Arrival in Beaune and stay at the hotel des remparts in the old town at the classic level or in Montagny-lès-Beaune at the Bed & Breakfast level. The luxe option, Hotel le cep a beautiful 4 stars, is located in the old part of Beaune.
Explore Beaune, with its chic cafés and wine boutiques. Admire the Hôtel Dieu, with its colourfully patterned roof. On a day ride, discover the wine villages of the Côte d’Or, home to the most famous wines of Burgundy: Clos de Vougeot, Nuits-St-Georges, and Meursault, which produces one of the best white wines in the world.
Distance: 32 km, elevation gain 174 m or 49 km, gain 274 m.*
Today there’s a challenging climb as you cross over the Côte d’Or hills into a delightful countryside of pastures dotted with white Charolais cows and fields of sunflowers. Arrive at the poplar-lined Canal de Bourgogne, in the shadow of Châteauneuf, at Ste-Sabine, where you’ll stay for two nights.
Distance: 52 km, elevation gain 613 m or 55 km, gain 725 m.*
Visit les châteaux today! Commarin merits a stop, with its 16th- century tapestries. You can choose to cycle up to perched Châteauneuf, a fairy-tale castle with a moat and a drawbridge, or admire its setting from the river valley!
Distance: 25 km, elevation gain 239 m or 66 km, gain 596 m.*
Wind your way through dreamy villages, past roadside crosses, and along the Burgundy Canal to Semur-en-Auxois, with its massive brown brick bastions towering over the Armançon River.
Distance: 65 km, elevation gain 489 m.*
Spend a second night in Semur to explore this region. Especially recommended is a pilgrimage to the Abbey of Fontenay. This oldest surviving Cistercian abbey has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Distance: 53 km, elevation gain 521 m or 58 km, gain 525 m.*
Enjoy a last stroll in Semur before your departure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
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