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Cycling - A Vélo

Cycling Holidays in Burgundy, France
© Michel Joly

Whether you choose to make cycle rides from your base locally or go on a fully fledged cycling holiday, Burgundy has much to offer. You can plan your own route, go on a self-guided tour following a set itinerary, or a take a fully escorted trip.

Going It Alone

If you enjoy planning the route, going it alone gives you ultimate flexibility and a greater sense of adventure. You don't have the luxury of your luggage being transported for you (see below) but of course, you have far greater freedom of choice.

Taking your own bike

Cycling in the Vineyards and Villages Burgundy, France

France is a bike-friendly place and travelling on French trains is easy. There is a lot of useful information on this on www.velo.sncf.com. You can take your bike on trains marked with a bicycle in the timetable and some TGVs allow you to take a bike free of charge or for the modest sum of 10 euros..

Travelling from the UK on Eurostar, you can take a bike as part of your baggage allowance, providing that it is dismantled and packed in a bag no larger than 85 cm long. Between 85 and 120 cm long you need to use the registered luggage service, Eurodespatch which costs £10 each way from London or 15 euros from Paris or Brussels. Fully assembled bikes over 120 cm long, the cost is £30 each way..

Ferries usually take bikes free, as do Air France and British Airways as part of your luggage allowance. Low cost airlines may charge you.

Bikes for hire

 

Bourgogne Evasion, Guided Cycle Tours with Wine Tasting Around BeauneBourgogne Evasion supplies high quality hybrid bikes at 18 euros a day with reduced rates for longer term rentals. They will deliver the bike and accessories such as helmets, to your hotel in the area or meet you at the Beaune Tourist Office with the bikes. Luggage delivery can also be arranged.

Mountain bikes are often available for rent from campsites and hostals. Local tourist offices also have information. Average cost around 16€ per day. The bikes may not be
insured, so check this out.


half and whole day guided tours in Beaune's vineyards


Bourgogne Evasion is also offering half and whole day cycling and walking tours through Beaune's vineyards with a wine tasting included. More...

Bike friendly hotels in burgundy

The Logis hotel chain offers 16 bike friendly hotels in Burgundy for the independent traveller. A bike store is provided, your luggage can be transported for you to the next hotel (for a fee), the hotelier is knowledgeable about routes, repairs, bike hire and the weather, and will provide a hearty breakfast for the early bird. You never know when some back-up will come in handy. Here is the list of bike friendly hotels, each one bookable online.

Logis Hôtel de la Poste 

VAUCLAIX

Logis Grand Hôtel

BOURBON LANCY

Logis Hôtel Aux Vendanges de Bourgogne Rest. l'O à la Bouche

PARAY LE MONIAL

Logis Hostellerie Saint Pierre

CRAVANT

Logis Hostellerie d'Héloïse

CLUNY

Logis Hôtel le Relais de Pouilly

POUILLY SUR LOIRE

Logis Hôtel le Grand Monarque

DONZY

Logis Hôtel de l'Ecu

MONTBARD

Logis Hôtel de l'Europe Rest. le Cépage

CORBIGNY

Logis Hôtel de France Rest. le Tast'Vin

BEAUNE

Logis Relais Saint Vincent

LIGNY LE CHATEL

Logis Hôtel le Moulin de la Coudre

VENOY

Logis Hôtel les Capucins

AVALLON

Logis Auberge le Voutenay

VOUTENAY SUR CURE

Logis Hôtel l'Orée des Charmes

BLAISY BAS

Logis Carline Hôtel Restaurant

BEAUNE

self-guided cycling TOURS

Cycling Holidays in Burgundy, France
Photo: Hendrick Monnier

If you want all the headaches and planning done for you, so that you arrive on holiday, pick up a bike, follow the itinerary, and the accommodation is there waiting for you, then a self-guided tour is a good option. Your luggage is transported for you and you travel at your own pace, stopping off for a lazy lunch, to view a château or taste a glass of wine next to the vineyard. Discover France Adventures is a well established company offering cycling and walking tours in the Burgundy vineyards. More...

fully escorted tours

Fully escorted tours are another option and with a guide and mini-bus support, you can see a larger area, highlighting the most interesting routes in the region. French Cycling - their Burgundy programme starts around Chablis, takes you down to Beaune and finishes at Dijon. Butterfield and Robinson centre on Beaune and the famous vineyards with fine wining and dining en route.

Cycling Routes   Cycle Secret Burgundy

Burgundy is bicycle friendly with special routes along the canals and through the vineyards.

 

Specific loop routes through the Morvan Natural Park and the Côte d'Or.

     
Self-Guided Tours   Bike and Wine

Professionally planned and organized routes through the vineyards of Burgundy.

 

Enjoy Beaune's vineyards by bike with a wine tasting included. Well-priced guided tours - half and whole day.