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Getting around near Beaune / Dijon

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Getting around near Beaune / Dijon

This is actually repost from Paris forum:

Next May 2013, we are playing with our itinerary to train into Beaune to visit the wineries. Perhaps we might even may short day trip to Dijon. Is it possible to get around on foot or should we plan on renting a car when we get there? Are roads easy for a Americans to navigate?

Thinking about staying at Le Richebourg Hotel.

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1. Re: Getting around near Beaune / Dijon

Specifically we are looking into staying at Le Richebourg Hotel.

Is it possible to drag luggage from train station to the hotel without a car? What is nearest car rental in the area?

Thank you!

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2. Re: Getting around near Beaune / Dijon

The two are linked by rail.

As long as you don't want to venture out past the towns themselves, it's not a problem getting around (Dijon has a sparkly new tram system).

If you want to head out into the countryside to visit wineries, you'll need to find a guide or a rental car.

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3. Re: Getting around near Beaune / Dijon

The wineries are spread out over a fairly large area; you would certainly need a car. Also note that unlike in California you need reservations at many of the smaller , and some large, wineries. Using a guide will help considerably, as that would get you into some wineries that would otherwise not be available. However, there are a fair number of major vintners' properties that you can easily visit, such as Savigny-les-Beaune and the Château de Meursault. Small wine villages like Gevrey-Chambertin have tasting rooms, and you will see signs reading "dégustation," which means tasting is offered.

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Would it be difficult for American to drive? International driver's license required to rent a car or will American license be enough?

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5. Re: Getting around near Beaune / Dijon

you probably will want a car to get around the area; lots of interesting towns etc.The roads are easy to navaigate and are well marked with towns, distances listed. (I know easier than boston area and probably easier than Chicago area) You will also want a good road map of the area (michelin regional maps are good you can go to www.michelin-travel.com and find one that will work for the area ). There is probably a car rental agency in or near the train station; it's cheaper and easier to book ahead of time and most major companies will have a presence in either Dijon or Beaune. The old town of beaune is lovely and worth time to visit.

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Your own license is fine. I have, in the past, gotten an international license and no one has ever asked for one. You drive on the same side as in America so it is not an issue at all. We have driven all over France and have found the roads and highways pretty much like driving at home. One word of caution: They do have speed cameras on most major highways,and you will eventually get a speediing ticket if you drive too fast

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an international driver's permit is not required in France.

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You will have a much bigger problem getting access to these wineries than you might imagine. Most are not set up for tourists and the industry in Burgundy is setup very differently from what you might expect. Ownership of vineyards can be very fragmented with even single rows of vines having different owners. There are a number of vintners which may not actually own any property at all, they simply handle the fermentation process and/or marketing and sales.

Burgundy, more than any other location, lends itself to using a guide, someone who has a relationship with producers and can give you both access and instructional background on what is available. At least take a look at some of these guides who can make your visit much more interesting and even provide you with transportation meaning a rental car may not be necessary:

http://www.toursetdetours.com/

http://wineandvoyages.com/

http://www.burgundydiscovery.com/

http://tasteburgundy.com/

burgundytoday.com/gourmet-traveller/burgundy…

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10. Re: Getting around near Beaune / Dijon

There's a poster here on the forums who, because of forum guidelines, can't post her information.

She posts under the name BurgundyGuide, and you can find her profile here: www.tripadvisor.com/members/BurgundyGuide

Her website is http://www.burgundybyrequest.com

Haven't met her, haven't taken her tours, just know that she's there.

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