Burgundy Montgomery/Gunzburg 2017

 

10 Days - €3,950.00 approx US$4,405
AU$5,841
GBP£3,473

Terrain: Hilly
Daily Distance: Approx 50-70km
Total Distance: Approx 550km
Total Ascent: Approx 6500m

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06 - 15 July 2017 (3 PLACES REMAIN), Confirmed Departure!

Highlights:
Burgundy is an historical region in east-central France. It's famous for its Burgundy wines, as well as Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Chablis and Beaujolais.

Discovering the vineyards on the bike in Burgundy is a treat for your senses. The names of the grands crus follow one after another along the five wine routes in the region.

The area is crisscrossed by a network of canals and studded with grand châteaux, some now luxury hotels. The capital, Dijon, of mustard fame, is home to the imposing Palace of the Dukes, where the distinguished Musée des Beaux-Arts was established in 1787.

Remember…you’ll have to ride your bike every morning after each dinner!!

What's included:

  • All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
  • Breakfasts
  • Introductory Lunch
  • Dinners (except 1)
  • 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
  • Van support throughout tour
  • All in-tour transfers
  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
  • Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
  • Garmin 810 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
  • 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
  • 1 day pack per guest
  • Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
  • Detailed printed Tour information booklet.

Day One - Tournus warm up ride
Main Route: 40km
Total Ascent: 400m
This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into it. Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness. We’ll meander towards the Natural Reserve of Truchère – where the wind has amassed tons of sand over 10,000 years to form dunes along the river Saône. We have an optional extra loop that takes us into the hillier countryside Northwest of Mâcon, known as the Mâconnais, famous for its red rock, green vineyards and hilltop perched villages. Then, we return to Tournus for a spectacular meal in our hotel’s restaurant.

Day Two - Tournus loop of Brancion
Main Route: 65km
Total Ascent: 800m
The feudal hamlet of Brançion is one of the most stunning locations in France, perched delicately between two steep rocky ravines. After climbing up to the Col de Brançion, we’ll ascend to the Bourg’s center for a spectacular view. Or, save your energy for the royal château in Cormatin, conceptualized by an architect of Henry IV. The interior is living testimony of the rich cultural and economic history that belongs to the Mâconais families. Enjoy a picnic in the village of Cluny, home to a Christian monastery, which changed the political, economic, and religious faces of western civilization. We’ll visit the church, and have a wine tasting in its underground cellars, from some of the oldest vines in France!

Day Three - Tournus loop of Louhans
Main Route: 70km
Total Ascent: 600m
Another beautiful ride trough the vineyards along undulating quiet roads. Capital of Burgundy Bresse, Louhans is an ancient walled city also named "City of Arches". Indeed, Louhans has preserved the 157 arches created during the Spanish occupation which line more than 400 meters of the Grande Rue. Arcades and facades of the 15th century constitute a unique architectural feature and house over 100 shops.

Day Four - Tournus to Beaune
Main Route: 60km
Total Ascent: 800m
Moving out from the Mâconnais, we head North into the Chalonnaise Appellation. This natural stretch in the Côte d’Or produced many of the same geological formations found in other well-known valleys, with its affluence for Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté and Gamay. It is said that the wines in the Chalonnaise have the best quality/price ratio, and our pallets will no doubt agree after a visit to a local winery to taste the fruits of this area.

Day Five - Beaune loop to Levernois
Main Route: 50km
Total Ascent: 600m
Visit the southern half of the Côte d’Or, starting with visits in Sautenay, Puligny and La Rochepot. This route offers a magnificent example of the varnished-shingle roofs that you’ll find prevalent in all of Burgundy – only to be contrasted with the lush vineyards surrounding the area, thanks in part to a thermal water spring. After lunch we’ll cycling back to Beaune: the historic center of the Galois.
Enjoy a little time in Beaune a quaint village of Levernois.

Day Six - Beaune loop to Nuits-St. Georges
Main Route: 65km
Total Ascent: 1000m
After breakfast we head into the Côte de Nuits along the Route des Grands Crus. We’ll stop by the Château de Corton-André (commended Chablis “Le Grand Pré” by Hachette in 2004) before rolling into the quaint village of Nuits-St. Georges, the city famous for its production of Grand Cru, which has given this area its name thanks to its production of wine since the year 1000. Pedal along to the noteworthy Abbaye de Cîteaux, founded in 1098, which is still an active Trappist monastery.

Day Seven - Beaune to La Brussière
Main Route: 70km
Total Ascent: 900m
Today we head out to Volnay and Pommard: Volnay known for its very delicate bouquet and suave taste made Louis XI so fond of this cru that he brought the entire production back to Paris in 1477; and Pommard, made famous as a marketplace for wines from better areas, in the days before Appellation Controlee. The village that takes its name from an ancient temple dedicated to Pomona, the goddess of fruits and gardens. Pommard has been the muse to poets and writers alike. The ride will end in the 13th century Abbey de la Bussière, founded by a fraction of the Cîteaux branch. Here we’ll enjoy the region’s finest cuisine for dinner. Bon appétit!

Day Eight - La Brussiere loop to Mt Afrique
Main Route: 70km
Total Ascent: 1100m
Cycle to the beautiful church at Ternant, where two masterpieces of 15th Century Flemish art are displayed depicting the Passion in carved wood. Then we’re off to the Chateau Gevrey-Chambertin for more excellent crus and a picnic. Anyone tempted to cycling the Mt. Afrique before heading back home will be delighted (if not humbled!) by its view from the top. We’ll meet back in our hotel for another unforgettable meal.

Day Nine - La Brussiere loop to Dijon
Main Route: 70km
Total Ascent: 900m
Can there be a better way to finish this tour? Beautiful day’s ride to Dijon, one of France's most beautiful cities. Filled with elegant Medieval and Renaissance buildings, the lively centre is wonderful for strolling, especially if you’re looking to add to your cultural enrichment with excellent food, fine wine and shopping.

Day Ten - Au revoir!

Recommended Arrival Airport: Lyon (France) or Geneva (Switzerland)
Recommended Departure Airport: Lyon (France) or Paris

(Airport transfers not included)