Burgundy was once the richest of the ancient duchies in France and continues to exhibit wealth brought about by the popularity of its wine. Cycling small vineyard lanes and quiet country roads, where the only traffic you’ll encounter might be a tractor bringing in the harvest, is the best way to see the countryside here. Picturesque villages are filled with wine cellars inviting degustation and tiny restaurants with winemakers’ lunches where you’ll enjoy food that is superbly prepared. We have been cycling in Burgundy for over 15 years now, and know the region intimately. From the many Flemish-style chateaux to the extraordinary Hospice de Beaune, the treasures of Burgundy are numerous.
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides
6 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
Dates available upon request
Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
20-40+ miles daily
US $3,650 pp
E-bikes are generally available but are on an ‘on request basis ‘ and will be confirmed on receipt of your booking registration. E-bikes provided are the best rentals available in the region. Our regular fleet of hybrid and race bikes are fun to ride and light and fast, but if having an e-bike will make your trip, we’ll do our best to provide. E-bike rentals are non-refundable.
Dijon/Morey-Saint-Denis: From Paris, the easiest way to reach Dijon is via TGV from the train station Paris Gare de Lyon. The journey by train takes 1h47 by TGV. Morey-Saint-Denis is 22 km/ 25 minutes away from Dijon and can be reached by taxi. Although you can reach Dijon from Paris and start the trip on the same day (the 8h03 train arrives at 9h34), if you choose to overnight in Dijon the night before, we have recommendations for excellent hotels here.
Our trip starts in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis and our meeting time is 10:00 am.. We’ll ride to the Chateau of Gevrey-Chambertin, with a private tasting of their Grands Crus wine and enjoy lunch in a local bistro.
Ride Distance: Day 1-42.8 km;
On our second day here, we’ll ride through the flat farmlands to the Abbaye de Citeaux, where monks still make their famous cheese. We’ll finish the day with a visit to the Clos de Veugot, and ride past vineyards including Romanee Conti and other prestigious estates. Day 2-40.2 km
We’ll make our way south, enjoying lunch at one of our favorite auberges in the region, before entering Beaune, our home for the next two days. We stay at a charming 4-star hotel within the ramparts of the old city, and dine out at acclaimed restaurants, where the wine lists are as extensive as the menus.
Ride Distances: Day 3-27.2, 61.7 km;
On our second day here, we’ll take a historical tour of Beaune including a visit to the extraordinary Hospice de Beaune. For cycling you can choose between several rides (flat or hilly, short or long- your choice). Day 4- 34.5, 48.5, 83 km
Continuing south, we’ll ride a route which will have us stopping in the famous wine village of Pommard, and then to St. Romain where we’ll visit tonneliers (barrel makers) to learn this ancient craft. In Puligny-Montrachet, we’ll stay at a 3-star hotel in the center close to shops and restaurants.
Ride Distances: Day 5- 42 km
On our final day of riding we’ll climb to Chateau la Rochepot, perched in a verdant valley surrounded by vineyards. Afterwards we’ll be hosted by a wine-maker for a wonderful lunch in Puligny-Montrachet, and then coast back to our hotel and final evening celebrations. Day 6- 40 km
Depart at your leisure from Beaune train station.
Formerly a 17th century winepress and cave cooperative, the property was converted into an inn in 1970’s and now boasts 4-star amenities, swimming pool and onsite fine restaurant. Located in the heart of the Côte de Nuits vineyard. Member: Chateaux & Hotel Collection
Facing the ramparts and just a few steps from the famous Hospices, this 5-star combines art de vivre, a subtle blend of elegance and comfort. Its 40 recently renovated rooms combine tradition and modernity. The restaurant here has recently been awarded a Michelin star.
Housed in a 17th century stone building in the center of Puligny-Montrachet, this elegant yet charming hotel offers comfortable rooms and a gastronomic restaurant, where tastings of the famed Leflaive wines are offered.