Dijon and the Great Wine Route

Départ de Dijon6 jours / 235 km


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© Michelin - Itinéraire (texte, cartographie et road-book) issu du guide Escapade en Camping-car France 2011

The reputation of the old duchy of Burgundy is closely linked to its wine. The Côte 'grands crus', served with excellent cuisine, make this region one of the major centres of French gastronomy. This trip allows to sample (without moderation) the famous name villages between Dijon and Beaune. It ends on a more sober note, in the west, between Le Creusot and Autun, in the Sâone-et Loire.

Days 1 and 2

To get the most from your two days in Dijon you need to be prepared, as there is so much to see and do! The morning could be spent on a tour of the Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy. Be sure to see the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy, true masterpieces in the Fine Art museum (Guardrooms). Afterwards, take a work round the shopping streets in the city centre. You may spot places to buy spirits, wine, mustard or gingerbread... If the afternoon is not spent shopping, you could tour the district around the Palais de Justice (law courts) and the Magnin museum. Book a table for dinner and try out the local food and wine. The following day, if time allows, you could see Saint-Bénigne cathedral and the charterhouse at Champmol. Adults and children will enjoy the natural history museum and museum of Burgundian life.

Day 3

Head south on the N74 as far as Beaune, passing through the prestigious vineyards of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. You can stop and visit these villages, famous all over the world for the quality of their wines: Morey-Saint-Denis, Vougeot (be sure to visit the Clos-Vougeot), Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée (and its priceless Romanée-Conti), and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Advice: contact wine-grower(s) in advance if you want to taste wines. Spend the night in Beaune, where you can tour the famous Hospices (old hospital/poorhouse), Fallot mustard factory or Wine museum.

Day 4

Continue south on the D973 via Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Auxey-Duresses... Your route then takes you to the Arrière-Côte which has some lovely castles and châteaux, such as La Rochepot. From Nolay, head for Le Creusot on the D1. The Musée de l'Homme et de l'Industrie (Man and Machine) tells the story of the Schneider dynasty and of metalworking in the late 19th century. Children will then want to go to Les Combes adventure park with its many rides and attractions.

Day 5

Take the N80 road to Autun (cathedral of Saint-Lazare). Continue west, on the N81 and D61, as far as Mont Beuvray, site of the Celtic settlement (oppidum) of Bibracte with an interesting museum of Celtic civilisation. Return on the D61, then take the N81 to Arnay-le-Duc. This old town with its pointed roofs, overlooking the Arnoux valley, is a very pleasant place to stop.

Day 6

Head for Châteauneuf on the N81. You can visit its castle as well as the château of Commarin, a few kilometres further north. Return to Dijon on the D16 and D905 roads or on the A38 motorway.

Bib's tip

 Choose to stop with wine-growers who welcome camper-vans..