As a travel expert who specializes in France, I am constantly amazed by the beauty, culture, and diversity of this incredible country. From the vibrant city of Paris to the stunning beaches of the French Riviera, there is something for everyone in France.
The inner region of France with its capital in Dijon City, one of the country’s main centers for wine and gastronomy. The soils of Côte d’Or and Côte des Nuits accommodate the most prestigious French vineyards; this is the motherland of the famous Chablis and other precious intoxicating products.
Here, one can taste the best snails and enjoy Dijon’s Renaissance architecture, celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau and roam through the Abbey of Fontenay’s somber halls. Burgundy, like no other place in France, is able to preserve the balance of volatile fun and endless grandeur… or maybe, of never-ending celebration and transitory strictness?
Natural Landmarks and Lakes
The Canal of Nivernais
The canal spanning more than 180km between Saint-Léger-des-Vignes in Nièvre and Auxerre, the capital of Lower Burgundy, offers enjoyable voyages along the green banks, villages and vineyards – even if you have no boat handling certificate. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy life!
The Morvan's Great Lakes
All the six lakes lost in the hilly green terrain are very different. They are Lakes Settons, Pannecière, Saint Agnan, Chaumeçon, Chamboux and Crescent. Canoeing, swimming, cycling, fishing – anyone will find activities to their taste.
The Jura Mountains
The Jura Mountains remind of Canadian nature. This comparison is especially vivid at the pinnacle of the four lakes, near Bonlieu. From here, one can enjoy the 360-degree view of the lakes alternating with pine forests and mountains... This landscape included into the Natura 2000 List, is nothing short of breathtaking.
La Roche de Solutré
This rock surrounded with vineyards provides an amazing view both at its foot and at the top. Climbing the rock is a nice cardio workout. There is a lovely village beneath it. And nothing but vineyards all around! The landscape is spectacular!
The biggest and the richest abbey used to be the largest Christian building in the world and the first violin in the European monastic life of those long-gone times.
Château de la Rochepot
The picturesque castle built in the 13th century stands on the hill of Roche Nolay near the similarly-named village of La Rochepot in Burgundy, in the suburbs of Nolay, near Beaune. Like many other French castles, it was abandoned and with time, turned into ruins. However, in the 19th century, the Carnot family decided to restore it.
Hôtel-Dieu, or Hospices de Beaune
The city's most famous building, a classic example of the medieval Burgundian architecture. It is even called "Palace for the Poor". It opened in the 15th century as a hospital for the paupers but was also popular with aristocrats whose donations allowed for the then-expensive glazed tile roof covering.
Palace of the Dukes in Dijon
One of the city's most interesting buildings due to several reasons. Firstly, it is based on the 9th-century castle of the duke; secondly, some parts of the castle date back to the 9-18th centuries; and thirdly, the authentic interiors have also been preserved in part.
This city is a beautiful mixture of architecture from several epochs, half-timbered houses and the best French classicism examples. In the vicinity, one can find numerous historic jewels in the form of perfectly preserved medieval villages, small towns and picturesque castles.
The wine center of Burgundy and the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy up to its transfer to Dijon. Delicate wine and dishes, the aroma of a crispy baguette and laidback tourists. The city is also known all over the world for its Hospices.
The town can boast the perfectly maintained medieval architecture and the picturesque views of the old arched bridge. It sits on the rock of pink granite half-surrounded by the Armançon River. A special atmosphere of the Middle Ages is ensured by the 13th-century church, 15th-century bridge and the beautiful castle built in the 13th century on the top of the mountain.
This tiny medieval town in Burgundy, in the vicinity of Dijon, became famous all over the world thanks to the "Chocolat" movie. It is also well-known for its anise candy that have been produced at the local abbey for many years. Besides, Flavigny is featured in the list of the most beautiful French villages. So, it totally deserves a trip from Dijon!
Parc de l'Auxois
A zoo, a water park and a theme park – all in one. Here, one can see lemurs, snakes, crocodiles, camels, fallow deer, capybaras, and axolotls. The water park offers several slides, and since it is primarily intended for young children, there are no extreme water attractions here. However, one can still find pools to suit any taste. The theme park offers various amusement rides intended for the youngest visitors.
La Ferme à l'École
In Chenove which is found in the suburbs of the Burgundian capital, one should definitely visit La Ferme à l'École and enjoy the pastoral atmosphere while watching little goats, ponies, and donkeys all living in a picturesque park covered with greenery.
The Cardoland Dino Park
The park is located in the town of Chamoux. It boasts splendidly sculpted, almost full-height dinosaur and crocodile figures that fascinate little tourists just as much as a fakir's music fascinates a cobra.
Parc des Combes
The most popular amusement park in Burgundy. Here, children can enjoy such amusement rides as Boomerang, Alpine Coaster, Vertingo, Montgolfières, as well as try bungee jumping, ride small cars and visit excellent themed parties. All attractions are meant for kids so there are no extreme options available.
Burgundy Wine Museum
Established in 1946 in the former palace of the Duke of Burgundy, the museum tells the story of wine-making in this French region which has always been proud of its wine-making traditions. The museum's collection comprises various tools and devices used by wine-makers in different epochs as well as works of art dedicated to wine. A well-preserved 14th-century building showcases old grape presses.
Museum of Burgundian Life
It is located inside a Cistercian monastery built in the seventeenth century. If you would like to visit a Bernardine monastery and get acquainted with the rich architectural heritage of Dijon and Burgundy, be sure to visit this museum.
Museum of Fine Arts in Beaune
The Beaune Museum of Fine Arts opened in June, 2012, after a prolonged renovation. It first opened in 1853. Jules Pautet, its founder, created the museum out of his own collection. Afterwards, the museum supplemented its collection with the works of the modern artists. Most exhibits of the museum are paintings, tapestries and sculptures dating back to the period from the 12th to the 20th century.
Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne Perrin de Puycousin
This museum showcases the ethnographic heritage of Burgundy with reconstructed scenes of everyday life, 19th-century Dijon shops and the gallery of famous citizens.
Grocery stores and shops are closed on Sundays. As the French themselves say, this is for visiting a theater or simply taking a stroll instead of wasting the wonderful weekend time on shopping.
We Recommend Renting a Car
Traveling across Burgundy by personal car is the most convenient option since some small settlements and wine farms cannot be reached by public transport. You can rent a car in any town of the province if you have all the standard documents.
Burgundy Is a Holiday Region!
Burgundy is an ideal vacation spot for event tourism enthusiasts. Various festivals are held here all the year round, interchanging in an unbroken chain. Most events organized at the festivals are absolutely free.
In France, a service fee is usually included into hotel or restaurant bills. However, it is considered good form to leave tips (small money or rounding the bill upwards).
Cycle the Vineyards
Rent a bike and cycle through the rolling hills and vineyards of Burgundy. The region has many scenic cycling routes, including the famous Voie des Vignes (Wine Route), which takes you through some of the best vineyards in the area.
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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France and the second busiest airport in Europe, after London Heathrow. It is located 25 kilometers (16 miles) northeast of Paris and serves as a major hub for Air France and other airlines.
Hostellerie Cèdre & Spa Beaune
A very pleasant and cozy atmosphere, very agreeable staff. The hotel is conveniently located just a few minutes of walking from the Old Town.
Château de Balleure
Raoul and his wife were MARVELOUS! Right upon our arrival, we were welcomed with open arms. The food and the wine were impeccable. Comfort and quality. The staff radiated thorough attentiveness. We are definitely coming back.
Château de Courban and Spa Nuxe
An excellent, quiet place. Splendid staff. A restaurant with exquisite cuisine. The waiters are very professional.
Najeti Hôtel de la Poste
This charming hotel is a perfect location to start exploring Beaune. We had a car and were offered a parking lot because you can travel across the entire city on foot. We had a very large and beautiful room with a nice air conditioner and a fantastically spacious bathroom.
9:00 - Arrive in Dijon
Start your trip by arriving in Dijon, the capital of the Burgundy region.
10:00 - Visit Notre-Dame de Dijon
Visit this impressive Gothic cathedral and admire its intricate architecture.
12:00 - Lunch at a local brasserie:
Enjoy some classic Burgundian cuisine, such as escargots, coq au vin, or boeuf bourguignon, at a local brasserie.
14:00 - Tour the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy:
Explore the former residence of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy and learn about the region's rich history.
16:00 - Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts:
Admire the impressive collection of fine art at this museum, including works by local artists such as Gustave Eiffel and François Pompon.
18:00 - Check into your hotel:
Find a cozy hotel in Dijon to spend the night.
9:00 - Drive to Beaune:
After breakfast, drive to the picturesque town of Beaune.
10:00 - Visit the Hospices de Beaune:
Explore this historic hospital turned museum and learn about its unique architecture and fascinating history.
12:00 - Wine tasting in the Côte de Beaune:
Discover the famous vineyards of the Côte de Beaune and enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.
14:00 - Lunch in Beaune:
Enjoy lunch at a local bistro and savor the flavors of the region.
16:00 - Visit the Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune:
Visit this impressive castle and admire its collection of vintage airplanes and motorcycles.
18:00 - Return to Dijon:
Head back to Dijon for dinner and another night at your hotel.
9:00 - Visit the Château de la Rochepot:
Start your day with a visit to this beautiful castle, known for its distinctive multi-colored roof.
11:00 - Drive to the Abbaye de Fontenay:
Discover this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, a preserved Cistercian abbey founded in 1118.
13:00 - Lunch in Montbard:
Stop for lunch in the charming town of Montbard.
15:00 - Hike in the Morvan Regional Nature Park:
Take a scenic hike through this beautiful nature reserve and enjoy the stunning views.
End your trip by returning to Dijon and enjoying a final dinner in the city before departing.
Château de Couches
This lesser-known castle is located in the heart of Burgundy's wine country and is often overshadowed by its more famous counterparts. However, the Château de Couches is well worth a visit, with its medieval architecture, beautiful gardens, and fascinating history.
This charming hilltop village is home to the stunning Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village itself is also worth exploring, with its winding streets, quaint shops, and picturesque views of the surrounding countryside.
Château de Bussy-Rabutin
This area in the south of Normandy is known for its rugged landscapes and outdoor activities. It is a great place for hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing, and also has many picturesque villages to explore.
Château de Tanlay
This stunning Renaissance castle is surrounded by a moat and beautiful gardens. Visitors can explore the castle's interior, which is filled with art and antiques, and enjoy a stroll through the grounds.
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: wine testing
This vineyard is known for its high-quality Pinot Noir wines and is considered one of the best in Burgundy. Wine tastings and tours are available by appointment only.
Domaine Leflaive: wine testing
This vineyard produces some of the finest white wines in Burgundy, particularly Chardonnay. Wine tastings and tours are available by appointment only.
Domaine Faiveley: wine testing
This family-owned vineyard produces a wide range of wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Aligoté. Wine tastings and tours are available by appointment.
Domaine Louis Jadot: wine tasting
This vineyard produces a wide range of wines from different parts of Burgundy. Wine tastings and tours are available by appointment, and there is also a wine shop on site.
How do I get from Burgundy to Paris?
It is very easy to travel to the country’s capital from Burgundy. Every day, high-speed TGV trains leave Dijon for Paris; the traveling time does not exceed 2 hours. This option is perfect for those who would like to see Paris attractions and save money on staying at the capital’s expensive hotels.
Is there a beach vacation spot in Burgundy?
Beach recreation enthusiasts going to Burgundy with children will appreciate the perfectly clean water in local rivers. Beaches organized here conform to the highest ecological standards and thus are safe even for little children.
Transport tickets. Where can I buy them apart from stations and bus terminals?
This might be surprising but you can buy tickets at any tobacco shop. Remember to keep your ticket until the end of the ride to avoid an unpleasant fine.
What do I need to rent a car in France?
To rent a car, you need an international driving permit, your passport and a credit card. The driver’s age: at least 21 years; driving experience: at least one year.
What is the local cuisine in Burgundy?
Burgundy is known for its wine and cuisine. Local specialties include coq au vin (chicken in red wine), boeuf bourguignon (beef stew), escargots (snails), and cheeses such as Époisses and Comté.
How can I get around Burgundy?
The best way to get around Burgundy is by car, as many of the smaller towns and vineyards are not easily accessible by public transportation. However, trains and buses are available for travel between larger cities like Dijon and Beaune.
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