Jan 6th, 2010, 06:07 PM
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Flying into Paris late April and spending a couple of days there, then 4-5 days in Burgundy. Want to combine hiking with wine tasting, good food, maybe a cooking class. Don't know if should stay in one place and plan on daily hikes or move from place to place.

Maybe there's a better place for that kind of vacation then Burgundy. Did that in Provence.

Any suggestions/recommendations for a good itinerary?

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Jan 6th, 2010, 11:20 PM
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Will you have a car or what is your transportation option?
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Jan 7th, 2010, 02:16 AM
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We had a too brief visit in Beaune on our way to a river cruise - it seemed like a wonderful town and region. Rick Steves has quite a bit of info in his books about the area - mentions hikes and bike routes (I've been reading them for maybe next time). It does seem like a car would be good, but I'm considering doing it by train.
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Jan 7th, 2010, 05:09 AM
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Hey S,

Whatever worked for you in Provence should work in Burgundy. You can train to Dijon or Beaune and start from there.

What's your budget?

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Jan 9th, 2010, 05:03 PM
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I don't really have a budget - like to stay at a nice place at night after a nice dinner. Will probably have a car. Idally, stay at one place and hike some days, maybe cooking classes one day... but don't mind moving every day or two if it makes sense
In Provence we rented a house and did day trips, no hiking
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Jan 9th, 2010, 05:36 PM
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The Moulin des ruats is a converted mill that has cute rooms with all the basics at a reasonable rate. The restaurant in incredible (people come from Paris at the weekend to eat there) and it;s right on the edge of a French national forest that would be great for hiking.

Eating dinner in the restaurant I saw a white shape through the window and across the stream. I thought it was a cat until I saw it run and realized it was an ermine (you know that weasely run). I heard the forest also has a lot of other wildlife including deer and wild boar. It's fairly close to a bunch of interesting places to see - we especially loved Vezelay.

But, you must have a car to make it viable.
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Jan 10th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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A few years ago I stayed at the Moulin des Ruats for one night during a 10-day stay thru Burgundy.
I remember wishing I had longer at that hotel, and agree with NYTraveler that it would be a great place for your purposes. The area is beautiful, and the food wonderful there. I loved all of Burgundy, in fact, and I'm sure you will too, whereever you decide to stay.
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Jan 11th, 2010, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for the recommendations. What do you think about Bordeaux if we decide on that part of France instead ...
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