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 degustations 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 and support vehicle
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
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
20-40+ miles daily
Land Cost (current year):
Dijon/Chambolle Musigny: 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. Chambolle Musigny is 15 km/ 20 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 Chambolle Musigny 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. 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.
Ride Distance: Day 1-42.8 km; 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. 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).
Ride Distances: Day 3-27.2, 61.7 km; Day 4- 34.5, 48.5, 83 km
Montrachet – 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. 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.
Ride Distances: Day 5- 42 km; Day 6- 40 km
Depart at your leisure from Beaune train station.
Described by Wine Spectator as “the most beautiful hotel in Burgundy.” This intimate chateau is surrounded by vineyards. All rooms are creatively designed with luxury antiques and named after a famous ‘Grand Cru’.
Originally built in 1442, this 4-star hotel features a magnificent tower and a beautiful stone staircase, as well as two historical courtyards and a picturesque garden. Rooms are decorated in the traditional French style.
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.