Cycling -Burgundy, Champagne & Alsace

Backroad Discovery –Burgundy self-guided cycling holidays

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Burgundy was once the most powerful duchy in France and that rich heritage and culture is reflected in its historic town centres and charming villages.   Renowned for wine and gastronomy, it offers a varied landscape of field and forest as well as vineyards.   The region is largely confined within the Saone river to the east and the Loire to the west and its quiet roads, ‘green ways’ and byways can be enjoyed by cyclists and walkers all year round.

  • Burgundy Canal – 7 nights. Easy terrain.  Linear route cycling from Dijon to Auxerre.  Highlights include the abbeys at Bussiere and Fontenay, the chateaux at Commarin, Bussy-Rabutin, Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay and the vineyards of Tonnerre and Chablis.  
  •  Chablis Escapade – 7 nights. Easy-moderate terrain. New.  A short excursion through the beautiful Nivernais region of Western Burgundy, visiting the famous Chablis vineyards, the Auxerrois wine villages & the historic town of Auxerre.  
  • Nivernais & Burgundy Canals – 7 nights. Moderate hills.  Linear route cycling from Auxerre to Dijon.  Highlights include the picturesque Nivernais Canal, the hilltop village of Vezelay and its magnificent basilica, Abbaye de Fontenay, the chateau and gardens at Bussy-Rabutin and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain where ‘Chocolat’ was filmed.   This itinerary can be combined with Best of Burgundy to make a 14 night holiday.  
  • Best of Burgundy -7 nights.  Easy-moderate terrain.  Linear route cycling from Dijon to Macon with an optional extra night in Beaune.  Highlights include Dijon’s Ducal Place, the Cote d’Or vineyards and wine villages, the Hotel Dieu in Beaune, Chateau Cormatin and Cluny.  
  • Greenways & Vineyards – 6 nights. Easy terrain.  Linear route cycling from Macon to Beaune.  Highlights include the Maconnais, Cote Chalonnaise and Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages, the chateau and gardens at Cormatin and the Hotel Dieu in Beaune.  
  • Essential Burgundy – 6 nights.  Easy terrain.  A selection of daily excursions from two bases;  3 nights in Beaune and 3 in Vougeot.  Highlights include Beaune’s wine cellars, ramparts, museums and Hotel Dieu, the Cote des Nuits and Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages and Clos de Vougeot.  
  • Heart of Burgundy – 7 nights.  Moderate-strenuous terrain.  Circular route from Beaune, featuring the fortified village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, the walled medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, the hilltop village of Vezelay and its magnificent basilica, the forest and moorland of the Morvan Regional Park, Autun and the Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages.
  • Beaune Escapade – 7 nights, B & B only.  Moderate/plus terrain.   A selection of daily excursions from a charming 3 star hotel in the centre of Beaune.  Highlights include Beaune for its wine cellars, ramparts, museums and Hotel Dieu, Cote des Nuits and Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages and Chateau de Rochepot.  Maximum flexibility and no daily packing.  

Backroad Discovery –Champagne self-guided cycling holidays

Champagne-EtogesChampagne conjures up images of celebrations and good times everywhere – and the festive drink does underpin the region’s wealth and prosperity.  Champagne is part of the Ile de France basin and so is relatively flat, apart from the grandly named Montagne de Reims; a modest 287m above sea level and located between Reims and Epernay. The multitude of wineries, large and small, make it a special cycling destination.

  • Champagne Escapade – 4 nights, B & B only.  Easy/moderate terrain.  A short excursion to the famous vineyards & champagne houses of Reims & Epernay. Reims is also a UNESCO World Heritage site & its remarkable Gothic cathedral should not be missed. 
  • Champagne Getaway – 6 nights, B & B only.  Moderate terrain. A longer visit to the area, including forests & farmland as well as the vineyards, villages & champagne houses or Reims & Epernay. 

Backroad Discovery – Alsace self-guided cycling holidays.

Alsace-Ribeauville

Alsace is defined by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine river to the east. It has been called France with German accent, but while control has passed back and forth between France and Germany, the people have remained proudly Alsatian. Its unique mix of cultures, enchanting cobbled villages, scenic vineyards, gourmet cuisine and medieval art, make it a picture-postcard cycling destination.

CYCLING

  •  Alsace for Everyone – 7 nights.  Easy terrain.  An easy cycling holiday through picturesque central Alsace, on cycle tracks and quiet back roads over relatively flat terrain.
  •  Wine Route – 5 nights. Easy/Moderate terrain.  Circular route cycling from Strasbourg for a short visit to the picturesque wine villages of Riquewihr, Ribeauville and Eguisheim and Colmar’s famous museum and Petite Venise district.
  •   Pearls of Alsace – 7 nights. Moderate terrain.  From Strasbourg to Basel explore the wine trail, with its beautiful villages, castles and vineyards, the Grand Ried nature reserves and the limestone cliffs & forests of the Sundgau region.
  • Colmar Escapade – 4 nights. Moderate terrain.  A short break in Colmar in the heart of Alsace. Relax & enjoy the picturesque town centre, or select one of the excursions; to the vineyards, or to Munster, Mulhouse or across the border into Germany.
  • Colmar & Osthouse Circuit – 7 nights. Moderate terrain.  Discover the heart of the Alsatian wine country and the Franco-German fortresses at Breach & Neuf-Brisach.  Only two bases, so little packing/unpacking and the option of rest days.
  • Basel to Strasbourg – 7 nights. Moderate terrain. Linear route explores three countries  along the Rhine  Valley – Switzerland, Germany & France.
  •  Strasbourg to Luxembourg – 7 nights.  Easy-Moderate terrain.  Another three country exploration, mainly following canals & rivers, to discover natural wonders, World Heritage Sites and vineyards.

 

 

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