France : Burgundy

Cycling in Beaune Vineyards

Trip code: C04BN

Self-guided cycling

4 nights,
single centre

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

6.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Discover and stay in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy
  • Relax on the terrace with glass of wine in the peaceful and ideally located hotel.
  • Excursion through the greatest vineyards of Burgundy and taste prestigious appellations in amazing wine estates.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Bike hire included

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Discover and taste the treasures and delightful authentic charms of the Burgundy vineyards. Known as the 'Capital of Burgundy wines', Beaune is perfect for a short break as well as a base for exploring Burgundy. A gateway to the most beautiful French vineyards, Beaune is a paradise for wine lovers. Take a stroll through the medieval town centre and admire the town's highlights, such as the Hotel-Dieu, a 15th-century hospital that has been immaculately preserved and renovated.

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. Explore the wine routes by bike through famous Grands Crus in Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits.

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.

Your hotel is a former mail coach service office of Beaune. A charming 18th century building ideally located at 5 min walk from the historical centre of Beaune. Given the fantastic variety of restaurants on your doorstep, we thought you'd appreciate us leaving the choice to you. This area is popular with gastronomes and for good reason! You can look forward to fine dining on Filet de boeuf flambe a la sauce creme de truffe or Sandre aux echalotes confites et au Pommard and sampling some of the regional cheeses - Brillat Savarin and Epoisses - accompanied by the region's incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

Terrain

This is a lovely peaceful area where you cycle through rural villages and vineyards. We have used the quietest possible lanes to link the towns and villages and have tried to stay away from major roads wherever possible. Distances vary, and parts of the countryside are fairly hilly, so you can take your time on the steeper climbs and admire the wonderful long distance views.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Beaune

Wander the streets of Beaune and explore the historical city centre. The wine Hospices, the Basilica, and the mustard factory are some of the places to enjoy. Your hotel is the former mail coach service office of Beaune. A charming 18th century building ideally located a 5-minute walk from the historical centre of Beaune.

You stay at hostellerie de la Bretonniere.

hotel details

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Hostellerie de la Bretonniere, Beaune

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In Beaune, the Hostellerie de Bretonnière is a former coaching inn dating back to the 18th century. With its old stones and its flower-filled courtyard, this traditional building offers all the comfort, and is only 5 minutes walking distance from the historical centre of Beaune. Seat on the terrace and enjoy the calm of the inner courtyard.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Beaune to Cote de Beaune (30km/18.6mi)

A day through Cotes de Beaune area, allowing you to visit famous vineyards.

First stop is in Pommard. When one thinks of red wine, Pommard is a name that first comes to mind, a name evocative of a village and an iconic vineyard of Burgundy where Pinot Noir reigns supreme. A pleasure for the eyes as well as the tongue, Pommard is home to an 18th century castle built in front of the vineyards, boasting magnificent French-style gardens, vaulted cellars and an astonishing art gallery with exceptional cuvees. Then, Volnay and Meursault. The unjustly charming capital of the great white wines of Burgundy, with a vineyard mostly planted with chardonnay grapes, lying in the middle of the hills of a gentle slope. Continue via Santenay towards Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet, located on a rocky hill of a bald mountain which is a terroir of excellence in the heart of the Cote de Beaune. In this ocean of vineyards, Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet are two villages, accomplices and rivals at the same time, that share the honour of producing the world's grandest dry white wine. You will find many opportunities to taste and purchase products along the way.

Day 3: Beaune to Nuits St Georges (58km/36.0mi)

Cycle from Beaune towards Nuits Saint Georges to discover the surrounding vineyards. The small town that gives its name to the famous Cote de Nuits deserves a stop, and not only because it is the cradle of some of the world's greatest red wines. Nuits-Saint-Georges also welcomes the Imaginarium, an institution meant to teach all about the vineyard world by having fun, and the Cassissium, a place dedicated to cassis, the black gold of Burgundy. Then return to Beaune via an alternative route. Extra riding is possible cycling on gentle rolling roads to Clos Vougeot, one of the largest single vineyards in Burgundy producing grand cru wines. This majestic castle crowned with a roof of glazed tiles, is standing like an islet planted in the middle of the vineyards. You can see it from a distance, and approach the awe-inspiring portal of this mythical enclosure with a little thrill.

Day 4: Beaune to Savigny les Beaune (33km/20.5mi)

This itinerary will take you towards Savigny les Beaune, a small village between the Corton hill and Beaune. Savigny is part of a very old vineyard, which used to belong to the local dukes and abbeys. It houses nowadays 4 atypical museums - the Abarth racing car museum, an aviation museum, a motorcycle museum, and of course the vine museum.

Day 5: Leave Beaune

After breakfast depart from Beaune.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £266.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £266.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Paris with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Paris CDG then rail Paris Bercy to Beaune and transfer to the hotel 5 mins Return: Transfer hotel to station 30 mins then rail Beaune to Paris Lyon via Dijon Ville then British Airways Paris CDG to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Phone answered quickly
Listened to our requirements and arranged a holiday to suit.
Very good communication.

18 Jul 2024

Helpful and timely

15 Jul 2024

So far the service and help we’ve received from Headwaters has been good.
You could call us nervous travellers and we have been pleasantly surprised by their assistance and attention to detail.
Still early day as we have booked well in advance. The staff have always been informative helpful and very pleasant to deal with.

Stephen Slinger, 1 Dec 2023



1 Jan 1970


Self-guided cycling

4 nights,
single centre

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

6.0Kg CO2e

4 nights from £999

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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