Self-Guided Walking Tours & Biking Tours


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Highlights

  • Cycle 'Route des Grand Crus' vineyards of Burgundy
  • Stylish, historic hotels & gastronomic experiences
  • Explore the medieval UNESCO centre of Dijon
  • Visit the extensive wine tasting caves of Beaune
  • Ride through the wine towns of Cote de Nuits & Cote de Beaune

Discover the illustrious wine region of Burgundy on this easy going cycling tour, spending each night in stylish hotels and châteaux.

Begin with an exploration of Dijon’s medieval centre, half-timbered houses and renaissance buildings before cycling south onto the ‘Route des Grand Crus’. Pedal through the Cote de Nuits vineyards to Vougeot where you will spend the night in the grandeur of Château Gilly, a former Cistercian Monastery.

Continue your ride through the heart of Burgundy’s vineyards, as you cycle to the world class wine tasting caves of Beaune where an evening of Michelin star dining awaits. From Beaune head to Meursault along the ‘Voie de Vignes’ cycle way and through the wine villages of Pommard, Volany and and revered cellar of Puligny Montrachet, the perfect vintage to round off cycling in Burgundy.


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! 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. Pedalling into Vougeot, arrive at your overnight hotel, Château Gilly. Here you can relax poolside before enjoying dinner in the grandeur of the vaulted dinning room.


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 Cote de 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. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotels award winning Michelin starred restaurant, Loiseau des Vignes.


Cycle: 32 km


Dinner & Overnight: Beaune


Day 4 Explore Beaune

A day out of the saddle today to experience Beaune’s ‘raison d'être’ - wine tasting!


The choice of world class wine tasting caves in Beaune town is exceptional (and extensive). Some notable experiences are; Patriach Pere et Fils, the oldest cellar in the region with over 5km of underground caves. Marche aux Vins which boasts a rare collection from the Hospices du Beaune or Bouchard Aine & Fils which offers sensory wine tasting experiences.


Beyond wine tasting it is easy to lose time in one of the many pavement cafes or visit the incredibly well preserved 15th century Hospice du Beaune.


Cycle: None


Overnight: Beaune


Day 5 Cycle to Meursault

Ride the ‘Voie des Vignes’ cycle route from Beaune through the southern Cote de Beaune. Discover the prestigious wine producing towns of Pommard and Volnay. Further on you will reach what is to be considered the best white wine cellar in the world, Montrachet in Puligny-Montrachet. From here, return to the sleepy square of Meursault to soak up village life with a large glass of Burgundy.


Cycle: 35 km


Overnight: Meursault


Day 6 Onward Travel (return to Beaune)

Depending on your onward travel arrangements you may have time to relax and use the Château facilities.


A private taxi transfer to Beaune TGV station is included (journey time around 20mins). From here you can connect by train, to Paris (3 hours) or Lyon (1hr 45mins).

Accommodation

Each evening will be spent in 4* hotels, 4* château hotel or luxury 4* guest house. 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. If you would like a room upgrade this is subject to availability and a supplementary cost.


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. 


Also included are 2 dinners, 1 of which is at the award winning Michelin starred restaurant Loiseau des Vignes (Beaune) and was the first restaurant to offer the entire wine list by the glass.



Lunches and 3 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 in the heart of each
village or town, there are extensive cafes and restaurants to choose from in
the evening. Beaune does have an extensive number of restaurants ranging from
rustic cafes serving melt in the mouth Beef Bourgogne to Michelin
star gastronomic experiences.

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Le Cour Berbisey



Le Cour Berbisey - Dijon

Located in the heart of the old town it’s the perfect base for exploring Dijon. Marie-Helene and her husband are your hosts for the night, and offer a warm welcome as well as a satisfying freshly prepared breakfast. Complete with a heated indoor pool, this charming property is the perfect start to your trip.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Château Gilly



Château Gilly - Vougeot

Located only a few minutes from the centre of Vougeot this former Cisterian Monastery dates back to the 14th century. Boasting extensive ornate gardens and a swimming pool provide the perfect  relaxation after your first day in the saddle.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel le Cep - Beaune

An exceptional hotel located in Beaune’s medieval heart. Made up of a collection of historic buildings and courtyards, the excellent staff are always on hand to help. Bursting with Old World charm, relax in the on-site spa complete with Hammam, Sauna and relaxation area to name just a few of the facilities!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Le Château de Citeaux la Cueillette - Meursault

This luxury chateau hotel is the perfect way to end your trip in Burgundy. Set in peaceful vineyards yet only a 5-minute walk from the square of Meursault. The Chateau dates from the 19th Century and rooms have been renovated to a modern fashion and there is also a fabulous spa on-site as well as an indoor pool and an outdoor sun terrace.


 

 

 

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 & Navigation

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 sleepy 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.


We also recommend using our Macs Adventure App. This easy to use app will navigate you through each of your daily rides. Full details of the app will be provided in your information pack.

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.


Scott Hybrid Rental 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


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.

Included

  • 1 night 4* luxury guesthouse, 2 nights 4* hotels & 2 nights 4* châteaux
  • 5 Breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • 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 3 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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