- Tours scheduled in May, June, and September.
- Tours scheduled in July and August.
Each of our tours will have a maximum of 8 guests. We promise personal attention and an opportunity to experience France as a local might. It would be impossible to do this with a larger group.
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Included in our Tour d’Autun-Morvan is:
- Pick up at Charles de Gaulle airport Paris,
- One day including overnight stay in Paris center, a five minute
walk from the Opera
- Transportation by TGV to Burgundy
- Transportation to your family owned hotel in Autun
- Hotel for eight nights
- Lunch for each guest for six days. Four days we will provide
a picnic lunch supplied by the hotel. On two days we will dine
at an auberge along our route.
- Dinner for each guest for six nights.
- Tickets to the local Aquatic center (optional)
- Tickets to the Rolin Museum (optional)
- Free entrance to the Bibracte archaeological museum
to Charles de Gaulle airport
- Your custom Autun Bike Tours cycling jersey
||Your custom Autun Bike Tours cycling jersey
We have a number of guides available all summer long. Your primary
guide is a bilingual native of Autun, a school teacher in the winter;
he has a background in archaeology. He knows this region intimately
and is looking forward to sharing it with you. He will be assisted
by a second guide, and on occasion, a third will also assist.
While in Autun, you will be staying each night at my favorite hotel
in Autun. Your hosts have much experience providing for cyclists,
so much so that French Tour de France teams have stayed at the hotel.
Last year they also hosted the Italian triathlon team. Most
meals are provided. Breakfasts will be at the hotel. Lunches
will range from picnics by rivers and lakes, to typical French lunches
in out of the way village restaurants. We will visit a
number of different restaurants for dinner so as to give you the broadest
experience. On a few nights you will be free to explore on your
For those bringing your own tandems or solo bicycles, we encourage
you to bring your own tools for assembly. Rest assured however
that the local bike shop will be available to assist throughout the
week. In case of mishap, we will have spare tandem specific parts
available, such as wheels, cables, and timing chains. If you
are bringing your own bike and have an unusual set-up, or obscure parts,
please make sure you carry your own repair kit. You will have
a choice of renting one of our Co-Motion tandems. At the moment,
solo bikes are not yet available for rent.
Traveling lightly is an art and we highly recommend that you bring
only the bare essentials. But, while this is a fully supported
tour we do request that you bring the following:
- Your own helmet (yes, the bike shop can sell or rent you one if
- A limited tool kit including a minimum of:
- A multitool
- Spare inner-tubes
- Tire patch kits
- Tire levers
- S & S wrench if you are bringing your own coupled bike or
- Bike shoes with recessed cleats. We will be getting off the
bike often to visit sites and it will be more convenient for you
to have mountain-bike style cycling shoes. Another option
(not recommended for riding comfort) is to pack a pair of walking
- A small pack or jersey with adequate pockets, in which to carry
a small amount of additional gear as you are accustomed to.
- A water bottle or two
- Rain gear
- A small medical kit
- Your own medicine for allergies such as bee stings if necessary.
- Sun block – your favorite brand
- Lunch will be provided, however if you require more frequent energy
intake, feel free to bring your favorite energy bars, or supplements.
Although we will be traveling well maintained rural roads with very
little traffic, we always recommend glasses to protect your eyes from
These are not the leg breaking slopes of the Alps, but this is a region
of rolling hills with some very long climbs. Ask our previous
guests and they will tell you, an above average level of fitness is
necessary. We ask that you honestly assess your fitness
levels as even with the very modest daily distances we have planned,
you will get a workout. You will enjoy this tour much more if
you are in moderately good condition, and have practiced your climbing. As
climbing usually requires descending shortly after, solid downhill
experience is recommended as well.
I’d like to again emphasize that while this is not a “performance
tour”, I have to admit that your tour guides do like to play
on their bikes, and will periodically challenge each other to a short
sprint. These are as fun to watch as they are to participate
in. Participation is not required.
Lastly we ask that you bring a great attitude. As with most things
in life, a great attitude will be rewarded with a great experience!