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Your cycling holiday in France

Classic Burgundy and Beaune | Self Guided

One of the most famous wine regions in France, the very word Burgundy conjures up rich, deep reds and classic whites you can almost taste just by thinking about them. You will enjoy cycling through wonderful scenery to bustling towns such as Beaune and Cluny and visiting Abbeys and Chateaux. All the while, the wine will flow…

What not to miss

  • The medieval gem of Brancion
  • Hotel-Dieu des Hospices in Beaune
  • Tasting some of Burgundy’s finest wines
  • Visiting Chateau de Savingny-les-Beaune and its collection of vintage planes and cars

What’s Included

  • Flights and transfers
  • 3-star bed and breakfast hotel accommodation
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Train ticket from Tournus to Beaune
  • Bikes with panniers and handlebar bags
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Local support

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in France

Classic Burgundy and Beaune | Self Guided

7 Night Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Beaune and it’s a short walk to your first hotel in a central but quiet part of town. You will be met by your local representative who will fit you to your bike and take you through the itinerary for the week. Enjoy your first glass of local Burgundy wine before an evening meal in delightful Beaune.

Day 2

Beaune to Puligny-Montrachet | Distance 26 miles (41km) or 34 miles (55km).

After a refreshing night’s sleep and delicious breakfast, your first day in the saddle will take you via the Soane river plains and through the famous Cote de Beaune vineyards in the Cote D’Or and Saone et Loire regions. You will reach Puligny-Montrachet which is based around four grand crus, which some consider the greatest dry white wine in the world.

Day 3

Cote Chalonnais | Distance 23 miles (37km) or 30 miles (48km).

With two nights in Puligny-Montrachet, we suggest a round trip cycle into the Cote Chalonnais through pastures and orchards interspersed amongst vineyards, producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The longer route offers the chance to visit Chateau de Couches, a former medieval fortress dating back to the 11th Century. The flamboyant Gothic chapel and gardens are well worth a look before cycling back for a well-deserved dinner.

Day 4

Puligny-Montrachet to Cluny | Distance 41 miles (66km).

Today’s route is a little longer but offers beautiful and relaxed cycling along the Voie Verte cycle path and an old train line to Cluny. You will pass the Chateau de Germolles, the best-preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Chateau Cormatin with its impressive renaissance gardens. Cluny developed around the Benedictine Abbey and was once Europe’s most important religious centres, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5

From Cluny to Tournus | Distance 26 miles (42km).

Departing Cluny, the ride will take you up into the Maconais wine region and before descending, will have the chance to visit the medieval hamlet of Brancion, one of the most authentic in all of France. Then enjoy the superb panorama before heading onto delightful Tournus on the River Soane. Tournus has an array of old buildings, antique shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the beautiful Abbey Saint Philibert dating from the 10th Century.

Day 6

From Cluny to Beaune | Distance 14 miles (23km) or 29 miles (47km).

After breakfast, there is time to continue exploring Tournus, before you take the train back to Beaune (tickets included). Back in Beaune we suggest a half day cycle ride to Aloxe Corton with a longer route also available.  Aloxe Corton is home to two of the best Grand Crus in Burgundy, Corton red and Corton-Charlemagne white produced in these gently sloping vineyards. On route, you can also visit the Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, which as well as being a stunning building, has an impressive collection of vintage aeroplanes, cars and motorcycles!

Day 7

Gevrey Chambertin | Distance 39 miles (62km).

On your final cycle day in Burgundy, we suggest a round trip cycle into the plains of the Bourgogne region and to Gevrey Chambertin, home of nine Grand Cru vineyards and the largest wine producing village in the Cote D’Or, famous for its Pinot Noir. As well as enjoying the famous wines, the pretty medieval village is a nice stop for lunch and the chance to enjoy local Epoisses cheese and mustard from Dijon. There is also the option to shorten the ride by taking the train back to Beaune.

Day 8

After a traditional French breakfast we say “au revoir” before you depart from Beaune. 

Your cycling holiday in France

Classic Burgundy and Beaune | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in France

Classic Burgundy and Beaune | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel de Bourgogne

3-Star

The hotel overlooks the gardens of the abbey and is opposite the French National Stables in the centre of Cluny.

Hotel Grand Saint Jean

3-Star

Superbly located in Beaune, only a few minutes’ walk to the centre of this wonderful town. The hotel offers comfortable and low key rooms and a warm and friendly welcome.

Hotel la Chouette

4-Star

Located in a courtyard offering fantastic views of the vineyards, this charming hotel offers lovely bedrooms and a warm welcome.

Hotel les Terrasses

3-Star

Located in the centre of Tournus, the hotel restaurant has a Michelin star and an extensive wine list. 

Your cycling holiday in France

Classic Burgundy and Beaune | Self Guided

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
May to September   7  £1569
May to September   5  £1325

Tour Only Prices

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
May to September   7  £1319
May to September  5  £1069

2019 Dates and Prices

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for 2019 dates and prices.

Single Supplement: £60 per night

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