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Burgundy River Cruise + Bike Tour

The Grand Cru Experience with Belmond

7 days / 6 nights Level: 2Price From: $11,995Collection: Cycle + Sail

Tour Highlights

  • Unpack once and enjoy an incredible week on board a private Belmond river barge, outfitted with the luxurious comforts of home and a dedicated crew
  • Cycle le Route des Grands Crus, lined with Burgundy’s most esteemed vineyards
  • Join a local truffle hunter in pursuit of the Burgundy “black diamond” followed by a truffle tasting lunch
  • Sip sparkling Crémant with a local winemaker and be treated to a memorable Michelin dinner at Abbaye de la Bussière

Eat

Coq au vinboeuf bourguignon, escargot, Jambon Persillé, foie gras, andouillette sausage; cheeses like chevre, Époisses, bleu de Bresse, and Citeaux

Drink

Sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne, robust Pinot Noir Grand Cru wines from Aloxe-Corton and Gevrey Chambertin, and smooth, well-aging Chardonnays from Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Bonjour, Burgundy

    Your guides will greet you at the train station in Dijon. We’ll get acquainted with our bikes during a fitting and safety talk, then set off on our first ride along the dreamy Burgundy Canal—a waterway surrounded by sweet villages and the forested hills of the Ouche Valley. Pedal to where the Belmond Amaryllis awaits us, and step aboard our luxurious charter for the week. Meet the crew, settle into your airy cabin, or dip your feet in the on-deck pool before we all raise a glass and toast to the week ahead. Tonight, we’ll dine on deck as we continue drifting down the Canal de Bourgogne.

    Meals: Dinner
    Destinations: Dijon, Velars-sur-Ouche, Pasques, Lantenay, Fleurey-sur-Ouche
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 391 meters
    Shorter Option: 10 miles / 16 km, elevation gain: 77 meters
    Accommodations: Belmond Amaryllis

  • Day 2

    Grand Crus of the Côte de Nuits

    After a restful night’s sleep between Parisian linens, sip a steaming coffee on the sun deck and get ready for a day of cycling the Côte de Nuits. We’ll shuttle to this part of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or (known for its Pinot Noirs) and begin our ride to the 125-acre Clos de Vougeot vineyards: the birthplace of Burgundy’s Grand Cru wines. Discover what made Cistercian monks the ultimate vignerons and how they advanced the art of winemaking, then continue biking to Gevrey-Chambertin. We’ll taste the town’s powerful reds (rumored to be Napoleon’s favorite) and join our friend and winemaker Christine Drouhin for a wine-paired lunch at her domaine in the center of town. After lunch, challenge yourself with an extra ride through the wheat fields and pastures populated with Burgundy’s Charolais cows—or shuttle straight back to the barge for an apéritif by the riverbanks. Tonight, we’ll be the sous-chefs in the kitchen of the Amaryllis, learning from the chef as he prepares this evening’s meal.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin, Urcy, Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche, Gissey-sur-Ouche
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 498 meters
    Longer Option: 40 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 890 meters
    Accommodations: Belmond Amaryllis

  • Day 3

    Truffle Traditions

    Today we’ll depart our mooring and ride through shady forests toward the Côte d’Or. In Marey-lès-Fussey, meet Thierry and his dog Elfe, an expert truffle hunter. We’ll join them for a favorite Burgundy pastime—the truffle hunt—as Elfe excitedly unearths precious morsels from beneath the soil. Following the hunt, taste the Burgundy black truffle in all its forms during a truffle-themed lunch. Bike back to the barge and spend the afternoon sipping wine in the heated pool, or spend some time in the charming town of Gissey-sur-Ouche. Enjoy dinner alfresco—the chef of the Amaryllis has even more locally sourced ingredients on the dinner menu.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Jean-de-Bœuf, Détain-et-Bruant, Arcenant, Marey-lès-Fussey
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 446 meters
    Longer Option: 34 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 977 meters
    Accommodations: Belmond Amaryllis

  • Day 4

    Beaune: Burgundy’s Wine Capital

    As we glide down the Burgundy Canal this morning, you may wish to rise late, read a book on deck, or observe the tranche de vie along the canal—fisherman lazily tending their lines, chateaux drifting by, or leaves whispering on trees. Once we reach La Bussière-sur-Ouche, choose to bike (or catch a lift in the van) to Savigny-lès-Beaune where we’re treated to an extravagant Crémant tasting. Our next stop is Beaune: the medieval town and wine capital of Burgundy. Find a casual bistro for lunch and explore the wine shops and boutiques housed within its 14th-century ramparts. Together, we’ll visit the Hôtel-Dieu, a hospital established by the chancellor of Burgundy in 1443. Today, it’s one of the finest examples of 15th-century French architecture and the site of a world-famous wine auction each November. After our visit to Beaune, return to the barge and freshen up for a Michelin dinner at Abbeye de la Bussière—sure to please with its sophisticated gastronomy and standout environs.

    Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
    Destinations: Veuvey-sur-Ouche, Savigny-les-Beaune, Beaune
    Optional Ride: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 365 meters
    Accommodations: Belmond Amaryllis

  • Day 5

    Chardonnay of the Côte de Beaune

    This morning, we’ll ride the countryside of the Côte de Beaune, revealing its ancient villages and vine-clad hills. Greet a few more Charolais cows as we pedal into the hamlet of Orches, home to the 12th-century Château La Rochepot. This place is perfect for a picnic: we’ll indulge in some local delicacies while sipping wine al fresco, then ride a leisurely downhill into Saint-Aubin, noted for its Romanesque church. In vinous Chassagne-Montrachet, pause at a winemaking château for a guided tasting of some of the best vintages and save some time for wine shopping in town. Shuttle back to our river cruiser for a delightful moonlit dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Aubaine, Bessey-en-Chaume, Saint-Romain, Orches, La Rochepot, Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Pont d’Ouche
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 910 meters
    Accommodations: Belmond Amaryllis

  • Day 6

    Highs and Lows: Hilltop Villages and Canal-side Cruising

    While the Amaryllis parts the Burgundy Canal this morning, have a buttery croissant for breakfast and consider how to spend your final day: choose to lounge about the barge with an ice-cold glass of Chardonnay, or get some extra miles biking to the perched medieval village of Commarin and its tidy Château. For those who opt to cycle, we’ll stop for lunch at an auberge in well-known Châteauneuf, check out a different perspective of the canal from the panoramic 15th-century fortress. Bike back to the Amaryllis via a canal-side bike path, and celebrate our time together with a memorable evening on board.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: La Bussière-sur-Ouche, Commarin, Châteauneuf, Pont-d’Ouche
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 431 meters
    Longer Option: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 575 meters
    Accommodations: Belmond Amaryllis

  • Day 7

    Bid Farewell to Burgundy (and the Barge)!

    It’s our final morning amidst the French finesse of our river barge—take one last look around and store the sense of calm as you prepare for the journey home. Our guides will see you off at the Dijon train station.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Dijon

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris or Dijon Pick-Up Location: Dijon Pick-Up Time: 2:00 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, Lyon, or Dijon Drop-Off Location: Dijon Drop-Off Time: 10:00 am
Travelers Take Note

Because the Belmond Amaryllis must moor in the Burgundy Canal, some transfers will be required to reach the starting points of daily rides. Cabins on the Belmond Amaryllis vary in size and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 6 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Quick 1 Disc

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid

Quick Neo

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Type: E-Bike