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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.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.
Day 1 : Arrive Dijon, Embark and Meet the Crew
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.
Day 2 : A Short Cycle in the Northwest Dijon Region (20km/12.5mi)
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.
Day 3 : Cruise the Burgundy Canal Then Cycle to Longecourt En Plaine (45km/28mi)
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.
Day 4 : Cycle to Auxonne On the River Saône Then to St Jean De Losne (45km/28mi)
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.
Day 5 : Visit a Museum Then Cycle Along the River Saône to Seurre (45km/28mi)
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.
Day 6 : Cycle to Beaune and Train to Chalon Sur Saône (25km/15.5mi)
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.
Day 7 : Visit Wineries En Route to Tournus (60km/37mi)
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.
Day 8 : Transfer By Train to Dijon, Trip Concludes
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.
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