Burgundy Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Dijon / Mâcon
  • Distance

    104 miles/167 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    001-102CFR
Price From £823

Overview

Cycle from Dijon through the heart of Burgundy on this wonderful cycling holiday. Along the way, sample delightful wines and exquisite local food as you cycle quiet roads and cycle paths, through traditional villages and historic towns. Pass wonderful Chateaux and mansions, which evoke images of a romantic bygone era.

Wine is the focus of this trip and you will follow the ‘Route de Grands Crus’ which runs through many of the great appellations of Burgundy wine. Remarkable red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes to white wines made from Chardonnay grapes grown in delimited geographic areas known as “climats” which are specific to the Burgundy wine making region.

Burgundy cycling

Burgundy cycling

Some of the prestigious “climats” are Romanée Conti, Pommard, Echezeaux, Bâtard-Montrachet, Clos de Vougeot. Gevrey-Chambertin. The most famous, centred around Nuits-Saint-Georges is in the Côte de Nuits, where 24 of the 33 grands crus of Burgundy are found, producing mainly red wines. The Côte de Beaune, further south, produces a mix of red and white.

Around every turn there is a mosaic of vineyards, or the Clos, which are plots of vineyards surrounded by man-made walls. As you cycle, you will enjoy this distinctive vineyard landscape, vineyards stretching into the distance and dotted all along the way with quaint, old villages.

Let’s not forget of course that the cuisine includes the famous snails from Burgundy, the wonderful red wine stew, ‘bœuf bourguignon’, as well as the famous mustard from Dijon and tasty cheeses like Epoisses, Citeaux, and Ami Chambertin. You can also enjoy some outstanding regional dishes like the jambon persillé, the marbled ham. Not forgetting the ‘œufs en meurette’ or poached eggs in red wine sauce. Don’t refuse an opportunity to taste some; you’ll not be disappointed.

The cycling route  route is mainly flat with only a few small hills along the way and as such is suitable for anyone with an average level of fitness.

 

Itinerary & Map

The cycling route  route is mainly flat with only a few small hills along the way and as such is suitable for anyone with an average level of fitness.

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Day 1: Arrive Dijon

Dijon - Burgundy - France*

Dijon

Upon arrival make your way to your hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore the city. Dijon is a vibrant, walkable city with a wealth of great shops, restaurants and bars and a really welcoming vibe to it. There are many museums, churches and traditional buildings to discover including the Palais des Ducs and the church of Notre Dame. We suggest you follow the ‘Owl’s Trail’ which highlights 22 key points of interest in the city. Legend has it that if you want some good luck you need to find the tiny stone sculpture of the owl at the Notre Dame church – touch it with your left hand and make a wish!

Day 2: Dijon – Vougeot, 13 miles/20 kms

Gevrey Chambertin - Burgundy - France*

Gevrey Chambertin

Leaving Dijon behind, you navigate your way out of the city and cycle into the countryside where the Route de Grands Crus begins. Arrive into the region of Gevrey Chambertin, the largest appellation in Côte de Nuits, Pinot Noir country, and where you find some of France’s most famous wines including Vosne-Romanée, Fixin, Chambertin-clos-de-Bèze, Flagey-Echézeaux, Vougeot, Richebourg. Cycle on through the wine regions of Morey Saint Denis, Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot with vineyards all along the way on either side of you offering breathtaking scenery and crisp, fresh air!

Time permitting we highly recommend stopping for a leisurely lunch at Chez Guy, a wonderful restaurant in the charming village of Gevrey-Chambertin before cycling the last 6 kilometers to your overnight stay in the village of Vougeot.

Day 3: Vougeot – Beaune, 13 miles/25 kms

Hotel Dieu - Beaune - France*

Hotel Dieu – Beaune

This morning you will cycle through the delightful village of Nuit St Georges and then on to the the small city of Beaune, the Capital of the Burgundy wine lands. There is plenty to see and do here. On a single ticket you can visit the fine arts museum as well as the rather good wine museum. The famous Hospices de Beaune, a hospital built in the 15th century to look after Beaune’s poor and sick is also very interesting as is the Athénaeum, a bookshop, shop and wine cellar dedicated to the art of wine making. A tour of the extensive Patriarche Wine Cellars concludes with an opportunity to taste the product.

We also recommend a visit to La Moutarderie, a mustard manufacturer run by the Fallot family. You can learn how mustard was made and developed throughout the years. There is also a fabulous shop where you can sample and buy a huge variety of delicious mustards.

 

Day 4: Beaune – Chagny – Chassey Le Camp, 16 miles/25 kms

Pommard - Cote de Beau - Burgundy - France*

Pommard – Cote de Beaune

Today is a special day as you will be cycling through some of Burgundy’s best-known wine-making areas including Pommard, Meursault, and Puligny-Montrachet. There are quite a few restaurants to choose from in Meursault. One of our favourites is the Hotel/Bar du Centre on Rue de Lattre de Tassigny. From the outside you don’t actually see the nice, leafy patio area at the back, but we do recommend it for lunch. Some of the finest mellow dry white wines in France come from Meursault. Further on, you may wish to stop by Montrachet, which produces what many consider to be the best dry wine in the world! Finally you arrive in the provincial market town of Chagny – you spend the night in nearby Chassey Le Camp.

Day 5: Chagny – Dracy Le Fort, 14 miles/22 kms

Burgundy cycling

Burgundy cycling

Today’s route leads you along a very pleasant dedicated cycling path beside the Canal du Centre to the beautiful riverside town of Chalon sur Saone. Take time to explore the narrow streets of this medieval town before cycling on towards the nearby village of Dracy Le Fort where you will overnight. Just before reaching the village you may chose to visit the fascinating Chateau de Germolles which offers a fascinating insight into life in the middle ages.

Day 6: Dracy Le Fort – Cluny, 29 miles/46 kms

Cluny - Burgundy - France*

Cluny

We suggest an early start today. Join a traffic-free cycle path and as you cycle along at a gentle pace take in the magnificent countryside dotted with forests and ‘cabottes’, which are traditional stone houses. En-route stop off at Saint Gengoux Le National, a medieval town with a rich heritage and where you will see many historic properties from the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Onwards to Cormatin – be prepared the landscape changes and becomes quite hilly! The village itself has a château, a beautiful castle with splendid gardens, which gives you a real glimpse of 17th century French life. Arrive into the beautiful town of Cluny, which was once a spiritual centre. Make sure you visit the Roman Abbey church, which was once a major pilgrimage site. Time permitting; check out the National Stud Farm adjoining the Abbey property. The farm is used to maintain specific breeds of horses that are unique to France.

Day 7: Cluny – Mâcon, 18 miles/28 kms

Vergisson - Burgundy - FranceII*

Vergisson

The scenery changes a little today as you cycle through the Val Lamartinien with its charming villages and slightly more hilly landscape. The village of Vergisson enjoys a particularly picturesque setting and is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful natural sights in France.

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2018 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 15 April to 30 September

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2018 Prices
001-102CFR
Per person
15 Apr
to
30 Sep
Comfort category
Double/twin £823                    
Single* £1258                    
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)

Supplements

Half board (£286)
Extra night in Dijon, double/twin (£72)
Extra night in Beaune, double/twin (£72)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£132)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£264)

Notes

* Single: only applicable when travelling with minimum of 2 people

Practical Information

Bikes

Hybrid bike - 001

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, repair kit, and map holder.

Electric bikes, smaller framed children’s bikes, trailers and tag-a-longs are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet in France and we always advocate their use for riders of all ages.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: 3 star hotels.

Dijon: Hôtel des Ducs
Vougeot: Hôtel de Vougeot
Beaune: Hostellerie de Bretonnière
Chassey Le Camp: Auberge du Camp Romain
Dracy: Hotel Le Dracy
Cluny: Hôtel de Bourgogne
Macon: Hôtel IBIS Styles

Local taxes
Some hotels in some countries have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

 

Getting There

Fly or take the Eurostar to Paris. Alternatively, fly to Lyon.
From there, take a train from Paris or Lyon to Dijon

Research flights from the UK here

Research trains in France here

At the end of the trip take a train back to Paris or Lyon for your onward flight.

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