Chablis Vineyards Self-Guided Cycling - Short Break

Start: France Finish: Burgundy

Visiting: Burgundy


Duration: 4 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: C04BU

Tour operator: Exodus

Age range: 8 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Starting with historic Auxerre, a lovely medieval city, the cycling is easy and tranquil through a fascinating landscape of hidden villages, water meadows, woodlands and vineyards. Your route then takes you along the course of the river Yonne with several swimming possibilities along the way to Ligny, a short 10km from Chablis. You'll then cycle on to Vermenton passing through many small wine villages and along the river once again. Highlights of the tour include the celebrated stained glass at St Etienne, the ancient crypt at the abbey of St Germain, the early Gothic abbey of Pontigny and Chablis, where wine has been made for over a millennium!

Highlights

  • iconRiverside cafes and beaches
  • iconGentle, relaxing cycling on totally unspoilt quiet routes; very easy to get to from the UK
  • iconRoman and Romanesque abbeys; Gothic and Renaissance chateaux
  • iconBased on our popular 6 night, Chablis">https://www.headwater.com/holidays/cycling/france/C06BU.htm">Chablis Vineyards Cycling
  • iconWorld-famous vineyards and local wines
  • iconFlower adorned villages, hidden meadows, picturesque rivers and canals
  • iconHistoric Auxerre, home to the Gothic Cathedral of St Etienne

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrive at Auxerre

This is one of France's prettiest medieval cities, on the banks of the Yonne, and your base for tonight. Here you'll find two Gothic churches: the Cathedral of St-Etienne (13th & 16th century with magnificent stained glass windows) and the Abbey of St-Germain (14th & 15th century with 19th century crypt). *(Hotel Normandie, Breakfast only)*

icon Day 2 : Auxerre to Ligny-le-Chatel

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Leaving Auxerre, it's flat gentle cycling along the River Yonne and through the forest of St-Germain to Seignelay (scene of the 8th century defeat of the Saracens); here you'll find castle remains, a fine market hall and pretty views over the Serein. Head via the magnificent abbey at Pontigny (which gave sanctuary to Thomas a Beckett) to Ligny-le-Chatel. *(Relais St Vincent, Half Board)*

icon Day 3 : Ligny-Le-Chatel to Nitry

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Cycle along country lanes to Chablis, surrounded by its famous vineyards and with plenty of opportunities for wine testing. Continue on through the Serein Valley before heading west to Nitry. You stay at the Auberge de la Beursaudiere with breakfast and evening meal included.

icon Day 4 : Nitry to Auxerre

Meals: breakfast

Pedal to Cravant, then follow the towpath towards Auxerre and picnic on the banks of the Yonne. Head to the amazing Bailly wine cellars where Cremant sparkling wines are made, before returning to historic Auxerre, with its abbey, cathedral, shops and superb indoor and outdoor swimming complexes. You stay at the Hotel Normandie with breakfast included.

icon Day 5 : Leave Auxerre

Meals: breakfast

Leave Auxerre

What's Included

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    Luggage transfers between hotels

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    High quality hybrid bikes

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    Meals

    4 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners.

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    Services of your local Headwater Representative

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    /RideWithGPS/ navigation app

What's Not Included

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    Arrival and departure transfers (for land only bookings)

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    Supplement for single traveller (includes single accommodation supplement)

Food

“La Bourgogne est bien dans son assiette”. This is very much cuisine du terroir, a traditional gastronomy with its roots deep in the soil. The fantastic wines of the region play an important part in many dishes: boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, saupiquet de jambon, oeufs sauce meurette, smelly wine washed cheeses like the popular Epoisses - the list could go on indefinitely! St Florentin, Soumaintrain, Chaource and Crottin de Chavignol are the other main Burgundian cheeses. Before dinner, you may also try the typical Kir drink, made with white Bourgogne Aligoté and the regional Crême de Cassis. The Auxerre vineyards have been renowned since the Middle Ages, when the wine was transported to Paris and beyond along the River Yonne. At the end of C19 the Yonne had more vineyards than all of Burgundy and Beaujolais together but sadly, like all of Europe’s vineyards, these were ravaged by phylloxera.

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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