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2 days in Burgundy: Tour of the Yonne and Côtes de Beaune Wine Route

Discovery of the Yonne and Côtes de Beaune Wine Route

2 days - 1 night

  • Day 1

    Grand Tour de l'Yonne

    Departure from Paris to Auxerre (2h30 drive).

    Arrival in Auxerre, capital of the Yonne department. The majority of the French departments get their names after rivers flowing through.
    The Yonne is also the main left bank tributary of the Seine.
    Therefore, we could say that it is the Yonne river, rather than the Seine river, which flows through Paris all the way to the English Channel.

    In Auxerre, stroll around the heart of the old historic center with its 'Gros Horloge' and half-timbered houses.
    Visit the impressive Saint-Germain complex, including the very old Saint-Germain Abbey and the remarkable Saint-Etienne Cathedral.
    We will also appreciate the breathtaking view of Auxerre from the bridge.

    Lunch at Auxerre.

    Of all the Yonne area, Chablis is the only 'Grand Cru' of the department, with Chardonnay B as its grape variety.
    We will pass through the most recognized areas of the vineyard and continue with a tasting of the best wines at the Domaine et Caves Collet.

    Towards the Yonne river, we take the opportunity to drive through the 'Route des Crêtes' (ridge road) in Irancy to appreciate an extraordinary panorama of the vineyards, colorful and contrasting.
    We will then visit the Bailly Lapierre cellars and its underground stone quarry, where the 'Crémant de Bourgogne' gets its birthplace.

    We will drive further south through the Yonne river and the Nivernais Canal following the water, to the impressive Rocher du Saussois.

    Overnight at the Vault de Lugny castle-hotel.
    Alternative: Island Castle Hotel.

    • Auxerre

    • Chablis

      Chablis

    • Bailly-Lapierre cellars

    • Bailly-Lapierre cellars

    • Nivernais canal

    • The Saussois Rock

  • Day 2

    Route des Grands Crus: Beaune Wine Route

    15 minutes away from the hotel, we reach Vézelay perched town, one of the main pilgrimage routes of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.

    We continue our route to discover the enchanting village of Semur-en-Auxois.

    Towards 'Route des Côtes de Beaune' (Beaune Wine Route), we will have lunch at the gastronomic sanctuary of Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu.

    Arrival in Beaune, ancient city with a splendid architectural heritage and Capital of the Burgundy wines.

    Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, a marvel of Burgundian-Flemish art. The medieval building, with its preserved decor and magnificent colored glazed tiles, houses the famous polyptych of the Last Judgment, by Rogier van der Weyden, masterpiece of Flemish art.
    From the 15th century until recently it served as a charitable hospital, it is now an impressive repository of art and mementos of customs and medical practices in medieval Burgundy.

    Visit the 'Patriarche' wine cellars (or similar), dating from the 13th/14th century, where you will be able to taste about 10 different kinds of wine!

    or Wine tasting in the little town of Meursault, where the white wines, with a taste of hazelnut, dry and mellow at the same time, are considered among the best in the world.

    Lunch in Pommard. Who has never heard this famous name, inextricably linked with the tradition of wine-making ? The village huddles tightly around its square bell-towered church as if to leave room for the vines ! Appreciated by such great men such as Victor Hugo, the wines of Pommard are outstanding.

    Private visit at a small producer in Pommard (or in another village on the 'Route des Grands crus')

    Drive through the vineyards on the 'Great Vintage wines road' that hold the illustrious names of the Burgundy wines to get to the Clos de Vougeot.

    Tour of the historical Clos de Vougeot, built by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. Surrounded by magnificent vineyards, it houses prestigious cellars and collections of winepresses from the Middle Ages.

    Return to Paris.

    • Vezelay

    • Semur-en-Auxois

    • Beaune

    • Chateau de Meursault

    • Clos de Vougeot

    • Chateau of Ancy-le-Franc