While Bordeaux is most famously known for its wine, Burgundy produces the finest Pinot Noir in the world and happens to be a region of France that’s less populated by tourists. Why not visit this stunning region and taste some fabulous wines? Let INSIDR accompany you on a road trip to Burgundy – one of the best scenic drives in France!
DRIVING FROM PARIS TO BURGUNDY ON ONE OF THE BEST SCENIC DRIVES IN FRANCE
From Paris you can reach Beaune in about 3-4 hours and it is recommended to rent a car at Paris Gare du Nord before traveling outside the city. This scenic drive to an even more scenic destination brings you past historic trails in Dijon, châteaux and small villages that are all around Beaune, your final destination.
EXPLORE BURGUNDY COUNTRYSIDE
In the Burgundy region…
In 1 day: Enjoy the capital city Dijon- sampling their famous mustard!
In 2 days: Spend another day on a wine route (Route des Grands Crus): from Beaune, Beaujolais to Meusault and Chablis- sampling wine but not too much when driving the route des grandes crus!
In 3 days: Take an extra day visiting Auxerres, Nevers and Mâcon
BURGUNDY WINE ROAD
While you should definitely sample the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy, be sure to also sample the local gastronomy!
Escargot (snails)- comes from Burgundy, and the garlic and parsley butter on the snails are heavenly
Truffles– they are the freshest and the best in Burgundy, usually hunted down by trained dogs and pigs but can be done by YOU if you’re interested in booking this experience
In between drinking wine and eating classic French dishes, consider renting a bike, going kayaking or even skydiving from 400m above Dijon for some local adventure on your vacation!
Champagne region- If you’re not sufficiently tired of wine by the end of your visit in Burgundy, head north where the bubbly is internationally prestigious! Here you can visit the vineyards and champagne cellars in Reims (Veuve Clicquot) or Epernay (Moet et Chandon), as well as Reims’ magnificent cathedral.
Lyon- And if you’re not tired of food, head south to one of the best cities in France for both gastronomic specialities as well as wines. Lyon is a large city but less touristy than Paris with many charming secret passages between buildings, local restaurants and beautiful buildings alone the Sâone and Rhone river.