Dijon - Reims: At the heart of the vineyards
Lovers of fine wines or of bubbles should travel the many Burgundy and Champagne wine routes. Between encounters with wine producers, rambles among the vines, tours of cellars and tasting sessions, you won’t be disappointed. You are sure to have an unforgettable gastronomic and oenological experience, but that’s not all... Why not also discover the heritage and cultural events on offer in Dijon and Reims?
The gateway to the south, Dijon’s sunny little squares surrounded by half-timbered houses and its small antique dealers give this city centre much of its typical and charming character. Strolling through the streets of the city between medieval buildings and private mansions from the 17th and 18th century is a real delight for the senses. Here heritage, particularly the Well of Moses sculpture, exists alongside Burgundy culinary traditions, just like the famous mustard and the prestigious Côte de Nuits wine region, known as the “Champs-Elysées of Burgundy”.
What to see
- The Palais des états et des Ducs de Bourgogne
The Palais des États today houses the Dijon Musée des Beaux-Arts where you can rediscover sumptuous souvenirs from the Medieval period…
- Fontenay Abbey
One of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe, at the heart of a small vale of wood and ponds.
- Citadel of Besançon
Vauban’s masterpiece, this fortress overlooks the old town of Besançon.
TGV Dijon-Besançon (30 mins).
The city is home to three monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: The cathedral of Reims, home to the coronation of the kings of France, the palace of Tau, and not forgetting the Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi. A visit to Reims will take you to its prestigious champagne producers. Why not try out the local custom beloved by the people of Champagne, who eat the Biscuit Rose (pink biscuit) by dipping it into their champagne flute!
What to see
- Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims
A masterpiece of Gothic art, the majestic cathedral with 2,300 statues has made Reims famous.
- Charles de Gaulle Memorial
A site tracing the important dates of the 20th century in the village of General de Gaulle, Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises.
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Reims, The Champagne spirit!
Travel through the vineyards, visit the cellars and have a taste. In Reims, you will learn the secrets of the “king” of wines, a rich history with as many tales as there are Champagne houses and traditions.
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Burgundy Prestigious Côte de Nuits
Discover the delicious and authentic charm of the Burgundy vineyards by winding your way down one of the five mapped wine routes. They will take you, in particular, through the prestigious Côte de Nuits wine region. This narrow area of slopes stretching twenty kilometres to the south of Dijon is where the most famous red wines are born: Romanée Conti, Echezeaux and Vougeot, among others.
June-July: Les Flâneries Musicales d’Eté, festival in Reims
July: International Festival of Baroque
Opera in Beaune
August: Rencontres Musicales festival in Vézelay
September-October: Besançon International Music Festival
October: Elektricity Festival in Reims
November: Dijon International Gastronomy Fair
Exceptional cultural sites
1 Palais des états et des Ducs de Bourgogne - Dijon
2 Fontenay Abbey
4 Reims cathedral
6 Cluny Abbey
7 Château de Bussy-Rabutin
8 Château de la Motte-Tilly
9 Basilica and hill town of Vézelay
10 From the Great Saltworks of Salins les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
11 Well of Moses - Dijon
13 Palais du Tau in Reims