Upon your arrival at the Dijon train station, we will meet you and transfer you to the first hotel in a tiny village in the heart of gorgeous and tranquil vineyard countryside. After you have freshened up, we’ll provide you with your trip package and fit you on your bikes. If you feel like it, you can head out on a short ride to get used to the bikes to Gevrey Chambertin, where you can wander the village centre, walk up to see the impressive 12th century castle and pretty Romanesque church, and stop for a visit and tasting through a slightly Game of Thrones-style cellar!
Your first ride takes you into the plains east of the vineyards of Gevrey, on easygoing terrain, and great, tiny roads. It isn’t very long, allowing you to return to Gevrey and relax over some lunch in town. In the afternoon, we transfer you to Olivier’s snail farm, where you’ll have a tour of the park with its thousands of baby and big grey snails, the Helix Aspersa Maxima, so coveted by the region’s restaurants. Your visit will finish, of course, with a tasting: the classic Burgundian snail, in the shell with a garlicy butter sauce enticing you with the delicious smells, but also bite-sized, deep-fried in batter, or with tomato and the small Spanish Espelette peppers.
Today’s ride heads southwards, following the Route des Grands Crus towards Beaune. It is a real village-hopper, as none of the picturesque vineyard villages is very far apart from the next. You can stop to visit the Chateau de Clos de Vougeot with its monumental medieval wine presses (it took 8 monks to turn the wheels!), and take some time to meander and find lunch in the centre of pretty Nuits St Georges (we provide a map and small walking tour). The day’s destination is Beaune, were you’ll settle in for the final nights of your tour. You’ll get in early enough to relax before meeting at the end of the afternoon for a fun private tour of the incredible Hospices de Beaune, a 15th century hospital with a rich history that is THE site to see in the region.
No biking today, get ready for climbing the treetops! After time to buy a picnic, we transfer you this morning southwards, to the deep forest just outside a small town of Givry, where you’ll spend the day at a wonderful and fun tree-ropes course. Test your balance and skills – as well as your nerves – on a variety of high-strung (from 1 metre to 20 metres!) exciting obstacle courses and zip lines, surrounded by the green leaves and filtering sunlight – for all levels of energy and abilities. All of course, attached to their infallible safety lines. At the end of your day, we bring you back to your hotel.
Today, your shortest route, gives you some time to relax – perhaps sleep in before starting out – it is a vacation after all. The ride takes you through five unique villages. Four of them have castles – be sure to visit the one in Savigny-les-Beaune, with its unique collection of airplanes, motorcycles, and Abarth racing cars. If you like, lock your bikes and walk up to the panoramic view above Pernand for a picnic. Then back into Beaune in time for some final explorations. You can take time to wander the medieval streets of Beaune, its fortified walls, the 15th century tapestries in the Collegial Church (showing the life of the Virgin Mary), the Ducal Palace, and have a drink or an ice cream in one of the many cafes on the main square. We provide a self-guided walking tour to help in your explorations. At the end of the afternoon, meet for a “tasting workshop” with a variety of the local cheeses, the famous mustard, and of course some chocolate!
After a final breakfast, there are easy connections out of Beaune train station for your further travels – Bon Voyage!
Price based on double/twin room occupancy – please contact us for details on Family rooms which can provide attractive rates
- 5 nights’ accommodation in hotels of the comfort level of your choice CLASSIC, CLASSIC + or DELUXE
- Hotel taxes
- All breakfasts
- Orientation and bike fitting with our Trip Manager on your arrival
- The Givry ropes course entries and transfer to and from
- Private Guided Tour of the Hospices de Beaune
- Mustard, cheese and chocolate tasting
- Snail farm visit and tasting and transfer to and from
- Fully equipped quality touring bike, and appropriate bikes/equipment for the kids *
- Orientation with our Trip Manager
- Detailed maps and step-by-step route notes
- Regional information and advice
- Uploadable GPS files to use on a free APP in your smartphone **
- Transfer from Dijon train station to the first hotel
- Transfer to Beaune train station on your departure day
- Luggage Transfer from hotel to hotel
- Phone call support 7 days a week
* E-bikes and Road bikes are available on request (supplement)
** Can be used without international internet plan (offline)
For the adults, and older children, the high quality, light touring bike is the default bike included on the tour. Comfortable, with flat handlebars, front handlebar bag, and for mom and dad, back panniers for extra gear and picnic supplies, it is perfectly suited to riding with lots of stops for explorations.
Upon request, and for a supplement, you can have a road bike or a pedal-assist electric bike – contact us for details.
For younger children, we have a whole rage of equipment and sizes – we will help you choose what is best suited, depending on their age/height and experience. The price of their equipment is included in the trip price.
For approximately 5 to 7 years old we recommend the tandem bike. This attached to one of the adult bikes (note, for safety, it can not be used with an e-bike), and your child helps pedal, fully participating – or rests, if they are tired and want to just enjoy the scenery.
Touring bike - men's frame (inculded in trip cost)
Touring bike - women's frame (included in Trip cost)
Child's Tandem bike - Tagalong