Burgundy Vineyard Walk
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Walk through the vineyards of Burgundy and sample fine food and wine
The walking version of our popular "Wine Lovers Burgundy" will appeal to gourmands and hikers alike with the opportunity to amble through the villages and vineyards of one of France's premier wine regions. Based in a selection of carefully chosen hotels, and including a special wine-tasting dinner at Olivier Leflaive, the diversity of the program will appeal to the discerning traveller. Walk past ruined chateaux, through thriving wine estates and along forest trails to reach interesting villages. In Beaune, soak up the atmosphere in the Saturday markets and experience exquisite French Chardonnay in Puligny Montrachet. Walking between three to five hours a day, the pace is relaxed to ensure you experience the very best of this outstanding pocket of France.
- Walking through the stunning countryside of Burgundy with its impressive vineyards
- Exploring the great towns of Beaune and Dijon
- Experiencing the timelessness of the landscapes
- Enjoying the exceptional cuisine for which the region is famous including a wine-tasting dinner at Olivier Leflaive
- If you begin the trip on a Tuesday, there is an absolutely wonderful open air market on Saturday mornings in Beaune
- Soaking up the hospitality of small family run hotels
Day 1 Arrive Beaune, transfer to Pulginy Montrachet
On arrival in Beaune you will be met by our Trip Manager and transferred to Pulginy Montrachet. You’ll taste some of the wines from Puligny over your wine-tasting dinner tonight, at the famous Domaine of Olivier Leflaive, in the centre of town. Bon appetit and welcome to Burgundy!
Day 2 From Nolay back to Puligny Montrachet, via La Rochepot (4hrs/16km)
Today’s walk offers you slightly more challenging walking, but also some of the most spectacular views. A short transfer takes you to the town of Nolay, with its covered market square and flea market shops. Pass the beautifully restored 14th century Chateau de la Rochepot, perched on a cliffside. Stop for some lunch, and then continue through Gamay, and descend back into Puligny-Montrachet via the great Grand Cru vineyards.
Day 3 Transfer to St Romain le Haut, then walk via Pommard to Beaune (4hrs/15.5km)
There will be a short transfer this morning to the church in St Romain le Haut. Today's walk will start with spectacular panoramic views as you walk down through the wine villages of Le Petit Auxey and Auxey Duresses with their crumbling stone buildings and Romanesque churches. Continue through the towns of Motgelie, Volnay and Pommard, before arriving in Beaune. There are lots of opportunities to stop for tastings along the way. Beaune is an exquisite French town, a source of art and history.
Day 4 Optional short round walk to La Bache, afternoon tour of the Hospices
This morning there is an optional short round walk to La Bache. Alternatively you can enjoy some free time in Beaune, to explore the many cobblestone streets, enticing boutiques, and cafés of the town. To help, we will give you notes for a self-guided walking tour of the historical centre. This afternoon there will be a private historical tour, including the renowned Hospices de Beaune, an astounding medieval building, built by the Chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy, to buy his ticket into heaven.
Day 5 Transfer to Gevrey Chambertin and walk to Nuits St George (3.5hrs)
You will be transferred north this morning, to the 12th century chateau of the small wine village of Gevrey Chambertin, where the walk starts. After your transfer explore some wine names in earnest. The walk is along a good variety of vineyard and forest path, and takes you parallel to all the great red Grand Crus of the Cotes de Nuits. You pass by Chambolle Musigny, the impressive Cistercian Chateau de Clos de Vougeot, and the most expensive of them all: Romanee Conti, Richebourg, La Tache… and on to Nuits St George.
Day 6 Circular walk along the Route des Grand Crus (4hrs/13.5km)
Today's walk starts from the northern tip of the great vineyards in Burgundy. You will spend the day walking from village to village, partly on small vineyard roads and partly on small forest paths. Enjoy the beautiful views of villages and vineyards along today's route, and be sure to take the final opportunities for tastings before you say goodbye to Burgundy. Overnight Nuits St George.
Day 7 Transfer to Dijon, trip concludes
After your breakfast, we will transfer you to Dijon for your continued travels – Bon Voyage!!
- 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, including the wine-tasting dinner at Olivier Leflaive Vineyard (does not include drinks except during the wine-tasting dinner) – breakfasts are continental style and generally consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses which usually include some regional specialities. There are usually, but not always, 3 choices for each course.
- 6 nights accommodation on a twinshare basis – base price is based on Classic (C). All rooms have private facilities. Standard of accommodation is according to your chosen category – supplement applies to (A) and (B) category accommodation. CLASSIC (C) – comfortable 2 and 3 star hotels and guest houses CLASSIC+ (B) - charming 3 star hotels DELUXE (A) – the best in the region, deluxe 4-star hotels (the rating system in France at the moment is based on a four-star system, not 5)
- Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
- All internal transfers as described in the itinerary – note it is possible to take a lift to the next destination if you do not want to walk but you must fit in with the transfer schedule.
- A private guided tour of Beaune including entrance to the Hospices
- Emergency support service 7 days a week
- Maps and itineraries
- Welcome briefing
- Tasting tips and tourist information
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Walking boots/shoes, wet weather gear, sunscreen and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).