Burgundy is home to some of France’s most prestigious vineyards, beautiful landscapes punctuated with picturesque villages, remarkable chateaux and of course exquisite French food! On this 6 day / 5 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 but today the uncontested wine capital of this region. Accommodations are in very charming 3 star hotels in rooms with private facilities.
Day 1: Arrival in Beaune
Arrive with enough time to visit this exquisite little city. You can admire surviving sections of the ramparts that surrounded the city in the Middle Ages and visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune), a stunning building with a splendid multicolor tiled roof. The interesting Wine Museum of Burgundy in Beaune is also worth a visit.
Day 2: Beaune – Chassay-le-Camp – 29 miles (47 km)
Today you’ll leave Beaune and pedal to the picturesque vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, known for the “Grands Vins de Bourgogne”. Visit historic Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet. On the way to Chagny you’ll find the exquisite fairy tale castle of Chateau de Rochepot high above the village on a stone outcrop. The 13th to 15th century castle is decorated with brightly colored glazed roof tiles in the Burgundian style. A visit to this splendid fortress-castle offers a fascinating trip through the history of the Middle Ages. The village is named after the crusading knight Réginer Pot who refused to marry the daughter of the Sultan of Arabia and was thrown to the lions. However he won the contest with the lions and was set free, later travelling to Burgundy where he bought this castle. Do not miss a stop in Nolay, a charming village with a covered market. Then pedal on the cycling path “Canal du Centre” to your hotel for the night.
Day 3: Chassay-le-Camp – St. Boil – 27 miles (44 km)
Use the “Voie Verte”, an asphalted bike path, to reach Chagny before riding through the Côte Chalonnaise vineyards. On the way you can visit the Chateau de Rully for more tasty wine sampling. Since 1986, the Antonin Rodet Wine Company has managed the vineyard here under the Château de Rully label. Next you’ll reach the quaint town of Buxy with its interesting medieval center.
Day 4: St. Boil – Cluny – 18 or 24 miles (28 or 38 km)
On the last two days of biking you’ll be impressed by the beautiful landscapes of Southern Burgundy as you ride further along the “Voie Verte”. You’ll reach the magnificent Chateau de Cormatin with its famous gardens dating from the time of Louis XIII (1628). In Cormatin you’ll also find a Bicycle Museum with more than 100 bicycles tracing the history of the bicycle from its birth as a hobbyhorse in 1818. Ask the enthusiastic owner to give you a fascinating guided tour. Then continue on to beautiful Cluny. You’ll have time to visit the Romanesque Abbey (founded in 910) and the medieval center as you’ll overnight in Cluny.
Day 5: Cluny – Tournus – 33 miles (54 km)
You’ll conclude this wonderful bike vacation with a delightful ride to Tournus. You’ll pass by picturesque Berzé-le-Chatel and its medieval chateau overlooking the vineyards and the beautiful landscapes that the French poet Lamartine used to admire. Then leave the “Voie Verte” to pedal over small country roads to the delightful Romanesque city of Tournus built on the banks of the River Saône with attractive riverside quays and narrow streets to explore. You’ll find many alleyways with antique shops, cafes and restaurants. Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers in Burgundy with a superb abbey, St-Philibert, considered one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture. It is also a great city for some last minute shopping.
Day 6: Departure after breakfast. Tournus has a train station and the train back to Paris (over Dijon) takes about 4 hours.
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.
Five continental breakfasts and four dinners are included. Lunches are on your own.
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6 days/ 5 nights
- – Accommodations in very comfortable three-star hotels; all rooms have private shower and toilet.
- – Five continental breakfasts and four dinners.
- – 24-speed bike rental, including HELMET,panniers, lock, repair kit, and map holder
- – Luggage transportation – pieces of luggage limited to 2 p.p. & 32 pounds per piece
- – Rental bike transportation back to Beaune at end of tour
- – Route descriptions, maps and travel highlight information
- – Emergency service phone number 7 days a week.
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.
Daily stages are between 18 and 33 miles. The terrain has rolling hills with many short climbs and sweet “up and downs”. There is a shorter and longer option on day 4. This tour is rated “moderately difficult,” but it is easier than our Burgundy Journey tour.
Not included in the tour
– Air fare
– Entrance fees to the various mentioned attractions
– One dinner (day 4)
– Other items of a personal nature
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.