BURGUNDY AND THE ALPS HOTELS
BURGUNDY AND BEYOND – WHY GO?
A trip to Burgundy is like travelling through a stellar wine cellar. The region's celebrated wine towns make it heaven for bon vivants as one famous vineyard runs into another. Expect great gastronomy to match: this is the home of boeuf Bourgignon and other famous French kitchen classics.
Stop off for a tasting or three (Beaune, Beaujolais and Puligny-Montrachet are just some of the famous Burgundy wine labels) but leave time to visit Dijon, once home to one of the most powerful dynasties in France, and some of the area’s spectacular abbeys.
South of Bagnols, Lyon showcases 2,000 years of history from Roman theatres to the best of contemporary art. The city's vieille ville is a medieval jewel of narrow cobblestone streets, high-sided Renaissance mansions, tiny courtyards and pillared doorways. Wander along the quayside markets, browse in some of top stores of France's second city and the climb the hill for an eagle's eye view from the cathedral grounds.
From here it's a mere two-hour drive to Alps. Get on the piste at chic Mégève with the crunch of snow underfoot or walk in matchless Alpine scenery in spring and autumn. See Mont Blanc the easy way – from a cable car – and warm up later with a vin chaud. Share an traditional raclette supper - potatoes and ham swirled in melted cheese – for an indulgent feast.