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Burgundy by rail
Our Burgundy by rail tour is based in the wonderful medieval city of Dijon. Tour highlights include Dijon itself, Beaune, famed for its colourful Hotel-Dieu hospice dating back to 1443, Chablis, renowned for its crisp white wine, Fontenay Abbey, Vezelay and the wine route of the Cote d’Or.
- Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Dijon via Paris including transfer in Paris
- Six nights acommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Ibis Dijon hotel based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- Transfers and full touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
- Tour manager throughout
- Holiday insurance
- Single room supplement
- Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Dijon by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to the Hotel Ibis Styles Dijon Central.
Full day tour to Beaune and the Cote d’Or. Delightful Beaune is the main town of the Côte d’Or wine region, an atmospheric place of narrow cobbled streets and bustling squares. The highlight of any visit here is the Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th century hospice crowned with roofs and turrets decorated in multi-coloured tiles. It was because of the hospice that Beaune became the centre of the Côte d’Or – patients donated plots of vines out of appreciation. The Côte d’Or itself is a picturesque area of steep vine-covered slopes, sheer cliffs and small valleys. We will stop to sample the local product as we explore.
Full day to relax and explore Dijon at your leisure. The city of Dijon, Burgundy’s capital, is an affluent, elegant and vibrant city. Pre-1477 when Burgundy was incorporated into France, Dijon was the centre of a hugely wealthy and powerful Duchy and was one of Europe’s great centres of the arts, academics and sciences. The magnificent Palais des Ducs is testament to these days and today houses the Musée des Beaux Arts. The city centre is a warren of little streets that reward exploration, the cobbled Rue Verrerie being a particular delight.
Full day tour to Fontenay Abbey and Chablis. Chablis is a wealthy and modern but pretty village; its red roofs a stark contrast to the surrounding acres of vines. It is, of course, famous for the eponymous dry white wines – where better to taste them? One of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe, Fontenay was founded by St Bernard in 1118. Built in a Romanesque style, the abbey is remarkably well preserved, with the majority of the original complex, including the church, dormitory and cloister, intact, this is a fascinating glimpse of the serenity and austerity enjoyed in years gone by.
Full day tour to Autun. Whilst it may appear a small provincial town, Autun was founded in 10BC by the emperor Augustus and became an important city of Roman Gaul. Today this Roman heritage is everywhere – there are two of four Roman gates standing, a section of wall thought to be part of a sanctuary, a 27m-tall stone pyramid and the remains of a 15,000 capacity theatre. Autun’s 12th century cathedral and the Musée Rolin make for fascinating visits.
Full day tour to Semur, Avallon and Vézelay. The medieval heart of Semur-en-Auxois is built on a bluff of pink granite overlooking the River Armançon which was once used to power the town’s mills and tanneries. Although Semur’s castle no longer stands, the towers and main walls remain, encircling the cobbled streets of the inner town. A town with Roman roots and possibly connections to Arthurian legend, Avallon is home to an 11th century church and the remains of ancient fortifications. A legend tells of a monk bringing relics of Mary Magdalene to Vézelay in about the ninth or 10th century leading to the construction of Vézelay Abbey, now the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene. This made the hill town an important pilgrimage site and a starting point of the Way of St James pilgrimage route.
Transfer back to Dijon station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary and excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
The three star Ibis hotel is located in the centre of Dijon and combines the charm of an old city mansion with the most contemporary amenities. Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, bar, terrace and simple, comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV and telephone.
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Enjoyed this trip more than I expected. I had googled Dijon and thought it was a busy modern place but in fact it was medieval and interesting. our tour guide Héléne was very good and efficient and our driver Marie-Angelique was superb. We couldn't believe she had only had her qualifications for less than a year. we all commented on how safe we felt with her. Good holiday
An interesting and most enjoyable holiday. Terry, our Tour Manager, was knowledgeable, efficient and helpful. Hotel room facilities good. Lauren, coach driver in Dijon area, skilful and helpful. Roomy and comfortable coach. Can't fault the holiday at all, (just wish French stations provided more luggage trolleys!)
Mrs C Wright