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Cycling the Grand Cru of Beaune – short break

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Explore one of France’s finest wine regions, the Cote d’Or on this short
break

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  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
All about the Cycling the Grand Cru of Beaune – short break.

In a region known for its epicurean finesse, you can really enjoy fine dining on this holiday. There will be excellent local dishes on offer in the hotels and in local restaurants 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 incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. You’ll stay in excellent hotels including a perfectly located hotel in Beaune, an elegantly renovated farm and a marvelous 18th century chateau with a pool and eight hectares of carefully 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.

* 4 nights accommodation, hotel-to-hotel
* All continental breakfasts
* GPS route directions and maps
* RideWithGPS navigation app
* High quality hybrid bikes
* Luggage transfers between hotels

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover and stay in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy
  • Varied cycling: vineyard tracks, country lanes, waterside paths and green ways
  • Authentic medieval chateaux and traditional unspoiled villages
  • Sun-drenched wine estates; taste prestigious appellations
  • Striking architecture and numerous museums in history-filled Beaune and Dijon
  • Picturesque Canal de Bourgogne; colorful meadows; shady woodland
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Beaune

    Arrive at your hotel: a beautifully restored 18th century farmhouse just outside the city. *(Staying at Hotel Le Central)*

  2. Day 2 Beaune to Gevrey-Chambertin 42km/26.5mi or 45km/28.5mi

    This morning, perhaps pay a visit to the lovely 18th century 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 16th century 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 Rotisserie du Chambertin*)*

  3. Day 3 Gevrey-Chambertin to Sainte-Sabine 50km/31.5mi or 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 18th century Chateau Hotel Sainte-Sabine. *(Staying at Chateau Sante Sabine)*

  4. Day 4 Sainte-Sabine to Beaune

    Pass countryside and quiet farming villages to the ancient town of Bligny-sur-Ouche with its 12th century church, 15th century 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 in Beaune. *(Staying at Hotel Le Central)*

  5. Day 5 Leave Beaune

    Leave Beaune

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Where you stay

Hotels

You’ll stay in historic hotels including an elegantly renovated farm with beautiful gardens, a lovingly restored winery and a marvelous 18th century chateau with a pool and eight hectares of carefully tended grounds.

Eating and Drinking

France 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.

Cycling Conditions
Classification
: SelfGuided
Average daily distance: 44.3km (28miles).
No. of days cycling: 3
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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