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Discover the best of Burgundy's 'Golden Slope'
Destinations > France > Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy
6 nights accommodation, meals as indicated & bike hire.
Selected dates, 01 Apr - 31 Oct '19
This gentle-paced cycling holiday takes in the best of Burgundy's 'Golden Slope' - the Côte d'Or. Riding through the famous wine districts of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, there is plenty of time to stop off at the many vineyards, chateaux, villages and ancient churches that line your route. Along the way, enjoy traditional local cuisine, accompanied by one of the many eminent 'grand cru' wines produced in the region.
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Discover historic, picturesque villages and towns of Burgundy
Sample the flavours of Beaune, the wine capital of the Côte d'Or
Explore quiet back roads and cycle paths that can offer fine local cuisine and optional wine tastings
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The quiet little hamlet of Meursault or Saint Romain will be your base for the first two nights of your holiday. After checking in to your hotel, you have the rest of the day to explore. Your bike will be delivered either today or tomorrow morning and you will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike. If in Saint Romain, you may wish to walk to the chateau ruins above the village. From here, there are stunning views over the Valley of Saint-Romain-le-Bas.
Today's gentle circular ride takes your through quintessential wine-producing country, passing picturesque vineyards, old farmhouses and pretty villages. In addition to the renowned wine-producing villages of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, you'll also be surprised by lovely smaller villages, such as Chaudenay and Corcelles-les-Arts. If you are staying in Saint Romain, Meursault is the largest and liveliest town you will visit today, with a pretty chateau and several bars and restaurants.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 38 kilometres. (B)
Today you ride through the gently rolling vineyards of the renowned 'appellations de Bourgogne'. The route is short, leaving you time to visit the welcoming and well-preserved historical town of Beaune.
Beaune is the chief wine-producing town of the Côte d'Or, founded by Julius Caesar, no less. We recommend treating yourself to a delicious lunch here before taking a stroll around the town to see, among other sites, the famous multi-coloured roof of the Hôtel Dieu. As you cycle on towards your night stop, you'll pedal past several impressive chateaux, including the large Chateau de Savigny, with its remarkable museum full of vintage cars and aeroplanes. You can look forward to spending the next two nights in Aloxe-Corton - a tiny hamlet and another of the major wine-making villages of the Côtes-de-Beaune. Most of the wines produced in this district receive the distinction of 'Grand Cru'.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 29 kilometres. (B)
Gliding along peaceful country lanes, today's circular route peddles through classic Burgundy farmland and oak woodland, passing yet more beautiful chateaux and churches. After cycling through the esteemed wine-producing village of Chorey, your route takes you out of the Côte-de-Beaune and into the Côte de Nuits wine district. Other distinguished wine-producing villages that you will pass through today include Ladoix-Serrigny, Prémeaux-Prissey and Corgoloin.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 33 kilometres. (B)
Today's cycling distance is relatively short, allowing you to spend time absorbing the beauty and culture of the Côte-de-Nuits. A couple of long gradual ascents on your route afford beautiful views. We recommend taking time to stroll through picturesque Nuits Saint George, maybe enjoying lunch in the main square. Continuing on to Vougeot, you may choose to visit its imposing château. Standing in the very heart of Burgundy's vineyards, it was originally a wine farm that was built in the 12th century by monks from the nearby Abbey of Cîteaux. In the 16th century, it was converted into the Renaissance style. Nowadays, it is as famous for the world-renowned banquets that it hosts, as it is for its medieval grape presses and Cistercian cellar. Today's destination is the village of Gilly les Citeaux, where you will spend the next two nights.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 27 kilometres. (B)
Today, you have the choice between a shorter or longer route, travelling along quiet roads between the wine-producing villages of the Côte-de-Nuits district. We recommend stopping off for a stroll around St. Philibert, with its impressive 12th century church. Couchey is also worth a visit, with its historical houses and 17th century wineries. Brochon is another gem, known for its 'vins estimés' and its Renaissance-revival chateau. Built by the famous French author, Stephen Liégeard, his aim was to recreate the Loire style of chateau in Burgundy.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 26 or 41 kilometres, depending on your route. (B)
After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end. (B)
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