Burgundy has long been a crossroad of Northern Europe and thus benefited from so many cultures. Here the Celtic peoples first learned to make wine barrels from the oak, which grew in abundance in their forests. Centuries later its the full-bodied reds and supple white wines
, endless vineyards, green rolling hills, wooded slopes, grazing Charolais cattle on a bountiful and generous land that are the images evoked when one thinks of Burgundy. Burgundians are also faithful to the traditions of earlier generations with a warm and generous hospitality for the visitor--a guest here eats and drinks very well indeed, thus bringing honor to the host's table. In the spirit of the local traditions of hospitality, we bring you the best of Burgundy while staying at small friendly inns and dining at some of the best tables the region has to offer.
Day 1: Meet in Dijon & Napoléon
Gevrey-Chambertin, 30-minute from
Dijon, is the base for our first walks. You discover tiny villages
such as Fixin which has the peculiarity from other villages in that
it prefers to be associated with Napoléon rather than with the excellent
wine production. Our trail leads us through the vineyards to Fixey,
for a visit of a 10th-century Romanesque chapel, the oldest chapel
in Burgundy. Visit a local wine cellar for a wine tasting, in anticipation
of a difficult
choice to made at dinner tonight.
Lodgings: For two nights at a wonderful 3 -star.
Dinner: Our village has one of the finest kitchens in the region —a favorite
Day 2: Vineyard Trail to Nuits St Georges
Walk from one world renowned wine village to the next with several opportunities to stop and raise a glass in some dark cool wine cellar such as the 12th-century Château du Clos de Vougeot. Enjoy the history of how the Cistercian monks from the nearby Abbey of Cîteaux first made wine then explore the villages of the world's most exclusive wine, and visit such domains as Clos de la Tache and Romanée-Conti. Then end the day with a special tasting of five or six wines in a vaulted candle-lighted room under the streets
Lodgings: Same as previous night.
Dinner: Another locals favorite serving excellent cuisine & offering outstanding wines.
Day 3: Colorful Vistas, Gauls & Romans
Climb up to the Hautes Côtes, a rural setting left virtually unchanged for generations. Then emerge into a terrain much different from that of the vineyards we left behind. The remote villages we encounter
are separated by vast fields of sunflower, grain and colzat flowers and creates a blazing golden hue to the land as the forest provide contrast in color and relief. Learn about the ancient Gallo-Roman culture and then in the village of Echevronne we pause to taste the delicious fruit liqueurs produced from local red currant berries, blackberries and raspberries.
Lodgings: 2 nights in a 3-star in village center.
Dinner: Friendly bistro in town center
Day 4-5: Wine Capital or Bourgone
Today we walk to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Meanders through forests and fields to the Pas de St Martin, a scenic rocky point overlook. Legend has it that in the 6th century St Martin leaped across this valley Begin the next day with a tour of Beaune. Afterwards freely enjoying the traditional market day, as the two main plazas fill with vendors selling everything from fresh bread, fruits and vegetables to house wares and clothing a part of European life since the Middle Ages.
Dinner: Another locals favorite serving excellent cuisine & offering outstanding wines & Free night out.
Day 6-7: From Red to White
Walk into robust red wine country then soon find yourself in the land of superlative whites. Stroll through the vineyards of the village of Pommard producers of the heartier red wines while the next village, Volnay, produces a lighter more feminine wine. Hike above Volnay to a shady pine tree overlook where the spread of vineyards in the distant Saône River Valley and the nearby hills of the Côte Chalonnaise inspire contemplation. Wander into Meursault and duck into a tasting room before a grand farewell dinner in the village of Levernois. Transfers to Dijon.
The following is a list of train schedules for transportation to and from the tour start and end locations. Train departure times and tracks are subject to change, so verify before boarding.
*Meeting your tour by train if not staying in Dijon:
Trains from Paris to Dijon (tour start):
Paris Gare de Lyon.....10:34am; arrival Dijon.... 12:12pm
#Lyon Part Dieu ....09:54 am; arrival Dijon... 11:35 am