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Beaune Vineyards Cycling

from $2,979.00

Excellent cuisine and charming hotels, quiet wine villages and traditional historic towns. This is all part of the special allure of the Burgundy region.  And what’s more, cycling the picturesque Canal de Bourgogne and around the beautiful Cote D’Or.

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All about the Beaune Vineyards Cycling.

Uncover the special allure of the Burgundy region on this seven night gastronomic cycling tour. Long established as one of France’s most prestigious wine regions, the Cote d’Or is home to historic Beaune and famed Nuits-Saint-Georges. Here, culture and tradition thrive amid some of the world’s most important vineyards, which are now collectively recognized as a 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 the fortified 15th century Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, which is listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
Cycle along quiet lanes, vineyard trails and tranquil waterside paths, with views of majestic vine-clad hills, fields of shimmering wheat and waterways where grey herons stalk fish. Each day relish opportunities to sample fine wines and visit esteemed producers before stopping for lunch in charming villages set against a backdrop of swaying vines and ancient oak forest.
In a region known for its epicurean finesse, you really will enjoy fine dining on this tour. You’ll enjoy dishes such as Oeufs en Meurette, Poulet de Bresse a la Creme, Perche aux Noix and of course exquisite cheeses like the pungent Epoisses de Bourgogne, all washed down with the region’s amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. You’ll stay in historic hotels including an elegantly renovated farm with stunning gardens, a lovingly restored winery and a lovely 18th century chateau with a pool and 5 acres of beautifully tended grounds.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Transfers from/to local train station (at designated place & time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Lovingly restored 18th century hotels, one with a pool, and fine gastronomic cuisine
  • Varied cycling: vineyard tracks, country lanes, waterside paths and greenways
  • Authentic medieval chateaux and traditional unspoiled villages
  • Sun-drenched wine estates; taste prestigious appellations
  • Striking architecture and numerous museums in history-filled Dijon
  • Picturesque Canal de Bourgogne; colorful meadows; shady woodland
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Beaune

    Visit the renowned Hospices de Beaune or simply wander Beaune’s medieval streets. Overnight at the Hotel le Cep with the choice of Beaune’s restaurants for dinner (pay locally). (Staying at Hotel le Cep, Breakfast only)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Beaune-Montagny-les-Beaune

    In the afternoon, we transfer you to the Hotel le Clos, a beautifully restored C18 farmhouse just outside the city. Relax and freshen up before your first gastronomic dinner. (Staying at Hotel le Clos, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant, which is included)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Montagny-les-Beaune to Gevrey-Chambertin 42km/26.5mi or 45km/28.5mi

    This morning, perhaps pay a visit to the lovely C18 chateau at Pommard before continuing past pretty Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny. You might like to take a short detour to visit Savigny-les- Beaune too, with its collection of vintage cars, motorbikes and planes, or to spend some time in the Parc de la Bouzaise in Beaune before lunch in the world-famous Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the afternoon your route leads you on to the C16 Chateau du Clos de Vougeot before the final stretch through Vosne-Romanee (home of the world’s most expensive wine), Chambolle-Musigny and Morey-Saint-Denis to your hotel, a lovingly restored former winery in Gevrey-Chambertin. (Staying at Les Deux Chevres, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 At Gevrey-Chambertin

    Today, visit the ancient city of Dijon, just 8 minutes away by rail. Here see the Church of Notre Dame, the C12-C15 timbered houses, the cathedral with its 1,000-year-old crypt, and the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy along with a host of museums and other sights. (Staying at Les Deux Chevres, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Gevrey-Chambertin to Sainte-Sabine 54km/34mi

    Leave the vines behind and cycle up through the Combe Lavaux – Jean Roland nature reserve to appreciate stunning views across meadows to the Ouche River valley. Then it’s freewheeling all the way along quiet country lanes, past fields of wheat and rapeseed to Fleurey- Ouche and the famous Canal de Bourgogne. Here you’ll experience gentle pedalling along towpaths and greenways between the canal and the peaceful River Ouche. Lunch can be enjoyed with a picnic by the water’s edge in any number of sleepy riverside villages, at a cafe-restaurant in a former lockkeeper’s cottage, or even before or after a visit to the Chateau de Barbirey with its superb gardens. The ride ends at the C18 Chateau Sainte-Sabine, where you can stroll in the gardens then sit on the terrace savouring an aperitif before dinner. (Staying at Chateau Sainte Sabine, Half board)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 At Sainte-Sabine 28km/17.5mi

    Today’s route is a lovely circular ride taking in two famous Burgundy chateaux. The first is the Chateau de Chateauneuf in the incredible mediaeval village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Clearly visible from the hotel in Sainte-Sabine, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is perched high on the hilltop with its C15 fortress and C12 keep. Then, cycling down country lanes, you come to the village of Commarin with its magnificent moated chateau, a site of importance since the early C13. (Staying at Chateau Sainte Sabine, Half board)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Sainte-Sabine to Montagny-les-Beaune 41km/26mi

    Pass countryside and quiet farming villages to the ancient town of Bligny-sur-Ouche with its C12 church, C15 tower and twelve water mills. After crossing the River Ouche, a short climb leads you to Montceau-et-Echarnant, next to which lies the tiny Templar church of Saint John the Baptist, where the ground is paved with the gravestones of Templar Knights. From here it’s downhill through meadows and woodland to the village of Nantoux, and then back out into the vines. The adventurous can take one last climb to enjoy spectacular views from the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune but both roads lead back to delightful Pommard where final wine tastings can be had at the chateau before heading back to the hotel along vineyard tracks for your final gastronomic meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Staying in Hotel le Clos, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in restaurant)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Montagny-les-Beaune

    Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

Where you stay
Hotel le Cep
In the centre of mediaeval Beaune, Burgundy’s traditional wine capital, and located just minutes from the famous Hospices de Beaune and Notre-Dame Basilica, is Hotel Le Cep. The hotel has become an institution in the town, due in no small part to its top notch service and authentic decor consisting of wooden beams, fine fabrics and antique furnishings. Additionally, a private garage and parking, French garden, two C16 historical courtyards, bar, breakfast cellar and period sitting rooms, help to make Le Cep rather unique. Right next door lies the gastronomic, Michelin starred restaurant Loiseau des Vignes but in Beaune there are restaurants offering fine dining around every corner!
Hotel le Clos
This charming 4 star hotel is a beautifully restored former C18 farmhouse, set within its own gardens just 10 minutes from the centre of historic Beaune. The natural surroundings match perfectly with the cosy interior, which is finished with wood, terracotta, refined fabrics and a variety of original antique furniture. The friendly owner, Alain Oudot, is happy to offer a selection of drinks from the hotel’s small but well stocked bar while Mme. Oudot can often be found tending to the hotel’s well looked after garden. In the morning, breakfast can be taken on the terrace among the flowers and scents of the herb garden, and in the evening an aperitif in the courtyard provides a perfect accompaniment to the last rays of the day’s sun.
Les Deux Chevres
Les Deux Chevres is an elegant former C18 winery providing luxury boutique accommodation in the famous ancient wine village of Gevrey Chambertin. Lovingly restored in 2013 by Paul and his wife Jolanta, the property occupies a beautiful location in two historic buildings in the ‘Old Quarter’ of the village. Rooms here display many of their original architectural features such as wooden beams and stonework and they are tastefully decorated with antique furniture and original artwork. The majority of rooms also enjoy views over the courtyard, the garden or the vineyards.
Chateau de Sainte Sabine
The simply stunning C17 Chateau de Sainte Sabine, built on the site of an ancient monastery, was painstakingly renovated in 2012 by owners Susanne and Jean-Louis Bottigliero. The chateau’s rooms offer a distinct blend of modern and period decor, combining well with other features of the hotel such as the well appointed bar and the superb gastronomic restaurant with panoramic views. There is also a swimming pool for guests to enjoy amid a natural setting featuring a small lake and eight hectares of carefully tended grounds. From the chateau, there is an unbroken view of the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, one of the select group of ‘the most beautiful villages in France’, and the surrounding countryside.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Eating and Drinking

rance is a country renowned for its food and wine and this trip should give you the full flavour of Burgundy. Suggestions of what to do for lunch are in the cycling notes. Self-guided cycling lends itself perfectly to picnics, it is always a good option to pick up some local produce and then pick a spot along your route to stop and eat it.
For dinner you will be spoilt for choice; Burgundians are passionate about both their food and wine. Boeuf Bourguignon (a stew with beef in red wine), Escargots à la Bourgogne (snails) and Coq au Vin (chicken braised with wine) are arguably the most famous exports but the prime local ingredients are expertly showcased in countless mouthwatering dishes. Common main ingredients are pigeon, quail, boar, venison and freshwater fish. You will find many small, independent suppliers offering local pates, cheese, sausages and mustard, synonymous with Dijon. Food markets are a delight to visit – support for individual artisan food producers is something the region excels in.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification
: SelfGuided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 40.25km (25.3miles).
No. of days cycling: 4
Terrain and route: The suggested routes mainly follow tarmac or compacted gravel tow paths.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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