Day 1: Dijon
The gorgeous streets of Dijon, with their centuries’ worth of well-preserved buildings, offer more than a day’s sightseeing, but do your best. From the 150-foot (46-meter) high Tour Philippe le Bon, right in the center of town, enjoy a superb view and plan your next moves. The adjacent Palais des Ducs recalls the days when the Dukes of Burgundy were wheeling and dealing across Europe. The building houses the excellent Musée des Beaux-Arts, which is particularly strong on Medieval and Renaissance art. Explore the surrounding streets and you’ll soon come across the St-Michel church, with a twin-towered façade unlike any other you’ll see in France. Finally, the Mustard Museum will answer all your questions about Dijon’s most famous product.
Day 2: Wine
From Dijon, head out to the Cote de Nuits region. Winemaking is part of the very fabric of this region, intimately intertwined with its history and economy – even its religion (with numerous monasteries making their own wine). The “Routes des Grand Crus” takes you through the heart of Burgundy’s wine-making country, and you’ll pass scenic villages, picture postcard chateaux and – of course – sample some great wines. In the afternoon, why not explore the stunning medieval hillside town of Semur-en-Auxois, west of Dijon.
Day 3: Beaune
Bone up on your French history in Beaune, once the capital of Burgundy and still preserving some excellent historic monuments. The Hotel-Dieu is a Medieval masterpiece with a fanciful tiled roof, and much of the old city wall is intact. Walking the winding streets of the manageable city center is a great way to spend the day, with the evening offering all sorts of culinary temptations in this renowned hotspot of gastronomy and viticulture.
Burgundy is stunningly beautiful! A dream come true trip for me
This is a wonderful day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Paris. It was relaxing and comfortable. The Chablis region is a quaint trip back in time. The boeuf bourguignon lunch was fantastic and we met some really nice people along the way. Great trip.
Reply by Viator, September 2012
Doing what: Burgundy Day Trip from Paris
Everything about it was first class.