Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
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There's a special flavor here. A blend of excellence and tradition. Yes, it's in the wine, but it transcends everything. It's in the gracious demeanor of the people. It's in villages that sit quietly among the vineyards. You feel Burgundy's rich flavors as you ride toward the colorful tile roofs in Beaune. And you quickly understand that the wine is only where Burgundy's story begins.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
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Start your journey through Burgundy with a visit to medieval Noyers, one of France's designated Most Beautiful Villages | By bike, discover a breathtaking landscape with lush forests, green farmland and peaceful babbling streams | Arrive in Morvan, a region with enchanting rivers and hidden castles | Cycle through a quiet château-dotted valley to the charming town of Vézelay and explore its 12th-century Benedictine abbey, a World Heritage site | Looking for a great photo? One stunning vista follows another as you pedal across rolling pastures past ancient manors, abbeys and fortresses.
A moated 16th-century castle with a 13th-century dungeon, this hotel is brimming with charm, from its fine antiques and tapestries to the ducks and peacocks roaming its grounds. (pool)
Ride from one postcard-perfect village to the next as you make your way along the Burgundy Canal from Flavigny-sur-Ozerain to Châteauneuf | Follow forested routes through a pastoral landscape that is home to world-class vineyards | Relax by the river Ouche at our elegant 15th-century castle-turned-hotel.
Now a luxurious country house, the abbey was originally a spiritual retreat after its founding in 1131. A Relais & Châteaux member.
Delve into the centuries-old winemaking tradition in the Côte de Nuits at a restored medieval château and vineyard | Explore Beaune, the lively capital of the Côte d'Or | Enjoy private cellar tours and wine tastings that highlight the quality and extraordinary variety among Burgundy wines | Pedal the Côte de Beaune's Route des Grands Crus to the famed towns of Gevrey-Chambertin and Chassagne-Montrachet | Journey deeper into the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune | Take a private tour of the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune, a tile-studded showcase of Flemish-Burgundian architecture | Sample the region's superb and nuanced varietals.
This elegant hotel in historic Beaune features chic design elements and a lovely garden patio. (spa)
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On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.
Abbaye de la Bussière is a Premiere Hotel housed in a beautiful historic building. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.