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Chablis & Burgundy Bike Tour
Chablis & Burgundy Bike Tour

There is a special flavor to this region in France. Yes, it's in the wine, but it transcends everything. It's in the gracious demeanor of the people. It's in the friendly rolling hills and small villages that sit quietly among the vineyards. You feel the rich flavors of Burgundy as you pedal toward the multicolored Flemish-tiled roofs in Beaune. When you combine all these unique flavors, you quickly understand that the wine is only where Burgundy's story begins.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Limited & Fixed Menus

On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.

Days 1-2 The beautiful Chablis district, Burgundy's northernmost wine region, with lush forests and farmland, lovely lakes and quaint villages Spin through château-dotted countryside to the hilltop town of Vézelay and discover its cathedral, a World Heritage site.

Day 3 Savor phenomenal cuisine paired with wonderful wines Looking for the landscape photo? One stunning vista follows another as you ride across rolling pastures past ancient manors and abbeys.

Day 4 Private cellar tour and tasting at acclaimed Maison Alex Gambal, with artisanal whites and reds  Plunge into the centuries-old winemaking tradition at celebrated Clos de Vougeot, a restored medieval château and vineyard Radiant chardonnay and pinot noir vines escort you and your bike from the Côte de Nuits into the Côte de Beaune.

Day 5 Bike along the Route des Grands Crus to the famous towns of Aloxe-Corton and Chassagne-Montrachet  Check out the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune, a tile-studded showcase of Flemish-Burgundian architecture and impressive history, on a private guided tour  Spot farmers busy in the vineyards, where wine is as plentiful as the vintages are delightful  Learn about the region's wines while sampling with our friends in Chassagne-Montrachet.  

Day 6 Beaune, the vibrant capital of the Côte d'Or  Say au revoir to Burgundy with a final spin through the vineyards around Beaune.


Trip Highlights:
  • The beautiful Chablis district, Burgundy's northernmost wine region 
  • Bike along the Route des Grands Crus to the famous towns of Aloxe-Corton and Chassagne-Montrachet
  • Savor phenomenal cuisine paired with wonderful wines
  • Private cellar tour and tasting at acclaimed Maison Alex Gambal
  • Beaune, the vibrant capital of the Côte d'Or
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Premiere Inns

Château de Vault de Lugny (2 nights): A moated 16th-century castle with a 13th-century dungeon, this hotel is brimming with charm, from its fine antiques and tapestries to the ducks and peacocks roaming its grounds. (pool, spa, tennis)

Abbaye de la Bussière (1 night): Now a luxurious country house, the abbey was originally a spiritual retreat after its founding in 1131. A Relais & Châteaux member.

Hôtel Le Cep (2 nights): A collection of 14th- to 18th-century mansions have been joined to create this historically elegant hotel in the heart of town. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member.


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13* 1300 26 1800
2 27 1100 35 1500 58 2100
3 23* 600 38* 1400 50 2400
4 24* 900 38 1100 47 1900
5 17* 1100 27 1700 37 3200
40 2600
6 16 500
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 6/8-13 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/29-7/4 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/27-8/1 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/10-15 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/24-29 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/31-9/5 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/19-24 Price: $4948 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/24-29 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $6,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $5,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

Biking is the way to see Burgundy. I felt as if I entered the Middle Ages and stayed for six days, as you see so little evidence of the present on this trip, and instead are immersed in a world of châteaux, abbeys, churches and little medieval villages. The food, accommodations and countryside are outstanding, and are combined with some challenging cycling days.
Lonnie Rosenwald - Mercer Island, WA

The trip was fantastic in every way! Great, amazing food - really loved the Backroads picnics! And the "extra" activities - the château tours, wine tastings, etc. really added to the experience. I learned more about the Burgundy region - the wines, the cuisine, etc. - in six days than I could have in months of reading and tasting at home. I truly came away with a deep understanding and appreciation of the special and unique features of the Côte d'Or: Côte de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. I will remember this trip for years to come!
Rebecca Gamble - Shelburne, VT

Usually the effects of a vacation evaporate with the first crisis at work. I have had several already yet we are still glowing from the trip. The routes took us to places that I did not know could be so wonderful, where even the weeds are beautiful. The colors of the countryside were brilliant, the villages were ancient and awesome. With the uncrowded back roads on the route we could simply experience the ride instead of dodging cars and timing the traffic lights. The countryside aromas from the wild brilliant red poppies, deep purple iris, bright yellow rapeseed blooms and the songs of birds and small creatures beside the streams just cannot be experienced in a tour bus.
Stephanie Bailey - Edgewater, NJ

This was our second Backroads trip, last year was Croatia. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does.
Brad Whyte - Calgary, Alberta

Unbelievable!! So memorable and really perfect. It exceeded all of our expectations and desires. Our team of guides from Backroads was amazing and a great team of wonderful people I hope to see again. Their friendliness while still remaining professional is a skill each of them has truly mastered! We already miss them.
Jennifer Bosch - Houston, TX

This was our 10th anniversary and we had the greatest experience. The trip beat our expectations.
Carol Crincoli - Linden, NJ