Lyon is the closest large airport although the Eurostar or flying into Paris is an option for arrival into the Burgundy region.
Depending on when you arrive, we recommend finding the time to walk up to the ruins of the Château of Saint-Romain. From here, the views across the valley are truly spectacular and introduce you to Burgundy in the perfect way. We also suggest visiting the ‘Tonnerie François Frères’ where wine barrels are made and distributed all over the world.
Today’s ride is a circular one through the Côte de Beaune. Visit old mansions, ride through vast vineyards and across undulating fields. You will visit a number of villages and towns from the more commonly known Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet to the hidden gems of Chaudenay and Corcelles-Les-Arts. A beautiful ride for the first day on the bike and the perfect introduction to the wine region.
Today you will only ride 22km giving plenty of time to explore the different destinations on the way. Begin the day with a ride to Beaune, the wine capital of the Côte d’Or, rumoured to have been founded by Julius Ceasar in 52 B.C. Following a delicious lunch, enjoy a walk round Beaune and discover the hidden Gothic secrets that sit within the intricate architecture. Before you conclude your day in Aloxe-Corton, you will jump back on the bike and ride through fields of sunflowers, wheat and corn. Aloxe-Corton, like a number of its neighbouring villages, is celebrated for its unique wine and holds a Grand Cru status.
Today will be a slightly longer day on the bike and is made up of relaxing riding and peaceful countryside landscapes. Ride past historic castles and stop by the traditional farming villages of ‘La Bourgogne’. From Chorey-lès-Beaune, ride through to the Côte-de-Nuits region and stop for a break and a bite to eat in one of the quiet farm villages. Today is a great day to explore on your own and spend time in the places you feel most suit you. Return to Aloxe-Corton where you’ll spend the night.
You will come across a couple of small climbs today but these are separated by smooth country lanes, sleepy villages and oak forests. The climbs will be rewarded with incredible views over the vineyards whilst the quaint villages of Comblanchien, Buits-St-Georges and others will, without doubt, form some of the highlights of your trip.
Another scenic ride lays ahead through the 17th Century mansions of Chouchey and the castle of Brochon. Here, the 19th-century poet, Stephen Liégeard lived. You will join onto a slightly busier road today for short periods of your ride but the majority of the route will return you to country lanes.
hoose to take advantage of our transfer service (on request) or make your own way back to the train station in Beaune for your onward journey. If you have any adjustments to make at the end of your trip or if you wish to extend your stay, just let our cycling experience team know.
Cycle in the heart of Burgundy’s wine region to enjoy beautiful weather and an array of colours and landscapes that constantly change with the seasons. The vibrant countryside and expanse of vineyards are ideal for relaxing rides whilst the pastel coloured towns and historical landmarks break up your rides perfectly. With incredible food on offer and delicious wines to taste, this the perfect mix of cycling, cultural exposure and relaxation.