Home > A Short Escape in Burgundy: Beaune to Dijon
Located just two hours away from Paris by train, Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, is ideal for a short escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities, crowded touristy places, and stuffy business atmospheres.
Pommard, Meursault, Volnay, Nuits St. George, and Gevrey — they’re celebrated names among oenophiles, and they’ll become celebrated memories in the form of welcome stops on your itinerary! Although vineyard stops are many and there are plenty of bottles to be enjoyed, we still advise you to always carry (and indulge in) a bottle of Mother Nature’s finest — water, that is. Although this is a 4-day “getaway,” it’s still a cycling vacation, and we want you to revel in the freedom of the open, quiet roads as much as you relish the regional beverages and cuisine.
For more a more challenging short escape in Burgundy, you may want to check our Short Escape in Beaujolais.
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After checking in at your hotel in Beaune, you may take a stroll through the magnificent town for some sightseeing — the multi-colored tiles on the Hospices de Beaune are nothing short of spectacular. If you have the time and inclination, you may ride one of our suggested loops. Quaint roads, superb scenery, and breathtaking views will be absorbed, photographed and admired!
Our long loop will take you to the Côte de Beaune area, where villages with wine-label names are yours to discover, including Volnay, Meursault and Montrachet. In Santenay, savor a wine tasting among the vines — in moderation — before continuing on serene roads back to Beaune.
A multitude of flavors awaits you today! From Beaune, ride through the Alex Corton vineyards to the Côte de Nuits, home of renowned red wines, where you are invited to a wine tasting. The "Grands Crus" wine road will take you to Gevrey Chambertin for another tasting and a visit of the domain. Another great visit is Clos Vougeot, a renaissance castle and home to the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (Burgundy Wine Brotherhood) and the Romanée-Conti vineyard. Also on today's itinerary is the Cassissium in Nuits St. Georges, a unique museum devoted to delectable cassis (black currant). Save some time to visit your destination, Dijon, the capital of Burgundy.
After breakfast, depart Dijon at the time of your choice. A late departure will allow for extra time to explore Dijon — it’ll seem like the world’s largest open-air museum devoted to medieval art and architecture.
Don’t forget to grab a jar of mustard or even visit a local mustard factory!
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