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France - Burgundy

France - Burgundy

Degree of difficulty - B

Burgundy boasts perhaps the best food of any region in France, including renowned classics like frogs legs, escargot, boeuf bourguignonne, coq-au-vin, oeufs meurette – all Burgundy dishes, and naturally on this tour you’ll eat like Kings. There also the famous wines of the Côte D’Or, which you’ll explore during the second half of the week.

Burgundy offers beautiful scenery, especially the lush farmland through which the Canal de Bourgogne takes us.  There are other fascinating sites throughout the week: The Abbeye de Fontenay, one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian monasteries in Europe; the Hotel Dieu in Beaune, the most spectacular rood in the world, bar none!; and Chateauneuf perhaps the most beautiful village in France.  

The tour includes a collection from Montbard train station to the first hotel and a drop off at the end of the tour to Beaune train station ( set times on the group tour ).

DAY 1                        Arrive Montbard
Your tour starts in Montbard, north of Dijon. The best way there is by train from Paris to Montbard where we arrange transfers to the Hotel De L’Ecu. 

DAY 2                        Montbard to Vercingetorix and Cistercians Abbey         28 miles / 45 km
From Montbard you head directly to the Abbaye de Fontenay, the oldest surviving Cistercian abbey in the world. The Cistercian order was founded by St Bernard as a direct response to the luxurious lifestyle of the monks at Cluny.   The setting is a beautiful river valley, and the monks were self-sufficient, growing medicinal herbs for their own hospital and mining local iron ore for their own forge. They even managed to invent the world's first pneumatic hammer. 

You then follow the Canal du Bourgogne to Alise-Ste-Reine, where there is a giant statue of Vercengetorix erected by Napolean III. Fleeing the Romans, Vercengetorix and the gauls made camp on top of Mont Auxois, only to be surrounded by Ceasar's army.  A far larger Gaul army was on its way from Clermont Ferrand, so Ceasar built two sets of parallel defences around the hill, the first to keep Vercengetorix in, and the second to keep out the Gaulish rabble . After six weeks Vercengetorix surrendered, only to be paraded in Rome and subsequently strangled.  There is some dispute as to the site of Alésia, but the erection of the huge bronze statue of the man himself has settled the issue as far as the local tourist board are concerned. You follow the canal again before climbing to the beautiful walled town of Semur-en-Auxois. There is some irony in this name as Semur derives from the latin “sine muros”, without walls.

The town is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs carved by the river Armancon, and is a truly beautiful little town. Tonight you stay at the 3*** Hotel d'Aussois where the menu includes several Burgundy classics.

DAY 3                        Along Canal du Bourgogne                                              35 miles / 56 km
Downhill, and back to the canal at Marigny le Cahouët. The Canal de Bourgogne has been described, as the most beautiful route in France, and it's certainly a great trick for tackling hills. The quality of the towpath varies on this section, so you move onto the road on occasion, but this is no great hardship as you pass through delightful villages like Braux and St Thibault. At Pouilly-en-Auxois the canal reaches its summit, the highest point on the canal, and by the time you get there you'll know you've been cycling uphill. Just think how bad it would have been without a canal!

At Pouilly the canal disappears into a tunnel, and you continue our cycling tour over the top of the hill and down the other side to the delightful village of Chateauneuf.

DAY 4                        Downhill to Dijon                                                               31 miles / 50 km
Returning to the canal you can reflect that having passed the summit point it must be all downhill to Dijon. Your route now follows the canal and a cycle path through beautiful forests all the way into Dijon. Today you cycle past more than 50 locks, and as well as delightful canal-side villages and restaurants you pass through Velars, and the chance to visit one of the famous mustard factories of Dijon.

Tonight you stay at the Hostellerie de Sauvage. Dijon is a fascinating place. Historically Dijon was the home of Burgundy’s aristocracy. Anxious to be within the protection offered by the city walls, they were forced to buy existing plots of land and buildings to build their townhouses, which have led to the fascinating juxtaposition of grand town houses shoe-horned into strangely shaped plots alongside the housing and shops of ordinary Dijonais. The centre of it all is the Duke's palace, now the town hall, and also housing the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

DAY 5                        Dijon – Nuits St George                                                      20 miles / 32 km
Wine country here we come!

Today you will leave Dijon alongside your old friend the Canal du Bourgogne before you head west towards the hills of the Côtes D'Or. During today you follow tiny roads and tracks through vineyards, visiting vineyards in Marsannay and in Gevrey-Chambertin, as well as the Clos de Vougeot before you arrive at Nuits St Georges where you stay at the Hostellerie Saint Vincent.

The Chateau at Clos de Vougeot is well worth a visit. Originally built by the monks of the Abbaye de Citeaux, the Chateau has been beautifully restored. One room dating back to the 12th century contains four original oak presses that are truly enormous, each one weighing over 20 tons. Once a year one of these presses is still used when the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin kick off Les Trois Glorieuses on the eve of the Beaune auction.

The main function room is the old wine cellar. It isn't actually a cellar - the monks replicated the attributes of a cellar by building a vast low-ceilinged room with tiny windows and a roof of soil several feet thick. This is where the Chevaliers strut their stuff. The Château also boasts a 'spectacular' 14th century pitched roof.

DAY 6                        Nuits St George - Beaune (Côtes D'Or)                             16 miles / 25 km
Still in the heart of wine country, but today has a different feel! Today, as we explore the Côtes de Beaune, you tackle some more challenging cycling and visit the beautiful villages of Savigny-les-Beaune and Aloxe-Corton on your route to Beaune. Here, the wine makers can't command the sky-high prices of their more illustrious neighbours, but at their best still produce high-quality wines. Today is a relatively short cycling day, so you should have time for wine tasting in both Aloxe and Savigny before you make your way to Beaune.

Beaune is dominated by the wine industry. The old town exists still behind its old wall, and the centre is filled with the premises of négociantes as well as the wonderful Athanæum shop, a serious threat to the wallet of any wine-lover, and featuring books and artefacts as well as its fine wine shop. The highlight, though, is the Hospice, and a visit is a must. You will stay about 4 miles out of Beaune in Ste Marie-la-Blanche.

DAY 7                        Beaune Côtes D'Or                                                             21 miles / 34 km
There are a whole series of classic wine villages running south of Beaune toward Macon and the Beaujolais region.

Once again you are on tiny roads winding through the vineyards as you visit Pommard, Volnay and Meursault, home to white wines hailed as the finest in the world. The name derives from the local name for the valley that divides them from Beaune, the Rat's Leap. From Meursault you cycle to the village of Puligny-Montrachet where you can do some wine tasting with Olivier-Lefalive Freres. After wine tasting, you go onto Chassagne-Montrachet and then to Cagny, where you join the Canal du Centre on a tailor-made cycle path.

Then begin your return to Ste Marie-la-Blanche via tiny roads with the hills of the Côtes D'Or behind you.

DAY 8                        Tour end
Beaune train station is a 2-minute taxi ride, change in Dijon for Paris Gare de Lyon for onward connections to London and Paris airports.  

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

€1560 euro per person sharing
€1955 euro for single occupancy (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

€1195 euro per person sharing
€1590 euro for single occupancy (if traveling with others)
€1790 euro for solo travellers (if travelling alone)

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in village hotels with breakfasts
  • Seven dinners (group tour only)
  • Guide cycling with group (group tour only)
  • Luggage transfer 
  • route details and maps
  • 24 speed tour bike/pannier bag
  • Waterproof jacket & Cycling jersey
  • Set transfer from Montbard train station to start point
  • Set transfer from finish point to Beaune train station 

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)


Self Guided Tour Information

Arrival any day from 1 June to 22 September 2019

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Day1 Hotel LEcu Day1 Hotel LEcu1 Day1 Hotel LEcu2

Day 1: Hotel L'Ecu


Day2 Hotel Les Cymaises Day2 Hotel Les Cymaises1 Day2 Hotel Les Cymaises2

Day 2: Hotel Les Cymaises


Day3 Hostellerie de Chateu Day3 Hostellerie de Chateu1 Day3 Hostellerie de Chateu2

Day 3: Hostellerie de Chateau


Day4 Wilson Day4 Wilson1 Day4 Wilson2

Day 4: Hotel Wilson

Nuit St George

Day5 Saint Vincent Day5 Saint Vincent1 Day5 Saint Vincent2

Day 5: Hostellerie Saint-Vincent


Day6 7 Hotel Cloche Day6 7 Hotel Cloche2 Day6 7 Hotel Cloche1

Day 6 & 7: Hotel de la Cloche

How to get to the start point in Montbard:

Closest international airport is Paris Charles de Gaulle.

You must then travel into Paris to get a train from Gare de Lyon and take train to Montbard train station.

You will be met in Montbard at 17:57 on Saturday by a tour representative and brought by taxi to your hotel. At the end of the week you will be brought to Beaune train station for the local connection to Dijon and onward travel departure to London (via Lille) and Paris at 11:01. Both local transfers are included in the tour price.
Note: On the group tour the times shown are the only transfers we arrange ,  on self Guided tours you can arrive at any time at our designated train stations.

Check here Burgundyinfo for more arrival info and for trains check RailEurope.com

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

Tour map

My wife and I had a great time on the trip. The attractions we stopped at on the first half of the tour were good. The wineries were all great. I would have liked to ship some home. Dinners were very good. Good to talk with the group.

Scott Day (Burgundy group, 2017)

We had a fantastic time on our Burgundy tour! Lodging arrangements were lovely and having a guide riding with us was a nice feature. The highlight for my husband and I were the meals. My husband being a chef means he wants to explore the local food options which is exactly what Bernard arranged for us. Further, any special requests or questions were handled without any issue which was delightful. It made all the difference in our holiday!
I will continue to highly recommend Cycling Safaris as an outstanding bike tour company and we look forward to booking with you again in the future!

Wendy Kuhn (Burgundy Group Tour, 2017)

Burgundy was great - excellent guide, good bikes, accommodation and food were fine and a few stood out as special. Just the right amount of tastings and it was great to have two days in Beaune at the end.

Ann Ross (Burgundy Group 2016)

The tour was great. The guide, Toby, was excellent in all respects. The route was very interesting, and the stops were also interesting, educational, and fun. The accommodation was good at every stop.

Jim Tubman (Burgundy group 2015)

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