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Burgundy Vineyards In Style

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Cycle the 'Route des Grand Crus' vineyards of Burgundy
  • Stylish, historic hotels and gastronomic experiences
  • Explore the medieval UNESCO centre of Dijon
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in the extensive caves of Beaune
  • Ride through the wine towns of Cote de Nuits and 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.

What To Expect

The tour is graded easy to moderate and is perfect if you enjoy seeking out world class wines and fine French cuisine by bike. Each ride is around 25-35km as you follow cycle paths and rolling country lanes through vineyards, medieval towns and villages of Burgundy. Staying in historic 4* hotels and châteaux throughout, there is plenty of time to relax in your hotel pool or spa before dining on classic French cuisine.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Elegance & Unique Stays
  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & 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 sleepy 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.

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.

Accommodations

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.

Included
  • 1 night 4* luxury guesthouse, 2 nights 4* hotels & 2 nights 4* châteaux
  • 5 Breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack
  • Route notes, detailed maps, and GPS tracks with our Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Dijon / from Beaune
  • Bike hire
  • 3 dinners, lunches, 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.

Luggage 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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