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.
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 MenusOn 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.
- 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
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.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 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: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/31-9/5 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/14-19 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/19-24 Price: $4698 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 5 days, as you see so little evidence of the present on this trip, and instead are immersed in a world of chateaus, abbeys, churches and little medieval villages. The food, accomodations and countryside are outstanding, and are combined with some challenging cycling days.- Mercer Island, WA
The trip was fantastic in every way! Great, amazing food - really loved the Backroads picnics! And the "extra" activities - the chateau tours, wine tastings, etc. really added to the experience. I learned more about the Burgundy region - the wines, the cuisine, etc. - in 5 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 Cote d'Or: Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. I will remember this trip for years to come!- Shelburne, VT
This was our 2nd Backroads trip, last year was Croatia. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does.- Calgary, Alberta