Think about France. Villages nestled in pretty valleys, steeples of medieval churches pointing out to the blue sky, traditional food fairs, green hilly vineyards, rich food and of course, its prestigious wines. Burgundy has it all, as you are about to discover! Ideally located at the crossroad of Western Europe, Burgundy has played a huge part in the future of France since the Gallic times. Add to this a sum up of all the French “clichés” and “raisons d’être”, no wonder it is called the cradle of France. For several centuries, the fame and power of the Duchy of Burgundy brought wealth to the region. Nowadays, its amazing architectural heritage can still be seen everywhere as the numerous typical Burgundy tiled roofs testify.
If all of that has not wet your appetite for this trip this may just be the icing on the cake, included in this walking tour is a visit to what is considered one of the jewels of Burgundy and birthplace of wine growing in the region, Château du Clos de Vougeot. Then on your last day you will have a visit to the cellar of La Maison d’Olivier Leflaive in the prestigious wine growing village of Puligny-Montrachet, followed by a wine tasting and special 3 course menu lunch.
Burgundy regional gastronomy has also spread all over the country and even behind its borders with well-appreciated dishes such as beef bourguignon, coq au vin, and much more. Burgundy is also renowned for breeding the weirdest food one can think of: snails! But the fame of the region has also been made by its world-class wines, usually produced in small quantities such as Nuits Saint-Georges, Pommard, Mercurey, Meursault and many more.
The walking holiday we designed for you aims to bring you through the heart of this incredible area and to enjoy the wide variety of landscapes, architecture, food, and of course wines, Burgundy has to offer. The city of Beaune is home to France’s finest medieval hospital (Les Hospices de Beaune) but the surrounding villages have nothing to be ashamed of. Indeed, villages like Pommard, Gevrey and Meursault will seduce you not only with their winding streets bordered by stone built houses, food markets, and cafés but they will also ravish your palates with their tannic Pinots Noirs, refreshing Chardonnay, or even the local “Kir” aperitif, a regional blackcurrant cream mixed with local white “aligoté” wine. Over the days, the charms of the different landscapes will bewitch you and visitors often see their heart sink at the time of departure. Don’t worry; we are sure the memories of walking through this giant-size postcard added to some wine shopping will comfort you in many ways!
Note: If you start this tour on a Tuesday, this will make Day 6 (wine cellar visit, tasting and lunch) on a Sunday when it is not available. We recommend starting on another day or booking two nights in Dijon to start so you can avail of the wine cellar tour, wine tasting and lunch which will not disappoint.