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Cycling Through Wine Labels

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Burgundy Self-guided trip: Starts any day from March through October 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 27 km (17 miles) to 76 km (47 miles)
Trip starts from and ends in Beaune
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties and guesthouses of charm
Level: 2/3 (Easy/Moderate)
From 875 euros per person sharing a double room

Cycling Through Wine Labels: Beaune and Dijon — 7 nights/8 days

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This bike trip will take you through Burgundy's scenic wine-producing villages.
 
On this trip, you will bicycle sections of the Wine route
 
Let the Burgundy Canal show you the way back!
  Ride through a patchwork of lush pastures and broad-leaved woodlands interspersed with extensive vineyards, for here, you are in one of France’s foremost wine regions. On a dazzling itinerary, you’ll spot some of the most valuable vines — and wines — in the world.

For those who enjoy classic wines, the names of the towns and villages will resonate with you: Beaune, Nuits-Saint-George, Vosne-Romanée, Meursault… even more exciting will be when you ride past these domains in person! Aside from the stately chateaux, the architecture of Burgundy is distinctive, with many fine old half-timbered buildings whose steeply pitched roofs are patterned in multi-colored tiles.

This itinerary enables an appreciation of food, wine, and the countryside but also provides some healthy exercise to justify a little indulgence at the end of each day. The lattice of quiet lanes and tracks follows rivers and meandering canals, with invigorating climbs into the hills to explore the ancient abbeys, magnificent chateaux, and charming medieval villages.

This tour focuses on the area north of Beaune. Some of our other Burgundy tours will let you explore the region south of Beaune (between Beaune and Cluny). Further south, our Beaujolais tours take riders south of Macon.

In Burgundy, as in other parts of France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland where we operate, we tailor itineraries for groups of 6 and more. To get started, just fill out our bike tour request form.

 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Beaune

Arrive in Beaune at the time of your choice. The earlier you arrive, the more time you’ll have to drink in — figuratively and literally — the magic of Burgundy’s wine capital. Its cobblestone streets offer world-class attractions including the 15th century Notre-Dame Basilica; the Hôtel-Dieu, with its famous multi-colored tile roof; and the Wine Museum. There are also numerous wine caves (wine cellars), perfect for sharpening your toast-giving skills for the days ahead!
Day 2: Rest day or loop around Beaune (Short Option: 36 km/22 miles, 492 meters/ 1,614 ft of climbing; Long Option: 58 km/36 miles, 356 meters/1,168 ft of climbing)

Today you may choose to do one of our suggested loops (ranging from 36 km/22 miles to 58 km/36 miles) or relax and enjoy Beaune. Our shortest loop goes to the south among the vineyards of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. Another one takes you to the beautiful village of Saint-Romain through Savignyles-Beaune. The longest option journeys into the plain of the Saône to the Cistercian Abbey of Citeaux before returning to Beaune through the vineyard of Nuits-Saint-Georges.
Day 3: Beaune — Nolay (Short Option: 33 km/20 miles, 328 meters/1,076 ft of climbing; Long Option: 44 km/27 miles, 596 meters/1,857 ft of climbing)

You’ll strike south of Beaune for the Côte de Beaune vineyards on another epic day of biking and wine tasting. The villages of Pommard and Volnay make for good lunch stops before continuing on to Nolay, a small village steeped with glorious 15th century architecture. Don’t miss the 16th century covered market located close to your hotel!
Day 4: Nolay — Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (Short Option: 37 km/23 miles, 577 meters/1,893 ft of climbing; Long Option: 60 km/37 miles, 825 meters/2,707 ft of climbing)

Leave the vineyards behind and cycle through the forested uplands to the hilltop village of Chateauneufen-Auxois. This picturesque plateau countryside emits an air of captivating stillness, as if permanently posing for yet another postcard shot. For lunch, you’ll stop in Bligny-sur-Ouche, a small farming village laden with Gothic and Roman architecture. From here you’ll cross the Burgundy Canal and arrive in the medieval village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Its storybook-like architecture and high setting makes it easy to understand why it has been deemed one of France’s most beautiful villages. Our longer option takes you to Arnay-le-Duc before returning to the Burgundy Canal and reaching Chateauneuf.
Day 5: Rest day or loop around Chateauneuf (Short Option: 27 km/17 miles, 386 meters/1,266 ft of climbing; Long Option: 44 km/27 miles, 680 meters/2,231 ft of climbing)

You may take a day off, unless you decide to ride our optional loop. Short in length but big on sites, the loop is highlighted by the Castle of Commarin. Owned by the same family for over 700 years, its rooms are ornamented with antique furniture and tapestries from the 16th century. From here, pedal back to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois at your own pace on a picturesque route along the Burgundy Canal.
Day 6: Chateauneuf — Dijon (44 km/27 miles, 238 meters/781 ft of climbing)

Most of the day’s ride will take place along the Burgundy Canal past La Bussière-sur-Ouche and then on to Dijon to complete the day. The capital of Burgundy is a majestic city, more open-air museum than metropolis. At night, the soft glow from the storefronts and illuminated landmarks lends a romantic feel to the air, one that only grows during your evening feast.
Day 7: Dijon — Beaune (Short Option: 42 km/26 miles, 250 meters/820 ft of climbing; Long Option: 76 km/47 miles, 791 meters/2,595 ft of climbing)

In the morning, you’ll trade the bustle of the city for the hush of the country and immediately find yourself in the midst of wine superstardom — let the clinking begin! Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée, and Nuit-Saint-Georges headline these “Hills of God.” In between “cheers!” you’ll find many restaurants and open-air cafés chock-full with gastronomic specialties. Or if you prefer, you can picnic roadside and acquire a firsthand understanding as to why the French countryside has inspired so many artistic masterpieces. The easy pace of this route provides ample time to visit the many museums and architectural wows of Beaune, where you’ll find yourself again this evening.
Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, depart Beaune at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 875 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip: 

Option A: 3 nights in 3-star hotels, 2 nights in 2-star hotels, and 2 nights in a guesthouse of charm

  • 875 euros per person in March, April and October. Single supplement is 320 euros
  • 905 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 335 euros
  • 940 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 350 euros

Option A+: 4 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a 2-star hotel, and 2 nights in a guesthouse of charm

  • 1,045 euros per person in March, April and October. Single supplement is 390 euros
  • 1,075 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 405 euros
  • 1,120 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 420 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep's mobile number).
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (available upon request)
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike.
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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