Food, wine, scenery and cycling in France's gastronomic heartland — enjoy the good life on this picturesque tour.
Burgundy is blessed with nature's bounty. You'll follow the Rhône river through verdant countryside, quiet lanes, tracks, and canals.
The region has a rich culinary history: it's home to Burgundy wine, Dijon mustard, Boeuf Borgignon, Coq au Vin, and other classic dishes. It's also known for its rich romanesque and Renaissance heritage, reflected in its cobbled streets, chateaux, abbeys, vineyards, and even hospitals!
The pace is leisurely as you cycle through gently rolling landscapes. You'll stay in carefully selected 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses with breakfast provided.
This self-guided holiday is available for daily departures every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a minimum of 2 people. It's a great vacation for anyone, including families with older children.
Easy tours are specifically designed to allow you to experience a new activity and culture in a relaxed environment. If you’re after a peaceful holiday with a light introductory focus on one or more activities then easy torus are a great option. Routes chosen will be easy and often ridden entirely at your own pace, suitable for families.
An average level of fitness is required, exercising at least once a week prior to the tour.
Arrive early in Burgundy's capital Dijon, which is less like a city than an open-air museum of art and architecture. Discover its treasures, including Notre Dame de Dijon, and the magnificent Palace of the Dukes, Burgundy's medieval rulers, and the Dukes' tomb. You'll also see for the first time Burgundy's distinctive polychrome roofs — black, green, yellow and terracotta tiles in geometric patterns.
This morning, head for the rolling countryside — the true heart of Burgundy. We recommend visiting the wine château of Aloxe-Corton, with its ornate roof; or the 12th century Clos de Vougeot, a walled vineyard created by Cistercian monks. Also, you can enjoy wine tasting at the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges, which has produced famous wine for more than 1000 years. The day's easy pace allows ample time to visit the many museums and architectural wows that dominate the region. You’ll stay the night in Beaune, Burgundy's unofficial wine capital.
Experience Beaune's cobblestone streets and world-class attractions. These include the 15th century Notre-Dame Basilica, and the Hôtel-Dieu, a medieval hospital and masterpiece of Gothic art, built after the Hundred Years War against the English. Further cycling brings you to some of the most famous wine appellations in the world, including such names as Pommard and Mercurey. You'll stay overnight at Chassey-le-Camp, a village on the Saône River.
Today, explore the Côte Chalonnaise region between the foothills of the Morvan Mountains, and the Saône River plains. It's a perfect geographical bridge between the famous wine-growing areas of the Côte de Beaune to the north and the Mâconnais to the south. This area has its own distinguished array of famous appellations. At Cormartin you can visit the magnificent château before cycling to Cluny.
Cluny is a very important place in French history. Its abbey was one of the biggest in Europe until the 16th century. From here you cross the Côte Chalonnaise to Tournus on the banks of the Saône, home to the 11th century Abbey of St Philibert. These two abbeys are listed among the 250 important Romanesque churches in France.
Chalon is a busy river port town and the birthplace of photography. Inventor and famous resident Nicéphore Niépce has a museum named after him, and it's worth a visit. The gothic cathedral in the heart of the city, the chapel and the pharmacy of the former hospital are also very interesting, or amble around the busy city square.
Today you will cycle along the Canal du Centre which allows boat traffic through the middle of France. Again, you'll pass gorgeous vineyards and rural landscapes through the Côte Chalonnaise, until you reach Beaune. From Beaune we recommend you take the train (30 minutes, cost not included) back to Dijon.
Your tour of historic, gastronomic Burgundy ends today. After a hearty breakfast, it's time to say Au Revoir to this picturesque region of France.