Bicycling Champagne and Burgundy Plus! Provence

Bicycling Champagne and Burgundy Plus! Provence

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
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  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0
  • Countries / France
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  • Price / From USD$5050
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    Keep 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.

    There are a number of designed shuttles so you can focus on the best the area has to offer.
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Terrain Legend

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Rolling hills Rolling hills

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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

  • Meals: Dinner

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: 65km (40 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Grand Hôtel Continental

  • Meals: Breakfast

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: 77km (48 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hôtel Pasteur.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Shuttle to Dijon

Highlights: 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: Your choice up to 70km (43 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Philippe Le Bon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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: 55km (34 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hôtel de la Paix

  • Meals: Breakfast

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: 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: 70km (43 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging:Le Mas de Guilles

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: Marseille

Highlights: 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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: Tour ends in Marseille

Highlights: 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.

Meals: B

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Keep 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.

There are a number of designed shuttles so you can focus on the best the area has to offer.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • Begin your chosen training program.
  • Final payment is due 90 days (120 days for Bike &Barge/Boat tours) prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

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What to Expect on Tour





  • Sailing the boat, every afternoon relaxing on the boat after biking and swimming, lovely dinners, hearty breakfasts, bee keepers, traditional dinner out, rides through the islands (up and down!), guides, fellow passengers, crew on the boat-- really it was ALL great.

    Cheryl A., Colchester, VT - June 2021
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