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Treasures of Southern Burgundy

Vineyards, châteaux & top gastronomy
 
This cycle-friendly region is renowned worldwide for its wines and gastronomy. Promising plenty of cultural interest each day and high-quality hotels of character, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, this self-guided holiday, with luggage transported, delights all the senses.
Treasures of Southern Burgundy. 6 nights
Treasures of Southern Burgundy. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Burgundy

For a holiday that is indulgent on every level, choose this route in Burgundy. The famous wines – reds such as Nuits St Georges and whites like Puligny-Montrachet – are complemented by an equally superb regional gastronomy which is considered to be one of the best in France.
By day, as you follow the region’s excellent network of cycle trails, you can feast your eyes on all manner of architectural gems, from Romanesque churches and majestic abbeys to Renaissance châteaux and fortified mansions.
Equally pleasing to the eye are the timeless views which stretch towards the mountains of the Jura and which inspired one of France’s greatest 19th-century poets, Alphonse de Lamartine. To top it all off, we have found three high-quality hotels (one of which boasts a Michelin star) of character.
 

Book now for 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence, despite the travel restrictions in place currently. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day that suits you best, choose how you travel – and how long to stay.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in Cluny
    Night 1: at Hotel de Bourgogne (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Circular route from Cluny: 25.5km
    We suggest a good introductory cycle ride southwards from Cluny along France’s first voie verte, a cycle track following a disused railway line. This takes you to a tunnel*, on the other side of which you enter the Lamartine Valley (named after the 19th-century French poet). You eventually leave the cycle path to visit Berzé-la-Ville, an attractive old village perched atop a hill with a lovely restaurant and an 11th-century chapel with some delightful medieval frescoes. Return on a quiet route via Berzé-le-Châtel, an impressive fortified castle.

    *Please note: the tunnel is closed during the winter months to allow bats to nest and re-opens in mid-April. During this time, a well-signed, but hilly, detour is in place.
    Circular route from Cluny: 25.5km
    Berzé-la-Ville on the circular route from Cluny
  • Cluny to Dracy-le-Fort: 48km
    Leaving Cluny, you head northwards on the voie verte once more. You pass by Cormatin, which boasts a bicycle museum, a church with some remarkable works of religious art, and a beautifully restored 17th-century château complete with a splendid Louis XIII-style interior, a grand staircase and an English garden. You then join the River Grosne before skirting the edge of the famed Côte Chalonnaise vineyards. It is worth pausing in both Saint-Gengoux-le-National – characterised by fortified houses, towers and winding staircases – and Buxy, a wine-growing town with a museum devoted to viticulture. Your destination is Dracy-le-Fort, and Hotel Le Dracy.
    Cluny to Dracy-le-Fort: 48km
    Vineyards en route from Cluny to Dracy-le-Fort
  • Choice of routes from Dracy-le-Fort: 8km or 18km

    Circular route from Dracy-le-Fort: 18km
    Head to Givry to admire the town's elegant town hall, corn exchange and curious church before following a route that is themed on the many fascinating examples of ancient lavoirs  and fontaines  (wash-houses and fountains) that dot the renowned, vineyard-clad Côte Chalonnaise. The ride takes you to a pretty hill-top village with an old church and a picnic stop with a spectacular view.

    Out-and-back route to Château de Germolles: 8km
    Alternatively, if you fancy a day largely out of the saddle, we highly recommend a visit to the nearby Château de Germolles, which is just 4km away. Once home to the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe le Hardi (Philip The Bold) and his wife Marguerite de Flandre (Margaret of Flanders), Germolles is the best-preserved chateau from the time of the Dukes of Burgundy. Visits are guided only and include a tour of the cellar, lower chapel and great reception room, plus the ducal apartments which contain the only known surviving examples of heraldic frescoes from this period. An entry fee applies and we advise telephoning in advance to check tour times. Please note the chateau is closed on Mondays from mid-October to May.
     
    Circular route from Dracy-le-Fort: 18km
    The circular route from Dracy-le-Fort
    Out-and-back route to Château de Germolles: 8km
    Château de Germolles
  • Dracy-le-Fort to Puligny-Montrachet: 38km
    It is just a short ride to Chalon-sur-Saône, birthplace of the inventor of photography, Nicéphore Niepce, where the charming old town clusters around the Gothic cathedral. You can visit the fascinating old pharmacy and the museum of photography before following the Canal du Centre past eight locks and the pleasant town of Chagny with its watch tower and Romanesque church. The last leg branches away from the canal to reach Puligny-Montrachet and your final hotel, the very elegant Le Montrachet.
    Dracy-le-Fort to Puligny-Montrachet: 38km
    Chalon-sur-Saône © Alain Doire. Bourgogne Tourisme
  • Out-and-back route from Puligny-Montrachet: 29km
    No holiday here would be complete without a visit to Beaune, seat of the Dukes of Burgundy until the 14th century. The ride there takes you through premier cru vineyards and the town of Meursault, whose town hall is adorned with the coloured and varnished roof tiles so typical of the region. From here, you rise to the village of Volnay, where you can enjoy the views across the plain of the Saône towards the Jura Mountains, before descending through more vineyards to Beaune. Here, stroll along the ramparts, marvel at the intricately patterned roof and arcaded walkways of the 15th-century hospice, and indulge in a wine tasting or two. A fitting end to a wonderful week’s cycling.
    Out-and-back route from Puligny-Montrachet: 29km
    Vineyards on the route to Beaune
 

Accommodation

You stay in three high-quality hotels of great character.
 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 25 April 2021 - 30 September 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    25 Apr - 22 May 2021 £1145 £485
    23 May - 24 Sep 2021 £1195 £495
    3rd & 4th person discount -£115
    Single traveller supplement £115

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £135 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 25 April 2021 - 30 September 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    25 Apr - 22 May 2021 £1370 £485
    23 May - 24 Sep 2021 £1415 £495
    3rd & 4th person discount -£145
    Single traveller supplement £145

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Electric bikes available: add £135 per person

    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris– Mâcon Loché (TGV/Intercité) out & Beaune-Paris (TGV/regioinal rail), Paris-UK (Eurostar) home, approx duration out 5h30/home 7h15 & taxi transfer (0h30).
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

    6 nights: 25 April 2021 - 30 September 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    25 Apr - 22 May 2021 £1325 £485
    23 May - 24 Sep 2021 £1375 £495
    3rd & 4th person discount -£250
    Single traveller supplement £250

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    > More information about travelling self-drive

    Electric bikes available: add £135 per person

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outward travel on 26-28 March & 2-4 April 2021, and for homeward travel on 4-5 & 10-11 April 2021. A supplement of £56 per car per single journey applies outward on Fridays & Saturdays 28-29 May & 9 July-14 August 2021 and homeward on Saturdays & Sundays 5-6 June & 17 July-29 August 2021.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Le Dracy, Dracy-Le-Fort
    Superior: 25 Apr - 30 Sep 2021 £16
    Terrace: 25 Apr - 30 Sep 2021 £12
    Hotel Le Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet
    Junior suite: 25 Apr - 30 Sep 2021 £50
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Lyon
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Lyon easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Lyon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Lyon British Airways 
    Heathrow - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Lyon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Lyon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Lyon

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Lyon Part-Dieu to Mâcon Ville (0h50), taxi Mâcon Ville to hotel (0h35) £45 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Beaune (0h30), rail Beaune to Lyon Part-Dieu (1h45) £35 1300
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 3 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – cycling holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a hybrid bike with 27 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; pannier/saddlebag; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover. See the FAQs section of the main cycling holidays page for more details.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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