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Tour de Burgundy Vineyards
Located in central France, Burgundy is in many ways the food, wine and historical heartland of France. Once you experience the wonders of this magical region, you will understand why this is such a popular tour. You will enjoy spectacular scenery on beautiful cycling routes. On top of this, the tour is structured so that you get to enjoy some amazing accommodation properties that are high in character, history and culture, and low in mass tourism.
- CategoryFor Food Lovers
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance158.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance31.7 miles
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Macon. You will be collected from the TGV station and transported to your hotel on day 1. The closest major airport is Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LFLL) in Lyon, which is 90 km (55 mi) from the centre of Macon.
The tour ends in Dijon and you can easily get back to Lyon via the TGV which takes just 1 hour 30 mins.
How long is the tour? How many days cycling?
The tour is 7 days long with 5 days cycling.
What's the tour like?
This cycling tour of Burgundy is not just about riding a bike. You will have the most amazing food and wine experiences as well as enjoying spectacular scenery on beautiful cycling routes. There is approx 50 km (31mi) of riding per day.
If I'm travelling on my own, do I have to pay more?
If you wish to have your own room then a single supplement is payable.
Is there any car parking available?
If you have a vehicle the tour operator can arrange secure parking for your car and return you to it after the tour.
What are the arrangements with food?
All evening meals are included; restaurants are carefully selected for cuisine and ambience, favoring those with a strong regional flavour. All meals include a starter, main course and dessert; some will have an additional cheese course. The tour operator is happy to arrange for the restaurants to cater for specific dietary requirements, allergies, etc. Wine is also included with the meals, again favoring the local appellations, of which there are so many! Breakfasts are included, usually continental, although many hotels provide a buffet-style breakfast. Lunch is not included as different people have different requirements, but the tour operator will suggest restaurants for lunch.
Is a bike included?
Yes, the tour operator provides lightweight alloy framed Trek ‘hybrid’ touring bicycles with 24 indexed gears, fully equipped with lock, pump and toolkit (although the guides will generally be on hand to fix punctures and minor mechanical problems). For carrying the items you might need during the day (camera, wallet, windbreaker etc.) a capacious handlebar bag is fitted, which also features a large map pocket. These clip on and off the bike in a flash so that you can always take your valuables with you when off the bike. The bikes are meticulously maintained and the tour operator keeps a wide range of sizes; female specific saddles are also available.
The tour operator also carries rain capes should they be required (but hopefully not!). For certain tours, they also have available 27-speed drop-handlebar race-style bikes, and tandems may also be available on certain tours by special request.
Is a helmet included?
The tour operator does not provide helmets automatically, as they find people prefer their own if they want to wear one, and sizing and fit is quite personal; however, they always have helmets available for use.
What are the guides and support like?
You will have two guides on every tour; one cycling with the group and one in the minibus which will follow the group. The bus carries all luggage not required for the day's ride and will always be available for anyone at any point during the day. If for instance, you want to take a day off the bike, or if a particular day seems a little hard, the bus will take you for as long or as little as you wish it to.
To ensure maximum flexibility for all riders, everybody is provided with detailed route maps for each day, and both guides are easily contactable by mobile phone. The guides are enthusiastic experts on the local area and will be able to sort out any problems or special requests that you might have.
Is there a minimum age?
Yes, 18 is the minimum age for the tour.
What's the maximum group size?
The tours are kept to a small size of just 16 participants.