France : Burgundy

Cycling The Grand Crus of Burgundy

Trip code: C06BN

Self-guided cycling

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

8.0Kg CO2e

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • Discover historical Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy
  • Relax at your 3* hotels, enjoy the peaceful garden or the terrace with wonderful views.
  • Explore the most famous Grands Crus villages with numerous wine tasting opportunities.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Burgundy is an open invitation to discover, taste and share. The Burgundian menu includes UNESCO World Heritage sites, exceptional food and the oldest wine trail in France.

With nearly 100 appellations, Burgundy wine is distinguished by its great diversity (of both red and white) and 'climates,' shaped by soils and very specific geographical properties. On the Route des Grands Crus, the famous names are crisscrossed into a Burgundian patchwork: Meursault, Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Nuits St Georges, Vosne-Romanee, Pommard, Aloxe-Corton, Puligny-Montrachet...

In a region known for its epicurean finesse, you can really enjoy fine dining. There will be excellent local 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, to pair with the region's incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. You'll stay in excellent hotels including a handsome 19th century house in Beaune and in a charming hotel located in the heart of Vougeot vineyard.

Terrain

This is a lovely peaceful area where you cycle through rural villages and by the riversides past glorious châteaux. We have used the quietest possible lanes to link the towns and villages and have tried to avoid major roads wherever possible.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Beaune

Wander in the cobbled streets. There are marvellous mansions with jewel coloured tiled roofs, a regional feature, which glint in the sunlight.

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: At Beaune (38km/23.6mi)

A route through Cote de Beaune passing by all the most famous wine villages:

First stop is in Pommard :When one thinks of red wine, Pommard is a name that first comes to the lips, 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, share the honour of producing the world's grandest dry white wine.

Day 3: At Beaune

A day to explore Beaune: The wine Hospices, the Basilica, and the mustard factory are some of the places to enjoy.

A jewel of flamboyant Gothic architecture, this polychrome roof of The Hotel Dieu announces the splendour of what's inside, like the la grande salle des Pauvres, the chapel and the kitchen of this medieval hospital, a treasure of Burgundy. Its reputation is also due to the nectars of the winery, which are sold at auction every November under the market.

Day 4: Beaune to Nuits St Georges (25km/15.5mi)

Cycle from Cote de Beaune to Cote de Nuits appellations, and through charming wine villages.

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.

The story of Burgundy's authentic villages is told through its old stone buildings, castles and churches, Romanesque art and medieval houses, reflecting a rich past. Along your way you will discover washhouses, fountains, churches. It will only take a moment of contemplation or a conversation with a local to understand that in those small villages, the past, the present and the future come together at the same time.

You stay at Hostellerie St Vincent.

hotel details

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Hostellerie St Vincent, Nuits St Georges

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The hotel offers calm, spacious, comfortable bedrooms equipped with a bathroom, TV and minibar. You will enjoy the bar, terrace and a little shop selling regional produce, wines and liqueurs.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 5: At Nuits St Georges (31km/19.3mi)

Follow the 'Route des Grands Crus' to Fixin and Gevrey Chambertin. At the end of the Lavaux valley, Gevrey-Chambertin is the village of nine Grands Crus and 26 first vintages. Known worldwide, the small town didn't let fame change it-it's still peacefully wrapped around its Romanesque church and medieval castle. To get a look at the town's panorama, you have to take the high path, just behind the vineyards. It is worth a look!

Do not miss the weekly market on Fridays for an introduction to the local products and gastronomy.

Day 6: At Nuits St Georges (33km/20.5mi)

Visit the Clos Vougeot wine estate. A majestic castle crowned with a roof of glazed tiles, 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. This is the den of the knights of Tastevin, a venerable brotherhood of 12,000 ambassadors of Burgundy all over the world. The old grape presses, the wine cellar and the large cellar set the scene as it was in the 12th century, under the motto: 'Jamais en vain, toujours en vin' ('Never in vain, always in wine').

Or, ride to the Abbey of Citeaux. Founded in 1098, in what was at the time a 'desert', Citeaux Abbey, the cradle and headquarters of the Cistercian Order, was to become, along with Cluny, a flagship of Christianity. Today, the monks make a delicious artisan cheese called Citeaux cheese. This production is performed three times a week using the milk of a herd of cattle raised on the Abbey's farm.

Day 7: Leave Nuits St Georges

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hostellerie de la Bretonniere, Beaune; Hostellerie St Vincent, Nuits St Georges.

hotel details

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Hostellerie de la Bretonniere, Beaune

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


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.

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Hostellerie St Vincent, Nuits St Georges

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe


The hotel offers calm, spacious, comfortable bedrooms equipped with a bathroom, TV and minibar. You will enjoy the bar, terrace and a little shop selling regional produce, wines and liqueurs.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £314.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £314.

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
  • Electric bikes
  • Possibility to book wine tastings (in Nuits St George and in Beaune)
  • Possibility to book the tour with 3 extra evening meals (in Beaune)
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

Kate was incredibly helpful. She was thorough in her work and went out of her way to look at different options to best suit our travel plans. I cannot praise her enough. She was professional yet personable and is a fantastic role model for Headwater.

8 Jul 2024

It was excellent, I couldn’t fault it. Both the ladies I spoke to were extremely helpful and friendly when I was enquiring and booking my holiday. They dealt extremely well with any questions or queries I had. We have had three most enjoyable cycling holidays before with Headwater.

Julie , 22 Nov 2023

Friendly, genuinely pleased that we were considering a Headwater holiday. Lots of suggestions and could answer all my questions and give advice.

8 Oct 2023

As previously when I have booked at least 10 former holidays with Headwater, Very friendly, very helpful. We look forward to our next adventure with you

Janet Sodring, 9 Aug 2023


Self-guided cycling

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

8.0Kg CO2e

Optional
e-bike hire

6 nights from £1489

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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