Vineyards dominate all through Burgundy, France.
Patisserie in France, oh la la! Photo via Flickr:Annie HARADA VIOT

Vineyards and chateaux in Burgundy, France. Photo via Flickr:Magalita B.

Best of Burgundy

France Bike Tours

Cycling, food, and wine

  • It is said the best wine can be found in Burgundy. It is also said that the best cycling can be experienced here as well. Why not combine the two? Burgundy can be compared to Provence, but without the crowds.The landscape is slightly hilly and very picturesque, dotted with medieval villages. You will start your tour in Dijon, capital of the Ducs of Burgundy, continue through Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, and from there, you will venture more to the South.

    Wine tastings are available along the way and vary, depending on the estate that is booked. Many other excursions are possible as well such as Chateau du Clos de Vougeot (museum), Hospices de Beaune, Mustard factory, cheese factory, etc.

    Burgundy cuisine is also renowned the world over, inspired and based on local resources such as Charolais cattle, chickens, wild mushrooms, snails, quail, boar, venison, and freshwater fish. Escargots à la Bourgogne, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Coq au Vin are just three of the famous regional dishes.

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  • 2017 Prices

    Price £ 933 $ 1,489 980 NOK 9800 kr 9046 $ 1,176 Single supplement: £ 429 $ 684 450 NOK 4500 kr 4154 $ 540

    extra options

    Dinners included: £ 310 $ 494 325 NOK 3250 kr 3000 $ 390 Extra night in Dijon: £ 62 $ 99 65 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78 Extra night in Beaune: £ 62 $ 99 65 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78 Extra night in Macon:  £ 57 $ 91 60 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72 GPS device: £ 29 $ 46 30 NOK 300 kr 277 $ 36 Electric bike: 

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  • Travel

    There are two options for your arrival airport. One option is to fly to Paris Charles De Gaulle. Another option is to fly to Lyon.

    Local Travel

    You can take a train from Paris or Lyon to Dijon. There is a TGV train station in Dijon. It takes about 1 h 30 min to get to Dijon from Paris by a fast train.The first hotel is located at about 10 minutes walking distance from the station. You can take a taxi (+33 (0)3 80 41 41 12) or a city bus, Divia, line n° 5 or Tramway line T1.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. There are many good websites to use to explore weather related information in any area. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for the region are: April, 61/41°, May, 68/48°, June, 74/53°, July, 78/57°, August, 77/56°, September, 71/51°, and October, 60/43°.

    Remarks

    You can book an extra night in Beaune, Dijon, or Macon.


Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in 3 star hotels.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations in 3 star hotels with breakfast
  • 27 speed hybrid touring bike with one rear pannier, one handle bar bag with map cover, repair kit, pump, helmet, and one lock and odometer per two bikes
  • Tour briefing
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS tracks
  • Route descriptions and maps as well as tourist information
  • Hotel taxes
  • Emergency assistance in case of problems

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • GPS device (available for a supplement, see pricing)
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From980 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates
Daily arrivals are possible.

Skill Level

This is an 8 days/ 7 nights self-guided bike tour that is rated moderate.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Best of Burgundy Map

Day 1: Arrival in Dijon
Day 2: Dijon – Vougeot, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Vougeot – Beaune, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 4: Beaune – near Chagny, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 5: Chagny – Dracy le Fort, 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 6: Dracy Le Fort – Cluny, 30 mi. (47 km)
Day 7: Cluny – Macon, 17 mi. (28 km)
Day 8: Departure after breakfast

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1Arrival in Dijon
After check-in at your hotel, you are free to relax or explore. There will be a briefing scheduled with bike handouts, delivery of road books, and maps. 

Day 2: Dijon – Vougeot, 13 mi. (20 km)
Today you will follow the Route de Grands Crus to Vougeot, passing through Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey Saint Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, all famous wine making villages of the area of Côte de Nuits. This winegrowing region is a paradise for Pinot Noir, which is used for the majority of the Bourgogne winegrowing region’s Grands Crus.  A visit to Domaine Phillipe Leclerc in Gevrey Chambertin is possible with tasting of 7 wines. Price: €15 per person.

Day 3: Vougeot – Beaune, 16 mi. (25 km)
Leaving Nuits Saint Georges, you will head for Beaune, known as the Burgundy Wine Capital, surrounded by Côte d'Or vineyard. Worth a visit, is the Hospices de Beaune, founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum, featuring a multi-paneled painting of The Last Judgement by Rogier van der Weyden. You must also discover the wine cellars filled with fantastic crus and stroll on the narrow streets which will take you back into the past. Wine tastings available today are at Caves Moillard in Nuit Saint Georges with a tasting of 4 wines  (€15 p.p.) and/or Chateau de Corton Andre in Aloxe Corton with a tasting of 3 wines. (€10 p.p.).

Day 4: Beaune – near Chagny, 16 mi. (25 km)
You will cross the Côte de Beaune area going through the best known winemaking villages such as Pommard, Meursault, and Puligny-Montrachet. The Montrachet vineyard is the jewel in the crown of Burgundy's white wines, located in a cluster around the Mont-Rachet hill above Puligny-Montrachet. These vineyards produce some of the most expensive and rare wines in the world, often regarded as the ultimate expression of the Chardonnay grape variety. Overnight stay will be near Chagny. Wine tastings: Chateau de Pommard in Pommard with a vist to the cellers and tasting of 4 wines (€25 p.p.). Domaine Lejeune in Pommard, except on Sundays and subject to availability on booking. Tasting of 5 wines. (€20 p.p.). Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet, informative and personalized visit of the cellars and winery from 11th and 14th century, followed by a commented tasting of 5 wines (€20 p.p.). Chateau de Santenay, in Santenay, a guided visit is available of the exteriors of the castle, the winery, cellars of aging (9th century) including the tasting of 4 wines.

Day 5: Chagny – Dracy le Fort, 14 mi. (22 km)
You will leave Chagny following the Voie Verte alongside the Canal du Centre in the direction of Chalon sur Saone from where you can admire the vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise. Highly recommended is a visit to the Château de Germolles (3 km from your hotel), a well-preserved residence of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century. This exceptional site evokes court life in France on the eve of the Renaissance. 

Day 6: Dracy Le Fort – Cluny, 30 mi. (47 km)
From Dracy, you follow a cycling path designed for leisure activities and built on an ancient railway. From Givry, you will follow it until Cluny, enjoying a varied landscape of forests and traditional rural stone huts or cabottes. With a rich heritage and an artistic dimension, Saint Gengoux Le National is known as a medieval town. On your way to Cluny, you will go through Cormatin, a village well-known for its château. Here the landscape will change, and will become hillier. Overnight this evening is in Cluny, the spiritual center of Europe during the Middle Ages, which had a considerable influence on religion, education, and art.

Available on this Day or on Day 5, you can ride an extra loop of 12 km to visit Chateau de Chamirey in Mercurey, except on Sundays. 3 wines can be tasted. (€20 p.p.)

Day 7: Cluny – Macon, 17 mi. (28 km)
Today you will follow the easy and flat route on Voie Verte, winding for about 23 km through the Val Lamartinien. The landscape is dominated by the rocky outcrop of Solutre Vergisson in the middle of a vineyard, classified one of the most beautiful natural sites in France.

Day 8: Departure after breakfast

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