Beaune Vineyards Walk

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Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional mediaeval 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
British Airways Heathrow to Paris CDG 08:50/11:15 then rail Paris Bercy to Beaune 13:35/16:58 Mon-Sat via Dijon 13:57/16:23 Sun, customers should then make their way to Hotel Le Cep by taxi approx 10 for approx a 10 minute journey. Return: Transfer to station 10 minutes then rail Beaune to Paris Lyon via Dijon 09:41/12:03 Tues, Weds, Fri Sun Beaune to Paris Lyon via Lyon Part Dieu 09:00/13:01 Mon Thurs and Beaune to Paris Bercy 08:57/12:27 Sat then British Airways Paris CDG to Heathrow 16:35/16:55.
Meals
Continental breakfasts and 6 gastronomic evening meals
Single Supplement
Add 78 per person per night for sole occupancy of a double room.
Accommodation
Hotel le Cep (4 star)
In the centre of mediaeval Beaune, Burgundy's traditional wine capital, and located just minutes from the famous Hospices de Beaune and Notre-Dame Basilica, is Hotel Le Cep. The hotel has become an institution in the town, due in no small part to its top notch service and authentic decor consisting of wooden beams, fine fabrics and antique furnishings. Additionally, a private garage and parking, French garden, two C16 historical courtyards, bar, breakfast cellar and period sitting rooms, help to make Le Cep rather unique. Right next door lies the gastronomic, Michelin starred restaurant Loiseau des Vignes but in Beaune there are restaurants offering fine dining around every corner!

Hotel le Clos (4 star)
This charming 4 star hotel is a beautifully restored former C18 farmhouse, set within its own gardens just 10 minutes from the centre of historic Beaune. The natural surroundings match perfectly with the cosy interior, which is finished with wood, terracotta, refined fabrics and a variety of original antique furniture. The friendly owner, Alain Oudot, is happy to offer a selection of drinks from the hotel's small but well stocked bar while Mme. Oudot can often be found tending to the hotel's well looked after garden. In the morning, breakfast can be taken on the terrace among the flowers and scents of the herb garden, and in the evening an aperitif in the courtyard provides a perfect accompaniment to the last rays of the day's sun.

Les Deux Chevres (4 star)
Les Deux Chevres is an elegant former C18 winery providing luxury boutique accommodation in the famous ancient wine village of Gevrey Chambertin. Lovingly restored in 2013 by Paul and his wife Jolanta, the property occupies a beautiful location in two historic buildings in the 'Old Quarter' of the village. Rooms here display many of their original architectural features such as wooden beams and stonework and they are tastefully decorated with antique furniture and original artwork. The majority of rooms also enjoy views over the courtyard, the garden or the vineyards.

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. Please note that the spa facilities at the hotel will not be available from 3rd to 6th Sept 2018 inclusive.

Destinations
  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • History
  • Luxury
  • Self Guided
  • Walking
Departure Points
  • London Airport
Day 1: Arrive in Beaune
Free time to discover this lovely city and marvel at the multicoloured roofs of the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune. Overnight at the Hotel le Cep with the choice of Beaune's restaurants for dinner (pay locally).

Day 2: Transfer to Montagny-les-Beaune
In the afternoon, we take you to the Hotel le Clos, a lovingly restored C18 hotel, a former farmhouse in Montagny-les-Beaune, in time for your first gastronomic dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Montagny-les-Beaune to Gevrey-Chambertin 14km/9mi/3.5hr
This morning we'll take you to the start of your walk. 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. Here you'll find your hotel, a beautifully restored 18th century former winery, with an extremely warm welcome from the owners, Paul and his wife Jolanta.

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
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 local caves.

Day 7: Vosne-Romanee to Montagny-les-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 mediaeval 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.

Day 8: Leave Montagny-les-Beaune


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