Enjoy historic hotels, traditional medieval towns and some amazing wines.
Here you’ll find medieval Beaune, whose walled old town houses the
immaculately preserved 15th century Hospices de Beaune, picture-perfect
Meursault and a host of authentic Burgundy chateaux; this region has more
chateaux than any other in France. To the north, past the Combe Lavaux – Jean
Roland Nature Reserve, where wildflowers grow and peregrine falcons and
eagles nest, lies the regional capital of Dijon. The city boasts a rich blend
of architecture alongside the magnificent palace of the Valois Dukes, now
home to the Museum of Fine Art.
The walks provide a wonderful balance of quiet country lanes, vineyard tracks
and woodland trails taking in sleepy, unspoilt villages, majestic vine-clad
hills and ancient oak forest. Sample fine wines in 13th century cellars and
enjoy lunch in a selection of medieval towns including world-renowned
Nuits-St-Georges. Walk the historic streets of Dijon and hunt for truffles
with Yann and his dog Elfe in the grounds of a secluded chateau.
This area is popular with gastronomes and for good reason! You’ll stay in
wonderful hotels including an elegantly renovated farmhouse with picturesque
gardens, a lovingly restored former winery and a modern 4 star hotel complete
with spa facilities.
* Lovingly restored historic hotels and a perfectly located Beaune hotel,
two minutes from the stunning Hospices de Beaune
* Discover Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy
* Varied cycling: vineyard tracks, country lanes, waterside paths and
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Take time to discover this lovely city and marvel at the multi-coloured roofs
of the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune just two minutes from your hotel.
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Cross the limestone escarpment of the Cte dOr with wonderful views
across the plain. Descend to the village of Chenve and wind your way along
the Chemin des Grand Crus to Gevrey-Chambertin. Stay the night at the
Rotisserie de Chambertin.
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Options today include taking the train to Dijon or Beaune. In Dijon stroll
the history-filled streets and alleyways with 12th-15th century timbered
houses to see the Church of Notre Dame, cathedral and the grand Palace of the
Dukes of Burgundy. In Beaune marvel at the multi-coloured roofs of the 15th
century Hospices de Beaune.
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Leave the vines behind today and head up into the woods where you’ll follow
an old disused railway track. Wind through shady, protected woodland before
emerging back into the sun-soaked vines behind tranquil Morey-St-Denis, a
good place to enjoy a coffee break. Continue on through the sleepy village of
Chambolle-Musigny to Vougeot and visit the historic Chateau du Clos de
Vougeot which produces one of the world’s most celebrated Grand Cru wines.
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There are two options for your ‘rest day’. You could walk up through the
woods to a secluded chateau in the hills, behind the vineyards of
Vosne-Romanee – here you have the opportunity to learn about truffle hunting
in the chateau grounds with Thierry, his son Yann and their specially trained
dog Elfe (Thursday to Monday only). Alternatively take a stroll through the
vines to the world-famous medieval town of Nuits-St-Georges. Explore the town
and enjoy lunch here, then maybe a spot of wine tasting in one of the many
Day 6 Array
A 25-minute transfer takes you to Pernand-Vergelesses to follow vineyard
tracks past the Hill of Corton, once owned by Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.
Then it’s on to medieval Savigny-les-Beaune for a morning coffee next to the
impressive chateau, which houses a collection of vintage cars, motorbikes and
planes. Walking up through woodland, you emerge above Beaune with spectacular
views over the town and its surrounds. Descending into the vineyards you can
visit the Parc de la Bouzaise or Beaune before continuing on to the hotel.