Hotel Dieu Courtyard, Beaune

Cycling the Vineyards of Burgundy: Self-Guided

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Self-Guided
Min age:
14

Cycle through beautiful villages and vineyards of the Burgundy countryside

The rolling countryside of Burgundy, crisscrossed with dedicated cycle paths through extensive vineyards and alongside canals make for an ideal and relaxed self-guided itinerary. Pretty villages break up the route and grand chateaux, with colourful tiled roofs, stand guard over their carefully nurtured and valuable grapes. Burgundy is one of the premier wine producing regions of the world, so if the cycling alone isn’t enough to tempt you, then perhaps a glass of the finest Pinot Noir or Chardonnay is? Dijon and Beaune complete this trip with their timeless charm, impressive architecture and choice of exceptional restaurants.

Highlights

  • Explore charming Dijon and Beaune
  • Cycle through beautiful villages and countryside on dedicated routes
  • Visit world famous vineyards
  • Mouthwatering cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels
  • 6 days cycling, (including 2 optional rides) with luggage transfers
  • 95% quiet tarmac roads, 5% tracks and towpaths
  • Undulating route, but distances are short
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (compulsory supplement)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Supplement for single traveller (includes single accommodation supplement)
  • Flights (available on request)
  • Electric E bikes available to request for a supplement
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Terrain:

Low altitude; 95% tarmac, 5% tracks and towpaths

Day by day breakdown
Day 333.0km/20.0miles
Day 437.0km/23.0miles
Day 644.0km/27.0miles
Day 742.0km/26.0miles

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Itinerary

Beaune
to
Beaune
  • Day 1

    Start Beaune

    Beaune is known as the capital of the wine region and is a fantastic place to start your holiday. At the centre of the walled town stands the Hotel Dieu; the Hospices de Beaune, with its inner courtyard and iconic tiled roof. Winelovers should visit the Marche aux Vins outside the Hospice; the 'degustation des vins' (winetasting) takes place every day throughout the year.

  • Day 2

    Today is free to enjoy Beaune or take an optional cycle ride

    A day to relax and enjoy Beaune's many attractions or take an optional cycle ride through the local vineyards and wine villages. It is worth visiting the Hospice de Beaune museum, one of the finest examples of 15th Century French architecture.

    N.B. The two optional cycle rides today are 36km or 64km.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cycle through some of Burgundy’s most famous vineyards to Nolay

    Today's ride is through the heart of wine country including some of the most prestigious French vineyards, such as Pommard, notable for its bold and powerful reds made from the Pinot Noir grape. There are opportunities for tasting in the chateaux of Pommard and Meursault. You will then ride on past the 13th Century chateau at La Rocheport and on to the lovely old town of Nolay.

    N.B. The longer cycling distance available today is 44km.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Ride through the forested uplands to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf en Auxois

    Leave the vineyards behind and cycle through the forested uplands to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf en Auxois, one of the last remaining examples of 14th Century Burgundian military architecture. High on its rocky spur, the village boasts beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.

    N.B. The longer cycling distance available today is 59km.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    A day to relax and spend some time exploring Chateauneuf. Alternatively take in some of the pretty surrounding villages on a short cycle ride

    Enjoy a free day exploring Chateauneuf-en-Auxois; you can visit the chateau, explore the village, or choose to get back on your bikes for a loop taking in some more of Burgundy's pretty villages using some of the region's dedicated cycle routes.


    N.B. The optional cycling distance available today is 44km.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Enjoy a morning descent and then cycle along the canal tow path to Dijon; afternoon free to explore

    The majority of the day follows the Burgundy canal past Velars-sur-Ouche and then on to Dijon. Try and get an early start so you can spend some time discovering Dijon in the afternoon. For a fun way to explore Dijon follow the Owl's Trail (le parcours de la chouette). Guides are available to buy from the Tourist Information Office and the brass plaques featuring the owls are seen on the pavements throughout the city. The original owl is carved on the side of the Eglise Notre Dame and local tradition says if you rub the owl with your left hand and make a wish, it will come true!.


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Leave mediaeval Dijon and pedal to Beaune via Nuits St. Georges, the capital of the Cotes de Nuits vineyards

    Once you are ready, depart medieval Dijon and pedal via Nuits St Georges, the capital of the Cotes de Nuits vineyards, to Beaune. This fascinating old town is a great place to explore and eat with plenty of shops and restaurants.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Beaune

    Your trip ends today after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.
Breakfast: Continental style buffet breakfast.
Lunch (not included): France is a country renowned for its food and wine and this trip should give you the full flavour of Burgundy. Suggestions of what to do for lunch are in the cycling notes. Self-guided cycling lends itself perfectly to picnics, it is always a good option to pick up some local produce and then pick a spot along your route to stop and eat it.
For dinner you will be spoilt for choice; Burgundians are passionate about both their food and wine. Boeuf Bourguignon (a stew with beef in red wine), Escargots à la Bourgogne (snails) and Coq au Vin (chicken braised with wine) are arguably the most famous exports but the prime local ingredients are expertly showcased in countless mouthwatering dishes. Common main ingredients are pigeon, quail, boar, venison and freshwater fish. You will find many small, independent suppliers offering local pates, cheese, sausages and mustard, synonymous with Dijon. Food markets are a delight to visit - support for individual artisan food producers is something the region excels in.

Weather

Burgundy is situated in the heart of France and usually has warm or hot summers with a continental feel to them. Generally the summer months are warm and dry, with rainfall averaging 6cm per month in July and August. The climate in Spring and Autumn is a mixture of sun and scattered showers with temperatures in the mid 20's (degrees celcius).

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 40km (25 miles). Please note that this is the average of the shortest distances, on most days there is the option to extend the rides.
No. of days cycling: 6 (including 2 optional rides)
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads past villages and vineyards across undulating terrain. Occasionally a busier road is encountered, as is a longer climb (maximum 300m), but the distances are kept short.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 14 yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You will spend 7 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels. These hotels include a variety of traditional Burgundian buildings including an old Cistercian abbey from the 12th Century. All rooms have en suite facilities. As the hotels are in traditional buildings this usually means that air conditioning is not available, however a fan is either provided as standard or available to request from reception.

It is possible to upgrade to a higher room standard, please ask your sales consultant for more details.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an adttional charge to cover transfer costs.

We may be able to arrange a triple room if required, and there is a small reduction for this. The reduction will need to be calculated for each booking, as we cannot guarantee availability of triple rooms on all nights. Please ask for a quote if this is of interest.

Additional Accommodation

Extra accommodation is available to arrange in Beaune.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed September 2016
    Samantha Gordon

    Great route

    This is an excellent trip with a great route which includes pretty French villages, quiet roads, hilltop chateaus, canal paths and cycling through beautiful grand cru vineyards. A really good mix. Beaune is a beautiful little town to start the trip and we were pleasantly surprised at how lovely Dijon is too. There were a few uphills particularly coming into Chateauneuf but generally gentle undulating countryside.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Chateauneuf day was the hardest but very rewarding and great when the chateau finally comes into view.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you have plenty of water especially in summer months. It was hot in September and many of the small villages don't have any shops.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Colin Calder

    Fantastic experience - even with a few unexepcted hills!

    We cycled The Vineyards and Villages of Burgundy trip with our classic tandem - which really did prove to be double the fun on a bicycle made for two! The scenery was spectacular - switching from pedalling through some of the most famous vineyards in the world to scenic villages where each one was prettier than the previous one, to beautiful canal paths and magnificent chateaux. It was made all the more spectacular by the warmth of the sunshine - and the friendliness of the locals we met en route, many of whom enjoyed the spectacle of our tandeming efforts! With most of the route along designated cycling paths, it felt very safe and the area is perfectly set up for cyclists - with the paths mainly being of a much higher quality than experienced in the UK. The organisation was brilliant - particularly the ease of the luggage transfer - which allowed us to enjoy the cycling and the quaint individual hotels which all offered a warm welcome and were fully geared up for cyclists.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Several: Cycling through the vineyard paths - with the grapes ready for harvest literally a few paces away; The caves in the villages eager to offer wine tastings - with the wine in each village seemingly better than the one before!; The spectacular chateau at the medieval village of Chateauneuf en Auxois - even if it required a huge effort to get up the hill to it!; The beautiful tree-lined canal paths and the scenic lock-keeper's houses along the way; The historic architecture of the two main towns of Dijon and Beaune; and the feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement of reaching journey's end!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were self-guided.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The route notes contained several good suggestions for lunch and picnic stops - follow these and you will have wonderful venues for picnics. Suggest stopping at a local boulangerie en route before lunch (as most close at lunchtime) for baguette and local shops for cheese, cold meats, fruit, and of course a bottle of Cremant fizz to wash it all down! The suggested lunch stop at the small bridge at Lusigny-sur-Ouche on the trip from Nolay to Chateauneuf is truly halcyon. We would recommend a thorough read-over of the day's route before leaving - including double checking it on the provided large scale map - as some of the directions can be open to interpretation ... and result in "discussions" between couples! Beware the "surprise" hills. This was billed as an 'easy to moderate' trip across 'mildly undulating' countryside. To the most part it is - but there are a few killer hills and long steep gradients which we felt it would have been fairer to be warned about. The fact that they cropped up without warning sapped energy and threw the planned timings of the schedule out of kilter.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Doing a trip like this really is a fantastic experience and will provide a well of great memories! You owe it to yourself to do it! We wrote a blog of our adventures on our tandem, giving an in-depth account of the trip. You can read our adventures here: http://matildasmusingsdotcom.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/day-six-journeys-end/
  • Reviewed August 2013
    Anonymous

    CYCLING THE VINEYARDS OF BURGUNDY

    clear directions lovely hotels generally easy cycling with one very steep hill

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the beautiful countrysidethe old hospital in Beaune

    What did you think of your group leader?

    self guided

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    the hill up to Chateauneuf is a killer especially in 37 degree heat!check in times are a little later in France but gives you time to go for a beer!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    this was our first self-guided trip would definitely do one againwell organised, bikes good and bags always there at the end of the day
  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous

    CYCLING THE VINEYARDS OF BURGUNDY

    this was a great trip especiaslly for those who are "finding their way" cycling in france.the highlights of this trip were cycling through sunny vineyards and the relaxed pace-not to forget the lunches in lovely little towns- i would recommend this even to those with minimal cycling experience

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    arriving in the lovely city of beauneand lunch in nuits st george

    What did you think of your group leader?

    self guided-it was me and he was excellent !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    dont worry if youve not been on a bike for 20 yearsvery lesurely !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    i think a breif orientation with the bike renatl would have been helpful ie repairs as thankfully we had no problemsbut may have been helpful

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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