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How to Spend 1 Day in Beaune

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How to Spend 1 Day in Beaune
Located 162 miles (260 kilometers) southeast of Paris, the charming, medieval town of Beaune is regarded as the capital of the Burgundy wine region. Visitors use Beaune as a jumping-off point to discover some of the world’s most heralded wineries. If you have just one day in town—or are visiting from Paris or Dijon—here’s how to explore.

Morning: Beaune Sightseeing
Small but mighty, Beaune is replete with charm—and, thanks to its proximity to the Côte d’Or, is considered one of the best places to indulge in winery visits and wine tastings in all of France. Before you get to sipping, acquaint yourself with walkable Beaune with a stroll around town; look out for its old city walls as you go. The majestic Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices, a former hospital that dates to the 15th century, is recognizable for its multicolored roof tiles, while Notre-Dame de Beaune and the Beaune Town Hall offer further sightseeing opportunities. You can also drop into the Maison des Climats for an introduction to the region’s winemaking traditions.

Afternoon: Vinous Indulgence
Wine is Beaune’s raison d’être, and no visit to the Burgundian town is complete without taking advantage of its vinous plenty. If you’re short on time, single-winery tours and curated tastings offer the perfect introduction to the region. For a more lengthy excursion, travel by car or by bike to the major Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune wine areas. Discover the region’s distinctive climats (wine plots), visit its heralded domaines (vineyards), and venture to its famed communes (including the likes of Meursault, Pommard, and Nuits-Saint-Georges). Pinot noir and chardonnay are the two major grapes of this region, and you’d be wise to taste widely while at the source. Pick a tour with a lunch option to fortify you for your sampling adventures.

Evening: Take to the Skies
Beaune and the surrounding Burgundy countryside are famed for their extraordinary beauty, and there are few better ways to soak up the scenery—and cap off your day’s adventures—than with a sunset hot-air-balloon ride. As you float gently above the tree line, you can enjoy panoramic views of the region’s vineyards, châteaux, and medieval villages. Upon returning to earth, toast your aerial excursion with one final flute of sparkling wine before returning to your accommodations (or making the journey back to Paris or Dijon).
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Private Full Day Tour Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

Private Full Day Tour Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

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Journey into the heart of the Burgundy wine region for a private full-day tour of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune vineyards. Sip Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines as you explore the winemaking villages and stop at family-run wineries; taste the region’s famous Pinot Noirs; or upgrade and enjoy a wine-tasting lunch with typical Burgundy dishes and cheeses.
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  • 8 hours
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Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune

Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune

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Breeze around the Burgundy wine region by bike on this memorable full-day wine tasting tour, including lunch. Glide through the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, stopping to snap photos of picturesque villages and majestic châteaux. Learn about the importance of ‘terroir’ and the fine art of wine production as you visit family-run wineries and wine cellars, and taste a variety of regional wines.
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  • 7 hours
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$210.35
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Beaune: Small-Group Day Tour Including Wine Tastings and Lunch

Beaune: Small-Group Day Tour Including Wine Tastings and Lunch

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This is the perfect tour for wine and nature fans alike. You’ll enjoy an action-packed day traveling in a minivan between dispersed attraction. As you’ll be tasting wine, this will take the stress out of organizing taxis. Enjoy a fun and educational day learning about the winemaking process. You’ll try over ten wines, see picturesque villages, and enjoy a delicious local lunch. You’ll also pass the hillsides of Champagne, and learn about Burgundy.
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  • 7 hours
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Burgundy Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Beaune

Burgundy Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Beaune

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See an entirely new perspective on France’s scenic Burgundy region when you embark on a hot-air balloon ride. Make your way to Beaune, where, after a brief introduction, you’ll take to the skies. As you travel between Beaune and Dijon, admire the vineyards, medieval villages, and chateaux from the air, and learn more about the sights from your guide. Upon landing, you’ll enjoy a traditional Champagne toast.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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2 Hour Sparkling Wine Tasting and visit in Beaune

2 Hour Sparkling Wine Tasting and visit in Beaune

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Delve into Burgundy’s wine capital and sample some of the flavors for which the region is famous on this 2-hour winery visit with tasting in Beaune. Visit the ageing cellars and admire the many barrels of wine slowly maturing in the cool depths. Wander through workshops where automated robots follow traditional winemaking techniques. Watch projections on giant screens and gain insight into the ways the region’s winemaking processes have evolved over the years. Finish your tour with a tasting session and sample three of the finished wines for yourself.
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  • 2 hours
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Beaune: Small-Group Half Day Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings at Family Domain

Beaune: Small-Group Half Day Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings at Family Domain

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Discover the wine of the Côte de Beaune region on this day trip into the countryside of Burgundy. You’ll stop for a traditional lunch where fresh baguettes, ham, regional cheese, and, of course, samples of wine await, then call in at a family-owned boutique winery. Taste some of the estate’s best-sellers, and learn about wine production for a Burgundy grower as you tour the cellars.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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