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Medieval Burgundy Cycling

Medieval Burgundy Cycling

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1945per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Every two days from 4 May '19 to 11 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Paris
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, art & history, couples, lake & river routes

Medieval Burgundy Cycling

  • Gentle, relaxing cycling on totally unspoilt routes; very easy to get to from the UK
  • World-famous vineyards and local wines
  • Flower adorned villages, hidden meadows, picturesque rivers and canals
  • Roman and Romanesque abbeys; Gothic and Renaissance chateaux
  • Riverside cafes and beaches
  • Historic Auxerre, home to the Gothic Cathedral of St Etienne
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Chablis Vineyards Cycling

The world-famous wine region of Burgundy has over nine centuries of bon viveur tradition and is often described as 'the land of great art and good living'. A historic region, reflected in the traditional architecture in the many villages and towns that you pass through, Burgundy also offers a very relaxed pace of life and the rolling hills of the Yonne area provide gentle charming cycling routes.

Starting with historic Auxerre, a lovely mediaeval city, the cycling is easy and tranquil through a fascinating landscape of hidden villages, water meadows, woodlands and vineyards. Your route then takes you along the course of the river Yonne with several swimming possibilities along the way to Ligny, a short 10km from Chablis. You'll then cycle on to Nitry passing through the Serein Valley. Highlights of the tour include the celebrated stained glass at St Etienne, the ancient crypt at the abbey of St Germain, the early Gothic abbey of Pontigny and Chablis, where wine has been made for over a millennium!

You'll have plenty of opportunities to savour the delicious gastronomy of this region and you'll be able to taste several renowned local wines. Your accommodation is specially selected for its charm and character. The family run Hotel Normandie in Auxerre was converted from a maison bourgeoisie into a hotel by an ex patissier. Here you can choose your own restaurant in the mediaeval town only 5 minutes' walk away, while the C17 coaching house at Ligny-le-Chatel has an excellent beamed restaurant with a familial atmosphere. A warm welcome also awaits from your hosts at Auberge de la Beursaudiere.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1 - Arrive at Auxerre

This is one of France's prettiest mediaeval cities, on the banks of the Yonne, and your base for two nights. (Staying at Hotel Normandie, Breakfast only)

Day 2 At Auxerre

Here you'll find two Gothic churches: the Cathedral of St-Etienne (C13 and C16 with magnificent stained glass windows) and the Abbey of St-Germain (C13 and C14 with C19 crypt).

Day 3 Auxerre to Ligny-le-Chatel 32km/20mi

Leaving Auxerre, it's flat gentle cycling along the River Yonne and through the forest of St-Germain to Seignelay (scene of the C8 defeat of the Saracens); here you'll find castle remains, a fine market hall and pretty views over the Serein. Head via the magnificent abbey at Pontigny (which gave sanctuary to Thomas a Beckett) to Ligny-le-Chatel. (Staying at Relais St Vincent, Half board)

Day 4 At Ligny-le-Chatel

Originally this was the Roman Lanniacum Castrum; later, Marguerite de Bourgogne lived here. See the Church of St Peter and St Paul (Romanesque on the inside, Renaissance outside). It's just a 10km cycle to the small village of Chablis, almost entirely given over to the production of the world's most celebrated white wine. There are masses of tasting opportunities here, and don't forget - we can pick up any purchases for you with the Headwater Wine Service. You may also visit Pontigny, reputed to be home of the greatest Cistercian abbey in the country. (Staying at Relais St Vincent, Half Board in local restaurant)

Day 5 Ligny-le-Chatel to Nitry 49km/31mi

Cycle along country lanes to Chablis, surrounded by its famous vineyards and with plenty of opportunities for wine testing. Continue on through the Serein Valley before heading west to Nitry. (Staying at Auberge de la Beursaudiere, Breakfast at hotel, Evening meal at local restaurant)

Day 6 At Nitry

Medieval Noyers-sur-Serein is a 10km cycle ride away. Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, discover its half-timbered houses, cobbled streets and ancient towers. (Staying at Auberge de la Beursaudiere. Breakfast at hotel, Evening meal at local restaurant)

Day 7 Nitry to Auxerre 44km/28mi

Pedal to Cravant, then follow the towpath towards Auxerre and picnic on the banks of the Yonne. Head to the amazing Bailly wine cellars where Cremant sparkling wines are made, before returning to historic Auxerre, with its abbey, cathedral, shops and superb indoor and outdoor swimming complexes. (Staying at Hotel Normandie, Breakfast only)

Day 8 Leave Auxerre

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.

Where you stay

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 and £18 per child per day.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

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Hotel Normandie , Auxerre

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This hotel was originally a maison bourgeoise until it was converted into a hotel by an ex-patissier! It has now been in Mme Ramise's family for over 45 years.

The hotel only provides breakfast, although a la carte room service is possible (very reasonably priced and a good selection of hot and cold dishes). However, it's fun to explore the lovely town of Auxerre and there are plenty of good restaurants in all price ranges within 5-15 minutes walk.

There's a public swimming pool in the town and a sauna at the hotel (approx 7€). There is a secure closed garage behind the hotel (5€ per day) or free parking in front (ask at reception).

Room upgrades: Privilege Room.
The Privilage room has a very spacious bedroom with king size bed.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Relais St Vincent , Ligny-le-Chatel

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The Relais St Vincent offers 15 stylish, comfortable rooms, with en suite bathrooms, television and telephone.

A former coaching house, it offers superb food in a beautiful dining room with thick wooden beams and chandeliers.

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Auberge de la Beursaudiere, Nitry

The Auberge de la Beursaudiere, formerly a farm building and before that a priory offers individually decorated rooms that take their name from traditional professions including La Coutiere (seamstress), La Dentelliere (lacemaker) and Maquignon (horse-dealer).

The restaurant offers regional cuisine that changes according to the season.

Extending your stay

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.

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Hostellerie des Clos, Chablis

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The Hostellerie des Clos is a family run hotel in the heart of Chablis. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens, with terrace for breakfast or pre-dinner drinks. There is a cosy lounge and all the rooms are individually decorated across two buildings.

Room upgrades: Grand Confort Room, Superior Room or Duplex Room.
Grand Confort rooms offer the same facilities as the standard Confort rooms but are approximately 5m2 larger (24m2). Superior rooms offer the same facilities as the standard Confort rooms but are much larger (average size 53m2). Duplex rooms are over 2 floors with an approximate surface area of 90m2. They also have a separate lounge area and have direct access to the sauna.

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Hotel Le Senat , Paris

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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.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a five-minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.


Transfers included from Auxerre train station at 14:20 and back to Auxerre train station at 11:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange connecting flights.


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For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Every two days from 4th May 2019 to 11th Oct 2019, for 7 nights.

All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Electric bikes
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.

Other details
Between July 21 and Aug 6 you will stay in the 3* Hostellerie du Clos in Chablis rather than the 3* Relais de Saint Vincent in Ligny-Le-Chatel. This holiday may be adapted into a 4 night version - just deduct £ per person from the prices above.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Auxerre train station at 14:20 and back to Auxerre train station at 11:15.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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