Experience Burgundy PRIVATE & EXCLUSIVE TOURS OF BURGUNDY (FRANCE) FROM THE CHATEAU OF VIANGES
Tours of Djion, Beaune along Wine & Castle Routes
Burgundy is one of France’s most prosperous regions, world famous for its Côte-d'Or Premier and Grand Cru white and red wines, marvellous castles, amazing food, unspoiled nature, rich in art and culture. This Region counts more chateaux than any other region of France with nearly one hundred castles, medieval strongholds and chateaux of may architectural styles. Some, with well-stocked wine cellars are gourmet restaurants and are open to the public as boutique hotels or attractive bed and breakfast like the charming Château de Vianges, placed inside the Regional Natural Park of Morvan, offering the perfect base accommodation to comfortably visit the best of the Burgundy Region, like: The Region’s capital Dijon is the heritage city of the Dukes of Bourgogne, world known for the famous mustard and home to the imposing historic Palace of the Dukes, where the Musée des Beaux-Arts was established in 1787. Here visitors can experience one the oldest and most impressive museums in France with huge collections, ranging from Egyptian to 20th Century art, as well as Burgundian art of the 15th Century and that of the 18th Century, when the Museum was founded. Dijon is one hour from Vianges and 1:47 minutes by train from Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle (Roissy). Beaune, a little fortified town that is the absolute wine capital of Burgundy, in the Côte d'Or department, located about 40 km south of the Capital Dijon, one hour by bus from Vianges, just over two hours by train from Paris Gare de Lyon and about four hour and thirty minutes from Geneva Airport (by train) and 2:03 by high speed train (TGV) from Lausanne. From the comfort of your room or apartment at Les Residences du Chateau de Vianges, we depart for the following day-tours: A) Tour of Dijon (1 Day, 8AM – 6PM) Visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts, The Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy (inside the Palais des Ducs) and The Salle des Gardes, housing the magnificent tombs of the Dukes, Philip the Bold and John the Fearless, decorated with sculptures by the Flemish masters Jean de Marville, Claus Sluter and Claus de Werve, recently reopened after extensive renovation work. The alabaster mourners surrounding the tombs, masterpieces of medieval sculpture, are back in their rightful place after the tours in the USA and Europe. Stop by for Gourmand Lunch at 3-Michelin Star, Bernard Loiseau des Ducs, in Dijon. After a one hour memorable lunch, visitors can enjoy wandering inside Les Halles, Dijon’s main covered marketplace designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes it’s him, the one of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris). Here you can spend an afternoon perusing stalls of local delights such as jambon persille (ham terrine with parsley), volaille de Bresse (special chicken from Bresse) and escargots – including a snail cake terrine that is special to the area. Market days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. B) The Wine Tour (1 Day, 8AM – 6PM) Wine is, of course, the region’s most obvious attraction, and devotees head straight for the great vineyards, whose produce has played the key role in the local economy since Louis XIV’s doctor prescribed wine as a palliative for the royal dyspepsia. Wine tasting is particularly big business around Chablis, Mâcon and Beaune. From Vianges tour guests can privately learn about the prestigious wines of the Route des Grand Crus and become a Burgundy Wine Connoisseur, by tasting several Burgundy wines at cellars of the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, by wandering around the historic heart of the fascinating town of Beaune and discovering its traditional shops, markets, local gastronomy, including the cassis (blackcurrant liquor), the famous moutarde de Dijon (mustard) the pain d'épices (honey spice cake) and Flavigny aniseed, by driving to medieval villages, Romanic churches, and old abbeys. We could arrange for you to be guided by expert sommeliers to cellars where legendary Grands Appellations, such as Romanée Conti, Clos de Vougeot, Chambertin, Montrachet, among others, will be available. Stop by for Gourmand Lunch: Au Creux de Vougeot. After lunch, you can be wandering about the historic heart of the fascinating town of Beaune (capital of wine of the Region) and discovering traditional shops, markets, local and typical gastronomic products, including cassis (blackcurrant liquor), mustard, Pain d'épices (honey spice cake) and Flavigny aniseed, and many more. C) The Beaune Tour (1 Day, 8AM – 6PM) This tour focuses on the Hospices de Beaune-Hôtel-Dieu, a medieval building, fine example of Burgundian-Flemish art, where unique ironwork and carvings, tapestries and polyptych are works of art in themselves. This ancient hospital built around a central courtyard, is the most famous landmark in Beaune and in the whole of Burgundy, with its multi-coloured roof and decorated windows of its imposing structure, a rather austere building in a very regal town. Down each side of the Hospice’s Great Hall visitors can admire the wooden vaulted roof, built like the hull of a ship, the curtained four-poster beds are aligned. The chapel at the end of the room is an intricate part of it. Here the polyptych painted by the Flemish artist Roger Van de Weyden representing the Last Judgement used to hang, seen by the sick only on Sundays and feast days. Today this is now on display in a room of its own. The tour will bring you also to the Hospice’s kitchen, which has recently been restored, the pharmacy and dispensary that used many herbs grown in the ‘jardins des simples’ behind. Stop by for Gourmand Lunch (1 hour) at La Maison de Maurice and after lunch, to sample the best of the region’s wine, it is worth to visit the Marché aux Vins opposite the famous Hospice. D) Castles Tour (1 Day, 8AM – 7PM) Around Beaune alone more than ten châteaux open their doors either all year round or during the summer season. Château de Châteauneuf-en-Auxois (30 min from Vianges, via D17 and D981), the Château de Commarin (33 min from Vianges), the Château d’Entre Deux Monts (38 minutes from Commarin) is along the road to the great wines of the Côte de Nuits. Stop by for Gourmand Lunch ay L'Alambic (Nuits Saint Georges) and then visit the Château du Clos de Vougeot (about 10 minutes from Nuit Saint Georges) near to Abbey of Cîteaux. Then we tour the Château de Corton-André (about 20 min from Vougeot) and heading South of Beaune, beyond Pommard and Meursault, visitors will approach the village of La Rocheport with the spectacular Château de la Rochepot (about 26 minutes from Corton). From here we head to Château de Chassagne-Montrachet (10 minutes from Rochepot) Returning from Chassagne-Montrachet to Vianges would take about 45 minutes by bus.
Les Residences du Chateau de Vianges The Chateau de Vianges is the perfect place to visit Beaune and Dijon, arriving from Paris by high speed train (TGV) to the nearby station of Montbard: catch a high speed train from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (there are 20 trains per day travelling every week) and you can reach Montbard in 3 hours and 49 minutes or in 1 hour and 10 minutes with the fastest line. On an average weekday, there are about 20 trains per day travelling from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (TGV Train) to Montbard. The area around Vianges, including a twenty minutes trip to Saulieu – with a world famous 3-Michelin Stars Restaurant Bernard Loiseau (www.bernard-loiseau.com) is a fascinating natural environment, plenty of historic sites and monuments, including the world famous Hospices de Beaune and the Cluny Abbey, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Castle of Vianges itself is a registered French Monument Historique and it is one of the most ancient maison-forte (fortified house) of the Côte-d'Or department. Originally built in 11th Century, officially listed as defensive military post in early 1305 and today carefully restored, the castle displays both 17th and 18th century facades with large windows, preserved roofs and towers and includes a characteristic pigeonnier and two portals, one facing North and the other, with turrets, facing East. Originally the maison-forte had a secret tunnel and double water ditches (unique in the Côte-d'Or) around the main rectangular building that has, on the north side, two granges (barns) added during the19th Century. Once picked up at Montbard, guests can experience the unique accommodation of private rooms and apartments tastefully decorated, enjoying wine and local gourmand products tasting, relaxing inside a 55.000 square meters garden, walking or riding a horse or a bicycle around a: Private Property with personalised service Inside the Regional Morvan Parc 20 minutes drive from Saulieu, 50' from Dijion. Private parking in the same building Cycling, Horse Riding, Golfing, Wine Courses and Cooking Courses upon request Ideal for small Business Conventions and Company Team Building Sessions (meeting facilities available)
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