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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 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 free leaflet 'Train et Vélo' available from most stations. 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.
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 120 by 90 cm. They also have a registered baggage service, Esprit Europe where you send your bicycle on ahead for £25 each way, 24 hrs before your departure.
Ferries usually take bikes free, as do Air France and British Airways. 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.
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