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France - Burgundy

France - Burgundy

Degree of difficulty - B

Burgundy is fascinating, not only because of its role in the development of the Benedictine and Cistercian orders, but also for its fabulous range of traditional gourmet food and of course its wines.

Our safari starts close to the Abbey of Fontenay near Montbard, and we use the Canal du Bourgogne to guide us through the hills of the Auxois and the approaches to Dijon so that our cycling tour is untroubled either by traffic or by extreme terrain. From Dijon we explore the famous vineyards of the Cotes d'Or on our way to Beaune.  In Beaune we can visit the unforgettable Hotel Dieu and explore further south, wine tasting in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet.

Our route encompasses quiet lanes, beautiful little towns and villages, regal chateaux, splendid churches and basilicas and as much historical interest asone can absorb in a week.

The tour includes a collection from Montbard train station to the first hotel and a drop off at the end of the tour to Beaune train station ( set times on the group tour ).

DAY 1 Arrive Montbard
Our tour starts in Montbard, north of Dijon. The best way there is by train from Paris to Montbard where we arrange transfers to the Hotel De L’Ecu.

DAY 2 Montbard to Semur-en-Auxois 28 miles / 44 km
Saddled up, we head for the Abbaye de Fontenay, one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian abbey in Europe, set in a river valley so beautiful Michelin give it the maximum 3*** rating. We follow the Canal du Bourgogne to Alise Ste Reine, where Vercingétorix, leader of the Gauls finally surrendered to the Romans. We follow the canal again before climbing to the beautiful walled town of Semur-en-Auxois, surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, where we dismount at the Hotel Cymaises.

DAY 3 Semur-en-Auxois to Chateauneuf 32 miles / 55 km
Back to the canal at Marigny le Cahouet. The canal de Bourgogne has been described as the most beautiful route in France. At Pouilly – en – Auxois it disappears into a tunnel. We cycle over the hill, and down to the hostellerie du Chateau in the fairytale village of Chateauneuf.

DAY 4 Chateauneuf to Dijon 32 miles / 74 km
We rejoin the canal – the tow path has been converted into a beautiful cycle path passing more than fifty locks (all downhill!) continuing through forests, past the Lac du Kir all the way to Dijon, where Burgundy’s aristocracy shoe-horned grand town houses into strangely shaped plots alongside the buildings of ordinary Dijonnais. A chance to see the magnificent Palais des Ducs in the heart of the medieval city centre.

DAY 5 Dijon to Nuit St George 20 miles / 26 km
Today we follow tiny roads visiting vineyards in Marsannay and Gevrey-Chambertin, as well as Clos de Vougeot. Originally built by monks from the Abbaye de Cîteaux, the chateau is beautifully restored and home to the world-famous Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. One 12th century room contains four enormous oak presses weighing over 20 tons. We finish the day at Nuits St. Georges where we stay at the Hostellerie Saint Vincent.

DAY 6 Nuit St George to Beaune 16 miles / 26 km
This is a relatively short day but one with more challenging cycling as we visit the beautiful villages of Savigny les Beaune and Aloxe-Corton. Their wine lacks the prestige of its illustrious neighbors but is still high quality at its best as we’ll discover at a tasting before arriving in Beaune, the centre of the Burgundy wine industry. Tonight we stay in the heart of this stunning old town at the Hotel de la Cloche. The Hospice with its magnificent roof is a ‘must see’.

DAY 7 Round trip from Beaune 21 miles / 40 km
You don’t even have to pack today, as we’ll be returning to Beaune tonight. There are a whole series of classic wine villages running south of Beaune toward Macon and the Beaujolais region. Once again we’re on tiny roads winding through the vineyards as we visit Pommard, Volnay and Meursault, home to white wines hailed as the finest in the world. From Meursault we cycle to the village of Chassagne-Montrachet , then begin our return to Beaune via tiny roads with the hills of the Côtes D'Or behind us.

DAY 8 Tour end
There is a reasonably civilised departure this morning. Beaune train station is a 2-minute taxi ride, change in Dijon for Paris Gare de Lyon (arriving approx. 12.37) for onward connections to London and Paris airports.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

€1540 euro per person sharing
€1935 euro for single occupancy (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

€1195 euro per person sharing
€1605 euro for single occupancy ( plus a solo supplement of €200 if travelling on your own )

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation in village hotels
- All breakfasts
- Seven dinners (group tour only)
- Guide cycling with group (group tour only)
- Luggage transfer 
- route details and maps
- 24 speed tour bike/pannier bag
- Waterproof jacket & Cycling jersey
- Set transfer from Montbard train station to start point
- Set transfer from finish point to Beaune train station 

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)


Self Guided Tour Information

Arrival any day from May 1 to September 23.

The information is currently being updated. New content coming soon.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

How to get to the start point in Montbard:

Closest international airport is Paris Charles de Gaulle.

You must then travel into Paris to get a train from Gare de Lyon and take train to Montbard train station.

You will be met in Montbard at 17:57 on Saturday by a tour representative and brought by taxi to your hotel. At the end of the week you will be brought to Beaune train station for the local connection to Dijon and onward travel departure to London (via Lille) and Paris at 11:01. Both local transfers are included in the tour price.
Note: On the group tour the times shown are the only transfers we arrange ,  on self Guided tours you can arrive at any time at our designated train stations.

Check here Burgundyinfo for more arrival info and for trains check RailEurope.com

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

Burgundy was great - excellent guide, good bikes, accommodation and food were fine and a few stood out as special. Just the right amount of tastings and it was great to have two days in Beaune at the end.

Ann Ross (Burgundy Group 2016)

The tour was great. 
The guide, Toby, was excellent in all respects. 
The route was very interesting, and the stops were also interesting, educational, and fun.
The accommodation was good at every stop.

Jim Tubman (Burgundy group 2015)

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