Leisurely itineraries along beautiful, historic cities through one of the world's most famous wine regions, Burgundy. Along the way, rolling wine hills, wild-rich deciduous forests, striking castles, charming wine villages and idyllic river banks. At the end of such a sporty cycling day find a nice little restaurant, what a party!
Arrival in Beaune, the unmistakable wine capital of Burgundy. Have you got some time left after your check-in then visit the artistic and historic heritage of the town, such as the impressive “Hospice de Beaune”. Be sure to pay a visit to the wine museum.
This route crosses the well-known wine region 'Côte de Nuits'. Here the dominant grape in the vineyards is the Pinot Noir, from which the splendid red Burgundy is made. You pass the world-famous Chateau Clos du Vougeot and will overlook the rolling vineyards producing one of the most expensive wines of the world: Romanée Conti.
Challenge : 56 km, 306m ascent, 310m descent
A nice and relaxed trip through the “Côte de Beaune” where prestigious, white wines like Meursault and Montrachet are made from the white Chardonnay grape. First you will visit the historic Château Savigny-les-Beaune. Then you cycle along famous wine villages like Pommard, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet an easy route to Santenay before reaching Chassey-le-Camp on the cycling path “Canal du Centre”.
Challenge : 44 km, 525m ascent, 431m descent
Today on the “Voie Verte” – a former railtrack - you cycle among undulating vineyards of the considerably less prestigious wine region “Côte Chalonnaise”. Visit, on you way, the castles of Rully. Also take break at a local winegrower to taste some red Mercury. Before the end of your cycling day, pedal through the vineyards via Buxy, a typical medieval town.
Challenge : 43 km, 246m ascent, 324m descent
Today, continue along the “Voie Verte” today you can admire the beautiful landscapes of southern Burgundy. The treasures you will find along the route include the Chateau de Cormatin and its gardens, unique in France for its exceptionally well-preserved interiors from the reign of Louis 13th (1628).
You end in the beautiful town of Cluny, known for its prominent town ramparts and Roman Abbey founded in the 10th century.
Challenge : 28 km, 80m ascent, 74m descent
Rather fast the terrain becomes somewhat hillier and you reach Europe’s longest underpass. On the other site is the majestic fortress Berzé-le-Châtel, surrounded by “Mâconnai”’ vineyards. In Mâcon you cross the beautiful bridge Saint Laurent and you follow the route on the “Voie Bleue” along the banks of the Sâone. You pass charming villages built around the typically Roman churches and eventually you reach medieval Tournus.
Challenge : 59 km, 128m ascent, 205m descent
After breakfast, end of your cycling trip. Some time left? Walk through the historic centre of Tournus before taking the train back to Beaune.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.
We choose comfortable 3/4* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.
The bike rental includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return
6 nights included
3/4 Star Hotels
Tourist tax included
Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest
24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotels
Parking information on request
GPS tracks are available on request
From Paris, you can take the TGV (high speed train) to Dijon (approx. 1h35). From Dijon, you take the local train (TER) to Beaune (approx. 18 min).
From Paris to Beaune (approx. 3h15 - 340 km/210 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.