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Welcome to Burgundy

A visit to central France's historic Burgundy region is all about vineyard-dotted hills, gourmet French food, and lots of wine. Known as one of the country's most prolific wine-making regions, Burgundy has 100 appellations—more than any other part of France—and there are 25 red grand cru wines produced there. However, most of the region's wines are, surprisingly, white, including the famous Chablis. With so many world-class wines to navigate, it helps to have a guide to make sense of it all on wine tours of Burgundy, many of which include samples of some of France's best vintages and stops at historic wine cellars. Private, small-group, and bike tours are available, too, with select options giving visitors special access to Burgundy's grand crus. In between winery visits, stroll the charming historic center of Beaune, the center of the Burgundy wine world; or pop into Dijon—yes, that's where the mustard gets its name—to browse shops selling regional gourmet foods such as mustard, kir, gougères, and gingerbread. Among the historic structures in Dijon are the 13th-century Church of Notre-Dame and the Dijon cathedral, with its 6th-century crypt. Then, once you've had your fill of on-the-ground attractions, take in the beautiful Burgundy scenery by hot-air balloon or helicopter for a truly spectacular view.

Top 10 attractions in Burgundy

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Hospices de Beaune

Hospices de Beaune

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hospices de Beaune (aka the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is one of Burgundy’s most storied buildings. Founded as a charitable hospital in 1443, the landmark is known for its turrets, colorful roof tiles, and pretty courtyards—as well as the annual wine auction it hosts. The on-site museum also draws art lovers.More
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Dijon Ducal Palace (Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne)

Dijon Ducal Palace (Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne)

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One of Dijon’s most important historical landmarks (and included in the Historic Center of Dijon UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Dijon Ducal Palace was, for centuries, the seat of Burgundian power. Constructed in the 14th century, it is today host to a museum and government offices, and is open to the public.More
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Fallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot)

Fallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot)

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TheFallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot) is the first museum in France to be entirely dedicated to mustard, the renowned condiment that has become the pride and joy of the Burgundy region. Inside the museum, visitors will find a selection of modern and ancient tools that were used to create mustard and its derivative products, revealing many surprising trade secrets along the way. The multi-sensorial and interactive exhibits explain everything from the manufacturing process to the tasting criteria; visitors are even encouraged to test their own knowledge of mustard through different experiences. The museum offers two different guided visits: the first one, called Découvertes, is more traditional and features a mixture of commentary and videos in the museum. The second one, called Sensational Experiences, takes visitors inside the actual production facilities in order to get a better understanding of the process and the challenges the industry faces today. The real highlight, however, is the “mustard bar” inside the Espace Faillot gift shop, where visitors are encouraged to taste as many mustards as they like.Moutarderie Fallot has been in operation since 1840 and is now the only remaining artisanal mustard producer in Burgundy.More
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Dijon Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Benignus of Dijon)

Dijon Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Benignus of Dijon)

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Among Dijon’s most prominent religious landmarks, the Dijon Cathedral is recognizable for its turret-capped towers and its Gothic facade. Though a church has stood on site since the 6th century, the version that stands today was constructed beginning in 1281. Today, the building is a symbol of the city and a listed Historic Monument.More
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Rue des Forges

Rue des Forges

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One of the oldest and most evocative streets in Dijon, the picturesque Rue des Forges is located in the city’s historical center. Featuring several hôtels particuliers (historical manor homes), the street also wends its way past the Palace of the Dukes and Burgundy States and connects to the verdant Square des Ducs.More
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Hôtel de Vogüé

Hôtel de Vogüé

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One of Dijon’s loveliest historical landmarks, the Hôtel de Vogüé dates to the 17th century and was built as a hôtel particulier—a luxurious manor house—for Etienne Bouhier, an adviser to the Parliament of Burgundy. The building is renowned for its stone carvings, colorful roof tiles, grand courtyard, and other ornamental flourishes.More
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Clos de Vougeot

Clos de Vougeot

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The arresting Château du Clos de Vougeot lies at the heart of Burgundy’s wine country and makes a popular stop along the Route des Grands Crus tourist trail, offering a unique insight into the region’s wine-making history. Although the winery was originally built by monks in the 12th-century, the Renaissance-style château that stands today dates from the 16th-century and the complex includes the original kitchens, medieval vat-house and presses, and Cistercian cellar.The Clos de Vougeot no longer produces wine, but is preserved as a national monument and hosts regular events, exhibitions and concerts, as well as daily tours, which allow visitors to peek at the historic grape presses and stroll through the surrounding vineyards.More
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Chablis

Chablis

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The northernmost wine district in Burgundy is not only home to some of the most sought-after vintages—it’s also beautiful. Nicknamed the “Golden Door of Burgundy,” this tiny village is full of remarkable edifices, including the City Hall, the Porte-Noël, St Martin’s Church, and the Maison de l’Obédiencerie, with its ancient wooden press.More
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Vézelay

Vézelay

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Nestled in the Cone Valley, halfway between Dijon and Paris, stands the idyllic village of Vézelay. The 9th-century hilltop fortress is home to one of the most remarkable basilicas in France—the Romanesque Basilica of St Magdalene—as well as a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Old Town.More
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Route des Grands Crus

Route des Grands Crus

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Winding its way through the Burgundy wine appellations, the scenic Route des Grands Crus (translated as Road of the Great Wines) is the region’s main tourist route, linking together more than 30 wine-growing villages and dotted with grand châteaux and historic wine caves. Possible by car or bike, the route follows mostly quiet country lanes through the heart of wine country, taking in all the wineries of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune wine districts, famed for their pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.Highlights of the Route des Grands Crus include the striking Burgundy wine capital of Beaune, home to the flamboyant 15th-century Hospices de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu); the grand Château Clos de Vougeot; and picturesque wine-making villages like Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Vosne-Romanée, and Chambolle-Musigny, where it’s possible to stop off for tastings and winery tours.More

Top activities in Burgundy

Full-day Private Burgundy Wine Route Tour from Beaune
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Full Day Private Tour with Tasting of 10 Grands Crus - The Best of Burgundy
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Private Tour: Wines of Burgundy Day Tour from Beaune
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Private guided tour - Beaune 2h

Private guided tour - Beaune 2h

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Dijon Walking Tour with professional guide

Dijon Walking Tour with professional guide

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Private guided tour - Dijon - 2h

Private guided tour - Dijon - 2h

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Recent reviews from experiences in Burgundy

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Always a good day in wine country!
Donald_P, May 2022
Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune Vineyards and Beaune Historical District
It was quite a thrill to see the plow horse tilling the soil at Rimanee Conti.
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Perfect time in Maison Champy
Rolandas_A, Feb 2022
Visit of our XV° century cellars
She perfectly explained in English about all history of Maison Champy, whats the difference of wine that's produced in Burgundy.
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Fantastic tour! Emmanuel is the best!
Shawn_D, May 2022
Burgundy Grand Crus Route Day Tour with 10 Wines Tastings in Family Domains
It really is the best way to see things you would never be able to see on your own.
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Fantastic experience - worth every penny
Colin_F, May 2022
Private excursion to Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits (full day)
We finished our last tasting a little earlier than expected, so David took us to see a local castle - such a great experience to round out the day.
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Total package tour
DANIEL_M, Sep 2021
Half Day Tour of the Cote de Nuits Vineyards from Dijon
Not only a wine tour and a tour of the castle, but you get the chance to stop to see the actual vine plots and as part of the return, the guide takes you through the Burgundy country side.
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Hayat_B, Sep 2020
Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune Vineyards and Beaune Historical District
Really enjoyed trying over 12 different wines and getting to see a bit of Beaune for lunch, as well as seeing many different parts of the burgundy region.
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This tour was absolutely wonderful...
Jaclyn W, Jun 2018
Small-Group Burgundy Tour with Wine Tastings from Dijon
Her english was flawless and we learned SO MUCH about wine and the burgundy region.
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What a great tour. Paul Chevreaux...
Thomas_R, Jun 2018
Burgundy Grand Crus Route Day Tour with 10 Wines Tastings in Family Domains
I felt I was able to see the best that Burgundy has to offer.
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A tour you need to do!
Lee_L, Oct 2021
Private Wine Tasting Tour - Côte de Beaune & Côte de Nuits 3 wineries, 15+ wines
We went to this quaint little restaurant for lunch that we would have never thought to visit.
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Very Informative and Fun Wine Tour
terryrose50, Nov 2019
Beaune Small-Group Day Tour including Wine Tastings and Lunch
He carefully chose three wineries for us to visit, each unique.
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Magical Tour of Burgandy
Lawrence_B, Oct 2019
Full-day Private Burgundy Wine Route Tour from Beaune
If you are interested in Burgundian wines and would like to see some of the great wineries of the region this tour is for you.
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Burgundy wines
Ronald M, Oct 2018
Small-Group Burgundy Tour with Wine Tastings from Dijon
The trip was small group and thus all were able to interact with the guide in both French and English.
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This is the absolute best way to...
Anna P, Mar 2018
Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune
We're already planning to come back next fall to ride through the vineyards when they change color!
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All about Burgundy

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+33
Language(s)
French
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