This hiking tour of Burgundy is the perfect combination of Bourgogne's most important treasured assets: wine, cuisine, and heritage. You will walk along your tour through vines south to the vineyards of Cotes de Nuit. Tiny villages, manor farms, and millhouses, exquisite parish churches are the rural ambiance among the vines. The hiking starts in Dijon which is easily accessible from Paris. Following the Burgundy Wine Route or "Route du Vin," famous since the Galloroman era, the trails run through the heart of Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Vougeot, and finishes in Beaune
Day 1: Arrival in Dijon. This city has easy access by train from Paris. You can explore the old city, the beautiful palace of the dukes of Burgundy in which is housed the Art museum. You can also see the Ste Benigne’s cathedral. Your hotel is conveniently located in the center of the city. Orientation by phone at 6pm and dinner on your own.
Day 2: You continue exploring Dijon in the morning and then transfer by taxi to start hiking to Gevrey Chambertin. You will enter the vineyards of Cotes de Nuits and check out the wine, the village is the only one that produces rose wine ! Pass the oldest church of the region before arriving at Gevrey-Chambertin. In the village, there is an interesting 10th century castle with an old vaulted wine cellar. Night in 3 star hotel with dinner on your own. (B) Hiking about 22 km.
Day 3: Pick up the GR7 trail and hike to Nuits Saint George, genuine « Place Vendome » of Côte de Nuits with its picturesque streets around the belfry. You will walk through the Forest of Mantua and the Combe Ambin. On your way, you will see the remains from the Abbaye de Saint Vivant and the château de Vergy, which was believed to be impregnable. You stay in a beautiful 3* hotel with gastronomic dinner included. (B,D) 15km hiking.
Day 4: A loop tour around Nuits Saint Georges on the « Route des Grands Crus » to discover several wine villages of the Cote de Nuits vineyards, such as Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot or Vosne Romanee among others. Vosne Romanee, together with Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin produces the region's best red wines. In Chambolle Musigny, take some time to visit the church Ste Barbe from the 15th century and its solar clock. Return to Nuits Saint George for the night and dinner included. (B, D) 14 km hiking
Day 5: A taxi will transfer you in the morning to Arcenant, from where you will catch the GR76 to Beaune, famous for its hospices. Today's itinerary will take you to the famous wine villages of Savigny les Beaune and Aloxe Corton. Overnight in a 3* hotel in Beaune and dinner on your own.(B) 21 km hiking.
This tour can depart any Monday-Friday, subject to hotel availability, April through October 2010.
2 Star Version:AU$1305 per person, double occupancy.
3 star version: AU$1395 per person, double occupancy. Solo supplement: AU$728; Triple rate: AU$1369 perperson.
4 star upgrade/deluxe hotels:AU$1985 perperson.
Level is moderate (2) Rolling hills with moderate hiking distances and rest day. Hiking: 22, 15, 14, 21 km.
The trip includes
·5 nights in charming 3-star hotels (or quality level in price above)
·all breakfasts and 2 gourmet dinners
·taxi transfers as show
·arrival orientation by phone
·itineraries and detailed maps
·local bilingual emergency support.
We also include free travel planning to add Paris hotels, car rentals, France hotels, trains, airport transfers, and more. Hotels included in the 3 star version are Philipe Le Bon, Arts et Terroirs or Hotel Grand Crus, St Vincent, Les Remparts. Contact us for the 2 star or upgraded list.
Additional Night Beaune: AU$226 including breakfast.
Arrival city is Dijon and departure city is Beaune. Trains from Paris acces both Dijon and Beaune.
Triples and larger rooms are occasionally available, but rates are not available except by request.
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