Burgundy (Bourgogne) begins a hundred kilometers south from Paris and spreads itself down to Lyon. It stretches on 360 kilometers.
A few of the most exciting wines in the world come from this region.
Burgundy is a region with various soils, divided in numerous districts: Chablis, Côte d’Or (divided in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune), Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais
Cycle Tour of Burgundy
The aim is to create a circuit of about 800 kilometres of cycle tracks and green roads that will effectively take you on a trip around Burgundy, using towpaths alongside canals and inland waterways, disused railway lines, vineyard tracks and little country roads.
You travel at a pace that allows you to enjoy the good things in life, to meet the local people, discover the heritage and appreciate how life is really lived in Burgundy.
Burgundy wine route
A few of the most famous wines in the world come from this region. Chablis, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Beaune, Mercurey, Pouilly-Fuissé …. all of Burgundy’s most prestigious wines are lovingly grown and produced by growers and merchants who are happy to welcome you to their vineyard or cellar..
Try pronouncing ‘bone’ in a French accent and you will be somewhere near the pronunciation of Beaune, the main town amongst the sleepy villages of the Cote d’Or region. As the principal focus of the celebrated wine region’s commercial and tourist trade, Beaune manages to retain its air of ancient French town whilst catering to the influx of tourists who come to buy the wine. The old city is enclosed by ramparts and a stream, around which runs the one-way boulevard known by seven different names. There is a small pedestrianized area in the old city (rues Carnot and Monge), and the main attraction is the Hotel-Dieu, an old hospital.
To organise your wine tours go to the tourist office at 1 rue de l’Hotel-Dieu ( where they will happily furnish you with information. In town you can go to wine tastings at numerous cellars, such as the Marché aux Vins on rue Nicolas Rolin near the tourist office. Here you can taste about 18 wines for a fiver in the cellars of a desanctified 13th-century church.
Beaune a good day trip out from Dijon, You will definitely need to book in advance during September and October due to the grape harvests.
See Burgundy at a snail’s pace, only on water. Take your time – there are 1,200 kilometres of rivers and canals to explore, exclusively open to pleasure boats.