Chablis Vineyards Walk

From $1530 per person

****# Based on 18 customer reviews
  • Relaxed walking following the Grand Randonnee, part of St Jacques' route to Compostela
  • Gentle rolling landscapes, forests, farms, poppies, sunflowers and vines
  • World-famous wines including Chablis, Irancy, Aligote and Cremant
  • Steeped in historic interest: ancient Auxerre, Mediaeval Cravant and UNESCO basilica at Vezelay
  • Masses of flora and fauna, roe deer, hen harriers, hoopoe and wildflowers

What's included?

  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '17 to 20 Sep '17
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 93%
  • Headwater wine service
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

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Chablis Vineyards Walk

A region where Renaissance chateaux, mediaeval villages and castles stand proudly amongst the vineyards, Burgundy is steeped in history and offers a tradition of exceptional wines and fine foods. It's an area rich in birdlife and wildlife enthusiasts are in for a real treat!

Starting in mediaeval Auxerre, one of the prettiest riverside cities in France, this gentle-paced ramble takes you through picture-postcard Burgundy. You'll walk along towpaths, river valleys and wheat fields alive with bright red poppies, as you head via the wine capital of Chablis, to the fortified mediaeval town of Vezelay, an important stopping-off point for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Vespers are still held here daily at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Basilica of Mary Magdalene. En route, you'll pass through world-famous vineyards with plenty of degustation opportunities and flower-filled hillsides crowned with woods and pretty riverside villages.

You'll stay in hotels hand-picked for their perfect location, warm welcome and superb regional cuisine. In Auxerre you'll stay in a family-run hotel that was converted from a maison bourgeoise, and the Hostellerie des Clos is a gastronomic boutique hotel, nestled in the heart of Chablis. Louis Philippe, the French King (1830- 1848) is reputed to have stayed in your next hotel at Vermenton and the Hotel Les Glycines in Vezelay is just a few steps from the Basilica.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Auxerre

Your hotel is ideally situated just a few minutes' walk from Auxerre's historic centre.

Day 2 - Auxerre to Chablis 15km/9.5mi/4hr

We give you a lift to Venoy where you join the 'Wine and Cheese route' ambling gently through vineyards until you reach the lakeside wine village of Beines. After a leisurely lunch, you stroll along the lake beneath the Premier Cru vineyards into the village of Poinchy where you will find some of our favourite Chablis caves. Your final stretch follows the River Serein into the town of Chablis and on to your hotel, a gastronomic jewel nestled in the heart of the town.

Day 3 - At Chablis

The entire town of Chablis is almost completely devoted to the production of some of the world's finest white wines, and there are a plethora of cellars to visit and taste. You can follow the popular 8km circular walk around the celebrated Grands Crus vineyards with panoramic views of Chablis town.

Day 4 - Chablis to Vermenton 16km/10mi/4hr or 18km/11mi/4.5hr

We take you to the panoramic viewpoint at Courgis, the starting point for today's walk. Your path leads you through the vines to the village of St-Cyr-les-Colons, fortified in the C16. Continue, passing through forest and farmland, to Cravant, nestled in the valley of the River Yonne from where you follow the ancient Route Napoleon to your charming chambre d'hotes at Vermenton.

Day 5 - At Vermenton

Maybe take the train to Arcy, a village steeped in Roman history where you can visit the prehistoric caves. Alternatively, there are plenty of lovely relaxing spots in Vermenton such as the Parc des Iles, a shady park made up of small islands connected by bridges on the River Cure.

Day 6 - Vermenton to Vezelay 17km/10.5mi/4.5hr

Catch the train from Vermenton to Sermizelles (20 mins) to start your walk across the wooded slopes of Montmartre, following the classic GR13, the famous pilgrims' path to Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain. Birdlife here is prolific; look out for hoopoe or even the rare corncrake and red-backed shrike. You emerge from the forest to see Vezelay's magnificent Basilica of Mary Magdalene standing proudly on the hill above you. Your hotel enjoys an enviable position near the Basilica.

Day 7 - At Vezelay

The C12 basilica is a masterpiece of sacred art and a UNESCO world heritage site and is definitely worth exploring. It is the largest church in France, and was the launching point for two Crusades. A short walk takes you to the village of St Pere-sous-Vezelay and its ornate Gothic church, or you can visit the nearby Roman Baths or Fontaines Salees.

Day 8 - Vezelay to Auxerre 14km/8.5mi/3.5hr

It's a great walk today for bird-spotting and seeing wild animals. As you leave Vezelay behind and head into the forest, look out for roe deer and stags, or pairs of jays darting in front of you. As you approach the pretty village of Chatel-Censoir take time to explore the chateau, church and the busy little port, before taking the train back to Auxerre.

Day 9 - Leave Auxerre


Walking information

Moderately easy walking following the well-marked GR13, with just the odd short, steepish climb. Towpaths, wooded slopes, hilltops and vineyards.

Walking information

Moderately easy walking following the well-marked GR13, with just the odd short, steepish climb. Towpaths, wooded slopes, hilltops and vineyards.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Normandie , Auxerre   (3 Star)

Hotel Normandie , Auxerre

This hotel was originally a maison bourgeoise until it was converted into a hotel by an ex-pâtissier! It has now been in Mme Ramise's family for over 45 years.

The hotel only provides breakfast, although à la carte room service is possible (very reasonably priced and a good selection of hot and cold dishes). However, it's fun to explore the lovely town of Auxerre and there are plenty of good restaurants in all price ranges within 5-15 minutes walk.

There's a public swimming pool in the town and a sauna at the hotel (approx 7€). There is a secure closed garage behind the hotel (5€ per day) or free parking in front (ask at reception).

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hostellerie des Clos, Chablis   (4 Star)

Hostellerie des Clos,

The Hostellerie des Clos is a family run hotel in the heart of Chablis. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens, with terrace for breakfast or pre-dinner drinks. There is a cosy lounge and all the rooms are individually decorated across two buildings.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

15 Place Voltaire, Vermenton   (3 Acorn)

15 Place Voltaire, Vermenton

15 Place Voltaire is a charming chambre d'hotes run by Mark and Alison Walters. The rooms here are all individually and stylishly decorated and all have an ensuite bathroom equipped with hairdryers and bathrobes.

Meals are taken in a local restaurant. There is also a kitchen available for your use for preparing and storing those all important picnics and bottles of water!

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel SY Les Glycines, Vezelay   (4 Acorn)

Kandinsky Room at SY Les Glycines

Hotel Les Glycines is situated just 50m from the Basilica and has been recently renovated from a C18 townhouse to create a charming hotel with 13 individually decorated well equipped rooms. Breakfast and à la carte evening meals are taken at the sister hotel La Terrasse, just 50m up the hill beside the Basilica.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Le Senat , Paris   (4 Star)

Hotel Le Senat , Paris

The 4* Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a 5 minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Hotel St Louis, St Omer   (2 Star)

Hotel St Louis, St Omer

A traditional hotel in the town centre - very convenient for the channel ports and also for exploring St Omer itself - an aristocratic town that boasts the finest Cathedral in Northern France.

The hotel has two restaurants. One of these has an airy modern feel, the other is more intimate with low lighting and a brick 'cellar' feel. There is also a residents' bar: le Flo.

The rooms are furnished in a simple but appealing style and all have an en suite bathrooms.

The hotel also has private parking for its guests.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Travel options

Transfers included from Auxerre train station at 15:28 Mon-Fri & 14:19 Sat & Sun, and back to Auxerre train station at 11:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Sharma on 29/07/2016

*****
Well planned walks with great backup from notes and rep.

Reviewed by Mr McMahon on 29/07/2016

*****
A very simple booking process. Quickly confirmed. Our times for crossing via tunnel/rail were good. An excellent local guide/rep. Hotels were of a good standard, food arrangements were excellent.

Reviewed by Mrs Elston on 22/07/2016

*****
A very enjoyable break - excellent support from the Headwater rep, fabulous walking supported by excellent notes and lovely hotels in beautiful countryside to recover and recuperate in - who could ask for more?

Reviewed by Mrs Love-Fordham on 20/07/2016

*****
Great for a relaxing experience of every day France. Our sixth Headwater vacation in six years! The food was fantastic - even though two of us are vegetarians - every restaurant was really outstanding! The hotels have a lot of character - with the exception of Normandie, which was very good too just not as exciting. Sadly, the local train/bus issues make getting places less carefree - especially on stay-put days. Our rep, Stephen, did the best he could of making up for the trains/buses. Enjoyed meeting the local French people a lot -- they were very friendly. This hike is good for meeting the locals. The country side and villages were beautiful. We did two walking excursions not on the trip notes that were outstanding: The first made the hike 2 hours longer, but we hiked to the Notre Dame D'Orient at the top of a hill in Semizelles - this was a highlight of the day!! The regional notes have this suggestion. Absolutely worth the climb! The other was to an organic brewery just outside of St. Pere (Near Vezelay) - also a highlight of the day! Try the white beer! The Grotto near Vermenton was a lot of fun! Vezeley was the highlight of the trip - do not miss morning 7:00 prayers in the basilica!!!! The singing of angels!! Can't wait to plan our next Headwater vacation!

Reviewed by Mr Wildsmith on 08/06/2016

*****
Interesting area; good length of walks; very helpful rep.

Reviewed by Mr Propert on 28/05/2016

***#.
This is a holiday of variety. In walks, from vineyards, open country and woodland. And in the towns too, from small hamlets to busy Auxerre. There is a lot to listen to and look at along the way - and we found Burgundy deserted - but that may just have been May. Stephen Miles is newish to this post, but is thoughtful and showed great care. We presume that the instructions about the train back to Auxerre on the last walking day will now have been changed to 'Stephen picks you up opposite The Mairie'. Note that our comment about food at Vermenton relates to the breakfast. The evening meals - both at La Fontaine for us, were excellent. No-one could have been more helpful than Mark and Alison at Vermenton. The meals at Chablis had the Bistrot BEFORE the hotel, and both were very good indeed.

Reviewed by Mrs Hayton on 12/08/2015

***#.
The combination of good walks, comfortable accommodation and good quality evening meals provided us with a relaxing and enjoyable weeks holiday . Knowing that our Headwater rep was available on the end of the phone if we did needed anything was a bonus.

Reviewed by Mr Langford on 11/07/2015

*****
Excellent. From our arrival to departure our Rep Ross tailored our stay to suit what WE wanted. He really went the extra mile to sort any issues created by rail strikes and unusually hot weather. He was always on time ( in fact early). There was never a feeling of being rushed or hurried which made our holiday really great. He had also ensured that our directions for the walks were totally up to date and accurate. The accomodation was always excellent as were the meals provided. The highlight has to be our stay at Vermenton! Such attention to detail...amazing. We will do another one next year.

Reviewed by Mrs Johnson on 11/07/2015

*****
A very interesting walk through small villages in Burgundy with the highlight being Vezelay. Auxerre is a lovely old town worthy of an extra day there.

Reviewed by Mr Hamilton on 11/06/2015

*****
We had a fabulous trip in perfect weather. Ross the Rep was first class. He goes the extra mile , is particular on detail and plans ahead. The rating for the walks is right, not as testing as our usual 2 boot but with gentle climbs to give interest and the spectacular views. Thank you and thank Ross.

Reviewed by Mrs Sharp on 10/09/2014

*****
Well put together holiday ensuring something of interest every day. The half board element can be a bit restrictive although most places were ok with making changes for a supplement. The only place we had a problem with this was Hostellerie de Clos where we were basically told what we were to eat with no choice given at all. As it happens we were ok but foie fras to start and pigeon to follow might not be to everyone's choice. The hotels were quite varied but generally good or better. Our least favourite was Hotel de la Poste in Vezelay. It's pretty tired and we had a poor room (102) which was at the front of the hotel and directly over the Bistro. You might think Vezelay would be quiet but the lorries are relentless from about 4.30am. Our rep Ross could not be bettered. He put his heart and soul into making sure we had a good holiday and was endlessly patient - as well as very good company.

Reviewed by Mr Burn on 13/07/2014

*****
Smoothly organised and unstressed providing an enjoyable holiday

Reviewed by Dr Rose on 16/06/2014

*****
This was a lovely walk in beautiful gentle countryside. For us the highlight was Vezelay which we might otherwise not have discovered .We used the wine service for the first time & found it really useful

Reviewed by Mr Greenbank on 16/09/2013

***#.
Overall a good holiday in a pleasant region of France - thanks

Reviewed by Mr Kennedy on 16/07/2013

*****
The flexibility of start date, route and accommodation type with planned rest days between walking days suited us very well. The wine pick-up service is brilliant!

Reviewed by Mrs Peate on 09/07/2013

*****
The holiday surpassed our expectations! We feel as though we have experienced France at its best, able to take time to enjoy the important things in life. The walks were long enough to provide a sense of achievement at the end of each day but left us looking forward to the next one. Each of the villages where we stopped were packed with culture and history. The food and wine were excellent and guilt free due to the miles walked. We have often passed by this area of France within a matter of minutes on the motorway but in future we will definitely be making it a stopping off point. Thank you Headwater for organising a great holiday.

Reviewed by Mr Ormiston on 22/06/2013

*****
Very enjoyable holiday walking through Burgundy in early summer. Glorious views, mainly clear tracks/paths. Good background information in booklet. Precise and easy to follow route instructions [in conjunction with maps and compass.] Generally high standard of accommodation and meals, especially Hostellerie des Clos in Chablis, where the hotel staff were particularly helpful in finding a dentist. Very useful to have a pleasant and helpful English speaking rep on the ground.

Reviewed by Mr Stokes on 30/06/2012

*****
A very pleasant week's walking, with Headwater taking care of all the hassle

Departure dates & prices

May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 13$1640
May 15$1640
May 17$1640
May 19$1640
May 21$1640
May 23$1640
May 25$1640
May 27$1640
May 29$1640
May 31$1640
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 2$1655
Jun 4$1655
Jun 6$1655
Jun 8$1655
Jun 10$1655
Jun 12$1655
Jun 14$1705
Jun 16$1705
Jun 18$1705
Jun 20$1705
Jun 22$1705
Jun 24$1705
Jun 26$1705
Jun 28$1705
Jun 30$1705
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$1705
Jul 4$1705
Jul 6$1705
Jul 8$1705
Jul 10$1720
Jul 12$1720
Jul 14$1720
Jul 16$1720
Jul 18$1720
Jul 20$1720
Jul 22$1720
Jul 24$1720
Jul 26$1720
Jul 28$1720
Jul 30$1720
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$1720
Aug 3$1720
Aug 5$1720
Aug 7$1720
Aug 9$1720
Aug 11$1720
Aug 13$1720
Aug 15$1720
Aug 17$1720
Aug 19$1720
Aug 21$1720
Aug 23$1720
Aug 25$1720
Aug 27$1720
Aug 29$1720
Aug 31$1720
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1655
Sep 4$1655
Sep 6$1655
Sep 8$1655
Sep 10$1655
Sep 12$1640
Sep 14$1640
Sep 16$1640
Sep 18$1640

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

Every two days from 13 May '17 to 20 Sep '17, for 9 days (8 nights). This holiday departs every 2 days, however non-standard arrivals and altered itineraries may be possible - please call for prices.

Meals

Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Auxerre train station at 15:28 Mon-Fri & 14:19 Sat & Sun, and back to Auxerre train station at 11:15.

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