Burgundy is renowned for its wine – with villages such as Chablis and Nuits-St-Georges known throughout the world. It’s a land where Renaissance chateaux, medieval abbeys and fortified villages pepper the landscape making Burgundy an outstanding tourist destination.
Burgundy has history at every turn and was once a formidable Kingdom more powerful than France itself. At its peak the territory of the Duchy of Burgundy extended as far as Flanders and Holland and its rulers, the fabulously wealthy Dukes of dukes of Burgundy spent a fortune beautifying their capital, Dijon, a city where their legacy can be seen today in the magnificent architecture.
Nearby, surrounded by famous vineyards, Beaune is an ancient town with cobbled streets and half timbered buildings galore. It’s famous for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). With its colourful, geometric-patterned tile roof, the 15th-century former hospital is now the Hôtel-Dieu Museum. It makes for a fascinating visit, complete with hospital beds, a pharmacy as well as wonderful artworks.
Wine lovers tours of Burgundy
It’s from Dijon and Beaune that Ophorus, a family run tour company with English speaking guides, run their terrific tours either as a shared or private tour option. Take a guided half day or day tour of the famous Hospices and combine it with a tasting of some of the great names of Burgundy wine. You’ll take tour through the charming villages of Pommard, Volnay and Meursault. And, you’ll visit the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, a symbol of Burgundy’s winegrowing and gastronomic heritage. This former wine farm was built by monks in the 12th century and the chateau in the 16th century. It’s now the seat of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, the brotherhood of wine. Afterwards, sample the wines of Nuits-Saint-George and discover the most beautiful Grand cru vineyards and historic villages in the area with an expert, English speaking guide.
Take a longer guided tour to get to know the Burgundy wine area really well. A 4-day tour is available which will include tasting some of world’s premier wines. You’ll visit magnificent chateau, explore stunning vineyards and historic towns.
Combined Burgundy and Alsace tour – win win!
Or combine a tour of Burgundy with a tour of Alsace, another top wine producing region. You’ll taste fabulous wines, see the best of Burgundy, and the best of Alsace – from the historic cities of Strasbourg and Colmar to stunning villages like Eguisheim.
Ophorus provide transport for all tours so you can sit back and simply enjoy the marvellous wines. You’ll be accompanied by a local, English speaking expert to make your visit much more interesting and fun. Shared tours are for small groups only, so you’ll have plenty of time to really enjoy the visit and not be herded around.
And if wine is not your priority, there’s plenty more to see. The Palace of the Dukes in Dijon, the UNESCO listed Abbaye de Vézelay, medieval villages and spectacular countryside…
Find out more about the best tours of Burgundy at: ophorus.com/burgundy