Cycling Champagne and Burgundy

Cycling Champagne and Burgundy

Experience France's legendary landscapes as you cycle a route steeped in history, and wine! Bicycle along quite roads and bike paths through Champagne and Burgundy wine regions and the Morvan Natural Park. This bicycling tour will delight your senses and your taste buds! while taking you to some of the most iconic cities of France.

***Extend this trip 3 days with our Cycling Champagne, Burgundy Plus! the Côte d'Or***

Tour Dates & Prices

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May 22-29, 2021
USD$4550
USD$550
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Aug 7-14, 2021
USD$4550
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Sep 4-11, 2021
USD$4550
USD$550
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* 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.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 340 km (213 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 57 km (35 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.5 Classic
  • Countries / France
  • Begin/End / Reims / Dijon
  • Price / From USD$4550
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Reims - capital of champagne wine, Dijon - Capital of Burgundy wine, champagne tasting and tour, Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan, guided visit of Semur-en-Auxois, Châteauneuf and its castle
  • Includes
    7 nights' accommodation; meals as noted in itinerary; champagne tasting; Guided visit of Semur en Auxois

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Paris (CDG)
  • Overall Tour Level
    2.5 difficulty level 2.5

    Most of the entrances and exits from towns are on bike paths or along canals.

  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    63km / 600m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    3
    77km / 660m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    4
    39km / 675m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    5
    53km / 779m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    6
    58km / 653m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    7
    50km / 207m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    8
    Last day

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Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

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Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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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 along Reims' scenic canal. This evening join us to toast the start of our trip together 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 latéral à 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 (48mi)
  • Gain: 660m (2165ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Shuttle to Semur-en-Auxois ride to 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 Armonçon 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 Regionál 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 Sainte Sabine

Highlights: Chateâuneuf 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 Chateâuneuf 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.

  • Distance: 58km (36mi)
  • Gain: 653m (2142ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: 50km (31mi)
  • Gain: 207m (679ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Tour ends in Dijon

Highlights: Dijon

There is more of Dijon to explore or Paris is under two hours away. Whatever you decide, enjoy and thanks for joining us.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Welcome to Reims

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We suggest flying into the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

  1. Airport Shuttle to the Aéroport CDG 2 TGV Train Station (located beneath the airport) (10 min/no cost)
  2. Train from Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport to Reims (1 hour/fares vary)
  3. Taxi or walk to the Day 1 Hotel (5 min/EUR 10)

Look up French train schedules and book tickets, if necessary, SNCF.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Day 8: Departure Information

Tour ends in Dijon

Your trip ends on the final day after breakfast.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio

We suggest flying out of Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Lyon (LYS) is also an option, about 2.5 hours away.

  1. Taxi from the ending hotel to the Dijon train station (10 min/EUR 15-20)
  2. Train from Dijon to Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport (2.5-3.5 hours/fares vary)

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to 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. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

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