Social Programme: Tours of Dijon

Tours of Dijon

If you would prefer some fresh air after a full day of conference, please consider taking one of the free guided tour of Dijon. Further details on the tours available can be found below.

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Guided Tours in Dijon
The Local Organising Committee are pleased to offer conference attendees free guided tours of Dijon with the Tourist Office (available in either English or French)

Discover Dijon
Sunday 11 September, 10:30am – 12:15pm (before the opening of the conference)
Available in English only
The Tourist Office Guide will lead you to the heart of Dijon which covers a 97 hectares conservation area; from the Palace of the Dukes and the area around Notre-Dame through the medieval streets and its old town houses.

Dijon, Land of the Wines of Burgundy
Monday 12 September, 17:45 – 19:00
Available in English only
Philip the Bold is the Duke of Burgundy who set the tradition of only using Pinot Noir in Burgundy wine. The presence of the Duke and the importance he gave to gastronomy, as well as the presence of the monks and wealthy vine owners hold a testimony of the print left by wine in Dijon.
Now, our “Climats”, the small vine plots from which a single wine is made, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to celebrate this, we are inviting you to this guided tour with the tourist office. 

At the end of your tour if you would like, you will have the opportunity to taste some white and red wines from Burgundy in the XVII-century cellar of the wine bar “Le Trou” in the Town centre. The tasting will be provided both in English and French, and you will be able to buy your favourite bottle from the cellar. Please note, the tasting is not included as part of the guided tour – There will be a 10€/per person charge for this and, the number of places available are limited.

As the number of participants to the guided tours is limited, please book your place by contacting Lizzy Birnie do not email credit card information under any circumstances).

If you would like to pay to taste the wines after the Dijon, Land of the Wines and Burgundy tour on Monday 12 September, please make this known when registering your interest so an invoice can be raised.

You will be provided with a ticket to your chosen guided tour, upon arrival at the conference.

Do it on your own:  Follow Dijon’s Owl

If you prefer to discover Dijon by yourself, the Local Organising Committee will be pleased to offer you “The Owl’s Trail” booklet, a 22-stage trail designed not only to give you a taste of Dijon’s charm, but also to take you back in time and show you the history of the town.  Each numbered stage takes in a place of interest, and the whole trail can be covered on foot in about one hour. Booklets are limited, so please ask at the registration desk if you wish to follow the Owl!

You can also follow the Owl with the Owl’s trail app on your smartphone

Individual tours


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You can also book directly specific guided tours before or after the Congress on the Tourist Office website

Here are some suggestions:

The “Brunch des Halles”
Sunday 11 September 11:00 – 15:00
Price: 25€
Just before the Congress, enjoy a nice brunch from a Burgundy Chef in the beautiful covered market place in a very French and friendly atmosphere. Book your ticket early if you wish to get a place from or

Be aware that September is a busy time for tourists in Burgundy and that you will need to book your visits in advance.

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