Chablis Vineyards Self-Guided Cycling

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Start:France
Finish:Burgundy
Duration:0 Nights
Suitable for: 8 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely
Meals:6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

Overview

A historic region, reflected in the traditional architecture in the many villages and towns that you pass through, Burgundy also offers a very relaxed pace of life and the rolling hills of the Yonne area provide gentle charming cycling routes. Starting with historic Auxerre, a lovely mediaeval 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! .......read more
Highlights
  • Gentle, relaxing cycling on totally unspoilt routes; very easy to get to from the UK
  • Flower adorned villages, hidden meadows, picturesque rivers and canals
  • World-famous vineyards and local wines
  • Riverside cafes and beaches
  • Historic Auxerre, home to the Gothic Cathedral of St Etienne
  • Roman and Romanesque abbeys; Gothic and Renaissance chateaux
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 19th century 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.

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tour details

This tour is operated by Exodus

Start:France
Finish:Burgundy
Duration:0 Nights
Suitable for: 8 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely
Meals:6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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