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Gastronomic Burgundy Walking – Short Break

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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 4-night walk around the beautiful Cote D’Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and shady woodland paths.

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All about the Gastronomic Burgundy Walking – Short Break.

This four night gastronomic walking holiday 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 mediaeval 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 wildflowers 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, unspoilt villages, majestic vine-clad hills and ancient oak forest. Sample fine wines in C13 cellars and enjoy lunch in a selection of mediaeval 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 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 Savarin and Epoisses – accompanied by the region’s incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. You’ll stay in wonderful hotels including an elegantly renovated farmhouse with picturesque gardens, a lovingly restored former winery and a modern 4 Star hotel complete with spa facilities.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights accommodation, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and all gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Lovingly restored C18 hotels, each with its own unique history
  • Fine, gastronomic menus featuring regionally sourced ingredients
  • Varied walking on vineyard tracks,hilltop trails and woodland paths
  • Traditional Burgundy chateaux and unspoiled medieval villages
  • Sun-drenched wine estates and prestigious appellations
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Gastronomic Burgundy Walking
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Montagny-les-Beaune

    Arrive at your lovingly restored C18 hotel, a former farmhouse in Montagny-les-Beaune, in time for your first gastronomic dinner at a local restaurant. (Staying at Hotel le Clos, Breakfast in hotel, evening meal in local restaurant)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 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 C18 former winery, with an extremely warm welcome from the owners, Paul and his wife Jolanta. (Staying at Les Deux Chevres, Breakfast in hotel, evening meal in local restaurant)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 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. (Staying at Le Richebourg, Half board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 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. (Staying at Hotel le Clos, Breakfast in hotel, evening meal in local restaurant)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Leave Montagny-les-Beaune
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Where you stay
Hotel le Clos
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
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
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.
Eating and Drinking

France is a country renowned for its food and wine and this trip should give you the full flavour of Burgundy. Suggestions of what to do for lunch are in the cycling notes. Self-guided cycling lends itself perfectly to picnics, it is always a good option to pick up some local produce and then pick a spot along your route to stop and eat it.
For dinner you will be spoiled for choice; Burgundians are passionate about both their food and wine. Boeuf Bourguignon (a stew with beef in red wine), Escargots à la Bourgogne (snails) and Coq au Vin (chicken braised with wine) are arguably the most famous exports but the prime local ingredients are expertly showcased in countless mouthwatering dishes. Common main ingredients are pigeon, quail, boar, venison and freshwater fish. You will find many small, independent suppliers offering local pates, cheese, sausages and mustard, synonymous with Dijon. Food markets are a delight to visit – support for individual artisan food producers is something the region excels in.

Walking Conditions
Classification: SelfGuided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 14km (8.8miles).
No. of days walking: 3
Terrain and route: Walking is along a mixture of small country roads, vineyard tracks, and woodland or forest paths. Walking boots are recommended.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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