Burgundy Vineyards & Voie Verte
Starting in the beautiful town of Beaune this tour takes in all the best of Burgundy - stunning towns and villages, beautiful scenery, vineyards and wine and lovely chateux. All this is possible along the 'Voie Verte', a fantastic, traffic free, tarmacked cyle path along the old railroads which allows you to see these amazing sights with ease and comfort.
Need To Know
The undisputed capital of Burgundy, Beaune is also one of France's prettiest towns; full of art and history in equal measure, typified by Hotel-Dieu and its unique glazed tile roof which is known throughout the world, while a visit to the wine museum is a must. There is also a chance to visit and discover the famous wine area 'Côte de Nuits', well known for the "Grands Vins de Bourgogne".
Day 2: Beaune – Chassay-le-Camp: 47km / 29 miles
First cycling stage of the tour, passing via the prestigious white wines of the 'Côte de Beaune' vineyards before reaching the Château of Rochepot; a magnificent 13th and 15th century fortress. Don't hesitate to spend a short break in Nolay, a charming village with a covered market, before cycling on the 'Canal du Centre' path to finish.
Day 3: Chassay-le-Camp – St Boil: 44km / 27 miles
Ride along the famous cycle route 'Voie Verte' reaching Chagny, check out Château de Rully, just before arriving in Mercurey. Cycle through the vineyards until Buxy, a typical medieval town, before reaching the village of St-Boil.
Day 4: St Boil – Cluny: 28km / 17 miles or 38km / 24 miles
Cycling again the 'Voie Verte' and admiring the beautiful landscapes of South Burgundy, such as Chateau de Cormatin and its gardens. Thereafter arriving in the beautiful town of Cluny, well known for the vestiges of its Roman Abbey which had been founded in 910.
Day 5: Cluny – Tournus: 54km / 33 miles
This last stage will bring you to Berzé-le-Chatel and its medieval chateau which overlooks the vineyards, finally leaving the “Voie Verte” to stroll along small country roads with both charming villages and private chateaux, before arriving in in Tournus, a splendid Romanesque city!
Day 6: Departure during the day
Hybrid bikes in both man and woman frames, with all sizes available (including child frames), are included in the cost of this tour. We suggest 'hybrid' type bicycles to hire on this tour, as they are ideal for the nature of the route and the terrain involved, as well as offering a reasonable level of comfort over the daily distances shown. However, upon request, road bikes can be provided for a little extra supplement of £10 / $15 per day, while fun and popular electric bikes are also an option at £15 / $20 daily too.
Bikes are provided fully equipped with helmets, pump and puncture repair kit, pannier bags, handlebar map holder and bike computer, included in the total cost.
Please note, should you have specific questions related to the bicycles on offer, don't hesitate to ask.
This is a SELF-GUIDED cycle tour, while comprehensive maps and route notes are provided. It is available from around mid-March to mid-October, while the months of July and August are of course the busier times and the weather can be very warm to cycle, however this does not mean it would not be enjoyable! We ask for 48 hours to confirm our tours (as per the Pedal & Break booking guarantee*), yet this may be slightly longer in the aforementioned peak July and August period.
The hotels provided here are of a superior standard, some 3* and mostly 4* that are traditionally built French hotels offering a warm welcome being particularly 'cycle friendly'. They are specifically selected as being ideal places to relax after a hard day's cycling yet offering a taste of the local culture. This is evident in the French cuisine on offer, with this being taken care of with all breakfasts and evening meals included in the overall cost.
However, we can provide variations of hotels upon request with both 'standard' less expensive package as well as an upgraded 'deluxe' offering.
Furthermore, there may be the option of further reductions on the tour costs shown should anyone wish to opt out of 'evening meals'.
Of course, single rooms are available at a supplement of £275 / $350 on the main tour cost, while this can again vary dependent on the overall package.
Not forgetting that extra nights are always available with the main tour cost being £70 / $90 per person (bed and breakfast basis), again this may vary dependent on package and / or if a single room.
This airport is 40km from the starting point of Beaune, France with a variety of public transfer options or a 40 minute taxi ride. On return Tournus is 90km from Dijon airport. Private transfers to and from Dijon and Lyon airport are available on request.
Most of our tours are available from early April until the end of October to enable you to make the most of the weather and scenery with some available year round. There is no ‘best’ time to go, this is really down to personal preference and your requirements however, peak summer months like July and August can be warm in southern Europe and busier so we would recommend these to sun worshippers. We would suggest that around May, June and September are the preferable months for comfortable and optimum cycling experience.
What clothing and kit should I bring?
Each individual tour provides slight variations in kit provided so we would always recommend checking your individual booking. In all cases bicycles are provided along with full puncture repair kit. In the majority of cases helmets will be provided and you will be given this information as part of the booking process. Where these are not provided there is the option to add this on or bring your own. Clothing is not provided but we would recommend suitable, comfortable clothing to cover all eventualities! Lycra and padded short are not mandatory but we would recommend these for your comfort. Breathable fabrics and light layers with a shower proof jacket will enhance your experience and we would also recommend comfortable footwear.
How do I carry this clothing and kit from A to B?
You don’t! Whilst we would recommend taking a small backpack or loading your panniers with daily essentials such as a light cycle jacket, water, snacks and your phone and camera the great news is your main luggage will be transported by ourselves between your accommodations allowing you to enjoy you day baggage free. We usually ask you to leave this the morning of the day you depart the particular hotel and should arrive by late afternoon at your next destination but we always aim to have this there before you.
How fit do I need to be to do the tours?
Every tour description gives an indication of the level of suitability along with details on the distances and terrains covered. However, the majority of our tours on Pedal & Break are open and suitable for all with a reasonable level of fitness and all age groups. As we say Lycra is optional and we actively encourage and truly welcome those on a first time cycling holiday. You also do not all need to be the same level to enjoy our holidays as a group. A basic level of cycling is a must in order to be confident on the roads and routes and we would recommend a good base level of fitness. Our routes are designed to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace with sightseeing and refreshment stops factored in, after all this is your holiday! The days should not be viewed as a leg of the Tour de France and don’t require you to cycle flat out from dawn till dusk. The e-bike is also an excellent option for those needing a ‘boost’. As a husband and wife partnership on our first holiday this worked perfectly for us and enabled us to enjoy our holiday together stress free.
What is an e-bike?
An e-bike is an electric bike and does not require a license and nor should it be confused with a moped or scooter! An e-bike will be available on most of our tours and is the perfect option for the slightly more apprehensive cyclist, simply as these bikes provide the ideal boost when the legs feel a little tired or when facing a hilly section. You are still required to pedal as the bike is a modified standard bicycle and the e-bike merely gives you a helping hand. The electric element can be turned on and off as you like but from personal experience having this at a low level throughout with an extra boost added for setting off at junctions and up hills enabled my wife to enjoy her first cycling tour alongside me throughout and gave her the confidence she needed.