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  • HOSPICES DE BEAUNE - ADULT TICKET

    € 12.00

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    Adult entrance fee to the Hospices de Beaune. This can be selected if you wish to only have an audio-guided visit of the museum - audio-guides included in this price. If you would like the services of a guide you must book the guide service extra during the booking process. Only guides of the Hospices de Beaune can guide inside the monument. Tips for the guides are forbidden inside the museum.
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    HOSPICES DE BEAUNE VISIT WITH AN OFFICIAL GUIDE OF THE MUSEUM

    € 72.00

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    Fee for a guided visit with a guide in the Hospices de Beaune. This price is for the group of 2 to a maximum of 15 persons. Only the guides of Hospices de Beaune can conduct a tour inside the monument. Tips are prohibited.
  • BURGUNDY WINE TASTING SESSION IN BEAUNE

    € 25.00

    /pers - all participants
    Per person wine tasting fee for a wine tasting session in a carefully chosen wine cellar in Beaune.
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Ophorus Tours - Beaune Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

Beaune

Beaune Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

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Visit the Charming small town of Beaune with an Expert, licensed Guide in a fun & informative way

Highlights

  • Easy Paced & Flexible Tour to include your Interests
  • Private small group only
  • Fun & informative visit, fascinating stories and local anecdotes
  • Purchase your tickets to Hospices de Beaune directly on our site
  • Optional Burgundy wine tasting in a local cellar
  • English speaking licensed tour guide, Burgundy expert

Program & Itinerary

Follow a private guided walking tour with a licensed guide, expert of the town of Beaune. Today, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Beaune. If you are traveling from outside the city, we will pre-program a centrally located meeting point.Meet your English speaking licensed guide who is accredited to conduct guided tours in historical towns, museums and monuments and thanks ...

Follow a private guided walking tour with a licensed guide, expert of the town of Beaune. Today, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Beaune. If you are traveling from outside the city, we will pre-program a centrally located meeting point.

Meet your English speaking licensed guide who is accredited to conduct guided tours in historical towns, museums and monuments and thanks to the fascinating stories and local anecdotes you will discover Beaune in a fun & informative way.

Then, begin your 2-hour guided walking tour in Beaune. Discover how the city was built from the middle ages to the present day and admire the heritage which reminds us of the great Beaune Hours including the Notre Dame Collegiate Church and passing by the ramparts of the city.

A bit of History

The origin town of Beaune can be dated back to the 1st century BP when the Romans decided to build a fortification that lied at the crossroads between two of their most important ways. One linked the town of Lyon to Trier (Germany) and the other linked the town of Besançon to Autun. The town became prosperous in the 12th century thanks to the wine trade and its urban area expands outside the castle walls, erecting remparts that can be still seen today.

The town was at the time the Capital of the Duchy of Burgundy and the first Burgundian Parliament met at Beaune in 1227. During the middle ages, the town then organized itself around three major locations: the market square (that is today Place de la Halle), the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame (the old historical town center) and Place Carnot where the Parish Church used to stand.

The streets of Beaune have kept a number of houses and buildings that date back to those days, from Romanesque houses to 18th century private mansions. The town's past is also closely linked with religious life. Other than the Romanesque Clunisien style Collegiate Church of Notre Dame that dates back to the 12th & 13th century, a number of Abbeys and Convents still occupy a large proportion of the urban space.

Today, most of the buildings belong to wine merchants who have found an ideal location to store their wines. The Hospitaliers religious order also left their print in the town of Beaune with the most famous construction being the Hôtel-Dieu, built in a Franco-flemish style, and that dates back to the 15th century. There is a second Hôtel-Dieu named Hospice de la Charité that is a good example of 17th century architecture. 

Hotel Dieu des Hospices de Beaune

The Hôtel-Dieu was a medieval hospital that featured vast halls for beds for the sick. Founded in 1443, the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune is a two-storied construction that occupies three sides of a courtyard. In one of its wards is a Museum dedicated to Rogier Van der Weyden's great Altarpiece - The Last Judgement that was commissioned by Nicolas Rolin, the last chancellor of the Burgundian Dukes and the hospital's builder.

The Hospital was built to help the persons who had suffered from famine and poverty after the Hundred Years War. As you visit, discover the kitchen, the pharmacy and the vast hall with its wooden beds and red curtains that maintain some kind of privacy. The Hospices is also famous for the wine auction it organizes each year with wine produced from 53 hectares of vineyards that were donated to the hospital through the centuries. This Charity Sale is held every year in November.

Basilique Notre Dame

Beaune, located on the way to Jerusalem, was a popular stop for all the pilgrims wanting to make their way towards the Holy Land. Because the number of pilgrims that pass through the town in the 12th century is considerable, the Dukes of Burgundy decided to build a larger Church than the existing one, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The beginning of the construction of Notre Dame Collegiate Church dates back to the second half of the 12th century. The architectural style of the Basilica was inspired by that of Cluny. The largest part of the Basilica is in the Romanesque style. 

This sanctuary has kept rich furniture ranging from the Romanesque period to the 17th century. There are also important remains of 15th century wall paintings that you will discover during your visit. Notre-Dame de Beaune is known worldwide for its tapestries depicting Virgin Mary’s life; they are presented in the Basilica’s Choir.

This exceptional collection dates from the 16th century. The major events in Mary’s life are evoked in successive scenes. This set of tapestries was restored by the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune’s nuns in 1852.

Grosse Tour

Beaune is a fortified town located in the heart of the prestigious Burgundy wine region. One of the four towers built in the early 16th century, it is decorated on the boulevard side with the coat of arms of the governor of Burgundy, La Trémouille. It played a role in monitoring the plain by watching the Route de Verdun, the nearby Saone forming the frontier between the French kingdom and the Holy Roman Empire until 1678. 

Thus the guard saw the arrival in 1569 of the 40,000 Germans answering Condé's call, and then in 1636 the army led by Gallas that ravaged, pillaged and set fire to the faubourgs. Purchased in 1891 by the Maison Calvet from Bordeaux, it was used by this wine merchant as a prestigious tasting room before being acquired by the municipality. Its roof is laid out as a pleasure garden.

Wine tasting Burgundy Wine in Beaune

Beaune is considered to be the Capital of Burgundy wines. If you would like to taste some wines as part of this guided walking tour, it is possible for us to organize a wine tasting session in one of the numerous wine cellars that are located within the town of Beaune. During a commented session, taste some of the most typical local red and whites wines that have made Burgundy such a famous wine region of France.

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  • Meet your guide at your hotel, accommodation or dedicated meeting point in Beaune

  • 2-hour private guided walking tour of Beaune

  • Optional visit of the Hospices de Beaune

  • Optional wine tasting session of Burgundy wines

  • End the tour in the center of Beaune

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Ophorus Tours - Beaune Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide
Ophorus Tours - Beaune Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide
Ophorus Tours - Beaune Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • Group size of 1 to 15 participants maximum
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Beaune Train Station, Hotel, AirBnB or Accommodation in Beaune or surrounding

Departure

Meet your guide at your hotel lobby or at a dedicated meeting point in Beaune, to be confirmed by our team after booking completion.

Return

Tour ends after your visit in Beaune.
 

Included / excluded

Included

  • 2 hour walking tour of Beaune
  • English speaking licensed tour guide
  • Optional visit of Hospices de Beaune
  • Optional wine tasting in a local cellar

Excluded

  • Entrance fees, tasting fees or activity fees
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • Where will we meet our licensed tour guide?

    Your guide will meet you directly in Beaune city center. If you are coming from outside, we will set a convenient meeting point for you. The end of your guided walking tour in Beaune will take place in the city center. By default, we usually begin our walking tours in front of the Tourism Office. We can also plan to come and pick you up directly at your hotel as long as it is located within the city center.
  • Are your Beaune walks adapted to everyone?

    Our Beaune walking tours involve an important amount of walking. Even though our walking tours tend to stay on easy to walk sidewalks and streets, the town of Beaune still has some cobbledstone streets that are difficult to walk on. Therefore we strongly advise that you book this tour only if you are in a good physical condition. This tour is certainly not adapted to persons who have walking difficulties and it is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Is this price per person or per group?

    The pricing for our walking tours is per group of minimum 1 persons to maximum 15 persons. To the price you will need to add any optional options chosen during the booking process.
  • Can we adapt the tour to fit our wishes?

    Absolutely, since this is a private tour we will customize the walking tour to your wishes. Let our team of travel professionals know what are your main points of interest and they will design the tour accordingly.
  • Is this Guided Walking tour of Beaune only available in English?

    No, our talented, in-house multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in other languages. Reach out to our team of travel experts to let them know in which language you would like to take the tour and they will get back to you with possibilities and availability.
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