Chablis Vineyards Cycling

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Gentle, relaxing 6-night cycling holiday through traditional french villages and the vineyards of Burgundy. Lots of wine tasting opportunities of world-famous wines along your route!

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
Accommodation
Hotel Normandie (3 star)
This hotel was originally a maison bourgeoise until it was converted into a hotel by an ex-patissier! It has now been in Mme Ramise's family for over 45 years. The hotel only provides breakfast, although a la carte room service is possible (very reasonably priced and a good selection of hot and cold dishes). However, it's fun to explore the lovely town of Auxerre and there are plenty of good restaurants in all price ranges within 5-15 minutes walk. There's a public swimming pool in the town and a sauna at the hotel (approx 7). There is a secure closed garage behind the hotel (5 per day) or free parking in front (ask at reception).

Relais St Vincent (3 star)
The Relais St Vincent offers 15 stylish, comfortable rooms, with en suite bathrooms, television and telephone. A former coaching house, it offers superb food in a beautiful dining room with thick wooden beams and chandeliers.

Auberge de la Beursaudiere (3 star equivalent)
The Auberge de la Beursaudiere, formerly a farm building and before that a priory offers individually decorated rooms that take their name from traditional professions including La Coutiere (seamstress), La Dentelliere (lacemaker) and Maquignon (horse-dealer). The restaurant offers regional cuisine that changes according to the season.

Single Supplement
Add 37 per night for sole occupancy of a double room.
Travel
British Airways Heathrow to Paris CDG 07:15/09:35 then rail Paris Bercy to Auxerre 12:33/14:20, transfer to hotel 10 minutes. Transfer to station 10 minutes then rail Auxerre to Paris Bercy 11:43/13:27 then British Airways Paris CDG to Heathrow 17:40/17:50.
Destinations
  • Europe
  • France
  • Burgundy
Tour Types
  • Cycling
  • Self Guided
Departure Points
  • London Airport
Day 1: Arrive at Auxerre
This is one of France's prettiest mediaeval 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 century and 16th century with magnificent stained glass windows) and the Abbey of St-Germain (13th 14th century with a 19th century crypt).

Day 2: Auxerre to Ligny-le-Chatel 32km/20mi
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.

Day 3: At Ligny-le-Chatel
Originally this was the Roman Lanniacum Castrum; later, Marguerite de Bourgogne lived here. See the Church of St Peter and St Paul (Romanesque on the inside, Renaissance outside). It's just a 10km cycle to the small village of Chablis, almost entirely given over to the production of the world's most celebrated white wine. There are masses of tasting opportunities here, and don't forget - we can pick up any purchases for you with the Headwater Wine Service. You may also visit Pontigny, reputed to be home of the greatest Cistercian abbey in the country.

Day 4: Ligny-le-Chatel to Nitry 49km/31mi
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.

Day 5: At Nitry
Medieval Noyers-sur-Serein is a 10km cycle ride away. Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, discover its half timbered houses, cobbled streets and ancient towers.

Day 6: Nitry to Auxerre 44km/28mi
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.

Day 7: Leave Auxerre
Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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After a successful 10 years specialising in France, Headwater launched a new Great Walks in Europe brochure in 1995, offering a selection of hand-picked guided walking holidays in eight countries. As a result of the phenomenal success of this, a year later the first self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Italy were launched.

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With more than 32 years’ experience, their collection now includes 59 self-guided and 12 guided walking holidays and 62 cycling holidays. Their canoeing holiday in the Dordogne remains as popular as ever, as well as their choice of winter snow holidays (cross-country skiing and winter walking) that run between December and April in Austria and Norway.

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