Freewheeling France – CHAMPAGNE & BURGUNDY self-guided driving holidays

Driving holidays for people who want to explore independently with the security of a planned itinerary. Tell us where you want to go, how long you’ve got, your must-see sights, preferred type of accommodation and leave the rest to us.

While all holidays are fully customised, some regions are requested often, such as CHAMPAGNE & BURGUNDY.   Reims is less than an hour from Paris by train, has wonderful cellars, a magnificent cathedral and is easy to exit by road, so is the perfect starting point for a driving holiday.

Dijon is a good starting point for a Burgundy itinerary, which can be combined with Alsace, Lyon-Rhone Valley and the Loire, as well as with Champagne.

Below is an itinerary for clients who wanted a quick look around Champagne and a longer stay in the Cote d’Or in Burgundy.  After returning the car in Dijon, they took a train south to end their sojourn in France with a barge cruise.

Day 1 – Train to Reims and walk to your nearby 3 star hotel, located on a pedestrian street. Explore Reims.

Day 2 – Free day to further enjoy Reims and its many champagne houses.

Day 3 – Collect your rental car from the station and follow the wine route around the Montagne de Reims to Epernay. Lunch, then explore Epernay, before taking the autoroute to Troyes for a charming 3 star hotel with parking in the medieval town centre.

Day 4 – Car-free day to relax and explore Troyes and its daily market.

Day 5 – Head south through the cheese town of Chaource into Burgundy. Explore Tonnerre on the Burgundy canal and the neighbouring Epineuil vineyards, then continue over to Chablis. Descend through the vineyards to the medieval village of Noyers en route to L’Isle-sur-Serein for a notable restaurant with rooms.

Day 6 – Excursion to Avallon for its market, then on to Vezelay – a picturesque hilltop wine village with a magnificent Romanesque basilica.  Continue to Clamecy on the Canal du Nivernais then follow the canal north to Auxerre, stopping en route at Bailly for the sparkling wine cellars. Return to L’Isle-sur-Serein.

Day 7 – Discover the Abbaye de Fontenay, the chateau and gardens at Bussy-Rabutin, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (where  ‘Chocolat’ was filmed) and the walled medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, before taking the autoroute across to Beaune for your welcoming 3 star hotel with parking.

Day 8 – Free morning in Beaune for the Hotel Dieu, the mustard and wine museums, the wine cellars, the rampart walk.  Afternoon excursion to the Cote de Beaune vineyards and Chateau de Rochepot.

Day 9 – Free morning in Beaune, then afternoon excursion to the Chalonnais vineyards, the gardens at Chateau Cormatin and the exquisite Romanesque basilica at Tournus.

Day 10 – Full day excursion to the Jura and the beautiful vineyards around Chateau Chalons.

Day 11 – North through the Cote de Nuits vineyards to Dijon and return the car to the station. Either overnight in Dijon to enjoy its historic centre, morning market and many restaurants, or take a train back to Paris, or on to your next destination.


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