Uncover the wonderful flavors of Burgundy on this six night gastronomic cycling tour. Long established as one of France's finest wine regions, the Cote d'Or is home to historic Beaune and famed Nuits-Saint-Georges, where culture and tradition thrive amid some of the world's most prestigious vineyards which are now collectively recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the north, past numerous medieval chateaux, lies Dijon with its rich blend of architecture and the magnificent palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. A short distance away you'll find the tranquil Canal de Bourgogne, meandering along the Ouche River valley up to fortified C15 Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, which sits fairy-tale like on a hilltop and is listed as one of France's most beautiful villages.
Cycle along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks, tranquil waterside paths and smooth green ways, enjoying views of majestic vine-clad hills, fields of shimmering wheat and waterways where grey herons stalk fish. Each day discover opportunities to sample fine wines and visit esteemed producers before stopping for lunch in unspoiled villages set against a backdrop of vines and ancient oak forest.
In a region known for its epicurean finesse, you really will enjoy fine dining on this holiday. You'll savor dishes such as Oeufs en Meurette, Poulet de Bresse a la Creme, Perche au Noix and of course exquisite cheeses like the pungent Epoisses de Bourgogne; all washed down with the region's incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. You'll stay in historic hotels including an elegantly renovated farm with beautiful gardens, a lovingly restored winery and a marvelous C18 chateau with a pool and 20 acres of carefully tended grounds.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Beaune railway station 16:58 (Mon-Sat) and 16:23 (Sun) (pick up) transfer to hotel, 10 mins, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Return to Beaune railway station 09:41 Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun; 09:00 Mon & Thurs (drop off), transfer provided.|
|Rail Options||Paris Bercy to Beaune (via Dijon) 13:35/16:58 (Mon-Sat); 13:57/16:23 (Sun). Return: Rail Beaune to Paris Lyon (via Dijon) 9:41/12:03 Tues, Wed, Fri, & Sun; 09:00/13:01 Mon & Thurs.|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $104 per person, round trip, 2nd class; from $171 first class.|
|Singles||Add $92 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade from $16 per person, per night based on 2 sharing a double room. E-bike rental: Add $155 per person, subject to availability.|
|Hotels||**** (4 nights), *** (2 nights)|