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Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

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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.

  • Reviews 20 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy plus
    4/8
All about the Gastronomic Burgundy Walking.

This six-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 medieval Beaune, whose walled old town houses the immaculately preserved 15th century 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 13th century 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 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.
  • 6 nights accommodation, hotel-to-hotel in a mix of **** hotels
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • 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 medieval villages
  • Sun-drenched wine estates and prestigious appellations
  1. Day 1 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.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: 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.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: 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.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: 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.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: 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.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: 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.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Leave Beaune
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Where you stay
Le Central Boutique Hotel
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 at an extra cost. 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. Guets may eat in the dining room, on the terrace on in the property’s courtyard.
La Rotisserie du Chambertin
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.
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.
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 spoilt 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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 17/06/2019
5/5

Mr Dent

Excellent gastronomic holiday with reasonable exercise.

Reviewed On 10/09/2018
5/5

Mr Sharples

Quality of accommodation and food was excellent, far better than we expected. Although having reservations about getting to our destination by air & train, the train travel through France was comfortable, punctual & clean and stress-free.

Reviewed On 17/08/2018
5/5

Mr Ford

A very well-organised holiday; very good accommodation; a friendly and helpful rep who ideally unobtrusive.

Reviewed On 02/02/2018
5/5

Mrs Richmond

The holiday was complete. We enjoyed the different range of accommodation,different places to eat and yet all consistently of a high standard, Thank you

Reviewed On 01/02/2018
5/5

Mr Teague

A great balance of route walking and free time staying in lovely hotels exploring fabulous countryside and marvelous food.

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