Day 1 Arrival
Arrival in Auxerre. This is an opportunity to visit the historic old town. The cathedral of St. Etienne and the Abbey of St. Germain with its magnificent crypt are a must and a good start to a great holiday. The old town is a great place to stroll around before sampling the fine French cuisine.
Day 2 Auxerre - Chablis 38 km
You leave Auxerre and head towards Pontigny. Small forest roads accompany you on the way to the Cistercian church. It is one of the last witnesses of the great intellectual movement of the Cistercians. After visiting the abbey, you cycle through the Chablis wine region. This is the largest white wine area in France with a single appellation. On the programme, a tasting in a typical cellar. You stay in a charming 4* hotel.
Day 3 Chablis - Noyers-sur-Serein - Nitry 34 km
After visiting Chablis, you leave the town. The tour continues along the Serein Valley, passing through the beautiful villages of the southern Chablis vineyards and the medieval town of Noyers-sur-Serein with its Museum of Naive Art. Noyers has preserved its fortifications and timber-framed houses. Then you drive to Nitry where you stay in a picturesque hotel, built in an old 19th century farm.
Day 4 Nitry - Cravant - Auxerre 46 km
Burgundy is known as the "water table" of France. The rivers are interconnected by an extraordinary system of canals. From Vermenton onwards, you ride along the water. In Bailly you enter the "Centre of the Earth", a huge cellar where the famous Crémant de Bourgogne is made, which you have the pleasure to taste. After this moment of pleasure, you take the road to Auxerre, along the Canal du Nivernais.
Day 5 Departure