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Walking through the vineyards of Burgundy

8 day(s) | from 710.00 €

Easy to Moderate

Themes

Food & Wine
History

Included

3 dinners

7 nights with breakfast, maps, road-book with tourist information, daily luggage transfer, 7/7 days assistance and local tax

When

March to November.

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  • Description
  • Burgundy's natural riches of climate, soil and landscape have been nurtured by man for centuries to become one of the most astoundingly wealthy parts of France . It is a beautiful and fertile land where farmers, foresters, and above all wine growers' skills have made a huge impact upon the environment.

    The reputation of Burgundy's cuisine has travelled the world and the very word Burgundy is synonymous with the finest wines. It is not all vineyards by any means.

    If you are used to walking in southern England, some of the landscapes south of Beaune are very much like the South Downs with rolling hillsides, deciduous forests, extensive fields of grain or rape seed and grassy meadows dotted with cows. Only the architecture is evidently different, reflecting more the honeyed limestone excavated from various scarp faces to create the buildings.

    Burgundy is a multifaceted landscape just waiting to be explored, and, as ever, the best way to savour it is to explore its peaceful byways on foot .

    You will discover a fabled land of mediaeval chateaux, ancient monasteries and fragrant breezes where the art of living is pursued to near perfection at a gentle unhurried pace. Or as the writer Robin Neillands put it: " A walk through the hills of the Cote de Beaune bears a curious resemblance to a stroll along the shelves of a good wine merchant; all the familiar names are there (Montrachet, Aloxe - Corton, Savigny and Pommard) reeling past like a living catalogue, only here on the ground they appear on road signs."

Highlights

  • Walk through worldwide famous vineyards: Montrachet, Aloxe-Corton, Savigny, Pommard...;
  • Burgundy's cuisine is one of the finest in France;
  • Visit medieval towns: Beaune, Rully..;
  • L’Hotel Dieu in Beaune (also called "les Hospices");
  • Outstanding nature.

Bike tour itinerary : Walking through the vineyards of Burgundy

  • D1 
  • Arrival in Beaune
    • Beaune is a beautiful ancient city with many historic attractions, a delightful central square and a jumble of cobbled back streets. There is of course much evidence of the local wine industry that boasts of producing some of the best wines in the world. The name of Beaune is synonymous with fine wines. It also possesses incomparable art treasures that are housed in a building that is in itself a treasure, the old hospital. Beneath the ramparts of the old town are vast cellars.

       

  • D2 
  • Beaune to Meursault
  • 11km /
    • This walk is a gentle introduction taking you out of Beaune, crossing the river Bouze then up through vineyards and the famous wine village of Pommard. From here you ascend into forest and circle around the plateau overlooking Volnay and Meursault, before descending to your hotel.

  • D3 
  • Meursault to Meursault
  • 17km /
    • Walking up through vineyards and forest trails to the sleepy village of Saint Romain and back by a different route. There is a rarely open restaurant in Saint Romain with a good reputation and a nice terrace. There is a great spot for a picnic however on the cliff top view point by a chateau ruin. For this, you need to buy everything in Meursault before you start.

  • D4 
  • Meursault to Nolay
  • 17km /
    • Once again an ascent through vineyards draws us into forest, after a rather monotonous section on a gravel road, the landscape starts to spring to life and beauty, approaching the fairy tale chateau of Rochepot.

      After a brief visit to the village next door with a possible restaurant lunch stop, it is time to steeply climb the scarp slope of ‘La Gariolle’ on to a slight plateau before resting at the limestone cliffs above Nolay.

      A steep but attractive descent through an ancient hazel coppice leads us into the ancient small town of Nolay set amidst narrow winding streets, the star attraction being the crux framed Market hall, said to be unique in France.

  • D5 
  • Nolay to Rully
  • 21km /
    • Today’s walk is perhaps the most scenically varied and beautiful of the whole holiday it is also the hardest day if not quite the longest!

      There are four hilly sections, the largest first climbing up through downland type scenery with several types of orchid May-June to the ‘Montagne des Trois Croix’, which surprise- has 3 crucifixes on the summit. At 521 metres this is the high point of the tour.

      You then descend to Santenay, a village with an impressive fountain. You cross the man made Canal du Centre, built to extract wines from the region and to bring in coal. You then cross three sets of small hills including Montagne de L’Ermitage and Montagne de La Folle before finally descending to the premier wine growing area around Rully, a delightful sleepy village.

  • D6 
  • Rully to Rully
  • 14km / 17km /
    • Today is a clockwise loop to the villages of Mercurey and Nantoux, a very pretty walk on the Côte Chalonnaise.

      There is a mixture of vineyard, field and forest walking. Although there are a couple of restaurants in Mercurey, we would probably recommend that you take something, at least as well, from Nolay. You could visit any ‘Caves’ that you find open en route, but as long as you are not too late back you can normally visit one in Rully from where it is not so hard to stagger back!

  • D7 
  • Rully to Beaune
  • (13km) / 26km /
    • First walk to Chagny from where we follow the canal du Centre. The walk along the canal is very pleasant before we cross the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. You won’t come across much traffic but the farming lanes in the vineyards have become better and better with more and more tarmac....Burgundy farmers are very wealthy.

      There is very little uphill so your walking pace will probably be faster than on previous days. You will find shops in Remigny. If you want to have lunch in a restaurant, you can do so in Puligny or Meursault. If you decide to finish this walking tour with a good lunch in a village, it is easy to get a taxi to take you the rest of the way to Beaune.

  • D8 
  • Trip ends in Beaune after breakfast.

Prices 2017

  • Standard Accommodation710 €
  • Comfort Accommodation950 €
  • Standard Single room sup.260 €
  • Comfort Single room sup.360 €
  • Solo traveller120 €
  • Discount : party of 4+5 %

All prices are per person. Accommodation price is on a 2-person basis.
The list of hotels included in this trip or details about your bikes are available upon request via our Contact Page.

Hotels

  • Beaune Hôtel Des Remparts ***Comfort
  • Beaune L'Athanor ***Comfort
  • Macon Chateau de La Barge ****Luxury
  • Meursault Le Chevreuil **Standard
  • Nolay Hôtel de La Halle **Standard

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