Headwater - Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

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Trip code: 
W06BY
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
12

This six-night gastronomic walking holiday invites you to discover the essence of Burgundy; a place where centuries-old culture and practices meet the modern world in a region world famous for its traditions of wine and gastronomy.

The walks provide a wonderful balance of quiet country lanes, vineyard tracks and woodland trails taking in sleepy, unspoilt villages, majestic vine-clad hills and ancient oak forest. Sample fine wines in C13 cellars and enjoy lunch in a selection of mediaeval towns including world-renowned Nuits-St-Georges. Walk the historic streets of Dijon and hunt for truffles with Yann and his dog Elfe in the grounds of a secluded chateau.

Highlights

  • Lovingly restored C18 hotels, each with its own unique history
  • Fine, gastronomic menus featuring regionally-sourced ingredients
  • Varied walking on vineyard tracks, hilltop trails and woodland paths
  • Traditional Burgundy chateaux and mediaeval villages
  • Sun-drenched wine estates and prestigious appellations

Key information

  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • Continental breakfasts and all gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfasts and all gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (compulsory supplement)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Supplement for single traveller (includes single accommodation supplement)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

3

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

Walking is along a mixture of small country roads, vineyard tracks, and woodland or forest paths. Walking boots are recommended.

Day by day breakdown
Day 214.0km/9.0miles
Day 412.0km/8.0miles
Day 616.0km/10.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Montagny-Les-Beaune

    Arrive at your lovingly restored C18 hotel, a former farmhouse in Montagny-les-Beaune, in time for your first gastronomic dinner at a local restaurant. (Staying at Hotel le Clos, Breakfast in hotel, evening meal in local restaurant)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Montagny-Les-Beaune to Gevrey-Chambertin

    This morning we'll take you to the start of your walk. You'll begin by crossing over the northern tip of the limestone escarpment of the Cote-d'Or to gain wonderful views across the plain as you descend to the village of Chenove. From here turn south and wind your way along the Chemin des Grand Crus, passing the vineyards of Couchey and Fixin and continuing along to the famous wine village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Here you'll find your hotel, a beautifully restored C18 former winery, with an extremely warm welcome from the owners, Paul and his wife Jolanta. (Staying at Les Deux Chevres, Breakfast in hotel, evening meal in local restaurant)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    At Gevrey-Chambertin

    Options today include taking the train to Dijon or Beaune. In Dijon stroll the history-filled streets and alleyways with C12-C15 timbered houses to see the Church of Notre Dame, cathedral and the grand Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. In Beaune marvel at the multi-coloured roofs of the C15 Hospices de Beaune. (Staying at Les Deux Chevres, Breakfast in hotel, evening meal in local restaurant)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Gevrey-Chambertin to Vosne-Romanee

    Leave the vines behind today and head up into the woods where you'll follow an old disused railway track. Wind through shady, protected woodland before emerging back into the sun-soaked vines behind tranquil Morey-St-Denis, a good place to enjoy a coffee break. Continue on through the sleepy village of Chambolle-Musigny to Vougeot and visit the historic Chateau du Clos de Vougeot which produces one of the world's most celebrated Grand Cru wines. From here it's just a short distance to Vosne-Romanee where your 4 Star hotel and restaurant await. (Staying at Le Richebourg, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    At Vosne-Romanee

    There are two options for your 'rest day'. You could walk up through the woods to a secluded chateau in the hills, behind the vineyards of Vosne-Romanee - here you have the opportunity to learn about truffle hunting in the chateau grounds with Thierry, his son Yann and their specially trained dog Elfe (Thursday to Monday only). Alternatively take a stroll through the vines to the world-famous mediaeval town of Nuits-St-Georges. Explore the town and enjoy lunch here, then maybe a spot of wine tasting in one of the many local caves. (Staying at Le Richebourg, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Vosne-Romanee to Montagny-Les-Beaune

    A 25-minute transfer takes you to Pernand-Vergelesses to follow vineyard tracks past the Hill of Corton, once owned by Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Then it's on to mediaeval Savigny-les-Beaune for a morning coffee next to the impressive chateau, which houses a collection of vintage cars, motorbikes and planes. Walking up through woodland, you emerge above Beaune with spectacular views over the town and its surrounds. Descending into the vineyards you can visit the Parc de la Bouzaise or Beaune before continuing on to the hotel. (Staying at Hotel le Clos, Breakfast in hotel, evening meal in local restaurant)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Leave Montagny-Les-Beaune

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

France is a country renowned for its food and wine and this trip should give you the full flavour of Burgundy. Suggestions of what to do for lunch are in the cycling notes. Self-guided cycling lends itself perfectly to picnics, it is always a good option to pick up some local produce and then pick a spot along your route to stop and eat it.
For dinner you will be spoilt for choice; Burgundians are passionate about both their food and wine. Boeuf Bourguignon (a stew with beef in red wine), Escargots à la Bourgogne (snails) and Coq au Vin (chicken braised with wine) are arguably the most famous exports but the prime local ingredients are expertly showcased in countless mouthwatering dishes. Common main ingredients are pigeon, quail, boar, venison and freshwater fish. You will find many small, independent suppliers offering local pates, cheese, sausages and mustard, synonymous with Dijon. Food markets are a delight to visit - support for individual artisan food producers is something the region excels in.

Weather

Burgundy is situated in the heart of France and usually has warm or hot summers with a continental feel to them. Generally the summer months are warm and dry, with rainfall averaging 6cm per month in July and August. The climate in Spring and Autumn is a mixture of sun and scattered showers with temperatures in the mid 20's (degrees celcius).

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 14km (8.8miles).
No. of days walking: 3
Terrain and route: Walking is along a mixture of small country roads, vineyard tracks, and woodland or forest paths. Walking boots are recommended.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You'll stay in wonderful hotels including an elegantly renovated farmhouse with picturesque gardens, a lovingly restored former winery and a modern 4 Star hotel complete with spa facilities.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936