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Cycling the Vineyards of Burgundy

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Food & Wine  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1230 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1230 US Dollar (USD)

Enjoy fine food and wine of the beautiful Bourgogne whilst exploring a heritage stretching from the Gauls to the Romanesque. Burgundy styles itself 'The Land of Great Art and Good Living'. The landscape is an attractive patchwork of lush pastures and broad-leaved woodlands, interspersed with extensive vineyards. This is one of France's foremost wine regions and we will be passing some of the most valuable vines in the world. For those who enjoy some classic wines the names of the towns and villages will have a distinct resonance: Pommard, Beaune, Nuits Saint Georges.

The architecture, too, is distinctive, with many fine old half-timbered buildings whose steeply-pitched roofs are patterned in multi-coloured tiles. The lattice of quiet lanes and tracks follows rivers and meandering canals and climbs into the hills to explore the enchanting countryside, ancient abbeys, historic towns and magnificent chateaux. This itinerary enables an appreciation of the food, wine and the countryside but also provides some healthy exercise to justify a little indulgence at the end of each day. As well as guiding you between the charming medieval villages we will recommend a number of possibilities for you to taste the fine wines of Burgundy en route.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Start Dijon (accessible by rail from London).

Day 2: Cycle to Beaune. Leave mediaeval Dijon and pedal via Nuits St. Georges, the capital of the Cotes de Nuits vineyards, to Beaune. The fascinating old town is a great place to explore and eat with plenty of shops and restaurants.

Day 3: Today is free to relax and enjoy Beaune's many attractions or take an optional cycle ride. The town is delightful and it is possible to visit the Hospice de Beaune museum, one of the finest examples of French 15th centure architecture.

Day 4: Cycle to Nolay. Pass the villages of Pommard and Meursault and the 13th century chateau at La Rochepot, and cycle on to the lovely old town of Nolay.

Day 5: Cycle to Chateauneuf en Auxois. Leave the vineyards behind and cycle through the forested uplands to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf en Auxois, with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.

Day 6: A day to relax, take an optional cycle ride or explore the tiny streets and chateau in the mediaeval village.

Day 7: Cycle to Dijon. Most of the route follows the Burgundy Canal past Velars-sur-Ouche and then on to Dijon to complete the circuit.

Day 8: Tour ends in Dijon.

Tour Details:

Mode of travel: Average daily distance: 40 km (25 miles). Number of days cycling: 6 (2 optional). Vehicle support: none whilst cycling, luggage is transferred between hotels for you. Terrain and route: the suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads past villages and vineyards across undulating terrain. Occasionally a busier road is encountered, as is a longer climb, but the route is not particularly arduous

Group size: Self guided. Luggage transferred, route notes and maps provided

Accommodation: 7 nights in 2 and 3-star hotels. All rooms have en suite facilities.

Food: All breakfasts and 2 dinners included.

Tour Dates:
- 14 May/21 May
- 18 May/25 May
- 21 May/28 May
- 25 May/1 June
- 28 May/4 June
- 1 June/8 June
- 4 June/11 June
- 08 June/15 June
- 11 June/18 June
- 15 June/22 June
- 18 June/25 June
- 22 June/29 June
- 25 June/2 July
- 29 June/6 July
- 02 Jule/9 July
- 06 Jule/13 July
- 09 Jule/16 July
- 13 Jule/20 July
- 16 Jule/23 July
- 20 Jule/27 July
- 23 Jule/30 July
- 27 Jule/3 August
- 30 Jule/6 August
- 03 August/10 August
- 06 August/13 August
- 10 August/17 August
- 13 August/20 August
- 17 August/24 August
- 20 August/27 August
- 24 August/31 August
- 27 August/3 September
- 31 August/7 September
- 3 September/10 September
- 07 September/14 September
- 10 September/17 September
- 14 September/21 September
- 17 September/24 September
- 21 September/28 September
- 24 September/1 October
- 28 September/5 October
- 1 October/8 October
- 5 October/12 October
- 8 October/15 October
- 12 October/19 October
- 15 October/22 October
- 19 October/26 October
- 22 October/29 October

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- The price for the tour starting on the 14 May and finishing with 5 October: $1320
- The price for the proceeded tours after the 5 October: $1230
- Single supplement: from $358.75.

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