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Day Trip to Beaune?

Is there way to visit a decent chateau near Beaune or Dijon without having to rent a car? I'm planning on taking the TGV to either Beaune or Burgandy and was hoping to catch a bus of some sort that'll take me to a nearby chateau (kinda like what I was able to do in Florence). We will not have a car but recommendations for cheap bike rentals in either city would be greatly appreciated. Also any notable chateaus near either Beaune or Dijon within walking/biking distance would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Id think if you got down to Beaune from Dijon (I dont know the travel options) it would be en excellent place to base for some vineyard visits and that biking around that area would work just fine (there are many small roads and marked bike trails through the vineyard area. which is very close indeed to the town of Beaune. The town is itself very interesting with many tasting opportunities. Give yourself a day or two and you will be happy. Cant imagine a day trip working too well, though.

      Here's a post about our quick visit (by car) to the area last June and a very nice restaurant we enjoyed just outside the walls in Beaune - we had a couple of quick tasting visits in Volnay and Meursault - just dont try vineyard visits at lunchtime - the tasting rooms will pretty much all be closed!

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/30584...

      1. re: jen kalb

        Thanks lots! I need to double check the TGV schedule. I thought I was able to get to Beaune through a Dijon transfer.

    2. it looks from my Michelin city map that there is a train station to the east of the town center. The center is walled, with a moat and street running round the outside and roads running out the gates like spokes. Le Benaton is on the Rue de la Fg. Bretonniere (N74) heading out toward Chalon. FYI we stayed at Auberge La Bretonniere a short walk down the same street. The town had a festive atmosphere (all that wine I guess) and it and the tourist crowd there looked prosperous! the Hotel Dieu is not to be missed.

      ps. My daughter would kick me for not mentioning a "great food" of this region - the gougere.

      1. it looks from my Michelin city map that there is a train station to the east of the town center. The center is walled, with a moat and street running round the outside and roads running out the gates like spokes. Le Benaton is on the Rue de la Fg. Bretonniere (N74) heading out toward Chalon. FYI we stayed at Auberge La Bretonniere a short walk down the same street. The town had a festive atmosphere (all that wine I guess) and it and the tourist crowd there looked prosperous! the Hotel Dieu is not to be missed.

        1. There is a train station in Beaune, ro be sure, but unless I'm 'way off, only local trains stop there. The TGV stops in Dijon and Lyon in that neck of the woods.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            TGV stops in Macon too, closer than Lyon and a jumping off point for the southern part of Burgundy (Beaujolais, Maconnais, Cote Chalonnaise).

          2. The landscape in Burgundy is much different from Bordeaux where grand chateaux dot the horizon. Estate producers are much smaller around Beaune without imposing buildings or large cellars. But they are much more accessible for the general public and happy to pour their wine. A few of the big negociants have facilities in town that you can visit. Francois Gaunoux has a sales/tasting room in the middle of Beaune, http://www.gaunoux.com/ .

            I've run into French tourists on the weekends in Beaune who bought TGV-rental packages out of Paris that includes a RT train ticket to Dijon and a car for the weekend for local use. You might check into those kinds of deals.

            http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=19407...

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks Melanie. Have you been to both Caves Patriarche or Marché aux Vins?

              1. re: Porthos

                Sorry, I have not, but I hope someone else can tell you about them.

                Be sure to take a look at the L'Athenaeum de la Vigne et du Vin, a fabulous wine bookstore, on Place Carnot. One of the handiest purchases I made is the French-English pocket size wine dictionary.