Needless to say, gastronomy and wines will be on par with our memorable itinerary!
Day 1: Arrive in Beaune
Arrive in Beaune at the time of your choice. The earlier you arrive, the more time you’ll have to drink in—figuratively and literally—the magical allure of Burgundy’s wine capital. Its cobblestone streets offer world-class attractions including the 15th century Notre-Dame Basilica, the Hôtel-Dieu, with its famous multi-colored tile roof, and the Wine Museum. There are also numerous wine ‘caves’ (wine cellars), perfect for sharpening your toast-making skills for the days ahead!
Day 2: Beaune – Rully (30 km or 20 miles)
Right after breakfast you’ll meet our local representative, who will outfit you with bikes and go over the next few days’ itinerary. You can take it easy for this first day as the ride is fairly short and leisurely through Chardonnay land. The villages of Pommard, Meursault and Santenay will be the best introduction to the region and provide you with many good options for lunch. Our hotel is in the center of the village of Rully and boasts an excellent restaurant. A slightly longer route will take you up to
the village of Saint-Romain before rejoining the normal itinerary.
Day 3: Rully – Buxy (two options: 35 km (22 miles) or 50 km (31 miles)
Today’s route carries us south through the Cotes Challonnaises and the village of Mercurey, which produces one of the best examples of the pinot noir appellation of the same name. The terrain is a bit more rolling with a succession of hamlets, creeks, woods, and of course vineyards. You will stay in the pretty medieval village of Buxy, for 2 nights, where we use a very friendly hotel with swimming pool.
Day 4: Rest day or optional ride (from 40 km to 70 km or from 25 to 44 miles)
You may opt to spend the day relaxing or browsing the streets of Buxy and perusing its shops, or you may choose to do our recommended loop. Our optional ride from Buxy takes you south to the world-renowned Abbey of Cluny, which was built in 910 AD, and still towers as a monument to Romanesque architecture and the prestigious center of Christendom in medieval Europe. Prior to the building of Saint Peter’s in Rome, it reigned as the largest church in the world and earned a reputation for producing popes. The ride back to Buxy will be done on the cycle path. If you’re not interested in this optional ride,
Day 5: Buxy to Nolay (55 km or 34 miles)
After breakfast, we’ll travel northwest to the country town of Couches, after crossing the Canal du Centre. This itinerary is definitely a good contrast and a nice balance to the wine-making area, as you’ll be crossing a land of cattle farms, oak woods, and isolated farms. This ride ends in the market town of Nolay, where you will overnight.
Day 6: Nolay to Beaune (two options: 45 km (28 miles) or 60 km (37 miles)
The ride from Nolay goes up to Bligny-sur-Ouche and down to the Canal of Burgundy at Pont d’Ouche. After riding along the peaceful canal on the tow-path, we will cycle back to Beaune. This 15-km stretch is a smooth downhill through lovely forest before reaching the great vineyards of Alex Corton.
Day 7: Beaune to Beaune (two options: 55 km (34 miles) or 70 km (44 miles)
The last ride is a loop from Beaune to the Abbey of Citeaux, a historically important abbey located in St. Nicolas-lés-Citeaux. From the Abbey, the route takes you through the best Pinot noir vineyards of Burgundy, Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-Saint-Georges, among others.
Pricing: From 770 euros per person sharing a double room.
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