Dijon > Val-Suzon : 24.5 km
Val-Suzon > Saint-Seine-l'Abbaye : 13.4 km
Saint-Seine-l'Abbaye > Chanceaux : 15.9 km
Chanceaux > Orret : 14.8 km
Orret > Saint-Marc-sur-Seine : 20.1 km
Saint-Marc-sur-Seine > Aisey-sur-Seine : 10.9 km
Aisey-sur-Seine > Châtillon-sur-Seine : 24 km
The GR®2 trail in Burgundy: when the Seine was just a stream
For keen adventurers, the red-and-white markers indicate the long-distance walking trails of Europe (Grande Randonnée, or GR®).
Accessible all year round in France, the GR®2 trail follows the banks of the Seine for 858 km. From the river's source at Saint-Seine-l’Abbaye in Côte-d’Or, to its estuary at Le Havre in Seine-Maritime, this itinerary has a few surprises in store for you!
As you walk along the GR®2 in Burgundy, you'll be enchanted by the beauty of the villages and the amazing heritage features dotted along the way for nearly 125 km. Above all, this trail of contrasts promises 7 stages during which you'll reconnect with your inner self and be at one with nature!
Full of enthusiasm, Catherine and Bernard tell us:
Hiking on the GR®2 trail is a great way to explore at your own pace and meet the local producers!
A walk at the water's edge in the heart of nature
The sources of the Seine: birthplace of a legendary river
Just 40 km from Dijon, the site of the Seine's sources features a romantic cave from which the main spring emerges. Created in the time of Napoleon III, it is now home to a white stone nymph that symbolises this river.
So put on your hiking shoes and prepare to accompany the very first babbles of the Seine in Côte-d’Or!
The river Ignon, a well-hidden gem
On your way along the GR®2 trail, stop to visit Poncey-sur-Lignon, where the river Ignon takes its source in a remarkable natural site listed by Natura 2000.
Observe the forest of deciduous trees, the varieties of conifers and the huge diversity of habitats that surround you.
Explorer les sources de l'Ignon
The river Douix: a source, a goddess and a place of worship
When you reach Châtillon-sur-Seine, head for one of the most beautiful springs in France.
The source of the river Douix was once the scene of Celtic worship where Divona, the goddess of chasms, was celebrated.
The forty or so symbolic objects dating from the Gallo-Roman era, which were unearthed here, bear witness to the fervour of her worshippers.
Observer la source de la Douix
crosses some lovely countryside?like the vast Val-Suzon nature reserve,
Along the route you'll have the opportunity to admire part of the Val-Suzon nature reserve which extends across nearly 3,000 hectares. Its dry grasslands, forests, scree slopes and marshes are home to some rare plants and about a dozen species of protected birds.... and the Forêts national park?
The most recent French national park invites you to enjoy a larger-than-life nature immersion! Observe rare wildlife and plants, and chat with the local farmers!
Dijon: the start of a key stage!
Before you begin your walk on the GR®2, allow a day to visit the historic capital of the Dukes of Burgundy.
Wander around this city of art and history boasting the "Ville d'Art & d'Histoire" seal of approval and you're bound to fall under the charm of its vehicle-free centre! Half-timbered houses, Romanesque and Gothic churches, and 17th- & 18th-century private mansions towering above medieval streets.
Visit the iconic monuments, sample culinary delights at the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et des Vins… Armed with your City Pass, you'll benefit from reduced prices on your activities in the region's capital.
The unexpected archaeological treasure of Châtillon-sur-Seine
On the last stage of your hike along the GR®2 in Burgundy you'll visit Châtillon-sur-Seine, officially a town of Art and History, standing at the centre of the Châtillonnais region.
Saint-Vorles church, the Philandrier private mansion, the ruins of the castle of the dukes of Burgundy, the Château Marmont… With more than 20 buildings listed as Historical Monuments, this small town will amaze you with its wealth of heritage features.
Your adventure ends at the Musée du pays châtillonnais where you'll see the Treasure of Vix, a beaten-bronze krater dating back to around 530 BC, which to date remains the largest metal krater the world has ever discovered!
Places to sleep and eat along the GR®2 trail
Here are a few suggestions of places to eat or rest during your hike along the GR@2 trail in Burgundy. Note that more information is available in the form of the itinerary guidebook which can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
The GR®2 itinerary at a glance with key features along the way
Prepare for your hike
To help you organise your exploration of Côte d'Or along the GR®2:
- note that it is preferable to avoid this route during the hunting season, otherwise you should take the necessary precautions
- take advantage of the free tools available:
While many visitors to Côte d'Or come to learn about the wines of Burgundy, they generally also succumb to the beauty of the region's unspoilt countryside. And there's no shortage of ways to expore it! By bike, on foot or on horseback, you'll enjoy the peace and quiet that reigns here, inviting you to take a little time out.
Download our free app
A precious tool that you can obtain in one click on the website of the Côte d'Or Comité Départemental de la Randonnée Pédestre (local hiking committee) which is materially and financially in charge of the maintenance and marking of the Côte d'Or part of the GR®2 trail.
Other gems waiting to be explored on foot!
Ancestral abbeys, castles, châteaux, ancient forests, famous vineyards, characterful villages... Burgundy's appeal lies in its multiple natural assets and heritage features, but the region is also well-known for its gastronomy and the legendary hospitality of its people. To continue exploring this land, make the most of its numerous and well-maintained hiking trails!