Burgundy

Burgundy is quintessential France—charming villages, smiling cows, elegant châteaux, gently sloping hillsides, cafés that beg you to linger, and row after perfect row of vines.

It all demands that you slow down and savour, which is why the Côte d’Or and the Côte de Nuit are best experienced on two wheels—or two feet. In the mornings, explore the flat valleys or head 
up into the hills of the Haute Côtes. In the afternoons, shop the boutiques of bustling Beaune, dine at fancy Le Benaton—or casual Caves 
Madeleine—and stay at the intimate, seven-room L’Hôtel de Beaune. Other options include Relais & Chateaux's Abbaye De La Bussière and Hostellerie de Levernois or the historic Château du Petit Musigny.  Happily, every turn of your journey reveals another great chardonnay or delicate pinot noir—widely considered the best wines in the world—and both exercise and Grand Cru are prefect accompaniments to la cuisine de Bourgogne. Santé!

The biking and hiking trip to Burgundy organised by Gray & Co. was simply spectacular. No detail was overlooked and nothing we asked for was too much trouble. The research was impressive and they were superbly organised, always good natured, and huge fun to be with—simply a pleasure. I cannot recommend them highly enough. We are already planning our next trip.
T.B., London, England

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