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Burgundy Vineyard Trails Self Guided Walking Holiday
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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
  • Enjoying local delicacies like classic beef bourguignon
  • Visit historic Châteaux and atmospheric wine caves en route

Discover the very best of Burgundy 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 Beaune regions.

Stop along the way for tastings in local caves and relax at the end of the day in charming hotels and guesthouses. A gastronomic hot spot, enjoy some of the most decadent and imaginative dishes France has to offer, as well as hearty classics like beef bourguinon.

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/Boncourt le Bois

A steep but short ascent takes you out of Gevry 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: 300/300m


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).  


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


Overnight: 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: 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 5 nights in 3* standard hotels and guesthouses and 1 night in a 4* hotel. 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. Dinner can be purchased in each town with several options being available in each town- you will be spoilt for choice! Beaune is home to two Michelin star restaurants and Dijon has several - so why not treat yourself to the ultimate gastronomic experience? Packed lunch items can be bought locally from supermarkets or the local boulangerie.  



 

 

 



Le Petit Tertre - Dijon



Le Petit Tertre - Dijon

Located in the heart of historical Dijon, this exquisite guesthouse has retained the atmosphere and décor of its 18th century roots. Within easy reach of all the major sights, this property has been run by the Mischler family for the past 20 years.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Les Chambertine – Gevry - Chambertain



Les Chambertines – Gevry-Chambertain

A wonderful small guesthouse located in the historic heart of Gevry. Your hostess for the evening is the charming Margaret, who is on hand to help with any questions you may have about the town and surroundings. Rooms are spacious clean and comfortable and the fresh homemade breakfasts are a real treat!
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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 Belle Epoque - Beaune

This former wine merchant’s house is a 5-minute walk to the Hotel Dieu. Easy to reach on foot, the hotel enjoys a quiet courtyard and excellent breakfast to set you up for a day of walking or exploring.


 

 

 


 

 

 



La Maison Labbé - Meursault



La Maison Labbé - Meursault

This modern guesthouse only a stone’s throw away from Meursault’s picturesque square and fantastic restaurants. A warm welcome awaits from Sylvie, the proprietor. Rooms are spacious and decorated in a modern and simplistic style and kept in impeccable condition by Sylvie and her staff. The perfect place to finish your walking tour of Burgundy!


 

 

 

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 and lively 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 a rest day is 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

  • 3 Nights accommodation in 3* hotels, 3 nights in comfortable guesthouses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 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
  • 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 a rest day is 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.

A week well spent !!!

5

We love Burgundy wines and we love walking in nature. This trip satisfied both!! Great accommodations and breakfasts too! We are seniors who appreciate that all the details were looked after perfectly.

Wendy and Rick

Vancouver Island

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5

My husband and I are recently retired and enjoy traveling and hiking. This trip was perfect for us as we enjoy exploring things on our own and staying in places that are low key, yet comfortable. The maps were easy to follow, the accommodations were beautiful, and all of the hotel staff and taxi drivers were very friendly and helpful. The cost of the trip was very reasonable, and I would certainly look into another trip with Macs Adventure again!

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Seattle, Washington, USA

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AMAZING

5

When I booked this trip, I expected that we'd spend only a small portion of our time walking through vineyards but I was wrong - we really walked through and around world famous vineyards for almost the entire time. It was beautiful, inspiring, not too strenuous, and the kind of holiday that's good for the soul. We did this trip with a cousin and my husband's parents. Everyone kept saying how much they were enjoying themselves. While there were a few hiccups with the organization (we ended up at the wrong accommodation twice because our itinerary wasn't updated), the maps were straightforward and easy to follow. We almost never used the written instructions or the app. When they say to bring your own lunches and not expect to find food along the way, it's true! In one town, Gevrey-Chambertain, the accommodation was a little tired but the service was phenomenal. Truly generous people. In Nuit-Saint Georges we had very modern, chic, hospitable accommodation with charming hosts (and access to laundry!). In Beaune, the accommodation (Hotel Belle Epoque) was comfortable but the service was dreadful:they were rude and unaccommodating. For a hotel in the heart of wine country I expect wine glasses in the room (basic stuff right?). There were no fridges either to chill our wine and they told us to buy our own ice from a grocery store some kms down the road. When we attempted to drink our wine on the patio we were asked to leave. So we drank warm grand cru in plastic cups in our hotel room. Notwithstanding that unpleasant experience, we had a terrific time and are keen to do another!

Wine Lovers

Australia

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Vineyard bliss!

5

I was very impressed with the detailed maps and instructions to make our way through the Burgundian vineyards for 6 days. The accommodations were excellent and the luggage service very reliable.

Skylark

Vancouver

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