Walking tour in Burgundy, the famous vineyards

Trip Code : Hiking 03

Trip activity

Self-guided walking tour

Location

Dijon Beaune - France

Duration

8 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

8 to 15 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 8 days - 7 nights : 995 €

Including services

  • 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3* & 4* (in double / twin room)
  • 2 dinners (drinks not included)
  • The estuary ferry crossing
  • Taxi transfer from Meursault to Beaune the last day
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Wine tasting (on Day 2 or 3) : 15€
  • Cold wine tasting lunch (on Day 2) : 55€
  • Wine tasting lunch with 6 wines (on the Day 4) : 85€
Tour description

Self-guided walking tour across the Burgundy, famous wine area in France.

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; and the Côte de Beaune, from Aloxe Corton to Santenay, 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.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival at DIJON, capital of Burgundy.

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.

DAY 2 - MARSANNAY – GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN. 9 km

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.

DAY 3 - GEVREY CHAMBERTIN – NUIT SAINT GEORGES. 14 km

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.

DAY 4 – NUITS SAINT GEORGES /CHAUX – BEAUNE. 19 km

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. Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights.

DAY 5 - Free day in BEAUNE.

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.

DAY 6 - BEAUNE – MEURSAULT. 10 km

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.

DAY 7 - MEURSAULT – Circular walk around Meursault via La Rochepot. 20 km

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 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.

DAY 8 - MEURSAULT.

Tour ends after breakfast. Taxi to Beaune railway station.

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