The world-famous wine region of Burgundy has over nine centuries of bon viveur tradition and is often described as 'the land of great art and good living'. A historic region, reflected in the traditional architecture in the many villages and towns that you pass through, Burgundy also offers a very relaxed pace of life and the rolling hills of the Yonne area provide gentle charming cycling routes.
Starting with historic Auxerre, a lovely medieval city, the cycling is easy and tranquil through a fascinating landscape of hidden villages, water meadows, woodlands and vineyards. Your route then takes you along the course of the river Yonne with several swimming possibilities along the way to Ligny, a short 10km/6mi from Chablis. You'll then cycle on to Vermenton passing through many small wine villages and along the river once again. Highlights of the tour include the celebrated stained glass at St Etienne, the ancient crypt at the abbey of St Germain, the early Gothic abbey of Pontigny and Chablis, where wine has been made for over a millennium!
You'll have plenty of opportunities to savor the delicious gastronomy of this region and you'll be able to taste several renowned local wines. Your accommodation is specially selected for its charm and character. The family run Hotel Normandie in Auxerre was converted from a maison bourgeoisie into a hotel by an ex-patissier. Here you can choose your own restaurant in the medieval town only 5 minutes' walk away, while the C17 coaching house at Ligny-le-Chatel has an excellent beamed restaurant with a familial atmosphere. A warm welcome also awaits from your hosts Alison and Mark at Vermenton, where French King, Louis Philippe (1830 to 1848), is reputed to have stayed.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Auxerre train station at 14:19 Mon-Sat; 15:27 Sun(transfer to hotel, 10 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Auxerre train station by 11:39 (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Paris Lyon to Auxerre (via Laroche Migennes) 12:38/14:19 Mon-Sat & Paris Lyon to Auxerre (via Laroche) 12:49/15:27. Return: Rail Auxerre to Paris Bercy 11:39/13:26.|
|Rail Supplement||Second Class French Rail: Prices starting from $55 per person, round trip. First Class French Rail: Prices starting from $77 per person, round trip.|
|Singles||Add $38 per night.|
|Other details||Extra nights: We recommend Paris or Auxerre. Prices from $96 per person, per night, B&B, based on 2 sharing. E bike rental: Inquire for prices.|
|Hotels||*** (3 nights), AAA (1 night)|