Following breakfast today is a trip to Dijon with our guide for the day, Jean Louis.
The historic capital of the province of Burgundy, Dijon was originally a Roman settlement, Divio, and was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th to the late 15th century. Their legacy is the richness of the buildings and art which are plentiful in Dijon.
A place of tremendous wealth and power, Dijon was one of the great European centres of art, learning and science. It escaped destruction during various wars and as a result, many of its buildings date from the 12th Century.
Here we visit the Ducal Palace, an example of Capetian architecture, that lines one side of Dijon's central Place de la Liberation. We will see La Musée des Beaux-Arts in the old part of the palace, containing the old kitchens dating from the 14th century and a collection of paintings ranging from the Renaissance to the Impressionistic periods. A climb to the top of the tower of Philip Le Bon results in 360 degree views over Dijon.
Lunch is in Dijon. After dining, there is a short drive to the Clos de Vougeot. This is an iconic destination in Burgundy and is where the Cistercian monks developed the science of viticulture and wine making
We return to Beaune and after an afternoon rest we have dinner at La Garaudiere. This is in the village of Levernois. This is a‘rustic’ restaurant where your meals are cooked on a large open fire. It is also a Micgelin Bib Gourmand restuarant.