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Burgundy by Bike

Burgundy

Highlights
  • Bike the 'Route des Grand Crus' vineyards of Burgundy
  • Stylish, historic hotels & gastronomic experiences
  • Explore the medieval UNESCO center of Dijon
  • Visit the extensive wine tasting caves of Beaune
  • Dine on local dishes of Beef Bourgogne and Coq au Vin
  • Pedal the Voie des Vignes through Pommard, Volnay & Montrachet

Burgundy is arguably the ultimate wine-growing region in France. Biking through these UNESCO World Heritage Designated landscapes is the best way to see them, especially on the "Chemin des Grand Crus, " a route through the famous wine country between Dijon and Beaune. The local's dedication to making the best single-varietal wines is second to none, and it is the range and complexity that they can get out of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that makes it so exceptional. Exploring the wines is integral to visiting Burgundy, so our tours include some time visiting vineyards and allowing your taste buds to do some of the adventuring also!

With mile upon mile of great biking trails winding through this glorious countryside, you will soak up every moment and be charmed by this region of France, which not only has vineyards but also rivers, forests, historic towns, and villages. The local markets are also a delight, and when you return home from your journey, you will remember the laughter and chatter of the locals as they engage in their selling and buying process. All very entertaining for the visitor!

Anywhere that wine grows, biking trips fit right in, and Burgundy is no exception. Macs Adventure has been operating tours in Burgundy since 2018, and we can assist you in choosing your perfect tour your way. For example, if you would like a tour that has more comfortable accommodation, you should select one of our in-style trips, such as the Burgundy Vineyards in Style. Why not make it even easier also with an e-bike upgrade?

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Discover Burgundy

  • Burgundy Facts

    Wine

    Burgundy is one of France's main wine-producing areas known for its whites and reds mostly, chardonnay and pinot noir varieties. The history of this wine area goes back to around 50BC. The Celts were producing wine then, and the Romans took over when they conquered the region. The Benedictines became the first big Burgundy vineyard owners in the 900's and a bit later followed by the Cistercians. Monks maintained the vines and passed their knowledge and skills on. 

    Does Dijon mustard actually come from Dijon? 

    Yes! The Romans first produced it, and they established a tradition of grinding the mustard seeds, then mixing this with white vinegar. Then in 1752, the mustard was revolutionalized when the sour juice of unripe grapes was added, giving it the creamy texture it has today. Although Dijon mustard has been uprooted from its homeland, if you want it to be the "real deal," it's got to be made in Burgundy's Cote d'Or region with the mustard seeds grown in this soil. 

    Geography

    Burgundy is one of France's most prominent regions and comprises a plateau of low hills and at its center some small mountains, the Morvan. It is also covered by forest and, not surprisingly, by lots of vineyards. It consists of 4 departements; Core d'Or, Nievre, Saone-et-Loire and Yonne. Its largest city of Dijon, and a few rivers flow through it, including the Loire, Saone, and Seine. It has 600 miles of rivers and canals, and this is how many people travel through it by boat or barge. It is France's most navigable region by water.

    Burgundy Facts
  • Explore a local Burgundy Market

    Visiting a local market or two is an enjoyable way to discover the local specialties of a region, and Burgundy is no exception. It's an excellent opportunity to converse with the locals and try out your french, plus a chance to check out the fantastic home-grown produce, such as Charolais beef, blackcurrants, gingerbread, mustard. What a gastronomic heritage Burgundy has. You can even rummage through the clothing section if you are in the mood!

    The two biggest markets are Dijon and Beaune. Dijon Market is one of the best in France. It is a covered market, and you may recognize its designer as it's none other than Gustav Eiffel, creator of Paris's most famous landmark. Here you will find the very best cheese stalls, artisan bakers, and cake makers. Beaune Market is a great way to see the town when it's in full swing. The large Saturday one is a colorful food and clothes market and has over 150 stalls, with the smaller one being on a Wednesday. On a Saturday, it tends to spread beyond the undercover section in the Place de la Halles and spills out into the pedestrianized area. 

    Explore a local Burgundy Market
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