This six night gastronomic walkingÂ tour invites you to discover the essence of Burgundy; a place where centuries old culture and practices meet the modern world in a region world famous for its traditions of wine and gastronomy. Here you'll find medieval Beaune -whose walled old town houses the immaculately preserved C15 Hospices de Beaune- picture-perfect Meursault and a host of authentic Burgundy chateaux; this region has more chateaux than any other in France. To the north, past the Combe Lavaux - Jean Roland Nature Reserve, where wild flowers grow and Peregrine falcons and eagles nest, lies the regional capital of Dijon. The city boasts a rich blend of architecture alongside the magnificent palace of the Valois Dukes, now home to the Museum of Fine Art.
The walks provide a wonderful balance of quiet country lanes, vineyard tracks and woodland trails taking in sleepy, unspoiled villages, majestic vine clad hills and ancient oak forest. Sample fine wines in C13 cellars and enjoy lunch in a selection of medieval towns including world-renowned Nuits-St-Georges. Walk the historic streets of Dijon and hunt for truffles with Yann and his dog Elfe in the grounds of a secluded chateau.
This area is popular with gastronomes and for good reason! You can look forward to fine dining on dishes like Filet de boeuf flambe a la sauce, creme de truffe or Sandre aux echalotes confites et au Pommard and sampling some of the regional cheeses -Brillat Saverin and Epoisses- accompanied by the region's incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. You'll stay in historic hotels including an elegantly renovated farm with picturesque gardens, a lovingly restored former winery and a modern **** hotel complete with spa facilities.
This tour is rated 1 boot+, indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than the overall grading of 1 boot.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Beaune railway station at 16:58 (Mon-Sat); 16:23 (Sun) (Pick up), then transfer to hotel, 10 min, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Beaune railway station by 09:41 Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun; 09:00 Mon & Thurs; 08:57 Sat (Drop off).|
|Rail Options||Paris Bercy to Beaune 13:35/16:58 Mon-Sat, 13:57/16:23 Sun (via Dijon). Return: 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|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $104 per person, round trip, standard class; from $171 first class.|
|Singles||Add $123 per night.|
|Other details||Child: Over 2 and under 12, sharing with 2 adults; inquire for prices. Room upgrade: prices from $13 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: we recommend Paris or Beaune. Prices from $142 per person per night, B&B based on 2 sharing.|
|Hotels||**** (6 nights)|