Like a fine aged wine, savour Burgundy slowly, with time for its subtleties to penetrate. Great art, gastronomic food, and a history fermented with religion and royalty are your first tastes. Sip again and find white cows dotting green pastures embraced by hedgerows, and villages where you are greeted with a wave and friendly calls of “Bonne Route!” Self-guided cycling is the ultimate way to discover Burgundy.

Location

Beaune

Beaune, France

Day 1+2

Canal de Bourgogne

Canal de Bourgogne, France

Day 3+4

Semur-en-Auxois

Semur-en-Auxois, France

Day 5+6

Vézelay

Vézelay, France

Day 7+8+9

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

8 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
We require that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and map
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Specifics

TRIP DATES

Start any date between May 1 and October 31
We recommend you to start this trip on a Friday so that you can see the market in Beaune held every Saturday.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

9 days / 8 nights, with 7 days cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Beaune / Vézelay

ACTIVITY LEVEL

48 km (30 miles) daily average Extra km possible

TERRAIN

Some hills every day of moderate difficulty with one very challenging climb on Day 2

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: US$1885
Single Supplement: US$425

Classic Accommodation: US$2560
Single Supplement: US$595

Luxe Accommodation: US$3750
Single Supplement: US$720

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.
Getting There You start in Beaune, about 320 km southeast of Paris. Beaune is a famous and pleasant town in the heart of the Côte d’Or vineyards. It boasts a charming medieval quarter of narrow streets, welcoming squares and buildings topped with gleaming roof tiles. Beaune can be easily reached from Paris via Dijon. It is also close to the international airports in Lyon and Geneva.

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Day 1

Beaune

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.

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Day 2

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.
Ride Distance: 32 km, elevation gain 174 m or 49 km, gain 274 m.* 

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Day 3

Canal de Bourgogne

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. 
Ride Distance: 52 km, elevation gain 613 m or 55 km, gain 725 m.* 

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Day 4

Canal de Bourgogne

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! 
Ride Distance: 25 km, elevation gain 239 m or 66 km, gain 596 m.*

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Day 5

Semur-en-Auxois

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.
Ride Distance: 65 km, elevation gain 489 m.*

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Day 6

Semur-en-Auxois

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. 
Ride Distance: 53 km, elevation gain 521 m or 58 km, gain 525 m.*

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Day 7

Noyers

A ride through the heart of Burgundy takes you to Vézelay. On your way visit Époisses, famous for both its cheese and its château. Follow the Cousin Valley past the fortified town of Avallon, finishing finally in Vézelay, as pilgrims did in ancient times.
Ride Distance: 64 km, elevation gain 325 m.*

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Day 8

Noyers-sur-Serein

The magnificent cathedral of Vézelay shelters astonishing carvings. Stand where St. Bernard and Eleanor of Aquitaine exhorted a field of knights on to the first crusade. Cycle south and dip into the Regional Park of the Morvan, then return to Vézelay.
Ride Distance: 28 km, elevation gain 435 m or 38 km, gain 584 m.*

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Day 9

Leave from Vézelay.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Casual/B&B

Chambres d’Hôtes Fare Nui, Montagny-lès-Beaune

This charming bed & breakfast is located in a hamlet outside of Beaune. The rooms are comfortable and the proprietors friendly. There is table-d’hote (dinner) available


Hostellerie du Chateau, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

This 3-star hotel in the center of Châteauneuf overlooks the Canal de Bourgogne and the surrounding countryside. This is one of France’s most beautiful villages with fairytale turreted towers dating back to the twelfth century.


Hôtel des Cymaises, Semur-en-Auxois

In the heart of medieval Semur-en-Auxois, this ancient mansion from the 13th and 14th century has been transformed into a comfortable casual hotel with 18 peaceful guest rooms.


Le Compostelle, Vézelay

This casual inn has just 18 rooms, a quiet garden and a terrace on the village square. The breakfast room boasts panoramic views over the valley. Recommended as a Frommer guide favourite.


Classic

Hôtel des Remparts, Beaune

Situated inside the historic remparts of Beaune (hence the name), close to restaurants and cafes, this 17th century building was renovated into a traditional 3-star hotel, preserving the charm of the ancient mansion, with modern comforts. Straight Talk: This hotel’s style is more traditional than contemporary and some guests comment that it could use an updating.


Manoir de Serrigny, Vandenesse en auxois (Châteauneuf)

This intimate inn has only four rooms (all large) and the property has a swimming pool and tennis courts. The pretty village of Serigny is delightful to stay in and the host, Marie-Pascale is very welcoming. Recommended by Alistair Sawdays’ Special Places to Stay


Hôtel de la Côte D’Or, Semur-en-Auxois

Recently refurbished, this 3-star hotel is in the center of town and is our choice for comfortable stay in Semur-Auxois. Restaurants are walking distance from the hotel.


Hôtel de la Poste et du Lion D'Or, Vézelay

This former post office has been renovated into a 3-star hotel. The rooms have great views and the hotel restaurant has a good reputation among guests. Straight Talk: Fodor’s describes the hotel as: “A terrace out front welcomes you to this rambling hotel, which features light, bright (if somewhat staid) rooms—most with private balconies.”


Luxe

Hôtel Le Cep, Beaune

Originally built in 1442, this 5-star hotel features a magnificent tower and a beautiful stone staircase, as well as two historical courtyards and a picturesque garden. Rooms are decorated in the traditional French style. Member: Small Luxury Hotels of the World; Chateaux & Hotels Collection


Abbaye de la Bussière, La Bussière-sur-Ouche (7km from Châteauneuf)

This Relais & Châteaux hotel, once a medieval castle and Cistercian monastery offers luxurious lodgings surrounded by an 18 acre park. The one-star Michelin restaurant is superb and was recently rated one of the top 20 in France by the Sunday Times.


Hôtel de la Côte D’Or, Semur-en-Auxois *Classic Inn

Recently refurbished, this 3-star hotel is in the center of town and is our choice for comfortable stay in Semur-Auxois. Restaurants are walking distance from the hotel.


Hôtel de la Poste et du Lion D'Or (Classic), Vézelay

This former post office has been renovated into a 3-star hotel. The rooms have great views and the hotel restaurant has a good reputation among guests. Straight Talk: Fodor’s describes the hotel as: “A terrace out front welcomes you to this rambling hotel, which features light, bright (if somewhat staid) rooms—most with private balconies.”


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