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Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling – Short Break

from $2,179.00

Gastronomic meals and world famous wines, mediaeval towns and traditional villages, historic hotels and chateaux, and the picturesque Canal de Bourgogne. These are some of the highlights of this 4-night cycle around the beautiful Cote D’Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and tranquil waterside paths.

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling – Short Break.

Uncover the wonderful flavours of Burgundy on this four night gastronomic cycling short break. Long established as one of France’s finest 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 prestigious vineyards, which are now collectively recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the north, past numerous mediaeval 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 C15 Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, which sits fairytale-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 greenways, 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 unspoilt 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 holiday. You’ll savour 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 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 marvellous C18 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 and gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Wine Collection Service
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Lovingly restored C18 hotels, one with a pool and fine gastronomic cuisine
  • Varied cycling: vineyard tracks, country lanes, waterside paths and greenways
  • Authentic Mediaeval 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 Montagny-les-Beaune

    Arrive at your hotel: 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)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 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)

  3. Day 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 C18 Chateau Hotel Sainte-Sabine, where you can stroll in the gardens then sit on the terrace savouring an aperitif before dinner. (Staying at Chateau Sante Sabine, Half board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 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 at Hotel Le Clos, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in restaurant)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 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.

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Where you stay
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.
Eating and Drinking

France is a country renowned for its food and wine and this trip should give you the full flavor 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 spoiled 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
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 09/07/2019
4/5

Mrs Leslie

Great fun holiday but service by local guide was not good. We were not given any instructions on the ebikes. One of the bikes had a puncture and as we had not been told which inner tube to use changing the tyre became a problem. Nobody contacted us as to restaurant arrangements on our return and there were no instructions as to our collection for the train back. We had a big problem in our last restaurant as they told us at the beginning of the meal we could have anything off the menu and then announced after we had chose and were half way through that we had a budget. Our starter and main course were double that budget so we did not have pudding or cheese.

Reviewed On 26/11/2018
5/5

Mrs Hartley

My second cycling trip with Headwater and won’t be my last. A memorable holiday of real quality. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Reviewed On 12/09/2018
5/5

Mrs Rosewell

The Gastronomic Burgundy 4 night cycling holiday is a lovely break but a bit rushed, there was not enough time to explore your destinations or venture to Beaune or Dijon. The cycling routes were a good mix of vineyard tracks, canal tow paths and quiet country roads through forests and pasture land. We found the distances meant there was limited time for the suggested sight seeing trips. On day two we visited Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune for it's eclectic and extensive auto collections and on day four had a brief tour and tasting at Chateau Pommard. Les Deux Chevres was a delight - (btw they offer inhouse wine tastings and trips to vineyards - cannot comment on how they are as sadly we had no time to sample them)

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