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.

Location

Chambolle Musigny

Chambolle-Musigny, France

Starting Location

Beaune

Beaune, France

Day 3-4

Puligny-Montrachet

Puligny-Montrachet, France

End Location

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)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

June 8-14
June 24-30
August 20-26
September 8-14
September 18-24

2020

June 6-12
June 22-27
August 18-24
September 6-12
September 16-22

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days / 6 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Dijon-Chambolle/Beaune

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate
20-40+ miles daily
Van supported

TERRAIN

3 days gently rolling, 3 days moderately rolling

COST

Land Cost (current year):
US $2950
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $740

Bike Rental:
US $180

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

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.


1

Day 1-2

Chambolle Musigny

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

2

Day 3-4

Beaune

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

3

Day 5-6

Puligny

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

4

Day 7

Depart at your leisure from Beaune train station.

Château André Ziltener, Chambolle-Musigny

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’.


Hôtel le Cep, Beaune

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.


La Maison D'Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet

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.



			

Trip Reviews

June 16, 2010

“The roads we cycled were a pure delight- my husband enjoyed the option for longer rides on a couple of days and I enjoyed the chance to visit markets and relax- it was the perfect vacation for both of us. P.S. we weren’t wine aficianodos prior to this trip but we’re starting a cellar with our purchases from the trip!” New York, NY

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