Beaune Vineyards Walk

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Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional medieval towns, ancient woodland and some of the world's most prestigious vineyards. These are some of the highlights of this 6 night walk around the beautiful Cote D'Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and shady woodland paths.

Travel
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Paris CDG 07:15/09:35 then rail Paris Bercy to Beaune 13:35/16:58 then transfer to hotel 10 minutes. Return: Transfer to station 10 minutes then rail Beaune to Paris Lyon via Dijon 09:41/12:03 Fri then British Airways Paris CDG to Heathrow 16:35/16:55.
Accommodation
Hotel Le Central (4 star)
Renovated in 2018, this 16th century hotel is located in Beaune city centre, in front of the Hospices de Beaune. Htel Central offers family rooms and free WiFi. Featuring a contemporary decor, each room offers a wardrobe, a desk and a private bathroom with bath or shower and hairdryer. A continental breakfast, including local produces, is served every morning. Guests may also taste local wines at the on site bar. Dame Tartine by Edgar, the hotel's restaurant, is located 50 yards away, in front of the Hospices de Beaune. It serves traditional, regional cuisine and toasts prepared with organic bread from the bakery. Guests may eat in the dining room, on the terrace on in the property's courtyard. Room upgrades: Superior, Junior Suite and Suite. Parking in Beaune Hotel has 6 spaces in a locked and private garage 25 per car per day and should be pre-booked. Free parking is available in the town with no restrictions in terms of length of stay hotel can advise suitable car parks on arrival.

La Rtisserie du Chambertin (4 star)
Offering 2 French restaurants, hotel La Rotisserie du Chambertin is located in Gevrey-Chambertin at the heart of the Burgundy vineyards. It features a shaded terrace. The rooms all have an LCD TV and a minibar. Free WiFi access is available. The private bathrooms include a walk-in shower or a bath, hairdryer and free toiletries. A continental breakfast is available each morning. The Bistrot Lucien restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner and guests can also enjoy a meal at the gastronomic Table d'Hte restaurant, which is open from Tuesday to Saturday. You can savour refreshing drinks inside or on the terrace during sunny weather. Please note that there are no twin bedded rooms at the Rotisserie.

Le Richebourg (4 star)
Lying right alongside the vineyards of Vosne Romanee (home to the world's top two most expensive wines!) and just off the Route des Grands Crus wine route (which runs from Dijon to Santenay), this relaxed, modern 4 star hotel offers refined rooms furnished with colorful fabrics, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibars. The hotel serves continental breakfast and dinner is taken in the fine-dining restaurant. There is also a piano bar, a garden terrace, and a spa with a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. Our standard room here comes with a private terrace at the back of the hotel.

Meals
Continental breakfasts and 4 gastronomic evening meals
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Destinations
  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • History
  • Luxury
  • Self Guided
  • Walking
Departure Points
  • London Airport
Day 1: Arrive in Beaune
Wander the streets of Beaune and marvel at the multi coloured roofs of the 15th Century Hospices de Beaune. Overnight at the perfectly located Hotel Le Central and take your pick from the plethora of local restaurants nearby.

Day 2: At Beaune
Continue to explore Beaune and it's architecture, Gothic chapels and renaissance mansions.

Day 3: Beaune to Gevrey-Chambertin 14km/9mi/3.5hr
You'll begin by crossing over the northern tip of the limestone escarpment of the Cote-d'Or to gain wonderful views across the plain as you descend to the village of Chenove. From here turn south and wind your way along the Chemin des Grand Crus, passing the vineyards of Couchey and Fixin and continuing along to the famous wine village of Gevrey-Chambertin.

Day 4: At Gevrey-Chambertin
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.

Day 5: Gevrey-Chambertin to Vosne-Romanee 12km/7.5mi/3.5hr
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. From here it's just a short distance to Vosne-Romanee where your 4 star hotel and restaurant await.

Day 6: At Vosne-Romanee
Stroll through the vines to the medieval town of Nuits-St-Georges, world-famous for its wines. There are many opportunities for wine tasting in the wine 'caves' in the town, however, why not take a visit to Le Cassissium, an experience dedicated to Creme de Cassis, a blackcurrant liquer added to wine to make a Kir. Alternatively the L'Imaginarium provides a wonderful insight into the wonderful world of vines, vineyards and wine in the area. Or perhaps take a walk through the woods to the Chateau-entre-Deux-Monts. in the hills behind the vineyards of Vosne Romanee.

Day 7: Vosne-Romanee to Beaune 16km/10mi/5.5hr or 22km/14mi/6.5hr
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.

Day 8: Leave Beaune


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