Ride the ‘Voie des Vignes’ cycle route from Beaune through the southern Cote de Beaune. Discover the prestigious wine producing towns of Pommard and Volnay. Further on you will reach what is to be considered the best white wine cellar in the world, Montrachet in Puligny-Montrachet. From here, return to the sleepy square of Meursault to soak up village life with a large glass of Burgundy.
Leaving behind the beautiful and bustling little town of Beaune you quickly find yourself back in the famous vineyards of Burgundy. Famous wine names like Pommard, Volnay and Montrachet surround you as you cycle through kilometers of the Cote de Beaune vineyards. You'll see the tended acres and the famous names as you pass the stone walls of the Crus and most towns have a degustation and also a chateau which may have an exhibition or museum.
Why not take a picnic? There are so many places to stop eat and enjoy the scenery. This isn't the area for traditional cafe culture. This is wine country and what you may consider to be a cafe is in fact another degustation. Read up on your vine growing techniques then you will see these put into practice. And of course remember to look at but not touch the beautiful grapes hanging from the vines.
Be aware that France like most other countries have laws for cyclists. Click here for basic guidelines on French cycling safety.
Always wear a helmet when cycling, preferably your own as you will be familiar with its fit. Check your bike every morning before your ride.
Thunder storms occur in Burgundy at any time of year and the ensuing rain can change the nature and grip of the road surface. Many of the roads and lanes in the old towns are limestone slabs and they may become slippery when wet. In such conditions, we would suggest dismounting and walking the shorter distances around the towns and villages.
You will be cycling along vineyard tracks which are in good condition but may have potholes and some rougher surfaces in parts. The area is an agricultural area so you may encounter local farm and vineyard traffic. Drivers in Burgundy are extremely courteous but always be aware of other road users at all times. Much of the route is through vineyards and avoids the small towns so it is always a good idea to carry plenty of water and a few snacks.
For safety reasons, always wear a helmet when cycling. You don’t have to wear lycra to ride a bike but padded cycling shorts do provide a more comfortable ride, especially when riding for a number of consecutive days. These can also be worn under shorts or long pants if you prefer. For a full list of recommended clothing and kit, please refer to your information pack.
A spare inner tube with tools are supplied with the bike. You may like to also use our Macs Adventure App for easy paper free navigation and therefore we would suggest taking an extra battery pack to recharge your mobile phone.
Swot up on your Burgundy wines before you set off. Here is a link that could be useful as an introduction but there are many more.
This ride is available on the following tours: ECSGCBBB, ECSGCBIS
Depending on where you are coming from this area is well served by train and the railway runs from North to South through the heart of this region. Travel by car is also suitable should you wish this ride to be part of a larger itinery.
There are many places to park. If parking is not available at the hotel they will guide you as to the nearest suitable area.