Walking tour in Burgundy, the famous vineyard
Pretty Paris might be hogging the spotlight for trips to France, but when it comes to food and wine, there’s no French region you’d rather be other than BURGUNDY. That’s why we purpose you this Burgundy Walking tour!
Two of the most famous vineyards worldwide are located to the south of Dijon. The Côte de Nuits, from Chenove to Corgoloin, producing powerful red wines. The Côte de Beaune, renowned for its delicate red wines and its full-bodied white wines. Since the 3rd century B.C., the vineyards here have provided the noblest vintages. Long-time properties of the dukes of Bourgogne, the area stands today as witness to the past, a trail of chapels, châteaux and old, glazed-roof villages, and vineyards, one after another. Included in the itinerary are two remarkable towns: Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, and Beaune, the vineyards’ capital.
Burgundy’s UNESCO – listed vineyards produce the most sought-after wines on the planet and Dijon’s mustard is second to none. Be it in a busy city square or far-flung charming village… There’s always something to delight the taste buds in Burgundy. The wonder also doesn’t stop at the region’s gastronomic scene. Burgundy’s illustrious architectural heritage traces back to Celtic antiquity and boasts marvels from the Renaissance, Middle Ages and Gallo-Roman times.
With Burgundy Walking tour you walk through UNESCO world heritage designated vineyards. At the end of the day, there’s nothing quite like resting your legs and sipping a fine Côte d’Or wine as the sun sets. The wine may steal the show! But the renowned food in the home of Boeuf Bourguignon will refuel you in grand style. Enjoy life’s finer things walking the vineyards of Burgundy at your own pace on a active self-guided vacation through the classic countryside and charming towns and villages!
- The route through the vineyards of some of the most prestigious appellations in Burgundy.
- The valleys and steep rocks with breathtaking views over the vineyards.
- Burgundy wines and gastronomy
- The charming city of Beaune
This town, steeped in history, is its own outdoor museum. Explore the old city, the neighborhood of the Palais de Justice, and the beautiful Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne (Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy) home to the Musée des Beaux Arts. Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel.
Continue exploring DIJON in the morning (plenty to choose among – the Archeological Museum, the Sacred Art Museum in Sainte Anne‘s Chapel, …). At the start of the afternoon, a taxi will escort you to Marsannay-la-Côte. From Marsannay, a city reputed for its rosé wines (unique in the Burgundian region), you will walk towards Fixey, where a 10th century church stands, the oldest in the region. You reach Gevrey-Chambertin, a wine town still guarded by an ancient fortified castle. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 4-star hotel.
Cross through the Grand Cru vineyards towards Morey Saint Denis. Pass by the village of Chambolle Musigny, at the beginning of a narrow valley, and head to one of the more famous sites of Burgundy, the majestic Château de Clos Vougeot. A visit to the château reveals a 12th century wine cellar and gigantic wine press. Your path continues across the Echezeaux and Grand Echezeaux vineyards and then brings you to hallowed ground and the heart of some of the world’s greatest vineyards: La Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Richebourg, la Tâche. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel.
Today’s walk takes you uphill, past vineyard-covered slopes, to the Hautes-Cotes de Nuits. The landscape is delightful, with beautiful views across the valley. Pass through the village of Villers-la-Faye, with its 11th century church sitting upon Mont Saint Victor, and then Magny-les-Villers. Descending into the Côtes de Beaune, come upon Pernant-Vergelesses and one of the most picturesque little villages in the area, Aloxe-Corton, famous for white wines like Corton-Charlemagne, one of the best in Burgundy. You reach Beaune, a magical Burgundian city of medieval charm, famous for its hospices and ramparts. You can make a wine tasting in a Premier cru estate to learn everything about winemaking, tannins, appellation, Premier Cru, the “terroir” , and of course grape varieties like pinot noir or chardonnay. The best moment still be the tasting of course you will taste red and white wines! Or just take a leisurely moment between the vines. Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights.
Explore the narrow streets lined with beautiful houses, some of which date back to the Renaissance period. Lodging and breakfast in the same 3-star hotel.
Leave Beaune and walk through the first Premiers Crus vineyards, heading to Pommard. This well-known village is huddled tightly around a church that is most remarkable for its square bell-tower. The wines of the village, celebrated around the globe, are of outstanding quality, deeply-coloured, firm and honest. After passing over the last vineyard-covered hill, you will fall upon Meursault, a beautiful village reputed for its white wines. Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights.
Making your way across the vineyards, arrive in the hamlets of Blagny and Gamay, and then pass through the forest that stretches across the heights of the Côte de Beaune. Reach La Rochepot, a village that boasts one of the most beautiful châteaux in Burgundy, dating to the 15th century. Descend to the village of Saint Aubin and its 10th century church. Crossing through the Grands Crus and appellations of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, and the village of Puligny-Montrachet itself, you head to Meursault through Les Grands Crus at Les Perriéres. Lodging and breakfast in the same 3-star hotel.
Tour ends after breakfast. Taxi to Beaune railway station.
We take care of transporting your luggage at each change of accommodation so that you travel light and take full advantage of your daily hike.
You leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation before your departure .
At the end of the afternoon, you will find them at the reception of your new accommodation or directly in your room.
Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 piece of hand luggage.
We remind you that rental bicycles are equipped with saddlebags to be used to transport the things you deem useful for the day
Your travel record corresponds to the documents or files you receive before your trip (usually a month before) and upon arrival at the first accommodation.
- A welcome letter with the main practical information:
- The time slot for baggage transport
- Details of the delivery and collection of bikes from rental if necessary
- Your local contact and telephone number (s) in case of emergency
- Any additional information
- The logbook travel package including map with the route (to the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
- The necessary voucher (s) to be given to the service provider (s) (only if necessary!)
On request and depending on the circuits:
- The “Evazio” application to download from smartphone for “GPS” navigation with visual guidance (reading of the track on the your smartphone) and / or oral.
- The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
- The loan of a GPS device with the pre-recorded tracks
- Sends GPX tracks of each stage to be used with your own navigation support
The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:
Comfort : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and rooms of host.
Superior : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guest rooms.
Luxury : The circuit mainly presents 4 and 5 star hotels or equivalent
Our support team remains available for the duration of your trip.