|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||20 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015|
|Start city:||Dijon, France|
|End city:||Macon, France|
The famous Côte d’Or is home to some of the best known wines in the world. The landscape is slightly hilly and very picturesque, dotted with medieval villages and historic towns. Some say that Burgundy is a litle bit like Provence, but without the crowd.
You will start your tour in Dijon, capital of the Ducs of Burgundy (also famous for mustard). Then you will contine through Beaune, called the wine capital of Burgundy, and venture out from there. Burgundy cuisine is justly famous – snails, Charolais beef, Bress chicken and wonderful cheeses.
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Day 1: Arrival in Dijon
Arrival of the participants by their own means at the hotel in the afternoon. Meeting with a representative of the agency who will hand out the road book, maps and tourist information. If you rented a bike, you will find it waiting for you at the hotel.
Overnight in Dijon.
Day 2: Dijon – Nuits Saint Georges/Vougeot (12 or 16 miles/20 or 25km)
You will be following the Route de Grands Crus from Dijon to Nuits-Saint-Georges through the famous winemaking villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey Saint Denis, Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot (with Chateau Clos de Vougeot).
Overnight stay in Nuits Saint Georges or Vougeot.
Day 3: Nuits Saint Georges/Vougeot – Beaune (16 or 13 miles/26km or 21km)
You will leave Nuits Saint Georges heading for Beaune, known as the Burgundy Wine Capital. The Hospices visit is a must! In Beaune you will also discover cellars sheltering fantastic crus, and stroll on the paved, narrow roads which will tak you back into the past.
Overnight stay in Beaune.
Day 4: Beaune – near Chagny (16 miles/25km)
You will cross the Côte de Beaune going through the best known winemaking villages such as Pommard, Meursault, and Puligny-Montrachet. You can stop by the mythical plot of Montrachet, considered one of the greatest white wines of the world!
Overnight stay near Chagny.
Day 5: near Chagny – Dracy le Fort (14 miles/22km)
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. You will have the possibility to immerse into the Middle Ages with a visit of the Château de Germolles (3km from your hotel).
Overnight stay in Dracy le Fort.
Day 6: Dracy le Fort – Cluny (29 miles/47km)
From Dracy you will join another cycling path designed for leisure activities and built on ancient railway. From Givry you will follow it straight until Cluny. You will enjoy varied landscape of forests and traditional countryside houses: “cabottes” (small stone houses), wash houses, fountains… 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. Landscape will change… and will become hilly. Arrival in Cluny, spiritual centre of Europe in the Middle Ages which had a considerable influence on religion, intellect, and art.
Overnight stay in Cluny.
Day 7: Cluny – Mâcon (19 miles/30km)
You will follow easy and flat Green Lane winding through the Val Lamartinien. Crossing the landscape dominated by rocks Solutre Vergisson, Mont Pouilly-classified one of the most beautifull natural sites in France. You will cross the area, where the poet Lamartine has left many memories.
Overnight stay in Macon.
Day 8: Departure
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Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015
At the time of booking, you may also arrange (for an additional fee) for private wine tasting.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Hotel Philippe Le Bon, Dijon
Day 3: Hostellerie Bretonnière, Beaune
Day 4: Local hotel near Chagny
Day 5: Guest House Moulin Madame, Givry
Day 6: Hotel de Bourgogne, Cluny
Day 7: Hotel IBIS Styles, Macon
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Helmets are included with bike rental (please reserve at time of booking). We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own bicycle helmet. Please let us know if you will be bringing your own helmet.
The terrain is mostly flat with occasional rolling hills. The tour follows small, quiet country sideroads about 65% of the tour and dedicated cycling paths about 35% of the time (at the end of the tour).
Nearest airport: Paris airports, France
Nearest train station: Dijon, France
Nearest airport: Paris airports, France
Nearest train station: Macon, France
The tour company recommends that you take the high speed (TGV) train to/from Paris. They then suggest that you take a taxi. A taxi from the Dijon train station to the first hotel is about €30. A taxi from the last hotel in Macon to the TGV train station is about €50.
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