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SELF-GUIDED BICYCLE TOUR FRANCE
Cycling Northern Burgundy
The Secret Burgundy
The Discovery of Northern Burgundy
Wine tasting in the vineyards of the Cote du Beaune, Morvan National Park, Vezelay, the Burgundy Canal... and some wine
"Famous vineyards drenched with sunshine, undulating country with billowing wooded hills; hospitable people who have perfected all that is best in eating and drinking; old towns and villages, rich in history and artistic treasure, world famous wines all along the road — all this is Burgundy".
Cycle through the Morvan National Park... tree-covered lanes... occasional lakes surprising you in remote places... ferns lining the roadfor miles... forested villages hiding in the trees... a wonderland of nature. Follow the slow winding Burgundy Canal. Scene after scene of quiet tree-lined banks with occasional locks... barges plying up and down. More like another century than another place. Burgundy with its chateaux, its wines, but also a series of landscapes worth taking the time to appreciate in an authentic rural environment, a whole network of country roads and lanes to explore. This is the secret Burgundy... more varied than its vineyard dominated area to the south.
Tour Profile: Northern Burgundy is a rolling countryside of farms and vineyards. There are a few difficult hills.
It is mostly on quiet country roads with little traffic. Expect some traffic when entering towns,
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Day 1 - Arrival at Beaune
The uncontested wine capital of burgundy. Beaune is also one of the most exquisite little French towns: source of art and history. Beaune has been likened to a jewel in a green jewel case. Home of the famous Hotel-Dieu and Wine Museum in the home of the Duke of Burgundy. A town of many shops with cafe-studded squares and a huge outdoor market. It is home to an underground wine cellar beneath the city with samplings available of all of the Burgundy wines.
Day 2 - Beaune - Chateauneuf en Auxois 38km/24 miles
Passing through the famous vineyards of Burgundy, cycle a meandering path...visiting the domains... tasting the wines at the many degustation signs... you cross the Burgundy canal to finally reach Chateauneuf, an old picturesque village protected by a 12th -15th century chateau. Cycling into Chateauneuf, you will think you have traveled in time. A village of artisans, it has all the charm it is possible to muster. ... more like another century than another place
Day 3 - Chateauneuf en Auxois- Semur en Auxois 56km/33 miles.
This route leads you through Pouilly en Auxois for a look at the Burgundy Canal Tunnel where for several kilometers the barges aresailing underground! Then follows the canal to reach Semur en Auxois, a farm town with a reputation for gastronomy.
Day 4 - Semur en Auxois - Vezelay 62km/38 miles
This route leads to Epoisses, home to the famous goat cheese that gives it its name. It is very difficult to find this cheese more than 100 kilometers from here because of its popularity. Some say it alone is worth the trip! Then cycle through rolling French farmland and small villages on tiny roads to Vezelay, home to the most important Romanesque cathedral in France, destination of pilgrimages for centuries, staging site for the crusades. Secure your bike and climb through the narrow, winding, shop-lined streets until suddenly, rising from the peak of this pointed hill, flies the steeple reaching skyward, an immense cathedral perched, seemingly, on top of the world. Go around the side and enter through the small board door — into a space that dwarfs a crowd...spend time... let the feeling of it soak into you... close your eyes and feel its mystery, its sounds, its storied space.
Day 5 - Vezelay-Saulieu 50km/32 miles
The ride now enters the Morvan and all the way to Saulieu, through the forests... ferns rimming the roads for miles, tiny lakes surprising you around a slow turn, quiet villages hidden in the trees... deer, swans, cattle all along the way. This is the Regional Park of the Morvan. Saulieu is home to the restaurant of the very famous French Chef "Bernard Loiseau" at the very highest level of French gastromomy
Day 6 - Saulieu-Autun 50km/32 miles
Enjoy a ride through the valley along a small river. Discover typical small villages and the atmosphere of the French way of life in rural areas. Continue following the river, you will pass the villages Chissay en Morvan and Lucenay l'eveque proceeding to Autun. Autun is a city of culture, categorized as a city of art and history, with numerous testimonies of 2000 years of history.
Day 7 - Autun-Beaune 63km/39 miles
Today's journey takes you back to the vineyards via the Renaissance Château de Sully and the pretty town Nolay: a charming village which has preserved its 14th-century covered market, and bordered by the “Hautes Côtes de Beaune” vineyards. Continue via the Château de La Rochepot (a magnificent fortress with glazed tile roofs), and the “Côte de Beaune”, famous for its prestigious white wines such as Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet, etc … a last taste of sheer Burgundy delight!
Day 8 - Breakfast and Departure.
But before you go be sure to Visit the wine museum and hospital, "Hotel Dieu", founded in 1433 at Beaune. There is also a wine library where for one fee you can sample all the wines of Burgundy.
Overnight Itinerary: Beaune, Chateauneuf en Auxois, Semur en Auxois, Vezelay, Saulieu, Autun, Beaune
SELF-GUIDED BICYCLE INN TOUR
Tour # FRW-16113 - 8 DAYS - $1490
Single Supplement $255
Includes all dinners and breakfasts
Bicycle Rental $170
Extra night Beaune - $85 per person - Single supplement $35 (B&B)
Departs - Daily from March through Oct
Meals - Includes all dinners and breakfasts. Lunches and beverages are not included.
Accommodations- 4 nights in 2 star hotels & 3 nights in 3 star hotels with shower and toilets.
Baggage - Baggage is transported each day to the next hotel
Dossier - On the first day of the tour, you will be given maps, road book, fact sheets and tourist information
Accommodation: 4 nights in two star hotels & 3 nights in three star hotels on half board basis, double bedroom with shower and toilet.
All breakfasts and dinners.
Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel.
Fact sheets, maps and itineraries.
Exclusions : The insurance, the transfers from and to the airport, the beverages, the lunches, items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry.
Bicycles - 21 speed men's and ladies' bikes, equipped with one saddlebag, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, a helmet and a repair kit. Adjustment by a cycling specialist.
In Case of Breakdown - We do not intervene for flat tires. However, should any breakdown occur that prevents the completion of the days journey we will make repairs on the road. A phone number will be provided. All other types of necessary repairs that do not make cycling impossible will be repaired at the hotel each night.
WORLD-CLASS BICYCLE TOURS