- Walking in the 'Land of Great Art and Good Living'
- Hiking from Historic Beaune Through the Village of Burgundy
- Chateaux and Ancient Churches
- A Walking Itinerary That Reads More Like a Wine List
Walking in the Burgundy Wine trail
Day 1 Arrive Beaune
The first and last nights are spent in a very old and comfortable 3* hotel in the historical part of Beaune. Situated just a couple of hundred metres from the town centre in a quiet back street this hotel incorporates the old city walls in its structure. Rooms are well presented and there is a breakfast room and pleasant courtyard where you can sit and relax with a refreshing drink. These two nights are arranged on a bed and breakfast basis, as there is a wide selection of restaurants close by.
Day 2 Sightseeing & afternoon walk to Meursault 11.5 km/7 miles, 3h, +290m/-235m
The village of Meursault is 10 km / 6.2 miles southwest of Beaune in the middle of the vineyards. The virtually flat walk is easily done in 4 hours including a stop over at the café in the famous village of Pommard. We have designed this short first day in order to have time to visit the Hospices de Beaune and perhaps have an early lunch in Beaune before setting off to Meursault. Accommodation: For two nights unpack and make yourself at home in this comfortable 2* hotel on the main square of the pretty village of Meursault. It is reputedly the centre of the best chardonnay production in Burgundy and is therefore the best place to do a little tasting to introduce yourself to the produce of the land! On one night in Meursault, dinner will be taken at the hotel as we believe it has just about the best restaurant in town. The other night is on a bed & breakfast basis.
The standard walk from here is a 16 km / 10 mile loop to the beautiful village of Saint Romain. The ruins of the chateau include Roman foundations and the XII century church was an old ‘prieuré’ or small monastery. The restaurant in the village provides the best lunch break. There is approx. 220m of ascent and descent during the day but nothing too steep or demanding; there is plenty of time to take the walking at a gentle pace.
Day 4 Meursault to Nolay 17.5 km/10.8 miles, 4.5 h, +532m/-445m
Today leave the vineyards and after a steady climb of 140m, meet the GR76 and walk in the shade of the typical oak forests of Burgundy. Coming out of the woods, see the village of La Rochepot with the stunning château of the same name. There is a good local restaurant in the village and the visit of the chateau is well worthwhile. From La Rochepot, follow the GR7 before descending to the old market town of Nolay. Accommodation: A 2* hotel on the old market square in Nolay provides a convenient nights stop on the route.
Day 5 Rully 21 km/13 miles, 6h or to Chassey le Camp 17 km /10.5 miles, 4.5 h
Trips starting Sunday to Wednesday - during the first 6 km, gradually ascend 200m through lovely pastures shared with the Charolais cows, (of which Burgundy is very proud). Once on top of the ridge and before going down to the village of Santenay, there are wide reaching views of the Saone plain with the Alps in the distance. Then follow the GR7, walk across the Canal du Centre, walk up and down the Hermitage Mountain before descending through the vineyards of Rully. Trips starting Thursday to Saturday; Nolay to Chassey le Camp. During the first 6 km, gradually ascend 200m through lovely pastures shared with the Charolais cows, (of which Burgundy is very proud). Once on top of the ridge and before going down to the village of Santenay, there are wide reaching views of the Saone plain with the Alps in the distance. Then follow the GR7, walk across the Canal du Centre and walk up to Chassey le Camp. Accommodation: Sunday to Wednesday - our hotel is on the main square, this time in the typical vineyard village of Rully. The owner has the strong local accent and is very proud of his roots. He is a fine host and changes the restaurant menu every day offering a variety of local dishes. Rully will be our base to explore what is called here the Côtes Chalonaises. No doubt wine tasting will be a possibility! Thursday to Saturday are spent at the Auberge du Camp Romain a 3 star hotel with spa and swimming pool in Chassey le Camp. This is approximately 4 km from Rully.
Day 6 Circular walk from either Rully or Chassey le Camp
From Rully - 14 km / 8.6 miles or 17 km / 10.5 miles, 5 hours +452m/-452m From Chassey le Camp - 16 km / 10 miles or 19 km / 11.8 miles, 4 - 5hours A very pretty walk on the Côte Chalonnaise. There is a mixture of vineyard, field and forest walking. You could visit any ‘Caves’ wine cellars that you find open en route, but as long as you are not too late back for dinner, you can normally visit one in Rully from where it is not so hard to stagger back to Chassey le Camp! Clockwise loop to the villages of Mercurey, Rully and Nantoux. A very pretty walk on the Côte Chalonnaise.
Day 7 Return to Beaune. From Rully 24.5 km/15.2 miles, 6h or from Chassey 23 km/14.3 miles, 6h
From Rully - 24.5 km / 15 miles, 6 hours From Chassey le Camp - 23 km / 14.2 miles, 6 hours A long day northwards back to Beaune across undulating ground. Cross the Canal du Centre at the village of Remigny and walk through the famous vineyards of Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet. Walk on through the village of Volnay on the way back to Pommard. From here you can either retrace the route from day two for 4 km / 2.4 miles back into Beaune or call for a taxi (not included).
Day 8 Arrangements end after breakfast
Depart Beaune after breakfast.
introductory to moderate
This tour is graded Easy-Moderate (Grade 2) Fitness: This walk should present no difficulties for anyone in reasonable condition and accustomed to day walks in the undulating countryside. Day stages: 10km to 20km (24km without the use of taxi on last day) per day with altitude gains varying from very little to 500m. 3 to 6 hours walking per day. This itinerary is planned to allow time to visit historic sites and vineyards along the route. Entrance fees and wine tasting is not included.
- 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- 7 nights accommodation in 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- Luggage transfer
- Information pack including route notes & maps
- Emergency hotline
What's not included
- 4 dinners, all lunches & beverages
- Entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
- Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
- Unscheduled transfers required during the trip