Sightseeing and wine tasting in Burgundy
Between the Morvan and the Vosges, Burgundy France is well-known for its wines, its fine gastronomy and also for the Roman architecture from Vezelay to Autun and south to the noble ruins of Cluny. The capitale of Burgundy is Dijon which produces the famous "mustard of Dijon". Tiny villages, manor farms and millhouses, exquisite parish churches and open-air stone laundries down by the stream are the rural soul of France. The region of Burgundy is rich in wheat, barley agriculture and also cows, dairy products and wines.
The Cote d'Or: From Dijon to Beaune and at Chagny, along the "Route du Vin", the vineyard of the "Cote d'Or", famous since the time of the Gallo-roman.
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- Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Paris and he will take you to visit Beaune and its famous Hospices of Beaune.
- This jewel of high gothic architecture, perfectly preserved ever since its foundation in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Philippe le Bon, illustrates the strong bond between Burgundy and Flanders, the new vassal of the House of the Valois. Its polychrome roofs and the golden colours of the altar piece of the Last Judgement by Rogier Van der Weyden have made it famous. But this medieval hospital also hides other treasures: the great "Salle des Pôvres" with its richly sculpted and painted ceiling, the gothic chapel, the kitchen with an automated rotisserie and the pharmacy with its collection of pewter and earthenware.
- The Burgundy Wine Museum, situated in the magnificent residence of the Burgundy Dukes from the 13th to the 16th century, is entirely dedicated to wine and wine-growing from antiquity to present times. Close to the entrance, a winery accommodates beautiful old wine presses. The museum presents viticulture in Burgundy, tools, wine-related arts and traditions (wedding glasses, silver "Tastevins" (little tasting cups), reconstructions of a wine-grower's home, the evolution of the Burgundy wine bottle, labels and glasses. You can also admire a beautiful collection of wine-related tapestries (Lurçat, Tourlière).
- Capital of the Dukes of Burgundy and birthplace of Gustave Eiffel, Dijon is a combination of old and new in a welcoming setting.
Around the former Duke’s Palace (worth a visit), the streets, many of them pedestrian, abound with houses and residences dating back to the 15th and 16th century. Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saint-Michael’s Church and the Fine Arts Museum are worth the trip.
- One night accommodation in a charming 3-star hotel or a 4-star hotel located nearby Dijon (breakfast and dinner included) (no drinks included)
- Nestled in the heart of Auxois, Flavigny-Alésia vineyard, is situated at equidistance of the Coast, south of Dijon, and the Chablisien. This vineyard is one of the oldest of Burgundy and already existed at the time of the siege of Vercingetorix pro Caesar. Flavigny was already listed before Charlemagne in 741. It has had his hours of glory in the Middle-Age: Thanks to the monks, the wines have been appreciated at the table of the kings of France. In 1820 the records of the Golden Coast show that this vineyard was covering an area of 48 hectares. Due to various economic factors and phylloxera the vineyard progressively disappeared. In 1994 thanks to the Doctor Gérard Vermeere, a well-known surgeon in Dijon, the vineyard was restored to its former glory. He was aware of the potential of the soil and decided to re-plant in “high vines” and in “V” shape the famous vines such as the Pinot Noir, the Chardonnay, the Pinot Gris ou Beurot, the Auxerrois and the Aligoté.
- Noyers sur Serein : an out of time village.
There are half-timbered houses, ashlars, pillars and pinnacles. There are a lot of lanes and small squares made of chalky and granitic pavements. There are towers surrounded by the river Serein loops. This is why "Noyers la Médiévale" is called "one of the most beautiful villages of France". Noyers is a magic city where modernism and naïve art can be found as well as the Middle Ages.
- Classified as world heritage UNESCO, Vézelay is an undeniable masterpiece of Romanesque art; a high place of pilgrimage. A high place of christianity since the Middle Ages, Vézelay, much visited due to the cult of saint Magdalen relics, became a meeting point for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. Saved from ruin and oblivion in the 19th century by the architect Viollet-le-Duc, the saint Magdalen basilica remains an undeniable masterpiece of romanesque art. Looking down upon the valley of the river Cure, an edifice over the Morvan is visible afar as if arising suddenly from the fields and vineyards
Then our driver guide will take you back to your hotel in Paris.
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