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Cycling - A Vélo
Whether you choose to make cycle rides from your base locally or go on a fully fledged cycling holiday, Burgundy has much to offer. You can plan your own route, go on a self-guided tour following a set itinerary, or a take a fully escorted trip.
Going It Alone
If you enjoy planning the route, going it alone gives you ultimate flexibility and a greater sense of adventure. You don't have the luxury of your luggage being transported for you (see below) but of course, you have far greater freedom of choice.
Taking your own bike
France is a bike-friendly place and travelling on French trains is easy. There is a lot of useful information on this on www.velo.sncf.com. You can take your bike on trains marked with a bicycle in the timetable and some TGVs allow you to take a bike free of charge or for the modest sum of 10 euros..
Travelling from the UK on Eurostar, you can take a bike as part of your baggage allowance, providing that it is dismantled and packed in a bag no larger than 85 cm long. Between 85 and 120 cm long you need to use the registered luggage service, Eurodespatch which costs £10 each way from London or 15 euros from Paris or Brussels. Fully assembled bikes over 120 cm long, the cost is £30 each way..
Ferries usually take bikes free, as do Air France and British Airways as part of your luggage allowance. Low cost airlines may charge you.
Bikes for hire
Bourgogne Evasion supplies high quality hybrid bikes at 18 euros a day with reduced rates for longer term rentals. They will deliver the bike and accessories such as helmets, to your hotel in the area or meet you at the Beaune Tourist Office with the bikes. Luggage delivery can also be arranged.
Bike friendly hotels in burgundy
The Logis hotel chain offers 16 bike friendly hotels in Burgundy for the independent traveller. A bike store is provided, your luggage can be transported for you to the next hotel (for a fee), the hotelier is knowledgeable about routes, repairs, bike hire and the weather, and will provide a hearty breakfast for the early bird. You never know when some back-up will come in handy. Here is the list of bike friendly hotels, each one bookable online.
self-guided cycling TOURS
If you want all the headaches and planning done for you, so that you arrive on holiday, pick up a bike, follow the itinerary, and the accommodation is there waiting for you, then a self-guided tour is a good option. Your luggage is transported for you and you travel at your own pace, stopping off for a lazy lunch, to view a château or taste a glass of wine next to the vineyard. Discover France Adventures is a well established company offering cycling and walking tours in the Burgundy vineyards. More...
fully escorted tours