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Ophorus Tours - Dijon

Burgundy

Dijon

We organize both half day and full day trips from Dijon to the most famous landmarks of the Burgundy region. Our private or shared Burgundy wine tours will take you to the most famous wine regions such as Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. All tours conducted by local guides, Experts in Burgundy wines.

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Learn more about Dijon

Dijon Travel Guide (Burgundy, France) Dijon, the Capital of the Burgundy region of France, boasts a rich heritage and makes for a perfect departure point to the Burgundy wine region. The historic centre is mainly pedestrian and its small shopping streets are lined with half timbered houses, medieval and Renaissance buildings that make it enjoyable to stroll through. Dijon is also famous world wide for its Dijon Mustard and for being a perfect departure point for your next Burgundy Wine Tour. The town of Dijon can be easily reached by high speed train from Paris with the train station centrally located in town.  A bit of History Certified as a "City of Art & History" the town of the ...

Dijon Travel Guide (Burgundy, France)

Dijon, the Capital of the Burgundy region of France, boasts a rich heritage and makes for a perfect departure point to the Burgundy wine region. The historic centre is mainly pedestrian and its small shopping streets are lined with half timbered houses, medieval and Renaissance buildings that make it enjoyable to stroll through.

Dijon is also famous world wide for its Dijon Mustard and for being a perfect departure point for your next Burgundy Wine Tour. The town of Dijon can be easily reached by high speed train from Paris with the train station centrally located in town. 

A bit of History

Certified as a "City of Art & History" the town of the hundred bell towers, as Dijon is known as, is home to a rich heritage. The town in the upper Middle-Ages is known as Divio and there area already important religious buildings such as Saint Stephen Cathedral and Saint Benigne Benedictain Abbey that actively participate in the development of the town.

Slowly the town expands during the Middle-Ages and by 1301, Robert the 1st - Duke of Burgundy - establishes Dijon as his Capital. For more than 300 years, Dijon will benefit from a demographic and economic boom in large part due to the Fairs, Markets and draperies that are held throughout the year. It is during that period of time that many important buildings are erected such as the Saint Chapel, the Dukes Palace and the churches of Saint Philibert, Notre Dame and Saint Begigne.

The next important period of time for the town takes place from 1363 to 1477 when the Great Dukes of Occident transform the town. For more than a century, thanks to skilfull mariages, conquests and treaties the Dukes of Burgundy extend their possessions to the North Sea. Most of the sumptuous private mansions of Dijon that can be admired today date back to those times. In 1477, at the death of Charles the Bold, Burgundy and thus Dijon, become part of France.

The 17th century can be considered as a Golden Age for Dijon. Due to its geographical location, at the cross roads between Lyon and Paris, the town benefits from an intense commercial expansion that will completely transform the urban area. Roads and streets are modified, buildings are transformed or destroyed, new squares and prestigious private mansions are built. Other important architecural constructions include the University, the Fine Arts schood and museum as well as the academy.

After the French Revolution, the town of Dijon will loose its status of Capital of Burgundy and will not profit from any economic growth until the inauguration of the railway line that links Paris to Marseille. 

Follow the Owl

Located on one of the walls of Notre Dame, a sculpted owl has become the mascot of Dijon and its inhabitants. By passers caress with their left hand the now worn out emblem that is said to be a lucky charm. From the tourist office, the Owl Route will take you through historical Dijon City to discover the most important landmarks.

During this one hour walking tour, you will admire Private Mansions from the 13th century to 15th century, stroll through medieval streets such as rue Verrerie, stop at the Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne, reach the majestic Gothic Cathedral of Saint Begnine and end the tour at the central Market built at the end of the 19th century in the Eiffel style.

The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy

The Palace is certainly the most important attraction of Dijon. Residence of the Dukes of Burgundy until 1477 then property of the King and Governors that represented him the most important transformations of the Palace took place under the reigns of Philippe le Hardi and Philippe le Bon. Highlights of the Palace include the Tour Neuve, the Tour Bar, the Kitchens, the Dukes appartments, the Gards Hall and the Philippe le Bon tower. The Palace is also home to the Musée des Beaux Arts of Dijon.

The Fine Arts Museum

Dating back to 1799, this is one of the oldest museums in France. The museum is located within the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy ( Palais des ducs de Bourgogne) that was the residence of the Dukes of Burgundy until 1477. Inside, discover the great hall of Philippe le Bon where the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy are displayed since 1827. Other highlights of the Palace include the kitchens, the Bar Tower and the hall of Statues.

The Well of Moses

Ordered by Philippe II of Burgundy, the "Well of Moses" is a sculpture made by Claus Sluter and his nephew Claus de Werve with polychrome paintings done by Jean Malouel. The well used to be located in the Great Cloister of the the Champmol Chartreuse. Originally created as a pedestal of a calvary dominated by a Grand Crucifix, the cavalry was destroyed in the 18th century probably due to the collapsing of the roof that protected the Well. The monument is considered to be a brilliant example of Gothic sculpture of Burgundy. 

Wine tours & day trips from Dijon

If wine is what your are looking for then Dijon is an ideal departure point for Burgundy wine tours. Our Burgundy private day trips include wine tasting tours to both côte de nuits and côte de beaune vineyards that are known to produce some of the best red wines and white wines in the world.

A typical, exclusive half or full day private wine tour from Dijon with Ophorus, includes tours and tastings at famous wine cellars or wineries located along the Route des Grands Crus. During the tastings, experience Grands Cru and Premier Cru Wines of Burgundy to understand the differences in aromas and tastes. For lunch on a private full day tour, your guide will certainly recommend local restaurants that specialize in food and wine pairing that will enhance your dining experience.

Our Burgundy small group shared tours departing from Dijon are a perfect introduction to the wines of Burgundy. On a half day or full day option, you will discover the craft of wine making in traditional family owned domains. All our shared tours also include stops in small charming villages as well as great photo opportunities in the vineyards or next to world renowned wineries.

If wine is what your are looking for then Dijon is an ideal departure point for Burgundy wine tours. Our Burgundy private day trips include wine tasting tours to both côte de nuits and côte de beaune vineyards that are known to produce some of the best red wines and white wines in the world.

A typical, exclusive half or full day private wine tour from Dijon with Ophorus, includes tours and tastings at famous wine cellars or wineries located along the Route des Grands Crus. During the tastings, experience Grands Cru and Premier Cru Wines of Burgundy to understand the differences in aromas and tastes. For lunch on a private full day tour, your guide will certainly recommend local restaurants that specialize in food and wine pairing that will enhance your dining experience.

Our Burgundy small group shared tours departing from Dijon are a perfect introduction to the wines of Burgundy. On a half day or full day option, you will discover the craft of wine making in traditional family owned domains. All our shared tours also include stops in small charming villages as well as great photo opportunities in the vineyards or next to world renowned wineries.

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FAQ

  • How do you get from Paris to Dijon?

    The distance between Paris and Dijon is of about 310 kilometers (190 miles). You can of course rent a car to reach Dijon from Paris. There are also a number of trains departing from Paris Gare de l'Est train station that will take you to Dijon. The TGV fast trains will take you there in just over 2 1/2 hours. You can also book one of our hassle free, premium private transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports or from your Paris Hotel, AirBnB or accommodation. Services of an English speaking driver, premium A/C vehicle.
  • Is Dijon in Burgundy?

    Yes, the charming small town of Dijon is located in the Burgundy region of France. The town is famous for ist mustard, its Crème de Cassis and the surrounding Burgundy wine region. The historical city center is also home to a number of 14th & 15th century houses. The town is also a great starting point for one of our Burgundy Wine Tours.
  • Is Dijon worth visiting?

    Dijon is more of a small city compared to Beaune (the other perfect location for a Burgundy discovery) and therefore can be considered as more lively. Dijon is certainly worth the visit if you are looking for a town that possesses Historical & Architectural Heritage. The city center is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The town is also famous for being a food & wine destination. Concerning the food, local delicacies include the Mustard, Snails, Crème de Cassis, Chocolate and Gingerbread. For the wine, the nearby Burgundy wine region makes Dijon a perfect gateway to vineyard for those looking to taste Pinot Noir & Chardonnay wines.
  • Should I stay in Dijon or Beaune?

    This is a recurring question for those of you that wish to visit the Burgundy region of France. In fact both destinations make for a great starting point for Wine Tours and we offer day trips and wine tours out of both Beaune and Dijon. So the main difference is that Beaune is a small town set more or less in the middle of the Burgundy Wine Region. Dijon is more a small city located at the northern tip of the Burgundy wine region. Since it is larger, you will have more choices when it comes to hotels, restaurants and things to do in town. Your choice will therefore depend on what type of activities or ambiance you are looking for when not on a wine tour.
  • Is Dijon ideal for Wine Lovers?

    Yes, wine lovers will be seduced by the town of Dijon. The town is an ideal departure point for all Burgundy wine lovers as both the Côte de Beaune & Côte de Nuits wine regions can easily be accessed. We organize both private & shared small group wine tours to both of these Burgundy wine regions.
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