Burgundy was once the richest of the ancient duchies in France and continues to exhibit wealth brought about by the popularity of its wine. You’ll cycle small vineyard lanes and quiet country roads, passing picturesque villages filled with wine cellars inviting degustations. Food is a passion here and we’ll divulge our favourite restaurants, where you’ll enjoy food that is superbly prepared. We have been cycling in Burgundy for over 15 years now, and know the region intimately. From the many Flemish- style chateaux to the extraordinary Hospice de Beaune, the treasures of Burgundy are numerous. Needless to say, this tour is perfect for wine lovers!
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
6 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
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
We recommend you to start your trip on a Wednesday to see the market in Beaune every Saturday.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $2,250
Single Supplement: US $570
Luxe Accommodation: US $2,750
Single Supplement: US $690
You will meet our area manager on arrival at your hotel and he will set you up on your bikes. There are options for an easy ride on flat terrain through vineyards to the north or for those that want to challenge themselves with some hills, there are moderate climbs nearby. You’ll want to finish the day with a visit the Chateau of Gevrey-Chambertin, with the opportunity to taste their Grand Crus wine.
Ride Distance: 12 km, elevation gain 72 m or 38 km, gain 484 m.*
On your second day here, you’ll ride through the flat farmlands to the Abbaye de Citeaux, where monks still make their famous cheese. You can finish the day with a visit to the Clos de Vougeot, and ride past vineyards including Romanee Conti and other prestigious estates.
Ride Distance: 44 km, elevation gain 204 m or 85 km, gain 115 m.*
You’ll make your way south, where you can enjoy lunch at one of the many auberges in the region, before entering Beaune, your home for the next two days. You stay at a charming 3-star hotel (or a 5-star hotel if you choose Luxe) within the ramparts of the old city, and can dine out at acclaimed restaurants, where the wine lists are as extensive as the menus.
Ride Distance: 32 km, elevation gain 112 m or 37 km, gain 670 m.*
On your second day here, we recommend a historical tour of Beaune including a visit to the extraordinary Hospice de Beaune. For cycling you can choose between several rides (flat or hilly, short or long- your choice).
Ride Distance: 43 km, elevation gain 604 m or 32 km, gain 122 m.*
Continuing south, you’ll ride a route which will have you stopping in the famous wine village of Pommard, and then to St. Romain where you can visit tonneliers (barrel makers) to learn this ancient craft. You’ll stay at a luxurious hotel in the center of Puligny-Montrachet, one of our favourite villages in Burgundy.
Ride Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 411 m or 46 km, gain 709 m.*
On your final day of riding you’ll climb to Château la Rochepot, perched in a verdant valley and surrounded by vineyards. Back in Puligny, the restaurant at Le Montrachet will tempt you with fine wines and delicious Burgundian fare.
Ride Distance: 27 km, elevation gain 409 m or 32 km, gain 328 m.*
Linger before departure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This hotel is virtually surrounded by vineyards and all tastefully furnished French provincial style rooms have a view of them. It is a short stroll from good restaurants and the Château Gevrey-Chambertin.
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.
This luxurious country inn, built in 1824, boasts a fine gourmand restaurant that has won accolades from food lovers. Your hosts Thierry and his Canadian-born wife Suzanne create a warm and friendly atmosphere
Formerly a 17th century winepress and cave cooperative, the property was converted into an inn in 1970’s and now boasts 4-star amenities, swimming pool and onsite fine restaurant. Located in the heart of the Côte de Nuits vineyard. Member: Chateaux & Hotel Collection
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
This 4-star hotel is very casual-chic with the feeling of being in a private mansion. There are just 13 guest rooms, each with a subtle mix of tradition and modernity and a comfortable lounge to relax in and of course, Olivier’s wines are here to tempt.