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Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling

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Gastronomic meals and world famous wines, medieval towns and traditional villages, historic hotels and chateaux, and the picturesque Canal de Bourgogne. These are some of the highlights of this 6 night cycle around the beautiful Cote D’Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and tranquil waterside paths.

  • Reviews 19 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling.

Uncover the wonderful flavours of Burgundy on this six night gastronomic cycling holiday. 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 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 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 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.
  • 6 nights accommodation, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 gastronomic evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater appointed agent
  • 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)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Tandems available (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 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
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Beaune

    Wander the streets of Beaune and marvel at the multi coloured roofs of the 15th Century Hospices de Beaune. Overnight at the perfectly located Hotel Le Central and take your pick from the plethora of local restaurants nearby.

  2. Day 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.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: At Gevrey-Chambertin

    Today, visit the ancient city of Dijon, just 8 minutes away by rail. Here see the Church of Notre Dame, the 12th century-15th century 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.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: 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 18th century Chateau Sainte-Sabine, where you can stroll in the gardens then sit on the terrace savouring an aperitif before dinner.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: 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 medieval village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Clearly visible from the hotel in Sainte-Sabine, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is perched high on the hilltop with its 15th century fortress and 12th century 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 13th century.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Sainte-Sabine to Beaune 41km/26mi

    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.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Leave 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
Le Central Boutique Hotel
Renovated in 2018, this 16th century hotel is located in Beaune city centre, in front of the Hospices de Beaune. Htel Central offers family rooms and free WiFi. Featuring a contemporary decor, each room offers a wardrobe, a desk and a private bathroom with bath or shower and hairdryer. A continental breakfast, including local produces, is served every morning at an extra cost. Guests may also taste local wines at the on site bar. Dame Tartine by Edgar, the hotel’s restaurant, is located 50 yards away, in front of the Hospices de Beaune. It serves traditional, regional cuisine and toasts prepared with organic bread from the bakery. Guets may eat in the dining room, on the terrace on in the property’s courtyard.
La Rotisserie du Chambertin
Offering 2 French restaurants, hotel La Rotisserie du Chambertin is located in Gevrey-Chambertin at the heart of the Burgundy vineyards. It features a shaded terrace. The rooms all have an LCD TV and a minibar. Free WiFi access is available. The private bathrooms include a walk-in shower or a bath, hairdryer and free toiletries. A continental breakfast is available each morning. The Bistrot Lucien restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner and guests can also enjoy a meal at the gastronomic Table d’Hte restaurant, which is open from Tuesday to Saturday. You can savour refreshing drinks inside or on the terrace during sunny weather.
Chateau de Sainte Sabine
The simply stunning 17th century 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 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
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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 04/11/2019
5/5

Mr Barlow

We spent 5 days cycling with Headwater in Burgundy, through the wine lands and along the canals. Routes very varied and interesting, with excellent directions. Accommodation was first class, with gourmet meals in beautiful restaurants, yet some of our favourite moments were simple al fresco lunches - I would recommend this to any prospective traveller, as a lot of the lunch fare on offer in the villages was relatively poor, totally in contrast to the wonderful evening meals. Load up with wonderful bread, cheese and fruit and you will be very happy come lunchtime! The routes suggested did have some notes on places of interest; in general these are worth considering but some are poor - such as the dilapidated aeroplane museum - a huge disappointment. In contrast, stopping for spontaneous wine tastings was a delight! Bring a swim costume - the hotel at Sainte Sabine is joyous, and bring a smart shirt - at the restaurant on the second night we felt totally under-dressed, yet still very welcome. Do try as many of the wonderful local cheeses as you can - they are delicious! And - don't feel guilty as you can cycle them off the next day! But also, don't forget insect repellant, especially through the wooded sections!

Reviewed On 23/11/2018
4/5

Mr Francies

Possibly mixing gastro dining and cycling is a mistake as you are very tired after 6-7 hours cycling. The trip was well organised - through vineyards, forests, by a canal and through small villages but had more hard hills than expected and there were few high gears on the bike. But overall a very pleasant way to see a beautiful part of France

Reviewed On 22/11/2018
5/5

Mrs Allanson

Great variety and contrasts

Reviewed On 29/10/2018
5/5

Mr Radich

We greatly enjoyed our Burgundy tour. Arrangements were faultless. Accommodation was excellent. We had the best of cheerful support from Glyn. We found electric bikes to be essential.

Reviewed On 27/09/2018
4/5

Ms Wheatley

This type of holiday suits us perfectly - we like to be outdoors and active, and we also appreciate top quality hotels and restaurants. The e-bikes are essential for us, and are great fun. It’s great to have our luggage transported, and to have the restaurants pre-booked. It would be good to have a glass of recommended quality wine of the region included with the gastronomique menu. The backroad routes were perfectly put together and the route notes accurate. It was re-assuring knowing that Glyn would come immediately if a problem arose - we did in fact have a puncture and he was there within 40 minutes.

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