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Highlights

  • Walking the ‘Chemin des Grand Crus’ through Burgundy’s vineyards
  • Tasting world-famous wines such as Pinot Noir reds and Aligoté whites
  • Explore the medieval cities of Dijon and Beaune
  • Dining at a Michelin star restaurant; the ultimate gastronomic experience
  • Relaxing in top-class hotels and luxurious Châteaux

Discover the very best of Burgundy in style on this inn to inn walking holiday, from Dijon to Meursault.

Walk through UNESCO world heritage designated vineyards and peaceful woodland on the ‘Chemin des Grands Crus’; a trail through Côte d’Or wine country passing the famous Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beuane regions.

Stop along the way for tastings in local caves and relax at the end of the day in luxury hotels and châteaux. A gastronomic hot spot, enjoy some of the most decadent and imaginative dishes France has to offer, and dine in a Michelin star restaurant in Beaune.

Day 1: Arrive Dijon

Dijon is easily accessible being on the TGV train line from Paris (journey time approx. 1 hour 40 mins). Although most well known for its mustard of the same name, Dijon is an attractive city definitely worth a visit. Explore the historic medieval centre which was given UNESCO world heritage status in 2015. 


Overnight: Dijon


Day 2: Transfer to Marsannay-la–Côte and walk to Gevry-Chambertain

Start the day with a  transfer out of the suburbs of Dijon (10 mins), to the heart of the vineyards.  Follow quiet vineyard trails to the village of Couchey and then onto Fixin, a hamlet with a picturesque church, fabulous restaurant and wine tasting ‘cave’. Leaving Fixin, you have the option to take a detour through the woodland of ‘Parc de Nosoit’. Continue through vineyards to reach Gevry-Chambertain, a small town bursting with wine-tasting opportunities.


Walking: 10 km, ascent/descent: 100m/100m


Overnight: Gevrey-Chambertin


Day 3: Walk to Nuits-Saints-Georges

A steep but short ascent takes you out of Gevrey and back on the trail.  You soon come to  Chambolle-Musigny, a hamlet with a few wine shops. Next you'll come across the 16th century Château du Clos de Vougeot. It no longer produces wine, but it is still an important monument to the history of winemaking in the region and will appeal to history, architecture and wine lovers alike. Continue along vineyard roads to Nuits-Saints-Georges, tonight's overnight.


Walking: 14km, ascent/descent: 300m/300m


Overnight: Nuits-Saints-Georges



Day 4: Walk to Beaune

A transfer is included this morning to shorten an otherwise very long day. Continue through the vineyards of the Côte Beaunois. You may even see the 'viticulteurs' hard at work pruning the vines in preparation for harvest time in late September. Soon you will arrive at Aloxe-Corton, a beautiful village with its own 'appellation d'origine contrôlée' (AOC) which  produces both red and white wines. Why not visit the Château de Corton-André with its exquisite varnished roof tiles, for a guided tasting (payable locally).  


Tonight you will dine at your hotel in a 1 Michelin star restaurant; a true gastronomic treat!


Walking: 14 km, ascent/descent: 170/190m


Overnight and dinner: Beaune


Day 5: Free Day Beaune

Enjoy a free day to explore the walled town of Beaune. Visit the famous Hotel-Dieu, a former hospital from the medieval period with the most stunning tarnished roof tiles. It now houses a fine arts museum and is Burgundy’s premier attraction. Why not partake in a wine tasting in an ancient cave, simply relax in your hotel, or hop from café to café and watch the world go by.


Overnight: Beaune


Day 6: Walk to Meursault

Escape the hustle and bustle of Beaune almost immediately and you'll soon find yourself amongst the vineyards again. Pass the town of Pommard, well-known for its rich red wines, there are plenty of opportunities to test them out.A short ascent takes you out of Pommard and back on the  trail. Arrive in Meursault and enjoy a drink in the town square before checking into the luxurious Chateau de Citeaux, a short walk from the centre of Meursault, and set in stunning grounds.


Walking: 15 km, ascent/descent: 290/240m


Overnight: Meursault


Day 7: Free day in Meursault or loop walk

Today there is an option of an easy going loop walk to the neighbouring village of Auxey-Duresses. Alternatively, spend the day at leisure, relaxing by the pool or treat yourself to a treatment in the spa of your Chateau accommodation.  Meursault is a sophisticated small town with a few high quality restaurants to choose from, and is a fantastic place to finish your tour!


Walking: 7km, ascent/descent: 220m/220m


Overnight: Meursault


Day 8: Onward Travel

After breakfast we have included a taxi transfer to take you back to Beaune (20 mins), from where you can easily catch a train  back to Dijon (30 mins) for your onward travel.

Accommodation

Stay 3 nights in 4* standard hotels, 3 nights in Châteaux hotels and 1 night in a 4* standard guesthouse. Below is an example of the accommodations we use on this trip. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.


Meals

Breakfasts are included each day, as well as 1 dinner (in a Michelin star restaurant in Beaune) Packed lunch items can be bought locally from supermarkets or the local boulangerie. 



 

 

 



La Cour Berbisey - Dijon



La Cour Berbisey - Dijon

Located in the heart of the old town it’s the perfect base for exploring Dijon. Marie-Helene and her husband are your hosts for the night, and offer a warm welcome as well as a satisfying freshly prepared breakfast. Complete with a heated indoor pool, this luxury guesthouse is the perfect start to your trip.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Les Deux Chevres – Gevry - Chambertain



Les Deux Chevres – Gevry-Chambertain

A small luxury hotel with 5 comfortable rooms. On site wine tasting in the hotel’s cellar are run by a local sommelier (on request upon arrival). There is even an on-site café ’La Fromagerie’ serving organic and artisan cheeses from the Dijon market as well as artisan saucisson to pair with the various wines on offer.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Vign’Appart



Hotel Vign’Appart – Nuits Saints Georges

A lovely modern 4* hotel/apartment with front desk service. A typical French breakfast is also included and served in your appartment between 0730 and 0930. There is an on-site wine cellar, with a selection of wines to choose from, all kept at just the right temperatures for your enjoyment.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel le Cep - Beaune

An exceptional hotel located in Beaune’s medieval heart. Made up of a collection of historic buildings and courtyards, the excellent staff are always on hand to help. Bursting with Old World charm, relax in the on-site spa complete with Hammam, Sauna and relaxation area to name just a few of the facilities. One dinner is included here, at the Michelin star restaurant; ‘Loiseau des Vignes’- divine!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Château de Cîteaux - Meursault

This luxury château hotel is the perfect way to end your trip in Burgundy. Set in peaceful vineyards yet only a 5-minute walk from the square of Meursault. The Château dates from the 19th Century and rooms have been renovated to a modern fashion. There is also a fabulous spa as well as an indoor pool and an outdoor sun terrace.


 

 

 

Time of Year

This tour is available from mid-May to mid-October. Any time within this period is ideal for walking. The grape harvest tends to take place the last week of September (variable) so please note that the vineyards will be busy during this time, with a lot of activity going on. This is an interesting time to be in the area, but be aware that there will be more vehicles on the small country roads than normal.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘easy—moderate’ with average daily distance being 14km. The walking is mostly flat, and two rest days are included. While there are a few hills, these are short and nothing too strenuous. The trails are a combination of tarmac country roads, dirt trails and woodland trails. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness. 


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

All trails are way-marked, and together with access to our GPS-following app, maps and route notes you will have no problem finding your way.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take.This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Getting to Dijon

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com

Fly: into Paris Charles de Gaulle, Orly or Beauvais airports. Take a train or bus from the airport to the city centre and from the centre (Gare de Lyon) take a direct TGV train to Dijon (approx. 1 hour 40 mins). Train times and details can be found at www.sncf.com.


You could also fly into Lyon or Geneva and take the train from there (3 hours/3 hours 30 mins)

Train: Eurostar from London St-Pancras International to Paris (Gard du Nord). Change here and travel to Paris Gare de Lyon (by RER) From Gare de Lyon, take a direct TGV train to Dijon Ville (approx. 1 hour 40 mins). The total journey time is approx. 5 hours and the whole trip can be booked at www.eurostar.com.



Drive: From Folkestone, take the Eurotunnel shuttle to Calais, and continue driving from here. From Calais, it is about a 5 hour drive to Dijon. Booking and more info can be found at www.eurotunnel.com




Drive and Ferry: Drive to Dover and take the ferry to Calais (approx. 1 hour 15 mins crossing). Then drive onto Dijon (approx. 5 hours drive). Ferry info and booking can be found at www.poferries.com


Getting from Beaune

On day 8, you will be transferred from your hotel in Meursault to Beaune train station. From here you can take a train back to Dijon (approx. 30 mins). Train details can be found at www.voyages-sncf.com. From Dijon you can take a TGV train to many locations in France and Europe, or continue home via one of the methods mentioned in the ‘Getting to’ section. 

Included

  • 4 Nights accommodation in 4* standard hotels, 2 nights in a 4* Châteaux hotel and 1 night in a 4* standard guesthouse.
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Dinner on Day 4
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • GPX tracks and access to our GPS navigation app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Dijon
  • Travel from Beaune
  • Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Burgundy area is extremely popular during the Summer.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded ‘easy—moderate’ with average daily distance being 14km. The walking is mostly flat, and two rest days are included. While there are a few hills, these are short and nothing too strenuous. The trails are a combination of tarmac country roads, dirt trails and woodland trails. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

This tour is available from mid-May to mid-October. Any time within this period is ideal for walking. The grape harvest tends to take place the last week of September (variable) so please note that the vineyards will be busy during this time, with a lot of activity going on. This is an interesting time to be in the area, but be aware that there will be more vehicles on the small country roads than normal.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop.

Great walk; great accommodation - lovely part of the world

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This is the second walking holiday I have booked with Macs Adventure (in August 2018 I used one of their packages to walk the West Highland Way in Scotland with two of my friends). This year, early August 2019, I walked on this route with my wife. First up - on both trips, I was very impressed with the organisation and support from Macs. All baggage transfers, pick ups etc went smoothly and the supporting documentation and app (which I found particularly useful for staying on track) were excellent. This trip was very enjoyable, though not without its challenge just because of the time of year / temperatures involved. Normally, I do not believe that the distances involved (on average about 10 miles a day on mostly decent trails / roads / paths) would present too much difficulty to someone who is reasonably fit - but as the temperature climbs, particularly after midday, then the heat can definitely prove tiring. Carrying plenty of water is very much advised - and the rest days planned in to the schedule are very welcome. That aside, the scenery/walk is beautiful for the most part (15 mins or so approach to Beaune past a motorway flyover and roundabout being a notable exception) and the towns through which the route takes you are charming (albeit some of of the smaller ones are sleepy/quiet and sometimes lacking in facilities where you might be looking for a refreshing comfort / rest break). Dijon is a lovely place and I'd recommend taking an extra day to explore it, especially if you arrive there late in the evening, as we did. All of the accommodations - with the exception of the night in Nuits St George - were spacious and luxurious. The accommodation in Nuits St George was on the small and basic side, though still comfortable and I will add that the staff there were very friendly and helpful. Overall - a thoroughly enjoyable walking holiday in a beautiful part of the world (but if you do it in hot weather, bring a hat, sunscreen and a few water bottles !)

Kinnygraham

County Down

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Gorgeous country + Very nice accommodations = Great fun!

5

This is our second Macs Adventure trip in France. This one was less physically demanding than the Dodorgne region, but was even more fun. There were many pros on this adventure. Tops is the beautiful scenery. Generally very nice to great hotels. Good variety of larger and smaller cities; most with a variety of food options. The included breakfasts were all very good and quite substantial. Cons, the English versions of the instructions can get interesting, with a little awkward wording and a few cases where "left" and "right" are reversed. We actually don't really mind this, as it's a challenge to figure out the instructions and to try to stay on track for some of the days (but be prepared for some extra KMs). A couple hotels are nice, but a little different, so it's not all straight forward luxury, but like the instructions, that didn't really throw us (the issue was mostly around the A/C for two accommodations and the humidity in another), but enjoyable places nonetheless ;-) We'd recommend tacking on a extra day in the beginning in Dijon to get acclimated. The first two hotels were our favorites! June can be warm, so pack extra water, and don't forget suntan lotion and a hat. Other than that, nothing else required. No hiking sticks/polls, etc.

Shelley and Dave

Tucson, AZ

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