Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Relaxed short break cycling in Burgundy
  • Explore the medieval UNESCO centre of Dijon
  • Visit the 12th century Clos de Vougeot vineyard
  • Dine on local dishes of Beef Bourgogne and Coq au Vin
  • Explore the streets and wine tasting caves of Beaune

Discover the UNESCO city of Dijon and wine world class wine region of Burgundy on the short cycling break.

Filled with renaissance buildings and gastronomic experiences, the elegant streets of Dijon make for perfect introduction to Burgundy’s ’Joie de Vivre’. From Dijon, cycle south into the vineyards of Burgundy and onto the ‘Route des Grand Crus’ and the village of Vougeot, home of the magnificent Château Clos de Vougeot estate.

Journey onto the charming town of Beaune and test your palette in one of the many ‘degustation caves’ before rounding this perfect short break off with a dish of Beef Bourgogne and large glass of vin rouge in the cobbled streets of Beaune.


Day 1 Arrive Dijon

The UNESCO centre of Dijon can be easily reached via a train journey from either Paris  (90 mins) or from Lyon (2 hours).


A relaxed city, the medieval streets of Dijon are bursting with fine wines, excellent food and of course, many a mustard shop too! If you have the time, the Musee des Beaux-Arts, housed in the exquisite Palais des Ducs is one of France’s most outstanding museums.


Overnight: Dijon


Day 2 Cycle to Vougeot


Leaving Dijon, cycle south west across the l’Ouche river as urban dwellings give way to the rolling vineyards of Cote du Nuits. Soon you’ll reach a series of charming villages; Couches, Fixin and Gevrey Chambertin where the Grand Crus listed wines of Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Beze are produced. Pedal into the sleep village of Vougeot, where the Château Clos du Vougeot estate is worthy of a visit.


Cycle: 30 km


Dinner & Overnight: Vougeot


Day 3 Cycle to Beaune


Today, cycle south via Nuits-Saint-George, where the highly sought after Mugnier, Clos de la Marechale Blanc is produced. From here pedal onwards via the northern vineyards of Côte du Beaune to the medieval centre of Beaune town, which has assumed its position as possibly one of the best places in France for wine tasting.


Cycle: 32 km


Dinner & Overnight: Beaune


Day 4 Onward Travel

Depending on your onward travel plans you may have more time to explore the historic streets on Beaune. If you would like an extra night in Beaune to further explore the historic town and wine tasting caves, this can be easily arranged for you. Just let us know at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Each evening will be spent in a 3* hotel or 3* guesthouse. We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed below, but on occasion, especially during peak season, we do use alternate accommodation of equal or higher standard. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party or are travelling as a solo cyclist single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. 


Meals


Breakfast is included each day at your hotel and usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking. 


Lunches and dinners are not included. One of our favourite experiences is to pick up local cheeses and boulangerie breads for a picnic. As you will be staying the heart of each village or town, there are extensive cafes and restaurants to choose from in the evening.



 

 

 

 



Le Petit Tertre - Dijon



Le Petit Tertre - Dijon

Located in the heart of historical Dijon, this exquisite guesthouse has retained the atmosphere and décor of its 18th century roots. Within easy reach of all the major sights, this property has been run by the Mischler family for the past 20 years.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Close de la Vogue - Vougeot

Dating back to the 12th century, this 3* hotel is only a short ride from the famous Château Clos du Vougeot. Complete with gardens and pool, the hotel restaurant serves unfussy, rustic regional cuisine perfect for hungry cyclists.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Belle Epoque - Beaune

This former wine merchant’s house is a 5-minute walk to the Hotel Dieu. Easy to reach on foot, the hotel enjoys a quiet courtyard and excellent breakfast to set you up for a day of walking or exploring.


 

 

 

Availability


This trip is available to start on any day from May to October
and is subject to availability. Peak months in Burgundy are
June, July and August so we would suggest contacting us as soon as your
plans are finalised. 


Grade & Terrain



This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances of 25 km—35 km. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills, but these usually don't last for too long. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty opportunities to stop for wine tasting opportunities or explore sleep villages after a long lunch.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps



This cycling route follows a combination of cycle paths, quiet country roads, stretches of rolling terrain and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please  always be mindful of other roads users. Our tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure. Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.




Bike Rental


Scott hybrid bikes are available for hire. All bikes are equipped with a pannier, and spare inner tube along with a pump.


Many people also choose to hire an EBike. The added battery power provides assistance when required. For more information on how EBikes work click here.


If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride. Alternatively we’re happy to answer any questions you have about the hire bike.


 


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate hybrid or touring bike for this trip.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour
with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you
for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care. 


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and
trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed
equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good shoes,
warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight
clothing for summer, and a day pack.

 


Travel to Dijon and from Beaune

Getting to Dijon


For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com


Fly: into Paris Charles de Gaulle, Orly or Beauvais airports. Take a train or bus from the airport to the city centre and from the centre (Gare de Lyon) take a direct TGV train to Dijon (approx. 1 hour 40 mins). Train times and details can be found at sncf.com.


Train: Eurostar from London St-Pancras International to Paris (Gard du Nord). Change here and travel to Paris Gare de Lyon (by RER) From Gare de Lyon, take a direct TGV train to Dijon Ville (approx. 1 hour 40 mins). The total journey time is approx. 5 hours and the whole trip can be booked at www.eurostar.com.


Drive: From Folkestone, take the Eurotunnel shuttle to Calais, and continue driving from here. From Calais, it is about a 5 hour drive to Dijon. Booking and more info can be found at www.eurotunnel.com


Drive and Ferry: Drive to Dover and take the ferry to Calais (approx. 1 hour 15 mins crossing). Then drive onto Dijon (approx. 5 hours drive). Ferry info and booking can be found at www.poferries.com


Getting from Beaune


From Beaune train station you can take a train back to Dijon (approx. 30 mins). Train details can be found at www.voyages-sncf.com. From Dijon you can take a TGV train to many locations in France and Europe, or continue home via one of the methods mentioned in the ‘Getting to’ section.

Included

  • 3 nights 3* hotels & B&B's
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • Baggage Transfer
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Excluded

  • Bike Hire
  • Travel to Dijon / from Beaune
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Single Room(s)
  • Solo Cyclist Supplement
  • EBike/Bike Hire

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances of 25 km—35 km. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills, but these usually don't last for too long. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty opportunities to stop for wine tasting opportunities or explore sleep villages after a long lunch.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially in the summer months. You can start this holiday on any day of the week. 

When is the best time of year?

May to June offer warm days, with flora is full bloom and vineyards busy with activity. Into July and August Burgundy is bursting with life and you can really appreciate the Bourgogne sun late into evening. During September the grape harvest begins and the vineyards are a thriving. You may be even lucky enough to encounter a harvest festival or two.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfer as per your itinerary is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

What happens if I can't cycle a stage? 

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. These costs are payable locally. Details of alternative transport will be listed in your information pack. Your accommodation hosts will also be able to help you with any local transport questions.

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