Roll through lush countryside and medieval villages in the renowned wine-making region of Burgundy. Enchanting castles and silent cloisters await here, as does the scintillating city of Beaune. Take in the scenery, history and beauty of it all. Then, after a day of cycling, tickle your tastebuds with culinary specialties served with the region’s famous reds and whites.
Arrival in Beaune, the unmistakable wine capital of Burgundy. Take a moment to rest and unpack, before venturing out to drink in the local art, history and monuments such as the impressive 'Hospice'. Then let your tastebuds awaken to 'La Bourgogne' with a visit to the wine museum.
Dive right in and recce the renowned vineyards of the 'Côte de Nuits'. The dominant varietal here is Pinot Noir, the grape used to make splendid Burgundy reds. Cycle to the famous Chateau Clos du Vougeot, overlooking the rolling vineyards where enologists produce one the most expensive wines in the world: Romanée Conti.
Challenge: 56km, 306m ascent, 310m descent
Proceed on a pleasantly simple route in the ‘Côte de Beaune’, where prestigious white wines like Meursault and Montrachet are born of Chardonnay grapes. Stop off to see the historic Château Savigny-les-Beaune, then cycle to villages with famous names that all sound like wine: Pommard, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet.
Challenge: 45km, 531m ascent, 536m descent
Leave the vineyards behind and pedal off to explore dense forests, then cycle along the River Rhoin to reach the ruins at Sainte Marguerite Abbey. Circle back to Beaune past villages and vineyards in the ‘Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune’.
Challenge: 41km, 530m ascent, 538m descent
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
For added comfort, request an upgrade to 4* hotel (a supplement will apply).
3 Nights included
Tourist tax included
Breakfast included, Half board optional on request
Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest
24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline
No luggage transport, as you are based at the same hotel for 3 nights
Parking is available at the hotel
GPS tracks are available on request
Great tour! All was taken care of. So we could fully enjoy cycling though wonderful scenery, knowing our luggage would be waiting for us in the next nice hotel