Overview

Independent souls will appreciate the freedom that a self-guided trip can provide. Imagine just you and your family or friends, unencumbered by a timetable, free as the wind to wander the trails and back roads, exploring off the beaten path as the mood strikes you, having experiences no planned itinerary could possibly match. Armed with detailed directions and with a charming inn waiting for you at the end of each day, you’ll enjoy a wonderful sense of adventure getting from town to town knowing your luggage will be waiting for you when you arrive. It doesn’t matter if you’re on foot or on a bike, the magic and excitement of a self-guided journey makes for a truly rewarding experience.
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7 Days

Discover Burgundy’s wonderful countryside where grapes have provided ample earnings ever since Roman times. Not just coincidence that they call this the “Côte d’Or” or golden slope. Ride the “Hautes Routes” of the “Grand Cru” through this breathtaking wine country. Encounter hidden villages surrounded by dense oak forests and pedal quietly among the renowned vineyards of Pommard, Aloxe-Corton and Meursault. Relax over a glass of Grand Cru during a “dégustation et vente”. Taste, compare and fill your saddlebags with some bottles of gorgeous white or red. Discover the fairy tale castles and ancient cloisters which give Burgundy an extra “bouquet”. Visit Beaune with its coloured rooftops and extraordinarily well-preserved architecture and atmosphere. There will be no shortage of good restaurants en route, where you can enjoy a tasty lunch or copious Burgundian dinner.

Tour Dates & Pricing

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Saint-Romain

Plan to fly into either Paris or Lyon airports, then take a train to Beaune train station, where you will be met by your private transfer to take you the short distance to your hotel in Meursault.  After arriving, take a stroll up to the ruins of Chateau of Saint-Romain. When the weather is fine, the panorama across Saint-Romain-le-Bas valley is wonderful. Also possible: a vist to the renowned 'Tonnerie François Frères' where they make wine barrels to be shipped round the world.  Your 21 speed bike, fully decked out for your trip, will be delivered to you today.

Day 2: Circular cycle route from Saint Romain

Your first easy going bike tour in the Côte d'Or, or more precisely, the Côte de Beaune. Follow today's varied route, armed with a delicious picnic as you admire ancient manors, vast vineyards and golden cornfields. Discover famous medieval wine-making communities and be surprised by other lesser known villages like Chaudenay and Corcelles-les-Arts.

35 km

Villages along the way: Saint-Romain, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet

Day 3: Cycling from Saint-Romain to Aloxe-Corton

First a short ride to beautiful Beaune, wine capital of the Côte d'Or, reportedly founded by Julius Ceasar in 52 B.C. Spoil yourself here with a delicious lunch (we'll give you some hints). Take a walk round the city and visit the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu or 'Hospices de Beaune', a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Continue through the countryside, past rustic farms, among verdant fields of sunflowers, wheat and corn. Today's tour ends in Aloxe-Corton, celebrated wine village of the Côtes-de-Beaune, where most wines bear the classification Grand Cru.

22 km

Villages along the way: Saint-Romain, Beaune, Monthelie, Volnay, Pommard, Savigny-les-Beaune, Aloxe-Corton

Day 4: Circular cycle route from Aloxe-Corton

Today's ride is an easy one, following quiet lanes through the old Burgundian countryside. Cycle past the quintessential castles and farming villages of 'La Bourgogne' and taste some interesting 'vins d'appellation'. Then, from the town of Chorey-lès-Beaune, you cycle into the world famous Côte-de-Nuits region. As you pedal along through old oak forests and past historical churches, stop for a break in one of the sleepy farm villages.

32 km

Villages along the way: Aloxe-Corton, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Ladoix-Serrigny, Prémeaux-Prissey, Corgoloin

Day 5: Cycling from Aloxe-Corton to Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

This is a varied cycling route through the renowned wine-producing area of Côte-de-Nuits. Ride past little villages like Villers-la-Faye, through rolling vineyards and past deep marble quarries. Some short, gradual ascents to enjoy truly lovely views.

26 km

Villages along the way: Gilly-lès-Cîteaux, Comblanchien, Nuits-St-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Clos-de-Vougeot

Day 6: Circular cycle route from Gilly-lès-Cîteaux

This bike ride leads you to 12th-century St. Philibert's church and past the 17th-century mansions of Couchey. And don't forget Brochon: to savour its 'vins estimés' and admire the castle where the late 19th-century poet Stephen Liégeard lived. Occasional short sections on roads with a bit more traffic, but for the most part you cycle along quiet country lanes today.

38 km

Villages along the way: Gilly-lès-Cîteaux, Fixin, Chenôve, Marsannay-la-Côte, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot

Day 7: End of the tour

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast.  You will be transferred to the train station in nearby Dijon.  Dijon has connections to Lyon, Paris or wherever you need to go.

What´s Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Arrival transfer from Beaune train station to the hotel in Meursault
  • All breakfasts
  • Departure transfer from Gilly-lès-Citeaux to Dijon train station on the last day
  • Luggage transport
  • Detailed maps, route descriptions and travel information about wines & restaurants
  • GPS information available in .gpx format
  • 21 speed hybrid bike, helmet, puncture repair kit, pump, map holder, front and side bags, lock

What´s not Included

  • Flights and public transportation
  • Trip Interruption/Cancellation and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended, call for details)
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in this itinerary

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