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Bourgogne: vineyars and abbeys

 

The Côte-d'Or between Dijon, Beaune and the the Abbey of Fontenay

Burgundy, land of soft hills and magnificent vineyards that produce world wide known wines.
This region is rich with medieval historic towns, castles and ancient abbeys. We are going to explore them crossing the region on beautiful cycling paths along old railway tracks turned into Avenue Verte, next to quiete and shadowy channels.

The tour starts and finishes in Mâcon. Leaving the town we bike on a relaxing end enjoyable Voie Vert - Greenway that plunges into the countryside and ends in Chalon-sur-Saône. We will come back to this town on the last day and from here we’ll go back to Mâcon along the River Saône through the Voie Bleue.

The whole trip develops on nice cycling paths along channels Canal du Centre and du Burgundy or on narrow country roads in the Côte-d'Or vineyards area. Between Beaune and Dijon we’ll go across the Chemin des Grands Crus the most famous itinerary of doc wines in France surrounded by small villages and castles. We’ll have a short break at Château du Clos de Vougeot, the most famous symbol of this area, also called “a stone pillow on a sea of grapes”, built by Cistercian Monks in the XII century it now houses the brotherhood of the knights of Trastevin that gather here every year to choose Burgundy’s best wines.

Along our way we’ll come across a lot of castels. We’ll visit one in particular, the the XVII century Château de Cormatin with its marvellous blooming gardens. We’ll then go to Château de Meursault for some wine tasting and pass the night in the medieval borough of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois that with its fortress and perfectly preserved towers, overlook the valley of Auxois.

A part of Mâcon and Chalon-sur-Saône we’ll stay in Beaune and Dijon. Beaune, small fortified town and capital city as far as Burgundy’s wines are concerned, was once dwelled the Dukes of this land, and saw its utter splendour in the XV century and of these times it mantains its most beautiful witnesses: the walls, Notre-Dame, the Hôtel-Dieu, master piece of french-dutch art. Dijon is tha capital city of Burgundy as it was the center of the Dukedom. Lots of monuments, interesting corners, landlords’ palaces of different times cover the city. Among all of them the Palais des Ducs Square and the Eglise Notre-Dame are the most astonishing with their gothic style.

During our tour we’ll visit the Abbey of Cluny and the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, an extremely inspiring piece of art.

To finish off the tour all is left to do is enjoy the food and the wine of this wonderful land: the boeuf bourguignon, les escargot, the gougeres, the kir, the cassis, the pain d’épices, the moutard de Dijon, Flavigny’s anis and of course some good Burgundy wine tasting.

Sites of interest

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Fontenay Abbey

Services included in our previous tours

  • 7 nights with breakfast in three stars hotels.
  • 6 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, many of which with fish, with a drink (one glass of wine or 250 cl beer), tap water and bread included.
  • 6 packed lunches, which include sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, 1/2 liter water.
  • 3 tour guides, two by bike and one driving the agency van (two guides in case of groups from 12 to 17 people).
  • Hotel city tax.
  • Visits (see the program).
  • Short train transfer from Montbard to Chalon-sur-Saône with bike transportation.
  • The agency van follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks, the availability and the assistance during the tour.
  • Insurance for medical matters, insurance in case of loosing the luggage, and for the risk of tour cancelation.
  • Color tour handbook with historical and artistic information, and information about the tour itself.

 

HOW TO BOOK

This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose  guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.

(*) On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance. 

To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – anna@simonettabiketours.it

Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – elisa@simonettabiketours.it

How to Book!

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights, 6 biking days.

When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.

Difficulty: beginners

Where: France > Burgundy

Tour description: The tour is a trail made out of 6 bike days, with start and arrival in Mâcon. The trail follows cycling paths or secondary roads with low car traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, rarely we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path is mostly flat with few smooth climbs.

Visits: Cormatin Castle, Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, Fontenay Abbey; visit and wine tasting at Château de Meursault

 

 

PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR

Day 1
Independent travel and arrival in Mâcon.

Day 2
Mâcon > Chalon-sur-Saône 
About 80 km – mainly flat path

Day 3
Chalon-sur-Saône > Beaune 
About 48 km – mainly flat path

Day 4
Beaune > Dijon
About 54 km circa – mainly flat path

Day 5
Dijon > Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
About 54 km – some soft climbs

Day 6
Châteauneuf-en-Auxois > Montbard
About 72 km – flat path
A the end of the day short train transfer from Montbard to Chalon-sur-Saône.

Day 7
Chalon-sur-Saône > Mâcon
About 66 km – flat path

Day 8
Breakfast at the hotel, free day and independent way back.