Burgundy: The Wine Route

In storied Burgundy, pleasures are meant to be savored slowly – and that’s exactly what this delightful bicycling vacation was designed to do.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 16 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 1/2 - 4 1/2 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Burgundy: The Wine Route

We’ll spend time in Lyon, a gastronomic mecca, then set off for Dijon, which has attracted musicians, artists and writers for centuries. Along the way, we’ll cycle through some of the most famous vineyards in the world … roll along the pleasant Route des Jardins (Garden Route) … join in a popular local pastime at a family home … and taste to region’s famous wine. Only VBT gives you the time you need to drink it all in!

Cultural Highlights

  • Cycle through some of the most famous vineyards in the world
  • Play pétanque and enjoy homemade dessert at a local home
  • Taste Burgundy’s famous vintages at a local wine cellar
  • Tour the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune, the region’s most famous landmark
  • Explore Dijon, third in France for its number of protected historic buildings
  • Trace the pleasant Route des Jardins (Garden Route) along the Canal de Bourgogne
  • Celebrate your journey over dinner at a Dijon restaurant

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance. Ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists alike.

Average Daily Mileage: 16 – 35 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2.5 – 4.5 hours

What to Expect

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Lyon
Apr 58°  May 67°  Jun 73°  Jul 80°  Aug 79°  Sep 72°  Oct 61°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Lyon
Apr 2.4  May 3  Jun 3.1  Jul 2.6  Aug 3.1  Sep 3  Oct 3.4

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in fine family-run or historic inns and 4-star hotels
  • 11 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 3 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in fine family run or historic inns and 3- or 4-star hotels
  • 13 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Lyon – 2 nights for only $245 • Post Trip: Paris – 2 nights for only $345

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception with your leaders and fellow travelers
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $745 | Land Only Single Supplement: $595

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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly to Lyon

Depart the U.S. for France. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Lyon

Upon arrival at Lyon Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please note: Make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps the representative identify you.

After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will welcome you to France and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van (approximately 40 minutes, depending on traffic) to your Lyon hotel. Important: If you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the Lyon Airport, please call 06 68 32 22 05 from within France. Outside of France, call +33 6 68 32 22 05.

VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations for what to see and do in Lyon. VBT has included a one-day transportation pass for the day you are in Lyon. The whole city is yours from dawn to dusk to come and go as you please on the city's network of buses, trams and subway. You will receive your individual passes upon check-in at hotel reception. Use the rest of the day to relax or to begin exploring the city. Please note that hotel check-in is at 2:00 p.m., but the hotel will try to have rooms available earlier if possible.

Hotel: Hotel Charlemagne

DAY 3: All guests meet in Lyon / Transfer to hotel via Cluny / Warm-up ride

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet one of your Trip Leaders in the lobby of the Hotel Charlemagne at 9:00 a.m. He or she will be wearing VBT staff garments. If your arrival in Lyon is scheduled later than 9:00 a.m. or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi or train to the hotel in Tournus at your own expense. Taxi cost is approximately €200 (travel time is approximately 1 hour to the first hotel); train cost is approximately €30 (travel time approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes). If you have taken the train, depart the train station and take a right; you will see the hotel on the opposite side of the road about 300 yards away. If you experience any travel delays or changes to your schedule, please contact the first hotel to advise the staff, and they will inform your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leader in the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. We will transfer by bus via Cluny to the first hotel in Tournus.

Cluny, the former abbey and home of the Pope around AD 910, was larger than St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. It was later dynamited, and its richly carved stones were sold by an unscrupulous lot that included a local priest! We stroll along the ancient stone streets of Cluny with our local guide. We've timed our visit to fall on a market day, so you'll have the opportunity to buy some local specialties for lunch on your own.

Arrive at your Tournus hotel, meet your second Trip Leader, and have free time to settle in before your Trip Leaders offer a safety and bike-fitting session. We'll warm up with a brief ride on a new bike path along the River Saône.

After the ride and some time to freshen up, meet for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Le Rempart
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 6 miles (10 km)

DAY 4: Tournus loops

We cycle flat lands along the tranquil banks of the Saône, through quiet villages and lovely farms, fields and ponds. We stop for lunch in the small town of Sennecey Le Grand. Here, you may wish to visit the SAS Museum, dedicated to the Special Air Service soldiers who risked their lives by going behind enemy lines during World War II.

We continue after lunch along more scenic paths. You'll have afternoon options for a moderate or long ride, or you can opt for the shuttle.

Tonight you are free to enjoy dinner on your own in one of the local restaurants, or you may choose to eat in the hotel's renowned bistro.

Hotel: Hotel Le Rempart
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 12, 20 or 33 miles (19, 32 or 53 km)

DAY 5: Cycle through the Côte de Beaune

This morning, we hop on a shuttle and briefly cycle through the vineyards of the Côte Chalonaise. At Chalon Sur Saône, we pedal along the Voie Verte bike path following the Canal du Centre to Santenay. Afterward, continue on small roads through the world-famous vineyards of the Côtes de Beaune, passing renowned villages such as Puligny Montrachet, Meursault and Pommard—considered by many oenophiles as the mecca of Chardonnay production.

This afternoon, there'll be time for lunch on your own. You can return to Beaune at a time that suits you. After time to relax, we walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Le Cep
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 15 or 28 miles (24 or 45 km)

DAY 6: Home-hosted lunch / Wine tasting

After an elaborate breakfast (which includes wine and cheese for those who are so inclined), we leave serious wine country and head into the countryside on narrow, quiet roads to the small hamlet of Cussigney. We are invited to the summer home of a local family in a historic locale. Here, enjoy a game of pétanque before a picnic lunch prepared by your Trip Leaders, followed by homemade dessert and coffee or tea with our generous hosts.

We find our way back to Beaune through forests, villages and—depending on the time of year—sunflower or canola fields. We settle back into our hotel, relax for a while, then walk into town to a local wine cellar to taste some of the regional wines before continuing to enjoy dinner in one of the fine restaurants on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Le Cep
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 12, 21 or 29 miles (20, 33.5 or 47 km)

DAY 7: Hospices de Beaune / Routes des Grands Crus / Dijon

This morning, we take a 5-minute walk to the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune (also known as the Hotel Dieu), the epicenter of Beaune. This perfectly preserved historic treasure was the recipient of Europe's earliest philanthropic endeavors and today is still entirely financed by private donations. It has never been closed a single day in more than 500 years! This authentic masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art and architecture is Burgundy's single most-visited site; you will understand why after setting foot inside the stunning courtyard. We visit the Hospice, then set out on our bike path toward Dijon, the beautiful capital of Burgundy.

Our cycle route today takes us through some of the most famous vineyards in the world. We wind our way to Nuits St George, the region where famed Côte de Nuits red wines are produced. Here, we stop to choose from different lunch options on your own before we cycle along the narrow lanes used as access routes by local vineyard workers. In this area, monks toiled for centuries making wine for religious services. Historians now point out they likely kept the very best wine for themselves. It is thought that the very first red wines in the world were made here – and that monks macerated the grape skins so the typical rosé wine would more closely resemble the blood of Christ.

The entire stretch of vineyards from Beaune to Dijon is currently under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the Route des Grands Crus, you may wish to stop and explore old and charming villages such as Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin before continuing all the way to the outskirts of Dijon. As we enter the capital of Burgundy, we'll marvel at the astonishingly well-preserved city center. Dijon, often called “Sleeping Beauty,” is third in France for its number of protected historic buildings, with more than 100 acres of the city center protected. This capital of the former ducal kingdom has attracted musicians, artists and writers for centuries.

After checking into our hotel, we set out on a walking tour with our Trip Leaders. This evening, venture out on our own to wander the medieval cobbled streets and find just the right place to enjoy an apero (aperitif) and dinner on our own.

Hotel: Grand Hotel de la Cloche
Meals: B
Daily Options: 12, 26 or 29 miles (20, 41 or 46 km)

DAY 8: Dijon / Burgundian canal / Valley de L'Ouche

After breakfast, we cycle directly from the hotel to the Route des Jardins (Garden Route) and the pleasant byway along the Canal de Bourgogne to Pont de Pany.

Our short option loops back to Dijon; longer options head into the Valley de L'Ouche along the winding River L'Ouche and the canal. The bucolic scenery here has made this route a favorite of every off-the-beaten-path traveler in France for its lush, peaceful and unspoiled countryside — true France.

In Dijon, you might browse the many fine museums specializing in everything from fine arts, sacred art and archeology to natural history and daily Burgundian life. Each is free and housed in a historic building.

Tonight, we finish our week of cycling with a dinner in one of Dijon’s restaurants.

Hotel: Grand Hotel de la Cloche
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 14, 27 or 35 miles (22, 43 or 56 km)

DAY 9: Transfer to Dijon railway station / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour ends after breakfast. It is a short 5-minute walk to the Dijon train station if you wish to take a train.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, walk to the Dijon train station (your luggage will be taken in the van) and continue by high-speed train to Paris. Upon arrival, you will be met by a VBT representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations for what to see and do in Paris. Use the rest of the day to relax or to begin exploring Paris.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Paris Opera
Meals: B
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DAY 10: Depart for Home

After breakfast*, transfer to the Paris Charles De Gaulle airport for your return flight.** Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” The transfer is prearranged by VBT and is prepaid. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Hotel Le Cep

It won’t take long to see that Beaune’s Hotel Le Cep, tucked into the heart of the medieval city, was made for royalty. This was Louis XIV’s favorite accommodation when he visited Burgundy, and it’s sure to be yours, too. This unique lodging was established as a private home in the 16th century. Its grounds include buildings built as early as the 14th century, and its “newest” structures date to the 18th century. The 1547 courtyard is overlooked by Italianate galleries and two lovely towers. You’ll savor the local flavor in the hotel’s renowned restaurant, whose wine list boasts 50 regional wines. The Hotel Le Cep is one of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” and has again been included in the 500 best hotels list from Travel + Leisure for 2013, demonstrating its excellence in quality.
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Millennium Hotel Paris Opera

The Millennium Opera Paris combines the elegance and splendor of the 1920s with modern, comfortable amenities. In addition to a restaurant, the Millennium Hotel Paris Opera offers a lounge bar where guests can enjoy snacks and drinks by the fireplace and cocktails in the evenings, all with the background of music from the grand piano. Room service is available around the clock. Multilingual staff on the 24-hour front desk can recommend places to visit and provide concierge services, including theater and opera reservations and transportation arrangements. Wireless Internet access covers all public areas of the hotel and guest rooms. The hotel features 163 air-conditioned guest rooms with traditional décor in light colors, and includes period-style wood furniture with green leather-topped writing desks. All rooms offer satellite television, pay movies, safe, trouser press, minibar and coffee/tea-making facilities. En-suite bathrooms include hair dryers. The full-sized desks also feature high-speed Internet connections.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel le Rempart

Past and present converge at the Hotel Le Rempart, a 4-star, family-run establishment built on medieval ramparts and set on the site of a 15th-century guardhouse. Inside, find an elegant, modern ambiance and a focus on the cuisine for which Lyon is famous. In the restaurant, enjoy a creative menu based on fresh local produce, or dine in the bistro, whose menu is also served on the delightful Romanesque patio in warm weather.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Charlemagne

The Hotel Charlemagne is located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers, on an island just south of the Lyon’s historic center but still within walking distance of all the major sites. Enjoy delicious cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, lounge and snack bar. Each of the 116 rooms features air conditioning, LCD TV, Internet access and direct-dial telephone.
Free WiFi Included

Grand Hotel de la Cloche

In the heart of the capital of Burgundy, this hotel is conveniently located near the Old Town and a number of attractions, including museums and the Ducal Palace. This historic hotel was built in 1884 and is listed as a heritage building. Delightful gourmet French and international cuisine are available at its two restaurants. Its amenities include a fitness center, and a golf course is available for use close to the hotel.
Free WiFi Included
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  • Great scenery, food and wine.

    This trip combines great way to one of the premier wine growing areas of France. There is fine dining along the route. Scenery is great and the local knowledge of the VBT guides makes for an excellent tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 29, 2014
    Posted by: Rich
    From: Chicago area
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fantastic Bike Tour Burgundy is Beautiful

    As usual, our guides, Didier and Jean Francois, were terrific. They set the tone on the very first meeting at the Hotel in Lyon. Always a smile, trying to learn our names, helping with our bags, answering all concerns, being gracious and fun. Burgundy is an area of beauty, and our guides with their knowledge of the places we were and the history of the area made biking and touring so much more enjoyable. From the very first town of Tournus and hotel Le Rempart, one star Michelin dining, the bike routes, this was a excellent tour. We had days with flat riding on Canals, to hills, riding through vineyards, as far as the eye could see. There were options to ride each day, short, medium, and long, with just enough Kilometers to satisfy all. Many days the long option was in excess of 30 miles which was perfect, hills to climb, flats to catch your breath, all while seeing neat little towns, Roman Ruins, and vineyards. The fabulous town of Beaune with an included wine tour and our centrally located Hotel made it easy to explore, was just great. Finally the town of Dijon, is a dream for shopping and food. Our farewell dinner, we were treated to a wine tasting, entrance into the chef's kitchen and watched him prepare our meal for the night. He explained every nuance in detail and that was a highlight. We had a large private room and multiple courses to enjoy our hosts, guides, and new biking buddies. The route directions were very good, some wrong turns, extra K's, but soon back on the proper route. Just when we thought, we might be lost, we turned a corner and there was one of our guides with the van and a terrific array of food, drink, and a much needed rest. I would recommend this bike tour, as one of the best I have taken with VBT. The guides on every one of our trips have been sensational. They really do add to the total enjoyment of biking, culture, history and personality of these tours.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 02, 2014
    Posted by: Corvette01
    From: Greenbrae, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • ANOTHER EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

    our fourth vbt trip and we still love the organization and details that are attended to. Gentle rolling trails through beautiful vineyards with great guides. Hotels were wonderful , meals great too. I would highly recommend this trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: May 31, 2014
    Posted by: jackg
    From: Jericho VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Cycling is really the best way to see Burgundy and VBT provides all amenities to make the experience positively memorable in every way!

    We enjoyed a wonderful holiday with VBT in Burgundy. Xavier and Geoff were excellent guides and lovely human beings. The accommodations were ideal, not ostentatious but elegant just the same. We will return to VBT without a doubt.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 30, 2014
    Posted by: DebbieC
    From: Lake Oswego, OR, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This wine tour had great features

    Everything was great. I have one doubt , though. I met the group already in France, in Lyon...could you please check if you also charged me for the air ticket? I paid way over 3000E, which I thought quite expensive, considering I had to pay for my trip to Lyon....I'd appreciate your help in clearing out this point. Thanks a lot

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2013
    Posted by: Carlotta
    From: Paris, France
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wonderful experience

    This is a great easy cycling trip that has a nice balance of sightseeing, wine education, fine dining, and luxury accommodations. The cycling is almost all on bike paths or roads with no traffic. The guides were terrific in providing us with some more challenging routes at our request.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2013
    Posted by: NancyM
    From: Malvern, PA 19355, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great, great trip!

    Wonderful!! Everything, even the weather, was great. Tour guides were extremely helpful, and fun to be with. Accomodations were super, and the food was as advertised. Great great trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 21, 2013
    Posted by: Welch1
    From: Grants Pass, OR, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • a great trip

    The Burgundy biking trip is a trip of a lifetime for us. We had such a wonderful time with the people from all parts of the US. Our tour guides were the best. They helped us at all hours of the day and night if need be. They knew the area, the culture, the food, the sites, the important people of the cities. Our tour through the vineyards and quaint small villages was beautiful. The history here is remarkable and we enjoyed all of it. VBT had so many fun things, interesting things,great meals and fun people to meet. We totally loved our vacation in France and hope to some day maybe make it to Italy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 17, 2013
    Posted by: Lynn21
    From: Buffalo, MN 55313, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • UNBELIEVABLE!!

    What a fantastic way to see France!! I've never been there before and VBT made the experience unbelievable! Riding through the beautiful French countryside with fantastic tour guides was a lifetime experience! I can't recommend this tour more highly. Ending the trip in Paris was the icing on the cake!! Thank you VBT for a lifetime memory!! Audrey and Jean Francois were the absolute best tour leaders EVER !!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 07, 2013
    Posted by: jsdoc56
    From: Highlands, NJ
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent tour location, bike routes, support

    The Burgundy region was beautiful. I enjoyed the food, the wine, the interesting history and geography provided by the tour leaders. The trip leaders were outstanding. The bikes were very comfortable, well maintained, and appropriate for the terrain. My best VBT cycling trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 23, 2013
    Posted by: spottss
    From: Nashville, TN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great scenery, food and wine!

    Really enjoyed the combination of gastronomy and activity. I tell my friends that VBT vacations are a great way to combine activity and indulgence. We cycled an average of 30 miles a day at a leisurely pace - no excessively challenging terrain. Many additional activities were included in the tour price - wine tasting, guided tour of Cluny, two picnic lunches and two tours of historic buildings. Tournus, Beaunne and Dijon were appealing locations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2013
    Posted by: JRS2013
    From: Eastern Massachusetts
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Like a Fairy Tale Book

    This was my first time to France and this tour exceeded my expectations. Riding through the beautiful wine country and green rolling hills through small old towns was amazing - the landscape was so serene I felt like I was in fairy tale land. The guides Sophie and Xavier were fabulous. The accomodations were excellent as well. The food and wine was some of the best I've ever had. The only change I would make would be to have longer rides to burn more calories to make more room for great food, ice cream, and gelato.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: PennyS
    From: Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • my 3rd vbt tour

    First 2 alone. This time I brought my oldest son. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and was endearing to the others on tour. So, aside from the cycling and camaraderie, this time away from the usual routine was particularly special. As a veteran of vbt tours, I got what I expected. Good value and fun-filled time.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 06, 2013
    Posted by: Steve
    From: White Plains, NY, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Ooh La La!

    This was our second VBT bike trip, and we worried that it could not possibly be as fantastic as our first trip to Ireland was - but it was! Great riding through some of the world's most famous vineyards, feasting on some of the best cuisine in all of France and touring some the cutest country villages and interesting cities in France - all under the guidance of two of the most wonderful guides at VBT. I am not the biker in the family - that would be my husband. But we enjoyed Ireland so much that I agreed to do one more VBT trip with him. We chose the Burgundy region because I will bike for wine. :) But, before we left, I told him this would be the last biking trip. Well ... it was also such an enjoyable trip, that it seems I have agreed to another VBT trip - this time to Italy. I hear there is good wine there, too.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2013
    Posted by: bnkrby25
    From: Columbia, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What a fabulous experience

    We travelled to Burgundy with VBT in October 2012 and had a simply fabulous experience. Our tour guides Nico and Audry couldn't have been more helpful or knowledgeable; twice we got lost and suddenly found the VBT van in front of us letting us know that we were off the route...how do they do that? The food on the trip is wonderful, especially the cooking class and the picnics. The restaurants VBT picks are excellent. We also got engaged on our trip, and it couldn't have been a more romantic experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 19, 2012
    Posted by: Geoffrey012
    From: Bloomfield, NJ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Trip of a Lifetime!

    This was our first VBT tour, and we'll be back for more. From the moment we arrived at the airport, VBT delivered everything they promised. Guides were amazing, hotels were outstanding, food was delicious, bikes were great, and each day was a new adventure. This was my first real "road trip" on a bike and VBT made it a memorable one. Thanks, VBT! David and Debbie Drown

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: Ddrownx2
    From: Ellicott City, MD
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A perfect blend of town and country

    Even a touch of rain couldn't dampen my wonderful week in Burgundy. In addition to scenic biking along canals and through countryside and vineyards, our week included two nights each in Beaune and Dijon. Our hotels in these exceptionally charming towns were memorble, and there was plenty of opportunity to explore the architecture, museums, and of course, the shops! The cuisine was outstanding, and the cooking school experience was my favorite of all prior VBT trips. The pre and post stays in Lyon and Paris, respectively, were thoroughly enjoyable. Lyon was a gem that I might not have discovered had it not been for the VBT package. This was my 6th VBT adventure, and I look forward to many more.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 30, 2012
    Posted by: Cheryl
    From: Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Burgundy - beautiful in the fall

    VBT's Burgundy: The Wine Route provided a scenic and enjoyable route through the vineyards and countryside of Burgundy, from Cluny and Tournus (outside Lyon) to Dijon. In retrospect it might have been less damp a week or two earlier - it was pretty wet the week in September we went - but you can't always control the weather and we had a great time nevertheless. We enjoyed the Burgundian cuisine and learning about the local wines. Even just the simpler things - good baguettes and luscious cheeses - were incredible. This is a beautiful trip overall and all I could have wished for were a couple extra days of riding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: Liza59
    From: Hereford, AZ 85615, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Perfect mix of great food & wine, beautiful bike routes & historic hotels

    The well-planned biking routes brought us through one of the worlds centers of fine food and wine. Our guides Stephane and Audrey made everything easy and fun, and they were excellent ambassadors for the country and region. The pre-trip in Lyon surprised us with the great food and roman history. We were delighted with the whole experience on our first VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 11, 2012
    Posted by: George77
    From: Boston Suburbs, Massachusetts, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Burgundy tour exceeded expectation

    A few years ago, myself and my wife, had taken a VBT Tuscany tour, which I had defined as, "my best vacation, ever." Having that experience, I thought that another VBT tour could never measure up. I had the concept that much of what I had loved about the Tuscany tour was the total VBT experience: bicycling in an exotic location, cuddling by tour guides, cultural emersion, gastronomic sense overload, and that another VBT tour would, to a large degree, be a duplication and thus not provide the "wow" I had experienced in Tuscany. When people ask my now how my trip to France was, my response has been, "great." What happed to change my above described anxiety? You guys run a great tour. Yes, the "newness" of the VBT experience can never be duplicated, but the VBT experience you provide, bicycling, tour guides, cultural, gastronomic, got me to love the Burgundy tour. Looks, to me, like a third tour is likely.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Paul
    From: Stony Brook, NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The tour was a great experience and all-around fun

    VBT made this trip a real pleasure. We were well taken care of throughout the entire experience. The hotels along the route were excellent, the food was exceptional, and the scenery was amazing. Having travelled throughout France in the past, the Burgundy region is now one of our favorite parts. Sophie and Bruno, our trip leaders, are to be commended for doing a great job. We definitely would recommend this trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: AliJim1
    From: Oxford, PA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Outstanding choice for first time tour with VBT

    Rides though vineyards and along barge tow paths provide a delightful glimpse of the Burgundy countryside. Passing through the Grand Cru vineyards is a wine lover's dream. This tour is a perfect choice for food and wine lovers and riding enthusiasts.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 22, 2012
    Posted by: Ray1084
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Best in Bourgogne

    Everything about this cycling tour is just perfect---the sights, the route, the stops, the scenery, the food, shared information, the places we visited, and on and on. After four cycling trips in France in recent years, this one gets a "100" plus!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: TomNorthwest
    From: Seattle, WA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Burgundy was the best

    This was a wonderful tour. The mileage each day was appropriate for the rating given and our tour leaders were knowledgeable about the area and were great about giving us landmarks to stop and see along the way. The food and wine were excellent! We would definitely recommend this tour and would like to go back some day to explore more of Burgundy on our own!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Lori60
    From: Chicago, IL
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Burgundy

    Great cycling, wonderful views, fantastic food, excellent guides.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Lori
    From: Philadelphia
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Outstanding from stat to finish.

    This tour was well planned from start to finish. Each day seemed to present new surprises, from tours of local sites of interest, to fun and delicious picnics along the road. The trip leaders were always engaging, cheerfully participating as if a part of the group, not apart from the group - although they both worked very hard to make everything run smoothly from the very beginning to the very end of the tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Beau
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • amazing

    wine and terroir, great views, spectacular area of europe, highly recommended

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: bonz
    From: south florida
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • They know what they're doing

    I was impressed with the timing of the trip organizers: when to bring us together as a group, when to let us go off on our own, when to hit the road, when to take a rest, etc. There were sixteen of us plus the two leaders and by week's end, we were a very affable group, enjoying each other's company as much as we enjoyed the sights and experiences of the tour. Also, I liked the hotels and restaurants that VBT booked us into.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 13, 2012
    Posted by: TallTchr
    From: Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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