Burgundy by Rail

6 nights from £999

Start:St Pancras
Finish:St Pancras
Duration:6 Nights
Group size:0 - 36

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Overview

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Wine - try the Cote d'Or red and the Chablis white
  • Ancient abbeys - Fontenay has a wonderful tranquillity 
  • Architecture - the Hospice of Beaune is a medieval jewel
  • Food - Dijon has superb restaurants serving sumptuous fare
  • Medieval villages

Burgundy is renowned for its famous and superb red wines, but there is much more to this beautiful region of France.

Our Burgundy by rail tour is based in the wonderful medieval city of Dijon. Tour highlights include Dijon itself, Beaune, famed for its colourful Hotel-Dieu hospice dating back to 1443, Chablis, renowned for its crisp white wine, Fontenay Abbey, Vezelay and the wine route of the Cote d’Or.
 

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

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Travel Info

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Accommodation

Ibis Hotel, Dijon 
The three-star Ibis Hotel is located in the centre of Dijon and combines the charm of an old city mansion with the most contemporary amenities. Facilities at the hotel include 2 restaurants, bar, terrace and simple, comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV and telephone.

Ibis Dijon Hotel Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
This modest hotel enjoys a wonderful location in the heart of Dijon within a short walk of the Palais des Ducs and most of the main sights and a host of excellent restaurants. The hotel offers simple, modern accommodation - and rooms are on the small side - but its biggest attraction is its location in the heart of this wonderful city and offers good value.  


Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £90 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website.  

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PASSPORTS
Valid passport required by all, except:

(a) EU nationals holding valid national identification cards;

(b) Holders of national identification cards issued to nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland.

VISAS
Are not required by EU citizens. All other nationalities should enquire at the French consulate (PO Box 57, 6A Cromwell Place, London SW7 2EW

Tel: (020) 7838 2000/1. Information Service: Tel: (0891) 887 733. Fax: (020) 7838 2046. Opening hours: 0900-1130 (and 1600-1630 for visa collection only) Monday to Friday (except French and British national holidays).

TRAIN
As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.  Porters are sometimes but not always available at St Pancras.  The Eurostar and French trains are very long (18 carriages in the case of Eurostar and nearly 400 metres long) so there can be quite lengthy walks from the station entrance to your seat.  On all legs of the journey you have reserved seat and carriage numbers which are shown clearly on your ticket.

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HEALTH & INSURANCE – EHIC CARD
Please note that EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) only allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the EU country they are temporarily visiting. It is NOT an alternative to travel insurance and will not provide the same level of cover as a travel insurance policy. The EHIC will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. It is also important to note that each country’s healthcare system is slightly different, so the EHIC might not cover everything that would be generally free on the NHS. On the EHIC application website,  there is a section called Access to Healthcare Abroad which clarifies all the conditions and inclusions. We strongly recommend that you take out an appropriate travel insurance policy when you travel abroad.

Places of Interest

Dijon
The capital of Burgundy, Dijon has a rich cultural life and is a must for lovers of art, architecture and food. Its centre is noted for its architectural splendour, most notably the magnificent 17th century Palais des Ducs, now the home of the Musée des Beaux Arts. The centre is a warren of little streets that reward exploration, the cobbled Rue Verrerie being a particular delight. Dijon is famous for its mustard and pain d'épices (gingerbread), a reminder of the town’s old position on the spice route. Eating out here is a delight with a superb range of restaurants from brasseries to Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurants - try the Bistrot des Halles opposite the covered market for delicious Burgundian cuisine. 

Beaune and the Wine Route of Cote D’Or
The highlight of any trip to Beaune is a visit to the Hôtel-Dieu. A hospice was founded here in 1443 to remedy the famine suffered by the locals after the Hundred Years’ War. Today the hospice is a medieval jewel with its superb multi-coloured Burgundian roof tiles and religious masterpieces. Other sights include the Hotel des Ducs de Bourgogne, built between the 14th-16th centuries and now home of the Musée du Vin de Bourgogne, and the splendid 15th century woollen and silk tapestries to be found in the Romanesque Collégiale Notre-Dame. The grapes of the great Burgundy vineyards grow in the golden-reddish soil of the Cote d’Or. The signposts of the unbroken line of vines haunt the dreams of wine lovers the world over: Gevrey- Chambertin, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-St-Georges, Aloxe- Corton, Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet.

Chablis & Fontenay
Although this is one of the most famous wine villages on earth, the narrow stone streets of Chablis still have an air of sleepy prosperity, and there is no doubt that a glass of Chablis tastes best in Chablis! The oldest surviving Cistercian foundation in France, the tranquil abbey of Fontenay offers a rare insight into the Cistercian way of life. Founded in 1118 by St Bernard; its secluded position deep in the forest offers peace and tranquility. Highlights include the severe architectural forms of the Abbey Church dating back to the 1140’s and the 12th century cloisters.

Vézelay, Semur & Avallon
At the height of its glory, in the 12th century, the abbey of Ste-Madeleine in Vezelay claimed to house the relics of Mary Magdalene and was one of the starting points for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Today the attraction of this UNESCO listed sanctuary lies in the Romanesque church with its magnificent Tympanum sculpture showing Christ on his throne. Semur is noted for its 13th century Eglise Notre-Dame, whilst the fortified town of Avallon boasts the Romanesque Eglise St-Lazare. 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Dijon by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to the Hotel Ibis Styles Dijon Central.

Day 2: Full day tour to Beaune and the Cote d’Or. Delightful Beaune is the main town of the Côte d’Or wine region, an atmospheric place of narrow cobbled streets and bustling squares. The highlight of any visit here is the Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th century hospice crowned with roofs and turrets decorated in multi-coloured tiles. It was because of the hospice that Beaune became the centre of the Côte d’Or – patients donated plots of vines out of appreciation. The Côte d’Or itself is a picturesque area of steep vine-covered slopes, sheer cliffs and small valleys. We will stop to sample the local product as we explore.

Day 3: Full day to relax and explore Dijon at your leisure. The city of Dijon, Burgundy’s capital, is an affluent, elegant and vibrant city. Pre-1477 when Burgundy was incorporated into France, Dijon was the centre of a hugely wealthy and powerful Duchy and was one of Europe’s great centres of the arts, academics and sciences. The magnificent Palais des Ducs is testament to these days and today houses the Musée des Beaux Arts. The city centre is a warren of little streets that reward exploration, the cobbled Rue Verrerie being a particular delight.

Day 4: Full day tour to Fontenay Abbey and Chablis. Chablis is a wealthy and modern but pretty village; its red roofs a stark contrast to the surrounding acres of vines. It is, of course, famous for the eponymous dry white wines – where better to taste them? One of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe, Fontenay was founded by St Bernard in 1118. Built in a Romanesque style, the abbey is remarkably well preserved, with the majority of the original complex, including the church, dormitory and cloister, intact, this is a fascinating glimpse of the serenity and austerity enjoyed in years gone by.

Day 5: Full day tour to Autun. Whilst it may appear a small provincial town, Autun was founded in 10BC by the emperor Augustus and became an important city of Roman Gaul. Today this Roman heritage is everywhere – there are two of four Roman gates standing, a section of wall thought to be part of a sanctuary, a 27m-tall stone pyramid and the remains of a 15,000 capacity theatre. Autun’s 12th century cathedral and the Musée Rolin make for fascinating visits.

Day 6: Full day tour to Semur, Avallon and Vézelay. The medieval heart of Semur-en-Auxois is built on a bluff of pink granite overlooking the River Armançon which was once used to power the town’s mills and tanneries. Although Semur’s castle no longer stands, the towers and main walls remain, encircling the cobbled streets of the inner town. A town with Roman roots and possibly connections to Arthurian legend, Avallon is home to an 11th century church and the remains of ancient fortifications. A legend tells of a monk bringing relics of Mary Magdalene to Vézelay in about the 9th or 10th century leading to the construction of Vézelay Abbey, now the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene. This made the hill town an important pilgrimage site and a starting point of the Way of St James pilgrimage route.

Day 7: Transfer back to Dijon station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary and excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.  

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What's Included

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Dijon via Paris including transfer in Paris
  • Six nights' acommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Ibis Dijon Hotel based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Paris, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

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Touring with Travel Editions

Offering a wide range of extended tours and cultural short breaks for the discerning traveller, Travel Editions was established in 1994 and is now one of the leading specialist independent escorted tour operators in the UK. The company started with the idea of creating itineraries that were not readily available on the high street, and the team still remains focused on offering escorted tours that appeal to travellers rather than tourists.

Over the years, Travel Editions has developed and diversified its range of escorted tours to include rail tours, air tours, history tours, Christmas tours and even specialist interest tours that have specific appeal for walkers, foodies, art lovers, music addicts and flower enthusiasts. From enjoying wonderful walks and tasty local cuisine in Crete to visiting the art nouveau buildings of Milan and exploring the architectural gems of the Netherlands, Travel Editions creates amazing tours to suit every budget and interest.

As rail transport is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, the company has carefully developed nearly 30 exciting escorted rail tours that include trips to France, Spain, Brussels, Arnhem, Luxembourg and the Italian Riviera. Travel Editions believes that the journey becomes part of the holiday, and is why this specialist tour operator also offers a range of tours by air, such as Delphi and Mount Pelion in Greece, the beautiful Italian city of Florence, and Paphos, Nicosia and the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. Whatever the escorted tour or the destination, Travel Editions provides holidays that are packed full of cultural and historic treasures, as well as plenty of free time to relax and soak up the local atmosphere and the regional food and wine.

One of the best things about Travel Editions is that the team can tailor-make all tours to your group’s budget and specification, be it shopping till you drop in New York or tasting the most delicious gastronomic delights of Sicily. Not only can the activities be tailored to meet your requirements but so can the travel options, hotel selection (three, four or five-star hotel) and the whole itinerary. Alternatively, you can simply pick one of the many carefully curated escorted tours listed on the Travel Editions website.

In almost all cases, daily excursions are included in the price of a trip, and all excursions are taken by private coach. The size of the group varies depending on the escorted tour, and Travel Editions limits some holidays to lower numbers to suit the nature of the specific holiday. Walking, culinary and special interest tours are limited to approximately 20-30 passengers, and the Europe by Rail and Europe by Air holidays are limited to a maximum of 35 passengers. Then there’s the UK British Heritage Tours with a maximum capacity of 49, however, some are much less than this. No matter which tours you choose, you will never feel as though you are in a big group.

Travel Editions is passionate about delivering a personal service every step of the way, and its team of experts will arrange your holiday with minimum fuss and maximum effort. Customer service and attention to detail are at the heart of everything they do, plus you will always be treated as an individual and get the benefit of affordable prices by travelling as a group. Another bonus is that Travel Editions is ABTA and ATOL protected, which means your money and your holiday will be protected from the moment you book.

In addition to offering extended tours and cultural short breaks, Travel Editions offers a large range of special events in the UK that bring the culture and history of the United Kingdom to life. These events can be found in the Art & History Abroad programme and include expert speakers, entertaining concerts and impressive dinners in historic locations.

 

 

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