Burgundy by Request - Private Guided Tours in Burgundy
Private Sightseeing Tours

Historic Dijon with Burgundy Bubbles 
 After collection from your hotel we head to Dijon, capital of Burgundy and historic seat of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy.  It is one of the best preserved medieval sites to be found in the middle of a modern vibrant city and we will discover it together.  Following the ‘Chemin de Chouette’, mascot of the city, we step back to medieval times and discover the hidden courtyards of the great ‘hôtels particuliers’ constructed between the 15 and 18 century.  The magnificent ‘Palais des Ducs’ will be the pinnacle of this tour.
 
Book this tour on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday which are the market days and you will be able to take in the sights sounds and smells of a traditional French market.  Lunch is taken at leisure in this bustling beautiful city.  
 
After lunch indulge in some free time for shopping or enjoy an independent visit of the Museum of Fine Arts, the best fine arts museum outside Paris. 
 
On the way back to Beaune we will visit Veuve Ambal for an initiation into the fabrication of Cremant (Burgundy Champagne).  The tour ends with a comparative tasting of this local nectar, a worthy competitor to Champagne.

Marvels of the Morvan
 
After a 09h30 collection from your accommodation we head out away from the tourist trail through the Morvan National Park, heart of Burgundy, for a private guided visit of Chateau Bazoches, a perfect example of a defensive chateau, home of Vauban the finest defence strategist in French history.  This privately owned 12 century chateau has been lovingly restored and refurbished by his descendants and has many original pieces on display. 

After a traditional lunch at the foot of the ‘Eternal Hill’ of Vezelay we spend the afternoon with a private tour of the ancient Basilica of Vezelay, famous throughout history as the starting off point for the Crusades.  Today it is still a centre for pilgrimages to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims are blessed before their departure and continue the tradition of carrying the scallop shell, symbol of Saint James and the ancient pilgrims.  The monastery was founded in the 9C and dedicated to Mary Magdalene who was said to be buried there.  The building was saved in the 19C by the architect Viollet-le-Duc and some of the relics of Mary Magdalene are still kept in the crypt underneath the Basilica.

Medieval Burgundy
 
After pick up from your accommodation in Beaune, we start our day with a private guided visit of a 12th century Cistercian monastery, the  Abbaye de Fontenay which is listed as a world historical monument by UNESCO.  Founded in 1130 the Abbey fell into ruin after the French Revolution but has been loving restored by the owners in the 20 century to provide one of finest examples of Cistercian architecture in France.
 
Afterwards, in the picturesque medieval village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, we join the locals to have a rustic lunch in a Ferme Auberge run by a group of farmers’ wives using produce from farms in the region.  You then have time for an optional self guided stroll around Flavigny, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, with endless photographic opportunities and where the movie ‘Chocolat’ was filmed.
 
Our day will be completed with a visit to the stunning hillside village of Chateauneuf en Auxois, another of the most beautiful villages of France.  We will walk past more medieval dwellings to the majestic 12 century fortified chateau for a private guided tour of its refurbished rooms.