Burgundy is a rural region in central eastern France and is best known for its canals and countryside. The region begins a hundred kilometres south of Paris and is separated into four departments – the Yonne, the Cote-d’Or, the Nievre and the Saone-et-Loire. Dijon is the capital and offers a traditional setting with beautiful architecture. Burgundy wines are famous worldwide, using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties.
Enjoy the simple pleasures of life in Burgundy, such as ambling leisurely around the markets or playing a relaxing round of golf. Stay at the Premiere Classe Dijon Sud Hotel to be close to all the region’s best sights. Burgundy’s many canals have meant ease of transport for the region throughout history. Whether a romantic getaway or a family holiday, everyone will be charmed by Burgundy.
A two-day break
Having just two days in Burgundy means you will want to see as much of the region as possible – and what better way to do this than by taking a hot air balloon or helicopter ride ? Watch the idyllic scenery go by and admire the canals from a birds-eye perspective. On day two you can unwind with spa treatments at Bourbon-Lancy or a peaceful walk along the river banks and a spot of wine tasting in the evening.
A week-long stay
A week gives you plenty of time to enjoy all that Burgundy has to offer. Stay at the Premiere Classe Dijon Sud Hotel and you’ll be at the heart of the region. Immerse yourself in Burgundy’s history by visiting one of the many museums and the ancient town of Autun. Also make sure you hire a bike during your stay and cycle along the canals.
A family holiday
Burgundy offers something for all ages. Young thrill-seekers will enjoy AcroGivry tree climbing, which boasts 22 routes and a huge zip-wire. Older children will also enjoy go-karting in Dijon. For animal lovers, southern Burgundy has plenty of opportunities to go horse riding. Touroparc also offers a variety of activities, including a zoo with 800 animals, waterslides and fun workshops. There will never be a dull moment on your family holiday !
Getting to Burgundy couldn’t be easier. Fly to Paris from worldwide destinations, or direct to Dijon from Southampton airport, United Kingdom. Stay at the Premiere Classe Dijon Sud Hotel, just 15 minutes from the airport and railway station. Once in the region, trains are efficient, or hire a car to get around.
Enjoy the flavour of Burgundy’s traditional dishes, such as Coq au Vin and Boeuf Bourguignon, complemented with a glass of the region’s wine. Les Deux Ponts is situated near the two bridges on the River Cure and offers a sunny terrace for summer dining. Try Le Terroir on the village square in Santenay for good value food.
Burgundy offers a mix of colourful festivals which contrast nicely with its serene setting. Try Chalon-sur-Saône in February for the second biggest carnival in France. Expect parade floats, lively music and plenty of confetti and characters ! The Aux Zarbs festival in July brings contemporary music over three days, using the Parc de l’Arbre Sec as its setting.
Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, is renowned for its famous Dijon Mustard. A method is used to make a particularly strong flavour of relish, however most of the mustard is not actually produced in the region. Amora mustard museum offers tours and local shops sell quirky fruit-flavoured mustard.