Cycle & Stay: The Highlights from the South of Burgundy
8 days / 7 nights
Burgundy is famous for its warm hospitality and inimitable knack for enjoying life. Rich in tradition, gastronomy, history and excellent wines. Even before Julius Caesar fought his decisive battles with the Gauls, people have been lured to this beautiful land of gently rolling landscapes, sleepy villages, rivers and canals. Burgundy is the old France, a land of culture, countryside, fine food and wine. Stately historic castles, miles of straight Roman roads and magnificent Romanesque churches give constant reminders of Burgundy’s heritage. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the beauty of its traditional architecture.
Day 1: Arrival in Dijon
Discover the treasures of Dijon like the Church Notre Dame, the Tomb of the Dukes; the Dukes were in the medieval Burgundy more important than the king of France. The influence of the Dukes of Burgundy was reknowned and they were particularly close to the English throne.
Day 2: Dijon – Beaune (Cycling 43 km / 27 miles)
The rolling vineyard country is waiting for you. This is the heart of Burgundy and you will savour it. Have a look at the wine château of Aloxe Corton, with its delightfully ornate roof, or the 12th Century Clos de Vougeot Château, which was the property of the Citeaux abbey for several centuries. You pass through the town Nuits-Saint-Georges, which has produced world famous wine for thousand years. Here you have a tasting.
Day 3: Beaune – Chassey-le-Camp (Cycling 37 km / 23 miles)
In the morning, visit of the rich wine capital, with the famous Hôtel Dieu, an ancient hospital which is a 15th century masterpiece of Gothic art, built after the Hundred Years War. You are leaving for one of the most famous wine villages in the world, such as Pommard and Mercurey. This area is typical for its historical monuments, such as the old village wash houses.
Day 4: Chassey-le-Camp – Cluny (Cycling 66 km / 41 miles)
Today you will explore the Côte Chalonnaise which lies between the foothills of the Morvan Mountains and the plain of the River Saône. The Côte Chalonnaise is a perfect geographical bridge between the famous winegrowing areas of the Côte de Beaune to the north and the Mâconnais to the south, this area is no less distinguished with its own array of famous appellations. At Cormatin you can see the magnificent château before you follow the circular route until Cluny.
Day 5: Cluny – Tournus (Cycling 37 km / 23 miles)
Cluny, very important place with the Abbey which was one of the biggest in Europe until the 16th century. Cluny and Saint Philibert are two of the 250 Romanesque churches. From here you are crossing the splendid landmark of the Chalonnais until Tournus. Tournus set along the banks of the Saône. Here the ancient Abbey of Philibert is waiting to be explored.
Day 6: Tournus – Chalon-sur-Saône (Cycling 34 km / 21 miles)
The Saône River is never far away. Chalon is a busy river port town and the birthplace of Nicéphore Niepce, the inventor of photography. The most interesting museum is the “Musée Nicéphore Niepce”. The gothic cathedral in the heart of the city, and the chapel and the pharmacy of the former hospital are also worth a visit. Overnight in Chalon.
Day 7: Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune – Dijon (Cycling 52 km / 32 miles)
Today you will cycle along the Canal du Centre with very nice impressions, vineyards until Beaune. On the way you will cross the Cote Chalonnaise, with its vineyards and small hills. Very lovely landscape. Way back with the train (30 minutes) to Dijon.
Day 8: Dijon
After breakfast end of the tour.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.