Cycling Champagne, Burgundy Plus! the Côte d'Or

Cycling Champagne, Burgundy Plus! the Côte d'Or

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 famous Côte d’Or wine regions. Cycle through the Morvan Natural Park and finish in France’s culinary capital: Lyon. 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***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
May 26-Jun 5, 2019
USD$5200
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Aug 11-21, 2019
USD$5200
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Sep 8-18, 2019
USD$5200
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!

* 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.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 52 km (32 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 301
  • Countries / France
  • Price / From USD$5200
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Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 41 mi / 66 km
3 48 mi / 77 km
4 21-24 mi / 34-39 km
5 33 mi / 52 km
6 36 mi / 58 km
7 33 mi / 52 km
8 33 mi / 53 km
9 31 mi / 50 km
10 26 mi / 41 km
11 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Reims - capital of Champagne wine, Dijon and Beaune - Capitals of Burgundy wine, Champagne tasting and tour, Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan, Guided visit of Semur en Auxois, Lyon - France's culinary capital, Chateauneuf and its castle
  • Includes
    10 nights' accommodation; full van support; 6 dinners, 10 breakfasts; 1 lunch, champagne tasting and wine tasting in Beaune; Guided visit of Semur en Auxois, and Lyon

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    France
  • Begin/End
    Reims / Lyon
  • Arrive / Depart
    Paris (CDG)
  • Total Distance
    467 km (288 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    52 km (32 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    301
    50% flatter terrain. The rest is gently rolling with a few short steep sections and an occasional longer climb. Most of the entrances and exits from towns are on bike paths or along canals.
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Daily 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 through the vineyards. Dinner together tonight, with champagne of course!

DAY 2: Loop ride from Reims

Highlights: Bike paths; Champagne tasting

We leave Reims on a bike path this morning pedaling over rolling hills and through vineyards overlooking forests. The Montagne de Reims, where many 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 enjoy a tasting.

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 made 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: 48 mi / 77 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Shuttle to Semur en Auxois - Saulieu

Highlights: Burgundy, Guided visit of Semur en Auxois

Today we enter Burgundy. But before we get to the famous wine regions, we’ll pedal through the western countryside, known for its down-to-earth people and natural beauty. After breakfast, we’ll shuttle to Semur en Auxois. Semur is a charming town overlooking the Armoncon river. Our local guide will bring Semur’s history to life as we wind through some of the town’s most interesting sites. We’re back on our bikes right after lunch pedaling through forests and tiny villages to Saulieu.

DAY 5: Saulieu Loop

Highlights: Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan

We’ll be in Saulieu again tonight, so treat yourself to a rest day at the spa across the street and/or ride into the lake region of the Morvan Natural Park. Today’s loop follows tiny roads through pastures, Christmas tree farms, and authentic villages to the center of the Morvan Natural Park. The visitors’ center offers a scenic walk around the lake, gardens, and insight into the French Resistance, which was strong in this area.

DAY 6: Saulieu to Ste Sabine

Highlights: Chateauneuf and its castle

We leave the Morvan Park today for a day filled with castles. Commarin Castle’s roots go back to the 13th century and the castle’s architecture reflects the stylistic changes over the centuries. The town of Chateauneuf is one of the loveliest you’ll ever visit, and its imposing medieval castle is worth a visit. This evening we’ll spend the night in the third castle of the day in the tiny village of Sainte Sabine. Take a splash in the pool and enjoy the surrounding park before a special dinner prepared by an award-winning chef.

DAY 7: Sainte Sabine to Dijon

Highlights: Burgundy Canal, Dijon

We pedal along the famous Canal de Bourgogne (Burgundy Canal) 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 country. 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. Take your time getting here, or plan to arrive in time for lunch at one of Dijon’s wide array of cafés and restaurants. Start exploring Dijon this afternoon and we’ll enjoy dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 33 mi / 52 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Optional Rest Day in Dijon

Highlights: Dijon

Take it easy today and discover all the monuments, museums, and great shopping Dijon has to offer. Visit any number of wine shops and climb to the top of Ducal Palace’s Tower. Feel like cycling today? Stretch your legs with a short loop around Lake Kir, just outside of town. Have a swim or sunbathe on the beach along the way. Or do a more challenging ride with one of your tour leaders. For dinner this evening choose from amazing French cuisine or lighter international fare.

DAY 9: 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 stay at the 15th century Hotel Dieu in Beaune.

DAY 10: 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 (1 hour and 40 minutes) into Lyon, arguably France's culinary capital.

DAY 11: Lyon

Highlights: Guided tour of Vieux Lyon, Lyon's monuments, museums, architecture

Plan to stick around this morning and join us for a fascinating guided tour of Vieux Lyon before you head home, or on to your next adventure!

  • Meals: Breakfast
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  • It was marvelous. Thank you for doing this. Your trips are a complete pleasure.

    Susan W., Boulder, CO - May 2018
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