Bicycling Champagne and Burgundy Plus! Provence
Experience France's legendary landscapes as you cycle a route steeped in history, and wine! Bicycle along quite roads and bike paths through Champagne, Burgundy, and the Côte du Rhône wine regions. Cycle past (or up) legendary Mont Ventoux, and wind through the Provençal region of southern France. This bicycling tour will delight your eyes and your taste buds while taking you to some of the most iconic cities of France.
***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter trip, check out our Bicycling Champagne and Burgundy tour.***View Day-by-Day ItineraryHide Day-by-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Reims
Highlights: Champagne, Notre Dame de Reims
Reims is not only the capital of the Champagne region, but also home to the cathedral where the Kings of France were crowned since 987 A.D. Come early to explore the incredible cathedral and taste champagne from the many Maisons de Champagne. We'll meet this afternoon for a bike fitting and a quick spin into the vineyards. Dinner together tonight, with champagne of course!
Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D
Lodging: Grand Hôtel Continental
Day 2: Loop ride from Reims
Highlights: Bike paths; champagne tasting
We leave Reims on a bike path this morning pedaling over rolling hills through vineyards overlooking forests. The Montagne de Reims where much of the Pinot Noir grapes are grown, is also home to an extensive national park. This evening we'll be back in Reims where we'll visit a famous champagne producer and, of course, enjoy a tasting.
Distance: 55km (34 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Grand Hôtel Continental
Day 3: Reims to Châlons en Champagne
Highlights: Dom Perignon's stomping grounds, Châlons en Champagne
This morning we'll bicycle to the legendary birthplace of champagne. Dom Perignon was a Benedictine monk here in the 17th century and did make important advancements in wine making. Did he invent sparkling wine? Well that depends on who you ask. Our scenic route crosses through Hautvillers where he lived and worked, then joins up with the Canal a’ la Marne into lovely Châlons en Champagne. This charming town will surprise you with its medieval and Gothic churches and half-timber houses from centuries past.
Distance: 65km (40 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hôtel Pasteur.
Day 4: Shuttle to Dijon
We'll shuttle (about 3 hours) this morning to Dijon, another capital of an equally famous and delicious wine; Burgundy. Made with similar grapes as champagne, for many Burgundy is the epitome of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Dijon was also home to the Dukes of Burgundy. Burgundy was a powerful country in its own right until it was annexed by France in 1477. We'll arrive in time for lunch and Dijon has a wide array of cafés and restaurants to choose from. After lunch, join us for a ride west of town, and then enjoy the afternoon shopping, or visiting the impressive Ducal Palace.
Distance: 45km (28 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Philippe Le Bon
Day 5: Dijon to Beaune
Highlights: Bicycle through legendary wine villages
Today we'll bicycle through some of the most famous vineyards and wine villages on the planet: Gevrey Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Nuits San Georges, Romanee Conti...vineyard country is synonymous with excellent cycling so it's going to be a great day! We'll enjoy an enlightening visit of the 15th century Hotel Dieu in Beaune.
Distance: 50km (31 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Hôtel de la Paix
Day 6: Beaune to Lyon
Highlights: Lunch, wine tour and tasting, Lyon
Today tiny country roads featuring immaculate vineyards take you out of Beaune and south towards Lyon. We'll gather for lunch together and a wine-tasting with a small producer in Mercurey. After lunch, we'll shuttle (an hour and 40 minutes) into Lyon, arguably France's culinary capital.
Distance: 41km (25 miles). Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Hotel Sofitel Lyon Bellecour
Day 7: Rest Day in Lyon
Highlights: Guided tour of Vieux Lyon, Lyon's monuments, museums, architecture
After a fascinating guided tour of Vieux Lyon you'll have the entire day to relax and enjoy this wonderful city. The historic old town stretches out along a peninsula between the Rhône and Saône rivers, and is filled with beautiful monuments, museums, and buildings. Be sure to take the tramway to the top of the city heights where you'll have a magnificent view over the roof tops of the entire city.
Distance: Rest Day. Meals: B
Lodging:Sofitel Lyon Bellecour
Day 8: Train to Orange, ride to Mont Ventoux
Highlights: Roman ruins of Orange, Côtes du Rhône vineyards
We'll take a train out of Lyon this morning to Orange, where you'll pedal through some of France's most famous vineyards to the base of Mont Ventoux - a perfect position if you'd like to challenge yourself with a ride to the top tomorrow!
Distance: 40km (25 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging:Hotel des Pins
Day 9: Vaison-la-Romaine and Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards
Highlights: Picturesque wine villages, Roman and medieval history, optional climb up Mont Ventoux
Today's loop takes you through several Roman or medieval villages including Malaucène, Vaison la-Romaine, Séguret, Gigondas and Vacqueyras which will leave you arguing over which is the most charming and magnificent. For who want to push their limits there is also the opportunity to ride up to 100 km (62 miles) and ascend Mont Ventoux, the most illustrious Tour de France climb! You also have the option to take on Mont Ventoux (49 km) and forgo the loop ride. Feel like a day off? Get a massage and relax by the pool. Regardless of what you decide it's guaranteed to be an amazing day!
Distance: 51 km (32 miles), or 100 km (62 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel des Pins
Day 10: Ride to the Luberon Valley
Highlights: Bonnieux, Lourmarin
Head south to the Luberon Valley, made famous by Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. Pedal through ochre-colored Roussillon, and the perched village of Bonnieux on your way to our luxurious farm house just outside of Lourmarin. You can relax by the pool or stroll through the vast hotel grounds and herb garden this afternoon before dinner together.
Distance: 70 km (43 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging:Le Mas de Guilles
Day 11: Marseille
Today we take the scenic approach to the base of the Chaine de l'Etoile mountains that serve as a magnificent backdrop for Marseille set against the sea. Our ride ends with a picnic lunch just outside Aix-en-Provence. After lunch we'll shuttle to our hotel in the heart of Marseille where you can spend the rest of the afternoon discovering the city. We'll have our final dinner together tonight at a local's favorite.
Distance: 40km (25 miles). Meals: B, L, D
Lodging:Hotel de la Résidence du Vieux Port
Day 12: Tour ends in Marseille
Our journey ends this morning after breakfast. For those of you who would like to spend more time visiting this unique city, we'll suggest some highlights. It was a pleasure having you join us.
HighlightsReims - capital of Champagne wine, Dijon and Beaune - Capitals of Burgundy wine, Lyon - France's culinary capital, Champagne tasting and tour, Wine tasting with one of our favorite small producers, Mont Ventoux, Roman or medieval villages including Malaucène, Vaison la-Romaine, Séguret, Gigondas and Vacqueyras, Luberon Valley, MarseilleKeep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 12days, 11 nights' accommodation; van support; 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders; 8 dinners with wine, 2 lunches, 11 breakfasts; two wine tastings/tours; visit Hotel Dieu; guided tour of Vieux Lyon plus "The Usual""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndReims / Marseille
Arrive/DepartParis (CDG) / Marseille (MRS) or Paris (CDG).
Total Distance505 - 406 km (312 - 251 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage for 9 riding days if you do all options 56 km (35 miles)
Rating301 First week offers 50% flatter terrain, with a mixture of gentle rolling hills, a few short steep sections and an occasional longer climb. Provence features short steep climbs to hilltop villages, rolling terrain through vineyards.
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Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes May 28-Jun 8, 2017 US $5250 US $650 Just 3 Spaces Remain! Book it Sep 11-22, 2017 US $5250 US $650 2 More to Guarantee the Departure Book it
* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.