Holidays in Burgundy

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Burgundy Overview

Visting Burgundy

From its location in central France, Burgundy is in the middle of the action. It has history galore for those seeking that very special French atmosphere, yet up-to-date entertainment for those active souls, always on the move. There’s plenty to do, plenty to see and, above all, it’s nirvana for wine lovers. So whether you’ll be drinking in its great outdoors, or having a quiet drink with her indoors, you’ll enjoy every Burgundy moment.

Feel Burgundy

Burgundy as a colour is a rich, deep red that exudes power and authority, passion and taste. Burgundy itself lives up to that description. Once Europe’s powerful and wealthiest region, today there’s still passion and taste within its borders, fuelled by those wonderful wines. In fact, many of our customers based in the Loire, Dordogne, Jura or Champagne regions make a pilgrimage to Burgundy to enjoy its many famous vintages.

Explore Burgundy

Immerse yourself in the glorious countryside (or in the lakes and rivers). Stroll or cycle the many routes that wend their way through a host of venerable towns and cities. Stop to wonder at ancient architectural icons like the 12th century Abbaye de Fontenay, the oldest Cistercian Abbey in France,   or the breathtaking Basilica of Saint Madelaine. Then lighten up with some serious playtime – fishing, golfing, watersports and cycling. But above all investigate the vineyards and their intoxicating products. You know you want to.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

Combining unspoiled scenery with some of the most historic cities in all France, camping in Burgundy really does offer something for everyone:

Beaune
This lovely old town offers a host of treasures within its ancient ramparts, most notably the 15th century Hotel-Dieu, with its elaborate, multicoloured roof; and the Hotel des Ducs de Bourgogne, home to the fascinating Burgundy Wine Museum.

Dijon
One of the most spectacular cities in France, Dijon’s many treasures include the wonderful 11th century Church of St Etienne, the Musée des Beaux Arts and the magnificent 13th century gothic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Avallon
This splendid, fortified town has withstood everyone from the Saracens to the English over the centuries, and its proud ramparts, overlooking the ravines of the River Cousin are still well worth seeing today.

Basilica of Saint-Madelaine
The jewel in the crown of Vézelay, the Basilica of Saint-Madelaine dominates the skyline for miles around, and is equally magnificent from within. Combining Romanesque and Gothic architecture, it is famously beautiful.

Abbaye de Fontenay
As the oldest surviving Cistercian abbey in France, Fontenay is a must-see while you are in Burgundy. Originally founded in 1118, its Romanesque church and vaulted Chapterhouse have a faded grandeur all of their own.

Besancon
Ancient Capital of the Franche-Comte region, Besancon’s glories include the 16th century Palais Granville and 12th century Cathedral St Jean. However, the stunning 19th century Astronomical Clock must also be seen, especially when it strikes the hour.

Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp
Completed in 1955, this is certainly not one of France’s oldest cathedrals; but as it was designed by legendary architect Le Corbusier, its sculptural qualities make it well worth seeing.

Great for younger kids

Touro Parc en Beaujolais
With more than 800 animals in its zoo park area, a fascinating museum, theme park and water park, Touro Parc offers enough to keep every family amused all day long.

Great for older kids

Karting Dijon-Prenois
This 1100m long kart track offers mini karts for 7-14 year-olds and twin-engined and Rotax karts for older drivers, creating an exciting experience that is particularly popular with teens.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Fishing
The serene countryside and gentle rivers and lakes of Burgundy are ideal for fishing, and both Saint-Martin-sur-Ouane and Avallon offer fine waters for fly-fishing.

Golf
Burgundy offers numerous beautiful golf courses, including the lovely Golf de Bourbon-Lancy, which sits at the foot of the Charolais hills and Golf de Chalon-sur-Saone, which enjoys a stunning riverside setting.

Cycling
Burgundy already has 600km of cycle routes, which will ultimately become an 800km loop that runs past may of the regions finest chateaux and vineyards. Consisting of both greenways and cycle tracks, it is an ever-growing delight for every cyclist.

Watersports
Burgundy offers many opportunities to enjoy watersports, though many of the best are to be found in the Morvan National Park, where the lakes and rivers enable you to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting.

Unmissable events in Burgundy

Chalon dans la Rue
For a few days in the middle of July in Chalon-sur-Saone, the medieval streets are given over to this internationally famous street arts festival, as tumblers, jugglers, storytellers and circus performers entertain the crowds.

Festival Ciné-Rétro – Every August in Beaune
For a month every year, film buffs gather in Beaune to enjoy this wonderful festival dedicated to silent films and the Hollywood stars who came before the invention of the talkies.

Le Creusot Blues Festival
Usually held on the last weekend in June, this is the biggest Blues festival in the region and features an eclectic mix of jazz, blues and gospel.

Festival de Montgolfières
Usually held for a few days in mid-June in Chalon-sur-Saone, this extraordinary festival brings together balloonists and wine-makers in a celebration of both of these uplifting pursuits.

Places to visit - Eating out

The cuisine of Burgundy is rich and full of flavour, thanks largely to the local habit of adding a bottle of wine to every great dish:

  • Boeuf Bourguignonne– fine beef from the Charolais, cooked in red wine with baby onions and lardons.
  • Coq au Vin – Chicken flamed in brandy then cooked in a bottle of Burgundy, with garlic, carrots, shallots, mushrooms and lardons.
  • Escargots – Snails that have been boiled with Chablis, carrots and onions, then returned to their shells together with garlic and parsley, then baked.
  • Wine – There are so many great wines here that you really are spoiled for choice, though it is hard to go wrong with anything that says Burgundy on the label, whatever the vineyard of origin.

Campsites in region

Chateau de l'Eperviere Pool
Le Domaine de l’Epervière | Gigny-sur-Saône

A château, a vineyard, and space to stretch out and relax. Doesn’t that sound like the recipe for a Burgundy holiday to remember? You can have it all at Domaine de l’Epervière - an enchanting parc set in the grounds of a partially-restored 16th century chåteau.

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Location reviews

Burgundy & Jura reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.2
Scores 8.2 out of 10 based on 256 reviews
7 out of 10

Colin

Solihull
Excellent for wine tasting and visiting the various outlets
Confirmed stay: 27 September 2013
9 out of 10

Jonathan

Brighton
Beautiful. Wine is fantastic. Traveling around the vineyards is wonderful. Regional food is great.
Confirmed stay: 23 September 2013
8 out of 10

P

Abbots Bromley
Very interesting walking down to the Soane and seeing the cruise boats.Easy access to Laon
Confirmed stay: 23 September 2013
8 out of 10

Melvyn

Scunthorpe
Pleasant rural French location.
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2013
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