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A Culinary Extravaganza in Bountiful Burgundy

It’s easy to see why travelers fall in love with Burgundy, France. It is the culinary heart of France and home to legendary vineyards with UNESCO World Heritage status. Burgundy in September, though, is even more stupendous because the harvest is in full swing. However, Burgundy with Chef Bob Waggoner in September will be unparalleled! Throughout the tour, experience the colorful, rich history — and all of the delectable epicurean delights — of this beguiling region, including Maçon, Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune, and Dijon, and walk in the footsteps of a younger Chef Bob Waggoner. His personal experience living in Burgundy for nearly 12 years — working alongside numerous Michelin-star chefs, securing his own spot as Chef de Cuisine at the two-star Michelin Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, and being Knighted with the “L’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France — will make this a trip you won’t soon forget … not to mention the exquisite, 5-Star Hotel Boscolo, a high-end country villa, and activities carefully curated by Premier Tours & Travel on this exclusive tour. You will also spend three nights in the capital of gastronomy, Lyon, in the Rhone region to round out your palette and tour. 
 
September 20-October 1, 2021
From $5,970 Per Person; Double Occupancy
Single Supplement $1,900
Deposit $1000; Limited to 18 Passengers
 
September 19-September 30, 2022
Pricing for 2022 Will Be Published in the Near Future
 
Highlights of Your Stay in Lyon (3 Nights)

After an overnight flight from the United States, you will be greeted at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport by our local Premier Tours & Travel representatives for a private group transfer* to a Welcome Lunch in the world capital of gastronomy, Lyon in the Rhône region, before checking in to enjoy your 5-Star luxury accommodations, Hotel Boscolo, for your first night at leisure. The next day, you will have plenty of time to rejuvenate before your afternoon guided city walking tour of the ancestral home of French cuisine, including a guided tour with tastings at Le Cite de la Gastronomie — the first cultural center dedicated to gastronomy. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Lyon. The next day promises to be very illuminating with a private, guided tour and film viewing at Institut Lumière, a museum that honors the contribution to filmmaking by Auguste and Louis Lumière — inventors of the cinématographe (motion picture camera) and fathers of the cinema. You will end your Lyon experience with a Traditional Lyonnais Dinner to further prepare your senses for the culinary adventures that lie ahead on tour with Chef Bob Waggoner.
   
Highlights of Your Stay in Burgundy (7 Nights)

After your gastronomy and sightseeing adventures in Lyon are complete, private transfers will transport you from Hotel Boscolo to your accommodations in Burgundy (being updated for 2021). 
 
Enjoy daily interactive cooking opportunities and nightly gourmet Chef’s dinners with Chef Bob and a locally acclaimed chef for your Welcome Dinner on property. A carefully balanced itinerary of sightseeing, wine tasting, and culinary experiences off property have been curated for you, including a dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant in Tournus, France – a small but Michelin-mighty village in Burgundy.
 
Highlights of such visits include:
 
Maçon: Enjoy a guided walking tour to see such historically significant sites as Maison de Bois and Église Saint-Pierre, lunch at leisure, and a visit to leading vineyard in the Maçonnais wine district — the southernmost wine district in Burgundy. Experience a guided visit through the vineyard and enjoy a tasting of their award-winning wines.
 
Beaune, the charming walled town distinguished by its unique array of pre-Roman, medieval, and Renaissance architecture, where not only will you have a guided tour of the Hotel-Dieu Museum/ Hospices de Beaune — a flamboyant example of Gothic architecture and one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments, you will also have time to roam at leisure or alongside Chef Bob as he recounts his days in Beaune as Chef de Cuisine at the two-star Michelin Le Vieux Moulin, sharing stories of life in Burgundy as a chef with his wife, Christine, and their daughter. After you will be transferred to a nearby renown winery for a gourmet lunch and wine tasting experience.
  
 
Louhans: Enjoy the largest market day in the Burgundy region, with plenty of time to explore the regional culinary and artisan offerings. Following your time at the market, enjoy a guided tour and tasting at Chateau de Pommard, one of the region's most respected winemakers.
 
Dijon, where you will explore the capital city of the historical Burgundy region in eastern France, one of the country’s principal wine-making areas. You will enjoy a guided gourmet walking tour, which will include Les Halles (food market), a mustard tasting and a tasting of the renowned pain d’épice (spice bread), as well as a close-up view of the historical architecture that ranges from Gothic to art deco. After leisure time to stroll Dijon and to enjoy lunch, you will head back to the chateau by way of a local farm and cheesemaker.
   
Tournus, stretching on the banks of the Saône between the plain of Bresse and Mountains Macon, where you will visit a local organic farm, Le Cos-Piguet. You will discover the world of the black truffle and the work of a truffle dog, as well as have the opportunity to taste both the black truffle and Safran (another of the gourmet grown and harvested at Le Cos-Piguet) with a glass of wine. Following your morning tour, you will be transferred to Pont-de-Vaux for a leisurely river cruise with lunch on the Pont-de-Vaux canal and the Saône River, before coming back through the Pont-de-Vaux lock.
 
You will close out your magical week in Burgundy with a Farewell dinner with Chef Bob. Private transfers will transport you to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport on your final morning.
 
*PREMIER TOURS & TRAVEL NOTE: Deposit is non-refundable. Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control, such as force majeures. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned, but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. If your tour includes an Expert host and the Expert host cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, Premier Tours & Travel has the right to substitute another Expert host (e.g., a chef) in such an emergency (timing allowed) and/or the tour will continue in its entirety. Wine will be served with Chef’s dinners and as noted throughout the itinerary. Additional beverages will be the responsibility of each passenger at the time of service. Airfare is not included. Transportation is provided if your flight arrives during the designated time for group transfers; if not, transportation from the airport will be your responsibility. Please see our General Terms & Conditions on this website.
 

Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages

  • English-speaking director and local Premier representatives

  • Airport meet and greet

  • Private Group transfers*

  • Curated 5-Star Luxury Hotel Boscolo (or similar) and a high-end country estate

  • Full breakfast included daily

  • 5 Lunches, 6 Chef’s Dinners, a Welcome Dinner, and a Michelin-star Dinner

  • Curated tours and experiences, such as guided city tours, Le Cite de La Gastronomie tour and tasting, private, guided tour and film viewing at Institut Lumière, gourmet walking tour in Dijon, Domaine Cos-Piguet for truffles and safran (including entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities)   

  •  River cruise with lunch on Pont-de-Vaux in Tournus

  •  Internet (where available)

  • 24/7 Premier support

ABOUT CHEF BOB WAGGONER

  
 

Chef Bob Waggoner received his formal training with Michael Roberts at Trumps in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1983, and later in France at a constellation of Michelin-rated restaurants with chefs Jacques Lameloise, Charles Barrier, Pierre Gagnaire, Gerard Boyer and Mark Meneau. At 23, he took on his first chef position at the private club “Members” in Caracas, Venezuela. Chef Bob Waggoner returned to France at age 24 to become chef of the Hotel de la Poste in Avallon for three years. Then, in 1988 at age 26, in the town of Moneteau in Burgundy, he became the first American chef to own his own restaurant in France, the much acclaimed Le Monte Cristo. He is one of the few Americans to be Knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France. In 1991, Waggoner was offered the opportunity of Chef de Cuisine with Chef Jean-Pierre Silva, the two-star Michelin, at Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, France. After 11 years in France, he returned to the States in 1993 to cook at the award-winning Turnberry Isle in Florida, before joining The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he earned the restaurant a coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.

 

He finally found his way to Charleston where he was Executive Chef of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place for a dozen years. Every year, Chef Bob Waggoner was at the Charleston Grill, it was awarded AAA Four-Diamond and the Mobile Four-Star award, and in 2001-2005 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award. He is the author of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place: French Influenced Lowcountry Cuisine. Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he has won an Emmy for his television show, Off the Menu with Turner South. He also hosted 2 cooking shows with PBS, U Cook with Chef Bob and Sing for Your Supper with Chef Bob.  Currently, he is the owner of “In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner” where he hosts cooking classes in a relaxed, casual, and sophisticated atmosphere. With his easygoing nature, he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants.

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