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Cycling the Grand Cru of Beaune

Resort:Cycling the Grand Cru of Beaune
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Europe, France
Price From: £1415.00

Overview


Uncover the wonders of the Cote d’Or – home to historic Beaune and famed
Nuits-Saint-Georges

Here, culture and tradition thrive amid some of the world’s most prestigious
vineyards, which are now collectively recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage
Site. To the north, past numerous medieval chateaux, lies Dijon with its rich
blend of architecture and the magnificent palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. A
short distance away you’ll find the tranquil Canal de Bourgogne, meandering
along the Ouche River valley up to the fortified 15th century
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, which sits fairytale-like on a hilltop and is listed
as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
Cycle along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks, tranquil waterside paths and smooth
greenways, enjoying views of majestic vine-clad hills, fields of shimmering
wheat and waterways where grey herons stalk fish. Each day discover
opportunities to sample fine wines and visit esteemed producers before
stopping for lunch in unspoilt villages set against a backdrop of swaying
vines and ancient oak forest.
In a region known for its epicurean finesse, you can really enjoy fine dining
on this holiday. There will be excellent local dishes on offer in the hotels
and in local restaurants such as Oeufs en Meurette, Poulet de Bresse a la
Creme, Perche aux Noix and of course exquisite cheeses like the pungent
Epoisses de Bourgogne, all washed down with the region’s incredible Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay wines. You’ll stay in excellent hotels including a
perfectly located hotel in Beaune, an elegantly renovated farm and a
marvellous 18th century chateau with a pool and eight hectares of carefully
tended grounds.

Highlights

* Lovingly restored 18th century hotels, one with a pool
* Varied cycling: vineyard tracks, country lanes, waterside paths and
greenways
* Authentic medieval chateaux and traditional unspoilt villages
* Sun-drenched wine estates; taste prestigious appellations
* Striking architecture and numerous museums in history-filled Dijon
* Picturesque Canal de Bourgogne; colourful meadows; shady woodland

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Beaune

Wander the streets of Beaune and marvel at the multi coloured roofs of the
15th Century Hospices de Beaune. Overnight at the perfectly located Hotel Le
Central and take your pick from the plethora of local restaurants nearby
*(Staying at Hotel Le Central)*

Day 2
Beaune to Gevrey-Chambertin 42km/26.5mi or 45km/28.5mi

This morning, perhaps pay a visit to the lovely 18th century chateau at
Pommard before continuing past pretty Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny. You
might like to take a short detour to visit Savigny-les- Beaune too, with its
collection of vintage cars, motorbikes and planes, or to spend some time in
the Parc de la Bouzaise in Beaune before lunch in the world-famous
Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the afternoon your route leads you on to the 16th
century Chateau du Clos de Vougeot before the final stretch through
Vosne-Romanee (home of the world’s most expensive wine), Chambolle-Musigny
and Morey-Saint-Denis to your hotel, a lovingly restored former winery in
Gevrey-Chambertin. *(*Staying at Rotisserie du Chambertin*)*

Day 3
At Gevrey-Chambertin

Today, visit the ancient city of Dijon, just 8 minutes away by rail. Here see
the Church of Notre Dame, the 12th century-15th century timbered houses, the
cathedral with its 1,000-year-old crypt, and the Palace of the Dukes of
Burgundy along with a host of museums and other sights. *(*Staying at
Rotisserie du Chambertin*)*

Day 4
Gevrey-Chambertin to Sainte-Sabine 50km/31.5mi or 54km/34mi

Leave the vines behind and cycle up through the Combe Lavaux – Jean Roland
nature reserve to appreciate stunning views across meadows to the Ouche River
valley. Then it’s freewheeling all the way along quiet country lanes, past
fields of wheat and rapeseed to Fleurey-Ouche and the famous Canal de
Bourgogne. Here you’ll experience gentle pedalling along towpaths and
greenways between the canal and the peaceful River Ouche. Lunch can be
enjoyed with a picnic by the water’s edge in any number of sleepy riverside
villages, at a cafe-restaurant in a former lockkeeper’s cottage, or even
before or after a visit to the Chateau de Barbirey with its superb gardens.
The ride ends at the 18th century Chateau Sainte-Sabine. *(Staying at Chateau
Sainte Sabine)*

Day 5
At Sainte-Sabine

Today’s route is a lovely circular ride taking in two famous Burgundy
chateaux. The first is the Chateau de Chateauneuf in the incredible medieval
village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Clearly visible from the hotel in
Sainte-Sabine, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is perched high on the hilltop with its
15th century fortress and 12th century keep. Then, cycling down country
lanes, you come to the village of Commarin with its magnificent moated
chateau, a site of importance since the early 13th century. *(Staying at
Chateau Sainte Sabine)*

Day 6
Sainte-Sabine to Beaune

Pass countryside and quiet farming villages to the ancient town of
Bligny-sur-Ouche with its 12th century church, 15th century tower and twelve
water mills. After crossing the River Ouche, a short climb leads you to
Montceau-et-Echarnant, next to which lies the tiny Templar church of Saint
John the Baptist, where the ground is paved with the gravestones of Templar
Knights. From here it’s downhill through meadows and woodland to the village
of Nantoux, and then back out into the vines. The adventurous can take one
last climb to enjoy spectacular views from the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune but
both roads lead back to delightful Pommard where final wine tastings can be
had at the chateau before heading back to the hotel in Beaune. *(Staying in
Hotel Le Central)*

Day 7
Leave Beaune

Leave Beaune