Sightseeing en route. Burgundy, France.

Tasty treats at the Patisserie at the end of a biking day. Photo via Flickr:Jerome Decq

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.

    Highlights:

    • Burgundy cuisine (Escargots à la Bourgogne, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Coq au Vin are just three of the famous regional dishes)
    • Burgundy wines
    • Beaune, Burgundy Wine Capital, surrounded by Côte d'Or vineyard
    • Côte de Beaune area and the winemaking villages such as Pommard, Meursault, and Puligny-Montrachet
    • Rails to trails cycling on some days on the Voi Verte

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  • 2019

    Price £ 881 $ 1,776 1019 NOK 9765 kr 9014 $ 1,172

    Single supplement: £ 400 $ 807 463 NOK 4437 kr 4096 $ 532

    extra options

    Dinners included: £ 303 $ 610 350 NOK 3354 kr 3096 $ 403

    Extra night in Dijon: £ 59 $ 118 68 NOK 652 kr 602 $ 78

    Extra night in Beaune: £ 56 $ 113 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75

    Extra night in Macon: pending

    Electric bike rental: £ 104 $ 209 120 NOK 1150 kr 1062 $ 138

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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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.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

    WINE TASTINGS

    If you are interested in any of the wine tastings indicated in the day to day itinerary, please let us know which day(s) and winery you would like to book and we can provide more details in regards to estimated time of arrival and availability. Most of the time it will be late morning (about 11 am) or afternoon ( 3 pm, 4 pm or 5 pm) depending on the availability of the winery and location within your cycling itinerary. Don't be  surprised by early tastings that may be possible! In France, 11 am is considered to be one of the best moments in the day to have your taste buds awake and ready to have a quality tasting.


Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in 3 star hotels.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation 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
  • Ride with GPS app, with the link to proprietary GPS route information as a tool to follow your specific tour
  • Route descriptions and maps as well as tourist information
  • Hotel taxes
  • Emergency assistance in case of problems

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1019 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019
Daily arrivals are possible.

Skill Level

This is an 8 days/ 7 nights self-guided bike tour that is rated easy to moderate. Burgundy has lovely cycling and you will encounter hills

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.  

Wine tasting:

  • A visit to Domaine Phillipe Leclerc in Gevrey Chambertin is possible with tasting of 7 wines (€15 p.p.) You will pass this winery as you cycle.

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 tasting:

  • Caves Moillard in Nuit Saint Georges with a tasting of 4 wines  (€15 p.p.). You will find this winery just a short detour (1 km) from your cycling route.

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.). You will find this winery just a short detour (2 km) from your route 
  • 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.). Winery is located directly on the route.
  • 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 5 wines. Visit at 10:30 am, 2 pm, or 4 pm. (€15 p.p.) Location: 1 km detour from your route
  • Domaine Lejeune in Pommard, except on Sundays and subject to availability on booking. Tasting of 5 wines. (€20 p.p.). Location: 500 m from your route

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.

Wine tasting:

  • 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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