Discover Southern Burgundy by Bike
Picture your dream holiday. Does it involve good food? Great wine? Keeping active? If you mentally ticked yes to all three then it’d be rude not to do a cycling tour of Southern Burgundy in France.
Burgundy produces some of the world’s best pinot noirs and chardonnays, so not only can you expect to enjoy many a fine drop, but you’ll be giddy with the sights of the gorgeous French countryside, rolling hills, medieval villages and the always ever impressive châteaux.
You don’t need to be a hard-core cyclist to enjoy this eight day long tour. It’s been given a medium rating because of some slight hills mostly found on day five on the way to Cluny. Otherwise you’ll be riding on ashphalt side streets and cycle tracks.
Starting in Dijon, Burgundy’s picturesque capital city and the gateway to vine country, you’ll cycle your way through Beaune, Chassey-le-Camp, Cluny, Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saone and back to Dijon again.
Here’s a taste of what you can expect to see:
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You’ll fall in love with the medieval and renaissance buildings and marvel at the extraordinary church of Notre Dame built in the 13th century.
Château du Clos de Vougeot
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Once a working winery, the castle is a symbol of thousands of years of Burgundy history. It’s an impressive sight with vineyards stretching for miles.
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Found in the heart of beautiful Beaune, Hôtel-Dieu is a 15th century hospital, a masterpiece of gothic art, and instantly recognisable by its multi-coloured tile covered rooftops.
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This area lies between the foothills of the Morvan Mountains and the River Saône and offers a beautiful mix of villages, vines and pastureland, Romanesque churches and castles.