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Burgundy: hikes amongst the Grand Crus

€850 per person

If you are looking for an authentic experience of all that you picture France to be – vast valleys, beautiful medieval churches, traditional food festivals, green vineyards and a taste of prestigious wines, look no further. The historic region of Burgundy is a fine blend of all the signature traits of the French countryside. A true gem of France’s gastronomic heritage, Burgundy offers peculiar dishes such as beef bourguignon, coq au vin and most of all, snails! The region is world famous for its wine such as Nuits Saint-Georges, Pommard, Mercurey and Meursault among many others. Our self-guided walking tour brings the incredible picture of colorful landscapes, impressive architecture, unique food and wines to life.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Detailed roadbook (itinerary description in English and walking maps); 2-3* hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); Luggage transfers; Visit Castle Clos de Vougeot; Wine tasting “initiation” on Day 6 (except on Sunday); Winery visit Day 6 (Except on Sunday); Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Drinks, other meals and transfers.
  • Best period
    March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Day 1: Dijon
The starting point for this tour is easily accessible, you can arrive directly at the Dijon airport. The city is most famous for its mustard of the same name but it is also one of the most delightful cities in France.
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Day 2: Dijon to Gevrey-Chambertin (12km; 3,00hrs)
You first day on this self-guided hiking tour you will dive into the world of vineyards. You slowly leave Dijon, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, and trade the busy city atmosphere for peaceful unspoiled nature as you advance toward the winemaking village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Don’t miss to try the Grand cru Burgundy wine.
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Day 3: Gevrey-Chambertin to Nuits-St-Georges (14km; 3,30hrs)
After a healthy breakfast, you follow the stages of today’s independent walking route in the direction of the Combes Lavaux natural reserve. Your itinerary takes you across endless vineyards and traditional Clos like the Clos des Lambrays and Clos de Vougeot. Your overnight is in the main town of the Côte de Nuits wine-producing area, Nuits-St-Georges.
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Day 4: Nuits-St-Georges to Beaune (25km; 6,30hrs)
Today your walking route has a particularly rural seasoning. You follow the “Chemin des Grands Crus” which guides you through the charming little authentic villages of Burgundy like Magny-lès-Villers and Pernand-Vergelesses where you will come to recognize the distinctive features of the most famous wine in Burgundy (Hautes Côtes de Beaune).
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Day 5: Beaune to Meursault (15km; 4hrs)
You wake up in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and one of the key wine centres in France. Today’s self-guided walking route rejoins the cycling trail in the direction of Santenay. You will cross the Volnay Plateau where most of the vineyards in this area are classified as Premier Cru (a wine of a superior grade). You walk through an enchanting pine forest and along the vines to the village of Auxey Duresses. The later stages of your itinerary lead you on the “Sentier des Grands Crus” to Meursault there your overnight will be. Meursault is a popular place of production of white wines from Chardonnay grapes so make sure you give the local wines a taste.
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Day 6: Meursault to Chagny (18km; 4,30hrs)
You begin today’s independent hiking section by retracing your steps back to Auxey-Duresses and the “Chemin des Grands Crus”. You will feast your eyes upon the unspoiled landscapes of Chatelet de Montmeillan and the Chassagne wood. You will encounter the charming traditional hamlets of Gamay and Morgeot along the way. Take the time to experience the local culture and soak in the atmosphere as you advance toward Chagny.
Today we also have arranged for you a visit to the wine 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 (the service is not available on Sunday).
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Day 7: Chagny. Departure
Your enriching journey through Burgundy ends in Chagny, famous for its green initiatives and outdoor activities. Take the time to reward yourself for the successful completion of this independent hiking tour in France.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
850 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 270 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of March and the end of October. Best airports are Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle or Lyon St Exupery. From Chagny you can travel back to Dijon by train (a few options per hour, appr. 10 Euros, 30min ride)
Accommodation
2/3* hotels (en-suite rooms), incl. breakfast.

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