Arrival in Beaune and stay at the hôtel des remparts in the old town at the classic level or in Montagny-lès-Beaune at the Bed & Breakfast level. The luxe option, Hôtel le cep a beautiful 4 stars, is located in the old part of Beaune.
Explore Beaune, with its chic cafés and wine boutiques. Admire the Hôtel Dieu, with its colourfully patterned roof. On a day ride, discover the wine villages of the Côte d’Or, home to the most famous wines of Burgundy: Clos de Vougeot, Nuits-St-Georges, and Meursault, which produces one of the best white wines in the world.
Distance: 32 km, elevation gain 114 m or 49 km, gain 166 m.*
Today there’s a challenging climb as you cross over the Côte d’Or hills into a delightful countryside of pastures dotted with white Charolais cows and fields of sunflowers. Arrive at the poplar-lined Canal de Bourgogne, in the shadow of Châteauneuf, at Ste-Sabine, where you’ll stay for two nights.
Distance: 52 km, elevation gain 460 m or 55 km, gain 548 m.*
Visit les châteaux today! Commarin merits a stop, with its 16th- century tapestries. You can choose to cycle up to perched Châteauneuf, a fairy-tale castle with a moat and a drawbridge, or admire its setting from the river valley!
Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 152 m or 66 km, gain 381 m.*
Wind your way through dreamy villages, past roadside crosses, and along the Burgundy Canal to Semur-en-Auxois, with its massive brown brick bastions towering over the Armançon River.
Distance: 63 km, elevation gain 244 m.*
Spend a second night in Semur to explore this region. Especially recommended is a pilgrimage to the Abbey of Fontenay. This oldest surviving Cistercian abbey has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Distance: 54 km, elevation gain 105 m or 58 km, gain 330 m.*
A ride through the heart of Burgundy takes you to Vézelay. On your way visit Époisses, famous for both its cheese and its château. Follow the Cousin Valley past the fortified town of Avallon, finishing finally in Vézelay, as pilgrims did in ancient times.
Distance: 64 km, elevation gain 325 m.*
The magnificent cathedral of Vézelay shelters astonishing carvings. Stand where St. Bernard and Eleanor of Aquitaine exhorted a field of knights on to the first crusade. Cycle south and dip into the Regional Park of the Morvan, then return to Vézelay.
Distance: 28 km, elevation gain 300 m or 40 km, gain 583 m.*
Leave from Vézelay.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
"Burgundy exceeded by far over expectations. Food and wine out of this world and wonderfully welcoming people. Our best cycling tour in France from all over 6 times."
- R. Pasturel