This 4-day vacation will take you, at your own relaxed pace, to names you've heard of ... and most probably names you have imbibed, on occasion! Pommard, Meursault, Volnay, Nuits St. George, and Gevrey will mean a lot more as they come to life in the form of welcome stops on your itinerary!
Although wine stops are many and there are plenty of bottles to be had, we still advise you to always carry (and indulge in) a bottle of Mother Nature’s finest ... water!
Day 1: Arrive in Beaune and optional ride
After checking in at your hotel in Beaune, you may take a stroll through the magnificent town itself and do some worthy sightseeing. The choice is yours to make the most of your time in this lovely area. If you have the time and inclination, you may ride one of our suggested loops. Quaint roads, superb scenery, and breathtaking views will be absorbed, photographed, and admired!
Day 2: Beaune to Beaune - Ride through Côte de Beaune (40 km or 24 miles)
This ride will take you to the Côte de Beaune area, where villages with wine-label names are yours to discover, including Volnay, Meursault, and Montrachet. In Santenay, overlooking the surrounding vineyards, you can taste some red wines -- in moderation -- before continuing on quaint and peaceful roads back to Beaune.
Day 3: Beaune to Dijon - Ride through Côtes-de-Nuits (45 km or 27 miles)
From Beaune, you will ride through the Alex Corton vineyards and reach the Côte de Nuits, home of much celebrated red wines, where you are invited to a wine-tasting. The "Grands Crus" wine road will take you to Gevrey Chambertin for a visit/wine tasting of a domain. Another great visit is Clos Vougeot, renaissance castle and home to the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (Burgundy Wine Brotherhood) and the Romanee-Conti vineyard. Also on today's itinerary is the Cassissium in Nuits St. Georges, a unique museum devoted to cassis (black currant) that is of great interest to curious minds. You will then reach Dijon.
Day 4: Departure.
After breakfast, depart Dijon at the time of your choice. A late departure will allow for extra time to explore Dijon which instead of a city feels more like the world’s largest open-air museum devoted to medieval art and architecture.
Pricing: From 430 euros per person sharing a double room.
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