Highlights:

  • Discover some of the most beautiful villages in France, including the location where the movie Chocolat was filmed.
  • Take tea on the terrace at a private mansion.
  • Enjoy tasting the wine-tasting in the cellars of the chateaux producing some of the worlds most famous wines.
  • Explore the ruins of the great Benedictine abbey at Cluny, once one of the most important and influential in Europe.
  • Visit the magnificent Chateau of Commarin where the current owner, a descendant of the Duke of Burgundy, will greet us.

Discover many of Burgundys remarkable historic sights, abbeys, medieval castles and lovely villages in this region, at the heart of French history since the Middle Ages. Explore the Auxois with its lively medieval towns, the Burgundy canal and chateaux. Get to know Beaune, the 'capital' of the great Burgundy wines and then move on to Romanesque southern Burgundy where the essence and colors of southern France become stronger. Find out why Burgundy is known as the home of gastronomic delights and explore some of the cellars where the delicious and world-renowned wines mature to perfection.

Although rich in history and heritage, this is also a wild, rich and surprising land of forests, lakes and valleys; home of the Charolais cattle and where the granite Morven hills dictate the flow of water through France to the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. Learn about the art of truffle hunting and enjoy a truffle lunch.

Sunday Overnight: Chateau Sainte Sabine

We rendezvous at the TGV station in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy's dukes, and make the short transfer to our first hotel, a castle in a small village in Auxois. The evening starts with an introduction to our week, followed by dinner in our hotel.

Monday Overnight: Chateau Sainte Sabine

After a short transfer to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, a wonderful walled hilltop village (the location for the movie Chocolat), we take a tour of the village. We then hike to the castle of Bussy-Rabutin built and lived in by a disrespectful and disgraced courtier of King Louis XIV. We have time to stroll around the French-style gardens and enjoy views of the chteau surrounded by its moats. Our lunch is in a traditional auberge. In the afternoon we meet a farmer, famous for breeding Charolais cattle, who introduces you to his star bulls! We continue our walk alongside the Lac de Pont and arrive at the ancient capital of Auxois, the fortified town of Semur-en-Auxois. Following a tour we will take tea on the wonderful terrace at a private mansion. We transfer from Semur to our hotel for dinner.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Le Cep

We leave our hotel and walk near the Burgundy canal and in the hills, to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, with its famous medieval castle. There is an optional visit to the castle before lunch at the Auberge des Maronniers. After lunch, we continue our walk on the fringe of the plateau with magnificent views of the valley, then drop down to a little lake and reach the Chateau de Commarin, among the most visited in Burgundy. We will be welcomed by the owner himself, descendant of an aristocratic family with 500 years of history here. We transfer to Beaune and our hotel in the historic center.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Le Cep

We visit Beaune in the morning and explore its traditional market. We then tour the famous Hospices de Beaune, founded as a charitable almshouse nearly 600 years ago. We transfer for lunch at Chateau d Entre-deux-Monts, a charming castle in the woods dating from the time of Louis XIII; after an aligote glas on the terrasse, we are invited for a family lunch prepared by our hosts. In the afternoon we walk to the Cote de Nuits vineyards and reach the Chteau de Clos-Vougeot, the headquarters of the brotherhood of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, where we see the chateau, the Cistercian cellars and wine presses.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel de Greuze

We start our walking day close to Beaune from above the vineyards of Volnay, and then take the trail in the back-hills to reach Saint-Romain, a very old stone-built village. After lunch in a local auberge, we hike to the wine-growing village of Chassagne-Montrachet and a wine tasting session in the Chateau de Chassagne cellars - a prestigious introduction to one of the best-known Burgundy wines! We drive to Tournus which is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers of Burgundy. We dine in a local traditional restaurant next to the 11th century abbey, a masterpiece of Romanesque art.

Friday Overnight: Hotel de Greuze

We transfer to the perched village of Brancion for coffee and croissants at the auberge at the foot of the medieval castle. Our walk takes us southwards on the old monks path to Cluny, the medieval capital of the Roman Catholic Church. We enjoy lunch or a picnic on the way with a terrific view towards the west and the Loire valley. Our afternoon ends with a visit of the ruins of the mighty Cluny abbey before a transfer back to our hotel. Our farewell dinner is at the Michelin-starred Restaurant de Greuze.

Saturday

We say our goodbyes and depart from the TGV station at Dijon or Montchanin.
Moderate
"The Wayfarers are very, very good value for money"
Terrain: Undulating paths and tracks through forests, fields and vineyards, towards medieval villages, abbeys and castles. Some rocky paths. Occasional, moderate ups and downs. Average 10 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,495.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,270.00

Dates

From Sep 17 to Sep 23 (more dates)
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Arrival: Dijon
Departure: Dijon or Montchanin TGV

Activities

Walk Classic
Burgundy September 2017 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Chateau Sainte Sabine

Chateau Sainte Sabine

With its origins in the early 17th century, the Chateau Sainte Sabine is a beautiful building on the site of an ancient monastery, tastefully renovated and converted into a peaceful and welcoming refuge. Facing the medieval village of Chateauneuf en Auxois, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, the Chateau enjoys truly magnificent panoramic views. All the bedrooms have satellite television, free high-speed Wi-Fi access, telephone, mini-bar and strongbox. The bathrooms have either a bath or a shower, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries. In the light and airy restaurant, Chef Philippe Auge lets market produce take pride of place, on an inventive menu, using the best of local ingredients.

Hotel Le Cep

Hotel Le Cep

Affiliated to the Small Luxury Hotels of The World, Le Cep owes its charm to the uniting of two private mansions and their historic 16th century courtyards in the center of Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy. Friendly and welcoming, the hotel comprises several interconnecting buildings and the hotel bar is the ideal place to sample a glass of a regional cru or sit outside and enjoy the sun beside a 150-year-old willow tree. Each room has air-conditioning, double-glazing, safe, free Wi-Fi, minibar, direct telephone, flat-screen TV, web radio, hairdryer, mirror and bathrobes. There is an independently run restaurant adjoining the main lobby that features delicious local cuisine.

Hotel de Greuze

Hotel de Greuze

With a view of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Tournus, this refined hotel provides elegance, charm, comfort and a warm welcome. The bedrooms are decorated in varying antique styles and each has an ensuite bathroom, minibar, safe, satellite TV and WiFi. Breakfast is served in the salon and drinks can be enjoyed in the bar lounge or on the terrace. The Michelin Star restaurant is located near the hotel and offers the best in Burgundy cuisine.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants