Burgundy is home to some of the most prestigious names to be written on the front of wine bottles, and a visit to this region of France, just to the south east of Paris, could easily be spent drinking your way through some of the world’s most famous vineyards. Just don’t forget to order the region’s specialties, escargot, boeuf bourguignon, and coq au vin, to pair with those full reds.
Do your drinking in the chateaux, the abbeys, and the Renaissance villas, set against a sweeping pastoral landscape. Wash away the guilt of opulent indulgence with a spiritual visit to the ruins of the Cluny monastery, which once housed the most influential religious figures, or burn off some of the weekend’s decadent meals with a stroll through the countryside or a bike ride down the banks of one of the canals.
A wine themed cruise down the Rhone stopping off at the best wineries can be booked as a tour or done independently.
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