Taste of Burgundy

Taste of Burgundy

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling through famous vineyards of Burgundy
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the canal landscape
  • Enjoying the wine varieties of the region
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the simple barge

Trip Summary

Enjoy the charm of Burgundy's rolling landscape as you cycle along quiet country roads and canal ways, passing world famous vineyards and charming old towns where there is plenty of time set aside for discovering the cultural and consumable delights the region offers. By night retire to our private barge custom built for sailing on the French canals. The relaxed atmosphere aboard will make you feel at home quickly as will the cabins, most of which have private facilities. Wine tasting, exploring the impressive towns of Dijon and Beaune and visiting castles, museums and abbeys are some of the highlights of this insightful trip, which combined with the experience of cycling through the changing scenery, make this an ideal way to explore Burgundy.

Trip Grading

INTRODUCTORY to MODERATE – GRADE 2

The cycling is introductory to moderate (2) grade with daily cycling distances from 20 to 60km / 12.5 to 37mi on undulating well graded roads and bike paths. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. It is considered suitable for beginners.

Dijon to Tournus

Arrive in the afternoon in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. You will embark (approx 3:00pm, subject to change) and meet your crew and tour leader. In the evening you will have the opportunity to take a stroll through Dijon.

Meals:  D

In the morning we take a warm up cycle in the northwest Dijon region. This is a great chance to test out our bikes, explore the surrounding countryside and the famous Burgundy canal, and passing Lake Kir. In the afternoon you can explore Dijon town on foot. Dijon is not just a city of mustard, although there is a mustard museum you can visit. There is the magnificent Ducal Palace as well as a number of churches and cathedrals, with the crypt of Dijon Cathedral dedicated to St Benignus, dating back more than 1,000 years. On the Church of Notre Dame is a small carving of a little owl (la chouette) that is according to local legend a good luck charm which works when you make a wish as you touch it with your left hand. The streets of Dijon are perfect for exploring on foot and there are many elegant buildings to admire. Dinner is on board our barge.

Meals:  B,L,D

The day starts with a small sailing trip to and through the first two locks in the Burgundy Canal. Leaving the barge, our cycle route continues through meadows and forests to again meet up with the Burgundy Canal. The countryside through which we cycle is classically Cote d’Or. Our day’s cycle will end at the village of Longecourt en Plaine, where we will rejoin the barge.

Meals:  B,L,D

Using a series of small roads, the cycle today takes you through forests and past some pretty villages to the town of Auxonne on the river Saône. Later the route follows the river to St. Jean de Losne where the Burgundy Canal links up to the river Saône. St Jean de Losne was built by the Dukes of Burgundy to protect the salt trade from the nearby Salins les Bains salt works. The town was fortified and a castle built in the 13th century.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we have an opportunity to visit the Musee de la Batellerie, with its fascinating exhibition showcasing the history of the Burgundy Canal. Following this we first cycle to the Abbaye de Citeaux, a great place for a picnic lunch. From the Abbaye shop you can purchase the famous abbey cheese. Continue along the river Saône to the small town of Seurre.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cycle to the exquisite fortified town of Beaune, a source of art and history. The town is home of the famous Hotel-Dieu and Wine Museum and is the capital of the Côte d’Or. Beaune has many shops, cafe-studded squares and a huge outdoor market. During the morning your tour leader will take you on a stroll through the town and you will have time to visit such sites as the church ‘Collegiale Notre-Dame’ or the museum of Burgundy wines. From Beaune we take a train ride to Chalon sur Saône, located at the Saône river and the Canal du Centre. Here you will have time to stroll through the town, window shopping or sipping coffee in a local café. In the evening dinner will be on board the barge.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Chalon the cycle follows an old railway track which is now a cycle path. Arriving in Buxy you visit a winery in an old tower before a downhill run to the river Saône. The cycle concludes in the town of Tournus, home to the beautiful St. Philibert church. The abbey dates from the 10th century and is one of the oldest in France.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning your guide & crew will say goodbye and you will travel with the group by train to Dijon, where the trip ends at approximately midday. Note: Itinerary operates in reverse every alternate departure i.e. Tournus to Dijon. Itinerary is provided as a guide and small amendments may occur.

Meals:  B

Tournus to Dijon

Meet your guide at the train station in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, between 13:30 and 14:00. (Refer to your pre-departure information for further details.) Travel by train to Tournus, departing at 14:30 and arriving at 15:30, where you will embark and meet your crew. Times subject to change. There is time to explore Tournus, home to the beautiful St. Philibert church. The abbey dates from the 10th century and is one of the oldest in France.

Meals:  D

Cycling from Tournus this morning you will follow the river Saone before visiting a winery in an old tower in the village of Buxy. From here the cycle path follows an old railway track to the town of Chalon sur Saone where today’s cycle concludes. Located on the river of the same name, you will have time to stroll through the town window shopping or sipping coffee in a local café. Dinner is on board our barge.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Chalon sur Saone we take a train to Beaune. This is an exquisite fortified town, a source of art and history. The town is home of the famous Hotel-Dieu and Wine Museum and is the capital of the Côte d’Or. Beaune has many shops, cafe-studded squares and a huge outdoor market. During the afternoon your tour leader will take you on a stroll through the town and you will have time to visit such sites as the church ‘Collegiale Notre-Dame’ or the museum of Burgundy wines. Later in the afternoon we cycle to the small town of Seurre.

Meals:  B,L,D

From the small town of Seurre the cycle route takes us along the Saône river to the Abbaye de Citeaux, a great place to stop for a picnic. Here you can try the famous abbey cheese. Continue to St Jean de Losne.

Meals:  B,L,D

St. Jean de Losne is the place where the Burgundy Canal links up to the river Saône. St Jean de Losne was built by the Dukes of Burgundy to protect the salt trade from the nearby Salins les Bains salt works. The town was fortified and a castle built in the 13th century. Here you will visit the Musee de la Batellerie, with its fascinating exhibition showcasing the history of the Burgundy Canal. The cycle path initially follows the river before using a series of small roads, through forests and past some pretty villages, to the town of Longecourt en Plaine.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our day’s cycle will begin at the village of Longecourt en Plaine, where we will leave the barge and the Burgundy Canal, cycling through countryside which is classically Cote d’Or. The route continues through meadows and forests to again meet up with the Burgundy Canal. The day concludes with a small sailing trip through the last two locks in the Canal.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning you will complete your final cycle in the northwest Dijon region. This is a great chance to explore the surrounding countryside. In the afternoon the barge will dock in Dijon and you can explore the town on foot. Dijon is not just a city of mustard, although there is a mustard museum you can visit. There is the magnificent Ducal Palace as well as a number of churches and cathedrals, with the crypt of Dijon Cathedral dedicated to St Benignus, dating back more than 1,000 years. On the Church of Notre Dame is a small carving of a little owl (la chouette) that is, according to local legend, a good luck charm which works if you make a wish as you touch it with your left hand. The streets of Dijon are perfect for exploring on foot and there are many elegant buildings to admire. Dinner is on board our barge.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning (approx 9:00am) after breakfast your guide & crew will say good-bye. The trip ends at the port in Dijon. Note: Itinerary operates in reverse every alternate departure i.e. Dijon to Tournus. Itinerary is provided as a guide and small amendments may occur.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks)
  • Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a Category C barge with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis. The compact cabins are configured with split level beds. If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. There is a limited availability of single cabins, and they are always on a request basis (supplement applies).
  • Wine tasting, visit to a museum
  • 24 speed ladies or men's bike rental with lock and pannier (electric bike available on request, 2 per departure - supplement applies, includes bicycle insurance). Men's bike frames are for body heights of 170-190cm or 185-200cm and can be requested for ladies, please advise your consultant. Adult bike frames only are available, for a minimum height of 150cm to meet safety requirements.
  • Information pack including overview maps (per cabin)
  • Group train transfer Tournus-Dijon (or v.v.) – depending on the direction of your tour
  • tour leader for cycle tours

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Dijon
  • Drinks and other items of a personal nature
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the leader and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR35-70 per person (to be distributed between the leader, captain and crew).
  • Note: In the event of global fuel price fluctuations, we reserve the right to collect a fuel surcharge payment in Euro cash at the start of the holiday. We do not anticipate that the surcharge amount will be greater than EUR20.
  • Optional Bicycle insurance (EUR26 per person payable locally, subject to change) - this is arranged with the guide locally. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. The replacement value of the bikes is between €450-700 approximately. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.

BIKES

During the trip you will be provided with a 24 speed bike with hand brakes and locks. You will be provided with a pannier to carry your gear during the day. Helmets are not supplied but are highly recommended and we suggest bringing one from home. Electric bikes are available on request, 2 per departure and a supplement applies (e-bike includes bicycle insurance).

Reviews

Thank you. We have now had 2 very good trips with UTracks.

D. Roxburgh, Mulgoa, NSW


I had a very good time in France. The trip was well organized and the scenery beautiful, we travelled through some wonderful villages and tasted some great wines. I would certainly consider arranging another trip through UTracks and will suggest using you guys to any friends or colleagues that I can.

T.R., Canada


Brisbane Staff were welcoming, warm & helpful. Guide was helpful, friendly & professional. Cook was excellent! Ticked all the boxes - I'd do it again!

W. Carney, Qld. Australia


Loved the bike trip! Everything was great, people/ crew/ guide/ food/ accommodation etc.

M. Gardner, VIC


The riding aspect was good and well organised. Our guide was most helpful. Our barge hosts were most accommodating and friendly. Overall, we enjoyed the trip very much.

A. Cunningham, Hobart, TAS Australia


We had the best time! It was a wonderful holiday, different to anything we'd done before. Bike riding through French villages and eating French Pastries was an amazing experience. Food on board was excellent and served to the table each night. Our bike guide Christian was excellent - he was patient, affirming and helpful at all times. Great memories we will have forever.

N. Nuttall, NSW, Australia


I had a great time and it was a wonderful experience. The guide and the barge crew were at all times friendly and helpful.

Mrs C Styles, Napier, New Zealand


Our Taste of Burgundy bike and barge tour on the Anna Maria V was fantastic. Our tour guide, Kris, was kind, helpful and made every participant feel welcomed. His local knowledge was excellent. The food was delicious. Great trip!

A Wright, Wollongong, Australia


I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and the food & cycling were excellent. The hosts on the barge are slightly eccentric. I had some wonderful memories, like completing 60k! I never cycled 60k before! I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend.

B. Perry,, UK


Our guide was fantastic, with the historic comments, always good humor, and happy to help in any way possible, visit of castle wine cave and wineyard fabulous.

M. Simoneau, Quebec, Canada, 05 Oct 2016

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Starting Point:Dijon
Finishing Point:Dijon
Activities:GUIDED CYCLING
BARGE
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:TOB
Prices From:NZD$1890
Electric Bike Suppplement (available on request):NZD$380 
Single Supplement (only on request & where available):NZD$420