Biking burgundy Unesco vineyards & its fascinating heritage

Burgundy is a concentrate of history that you must take the time to explore, according to its castles, churches, abbeys, villages with glazed tiles and its famous vineyard: Chablis, Côtes de Beaune, Côtes de Nuits
During this Burgundy Bike Tour you will be crossing Burgundy vineyards and villages, along the Nivernais Canal and the Burgundy Canal is a delight. Auxerre, Beaune, Dijon, have kept their splendour and elegance, while Avallon, Semur-en-auxois and Châteauneuf are the very image we have of Burgundy, a postcard.
On the borders of the Morvan, Vézelay and its basilica is a World Heritage Site and marks the start of one of the roads to Santiago de Compostela. But what is most fascinating about Burgundy is of course its incredible vineyard! The Climates (terroirs) of the Burgundy vineyard were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2015. The registration is a recognition of the unique character of the Côte Viticole between Dijon and Beaune.
A land that includes some of the greatest wines in the world: Vougeot, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Pommard, Meursault and many others.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cycling an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, listed as UNESCO world heritage
  • Chablis wine tasting
  • Hautes Côtes de Beaune wine tasting
  • Visit of Chateau Clos de Vougeot
  • Visit of Hospices de Beaune
I BOOK NOW I WANT TO GO CUSTOM / PRIVATE

Veymont retains the right to change the itinerary if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

DAY 1 - Arrival in Burgundy

We will meet you at Auxerre train station at 2 pm before taking you to your hotel in Chablis. We take advantage of this first day to adjust our bikes, discuss the stay and explore Chablis. Chablis is a village known throughout the world for its dry white wines. The Chardonnay grape variety is expressed in Chablis like nowhere else.

 

Night in Chablis

Meal included: Dinner

DAY 2 - Chablis loop

We leave Chablis and its picturesque alleys in the direction of Auxerre. The ride will take us through the hills, vineyards and first Burgundy village of your week: Chitry, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux. Discreet, Auxerre is a beautiful surprise, set on the banks of the Yonne river, you will appreciate its narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses, its abbey, its cathedral…
We continue through the Burgundy countryside before reaching Chablis again for a tasting of local wine.

 

Route : 65 km / 725 m D+

Night in Chablis

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3 - Auxerre - Vezelay

From Auxerre, the Nivernais canal with its hills showing some of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy: Irancy, Cravan, Mailly le Château, Châtel Censoir will take us to Vézelay.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perched on a rocky spur crowned by a medieval basilica, this village is a major pilgrimage site and a starting point for Santiago de Compostela (Saint James way).
In the 12th century, Bernard de Clairvaux (a Burgundian monk) called for the second crusade in Vézelay. Harboring the relics of Saint Madeleine, the village became a major spiritual landmark.

 

Route  : 65 km / 560 m D+

Night in Vezelay

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

DAY 4 - Avallon - Semur-en-Auxois

From one rocky spur to another, the day will be punctuated by medieval cities.
We leave Avallon perched on a granite spur and surrounded by towers and ramparts following the cousin’s valley and its green hue. After a stopover in the picturesque village of Montreal, we will continue our journey in the town of Epoisses, known for its cheese. Finally, Semur-en-Auxois, a medieval city set on a pink granite cliff, will mark the end of this day in the heart of the Burgundian countryside. Sheltered by its ramparts, there is an intertwining of paved alleys and a few half-timbered houses, dominated by the large towers of the keep and the tapered spire of the collegiate church of Notre-Dame.

Route : 50 km / 540 m D+

Night in Chailly-sur-Armançon

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 5 - Chateauneuf - Beaune

It is along the Burgundy Canal that we will make our first pedal strokes towards Châteauneuf and its imposing 12th century fortified castle.  Classified among the most beautiful villages of France, its medieval streets reveal the houses of the rich Burgundian merchants of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries and offer a splendid panorama. We will then continue to Beaune and its famous vineyard.

Route : 55 km / 550 m D+

Night in Beaune

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6 - Beaune loop

The jewel of Beaune‘s old city is the magnificent Hôtel-Dieu, France’s most splendiferous medieval charity hospital. Hidden beneath the city’s streets is a labyrinth of wine cellars dating back several centuries, where some of the world’s most prestigious wines repose. This thriving town’s raison d’être and the source of its joie de vivre is wine: making it, tasting it, selling it, but most of all, drinking it. Consequently Beaune is one of the best places in all of France for wine tasting, and one of Burgundy‘s top tourist destinations.  On the day’s programme: visit the hospices of Beaune, ride in the vineyards and wine tasting.

 

Route: 45 km / 500 m D+

Night in Beaune

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 - Beaune - Dijon

We leave Beaune and take the road to Dijon, crossing villages known worldwide for their vineyards: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin…  If Château du Clos de Vougeot no longer produces wine today, its visit is essential, it remains the symbol of nearly a millennium of Burgundy history.
In the 12th century, the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux, owners of the Clos-Vougeot thanks to donations from rich Burgundian lords and purchases made by the abbey, cultivated the vines there. They built a wall around the precious lands of the Clos de Vougeot, which still defines this prestigious appellation today.
With its compact and pedestrian-friendly centre, lively street scene and aesthetically pleasing ensemble of half-timbered houses and polychrome tile roofs, Dijon is one of France‘s most appealing cities. Filled with elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings that hark back to the city’s 14th- and 15th-century heyday as the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy.

 

 

Route : 55 km / 400 m D+

Night in Dijon

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you to Dijon TGV station after breakfast to end this Burgundy biking tour, unless you want to extend your biking holidays with Veymont

Meal included: Breakfast

Burgundy

Veymont retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

Chablis – 2 nights

Hostellerie des Clos – 4*

This charming hotel that stands right in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards, in the centre of the village of Chablis. This charming hotel has a warm and friendly atmosphere and is steeped in fascinating history.

Vezelay – 1 night

Les Glycines

This house of character known under the name “René Martin House” is an elegant mansion showing two building vintages. The Hotel is located near the Sainte Marie Madeleine Basilica (100 m) at the top of the eternal hill. Its exceptional decorative elements, makes it a real machine to travel through time !

 

Chailly-sur-Armançon – 1 night

Chateau de Chailly – 4*

Château de Chailly is a classified monument dating from the 16th century and was converted into a four-star golf resort about thirty years ago. Hôtel Château de Chailly is ideal for a getaway to explore Burgundy.

Beaune – 2 nights

Hotel de la Poste – 4*

Located in the heart of Beaune, Najeti Hotel de la Poste perpetuates the Burgundian tradition of hospitality, good food and fine wines,

 

Dijon – 1 night

Maison Philippe Le Bon – 4*

Located in the heart of the history city center of Dijon, listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, in Burgundy, the Maison Philippe Le Bon and its restaurant | bar La Closerie welcome you in a historic building.

BIKES

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 Disc or equivalent

Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)

Crank : 48-32

Cassette: 11-34

Tyres: 700x32c

 

 

Supplement + 75 €

Hybrid E-bike

Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent

Size: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)

Tyres: 700x38c

 

 

Supplement + 45 €

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact

Trek Emonda SL5 or Specialized Tarmac Sport

Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-28

 

 

Supplement + 140 €

Road E-bike

Pinarello Nytro or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

 

 

Supplement + 215€

Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2 Compact

Pinarello Prince or Domane SL7 or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 -51,5 -53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5- 62

Crank: 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

 

Supplement + 775 €

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2 Disk Compact

Pinarello F12 

Size: 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5

Crank: 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

 

GEARS

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip. Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Included with a road bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL

 

Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

Dates

Price / Person*

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy supplement

 

18 – 25 July, 2020

 

6 – 13 September, 2020

 

 

 

 

   from 3590€* 

 

from 3590€* 

 

 

 

from + 390 €

 

from + 390 €

 

*Price may vary according to the season, the hotel availability and supplement(s) chosen.

Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants. In case there are less than 4 participants a supplement will be requested to guarantee the departure of the tour.

If you are a group of more than 7 people or you would like to privatize or customize the tour, please contact us to adjust our offer to your needs.

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