Burgundy Bike Tour: How to Do Your Own Self-Guided Tour

by | Last updated May 2, 2024 | Best Biking Europe, France

With some of the best (and most expensive) wine in the world, the Burgundy wine region in France is a wine lover’s dream. One unique way to immerse yourself in French wine country is to do a Burgundy bike tour through the vineyards. This experience is #2 of 77 on my ultimate couples bucket list!

The 22 km Veloroute La Voie Des Vignes is one of the most scenic bike rides we have ever done. Follow my guide to help you plan out your own DIY bike tour.

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Burgundy Bike Tour Rental



Book your bike rental at Bourgogne Evasion in Beaune.

With 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, they are the go-to company for bike rentals in Beaune and Dijon.

They were very quick to respond to my inquiries and gave me great suggestions on planning my route. I loved that they had our bikes ready at opening time, and we were able to get biking right away.

Bourgogne Evasion bike rental shop in Beaune

Bourgogne Evasion bike rental shop



You have the option to choose from a hybrid bike (20€/day), E-Bike (45€/day), or a road bike (50€/day).

My husband bikes frequently and would have chosen a hybrid bike. However, I knew there were some hills involved and I wanted this to be a very relaxed experience, so I convinced him to get E-bikes.

I have no regrets.

The E-bikes were a blast and also ensured we made it to our wine tastings if we were running a little behind.

E-bikes used on our Burgundy bike tour

E-bikes used on our Burgundy bike tour

Important to note as you select your bike is the bike trail is all paved. There are only a few sections where you have to cross a main road.

The total distance of the Veloroute La Voie Des Vignes is 22 km (13.6 miles), but we did an extra section along the canal from Chagny.

Our total distance came to 30 km (18.9 miles).



If you do not want to do the bike tour on your own, Bourgogne Evasion also offers half-day and full-day group tours.

There are pros and cons to doing a group tour.

One perk of choosing a group tour is you do not have to arrange lunch and wine tastings in advance and worry about being late. It’s all taken care of for you.

One disadvantage to a group tour is you do not experience the full bike route and the extra scenic section along the canal to Chagny.

Also, there’s also not as much flexibility on stopping points. Since we did the bike tour on our own, I could choose when I wanted to suddenly stop and take a photo or spend more time in one town vs. the other.

But this “freedom” also meant we had to arrange wine tastings on our own and had to make sure we were on time, so there was a little more pressure.

If you choose to do a guided bike tour, Get Your Guide offers several highly-rated tours as noted below.

Map of Our Burgundy Bike Tour

My husband made a map of our Burgundy bike tour using the AllTrails app.

We started using AllTrails several years ago because we hike quite a bit. You can download hiking and biking routes offline, which helps you stay on track. It’s the best $35.99/yr we have ever spent!

Our Burgundy bike tour as seen on AllTrails

In summary, we rented our bikes in Beaune, took the train to Chagny, biked along the canal to Santenay, and then biked our way back up to Beaune via the wine villages of Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, and Pommard.

Refer back to this map as you read through my guide to make sense of the route.

Where to Start: Beaune or Chagny

The answer to this question DEPENDS on which wineries and lunch place you choose.

We originally wanted to bike from Beaune to Pommard for our first wine tasting at 10 am, cycle through all the wine villages to Chagny, take the train from Chagny back to Beaune, and then have our last wine tasting in Beaune.

However, we arrived in Burgundy during harvest season.

This is an incredibly exciting time, but it does make it very difficult to schedule wine tastings since everyone is busy. The winery in Pommard could only do our visit + tasting in the afternoon, so we altered our schedule.

Our new schedule required us to take the train to Chagny first and bike our way back up to Pommard and Beaune to make it to the afternoon tastings.

Chagny train station

Chagny train station

Bikes on the Train

If you haven’t already, go to the Trainline mobile website.

The best resource we used in France!

It gives you all the train times and platforms to be on. Plus, you can book your tickets directly from the site (all in English!).

The earliest we could pick the bikes up was at 9 am. It takes about 10 minutes to bike from Bourgogne Evasion bike rental shop to the train station in Beaune.

We took the 10:02 am train from Beaune to Chagny. It’s only an 8-10 minute train ride. This local train allows bikes.

Train from Beaune to Chagny in France

Booking a train ticket from Beaune to Chagny 


If you choose a hybrid or road bike, then you will have no problem getting the bike on and off the train.

However, if you have an E-bike, you will need a little muscle because those E-bikes are HEAVY. It’s like having a mini-motorcycle.

The train station does have little ramps on the side to push your bike up to the platform, but my 5’2” frame could not do it. Luckily, I have a super strong husband, who easily navigated my bike for me.

Then once you have the bike on the platform, choose the train cabin that has the bike symbol on the outside.

Bike cabin on train from Beaune to Chagny France

Bike cabin on train from Beaune to Chagny France

The bike cabin has hooks to hang your bike on. The E-bikes are super heavy and really require strength to position them vertically on the hooks.

I could not physically hang the bike, but the hubby could.

E-bikes on train from Beaune to Chagny France

E-bikes on the train from Beaune to Chagny, France

Our Burgundy Bike Tour Itinerary



We left our charming boutique hotel La Maison de Pommard and picked up our bikes at Bourgogne Evasion promptly at 9 am. There is a huge parking lot to leave your car.

Easy breezy.



We were doing the full bike route and we had two wine tastings lined up, so we knew we wouldn’t have time for a full sit-down lunch.

Instead, we decided to do a picnic lunch.

Before we got on the train to Chagny, we stopped by the cheese shop of Alain Hess.

If you read any of my blog posts, you will notice a running theme of our travels. We love delicious food & wine, and we love to be outdoors.

So, of course, we had to pick up the famous Delice de Pommard Moutarde cheese from the creator himself, Monsieur Alain Hess.

Beautiful cheeses from Alain Hess in Beaune France

Beautiful cheeses from Alain Hess in Beaune, France

This delicious creamy cow’s milk cheese is surrounded by mustard seeds, giving it a hint of spice. Although they did not have bread, they did have some crackers which were perfect for scooping up the cheese.

We also purchased some saucisson (dry-cured sausages) to pair with our meal.

The staff was super friendly and helpful in selecting our food products.

Alternatively, if you are doing a shorter bike route and not many wine tastings, you may want to have a nice sit-down lunch.

While we were still in the planning stages, we narrowed our choices down to two restaurants: Le Bistro d’Olivier and Le Montrachet.  Both are located in the town of Puligny-Montrachet.



We purchased our train tickets through the Trainline app.

After an ungraceful attempt at lugging the E-bikes onto the train, we were off! 10 minutes later we arrived in Chagny.

Note: If you decide to start the bike tour from Beaune instead of Chagny, the Bourgogne Evasion bike shop is right next to the entrance of the trail (a 3-minute bike ride).

Super convenient.   

Entrance to Veloroute La Voie Des Vignes

Entrance to Veloroute La Voie Des Vignes in Beaune (right next to the bike shop)



This section of the trail was gorgeous.

It was flat and made for a very easy, relaxing ride. The bike trail snaked along the river with very picturesque views seen along the way.

Riding bikes along the canal route from Chagny France to Santenay

Riding bikes along the canal route from Chagny, France to Santenay



Santenay was a cute little town with a central water fountain in the center surrounded by beautiful flower arrangements.

Santenay France

Santenay, France

We pressed on and very shortly found ourselves SURROUNDED by endless vineyards and beautiful chateaus.

My husband and I just happened to come during the start of the harvest season, which was very exciting to witness. As we biked around, we saw all the pickers gathering the grapes.

Santenay vineyards

Santenay vineyards

By the way, it is hard to get lost except in the little wine villages.

Sometimes you have to look around for a bit to find the bike symbol sign.

Always follow the green veloroute sign as seen below.

Follow the green veloroute signs in Burgundy

Follow the green veloroute signs during your Burgundy bike tour



As we entered Chassagne-Montrachet, we approached a cute little church and then the grand Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet.

Although we did not do a wine tasting here, the Chateau offers several great wine-tasting packages.

If you do a group full-day tour with Bourgogne Evasion, this is one of the wineries they take you to.

Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet

Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet

The surrounding vineyards are gorgeous. We stopped for a lot of photos in this area.

The Vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet

Vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet



Once you arrive at Puligny-Montrachet, the town has a fun roundabout to ride around a few times.

When we were there during harvest season, we had the pleasure of watching the harvest workers celebrating the end of the season by driving around the circle honking and sending out flares.

The excitement was contagious!

We also saw this cool art feature of a cork butterfly as we left the town. 

Cork butterfly in Puligny-Montrachet

Cork butterfly in Puligny-Montrachet



The wine village of Meursault was my favorite!

Incredibly charming and picturesque. We decided to stop here for our picnic lunch of crackers, Delice de Pommard Moutarde cheese, and saucisson.

Oh, how I love France! All the simple pleasures in life.

If you love cheese, don’t miss my full review of our cheese-tasting class in Paris. 

Enjoying Delice de Pommard Moutarde cheese in Mersault France

Enjoying Delice de Pommard Moutarde cheese in Meursault, France

Enjoying saucisson during our picnic lunch in Mersault France

Enjoying saucisson during our picnic lunch in Meursault, France

There’s a beautiful fountain in the town square with a few benches to enjoy your lunch.

Charming town of Mersault France

Charming town of Meursault, France

After you are done eating, there is a public restroom near the fountain to wash up before you continue the home stretch of your bike ride.

Meursault France

Meursault, France



There was not much to see in the town of Volnay. We cycled through pretty quickly. The surrounding vineyards were beautiful.



We stopped for a few photos in front of this beautiful chateau situated among the vineyards in Volnay before we reached Pommard.

Volnay vineyards

Volnay vineyards

The bike ride to Pommard did not take long, and we arrived around 1:30 PM.

We were actually staying at La Maison de Pommard right in town.

Since we were a little early for our first wine tasting, we relaxed on the veranda of our beautiful boutique hotel until it was time.



My husband and I loved our visit to Domaine Lejeune in the charming town of Pommard.

The staff was super kind to even host us during their busy harvest season. It was incredible to witness the excitement and watch the ladies de-stem the grapes and prepare the juice for the fermentation process.  

Harvest time at Domaine Lejeune

Harvest time at Domaine Lejeune

One of the staff members showed us around the property, and then we were led down to the cellar for a private tasting of six lovely wines (15€/person).

Reserve in advance!

Wine tasting at Domaine Lejeune

Wine tasting at Domaine Lejeune



My husband and I cycled the last stretch of our Burgundy bike tour and arrived in Beaune around 3:30 pm.

After dropping our bikes off, we walked 10 minutes over to Joseph Drouhin for our final wine tasting.

Biking on the Veloroute La Voie Des Vignes

Biking on the Veloroute La Voie Des Vignes towards Beaune



If you love wine, please read Wine and War.

When visiting the underground cellars of Joseph Drouhin, you will have a much better context.

undergound cellar of Joseph Drouhin

Underground cellar of Joseph Drouhin

It was pretty cool to know we were actually walking underneath the streets of Beaune as we were shown around the underground cellars.

In the end, we enjoyed an excellent wine tasting of three whites and three reds from Joseph Drouhin.

No grand crus, but we were able to taste a few premier crus.  

Joseph Drouhin wine tasting

Joseph Drouhin wine tasting



Had we not had extra time, we would have dropped our bikes off after our wine tasting at Joseph Drouhin.

The bike shop closes at 6 pm. Since we were running on time, we were able to complete this step before our last wine tasting.

After Joseph Drouhin, we visited the Hospices de Beaune and then drove back to our hotel in Pommard.

Hospices de Beaune

Hospices de Beaune

Summary of Our Burgundy Bike Tour 

Here is a summary of the time it took us to cycle between wine villages.

Now realize this time includes stopping for MULTIPLE photos, and we were riding on E-bikes. Although this was a relatively easy ride, I was still thankful for my padded bike shorts

  • Chagny to Santenay: 25 minutes
  • Santenay to Chassagne-Montrachet: 30 minutes
  • Chassagne-Montrachet to Puligny-Montrachet: 35 minutes
  • Puligny-Montrachet to Meursault: 25 minutes
  • Meursault to Volnay: 20 minutes
  • Volnay to Pommard: 20 minutes
  • Pommard to Beaune: 30 minutes

Total cycle time: 185 minutes (around 3 hours)

Picnic Lunch at Meursault: 35 minutes

Wine Tasting #1 in Pommard: 1 hour

Wine Tasting #2 in Beaune: 1.5 hours

Final Thoughts on Burgundy Bike Tour 

Charming French towns, grand chateaus, endless rolling vineyards, and amazing French food & wine?

Wow. Our Burgundy bike tour goes down as one of our favorite bike trails! I hope this guide helps you plan your trip.

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Questions about our self-guided Burgundy bike tour?

Let me know in the comments below!

  1. Becky Adams

    Hello, what day of the week did you do your bike tour?

    • Nichole

      Thanks for reaching out! We did our bike tour on a Friday.

  2. Michele chen

    Your post has literally been a god send to us- we have been wading through the weeds trying to figure out how to plan a burgundy trip. And by sure luck we chanced upon your excellent, detailed write up on exactly what we wanted to do!! Many thanks. And also for the train line app. It’s excellent !

    • Nichole

      Thank you for reaching out to share that feedback. That makes me so happy to hear! Please let me know if you have any questions while you plan your trip. We loved Burgundy!!! Enjoy your trip!

  3. Laura

    Starting to get serious about planning out our 3 nights in Beaune in late September and this report is a great resource.

    • Nichole

      So happy to hear that! You’re going to love the Burgundy region. We loved all the cute charming French towns and of course the exceptional food and wine. Biking around is a great way to explore this area. Enjoy your trip!

  4. Louise

    Thank you for this. It has been so helpful 🙂

    • Nichole

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback. It makes me happy to hear you found my guide helpful. 😊


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