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Exquisite wines and sumptuous cuisine – the Gold Coast of Burgundy

What not to miss in Burgundy

Part of Burgundy falls into a region known as La Côte d’Or, or the Gold Coast where some of the most prized Burgundies can be found. Overall, it is one of the most well-known wine producing regions of France, and where many small, independent winemakers have made their mark and produced some of the most expensive wines in the world.

Although Burgundy is most famous for its wines, it’s true to say the cuisine is pretty amazing too. Known for dishes such as coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon, one thing you can be guaranteed is that you will be well fed and watered when you visit the region.

So aside from the food and drink, when visiting the region, where should you visit? Below are some suggestions on what places to include on your itinerary.

Barge hotel Le Belle Epoque
Barge hotel Le Belle Epoque

Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

A beautiful medieval fortified village found on the road between Dijon and Autun.

It was a prosperous town, lived in by wealthy Burgundian merchants, and their houses can still be seen today. Its castle is one of the last remaining examples of 14th century Burgundian military architecture – it was once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy. Today, visitors can tour the village, enjoy its markets and craft shops and wonderful views over the region.

You can visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois as part of the Burgundy Canal Cruise.

Burgundy vineyards
Burgundy vineyards

Beaune

Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy, and every year it plays host to an annual wine auction Hospices de Beaune, the most renowned auction in France. It is an historic walled town with evidence of the ramparts and moat still present. Sights to see include the market, the 15th century Hospices with incredible coloured roofs, clock tower and church.

You can visit Beaune as part of our Burgundy Prestige à Pied Tour.

Windmill near Chénas, Beaujolais, Burgundy
Windmill near Chénas, Beaujolais, Burgundy

Rock of Solutré

A rare geological formation, the Rock of Solutré was created from fossilized coral plateau over 160 million years ago. It is surrounded by vineyards, groves and forests and is a site rich with archaeological finds, particularly from its time as a hunting site in pre-historic times. There is a museum hidden away at the foot of the rock which displays a variety of archaeological discoveries.

You can visit the Rock as part of our Mâcon Prestige à Pied Tour.

Aside from vineyards, Burgundy is rich with culture, architecture and history, with plenty to see and do. It’s a fascinating region, and you can see why it’s a popular tourist destination.

We have a number of holidays to the region, we’ve barely mentioned the wealth of sights to see and places to visit. For more of an idea of what’s on offer, and what areas you can visit, please do get in contact.

If you would like some advice about arranging a Tour, be it cycling, walking or river cruising, we can help you out. We are happy to tailor an itinerary to suit your requirements and give you some ideas on where to go for day trips, places to eat and which vineyards to visit! Call us on +44 (0)1580 849 132 or email us.

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