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Vougeot to Beaune

Bicycle Ride · Bourgogne
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  • Chateau de la Tour
    / Chateau de la Tour
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Chateau de Clos Vougeot
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Nuits-Saint-Georges
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Small secluded vineyard
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Chateau Corcy C
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Savigny-les-Beaune
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Old water well in Chateau
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Grand Cru vineyard
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Nuits-Saint-Georges
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
  • / Cycling route into Beaune
    Photo: Colin Fisher, Macs Adventure
m 500 400 300 200 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Chateau du Clos du Vougeot Chateau de Savigny Museum Nuits-Saints-Georges

This ride takes you from Vougeot to Beaune through famous vineyards with the opportunity to visit the world famous wine centre of Nuits-Saint-Georges en-route. Do take the time to stroll around Nuit-Saint-Georges little streets.

31.6 km
6:40 h
155 m
159 m

Leaving Vougeot you are immediately into the premiere and grand cru vineyards, initially passing two chateaux the second of which is a musuem and worth a visit. The route goes past Nuits-Saint-George and allows for a refreshments visit and walk through the old town. Carrying on from here the route branches out to Savigny-les-Beaune then towards Beaune by taking detours away from the busy roads and of course along the side of the town's vineyards. All the way along the route are Chateaux many with beautiful mutli-coloured tiled roofs. 

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the wine growing countryside. Look at how the hills on your right look down on the vineyard slopes which in turn level off into fertile plains on your left. Note the different names which the proud owners display at the edge of their fields and how some vineyards are very large and how some are very small and sometimes secluded at the foot of rocky outcrops. Are these the vineyards that create the most expensive wines? Napoleon is reported to have commandeered the best vineyards in this area for his own consumption. But remember to look at and not touch the vines and grapes. User
Colin Fisher
Updated: August 03, 2018

Highest point
292 m
Lowest point
216 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Be aware that France like most other countries have laws for cyclists. Click here for basic guidelines on French cycling safety.

Always wear a helmet when cycling, preferably your own as you will be familiar with its fit. Check your bike every morning before your ride.

Thunder storms occur in Burgundy at any time of year and the ensuing rain can change the nature and grip of the road surface. Many of the roads and lanes in the old towns are limestone slabs and they may become slippery when wet. In such conditions, we would suggest dismounting and walking the shorter distances around the towns and villages.

You will be cycling along vineyard tracks which are in good condition but may have potholes and some rougher surfaces in parts. The area is an agricultural area so you may encounter local farm and vineyard traffic. Drivers in Burgundy are extremely courteous but always be aware of other road users at all times. Much of the route is through vineyards and avoids the small towns so it is always a good idea to carry plenty of water and a few snacks.


For safety reasons, always wear a helmet when cycling. You don’t have to wear lycra to ride a bike but padded cycling shorts do provide a more comfortable ride, especially when riding for a number of consecutive days. These can also be worn under shorts or long pants if you prefer. For a full list of recommended clothing and kit, please refer to your information pack.

A spare inner tube with tools are supplied with the bike. You may like to also use our Macs Adventure App for easy paper free navigation and therefore we would suggest taking an extra battery pack to recharge your mobile phone.

Tips, hints and links

Swot up on your Burgundy wines before you set off. Click here for a link that could be useful as an introduction but there are many more

The route travels through this famous wine growing area and with a few exceptions avoids town and village centres. Take food and plenty of water so that you are never hungry or thirsty. The vineyards area is not one which has copious cafes. 

You will end today in the Beaune one of the region's most interesting and beatuful towns.  There are many things to do here and the following list will give you an idea of what is available.

L’Hotel Dieu

Musee du Vin


Artistic Culture

This ride is available on the following tours: ECSGCBBB, ECSGCBIS, ECSGCBSB


Chateau Gilly (or Central Vougeot - yesterday's finishing point) (224 m)
47.172294, 4.982043
31T 650198 5226216


Octagonal cobbled crossroads Place du General Leclerc

Turn-by-turn directions

If you are staying in Vougeot village, please start directions today from 1.70KM.

If you have been staying a Chateau Gilly your the route notes will start from the chateau as outlined below.


0.00km – Start from the Chateau de Gillley. TURN LEFT at car park entrance towards village.  After 50m ignore the turning on the left with the wooden shelter and continue STRAIGHT ON passing the Town Hall on your right.

0.40km - TURN RIGHT at junction signed Vers N.74 along Rue de Champs de Puits and not towards the tree lined avenue ahead. After 50m at junction with white building in front BEAR LEFT.

0.60km – At T junction with main road and a cheese factory in front TURN LEFT onto D25. Continue STRAIGHT ON across a railway bridge.

1.40km – At the roundabout take the 2nd major exit on the right, (STRAIGHT ON), towards Vougeot – Centre.

1.70km – At T junction TURN LEFT to Chateau du Clos du Vougeot. Continue STRAIGHT ON crossing a bridge into Vougeot.

1.90km – Arrive at the Hotel Vougeot. Continue STRAIGHT ON.

2.00km – At T junction with circles in the road TURN RIGHT to Chateau du Clos du Vougeot.

2.70km – Having recently passed Chateau de la Tour on the left arrive at Chateau du Clos du Vougeot on left. Continue STRAIGHT ON.

3.20km – At T junction TURN LEFT on Chemin de Grands Cru towards Vosne Romanee.

3.60km – At four way junction at top of a rise take 2nd on right through vineyards towards a small white building. There is a sign Grand Echezeaux on your left.  Continue STRAIGHT ON with the hut on your right.

4.60km – At a T junction with a tarmac TURN RIGHT then after 100m TURN LEFT. This junction has read and yellow markers, a grape sign and a green arrow. Continue STRAIGHT ON along a tarmac road.

4.80km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at a T junction with a stone cross on the right.

5.00km – TURN LEFT at the T junction down into the village of Vosne Romanee passing a cross on your left.

5.20km – With large concrete telegraph pole and fire hydrant on the right at the T junction TURN RIGHT into Rue de la Tache . Continue between buildings into vineyard area.

5.40km – BEAR RIGHT at junction towards stone cross.

7.20km – At staggered junction TURN LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON with vineyards on left and houses.

7.70km – After passing cemetery and park on your right and with houses in front at the T junction TURN LEFT then after 200m before supermarket ahead on left TURN RIGHT  into Rue Edmond Besancenot. After 100m at a cross roads with a fire hydrant on the left TURN LEFT into Rue Henri de Bahezre

8.20km – At T junction with shutterd windows on building in front TURN RIGHT.  After 100m at Ecole Marie Maignot TURN LEFT into Nuits-Saint-Georges. 200m later you arrive at a square with the Hotel de Ville. On the right is a pedestrian precinct and a notice on the wall here shows the details of the town.

8.70km – After visiting the town retrace your steps to Ecole Marie Maignot and continue STRAIGHT ON with the Ecole on the left and a communications tower above the trees ahead. Ignoring road with No Entry sign on left BEAR RIGHT at TURN LEFT at the next junction with a café on the left. At the roundabout take the road that is directly ahead of you into the pedestrian precinct. At Place Eugene Sirugue TURN RIGHT along road with church on left.

9.00km – At next T junction dismount and walk across the road towards river bed (Meuzin). TURN LEFT and walk towards a bridge then TURN RIGHT over the bridge towards Rue de Chaux.  Continue STRAIGHT ON away from the dry river bed up slight incline.  

9.30km – At ivy covered Maison Louise Max on right TURN LEFT at junction into vineyards. Continue STRAIGHT ON with hills on right.

9.90km – BEAR RIGHT at the next two Y junctions

10.10km – At Y junction BEAR LEFT ignoring road up the hill and off concrete onto potted tarmac. 

10.40km – With an ivy covered hut at junction continue STRAIGHT ON

10.70km – At the cross roads TURN RIGHT up incline passing under power lines towards the hills.

10.90km – TURN LEFT at the  next crossroads and continue STRAIGHT ON on gravel track with hills on the right.

11.70km – At the T junction continue STRAIGHT ON staying on gravel track.

12.10km – At T junction TURN LEFT downhill signposted Beaune rejoining tarmac.

12.60km – With walls and a gate in front of the T junction TURN RIGHT up the hill signposted Beaune keeping large wall on left.

12.90km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads.

13.20km – At the Y junction BEAR LEFT keeping wall on left.  After wall ends note spire in distance.

13.60km – Having  passed a sign for Comblanchien reach a crossroads. Continue STRAIGHT ON but note that the cycle route goes right to reach the pedestrian crossing. Continue STRAIGHT ON with park on your right and memorial on your left after the junction.

13.90km – At crossroads with Maison Commune on the left and Post Office on right continue STRAIGHT ON along residentail tarmac road.

14.30km – At crossroads with garden play area on the left TURN  RIGHT into Rue Jean Fioreze towards the vineyards.

15.50km – At the crossroads with the sign Corgoloin go STRAIGHT ON with houses on the left and fields on the right along Voie Romaine.

15.80km – BEAR RIGHT at junction with traffic island.

16.00km – At the crossroads continue STRAIGHT ON to Beaune

16.40km – After passing car park and sports ground  on the right continue STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads with agricultural fields on either side.

18.30km – Just after a sign Ladoix-Serrigny continue STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads.

18.60km – At the crossroads continue STRAIGHT ON into residential area.

18.90km – At the crossroads with No Entry signs ahead TURN RIGHT then TURN LEFT following the cycling signson the tarmac . Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Immediately TURN RIGHT in front of wall then TURN LEFT following road arrows and green cycling signs up Chemin des Carrieres

19.40km – At Y junction BEAR LEFT behind large gabled house and continue on tarmac road. 

19.60km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the staggered crossroads towards small concrete hut on the left.

20.50km – At the crossroads with a tree in the middle continue STRAIGHT ON towards large chateau buildings with roof patterns. 

20.80km – Pass Chateau Corton C on right. Continue STRAIGHT ON. After chateau TURN RIGHT then TURN LEFT on Rue des Corton.

21.10km – Reaching square and car park continue STRAIGHT ON to Beaune with champhered cornered house on left and chateau roof in distance along Rue de Planchot.

21.40km – At crossroads with traffic islands TURN RIGHT sharply skirting winery on your right staying on the major road past ivy covered wall at house on the left.

22.00km –Continue STRAIGHT ON at T junction with old building on your right

22.30km - At T junction ignore tourist route to the left and continue STRAIGHT ON.

22.60km – At crossroads with major road and wooden cross continue STRAIGHT ON uphill keeping the cross on the left.

22.90km – TURN LEFT at T junction towards Beaune.

23.40km – At crossroads with green cycle sign continue STRAIGHT ON.

24.50km – After passing sign for Savigny-les-Beaune and with stone walls on either side approach crossroads with metal gate on left and continue STRAIGHT ON along Rue Pejot towards church steeple.

24.60km – TURN RIGHT at junction with church in front. BEAR RIGHT at cross at entrance to the church and after 50m enter the square Place Fournier. At the square with the fountain TURN LEFT and exit the square with a café on the left and a chateau visible in front. Pass chateau on your right and continue STRAIGHT ON.

25.10km – With iron railings on the left TURN RIGHT into Rue Soeur Goby along a road with very old buildings on your left. After 50m cross over bridge and BEAR LEFT.

25.30km – At end of tree lined avenue with war memorial at the end TURN RIGHT at junction. After 50m TURN LEFT staying on the tarmac road.

27.40km – TURN RIGHT at the junction with a flyover staying on the cycle path.

28.00km – At roundabout with hypermarket on your left continue STRAIGHT ON keeping to cycle path and 100m after TURN RIGHT into Rue de Cent Vignes.

28.20km – Passing over crossroads reach T junction at school and TURN RIGHT

28.40km – At next crossroads TURN LEFT into Chemin de la Source. Continue STRAIGHT ON towards green building on the left.

28.60km – Continue STRAIGHT OVER at Y junction and BEAR RIGHT with vineyards on  your right and houses on your left. After 100m continue BEAR LEFT at Y junction.

28.90km – At T junction TURN LEFT between vineyards staying on the tarmacked road.

29.80km – At crossroads with old metal bridge on your right TURN LEFT into residential area.

30.00km – Having passed war memorial and cemetery on your left reach crossroads and TURN RIGHT into Avenue Guigone de Salins.

30.80km – At the crossroads with traffic lights use the pedestrian crossing and TURN LEFT into Avenue de L’Aigne. Continue STRAIGHT ON with small waterway on your left.

31.10km – At the traffic lights continue STRAIGHT ON towards trees and TURN RIGHT in front of war memorial into Boulevard Marechal Foch. 

31.30km – Just before the road becomes tree lined use pedestrian crossing to cross the road. After crossing the road TURN RIGHT and cross a small road then cycle along a path within the avenue of trees. After 100m cross another small road staying on the cycle path and passing a park on the left. 

31.60km – Using pedestrian crossings and cycle paths and passing a fire hydrant on the left TURN LEFT at traffic lights towards Centre Ville. 

32.00km – Arrive at octagonal cobbled crossroads Place du General Leclerc. You are in the centre of Beaune and can take a well deserved refreshment at any number of fine cafes close by. 


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There are public transport links between Vougeot and Beaune both of which have railway stations. Vougeot station is Gilley-les-Citeaux

Getting there

Depending on where you are coming from this area is well served by train and the railway line runs from North to South through the heart of this region. Travel by car is also suitable should you wish this ride to be part of a larger itinery. 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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