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How to Spend 3 Days in Burgundy

How to Spend 3 Days in Burgundy

For centuries, Burgundy has been associated with luxury. Famous for producing some of the world’s most beloved wines—think of names like Gevrey-Chambertin and Puligny-Montrachet—the region is also renowned for its elegant châteaux, top-notch restaurants, and wealth of culture. Here’s how to spend three days in Burgundy.

Day 1: Wine sipping in Beaune

Burgundy produces some of the wine world’s most coveted vintages, and the charming medieval city of Beaune is the perfect place to begin your vinous adventures. The city’s proximity to the Côte-d'Or—a limestone ridge that’s home to Burgundy’s most heralded producers—makes it a major destination for wine tourists. Choose from several half- and full-day touring options for easy access to the region. Head to the Côte de Nuits if pinot noir is your varietal of choice, or venture to the Côte de Beaune for world-class chardonnay. Beaune itself is also well worth a look: stop there for lunch or dinner, and check out the Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices (a 15th-century former hospital known for its distinctive tiled roof) and the Basilique Notre-Dame de Beaune.

Day 2: Historical highlights

After a day of decadence among the vines, dedicate your second day in Burgundy to a sightseeing tour of the region’s medieval abbeys, centuries-old châteaux, and lovely villages. Begin your tour in Vézelay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of France’s most beautiful villages. Spot landmarks such as the grand Vézelay Abbey, and discover Burgundian cuisine on a tasting tour of the town’s restaurants. Alternatively, visit another regional highlight or two, such as the Château de Bazoches, the UNESCO-listed Fontenay Abbey, or Cluny Abbey.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Dijon

Round out your stay in Burgundy with a day in the region’s capital. Picturesque, walkable Dijon—whose entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an idyllic setting for a day of discovery. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the Ducal Palace or the Church of Notre-Dame. If food is your passion, browse the vendors at Les Halles Market, stop for a treat at one of the many chocolatiers, or pick up jars of Dijon mustard to take home with you. And art lovers should spend a few hours at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Finally, wind down with a hearty meal at a local bistro—washed down with plenty of local wine, of course.

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Private Full Day Tour Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

Private Full Day Tour Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

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Journey into the heart of the Burgundy wine region for a private full-day tour of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune vineyards. Sip Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines as you explore the winemaking villages and stop at family-run wineries; taste the region’s famous Pinot Noirs; or upgrade and enjoy a wine-tasting lunch with typical Burgundy dishes and cheeses.
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  • 8 hours
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$378.54
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Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune

Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune

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Breeze around the Burgundy wine region by bike on this memorable full-day wine tasting tour, including lunch. Glide through the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, stopping to snap photos of picturesque villages and majestic châteaux. Learn about the importance of ‘terroir’ and the fine art of wine production as you visit family-run wineries and wine cellars, and taste a variety of regional wines.
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  • 7 hours
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$208.52
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Beaune Small-Group Day Tour including Wine Tastings and Lunch

Beaune Small-Group Day Tour including Wine Tastings and Lunch

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This is the perfect tour for wine and nature fans alike. You’ll enjoy an action-packed day traveling in a minivan between dispersed attraction. As you’ll be tasting wine, this will take the stress out of organizing taxis. Enjoy a fun and educational day learning about the winemaking process. You’ll try over ten wines, see picturesque villages, and enjoy a delicious local lunch. You’ll also pass the hillsides of Champagne, and learn about Burgundy.
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  • 7 hours
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$218.15
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Dijon Walking Tour with professional guide

Dijon Walking Tour with professional guide

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Avoid getting lost when wandering around Dijon by hiring a guide for a private walking tour. The itinerary can be customized to suit your interests but usually includes highlights such as Liberation Square, the Palace of the Dukes, and the Museum of Decorative Arts. Learn more about the city as you get some exercise, and take note of places you can come back to later on your own.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Beaune Small-Group Half Day Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings at Family Domain

Beaune Small-Group Half Day Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings at Family Domain

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Discover the wine of the Côte de Beaune region on this day trip into the countryside of Burgundy. You’ll stop for a traditional lunch where fresh baguettes, ham, regional cheese, and, of course, samples of wine await, then call in at a family-owned boutique winery. Taste some of the estate’s best-sellers, and learn about wine production for a Burgundy grower as you tour the cellars.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Abbaye de Fontenay Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Abbaye de Fontenay Admission Ticket

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Visit the oldest Cistercian abbey in the world with these pre-booked admission tickets to the Abbey of Fontenay, a UNESCO-listed heritage site. Founded in 1118, the millennium-old Romanesque estate is set into a picturesque, landscaped park. Explore the stunning grounds and centuries-old buildings—including the Abbey church, dormitory, and cloisters—at your own pace, with guaranteed entry.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$13.06
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