Next year’s Beautiful Cars and Michelin Stars gastronomic road trip is the perfect antidote to 2020
Here at Style for Miles we like the finer things in life, whether it’s a fine automobile, a beautifully scenic driving route, Michelin Starred cuisine or the finest wines available to humanity.
But rarely do these individual moments converge. Perhaps you have the car and the route, but the destination doesn’t quite match the journey.
However, in the words of author Charles Bukowski, if you’re going to try, go all the way. Which brings us to Ultimate Driving Tours’ Beautiful Cars and Michelin Stars excursion.
Curating all the aforementioned elements into a singular experience it delivers a rather incredible gourmet journey via a host of celebrated marques to celebrate the guide that brought driving and gastronomy together: Michelin.
From Lyon to Champagne via Beaujolais and Burgundy, this gastronomic adventure allows you to sample a selection of the world’s most renowned restaurants, while traversing the stunning French countryside in a luxury car of your choice
Choose from - take a deep breath now - Aston Martin’s DB 11, Ferrari’s 488 GTB/Spider and Portofino, Bentley Continental GT, Rolls Royce Dawn and Lamborghini Huracan Performante. But don’t panic, there’s also a 911 Turbo available.
So read on for the ultimate gastronomic road trip:
Monday 14 – Tuesday 15 June
Arriving in Lyon, to be greeted by chauffeur transfers from the airport, spend the afternoon and next two nights relaxing at the luxurious Chateau de Bagnols hotel.
Built in the 15th century and nestled amongst the vineyards of Beaujolais, the impeccably renovated Chateau is a sumptuous oasis of calm outside Lyon, boasting a luxurious spa and beautiful topiary garden.
Monday evening starts with a welcome aperitif, before being transferred to Paul Bocuse’s celebrated 3 Michelin Star restaurant – L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges.
Often referred to as the ‘father of modern French cuisine’, Bocuse is one of the most globally distinguished chefs, so you know you’’ll be in good hands.
Tuesday brings a bespoke guided tour of the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon, and the surrounding Beaujolais wine region.
Throughout the day you’ll indulge in incredible food and wine, while exploring the culture, history and architecture of the region.
Destinations include Lyon’s famed indoor food market, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, UNESCO-listed sites of Roman heritage, bustling medieval villages and a signature vineyard, renowned in the region.
Returning in the evening to the Chateau de Bagnols, take time to relax up before meeting in the Chateau’s lush grounds for an aperitif, sampling locally made crémant.
Then sit down to a dinner at the hotel's own Michelin Starred restaurant – 1217 – and sample a series of dishes created by Executive Chef, Jean Alexandre Ouaratta, enjoying his innovative take on French cuisine.
Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 June
It’s time to start your engines, with three unforgettable days experiencing a selection of the world’s finest super, sports, and luxury cars.
Traversing three of the most renowned wine regions in France – Beaujolais, Burgundy, and Champagne – you’ll take in a series of enjoyable and challenging country backroads surrounded by picturesque countryside.
Departing from Chateau de Bagnols, head north through the lush heartland of France and meandering twists and bends of the country backroads, experiencing the first batch of supercars. After a light lunch on route, continue north-west to the overnight stop in the charming village of Bussiere-sur-Ouche.
Day two means a drive through the gorgeous Morvan National Reserve. The route covers a figure-eight loop through the Reserve and surrounding countryside, concluding not too far from Bussiere.
The drive will take the convoy past charming cobblestoned villages, the lively Gouloux Waterfall, and across rolling green meadows, concluding in a village near Beaune.
The final day behind the wheel is spent cruising up into the stunning Champagne-Ardenne region, providing the perfect opportunity for open top motoring, before arriving at the final stables in Epernay, south of Reims.
Car keys are traded for a well-earned glass of champagne to cheers to an exceptional trip.
Accommodation on route includes a magnificent 15th-century chateau in Beaujolais, a converted abbey set amongst parkland in the countryside of Burgundy, a unique residence in the centre of the historic village of Beaune, and newly-opened luxury resort hotel overlooking the rolling champagne vineyards outside Epernay.
Restaurants in the evening include Chef Guillaume Royer's 1131, Loiseau des Vignes, part of the Loiseau family's series of Michelin Starred restaurants, and Royal Champagne's newly opened gourmet restaurant, Le Royale, recently awarded its first Michelin Star.
Saturday 19 – Sunday 20
It’s now all about the Champagne and being immersed in the history via a selection of renowned producers and finest vintages. The morning begins with a guided tour of Reims and the UNESCO heritage listed Notre-Dame de Reims 13th century cathedral, one of Europe’s most important Gothic structures.
From here, you'll begin the tour of champagne houses and caves, including an introduction to the diverse styles, processes, and products from a selection of celebrated houses, ranging from boutique growers to Grande Maisons.
You'll also gain knowledge and appreciation of what Dom Pérignon describes as ‘tasting the stars’. To compliment this, there’s a gourmet lunch of fresh regional produce at a local estate, perfectly paired with a selection of champagnes, naturally.
In previous years, the tour have had the pleasure of being hosted at celebrated Champagne houses from Ruinart to Taittinger, Pommery, Billecart-Salmon, and Veuve Clicquot.
Each exclusive Maison has not only opened their doors to our group, but also selected special cuvees, for guests to enjoy.
In the evening return to the hotel to relax at the spa, before a casual evening at the hotel’s relaxed dining space – Le Bellevue. As the sun sets over the vineyards of Epernay, you'lll enjoy a final evening exploring the region's culinary heritage on the terrace overlooking an incredible vista.
Depart on Sunday with a tear in your eye...