3 Night The Highlights of Beaune
3 Night The Highlights of Beaune Ref: 3BTH
3 nights Abbaye de Maizières 4*or similar, Beaune
1 x Double/Twin Deluxe Room
The Hôtel-Dieu is a former hospital founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy and his wife, Guigone de Salins. From the street, you are confronted with an immense stone façade topped by a slate roof, whose entrance is heralded by a slender bell tower and a bold awning. It is only when you step into the main courtyard that you see the flamboyant roof with varnished tiles, a shining symbol of ducal Burgundy and now world famous.
The sumptuous Salle des Pôvres housed thirty beds for the sick and destitute, and it is here that you start your visit. You can still see the remarkable panelled vault and the strong oak framework of the building, decorated with a frieze of carved human and animal heads. As you walk on, you will discover the rich heritage of this site through extraordinarily furnished rooms, statues, chests, tapestries, pewter ware and more. Behind every door you’ll catch sight of the day to day life in this hospital where a unique community of Hospital Ladies, instituted by the founders, provided medical care.
The polyptych of the Last Judgement, painted for the hospital by Rogier van der Weyden, features the portraits of Nicolas Rolin and Guigone de Salins and it is the unmissable crowning jewel of this museum.
Finally, the Salle Saint-Louis is the last stop on your tour. Fully refurbished and equipped with multimedia devices, this room focuses on three themes; the collections of objects of the 15th and 16th Centuries, hospital care from 1800 to 1940 and the famous vineyards and wine auction of the Hospices Civils de Beaune.
Start Time: 12:30pm
Duration: 4 Hrs 30 Mins
Take a guided tour of the town on a tourist train with panoramic vision. Listen to the commentary that accompanies this little adventure, where you will discover the Old Town, its monuments and its history and will have an overview of the Beaune vineyards.
Start Time: Hourly between 11:00am–17:00pm
Duration: 30 Mins
Discover the wine of the Côte de Beaune region on this small group day trip into the countryside of Burgundy. You’ll stop for a traditional lunch where fresh baguettes, ham, regional cheese and of course, samples of wine will await you. We then call in at a family owned boutique winery. Taste some of the estate’s best sellers and learn about wine production for a Burgundy grower as you tour the cellars.