Taste of Burgundy

tours / Cycling

Highlights

  • Cycling through famous vineyards of Burgundy
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the canal landscape
  • Enjoying the wine varieties of the region
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable barge

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Enjoy the charm of Burgundy's rolling landscape as you cycle along quiet country roads and canal ways, passing world famous vineyards and charming old towns where there is plenty of time set aside for discovering the cultural and consumable delights the region offers. By night retire to our private barge custom built for sailing on the French canals. The relaxed atmosphere aboard will make you feel at home quickly as will the cabins, most of which have private facilities. Wine tasting, exploring the impressive towns of Dijon and Beaune and visiting castles, museums and abbeys are some of the highlights of this insightful trip, which combined with the experience of cycling through the changing scenery, make this an ideal way to explore Burgundy.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks) continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. at breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a barge with private facilities on a twin share basis. if you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. the compact cabins are configured with split level beds.
  • Visit to a museum
  • Wine tasting
  • City walks
  • Bicycle with 24 gears and pannier
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Transfer tournus / dijon or dijon/tournus – depending on the direction of your tour
  • Experienced multilingual (english, german and dutch) guide for cycle tours and city walks

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Dijon, embark and meet the crew
Arrive in the afternoon in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. You will embark and meet your crew and tour leader. In the evening there will be an opportunity to take a stroll through Dijon.
Day 2 A short cycle in the northwest Dijon region (20km)
In the morning we take a warm up cycle in the northwest Dijon region. This is a great chance to test out our bikes, explore the surrounding countryside and the famous Burgundy canal, and passing Lake Kir. In the afternoon we explore Dijon town on foot on our guided city tour. Dijon is not just a city of mustard, although there is a mustard museum you can visit. There is the magnificent Ducal Palace as well as a number of churches and cathedrals, with the crypt of Dijon Cathedral dedicated to St Benignus, dating back more than 1,000 years. On the Church of Notre Dame is a small carving of a little owl (la chouette) that is according to local legend a good luck charm which works when you make a wish as you touch it with your left hand. The streets of Dijon are perfect for exploring on foot and there are many elegant buildings to admire. Dinner is on board our barge.
Day 3 Sail the Burgundy Canal then cycle to Longecourt en Plaine (45km)
The day starts with a small sailing trip to and through the first two locks in the Burgundy Canal. Leaving the barge, our route continues through meadows and forests to again meet up with the Burgundy Canal. The countryside through which we cycle is classically Cote d’Or. Our day’s cycle will end at the village of Longecourt en Plaine, where we will rejoin the barge.
Day 4 Cycle to Auxonne on the river Saône then to St Jean de Losne (45km)
Using a series of small roads, the cycle today takes you through forests and past some pretty villages to the town of Auxonne on the river Saône. Later the route follows the river to St. Jean de Losne where the Burgundy Canal links up to the river Saône. St Jean de Losne was built by the Dukes of Burgundy to protect the salt trade from the nearby Salins les Bains salt works. The town was fortified and a castle built in the 13th century.
Day 5 Cycle along the river Saône to Seurre (45km)
This morning we have an opportunity to visit the Musee de la Batellerie, with its fascinating exhibition showcasing the history of the Burgundy Canal. Following this we first cycle to the Abbaye de Citeaux, a great place for a picnic lunch. From the Abbaye shop you can purchase the famous abbey cheese. Continue along the river to the small town of Seurre.
Day 6 Cycle to Beaune and train to Chalon sur Saône (25km)
This morning we cycle to the exquisite fortified town of Beaune, a source of art and history. The town is home of the famous Hotel-Dieu and Wine Museum and is the capital of the Côte d’Or. Beaune has many shops, cafe-studded squares and a huge outdoor market. During the morning your tour leader will take you on a stroll through the town and you will have time to visit such sites as the church ‘Collegiale Notre-Dame’ or the museum of Burgundy wines. From Beaune we take a train ride to Chalon sur Saône, a port town located at the Saône river and the Canal du Centre. Here you will have time to stroll through the town, window shopping or sipping coffee in a local café. In the evening dinner will be on board the barge.
Day 7 Visit wineries en route to Tournus (60km)
From Chalon the cycle follows an old railway track which is now a cycle path. Arriving in Buxy you visit a winery in an old tower before a downhill run to the river Saône. The cycle concludes in the town of Tournus, home to the beautiful St. Philibert church. The abbey dates from the 10th century and is one of the oldest in France.
Day 8 Transfer by train to Dijon, trip concludes
In the morning your guide & crew will say goodbye and you will travel by train to Dijon, where the trip ends at approximately midday.