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Burgundy Vineyards

From: $1,810 USD

6 Days / 5 Nights
Type: Self-Guided
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Imagine Yourself…

  • Cycling the prestigious vineyards of Burgundy
  • Gazing up at the fairytale castle Chateau de Rochepot on its stony outcrop
  • Learning about the history of the bicycle from its birth in 1818
  • Enjoying views of grape vines and landscapes that inspired the French poet Lamartine

Overview

Van Gogh Tours - Burgundy Vineyards France - Cycle TourBurgundy is home to some of France’s most prestigious vineyards, with a beautiful, hilly landscape punctuated with picturesque villages and remarkable chateaux. It also offers exquisite French food! On your self-guided tour over 6 days and 5 nights, you’ll discover why Burgundy is so loved by tourists, especially bikers. The tour starts in the charming capital of Burgundy, Dijon. Accommodations are in charming three and four-star hotels in rooms with private facilities.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1:  Arrival in Dijon

    Welcome to the Capital of Burgundy! Walk around in the medieval streets, have a drink on a café terrace on Place du Bareuzei to taste a Kir with blackcurrant cream. You will be amazed by the numerous old buildings all over the city: Medieval houses, private mansions, imposing town house, places, parks and gardens.

  • Day 2: Dijon - Beaune - 30 miles (49 km)

    The excursion today is devoted to discovering the famous area “Côte de Nuits,” well known for the “Grands Vins de Bourgogne” and more especially the red wines: Chambolle Musigny, Vosne Romanée and the most expensive wine of Burgundy: Romanée Conti. Visit the exceptional castle of Clos Vougeot. In the afternoon you will arrive in your destination. Beaune is one of France’s prettiest towns, a source equally of art and of history: the Hotel-Dieu, crowned by a roof of glazed tiles, is known throughout the world, and its wine museum is a must.


     

  • Day 3: Beaune - Chalon-sur-Saône - 29 miles (47 km) + optional “Nolay” excursion (9 miles)

    Ride in the middle of the “Côte de Beaune” vineyards, passing Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Pommard, following the “Voie Vert”. It will lead you through the vines in this beautiful Burgundian countryside to Chalon- sur-Saône. We suggest a nice detour in the direction of ‘le château de la Rochepot’, a wonderful Medieval fortress, with glazed roof tiles, as well as the typical and charming village of Nolay surrounded by the ‘Hautes Côtes de Beaune’ vineyards.

  • Day 4: Chalon-sur-Saône – Cluny – 31 miles (50 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 famous gardens dating from the time of Louis XIII (1628). Then you’ll 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 this town.

  • Day 5: Cluny – Mâcon – 19 miles (30 km) 

    You will conclude your vacation with a delightful ride to Berzé-le-Chatel. There you find a mediaeval chateau overlooking the vineyards and the beautiful landscapes that the French poet Lamartine used to admire. There is the possibility to leave the “Voie Verte” to ride along the small country roads to enter the heart of Burgundy, riding through charming villages, the ‘chateau de Pierreclos’, and the amazing overview point from ‘La Roche de Solutré’. You will continue to Mâcon following the voie vert.

  • Day 6: Tour Ends

    You’ll depart this morning after breakfast. Mâcon has a train station and the train back to Paris (transfer in Dijon) takes about 4 hours.

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full

Accommodation

Double

Single

3* & 4* Hotels

$ 1810

$ 2260

  • Prices are per person in US Dollars – inclusive bike rental
  • This tour can be guided upon request
  • Choose your own starting date
  • What's included

    • Accommodations in very comfortable three and four-star hotels
    • All breakfasts and dinners
    • 24-speed bike rental, panniers, lock, repair kit, and map holder
    • Luggage transportation (pieces of luggage limited to 1 per person and 44 pounds per piece)
    • Wine tasting at Château de Chassagne Montrachet
    • Entrance to Hospices de Beaune, Château du Clos de Vougeot, Château de Cormatin and Cluny Abbey
    • Route descriptions, maps, and travel highlight information
    • Emergency service phone number 7 days a week
  • Bikes

    Bikes are included in the price of the tour. Bikes are well-maintained 27-speed Scott Sub Cross 40 (or similar) men’s and ladies bikes, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, map holder, repair kit, and lock. Bike helmets are not included. 

    Electric bikes can be rented for this tour ($160 per person).We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver. In addition, you can rent children’s bikes, child seats, and bike trailers.

    Burgundy Vineyards - Self guided bike tour France - Van Gogh Tours

  • Meals

    Included in the tour price you’ll receive daily buffet breakfast and dinner. For the buffet breakfasts there’s an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, jams, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and tea. For lunches you will be in a town so you can find lunch at a restaurant on your own. Dinners are three-courses with either a set menu or a choice of two options. We can accommodate many types of dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy free. Please indicate these requests at the time of booking.

  • Not included

    • Air fare
    • Entrance fees to the various mentioned attractions
    • Lunches
    • Helmet and water bottle
    • Beverages
    • Trip cancellation insurance

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

Hotel Abbaye de Maizières

Hotel Abbaye de Maizières

  • Beaune
  • 12th-century former Cistercian Abbey
  • Located in the heart of historical center
Saint Georges Hotel & Spa

Saint Georges Hotel & Spa

  • Chalon sur Saône
  • Located in the heart of Chalon sur Saône
  • Spa and Restaurant facilities

Reviews

Loved the tour. The hotels were good to really good and enhanced the experience. The provided meals /vouchers exceeded our expectations. We almost always could order anything on the menu. That said, we are already talking about next summer 😁

David & Norine Gill, September 2023


This tour was a great way to travel the Burgundy wine route with some direction but not in a guided tour. Denise was terrific to work with and responded quickly to all of our questions. The bikes were delivered to our hotel and were well-maintained and comfortable. They included panniers and handlebar packs. The route was beautiful and mostly on bike trails/vineyard access roads so the traffic was minimal. We cycled through the vineyards and small towns and the distance for us was just right (around 50 km) so we could arrive at our destination in time to explore the town before dinner. We were pleased that our bags were at the hotels when we arrived, and sometimes had even been brought up to our rooms. The hotels were all different and unique and having dinner vouchers made it easy to go out to eat as we didn’t have to make any restaurant decisions! We had some excellent meals on the trip, in a variety of restaurants and all with great wine. I would highly recommend getting the route app to follow the route on your phone, as the written directions (especially getting in and out of towns) are hard to follow while actively biking. This is a wonderful do-it-yourself kind of tour for people who are familiar with cycling and are okay with a few wrong turns along the way. We loved it!

Dee & Robert Varnell, March 2022


 

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