix-and-match principal (i.e. if it doesn’t mix or match, leave it at home.)  (3)  Use accessories to change the look versus bringing additional clothing.

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How about the weather?

Daytime temperatures can vary from 65-75 degrees so pack accordingly.  While rain is unusual at this time of year, it never hurts to pack a small umbrella.

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What are my options as a single traveler?

The price is based upon double occupancy.  Should you wish to share a room, every attempt will be made to find you a roommate (most of the time we have been quite successful in doing so, however if we are unable to find you a roommate, you will need to pay the single supplement of $1497 US.

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How much free time is available?

We have provided free time as detailed in the itinerary.  Furthermore, it is not mandatory that you attend all of the planned experiences, although most of our clients do!  This is your trip---if you would rather sleep in, shop, or simply chill at a sidewalk café, then do it!

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Once the tour is over what are my options?

The tour ends in Burgundy’s town of Beaune, which is on the rail line to Paris, or south to the French Riviera.  We can arrange transport for you to any part of Europe, either by train, rental car, or with a private driver.

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Do you accept credit cards?

Yes.  We accept payment through PayPal (PayPal.com).  Since PayPal charges us a fee, this fee must be added to the cost of the trip.

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