Uncover the wonderful flavours of Burgundy on this six night gastronomic cycling holiday. 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.
Read more about this holiday in The Good Life France.
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 at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant)
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 at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant)
Today, visit the ancient city of Dijon, just 8 minutes away by rail. Here see the Church of Notre Dame, the C12-C15 timbered houses, the cathedral with its 1,000-year-old crypt, and the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy along with a host of museums and other sights. (Staying at Les Deux Chevres, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant)
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 Sainte-Sabine, where you can stroll in the gardens then sit on the terrace savouring an aperitif before dinner. (Staying at Chateau Sainte Sabine, Half board)
Today's route is a lovely circular ride taking in two famous Burgundy chateaux. The first is the Chateau de Chateauneuf in the incredible mediaeval village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Clearly visible from the hotel in Sainte-Sabine, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is perched high on the hilltop with its C15 fortress and C12 keep. Then, cycling down country lanes, you come to the village of Commarin with its magnificent moated chateau, a site of importance since the early C13. (Staying at Chateau Sainte 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 in Hotel le Clos, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in restaurant)
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.
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. 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.
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.
Room upgrades: Suite.
The duplex suite offers a more spacious room spread over two floors.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
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.
Room upgrades: Comfort Room or Superior Room .
The comfort room provides more space and a bath and the superior is larger again and offers vineyard views.
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.
Room upgrades: Luxe Room.
The Luxe rooms are more spacious with a separate lounge area.
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.
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.
Transfers included from Beaune train station at 16:58 Mon-Sat, 16:23 Sun and back to Beaune train station at 09:15 all days except Mon, Thurs & Sat when 08:30
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We greatly enjoyed our Burgundy tour. Arrangements were faultless. Accommodation was excellent. We had the best of cheerful support from Glyn. We found electric bikes to be essential.
Great variety and contrasts
This type of holiday suits us perfectly - we like to be outdoors and active, and we also appreciate top quality hotels and restaurants. The e-bikes are essential for us, and are great fun. It’s great to have our luggage transported, and to have the restaurants pre-booked. It would be good to have a glass of recommended quality wine of the region included with the gastronomique menu. The backroad routes were perfectly put together and the route notes accurate. It was re-assuring knowing that Glyn would come immediately if a problem arose - we did in fact have a puncture and he was there within 40 minutes.
Possibly mixing gastro dining and cycling is a mistake as you are very tired after 6-7 hours cycling. The trip was well organised - through vineyards, forests, by a canal and through small villages but had more hard hills than expected and there were few high gears on the bike. But overall a very pleasant way to see a beautiful part of France
Excellent traditional accommodation and good gastronomic French food. However unless you have a GPS or other device a proper map holder and maps are essential. Rep/guide excellent and helpful dealing with some-one who has no mobile!!
A very enjoyable holiday.
The first impression comes from the wonderful concise on-line brochure.
The human side comes from the sales consultant and we were lucky to deal with Jo Chaplin. She's very patient and very thorough and professional.
We were met by our rep Glyn when we arrived at our destination. He was delightful. Nothing (and I mean NOTHING) was too much to ask from this absolute gent! He helped us to fined a cobbler, drove us to the airport, made repairs to bikes, drove us around etc.
Thanks to Headwater for a fabulous and unforgettable holiday.
Very interesting and good accommodation, great food, varied and scenic countryside, bike distances just about right
The food on this holiday is very good, as was the standard of the hotels. I would recommend it as a proper gastronomic experience.
Fabulous food, wonderful wine, superb scenery, amazing accomodation, brilliant biking! Cant wait to see where we go next! I'm completely in love with e bikes.
Special mention to our excellent rep, Lin, and all the wonderful staff/ hotel owners.
My partner and I loved this holiday. We are not regular cyclists but are reasonably fit and active, aged 58 and 60. The level of cycling was enough to provide a bit of a challenge at some points, but well within our capabilities. We enjoyed the varied and beautiful countryside offered by the itinerary. We did the optional cycle on day 3 and would not have wanted to miss this as it was a beautiful day and an easy cycle. The gorgeous garden at Chateau de Berbirey is well worth a visit. We added an extra day to the end of the itinerary so were still able to spend a day in historical Dijon which is a must. The tour lived up to the title of gastronomic - we loved all the restaurants from the quirky Berger du Temps on the first night to the swanky one Michelin star L'Hostelerie on the last night. (We went to l'Hostelerie because the usual choice Jardin des Ramparts is closed on Monday). All the hotels were lovely but I especially enjoyed the Deux Chevres, thanks to owner Paul, his sensational cellar (definitely try his great value private wine tasting of local wines) and lovely breakfasts. We used the gps trip notes which generally worked well. I would recommend adding directions from Deux Chevres to the train station and back again (important on the optional day 3 ride) as well as more information about historical sites passed during the itinerary, which would have added to our enjoyment of the wonderful scenery. Our on site contact Lyn was extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you for a holiday which lived up to all our expectations.
Without exception, the quality of the hotels and the meals either taken at the hotels or at prearranged restaurants was excellent throughout. The cycling routes were of the right distance and had good variation of terrain from canalside to vineyards to meadows. A very enjoyable holiday that was well organised.
Excellent organisation and friendliness of staff/guides at Headwater. We opted for cycling in Burgundy with the gastronomic option. We're all foodies to a degree but found it was all just too much of a good thing and relished the thought of beans on toast when we got back to the UK. The problem with 5 course meals for a group is that when the meal's over it's time for bed! A wholesome beef casserole would have gone down a treat with time afterwards for a drink or two. The bikes were great and fit for purpose, most of them new.
This was our best holiday so far with headwater. Each hotel was better than the last. The hotel Le Clos was quaint with lovely breakfasts served in the garden . A new owner was taking over when we were there. Le Deux Chevres was excellent, a very comfortable room and excellent breakfasts and packed lunch. The Chateau Sainte Sabine was stunning. Our room was beautiful with a lovely view over the park .
We cycled every day. From Gevrey Chambertin we cycled into Dijon on our 'rest day' . At Sainte Sabine we did the suggested cycle. On our extra day at Beaune we cycled into town along the cycle path. We were glad that we had booked the extra day to recover at Le Clos. Beaune was very interesting .
All the meals were excellent and well earned! The transport to restaurants, when required, well organised.The distances were doable by 2 slightly elderly occasional cyclists! There are two steep climbs but the views are worth it and offset by some easier stretches by the picturesque canal .
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We think this is our 8th Headwater holiday so to put it into context definitely one of the best. Great location, cycling routes, hotels and in the main the food. The maps & guides for the cycling were excellent some of the best we've had. We chose this particular holiday as although the gastronomic was not specifically what we wanted, we did want hotels which were in quiet countryside locations, these hotels were all fabulous.
Les Deux Chevres was particularly good, great location, lovely rooms, great service and excellent breakfasts. We added two extra nights at Les Deux Chevres - as recommended by Headwater - it was definitely the best place to have extra time. We also took the train to Dijon (without bikes) and Beaune (with bikes) so the area has plenty to do. On one of our extra days we made our own cycling route via the Vergy villages (Reulle / Curtil) which was also fabulous. The differing countryside is all stunning, the routes give a very varied view of the area, we felt we really had covered this area of France.
Our only minus was one of the dinners in Gevrey Chambertin (La Rotisserie) otherwise all the dinners were absolutely excellent.
This holiday felt more like the early Headwater holidays we went on, when dinner was included in the package. The hotels were usually smallish country or village hotels well off the beaten track, and by default the only place you could have dinner was in the hotel. There wasn't a need to have the hotel in a larger town location which gave options for dinner. We appreciate this doesn't suit everybody but we loved the quirky places we stayed and the more rural locations.
However this holiday did give us what we were looking for, fabulous!
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Lots of planning 'legwork' saved by going through Headwater. Hotels all carefully chosen for their individuality. We had the back up of a large organisation but the personal service of, what seemed, a much smaller one. Great standard of evening meal on the Gastronomic tour.
Excellent organisation and support, fantastic accommodation and food, very enjoyable cycle routes
An excellent holiday with well researched routes off the beaten track , very clear written instructions given . Lovely villages and gardens en route , giving a good taste of France at its most typical. The hotels selected were all excellent and varied in nature.
Amazing holiday, well thought out. All hotels were unique and special. Beautiful cycling routes. Try.practising cycling at home before you go. It would improve the enjoyment of the holiday.
We have been with Headwater for a number of years and I am afraid that this year the level of service from the booking office and the rep was not as good as in previous years. The Rep asked us to wait for 40 mins for the next guest's train to arrive; but the journey was only 10 mins to the hotel; and there were a lot of challenges with a booking for our group from two different families. We spent an extra night in Paris, but it might have been suggested we got the Eurostar back.
The grading was 2 - but this was quite an easy two in comparison to Piedmonte.
Food, hotels and cycling were all however superb.
Need to tell travellers that French villages have no shops or water.
Perfect mix of activity and opportunity to explore with time built in for relaxing. The 'two night stop' arrangement works well and whilst it helps to travel light, you soon get efficient at packing and unpacking. Even with a few challenging cycling moments (especially the visit to chateauneauf from St Sabine) it is hard to cycle off all the beautiful food and wine taken on board! Each day offered something different, both in terms of scenery, sightseeing and accommodation. The ebike was much appreciated by one of our party to help with some of the longer climbs.
We have now taken two cycling holidays with Headwater - the Carinthian Lakes, Austria and Gastonomic Burgundy, France, which were both in their first season, but were really well put together and we enjoyed the first so much we brought some friends with us on the second!
Awful maps/directions - need dramatic improvement, which I have offered
Very average to fair food - esp as it was supposed to be Gastronomic - restaurants offered very poor service and weren't interested in our custom
Give twin beds for my husband and I - not overly romantic and bizarre
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Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.
Every two days from 3rd May 2019 to 12th Oct 2019, for 6 nights.
All continental breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £100 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-Sat, 16:23 Sun and back to Beaune train station at 09:15 all days except Mon, Thurs & Sat when 08:30
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