Burgundy and Dijon: the names alone should get the taste buds going, but the towns and countryside of this French region are a feast for all the senses.
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.
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.