Burgundy is a treasure trove of history, art and culture. The region sits comfortably in Eastern Europe’s France and offers you a chance to explore nature, wine country and cycling. Planning a holiday in Burgundy takes you to places you will not see anywhere else.
Best Wine Regions in Burgundy
With warm, comfortable weather most of the year, cycling in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or region can be an outstanding activity for travelers seeking guided and self-guided tours in wine country. Burgundy is especially great for lovers of pinot noir and chardonnay. Côte de Nuits is known for producing Romanee-Conti (one of the world’s most expensive wines), Chamberlain and several other red wines from Pinot Noir grapes. This wine region begins in Dijon and travels to Corgoloin, a town famous for Church Saint-Pierre and several other ancient structures.
Mâconais is one destination for sampling Macon Blanc and Macon Chardonnay. Situated in the rolling hills of Burgundy’s countryside, you can find many guides offering unique hybrid and road bike tours to Mâconais.
The region’s wine capital, Beaune, is arguably the best place to find French wines in the Côte d’Or region. Beaune offers numerous selections of elegant wineries and vineyards, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, to explore by road bike. Along this location’s paved cycling roads are rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards and hilly terrain. Paired with Burgundy’s most famous foods - Boeuf Bourguignon and Escargot à la Bourgogne - wine tastings do not get any better than this.
Best Cities and Towns to Visit in Burgundy
Cycling in Dijon is an exciting adventure. Located in this capital of Burgundy are amazing cafes, shops and cultural sites of interest you can explore by road bike. Several sites you should see include the Tour de Bar (an ancient tower), the Palace of the Dukes and the impressive Abbaye St-Bénigne. The flat terrain in and around Dijon is where you find the most fun. The occasional hill will offer a fantastic uphill climb, while going down can be just as exhilarating.
The Burgundy Canal is a scenic cycling route of over 140 miles of bike trails traveling from north to south in France. Most of the trails are graveled but some are covered with stone dust as well. Situated along the route are different villages, castles and other sites surrounded by hill country. The route is not very difficult to ride your hybrid bike or road bike.
Yvonne is famous for its gorgeous medieval structures, towns and villages. In Tonnerre, you can find a 13th century hospital and the 16th century Church of St. Pierre. When you seek more than sightseeing or visiting historical sites, take a bike vacation in Nievre or Autun and challenge the difficult terrain of the Morvan Regional Park.
Morvan Regional Park is comprised of low hills, mountains, dense forests and lakes. Mountain biking in the park as well as hiking and nature watching are all things to do. If you rather cycle the park with a guide, you can sign up for a luxury bike tour with Backroads. The company offers trips for group, family, individual and private tours.
The Dijon Airport (DIJ) is nearest to the capital, Dijon. Getting to the airport requires traveling by bus, train or car. However, taking a taxi is good as well.