Burgundy Top 5 Experiences: Our Pick of the Best
Plan your much-awaited trip and discover activities to do in Burgundy, France where you can taste some of the most exclusive and exquisite wines in the world. Visit the effortless beauty of abbeys, spectacular vineyards, quaint medieval villages and other must-see sites. Looking for a trip in the great outdoors? The exceptional natural setting of Burgundy makes it ideal for hiking, cycling and nature exploration. Come and see for yourself! Here is our list of top 5 things to do, hand-picked by our travel specialists:
Travelling to Burgundy would not be complete without sampling the delights of the local wine. This guided wine and culture experience tour will not only give you the chance to visit and learn about the region’s rich history and culture but also, and just as importantly, indulge in wine-tasting sessions. Bed, breakfast and dinner will be at the beautiful family-owned estate Domaine des Morillons where 5 generations of Brunot’s have cultivated their love of wine. They only receive a maximum of 6 guests at a time, making it a truly special holiday. With guided visits of major cultural attractions including Auxerre’s medieval cathedral, world-renowned Chablis town and vineyards, Chateau Bazoches – home to Louis XIV’s architect Vauban – and Vezelay Basilica which marks an important stage in the St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage.
What better way to explore France’s most popular wine region than by cruising down the canal? Choose from a range of unique, comfortable and well-designed barges to take you through historical towns to visit museums and cathedrals, sip Grand Cru, devour regional delicacies and much more! Great for groups as well as couples, some of the barges have sun-decks and Jacuzzis on board, as well as bicycles for your personal use. Check out our Burgundy river cruising tours for more details, including all and more of the above in your next holiday!
Get those legs going by cycling through France’s wine region! Set off from the city of Beaune where you will have time to visit the Hotel Dieu (hospices) and wander around the cobbled streets. 4 days of bike riding will see you through the plentiful vineyards, stopping off at quintessential towns such as Meursault, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet and Vougeot which each have a wine to their name.
Explore wine, cuisine and heritage with this self-guided hiking tour around Burgundy. From Dijon, follow the Burgundy Wine Route or "Route du Vin”. The trail runs through Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Vougeot, and finishes in Beaune. You can easily access Dijon from Paris on a much-lauded high speed TGV train. Continue exploring to the vineyards of Cotes de Nuits, unique for its renowned rosé wine.
Opt for this tailor-made experience for a special night in Chateau de Gilly, a former Cistercian monastery. With beautiful French-style gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and a children’s playground you will be sure to feel relaxed as soon as you arrive. And the most important of it all: breakfast, dinner, a bottle of wine and wine tasting in the chateau’s cellar.
If FTC’s expert and Product Manager Sophie has one (or 3) tip(s) on Burgundy it would be to start with snails, end with pain d’épices and carry on with plenty of Vougeot. If there is one place that has all three it is Le Caveau des Arches in Beaune.
For help in planning the ultimate trip to Burgundy, France, contact one of our specialists today. With tonnes of experience and great insights on all of the great Burgundy tours and activities available, they’re sure to find the right itinerary for you.