This special cycling enthusiasts vacation includes:
– Beautiful cycling routes of between 25 & 50 km including:
• The Hautes Côtes and its tiny lanes, forests & picturesque villages
• The cycle route through the vineyards & famous villages of the Côte de Beaune
• The Route of the Grand Crus and the forest of Citeaux
• The very rural Plain of the Saône river and historical towns.
– Full back-up during your cycling trips with our own minivan carrying spares and refreshments.
– Scenic cruises on the beautiful Burgundy canal with time to relax, walk or additional biking along the towpath.
– Great side-trips with your personal tour guide to nearby towns and places of interest.
– Fantastic on-board dining with gourmet food and fine wines.
Please note: We endeavor to be as flexible as possible so that the cycling tour and barge cruise can be tailor-made with longer or shorter bike rides included in the program. Please communicate your cycling experience and level so that we can adapt the routes accordingly.
The luxury hotel barge Apres Tout will be your home for the duration of your stay in Burgundy so you will also be able to discover the delights of cruising on the idyllic Burgundy canal as it winds through the heart of the French countryside. There are plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle along the tree-lined towpath, or simply sit on the gorgeous teak deck with glass in hand and watch the world glide by. The boat has been fitted out to the very highest standards and caters for a maximum of 6 guests in 3 lovely spacious staterooms. An experienced crew of 4 including your personal chef, hostess, captain and guide take care of your every need.
The Burgundy Cycling Tour and Barge Cruise package includes:
– Transfer to and from Paris and boat in a luxury minibus
– 6 nights accommodation aboard the Apres Tout [ Sunday pm – Saturday am]
– All onboard meals, drinks, alcohol and wines.
– 2 onshore meals
– All cycling activities
– All sightseeing tours and entrance fees
Depart Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in Pont d’ouche, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the river Saône. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
This morning you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal cruise, there are ample opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each lock.
On your cycle ride today you will discover, lush countryside and local villages as your route will take you to the summit of the canal where it goes through a 200 year old tunnel before descending towards the river Yonne. We can make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn. He has recently been commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. He explains how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures, some of which have been produced for the Queen of England. We then visit a medieval hill-top village steeped in history. This is a charming place with stunning views at every corner, and you can really appreciate from this height, all of the amazing surrounding countryside. We return to the Apres Tout for cocktails and dinner, which is moored in the picturesque village of Gissey.
The barge continues to cruise through the peaceful Ouche Valley, where time seems to have stood still over the centuries. A relaxing morning will be spent on the canal as the barge slowly cruises towards Fleurey, a beautiful small village on the banks of the river Ouche.
PM Cycle ride
After a delicious buffet lunch served on the deck – weather permitting, we visit the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. Today’s spectacular bike ride will take you along the Côte de Beaune, through the vineyards and wine-growing villages of Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay. After the ride you will be transferred back to the barge for evening cocktails in the village of Fleurey.
After a sumptuous breakfast we continue our cruise towards Dijon.
Later this morning, you will ride to a gorgeous area of forests and sleepy villages known as les Hautes Côtes. You will finish the ride in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin where you are welcomed by Madam Drouhin Laroze, the owner of this prestigious ‘Grand Crus’ property. We have a splendid lunch on the terrace over looking the family’s vines while enjoying her choice of wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars.
Later in the afternoon we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Your tour guide will take you on a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace.
Once back to the barge, perhaps try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.
AM Cycle ride
This morning’s ride will take you to the vineyards of the famous Côtes de Nuits. Here we visit the “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest wines. We continue with the gourmet theme and visit a local truffle producer where we learn all about Burgundy’s “black diamond”
Back to the barge, cruising south away from Dijon, we now continue our journey along the Canal de Bourgogne for a relaxing afternoon cruise.
Enjoy a morning on board, as we cruise on the canal towards St Jean de Losne, the largest inland port in France.
PM Cycle ride
This afternoon your ride will take you along a new section of canal to the quaint historic town of Dole, where you will enjoy a guided tour of this medieval town, birth place of Louis Pasteur and former capital of the Franche Compte. We continue our ride and return to the Apres Tout moored on the beautiful River Saone – where we slip away from the mooring for a gentle cocktail and dinner cruise on this lovely river.
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.