Burgundy Journey – 8 days: Self-Guided

Burgundy is home to some of France’s most prestigious vineyards, beautiful, hilly landscape punctuated with picturesque villages, remarkable chateaux and of course exquisite French food! On this 8 day / 7 night self-guided tour you’ll discover why Burgundy is so beloved by tourists and especially bicyclists. The tour starts in the charming walled city of Beaune, once the capital of Burgundy. Accommodations are in very nice small hotels in rooms with private facilities.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beaune
Arrive at your leisure with time to visit this small, exquisite town. You can admire surviving sections of the ramparts that surrounded the city in the middle ages and visit the famous HÙtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune), a stunning building with its colorful tiled roof. The interesting Wine Museum of Burgundy in Beaune is also worth a visit.

Day 2: Beaune – Châteauneuf en Auxois – 24 miles (38 km)
Today you’ll leave Beaune and pedal on to picturesque, medieval Châteauneuf-en-Auxois with its 12th century chateau, perched high over the valley. This little village proudly carries the title, “Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France”, one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Day 3: Châteauneuf en Auxois – Semur en Auxois – 35 miles (56 km)
This rural stretch will take you through Pouilly en Auxois, a charming historical village, and follows the canal of Burgundy to reach Semur en Auxois, a farm town with a reputation for gastronomy.

Day 4: Semur en Auxois – Vézelay – 39 miles (62 km)
You’ll cycle this morning to the charming village of Epoisses, home to the famous goat cheese that gives it its name and a perfect stop for a coffee. Then cycle through rolling French farmland and small villages on tiny roads to Vézelay, the wonderful Roman town under UNESCO protection. Your hotel is on the bottom of the town and you will walk up the cobblestones through the narrow, winding, shop-lined streets up to the most important Romanesque cathedral in France. From here you’ll have a magnificent view over the surrounding country side.

Day 5: Vézelay to Saulieu – 31 miles (50 km)
The biking is perfect today through peaceful countryside and the Regional Park Morvan. In the park Morvan there is a chance for a swim in one of the small lakes and an opportunity for a picnic. After that you will stop tonight in Saulieu.

Day 6: Saulieu – Autun – 31 miles (50 km)
Continue along the river and you will pass by the small villages Chissay and Morvan and then later Lucenay l’Evêque, all very nice for a short visit. You will bike on today to Autun, an atmospheric town with 2000 years of history founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus. Napoleon Bonaparte dreamt of imperial glory when he stood here in front of the Roman Theatre and the Roman entrance gates of the city. As you bike into Autun you’ll be impressed by the imposing Cathedral St. Lazare, built in the 12th century to shelter pilgrims who came to pray on St Lazarus’ relics.

Day 7: Autun- Beaune- 40 miles (64 km)
On the final day of biking back to Beaune you will pass by the beautiful Renaissance Chateau de Sully and Epinac before entering “Haute Côte de Beaune” vineyards. Enjoy some fragrant and tasty “Burgundy Delight” tonight with your farewell dinner

Day 8: Departure after breakfast.

Getting There

About every hour a TGV train leaves from Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Dijon. The train ride takes almost three hours and tickets for the TGV have to be reserved. From Dijon a local train will bring you to Beaune (25 minutes). From the train station in Beaune you will take a taxi to the first hotel.

Meals

Seven continental breakfasts and seven dinners are included.

Prices and Dates

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Tour Length

8 days/7 nights

Included
      – Accommodations in small, family owned mostly two-star hotels, all rooms with private shower and toilet
      – Seven continental breakfasts and seven dinners
      – Route descriptions, maps and travel highlight information
      – 24-speed bike rental, including HELMET,one pannier, lock, repair kit, and map holder
      – Luggage transportation – pieces of luggage limited to 2 p.p. & 32 pounds per piece
    – Emergency service phone number 7 days a week.
Bicycles

Bikes are included in the price of the tour. Bikes are well-maintained 24-speed men’s and ladies bikes, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, map holder, repair kit, and lock. Bike Helmets are included. Bikes are delivered to your hotel and you will test them at your convenience.

Level of Difficulty

Moderate. The cycling itinerary takes place on quiet country roads with little traffic. You will see flat areas along with rolling hills with nice up and downs.

Excluded

– Air fare
– Entrance fees to the various mentioned attractions
– Beverages
– Lunches
– Other items of a personal nature

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in April and May are 55-65, June, July, and August 65-80, September and October 60-75. Average rainfall is 6 days per month.

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