Uncover the wonderful flavours of Burgundy on this four night gastronomic cycling short break. Long established as one of France's finest wine regions, the Cote d'Or is home to historic Beaune and famed Nuits-Saint-Georges. Here, culture and tradition thrive amid some of the world's most prestigious vineyards, which are now collectively recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the north, past numerous mediaeval chateaux, lies Dijon with its rich blend of architecture and the magnificent palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. A short distance away you'll find the tranquil Canal de Bourgogne, meandering along the Ouche River valley up to the fortified C15 Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, which sits fairytale-like on a hilltop and is listed as one of France's most beautiful villages.
Cycle along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks, tranquil waterside paths and smooth greenways, enjoying views of majestic vine-clad hills, fields of shimmering wheat and waterways where grey herons stalk fish. Each day discover opportunities to sample fine wines and visit esteemed producers before stopping for lunch in unspoilt villages set against a backdrop of swaying vines and ancient oak forest.
In a region known for its epicurean finesse, you really will enjoy fine dining on this holiday. You'll savour dishes such as Oeufs en Meurette, Poulet de Bresse a la Creme, Perche aux Noix and of course exquisite cheeses like the pungent Epoisses de Bourgogne, all washed down with the region's incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. You'll stay in historic hotels including an elegantly renovated farm with beautiful gardens, a lovingly restored winery and a marvellous C18 chateau with a pool and eight hectares of carefully tended grounds.
Arrive at your hotel: a beautifully restored C18 farmhouse just outside the city. Relax and freshen up before your first gastronomic dinner. (Staying at Hotel Le Clos, Breakfast only)
This morning, perhaps pay a visit to the lovely C18 chateau at Pommard before continuing past pretty Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny. You might like to take a short detour to visit Savigny-les- Beaune too, with its collection of vintage cars, motorbikes and planes, or to spend some time in the Parc de la Bouzaise in Beaune before lunch in the world-famous Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the afternoon your route leads you on to the C16 Chateau du Clos de Vougeot before the final stretch through Vosne-Romanee (home of the world's most expensive wine), Chambolle-Musigny and Morey-Saint-Denis to your hotel, a lovingly restored former winery in Gevrey-Chambertin. (Staying at Les Deux Chevres, Breakfast only)
Leave the vines behind and cycle up through the Combe Lavaux - Jean Roland nature reserve to appreciate stunning views across meadows to the Ouche River valley. Then it's freewheeling all the way along quiet country lanes, past fields of wheat and rapeseed to Fleurey- Ouche and the famous Canal de Bourgogne. Here you'll experience gentle pedalling along towpaths and greenways between the canal and the peaceful River Ouche. Lunch can be enjoyed with a picnic by the water's edge in any number of sleepy riverside villages, at a cafe-restaurant in a former lockkeeper's cottage, or even before or after a visit to the Chateau de Barbirey with its superb gardens. The ride ends at the C18 Chateau Hotel Sainte-Sabine, where you can stroll in the gardens then sit on the terrace savouring an aperitif before dinner. (Staying at Chateau Sante Sabine, Half board)
Pass countryside and quiet farming villages to the ancient town of Bligny-sur-Ouche with its C12 church, C15 tower and twelve water mills. After crossing the River Ouche, a short climb leads you to Montceau-et-Echarnant, next to which lies the tiny Templar church of Saint John the Baptist, where the ground is paved with the gravestones of Templar Knights. From here it's downhill through meadows and woodland to the village of Nantoux, and then back out into the vines. The adventurous can take one last climb to enjoy spectacular views from the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune but both roads lead back to delightful Pommard where final wine tastings can be had at the chateau before heading back to the hotel along vineyard tracks for your final gastronomic meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Staying at Hotel Le Clos, Breakfast only)
Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.
Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.
If you'd prefer a slightly longer holiday, take a look at our 6 night Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling.
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.
If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.
NEARBY:This charming 4 star hotel is a beautifully restored former C18 farmhouse, set within its own gardens just 10 minutes from the centre of historic Beaune. The natural surroundings match perfectly with the cosy interior, which is finished with wood, terracotta, refined fabrics and a variety of original antique furniture. The friendly owner, Alain Oudot, is happy to offer a selection of drinks from the hotel's small but well stocked bar while Mme. Oudot can often be found tending to the hotel's well looked after garden. In the morning, breakfast can be taken on the terrace among the flowers and scents of the herb garden, and in the evening an aperitif in the courtyard provides a perfect accompaniment to the last rays of the day's sun.
|13/05/2017 - 22/09/2017||£22|
All prices shown above are valid from 19/05/2017. Prices per person, per night based on two sharing. The duplex suite offers a more spacious room spread over two floors.
|Dates||Single Room||Double Room|
|13/05/2017 - 22/09/2017||£148||£90|
All prices shown above are valid from 19/05/2017. Extra nights prices are per person per night on a B&B basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.
NEARBY:Les Deux Chevres is an elegant former C18 winery providing luxury boutique accommodation in the famous ancient wine village of Gevrey Chambertin. Lovingly restored in 2013 by Paul and his wife Jolanta, the property occupies a beautiful location in two historic buildings in the 'Old Quarter’ of the village. Rooms here display many of their original architectural features such as wooden beams and stonework and they are tastefully decorated with antique furniture and original artwork. The majority of rooms also enjoy views over the courtyard, the garden or the vineyards.
|Dates||Comfort Room||Superior Suite|
|13/05/2017 - 22/09/2017||£28||£50|
All prices shown above are valid from 19/05/2017. The comfort room provides more space and a bath and the superior suite is larger again and offers vineyard views. Prices per person, per night based on two sharing.
|Dates||Double Room||Single Room|
|13/05/2017 - 22/09/2017||£102||£180|
All prices shown above are valid from 19/05/2017. Prices per person, per night based on B&B. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.
The simply stunning C17 Chateau de Sainte Sabine, built on the site of an ancient monastery, was painstakingly renovated in 2012 by owners Susanne and Jean-Louis Bottigliero. The chateau's rooms offer a distinct blend of modern and period decor, combining well with other features of the hotel such as the well appointed bar and the superb gastronomic restaurant with panoramic views. There is also a swimming pool for guests to enjoy amid a natural setting featuring a small lake and eight hectares of carefully tended grounds. From the chateau, there is an unbroken view of the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, one of the select group of “the most beautiful villages in France”, and the surrounding countryside.
|13/05/2017 - 22/09/2017||£22||£22|
All prices shown above are valid from 19/05/2017. The Lux rooms and the suites are more spacious with a separate lounge area. Prices per person, per night based on two sharing.
Please contact us for extra night prices.
If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.
NEARBY:In the centre of mediaeval Beaune, Burgundy's traditional wine capital, and located just minutes from the famous Hospices de Beaune and Notre-Dame Basilica, is Hotel Le Cep. The hotel has become an institution in the town, due in no small part to its top notch service and authentic decor consisting of wooden beams, fine fabrics and antique furnishings. Additionally, a private garage and parking, French garden, two C16 historical courtyards, bar, breakfast cellar and period sitting rooms, help to make Le Cep rather unique.
Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.
|Dates||Village||1er Cru Double||Suite Grand Cru|
|01/01/2017 - 31/10/2017||£94||£166||£216|
All prices shown above are valid from 19/05/2017. Prices per person, per night, B&B, based on two sharing. 1er Cru rooms are bigger than a Village room,. Suites are bigger than 1er Cru rooms. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.
The 4* Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.
|01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017||£26|
All prices shown above are valid from 21/06/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing.
Deluxe rooms are larger with a sitting area. Some also have a small terrace.
|Dates||Superior double/twin||Superior for single use|
|09/03/2017 - 03/01/2017||£98||£178|
|04/04/2017 - 15/05/2017||£106||£196|
|16/05/2017 - 19/05/2017||£158||£300|
|20/05/2017 - 18/06/2017||£126||£236|
|19/06/2017 - 25/06/2017||£158||£300|
|26/06/2017 - 15/07/2017||£126||£236|
|16/07/2017 - 04/09/2017||£94||£182|
|05/09/2017 - 18/09/2017||£126||£236|
|19/09/2017 - 21/09/2017||£160||£316|
|22/09/2017 - 25/09/2017||£126||£236|
|26/09/2017 - 04/10/2017||£160||£316|
|05/10/2017 - 31/10/2017||£126||£2236|
All prices shown above are valid from 21/06/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.
Transfers included from Beaune train station at 16:58 Mon-Fri, 14:29 Sat & Sun and back to Beaune train station at 11:00.
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All continental breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals included
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £50 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.
Transfers included from Beaune train station at 16:58 Mon-Fri, 14:29 Sat & Sun and back to Beaune train station at 11:00.
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