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Sightseeing in Burgundy often revolves around the region's 4,000 wineries. The Burgundy wine route zigzags for hundreds of miles between the villages of eastern and southern Burgundy; you'll find the top wineries and the prettiest scenery in the area that runs south of Dijon via the Côte-de-Nuits, Beaune, and Côte-de-Beaune to the Côte Chalonnaise. lists over 600 wineries in Burgundy that are open to the public, as well as information on winemaking, wine tasting, and wine routes.

Even if you don't care for wine, you'll still find plenty to love about a Burgundy vacation. Burgundy is a favorite vacation area of Parisians, in part because of its big, beautiful landscape of lakes, forests, rivers, and historic sites. To explore Burgundy's back country, take a drive on the narrow roads (marked yellow or white on most maps) that wind through vineyards, forests, and pasturelands. There are also dozens of clearly marked car-free or lightly trafficked roads and paths that make it safe and easy to hike or bike through wine country. Many B&Bs and some hotels keep bikes on hand for guests' use; you can also book a weeklong biking or walking tour of Burgundy through Butterfield & Robinson. Consider, too, a scenic river or canal cruise. Afloat in France's barges navigate Burgundy's waterways between April and October, including a six-night cruise along Burgundy's wine route; check with the local tourist boards for other reputable outfitters. Along the way, you'll pass some of the hundreds—yes, hundreds—of Romanesque churches, monasteries, abbeys, and fairy-tale châteaux that dot the countryside. Budget enough time to explore the winding, cobbled streets of medieval towns and villages like Auxerre, Autun, Chablis, Beaune, Cluny, and Tournus, where one of the most pleasant activities is people-watching from a sidewalk café with a glass of local wine in hand.

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Vézelay and the Morvan

The medieval citadel of Vézelay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is celebrated for its basilica, which houses the relics of Mary Magdalene. Though the town...more

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On the southeastern edge of the Côte Chalonnaise wine district in southern Burgundy, Tournus is a handsome town on the Saône River that was founded by...more

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Noyers is a remarkably handsome, thoroughly restored medieval fortress town on the Serein River about 13 miles south of Chablis. Artists and artisans d'art have...more

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Musée du Vin–Burgundy Wine Museum, Beaune

In Beaune, Burgundy's wine capital, some wine shops call themselves museums, but a visit to the Musée du Vin is the best way to learn about the history of...more

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Musée Départemental de Préhistoire, Solutré-Pouilly

In prehistoric times, hunters ambushed mammoths and horses at Roche de Solutré, a startling hogback outcropping six miles east of Mâcon, near the...more

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Hospices and Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, Beaune

For centuries, the Hospices and Hôtel-Dieu of Beaune (better known simply as the Hospices de Beaune) was the main hospital of this fortified town,...more

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According to legend, Flavinius, a Roman who arrived in Burgundy with Julius Caesar around 52 B.C., fell in love with the site of this enchanting village and...more

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The many attractions of Dijon, Burgundy's capital city, center on the Ducal Palace and the Place de la Libération that fronts it. Toss a coin from there...more

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This animated town of 5,000 inhabitants about 15 miles northwest of Mâcon was long home to the biggest, most powerful monastic order in Europe: Cluny...more

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Château du Clos de Vougeot, Vougeot

If this fortified Renaissance château's towers, gabled roof, and 12th-century cellars look familiar, it's because they're on practically every postcard and...more

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