Burgundy Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Burgundy
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Weekend
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $900
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May 15 - May 20, 2016 $4995 Book Now
May 29 - Jun 3, 2016 $4995 Book Now
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MDU_LogoAwards2015_v3Ride gently rolling hills and wooded paths, passing through vineyards as far as the eye can see on a Burgundy Bike Tour. Explore lush, green acres of the most esteemed vineyards in France. Experience two millennia of viticulture, tasting some of the finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the world. Our cycling vacation traces the saga of wine itself, from Beaune to Aloxe-Corton and along le Route des Grands Crus. Sampling the fruits of centuries of labor, enjoy tastings in Pommard, Vosne-Romanée, Aloxe-Corton, and more. Delight in our accommodations at kingly châteaux and dine in the region’s finest restaurants, with several Michelin stars among them.


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Burgundy
Your guides will greet you at the train station in Beaune, and the adventure begins. Nestled inside massive fourteenth-century ramparts, this medieval town is the wine capital of Burgundy. Toast your arrival with a sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne before a quick bike fitting and logistics talk. We’ll take a slow, scenic spin through the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, riding as far south as Meursault. We’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the quiet center of town and enliven our senses with a hearty Pommard, an elegant Volnay, and a buttery Meursault. Pedal onward past legendary vineyards back to Beaune. Tonight our first gourmet Burgundian feast awaits at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of Beaune.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault
Accomplished: 12 miles / 19 km; elevation gain of 176m
Accommodations: Le Cep

Day Two: Explore the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune
Start the day in Beaune, cycling through picturesque villages in the French countryside. Enjoy extraordinary views of St. Romain’s thirteenth-century castle ruins. Pedal past Charolais cows, the château at La Rochepot, and into charming Orches. A leisurely downhill ride finds us at Saint Aubin, home to a grand Romanesque church. Indulge in our gourmet picnic in Chassagne-Montrachet before a delicious wine tasting of the estate’s vintages and some wine shopping in town. Cycling through towns like Puligny Montrachet, Volnay and Pommard, we’ll arrive back in Beaune where we encourage you to sip wine and chat with the locals. Tonight is yours to enjoy one of many excellent restaurants in Beaune.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Beaune, St. Romain, Orches, La Rochepot, Saint Aubin, Chassagne- Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard
Accomplished: 26.7 miles / 43 km; elevation gain of 643m
Accommodations: Le Cep​

Day Three: The Vineyards of the Côte de Nuits
Enjoy a breakfast of fresh croissants and other French specialties in the hotel’s sixteenth-century courtyard. We’ll start with a tasting at the best Crémant producer in Burgundy, Parigot and Richard, before riding to the celebrated village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Our ride will then take us along tranquil roads through golden wheat and sunflower meadows passing through Charlemagne’s favorite vineyard: Corton-Charlemagne. Continue through Aloxe-Corton and Comblanchien past exquisite examples of Burgundian tiled roofs and villages that barely survived WWII. After a café lunch, spin past the world-famous Romanée Conti vineyard on our way to our next stylish accommodations. Unwind with a tasting in our chateau’s own cellar before another truly elegant dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Aloxe-Corton, Nuits-St.-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle Musigny
Accomplished: 18.6 miles / 30 km; elevation gain of 252m
Accommodations: Château André Ziltener

Day Four: Le Route des Grands Crus
Start the day with a visit to the 125-acre Clos de Vougeot, where the Grand Crus of Burgundy first began. This impressive historical site will leave you in awe of the historical depth of Burgundian viticulture. Today we’ll ride the Route des Grands Crus, passing some of the most sought after vineyards in the world. Enjoy descending into Gevrey-Chambertin, where we’ll taste the town’s powerful red wines that were Napoleon’s favorites. Lunch will be a magical affair prepared by our friend and winemaker Christine Drouhin, paired with her own stunning wines. We’ll continue through the towns of Morey-St.-Denis and Chambolle Musigny to arrive back at the château. Spend the afternoon relaxing or choose an optional, additional ride of 30 kilometers toward the ninth-century Abbey de Cîteaux. Tonight’s dinner is at one of our favorite local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Chamboeuf, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny
Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km; elevation gain of 296m
(optional additional ride of 22 miles / 35.5 km)
Accommodations: Château André Ziltener

Day Five: The Canal de Bourgogne
Head for the hills today with a roller coaster ride up into the Hautes Cotes de Nuits. Perhaps the most scenic ride of the week, our route will challenge the great shape we have developed in that past four days with a couple of challenging hills, before a perfect, nearly flat spin on the famous Canal de Bourgogne. We’ll ride 20 easy kilometers with no cars all the way to a late lunch in Pouilly-en-Auxois. As we leave the canal behind, we will hop in the van for a 40-minute transfer to our final hotel in Saulieu. Upon arrival at Relais Bernard Loiseau, relax with a massage in the hotel’s luxurious spa or venture out to explore the town. Tonight we’ll celebrate our final day in Burgundy with an unforgettable three-Michelin-starred meal. Bon appétit!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Veuvey sur Ouche, Pont d’Ouche, Pouilly en Auxois, Saulieu
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km; elevation gain of 876m
(optional additional ride of 20.5 miles / 33 km)
Accommodations: Relais Bernard Loiseau

Day Six: Au Revoir
After breakfast, say goodbye to Burgundy however you see fit. With our last few hours here in Saulieu, we can do a little more shopping in town or enjoy coffee at a café on the main square. Depending on your departure time we can make a quick stop in Semur en Auxois on the way to Montbard. Your guides see you off at the Montbard train station.

Meals: Breakfast