This bike tour takes you through the most famous vineyards of the Burgundy wine region known as Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. Your delightful route begins from Chalon-sur-Saone along the Central Canal. From there, you’ll experience biking on marvelous "La Voie des Vignes" bike trail through well-maintained vineyards as famous as Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault or Pommard. This self-guided tour lets you stop in as many wine properties you want. You’ll stay in the town of Beaune, the capital of Burgundy wine. It’s there you’ll visit the "Hospices de Beaune" a medieval hospital turned into one of France’s most prestigious historic landmarks. The second day of the tour leads you through Nuits-Saint-Georges until reaching the charming town of Dijon.
Today’s ride has you leaving Chalon-sur-Saone on the peaceful towpath next to the Canal de Bourgogne. This easy path leads you past Chagny, where you reach Santenay, gateway to the vineyards of Cote de Beaune. After riding on the "Voie des Vignes" bike path, you’ll transfer over the quiet, back roads, past one historic village to another. The day ends in Meursault, known for its castle and for being one of the shooting locations for the movie, "La Grande Vadrouille".
Meursault - Nuits Saint Georges area
You can look forward to another day of biking through vast, lush vineyards, passing Pommard before reaching the town of Beaune. Take time to stroll the streets through the town sqaure where a labyrinth of wine cellars are hidden under the city streets. You’ll especially want to visit the Hospices de Beaune, a medieval hospital, with distinctive Gothic architecture and colorful tiled roofs. The museum gives well-laid out historical information on the Hospice’s history from the 15th century until today. End your day by riding through vineyards and reach Nuits-Saint-Georges or one of the surronding villages.
Nuits Saint Georges - Dijon
This morning discover the vineyards of the Cotes de Nuits area, a 20km strip of land running south from Dijon to Nuits-Saint-Georges. Stop at the doorstep of the Chateau de Clos Vougeot, a highly symbolic building founded by the monks of the Abbaye de Citeaux. You’ll learn about the distinct castle architecture, as well as the rites of the brotherhood of the Chevalier du Tastevin. This organization, sometimes known as the Brotherhood of the Knight’s Tasting Cup is a bacchanalian society committed to enjoying and promoting the wines and food of the Burgundy region of France. Continue the ride to Dijon, former capital to the powerful Dukes of Burgundy. This lively city has open and welcoming atmosphere. End your day with a delightful stroll through the remarkable well-preserved city center.
On your arrival day, we provide you with:
- a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.
We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size
Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).
You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tariff tab)
For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags
with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to
be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.
For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking
(see rate in "Prices")
Our word of advice :
- We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
- Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
- We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)
as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.
Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.
Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
- a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
- a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest
Example of a map and of a step-by-step description
For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.
Our GPS App
For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).
You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to
follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and
useful alerts on the way.
-> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will
be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.