Taste the foods and wines of the Dombes and Beaujolais region on a 9-hour gourmet tour from Lyon. Take a voyage of discovery through a remarkable landscape, and discover the unique flavors of exceptional towns, such as Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne.
What to Expect
Experience the gourmet flavors of the Dombes and Beaujolais wine lands on a full-day tour from Lyon. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the exceptional village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne in the Saone River Valley.
Upon arrival, wander through the market halls and enjoy an assault on all your senses. Marvel at the market’s vast size and high-quality carpentry, and learn the importance that commerce has always played in the life of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne.
Under the cover of the market find up to 60 local producers selling produce such as cheese, poultry, game, spiced hams and salami, and meals that are already cooked and ready to taste. Depending on the season, sample fresh strawberries, cherries, asparagus, apples, or walnuts. Live chickens brighten up the scene, while clothes, crafts and bric-a-brac stands help to create a friendly atmosphere.
Next, stop for a meal in a restaurant in the heart of Bresse, and savor the traditional flavors of the cuisine. The restaurant is in an old farm with a Saracen chimney, wood-fired bread oven, and exposed timber beams. Creamed chicken, casseroles and pies are all cooked over a wood fire. Taste the meats and poultry direct from the farm, and end with an assortment of local cheeses or dessert.
Throughout the day your guide will stop and explain about the wines and different characteristics of the “terroir.” Drive across the valley to visit a family-owned winery in the wine lands of Beaujolais. Taste some of the estate’s wines at the end of a cellar tour. Then, go to the summit of Mt. Brouilly for unobstructed views of the Alps and Mont Blanc.
Return to Lyon via the magnificent landscapes of the “Land of Golden Stones.” See ancient vineyards and age-old grape vines before your drop off in Lyon at around 18:00.
- Guided tour of the market of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne
- Tour of a typical farm and inn in the Bresse region
- Tour of a wine cellar with wine tastings
- Transportation by comfortable private vehicle
- Driver/guide in your language
- Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
What's Not Included
- Lunch (around EUR 25 per person)