Burgundy Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Burgundy
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Weekend
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $1000
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May 4 - May 9,  2014 $4995 Book Now
Jul 20 - Jul 25,  2014 $4995 Book Now
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Ride 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.

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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: 12.5 miles / 20.5 km (Optional afternoon ride 15.5 miles / 25 km)

Day Two: Explore the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune
Start today 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 to sip wine and chat with the locals. Tonight is yours to enjoy the excellent restaurants in Beaune.

Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet picnic
Destinations: Beaune, St. Romain, Orches, La Rochepot, Saint Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard
Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km

Day Three: The Vineyards of the Côte de Nuits
Enjoy a breakfast of fresh croissants in the hotel’s sixteenth-century courtyard. We’ll then pedal along tranquil roads through golden wheat and sunflower meadows and into Charlemagne’s favorite vineyards: Corton-Charlemagne. Continue through Aloxe-Corton and Comblanchien past exquisite examples of Burgundian tiles and villages that barely survived WWII. We’ll stop for a tasting of the best Crémant producer in Burgundy, Parigot & Richard, before arriving in the celebrated village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. After a café lunch, we’ll cycle through the Romanée Conti, the world’s most famous vineyard. Unwind with a tasting in our hotel's own cellar before another truly elegant dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Aloxe-Corton, Nuits-St.-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle Musigny
Accomplished: 17.5 miles / 28.5 km (Optional afternoon ride 15.5 miles / 25 km)

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 the great local 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 30kms 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: 17 miles / 27.5 km (Optional afternoon ride 18.6 miles / 30 km)

Day Five: The Canal de Bourgogne
Head for the hills today with a quick transfer to Veuvey sur Ouche, where our ride begins on the famous Canal de Bourgogne. We’ll ride 20 easy kilometers with no cars all the way to lunch in Pouilly en Auxois. Leaving the canal behind, we’ll ride rolling roads deeper into the beautiful heart of Burgundy. On the way to our destination in Saulieu, we’ll pass by enchanted forests, beautiful lakes, and countryside châteaux. Relax at the hotel or explore the town’s cute shops and markets. Tonight we’ll celebrate our final day in Burgundy with a three-Michelin-starred meal. Bon appétit!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Veuvey sur Ouche, Pont d’Ouche, Pouilly en Auxois, Saulieu
Accomplished: 32 miles / 51.5 km (Optional afternoon ride 24.8 miles / 40 km)

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. Your guides see you off at the Montbard train station.

Meals: Breakfast
 

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