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Classic Burgundy Cycling


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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    8 nights
  • Accommodation
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  • Activity level
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  • Departures
    Every two days from 1 Jan '70 to 1 Jan '70
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Paris
  • Transfers available at a supplement for tour only packages
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, lake & river routes
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Mr Hockin says...
Excellent itinerary, good standard of accommodation and dining, beautiful scenery, quiet roads and paths with little traffic. ...
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France: Burgundy

Classic Burgundy Cycling

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  • Exceptionally relaxed, varied cycling: peaceful riverside trails, country lanes and canal paths
  • Historical interest-packed itinerary: beautiful Gothic churches, superb Renaissance chateaux, Christendom's finest Romanesque abbey at Vezelay
  • Colourful canal barges, pretty river ports and beaches
  • Excellent hotels, full of atmosphere
  • Taste world-famous wines in Chablis and the surrounding area

Burgundy is noted as a place of artistic and historical interest, famous for its Romanesque heritage and architecturally interesting towns and villages. It's famous too for its exceptional wines and delicious food, and is often described as 'the land of great art and good living'.

This eight night self guided cycling tour provides a real connoisseur's guide to Burgundy: the wines, the towns and the strategic importance of the waterways over the centuries. The cycling is relaxed and undemanding, along riverside trails and canal towpaths, and takes you through rolling countryside, with vineyards and orchards to the north, and flower-filled meadows and woods to the south. Highlights include the famous Mary Magdalene Basilica at Vezelay, a UNESCO heritage site, medieval Noyers-sur-Serein with its half-timbered houses and cobbled streets and, of course, a plethora of fine wine-tasting opportunities in Chablis and beyond. The routes have been specially designed to allow for lazy riverside lunches, wine cave visits and a chance to potter around the pretty ports and villages along the Canal de Nivernais.

Your accommodation is hand-picked for its charm and character. The family-run Hotel Normandie in Auxerre was converted from a maison bourgeoise and is perfectly situated to explore the medieval town. The Hostellerie du Clos in the heart of Chablis was once the hospice, now beautifully renovated to a 4 star hotel, the Auberge da la Beursaudiere in Nitry was once a priory and the Hotel Les Glycines in Vezelay is just 50m from the Basilica.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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We're here to help

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 in Auxerre

This is one of France's prettiest medieval cities, on the banks of the River Yonne, and your base for tonight. Here you'll find two Gothic churches: the Cathedral of St-Etienne (13th and 16th century with magnificent stained glass windows) and the Abbey of St-Germain (13th & 14th century with 19th century crypt). There's time to explore the medieval lanes and pretty port before dinner in town with plenty of choice of restaurants within a couple of minutes' walk of your hotel.
You stay at the Hotel Normandie (breakfast included)

Day 2: Auxerre to Chablis 43km/26.5mi

Take the path along the River Yonne, out of Auxerre, to Moneteau and Gurgy, then it's on to the spectacular 12th century Abbey at Pontigny, founded in 1114 as a Cistercian monastery. Among those buried at the abbey are Adele of Champagne (queen of Louis VII of France) and Saint Edmund of Abingdon (Archbishop of Canterbury from 1234-1240 who was later canonised following alleged miracles at his grave!). Continue on along the River Serein and through La Chapelle Vaupelteigne to Chablis.
You stay at the Hostellerie des Clos (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 3: At Chablis

Explore the town of Chablis, which gives its name to the world-famous wine. Enjoy wine-tastings galore in local caves with the seven Grand Cru vineyards of Les Preuses, Vaudesir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos, Bourgros and Blanchots all sitting on a single south-west facing slope just to the north and overlooking the town. There are also several Premier Cru vineyards within easy cycling distance of the town.
You stay at the Hostellerie des Clos (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 4: Chablis to Nitry 35km/22mi

Pedal, from Chablis, along the beautiful River Serein valley, discovering pretty towns and villages, including Chemilly-sur-Serein, Poilly-sur-Serein and Sainte Vertu along the way. Enjoy rolling countryside as you cycle from one town to the next and enjoy a picnic by the river in Annay-sur-Serein. Continue on, via Villiers-la-Grange and its 12th century chapel and barn - built by the Cistercian monks from Pontigny, to your hotel in Nitry for the next two nights.
You stay at the Auberge de la Beursaudiere (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 5: At Nitry

Cycle out to explore nearby Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the prettiest villages in France. Set in the hollow of a meander of the River Serein, its half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, 12th century castle site, towers and ramparts all demonstrate the village's medieval roots. Enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants before returning to Nitry.
You stay at the Auberge de la Beursaudiere (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 6: Nitry to Vezelay 44km/27.5mi

Cycle through open, rolling farmland to Joux-la-Ville where a local, specialist biscuiterie makes a range of traditional tuiles, moelleux and financiers. Continue through woodland towards Lucy-le-Bois followed by a climb up to the surrounding open countryside and a cycle down to the Cure River valley at Sermizelles - worth cycling (or walking) up to the octagonal Malakoff Tower and the chapel of Notre Dame d'Orient with its modern design and stained glass. Continue along the valley to hilltop Vezelay, a major starting point for pilgrims on the Camino.
You stay at the Hotel SY Les Glycines (breakfast included)

Day 7: At Vezelay

The 12th century basilica is a masterpiece of sacred art and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's the largest church in France, and was the launching point for two Crusades; visitors flock here to pay homage to the tomb containing the remains of Mary Magdalene. To see a recreation of how the midday sun at the summer solstice reflects nine pools of light leading the way up to the altar, visit the Maison du Visiteur on your way up to the basilica; it's a special experience to listen to the sung service at 12.30 on weekdays or Vespers at 18:00. A short walk takes you to the village of St-Pere-sous-Vezelay and its ornate Gothic church, or you can visit the nearby Roman Baths or Fontaines Salees.
You stay at the Hotel SY Les Glycines (breakfast included)

Day 8: Vezelay to Auxerre 40km/25mi or 60km/37.5mi

Cycle through the most northern part of the Morvan Natural Park and on to Chatel-Censoir where you join the 'green way' along the Canal du Nivernais. Potter around the pretty ports and villages along the canal then either take the train to Auxerre from Cravant or continue along the canal to visit the Bailly caves , the birthplace of Cremant de Bourgogne for a final sparkling wine tasting.
You stay at the Hotel Normandie (breakfast included)

Day 9: 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.

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 Privilege room has a very spacious bedroom with king size bed.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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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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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.

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Hotel SY Les Glycines, Vezelay

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Hotel Les Glycines is situated just 50m from the basilica and has been recently renovated from a 18th century townhouse to create a charming hotel with 13 individually decorated well equipped rooms. Breakfast is served at the sister hotel La Terrasse, just 50m up the hill beside the basilica, they also offer a restauramt service at La Terrasse.

Room upgrades: Superior room or Suite.

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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Hotel Le Senat , Paris

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The 4 star 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 can be arranged at a supplement from Auxerre train station at 14:20 and back to Auxerre train station at 11:15.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.


Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mr Hockin, 24/09/2019

Excellent itinerary, good standard of accommodation and dining, beautiful scenery, quiet roads and paths with little traffic.

More hills than we anticipated some of which were a bit strenuous (unless you had an e bike!) Few opportunities to stop at local hostelries en route, fortunately our Rep had warned us of this and we victualed before starting our ride each day.

Mr Cummings, 14/09/2019

This was a very enjoyable holiday with lovely hotels and beautiful scenery. The bikes are very comfortable and, although quite heavy, the gearing system is excellent so that climbing the hills wasn't a problem. The hotels are a mix of real rural France and more modern but all are clean and comfortable. The hotel in Nitry is rather isolated which is fine if the weather is good as there are lots of places to sit outside but the rooms are rather small and therefore not so good if the weather forces you inside.

Mr Dytor, 22/08/2019

Excellent with the exception of Hotel Normandue

Mr Parsons, 25/07/2019

This trip was the latest of several with Headwater over the years and probably the first in hot sunny weather throughout! It is graded 1+ but it is quite undulating with a couple of longer climbs and some loose gravel tracks so we think it is more like a 2, especially in hotter weather; I wouldn't personally choose it for someone who hadn't cycled for a long time or who was a new cyclist. The hotels were all nice, but more up market than we have had on previous trips and more so than we would choose ourselves for a cycling holiday. For this type of holiday we like staying in simple hotels or even home stays which often add more interest to the trip because the people running them are often the owners and are genuinely interested in their guests rather then simply serving them as their job. Bigger and more upmarket places offer much the same experience the world over, to experience a country better the cheaper places often offer more a more personal experience but with less bling!

The bikes are good quality and well maintained, heftier than our own, but comfortable and with plenty of gears. We didn't really like the recently introduced GPS navigation system much - effort free perhaps, but they take away the sense of adventure of maps and detailed directions (no longer provided), plus you never quite know where you are or where you are going - like SatNav you just follow instructions (which are sometimes drowned out by ambient noise) - and it is simply a GPS planned route, there's no inbuilt intelligence to do things like reroute you should you go wrong. Reading an iPhone in bright sunlight trying to see a map in the app was often difficult.

The cycling was quite varied, largely through rural areas, often between huge wheat fields, at the time we went harvest was in full swing, but also along side a canal which was easy going and picturesque. We passed through lots of pretty villages, sadly though they often feel a little deserted and very few seemed have anything left like a boulangerie or cafe to try out, so taking a picnic with you is sensible.

We enjoyed the trip and the cycling, the towns were nice and interesting, everything went to plan, the rep (Richard) was friendly and helpful but overall it wasn't our favourite Headwater holiday.

Mr Bennett, 19/07/2019

Very pleasant holiday. We were pleased that we had e-bikes because there are a number of climbs which we managed without difficulty despite some very warm weather.

Mr Wild, 30/06/2019

An excellent, varied route. The best we have had with Headwater.

Mr Sinclair, 15/06/2019

A reasonably pleasant holiday which I think I would have enjoyed more had the weather been better - it was unseasonably cold for mid-June and quite wet on two of the eight days. While others might welcome the alternate "rest days", as a solo traveller who normally arrived at my destinations in early afternoon and thus had a few hours that day for doing the local rounds, I would have preferred to forego the full days' inactivity in Chablis and Vezelay.

Mrs Alp, 15/10/2018

The 7 day bike holiday from Auxerre to Auxerre was perhaps the highlight of our 6 weeks in Europe. The local guides, Helen and Mike were amazing and made our trip so special. They went that extra mile to make sure all went well, always with a smile. The accommodation was great as were the meals and thank goodness for electric bikes at our age...a great investment! We will definitely use Headwater's services again to another destination when we travel again.

Dale and Peter


Mr Hyatt, 23/09/2018

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Mrs Sanderson, 19/09/2018

Another excellent holiday with Headwater. The accommodation and food at the chosen hotels was ideal. Lots of activities and alternative cycle routes to do on our free days. The cycling days were well planned and just the right distance and difficulty level. Mike and Helen were excellent and provided us with lots of helpful advice. We have been on many Headwater cycling holidays, this rates as one of the best.

Ms Macrae, 19/09/2018

Friendly and helpful staff make this a carefree holiday where you can focus on having a great holiday.

Mrs Forsythe, 13/09/2018

Burgundy is a lovely part of France for cycling with quiet roads and a good variety of beautiful countryside

Mrs Hampton, 08/08/2018

Another cracker of a holiday from Headwater.The availability of an E-bike enabled my husband to cycle with our small group after his hernia op,otherwise he would have been travelling with the luggage! Thanks, Headwater!

Mr Johnson, 03/08/2018

Three of us (sixty somethings) completed the 8 day Classic Burgundy cycle holiday in July 2018. We have used Headwater on a previous cycle trip, and again, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday which was superbly organized by Headwater. The Ride with GPS was great to use, all accomodation was 'spot on' and very comfortable and the food provided was outstanding. Each day's cycling was about right for us - just a few hills, but so what! Scenery magnificent. In-country reps met us at the train station as pre-arranged and their own suggestions to enhance our holiday were greatly appreciated. Another great cycle holiday with Headwater and I am sure there will be more... Headwater are extremely organised and very responsive to our enquiries when developing holiday options.

Ms Heard, 29/07/2018

Another great Headwater Cycling Holiday with lovely, virtually traffic free, quiet roads / cycle paths. An interesting collection of hotels, so different from each other but all small, intimate and full of character with great food, especially in Chablis. The cycling was delightful and varied from vast open countryside to the pretty meandering canals and rivers. Finally, our reps Helen and Mike, they were so supportive, nothing was too much trouble, especially on our arrival; when at the train station before ours the train changed direction and we found ourselves speeding towards Dijon- a long story but with a happy ending... Also for their help in the use of GPS........ Thank you

Mr Yates, 18/07/2018

Well organised simply a great break allowing us to relax with no worries and full confidence in the back up.


Mr Mace, 16/07/2018

Our reps Helen and Mike could not have been more accommodating and diligent. The Hotels were excellent and superbly situated. The bikes were good. The routes were quiet. All in all an excellent holiday.

Mr Hough, 27/07/2017

Excellent holiday overall staying in some beautiful locations. Cycling was just at the right standard for me and my more mature father. Hotels were well chosen, particularly the Auberge de beursaudiere and the Glycines. Reps Helen and Mike were friendly and helpful when needed. Can't think of anything negative!

Mr Robb, 09/06/2017

This was one of the best Headwater holidays we've had, maybe made more enjoyable due to having e-bikes for the first time! We enjoyed the quiet routes through lovely and varied countryside, although most of the small villages we passed through were so quiet as to seem almost deserted. We were glad of our excellent reps' advice to take a picnic and drinks from our starting point before setting off. Our reps, Mike and Helen, couldn't have been more helpful, from meeting us after arriving late due to a delayed flight and hour long passport control at CDG airport, to always responding immediately to texts with our queries about battery charging etc.

Mrs Fok, 09/06/2017

Most enjoyable holiday. Lovely rural scenery and ebikes a revelation!!

Mr Newberry, 28/09/2016

A great introduction to the pleasure of a cycling holiday, wonderful varied scenery with ever changing views at every turn and well chosen stopovers.

Mr McGinn, 23/09/2016

Good, bikes, good hotels, delicious food and wine, what more could you wish for.

Mr Francies, 30/08/2016

Harder work than I expected - August too hot for long cycles - Restaurants selected weere good

Mr Clayton, 20/07/2016

OK but accommodation, especially Auberge de la Chappelle, which was pretty poor, ordinary for the price and not representing good value.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Clayton,
Thank you for taking the time to provide your post-holiday feedback. Please be assured, we do review all of the feedback we receive to ensure we continue to improve and develop our holidays for the future.
With this in mind, we were sorry to read of your dissatisfaction with the Auberge da la Chappelle. You may be pleased to hear that we have made some changes to this holiday for the 2017 season, these include a revamp to some of the routes and we will no longer be using the Auberge da la Chappelle.
We are sure you will agree that these changes will continue to add to the overall enjoyment of this holiday.

We would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Kind regards,
Headwater Customer Service team

Mr Browne, 15/09/2015

Easy cycling with great wine tasting opportunities.

Mr Athroll, 15/09/2015

An initial problem with the rail tickets (we were not allocated seats with those with whom we were travelling) was sorted out speedily and new tickets allocated. In addition, due to the illness of one of the party members Ross picked up 2 members along with the luggage on the last cycling day. This removed a lot of stress/worry of getting back to Auxerre.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable holiday (despite the illness) and the weather was kind too!

Apart from the Auberge in Clamecy the rating of the food relates to breakfast only as meals were taken elsewhere.

Mr Reynolds, 06/08/2015

Our first cycling holiday and it was a PERFECT introduction! Looking forward to the next one.

Mr Curtis, 23/07/2015

Annual fitness check up for the occasional cyclist and food lover

Mrs Colquhoun, 24/06/2015

Overall a good holiday well organised excellent friendly reps and a good variety of hotels some excellent some very good weather could have been a little better!

Mrs Thomas, 15/06/2015

Lovely to have everything arranged for us ; quiet cycling routes and accommodation planned by people with local knowledge and luggage taken care of . All we had to do was relax and enjoy the holiday !

Not Headwaters fault , but coming back on May 31st , we arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to find that we had been put on Standby and had no seats allocated . We have since learned that this is common practice by airlines but we did spend a stressful couple of hours before being told that we could get on the 13.05 flight for which we had reservations .

Mrs Sanderson, 06/10/2014

Lovely area with some very good cycle routes. The accommodation and meals were excellent. The cycling was relatively easy, however you could add extra mileage and create longer routes if you wanted.

We had a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday which was organised without fault.

Mr Norman, 18/09/2014

excellent route but day excursions not clear. change hotel in clamacy as poor accommodation and food try hotel poste .

Mr Dunn, 11/09/2014

This was absolutely our best holiday to date. Excellently planned, organized and looked after by our rep - Ross, we felt free to enjoy the delights of the Burgundy region. We loved the bikes and the routes made sure we saw the very best of the countryside and avoided any major roads. The opportunity to swim at designated places in the river Yonne was the icing on the cake - it was truly a 'Swallows and Amazon' experience. Fabulous scenery, weather, food and of course, wine - sheer bliss. Can't wait to go again - anywhere - as long as it's organized by Headwater. Thank you so much.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Dunn,
Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday feedback questionnaire. We were delighted to see that you enjoyed your time in the Burgundy region of France and that you rated this holiday your best to date! It really does sound like you had a great time. It was also great to see that you felt well looked after by our Rep Ross, he was thrilled to receive your lovely comments too. We look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Yours sincerely,
Headwater Customer Service team.

Mr Fiske, 10/07/2014

The 'one plus' category was about right if you did not take any of the optional trips on the 'at' days or alternative routes. If you do, that will make it a 'two' bike holiday. For example, the hills in and out of Vezelay are challenging so once there we did not want to make any trips out only to have to climb back again.

On previous Headwater holidays we have always cycled the suggested routes on the rest days.

Mr O'Loughlin, 03/06/2014

Helpful Headwater staff . Location was a bit boring compared to the Loire or the Dordogne regions.

Ms Warren, 08/09/2013

Headwater provide all the component parts for an excellent acivity holiday: great equipment and instructions, helpful and knowledgeable guides, and a great choice of locations and hotels.

Mr Taylor, 15/08/2013

hassle free and relaxing with no worries

Mr Sharp, 05/08/2013

Once again Headwater delivers. The entire holiday experiance was fantastic ( this was our third Headwater holiday - and we are already planning TWO next year) and will live long in the memory - even those Burgundian undulating hills!

Mr Asbrey, 14/07/2013

This was an well organised holiday, backed up with excellent support from the people on the ground. Very impressive bikes. All the hotels had certain core values. clean, great food.lovely staff, Great service,

The routes were interesting and challenging. We loved it. It was good fun.

Mrs Callens, 06/07/2013

This is a lovely, relaxing yet energising holiday for reasonably fit people of all ages. We are in our early sixties and only cycle a few times a month and never for more than 15 km at a time. The route in Burgundy is mostly flat, in beautiful countryside along the river Yonne and the Canal de Nivernais. We did find the second half of day 5 (to Vezelay) quite hard and had to walk a few stretches but that helped to return the blood flow to some nether parts. We liked the flexible arrangements, with the option between a shorter and a longer route on some days. Being able to have a rest day on alternative days was also good, especially where there were interesting things to do locally. We particularly enjoyed roaming through picturesque Clamecy on the Sunday morning, visiting the church (where there was a well attended mass), then having a drink in La Taverne, followed by a light lunch in the Hotellerie de La Poste. Most of the afternoon was spent in the Musee Romain Rolland, where we particularly enjoyed the brilliant Charles Loupot posters and the history of the ' Flotteurs' We discovered the delightful secret garden at the Auberge de la Chapelle a little late in the day but would highly recommend it to other travellers. We would definitely consider another cycling holiday with Headwater but would prefer to have the B&B option on all days in order to maximise flexibility.

Mrs Thomas, 28/06/2013

Cycling through Burgundy was a wonderful experience. The fields sprinkled with bright red poppies and blue cornflowers was breathtaking. We had a 'day off' cycling in Veselay and wandered around the town and basillica. We also went to vespers in the Basillica which was amazing.

The food was also excellent in the hotels/restaurants chosen by Headwaters.

Cycling in a surprising hot spell was more difficult than anticipated, but still manageable and the last few days when it had cooled down were a joy.

Ms Giggey, 18/06/2013

Headwaters is an excellent holiday company, provides very good information about the holidays and is extremely good value for money. The only small concerns I personally had was how unfit I really was (there were more hills than I had anticipated even at Level 1! ) and the service at the Hotel de la Poste et du Lion d'Or was a bit confusing e.g. when we arrived, there was no obvious bar service and the hotel receptionist eventually found and brought us our long - anticipated drinks outside. For dinner, we were given the exact menu 2 days in a row (with no plat du jour or alternatives) and we weren't sure if that was the arrangment or not. When we asked about it, the waiter also seemed confused. However, the Chef then provided an alternate menu that was absolutely one of the most beautiful meals I have ever eaten; the presentation was superlative and the tastes even better than that!

Regarding cycling instructions: 99% were spot on! Small confusion at Chateau Censoir - the statement that ' the marine port is to your right' when leaving the town is confusing - suggest removing that bit and just note 'from the square, with the Mairie on your left, carry on to the junction and and then turn right'. In terms of the 'industrial area' for 2 kms when leaving Clamecy: we found the path totally paved and there were some small industries across theothe side of the river/canal? but that section also had lovely vegetable gardens etc. and really wasn't unpleasant at all. And finally,if one choses to take the train back from Cravant to Auxerre, there are no instructions as to getting back to the Hotel Normandie,nor is the rail station located on the map of Auxerre. But other than that, I was in awe of the detail provided for the routes. Thank you!

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 8 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels

All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

Headwater navigation app

High quality bikes

Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)

Luggage transfers between hotels

How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to 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 click on the 'Check availability' links below to 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 agent.


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.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement 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).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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