France : Burgundy

Walking in Burgundy’s Vineyards - Short Break

Trip code: W04BN

Self-guided walking

4 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

9.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Visit the gastronomic and wine capital of Dijon
  • Discover charming, medieval villages and majestic chateaux
  • Walk through the famous appellations of Burgundy: Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny, Vougeot
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Walking in Burgundy’s Vineyards

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All breakfast and 3 evening meals
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

TRIP DESCRIPTION

This tour will open up your appetite and invite you to sensory pleasures. The vines may provide a beautiful setting, but they also produce an excellent wine that can be enjoyed all along this trip.

From Dijon to Beaune the walks provide a wonderful balance of quiet country lanes, vineyard tracks and woodland trails taking in sleepy, unspoilt villages, and majestic vine-clad hills. 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 Beaune, hunt for truffles, taste local cheese in a rural manufactory, learn about blackcurrant liquor and enjoy a wine tasting at the majestic wine estate Chateau Clos Vougeot.

In this region known for its epicurean finesse, you can really enjoy fine dining. There will be excellent local dishes such as Beef Bourguignon, Oeufs en Meurette, Poulet de Bresse a la Creme, Perche aux Noix and of course exquisite cheeses like the pungent Epoisses de Bourgogne, to pair with the region's incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

This tour will stimulate all your senses.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Dijon

An emblematic city of gastronomy and lifestyle, Dijon is also the gateway to some of the most prestigious vineyards in France. Stroll in the narrow streets of the old city and feel free to follow the smell of mustard and gingerbread and stop for a tasting.

Dijon is called 'The town of 100 bells', because of its beautifully preserved architectural heritage, dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Wander in the cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. There are marvellous mansions with jewel coloured tiled roofs, a regional feature, which glint in the sunlight. Reach Les 'Halles' indoor market : this is an absolute feast of flavour. Let yourself be captivated by the capital of Burgundy, and enjoy the beauty and wealth of its heritage and gastronomic delights.

You stay at Hotel des Ducs.

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Hotel des Ducs, Dijon

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This hotel is located in historic centre of Dijon, listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco, 50 m from The Palace of the Dukes. It offers a bar and free Wi-Fi. Hotel Des Ducs serves a buffet breakfast each morning and guests can relax with a drink on the terrace. Rooms at Hotel Des Ducs are equipped with a telephone, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with bath or shower. The rooms are accessible by lift and some are air-conditioned. Hotel Des Ducs is less than 50 m from the Museum of Fine Arts, the city's opera house and the city's shopping area.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Dijon to Gevrey Chambertin via Marsannay (9km/5.6mi)

Transfer to Marsannay, a city reputed for its rose wines (unique in the Burgundian region). This village opens the Route des Grands Crus de Bourgogne and offers a landscape of soft curves, where vineyards run in close rows from villages to villages. This is a land where the plots surrounded by old dry stone walls are called clos (enclosures), and where beautiful castles like to leapfrog up the hills. With its double vaulted cellars, Marsannay's cellar is a good place to start on the route.

Continue towards Fixey and Gevrey-Chambertin. Known worldwide, the small town didn't let fame change it - it's still peacefully wrapped around its Romanesque church and medieval castle. To get a look at the town's panorama, you have to take the high path, just behind the vineyards. It is worth a look!

On your way, possibility to visit a manufacturer of raw milk cheeses with an introduction to the Burgundian favours with various cheese tasting.

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You stay at Hotel Arts et Terroirs.

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Hotel Arts et Terroirs, Gevrey Chambertin

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The hotel features elegantly styled rooms with beautiful old pewter and copper furniture. They are equipped with modern en suite facilities and free Wi-Fi internet access. Take time to relax in the spacious drawing room with its classy interior and warm and intimate wine bar.

Day 3 : Gevrey Chambertin to Nuits St Georges (14km/8.7mi)

Cross through the Grand Cru vineyards towards Morey Saint Denis. Pass by the village of Chambolle Musigny, and Romanee Conti. You could almost miss this vineyard (and what a shame if you did)! A simple sign in the shape of a crucifix by the side of the road indicates one of the most treasured grape plots in the world, that of the domain Romanee-Conti. It is there, on 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres), that the most expensive and most famous red wines on the planet are born. The secret of this nectar with aromas of rosehips and rose petals? Its climate, its land which enjoys perfect exposure and the work of the winemakers that has improved the wine over the centuries.

Then head to one of the most famous sites of Burgundy, the majestic Chateau de Clos Vougeot.This majestic castle crowned with a roof of glazed tiles, standing like an islet planted in the middle of the vineyards. You can see it from a distance, and approach the awe-inspiring portal of this mythical enclosure with a little thrill. This is the den of the knights of Tastevin, a venerable brotherhood of 12,000 ambassadors of Burgundy all over the world. The old grape presses, the wine cellar and the large cellar set the scene as it was in the 12th century, under the motto: 'Jamais en vain, toujours en vin' ('Never in vain, always in wine').

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You stay at Hostellerie la Gentilhommiere.

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Hostellerie la Gentilhommiere, Nuits St Georges

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this typical Burgundy hotel is housed in a 16th-century hunting lodge. La Gentilhomière offers comfortable rooms and suites with personalised decor and modern amenities including free Wi-Fi internet access, complimentary cakes and pastries, and a coffee machine. When the weather is fine you can enjoy access to the large outdoor swimming pool and open-air tennis courts. There is also a beautiful 13-hectare park crossed by the River Meuzin.

Day 4: At Nuits St Georges (20km/12.4mi or 13km/8.1mi)

Today's walk leads you to a farmhouse producing red fruits where a visit and tasting of the local blackcurrant liquor is possible. Burgundy is not just famous for its namesake wines; a small black and shiny berry also takes the spotlight on the Hautes Cotes of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Next to the vineyards, blackcurrant plantations are budding with fragrance in July, at the time of the harvest. Blackcurrant has been cultivated in Burgundy for over four centuries. Associated with an aligote white wine, the blackcurrant liquor produces the famous kir, a 100% Burgundian aperitif.

Today you have several options of visits : on the way back you can visit a winery in Vosne Romanee. Then discover the terroirs and hunt the Burgundy Truffle with the dogs in a local estate. To end perfectly this day why not to stop for a visit and tasting of 5 wines including Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru.

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Day 5: Leave Nuit St Georges

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel des Ducs, Dijon; Hostellerie la Gentilhommiere, Nuits St Georges.

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Hotel des Ducs, Dijon

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Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


This hotel is located in historic centre of Dijon, listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco, 50 m from The Palace of the Dukes. It offers a bar and free Wi-Fi. Hotel Des Ducs serves a buffet breakfast each morning and guests can relax with a drink on the terrace. Rooms at Hotel Des Ducs are equipped with a telephone, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with bath or shower. The rooms are accessible by lift and some are air-conditioned. Hotel Des Ducs is less than 50 m from the Museum of Fine Arts, the city's opera house and the city's shopping area.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Hostellerie la Gentilhommiere, Nuits St Georges

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

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Visa
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Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


this typical Burgundy hotel is housed in a 16th-century hunting lodge. La Gentilhomière offers comfortable rooms and suites with personalised decor and modern amenities including free Wi-Fi internet access, complimentary cakes and pastries, and a coffee machine. When the weather is fine you can enjoy access to the large outdoor swimming pool and open-air tennis courts. There is also a beautiful 13-hectare park crossed by the River Meuzin.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £310.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £310.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Paris with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Paris CDG then rail Paris Lyon to Dijon Ville and taxi to hotel, payable locally. Return: Taxi payable locally to train station approx 10 minutes then rail Nuits St Georges to Paris Lyon via Dijon Ville then British Airways Paris CDG to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Initial enquiry not addressed but after second attempt all the hotel bookings and flights gathered pace. I did wonder because of the delay whether that caused some of the hotels to be booked up meaning we didn't get our first choices.
Communication has been frequent and we've been kept informed and advised about changes in hotels and prices. Andrew has been very good a surfing the Web to get us alternative suitable deals.

Alison Whitelegg, 19 Apr 2024

This was my first booking with Headwater.
Initially my experience of booking was quite negative as I was given incorrect and confusing information at the start being promised things the company could not honour. I was then passed onto another consultant without explanation who initially made things worse. Once passed onto the manager Stephanie Johnson, she was superb in sorting out all the issues and I felt very happing about booking the trip.

20 Feb 2024

Very helpful and patient

11 Nov 2023

I was speaking with Helen H. She was not only very pleasant, but also very helpful and patient. She answered all my questions. Her quote arrived very quickly and it helped me to make my decision to book the trip.
The most important things: clear information, no hidden costs, no pressure to add any extras.
I was offered a standard room or upgrade, more details were provided upon my request together with price, so I could make an informed decision.
Very happy and I will use your agency
again in the future.

Nora , 14 Oct 2023


Self-guided walking

4 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

9.0Kg CO2e

4 nights from £1099

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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