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Burgundy by Bike

6 Days & 5 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • Relaxed cycling through the vineyards of Burgundy
  • Explore the medieval UNESCO centre of Dijon
  • Spend the day wine tasting in the caves of Beaune
  • Dine on local dishes of Beef Bourgogne and Coq au Vin
  • Cycle the Voie des Vignes through Pommard, Volnay & Montrachet
Explore the wine region of Burgundy as you bike from the medieval city of Dijon to the world-famous vineyards of Côte du Beaune on this easy going cycling tour. The UNESCO medieval centre of Dijon is a perfect introduction to the fine wines and gastronomic riches of Burgundy. From here, cycle south along the ‘Route des Grand Crus’, and through the vineyards of Côte du Nuits to 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’. Cycle the ‘Voie de Vignes’ through the villages and vineyards of Pommard, Volany and Montrachet before rounding this tour off with a dish of Beef Bourgogne and large glass of Burgundy in the sleepy square of Meursault.

What To Expect

The tour is graded easy to moderate and is perfect if you enjoy seeking our world class wines and fine French cuisine by bike. Daily rides are around 25-35km following cycle paths and rolling country lanes through the vineyards, medieval towns and villages of Burgundy. Each night stay in cycle friendly hotels and B&B’s all within a short walk to the major sights and wine tasting opportunities of Burgundy.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

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

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.

Accommodation Information

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.

Included
  • 5 Nights in 3* hotels and B&B's
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps and GPS tracks on the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency local partner and UK telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to Dijon / from Beaune
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinner, drinks & snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire

When To Go

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. 

Getting to the Start

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 the End

On day 6, you will be transferred from your hotel in Meursault to Beaune train station. From here 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.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20 kg). If you require excess baggage allowance do contact us prior to travel.

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.

Equipment

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Dijon Day 2 Cycle to Vougeot 19 miles / 30 km Day 3 Cycle to Beaune 20 miles / 32 km Day 4 Explore Beaune Day 5 Cycle to Meursault 22 miles / 35 km Day 6 Onward Travel (return to Beaune)

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