Burgundy Wine Trails: Beaune to Macon on the “Voie Verte”

4.7/5 (17)
6 nights
19 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 762
Bike tour in France
Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths

Burgundy Wine Trails: Beaune to Macon on the “Voie Verte”

4.7/5 (17)

Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths

6 nights
19 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 762
Bike tour in France

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  • Venture into the verdant, sun-kissed vineyards of France

    Burgundy is a fabulous region for a cycling tour, featuring verdant vineyards with cascading fruit, quiet roads, lovely accommodation, and domains catering to visitors seeking to sample the sumptuous wine and local cuisine.

    On this sensational cycling tour, you'll ride through traditional French towns like Pouilly Fuisse, Saint-Veran, Givry, Santenay, Puligny-Montrachet, and Pommard. You'll soak up luscious landscapes from the peace of a quiet cycle path, known as the 'Green Way', enjoying a unique experience in the vibrant fields of France.

    • Burgundy Wines to try! CC:Didriks
    • Wines of the Côte de Beaune in Beaune, France. Megan Cole@Flickr
    • Chocolatier in Paris, France. Jérôme Decq@Flickr
    • Hospices de Beaune, France. CC:Olivier Vanpe
    • Local French champagnes! Pug Girl@Flickr
    • Market in Beaune, Burgundy, France. Dr Bob Hall@Flickr
    • Vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. Stefan Bauer@Flickr
    • Beaune, Burgundy, France. Dr Bob Hall@Flickr

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    Highlights

    • France’s first 'Voie Verte' ('Green Way'), following the path of an abandoned railway line
    • Authentic little villages on the vineyard slopes
    • Winegrowers’ houses with galleries, dovecotes, little Romanesque churches, and washhouses
    • Wines of the Côte Chalonnaise: the best-known appellations (Mercurey, Rully, Givry, Montagny) of remarkable quality and finesse
    • Wines of the Côte de Beaune: Santenay, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Pommard

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    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in France.


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    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    • Day two,  five miles south of Beaune, France (photo by Kenneth Clements)
    • Biking along the canal on the way to chasey le camp (photo by Gilleanmac)
    • Canal du Centre near Remigny (photo by B and L)

    Burgundy Wine Trails

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival in Beaune
    Arrive in Beaune, a blissful town surrounded by lush vineyards. It's an instant introduction to the beauty of the French countryside.

    Overnight in Beaune.

    Day 2: Beaune loop ride (19 miles/30 km or 25 miles/40 km)
    Beaune offers myriad acitivites to spark your interests, from a visit to the Hospices de Beaune (a perfect introduction to the atmosphere of Burgundy) to a fun exploration of the Mustard Factory (enjoyable for children and adults). If you'd like to get into the rhythm of the ride, bike loops around Beaune will be suggested.

    Overnight in Beaune.

    Day 3: Beaune – Chassey-le-Camp (15 miles/25 km)
    After breakfast, you'll start your bike ride through the verdant vineyards that surround the bike path as it passes through the wine-making villages of Pommard and Volnay and the Grands Crus vineyards (Montrachet, Batard Montrachet, etc.) There are numerous wine tasting options all along the route to Santenay.

    A short portion of the cycle path will then bring you alongside the canal before you reach your destination, situated at the beginning of the Cote Chalonnaise. Your hotel offers you lovely leisurely opportunities with its indoor and outdoor swimming pools!

    Overnight in Chassey-le-Camp.

    Day 4: Chassey-le-Camp – Dracy-le-Fort (15 miles/25 km)
    Today you'll cycle along quaint countryside routes to join another cycle track alongside the 'Canal du Centre'. From here, you'll reach Chagny, pass near to Rully (wine-making village), and cycle the Chalon Sur Saone area. You'll arrive in Dracy Le Fort, a small village on the border of the vibrant Côte Chalonnaise vineyards.

    Overnight in Dracy-le-Fort.

    Day 5: Dracy-le-Fort – Cluny (27 miles/44 km)
    After breakfast, you'll join the 'Voie Verte' ('Green Way') in Givry, a wine-making village responsible for producing the favorite red wine of the French King Henri IV. This bike path is built on an ancient railway line and was the first dedicated bike path in France.

    Alone the 'Voie Verte', you'll glide past the beautiful Roman architecture of Buxy, St. Gengoux Le National, and Malay. You'll arrive in Cormatin, the perfect place to stop for a lovely lunch and visit the grand castle. When you head into Cluny, make sure to visit the Abbey of Cluny and the stud farm.

    Overnight in Cluny.

    Day 6: Cluny – Macon (17 miles/28 km)
    This morning, you'll be back on the bike path for your ride towards Macon. The landscape starts to get a little hillier here even though you're still on the cycle path. The Castle of Berze Le Chatel is a beautifully romantic spot to visit, offering a lovely view from the road if you decide to take this detour. You'll also cross the longest European tunnel open to cyclists and enjoy a ride through the Val Lamartinien, offering a gorgeous view of the Solutre Rock.

    Overnight in Macon.

    Day 7: Departure
    Departure after breakfast.


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     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    The accommodations on this tour are 3-star hotels.

    Hostellerie de la Bretonnière, Beaune

    Auberge de Camp Romain, Chassey le Camp

    Hotel Le Dracy, Dracy Le Fort

    Hôtel de Bourgogne, Cluny

    Hotel IBIS Macon Center, Macon

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


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     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

    • Standard touring bike, 24-speed
    • Electrically assisted bike*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

    • Tire repair kit (with extra inner tube)
    • Pump
    • Bell
    • Lock
    • Rear carrier (for standard saddle bags)
    • Removable handlebar bag with map case

    Specialty rentals (pricing available on request):

    • Child seat
    • Trailers
    • Kids tandem bikes

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Pedals:
    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.

    Helmets:
    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.


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     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    Daily, except Thursdays: March 1 - Oct 31, 2024 (minimum 2 persons). Solo pricing available upon request

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy €762
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1231

    Bike Rentals

    Standard touring bike, 24-speed €130
    Electrically assisted bike €250

    Additional Services

    Dinner package €370
    Taxi transfer from Beaune train station to the first hotel (per transfer) €30
    SPD pedal rental (per person) €18

    Extra Nights, Beaune

    Per person, double occupancy €93
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €163

    Extra Nights, Cluny

    Per person, double occupancy €94
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €150

    Extra Nights, Macon

    Per person, double occupancy €84
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €144

    Included services

    • 6 nights' accommodations in 3-star hotels
    • Breakfasts
    • Daily luggage transfer
    • The description of the tour, maps, and scenic information
    • GPS tracks to follow on a mobile App
    • Assistance in case of problems
    • Welcome briefing

    Tour Company


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     Bikes Other Details 

  • Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    Surface and terrain

    The daily distances are not too demanding and the terrain is mostly level. The region’s wine culture is very much in evidence along the whole route and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop, learn more, and even taste the local produce.

    The 'Voie Verte' ('Green Way') cycle path is a delight, providing a safe environment for the whole family to enjoy the ride together.

    You will mostly ride on cycle paths, asphalt vineyard roads, and countryside roads – you will not cycle on high-traffic roads.


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Lyon airport or Paris airports
    Nearest train station: Beaune

    If you reach Macon center, your hotel will be just opposite the street. If you arrive at Macon Loché TGV station, you can take a taxi (about €35) or take bus line nE (it takes about 20-25 minutes).

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Lyon airport or Paris airports
    Nearest train station: Macon Centre or Macon Loché TGV station

    Taxi transfer from Beaune train station to the first hotel for €25.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour.


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     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • John Swanstrom 2 weeks ago

      I've been waiting many years to take this trip... definitely worth it!

      The perfect way for me to experience the French wine country. Beautiful scenery, all bicycle trails and country roads with very little traffic, quaint villages, interesting places to see along the way, and the hotels and meal packages were superb.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2024
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was my first bicycle tour in Europe
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • klaus albrecht 2 months ago

      Trip of our 35th weding anniversary

      Excellent trip. Fine hotels. Good bicycles. Food and wine are marvelous. Great

    • Kenneth Clements 9 months ago

      Perfect Vacation Experience

      Fantastic experience. Wonderful hotels. The hosts were very gracious. The bags arrived flawlessly at our next stop everyday. Late September offered perfect weather.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Late September 2023
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Day two,  five miles south of Beaune, France (photo by Kenneth Clements)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Julie Paoli-Stern 10 months ago

      Excellent Trip!

      First bike trip and we really enjoyed it! Routes were well laid out and lodgings were varied and of good quality. Tour company was very attentive to our needs and responded immediately when we encountered a problem along the way.

    • Lori Schwartz 10 months ago

      Self guided

      Great tour options on self guided. Made many stops in towns and did wine tasting.

    • Tony VanGarderen September 23, 2022

      Beautiful area of France!

      A great way to experience the beauty of Burgundy. Loved cycling through the vineyards as well as along the Voire Verte. The hotels had a lot of character. The bikes were great, one ebike and one regular.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Chuck54 July 26, 2019

      What was the date of your tour?
      7-12-18
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • ewarren574 June 7, 2019

      Trip of my dreams!

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      First one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Sharonna June 6, 2019

      Nice tour for wine & cycling

      We had a lovely time visiting vineyards and cycling through Burgundy. The trip was suitable for people who were not in tip-top shape and the terrain was mostly flat (except for one day where we were staying in Chassey-le-camp at the top of a very large hill -- totally unnecessary given that the route then cycled back to the same place we went the day before). If you are visiting a winery, you should call ahead and let them know when you will arrive. Many places close around lunch time. There are lots of picnic benches to stop along the way, especially near Dracy-le-fort, so I would recommend stopping at a grocery store, bakery, etc. in the morning (not to mention a winery!) and creating your own picnic for lunch. You might want to bring your own plates, cutlery, and cups.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 2/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Mia0620 September 24, 2018

      Easy and relaxing

      We loved the pace and the voies vertes were fabulous. This is biking without stress. The company people are terrific and helpful.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 11 - 17
      How many tours have you completed?
      More than 15
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Coco October 5, 2017

      Biking in Burgundy--fabulous!

      This was a perfect way to spend a birthday with 5 close friends! The bike routes wound through vineyards in the midst of the crush, or on paved paths through forests and alongside canals.

      What was the date of your tour?
      mid-September
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Coco October 2, 2017

      Fantastic way to experience Burgundy

      We were 6 friends on a self guided tour of the Burgundy Wine Trails. Having done many cycle tours in different European countries, I can say this one falls in the top of our list. The trails wind through vineyards and charming villages and navigation was very easy using the app. We LOVED Beaune and Dijon had a charm of it's own. The wines were fantastic and overall epicurean experience unparalleled. The only downside to this trip (and reason I am not giving it 5 stars) was two of the five hotels we stayed in were substandard. The Athanor in Beaune has a great location and warm welcoming lobby, but the rooms were dirty, there were no mattress pads on the beds, peeling paint in the bathroom etc. The Heloise in Cluny had a beautiful restaurant, but the rooms, while spacious, were extremely old and tired with ragged bedding and dark dingy halls.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 13-20, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      10
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Brittany October 3, 2017

        We're glad to hear this Burgundy trail ranks high on your list of tours! We'll work with the tour operator regarding the substandard hotels to ensure quality for future clients. Thank you very much for your feedback and we hope to help you and your group in the future plan another dreamy vacation.

      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Chri October 19, 2016

      Excellent

      Really enjoyed our trip from Macon to Beaune through the vineyards.

      What was the date of your tour?
      24.09
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 1/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Batz45 October 18, 2016

      FORMIDABLE!!!

      Perfect way to enjoy the Burgundy Region. Experienced a variety of scenery, along a canal, through Vineyards and quaint, charming little villages. Being on self-guided gave us more flexibility to explore and take advantage of the wonderful food and wines which were always so well presented, matched and served by friendly staff. Being on La Voie Verte was also a plus, well marked and away from traffic. A Memorable experience - definitely recommend this tour. Thank you Biketours!!

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept. 25 - Oct.1
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Lindsay Nash October 19, 2016

        Wonderful to hear! And, thank you!!

      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Gilleanmac September 6, 2016

      Surpassed our expectations

      If you enjoy gourmet meals,wine, fresh air and exercise, you will love this tour. Perfect combination of smaller bed and breakfast and larger hotels. We opted for the supper meals included and we were so pleased with the restaurants chosen. Every meal will stay in my memory forever. We enjoyed less Kms per day ,which allowed us enough time for exploring, afternoon stops in cafe's for wine and salad with chèvre chaud! The scenery was beautiful and the biking was mostly easy on flat paved services. The tour operator was also very helpful when we had a issue with a squeaking bike wheel and replaced the bike for us promptly . We loved this tour and would highly recommend.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Aug 28-sept 5/2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Biking along the canal on the way to chasey le camp (photo by Gilleanmac)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • B and L June 15, 2016

      Easy trail through historic Burgundy

      Wonderful historic sites in Cluny and Cormatin. Picturesque ride through the vineyards between Santenay and Beaune. We enjoyed detours into small towns along the way. The trail was well marked and an easy ride

      What was the date of your tour?
      5/30/16-6/4/16
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Canal du Centre near Remigny (photo by B and L)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Jgr1 May 27, 2016

      Really fun

      Perfect amount of time. Good accommodations. Easy route. Very nice people. Beautiful countryside

      What was the date of your tour?
      April
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 3/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)

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