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Christmas in Burgundy Escorted Tour by Rail

6 nights starting from
£1125

  • Wine - try the famed Cote d’Or red and the crisp Chablis white

  • Ancient abbeys - Fontenay and Vézelay are wonderfully tranquil

  • Architecture - the Hospice of Beaune is a medieval jewel

  • Food - the local cuisine is superb

  • Picturesque medieval villages - Semur is lovely

At the heart of the country, Burgundy represents everything that is famously French. Renowned for food and wine, also a region that basks in the former wealth of the medieval Duchy with historic cities, glorious Renaissance architecture, beautiful Romanesque churches and peaceful abbeys – the perfect place to eat, drink and explore, especially so at Christmas.

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21 - December - 2018 £ 1125.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 21st December 2018 at 09:24

Returning: 27th December 2018 at 17:13

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Dijon by TGV. On arrival transfer to Beaune by coach (approx. 40 minutes) to the Mercure Hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included this evening.

Day 2:  Morning guided walking tour of Beaune and afternoon tour of the Cote d’Or.
Delightful Beaune is the main town of the Côte d’Or wine region, an atmospheric place of narrow cobbled streets and bustling squares. The highlight of any visit here is the Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th century hospice crowned with roofs and turrets decorated in multi-coloured tiles. It was because of the hospice that Beaune became the centre of the Côte d’Or – patients donated plots of vines out of appreciation. The Côte d’Or itself is a picturesque area of steep vine-covered slopes, sheer cliffs and small valleys. We will stop to sample the local product as we explore.


Day 3:  Full day tour to Dijon.
The city of Dijon, Burgundy’s capital, is an affluent, elegant and vibrant city. Pre-1477 when Burgundy was incorporated into France, Dijon was the centre of a hugely wealthy and powerful Duchy and was one of Europe’s great centres of the arts, academics and sciences. The magnificent Palais des Ducs is testament to these days and today houses the Musée des Beaux Arts. The city centre is a warren of little streets that reward exploration, the cobbled Rue Verrerie being a particular delight.


Day 4:  
Full day tour to Fontenay Abbey and Chablis, with Christmas Eve festive dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.
One of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe, Fontenay was founded by St Bernard in 1118. Built in a Romanesque style, the abbey is remarkably well preserved, with the majority of the original complex, including the church, dormitory and cloister, intact, this is a fascinating glimpse of the serenity and austerity enjoyed in years gone by. Chablis is a wealthy and modern but pretty village; its red roofs a stark contrast to the surrounding acres of vines. It is, of course, famous for the eponymous dry white wines – where better to taste them?


Day 5:  Full day free in Beaune with Christmas Day dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6:  Full day tour to Semur, Avallon and Vézelay.
The medieval heart of Semur-en-Auxois is built on a bluff of pink granite overlooking the River Armançon which was once used to power the town’s mills and tanneries. Although Semur’s castle no longer stands, the towers and main walls remain, encircling the cobbled streets of the inner town. A town with Roman roots and possibly connections to Arthurian legend, Avallon is home to an 11th century church and the remains of ancient fortifications. A legend tells of a monk bringing relics of Mary Magdalene to Vézelay in about the 9th or 10th century leading to the construction of Vézelay Abbey, now the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene. This made the hill town an important pilgrimage site and a starting point of the Way of St James pilgrimage route.


Day 7: Transfer back to Dijon station for the return TGV to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Dijon via Paris
  • Six nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Mercure, Beaune, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Dinner on the first night at the hotel
  • Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day dinner at a local restaurant
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout


NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Mercure, Beaune
Modern four-star hotel located about 10 minutes’ walk from the beautiful old town of Beaune. The hotel has bar, restaurant and wi-fi. Rooms all have private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, TV, phone and safe.

Mercure Beaune Website

OUR VIEW
Comfortable, modern, spacious rooms and a great location within a short walk of Beaune’s gorgeous town centre where a host of restaurants, bars and cafés await.

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Choice of Mercure in Beaune not the very best. This type of hotel satisfactory for one or two nights (maximum) only. O.K.for reps or holidaymakers staging purposes. Dinner on first night - chicken, chicken, chicken disappointing. . Hope that other Travel Editions hotels are better than this.

Review by BERNARD who travelled 21-December-2017


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The Mercure was not the usual T.E.- type too impersonal, and out of town on a dreary industrial estate. The excursions were a little perfunctory too- but maybe Burgundy was not my cup of tea (or Chablis!} I have travelled with T.E. several times beforeand this was the least good.

Review by Roper who travelled 21-December-2017


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This was our second time travelling with travel editions and we had a ruly enjoyable experience. Excellent friendly and caring tour manager. He worked so hard during the trip.

Review by who travelled 21-December-2017


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Review by Mr Hugh Paton who travelled 22-December-2016


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