Vineyards and chateaux in Meursault in Bourgogne, eastern France. Flickr:jon oropeza

The French are known for their macarons. Creative Commons:Sunny Ripert

Burgundy Wine Trail

France Hiking + Walking Tours

Walk the Unesco listed vineyards of Burgundy, France

  • Discover the past and the present as you walk the French wine trails to two world-renowned Burgundy regions: Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune.

    Since the 3rd century B.C., these regions and the vineyards that dot the landscape have provided noble wines and still continue to do so with acclaim today. As you hike a trail of vineyards, chapels, châteaux, and old, glazed-roof villages, whether you prefer white wine or red, you will discover for yourself the incredible varieties and the quality of the grapes grown in this region.

    The extraordinarily beautiful man-made landscape of small, stone-walled vineyards is your backdrop and the legacy of generations of small-scale wine-makers.

    Highlights:

    • History and charm of Dijon
    • Full-bodied white and powerful and delicate red wines of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits wine region
    • Chapels, châteaux, vineyards, and villages
    • Tour of the 12th-century wine cellar and press of Château de Clos Vougeot
    • Historic wine trails through valleys, vineyards, and wine towns
    • French cuisine and culture
    • Visits to wine cellars and learning how French wines are made
    • Beaune, vineyards’ grape capital

    Come and walk the Unesco World heritage vineyards and the natural paradise of Burgundy.

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  • Double/twin room:  $ 1763 £ 901 $ 1,545 1056 $ 1840 kr 11357 $ 1,168 Single supplement:  $ 718 £ 367 $ 629 430 $ 749 kr 4624 $ 476

    extra options

    Extra 5 dinners: $ 351 £ 179 $ 307 210 $ 366 kr 2258 $ 232 Extra night in Dijon (breakfast included):  $ 124 £ 63 $ 108 74 $ 129 kr 796 $ 82 Extra night in Beaune (breakfast included):  $ 120 £ 61 $ 105 72 $ 125 kr 774 $ 80 Wine tasting (on day 2 or 3):  $ 33 £ 17 $ 29 20 $ 35 kr 215 $ 22 Cold wine tasting lunch (on day 2): $ 97 £ 50 $ 85 58 $ 101 kr 624 $ 64 Wine tasting lunch with six wines (on day 4):  $ 147 £ 75 $ 129 88 $ 153 kr 946 $ 97

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    There are two options for your arrival airport. One option is to fly to Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG). Another option is to fly to Lyon.

    Local Travel

    Depending on your time of arrival and available time of departure from CDG, you could take a direct TGV train from the airport to Dijon. However, departures are limited. There are other departures from the airport that include regional trains and transfers. Travel by TGV from Paris is about 1 1/2 hour journey time. If you are using regional trains, travel time is approximately 5 hours.
    The first hotel is located at about 10 minutes walking distance from the train station or you can take a taxi or a city bus, called Divia, line n° 5. You will get off at the stop ‘Wilson’ or Tramway line T1, get off at the stop ‘République’. The easiest way to get from tour end in Meursault back to Paris or Lyon is by train

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The region’s weather is fairly consistent, especially since any area that produces grapes needs a relatively moderate, cooler climate. In the warmest month, July, the average daily low is 58° F and the average high 78° F. Expect temperatures in the 40s and 50s during spring and autumn. The average rainfall for the region is between 1.5 and 2.6 inches per month. Burgundy can be breezy, but these winds come from the south, off the warm Mediterranean waters, so they can feel quite pleasant. The climate is classified as continental, and it’s more inclined to be dry than humid.

    Recommended

    A good pair of walking shoes. A daypack for water, snacks, camera, sunscreen, rain gear, etc is recommended. A good sunblock and sunscreen is essential.

    Remarks

    Take something to drink and to eat for the day.
    Shops are closed between 12 am and 2 pm and on Mondays.
    Evening meals (those that are included and those that can be purchased for a supplement) are served from 7 pm. Menu options are suggested but sometimes you have the choice between different dishes.
    Breakfast is served between 7:30-9:30 am.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in 3 and 4-star hotels.
Upgrade to 4 and 5-star hotels available on request.
Please see each day’s detailed itinerary for the preferred accommodation that is used. Of course in the event of lack of availability, a comparable alternative will be offered.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Two dinners (on day 2 and 3)
  • Welcome meeting on day 1
  • Walking notes
  • Tourist information with route maps
  • Luggage transfer (delivery by 4 pm to your accommodations)
  • Taxi transfer from Nuits St Georges to Chaux
  • Taxi transfer from Meursault to Beaune Station
  • Local contact
  • GPS tracks with advance request

What’s Not Included

  • Transport to and from start/end
  • Train tickets
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Suggested tour activities and visits
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

This tour is flexible. You can usually book extra nights in any of the towns (subject to availability and on request).

TourHike + Walk
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1056 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily departures from the beginning of May to end of October but we recommend that you avoid (if you can) high summer. 

Skill Level

This walking tour is graded as easy-moderate. Walking will be on a combination of asphalt and dirt paths. You will be walking through vineyards, rolling valleys, and through towns and villages.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Burgundy Wine Trail Map

Day 1: Dijon
Day 2: Marsannay - Gevrey-Chambertin, 6 mi. (9 km)
Day 3: Gevrey-Chambertin - Nuit Saint Georges, 9 mi. (14 km)
Day 4: Nuit Saint Georges/Chaux - Beaune, 12 mi. (19 km)
Day 5: Beaune (free day)
Day 6: Beaune - Meursault, 6 mi. (10 km)
Day 7: Meursault, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 8: Meursault

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances 

Day 1: Dijon
Arrive in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, for the start of your walking tour. Not only is the town steeped in a deep history dating back to the 3rd century BC, but oozes old architecture and historic buildings. Explore the renowned Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in the grand Palais des Ducs (Palace of the Dukes), with its rich collection of paintings, sculptures, crafts, and antiquities. A briefing will be held at 6 pm.

Accommodation: Hotel des Ducs

Day 2: Marsannay - Gevrey-Chambertin, 6 mi. (9 km)
This morning, continue to explore Dijon on foot. Visit the Sacred Art Museum in Sainte Anne’s Chapel, the cathedral of Notre Dame or the Archeological Museum, amongst others. After lunch, a taxi will transfer you to Marsannay-la-Côte. From Marsannay, where rosé wines are made and unique in the Burgundy region, you will start your walk towards Fixey. Here, a lovely 10th Century church - one of the oldest in the region - can be found. You will end your walking at Gevrey-Chambertin, a wine town still guarded by an ancient fortified castle.

Accommodation: Hotel Arts et Terroirs
Options:
Wine tasting (€20 pp)
Cold wine tasting lunch (€58 pp) in a winery in 
Gevrey Chambertin.

Day 3: Gevrey-Chambertin - Nuit Saint Georges, 9 mi. (14 km)
Today, your walking tour will cut through the Grand Cur vineyards towards Morey Saint-Denis. You will pass the wine village of Chambolle Musigny, then walk your way to the impressive Château de Clos Vougeot. This historic castle, a symbol of Burgundy's wine-growing and gastronomic heritage, contains a 12th-century wine cellar and an original gigantic wine press. Your walking trail continues across the Echezeaux and Grand Echezeaux vineyards and then lands you in the heart of some world-renowned vineyards: La Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Richebourg, La Tâche.

Accommodation: La Gentilhommière
Options:
Wine tasting (€20 pp)

Day 4: Nuit Saint Georges/Chaux - Beaune, 12 mi. (19 km)
Start the day with an uphill walk, past vineyard-covered slopes, to the Hautes-Cotes de Nuits region - reputed for its delicious red wines. Rolling valleys, panoramic views, and beautiful wine-country will keep you motivated. Pass through the charming village of Villers-la-Faye, with its 11th-century church perched on top of Mont Saint Victor. Descend into Côtes de Beaune, where Pernant-Vergelesses wine is produced, and onto one of the most picturesque little villages in the area, Aloxe-Corton, famous for white wines like Corton-Charlemagne, one of the best in Burgundy. You reach Beaune, a magical Burgundian city of medieval charm, famous for its hospices and ramparts. 

Accommodation: Hostellerie Bretonnière
Options: 
Wine tasting lunch with 6 wines (€88 pp) at a winery in Aloxe Corton.

Day 5: Beaune (free day)
It’s a free day in Beaune today. Get lost in time as you explore the narrow cobbled streets lined with beautiful houses, some dating back to the Renaissance period. The “Capital of wine” is also a fantastic place to taste some Burgundy wines, coupled with some delicious local cuisine. 

Accommodation: Hostellerie Bretonnière

Day 6: Beaune - Meursault, 6 mi. (10 km)
The wine trail today will lead you all the way to the scenic French village of Meursault. You will leave Beaune and start walking through the Premiers Crus vineyards, toward Pommard. The wines of this quaint village are the very essence of Burgundy’s reds - flavorful, rich and of outstanding quality. Admire the square bell-tower at the centrally located church. After walking over the last vineyard-covered hill, you will set your eyes upon Meursault, reputed for its white wines, made from Chardonnay grapes.

Accommodation: Les Charmes

Day 7: Meursault, 12 mi. (20 km)
Today, walk a circular route around Meursault. You will walk through vineyards, past Blagny and Gamay hamlets and through the forests of the Côte de Beaune heights. On arrival at La Rochepot, take time to admire the 15th-century Château de La Rochepot. This medieval fortress offers marvelous views over the rolling Burgundy countryside, as you tour the grounds. Descend to the village of Saint Aubin with its 10th-century church, before crossing through the Grands Crus of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. Pass through the village of  Puligny-Montrachet, stopping at one of the wine bars, before walking back to Meursault, through Les Grands Crus at Les Perriéres. 

Accommodation: Les Charmes

Day 8: Meursault
Your walking tour comes to an end today at around 10 am. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before taking a taxi to Beaune railway station. 

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