Epic Europe

BURGUNDY

Grand Cru Wine, Gastronomic Cuisine, Cycle, Hike, Repeat

The French region of Burgundy (or Bourgogne in French) is synonymous with the good things in life: fine wines, French gastronomic cuisine, castles, and endless opportunities for recreation.

 

Famous for the Grand Cru wines of the Côte de Beaune and Côte d’Or region, the rural areas have just as much to offer with Renaissance châteaux, medieval abbeys, canals, nature parks and fortified villages around every corner. From the rolling plains to the northwest, and the light and fresh Chablis wines that come from the limestone plateaus and pebble banks of the Serein River, to medieval cities like Noyers with its stone and timber-framed houses, archways and courtyards something out of a story book, and designated one of the most beautiful villages in France.

 

At Burgundy’s rural heart lies the Morvan Regional Natural Park, 1,000 square miles of unspoiled wilderness, dotted with lakes and picturesque villages, endless stretches of empty trails and quiet roads that are perfect for hiking and cycling, and fantastic local restaurants. Nearby lies the magnificent hilltop village of Vézélay, the town and the 11th century Romanesque Basilica of St Magdalene (home to the relics of Mary Magdelene) are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

No visit to Burgundy would be complete without a visit to Beaune and its surrounding renowned vineyards. Stroll through the city of Beaune, whose origins date from pre-Roman times, before becoming a stronghold of the Burgundian Empire. Now, it is most famous for its wine, best experienced with private visits to a local domaine, a walk in the vines, and a tasting of Grand Cru wines in ancient vaulted caves from the 12th century. Follow this with a hearty Boeuf Bourguignon, and some Epoisses cheese, and it’s off to bed at one the region’s cozy inns or luxury hotels. 

 

  • Exclusive wine tastings at Grand Cru wineries in the Côte de Beaune and Côte d'Or
  • Cycling through the rolling hills of the wild Morvan Regional Natural Park
  • Hiking through the vineyards and ancient walled villages
  • Visit to small fromageries to taste the local specialty Epoisses cheese
  • Roman ruins and medieval villages around every corner
  • Unesco L'Abbaye de Fontenay, Abbaye de Cluny and the Basilica of St Magdalene
  • Mushroom hunting for local truffles in the Burgundian forests
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WHAT WE DO

Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK

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