Whether via a vineyard tour, a wine bar or a stop at one of the many wineries, tasting some of the wonderful burgundy wines is something you shouldn't pass up. We made a couple stops, but mainly waited til we were done driving for the day before imbibing. There are plenty of wine bars and wine shops in Beaune, so you can taste many regional wines without the worry.
If you are driving, make use of the spit bucket. You taste wine with your mouth, not your stomach.
For a quick way to get your bearings in Beaune, a ride on the Train Touristique is an hour well spent. The train leaves from the town square right along the Hospices De Beaune and for 7 Euro takes you around town and over through the vineyards. There is narration in multiple languages along the way.
Not a thrill ride, nor is it a thorough guided tour. However, for an overview it will meet your needs. Enjoy! We did.
Most people go to Burgundy for the wine tasting (and buying). To do this, you really need to get out into the countryside and visit the vineyards and wineries. There are lots of tours and they are recommended unless you have a designated driver. While touring, look around and see what you want to visit.
Next day, rent a car and zip off into the countryside. Burgundy is an amazingly beautiful area with rolling hills, vineyards, small mountains, the Morvan National Park, dairy farms and lots of chateaus, most of which are open to visitors. You can get a map from the Beaune Tourist Information folks or get one of the marvelous Michelin maps. We use the "France Tourist and Motoring Atlas" because it covers the entire country very well, but if you are just in Burgundy, you only need a local map.
The painting here is a typical roadside route marker. They have the normal directional signs, but look along the shoulder of the roads and you will see these small yellow-painted markers tucked into the grass or flowers by the roadside. Click on the painting to see some good tourist ideas for Burgundy.
It's always fun to ride in a horse and carriage. I know it's very touristy, but we're tourists so why not?! The first time we visited Beaune we started with a horse and carriage ride. We shared the carriage with a French couple and of course the driver was French so the entire outing was in French. Ours was minimal at the time so we just got our bearings for a later walk around town. It was a fun way to get to know the streets and we all had a grand time.
En cette saison la décoration florale consistait en diverses variétés de chrysanthèmes à petites fleurs. On trouvait de petits parterres aux coins de rue mais surtout des pots suspendus aux façades et poteaux. Les fleurs descendaient en grappes vers le sol.
If you're not in the area for very long you can buy money saving tickets for various activities.
For 2 visits or leisure activities, you get 5% off, for 3 10% off and for 4 15% off.
Things you could include are;
The Hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune)
A wine cellar’s visit and tasting
Veuve Ambal (workshop about sparkling wine)
Fontenay Abbey (UNESCO’s World Heritage)
Plus various activities including hot air balloon rides.
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