Europe Travel News

Take a wine tour of France in Burgundy

For centuries, French monks have been making wine in Burgundy, where pinot noir still reigns above all other grapes. Over the years, vignerons, French for winemakers, have perfected their craft, and to this day there are few other wine regions that produce a more impressive libation. When you first arrive in this stunning region, you may find it very difficult to leave, as rolling hills with rows upon rows of tantalize your senses and charming villages pop up over the horizon with each leg of your journey.

If you're not a wine lover before your tour of France in Burgundy, you may find yourself becoming a connoisseur in no time.

Driving along Route des Grands Crus

Beginning in the southern town of Dijon, your Burgundy wine tour will travel north for about 35 miles, passing through dozens of humble villages where winemakers only produce small batches of their sumptuous goods. You can rest assured that if you stop at any of these vineyards, you'll treat your taste buds to the best glass of wine you've ever had. Award-winning pinot noirs are characterized by their black cherry notes and subtle tannins, typically boasting a smooth finish rather than the usual bite you get out of a merlot or syrah.

After having a few flights of pinot noir, your journey will continue to Santenay, where you'll have the chance to visit historic churches and centuries-old villages. Fall is the perfect time to visit, as the grape leaves change from their typical green hue to a more autumnal shade, making the gently sloping hills look like they're on fire - especially at sunset.

Wake up your legs on a hike

As any road tripper can attest, driving for prolonged periods of time can put a lot of stress on your legs. Thankfully, there are numerous places to hike during a France tour in Burgundy, including the Sentier des Roches trail. This half-day trek will take you up to the tip of the Baubigny cliffs, which traces its way along the Saone River. Once you reach the top, you'll be about 1,000 feet above the river, and will have endless views of vineyards - the perfect way to end a tour through the region.



Share
Recommended Tours

Turkey Highlights

7 days from $2,723 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Gather your courage as you descend into the darkness of the eerie underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu where Christians fled to escape 7th-century persecution.
More Info

Athens, Mykonos and Santorini Explorer

7 days from $1,918 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Embark on this adventure through sundrenched Greece. Explore Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, and get happily lost in its vast and varied landscape and abundant treasures of antiquity.
More Info

Croatia Signature

7 days from $3,010 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Stand amidst the mist of the natural waterfalls and cascades that carve new paths through the rock of the Mala Kapela foothills, and breathe in the woody aroma of the dense surrounding forest.
More Info
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.
Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime Travel Leisure Award 2015