Walking and Cycling tours in France Self-guided bike tour in South Burgundy, Grands Crus and Roman Art

Self-guided bike tour in South Burgundy, Grands Crus and Roman Art

The tour of South Burgundy takes you to what is probably one of the most pleasant cycle paths in Europe. It goes through Chalons coast on an ancient railway track, passing by small villages, castles, and vineyards, Cistercian Abbey in Vougeot, Macon, and Cluny. Later on, you will cycle the “Blue” cycling path following the Saone river, going through Tournus and the Abbey, a true Roman piece of art and history.

 

Two thirds of the itinerary are on exclusive cycling paths or car free paths to achieve maximum pleasure. The remaining one third is on a quiet shared road, with a dedicated cycling lane for most of the journey. 

Day 1

Dijon Arrival in Dijon, capital of the Dukes of Burgundy and the city of a hundred steeples.

Day 2

Dijon – Beaune, 42 km The road leads you to Chenôve, taking the “vineyards path” for 18 km. The route then goes through one of the most well known grand cru wine ancient city: Nuit Saint George. 3 km before reaching Nuit Saint George, keep a look out for the unique Cistercian abbey of Vougeot from the 14th century, known for its wine and history. Leaving Nuit Saint George, the route winds between vineyards, and small and quaint villages, slowly swifting from the “Côte de Nuit” to the “Côte de Beaune”, another famous vineyard. Reaching Beaune, the old house of the Dukes of Burgundy will certainly leave an impression!

Day 3

Beaune – Chalon sur Saône, 48 km The shared road goes through vineyards until Santenay. Take your time and enjoy the tour of a wine cellar, and a “gourmet” break to admire the view on the Burgundy hills. You will reach Santenay after 23 km. It’s a charming village with a rich history such as the Roman spas, the Sorine mill, as well as the Saint-de-Narosse and Saint-jean churches (from the 12th and the 13th centuries) etc. Take the “Green” cycle and foot path towards Chalon-sur-Saône along the “Canal du centre”. You will arrive in Chalon-sur-Saône. The city, formerly named Cavillonum during the Roman occupation, witnessed Niepce’s birth (1765, Father of Photography). Overnight in Chalon-sur-Saône.

Day 4

Chalon sur Saône – Cluny, 52 km The “Green” cycle and foot path starts immediately in town and heads North-West towards Givry, and then goes South-West to the beautiful fortified village of Buxy, which is considered the heart of the “Chalonnaise” Burgundy vineyards (Mercurey, Givry). Still winding through the vineyards, you will pass Boll and “Saint Gengoux le National”, a medieval city, to finally arrive in Cormatin and its XVII th century castle. Enjoy the castle green maze and vegetable garden, a must see ! The cycle path then takes you to Taizé, and 13 km later, to the incredible Benedictine Abbey of Cluny, founded in 910 AD. In 1080, it was considered the largest monastery amongst the entire Christian community. Overnight in Cluny

Day 5

Cluny – Macon, 28km If you have not visited Cluny before, we strongly recommend doing it before you leave. After Cluny, leave behind your spiritual side in exchange for Lamartine romanticism. The poet (and politician), born in Macon, was greatly inspired by the time spent during his childhood the Burgundy landscapes, by mixing nature, unique castles, and monuments. To enjoy those incredible landscapes, the path takes you first to the longest cycling tunnel in Europe (1600 meters, well-lit and secured), which opens at the castle of Berzé le Chatel, in bright light. If you take up the (doable) challenge to climb up to the castle, you will be rewarded with an astonishing view of “Maconnais”. Soon after comes Macon, formerly marking the border of the French Kingdom and the German Saint Empire (from 843 to 1600). The very centre of the ancient city is worth strolling through. Overnight in Macon

Day 6

Macon – Tournus, 40km The “Green” path changes name and become the “Blue” path. It follows the Saône river until Fleurville and the castles of Marigny and Marfontaine. Small roads and cycling paths lead you to the Roman Abbey of Tournus city. The medieval city is beautiful with its narrow streets and traboules. A must see is the abbatial site of Saint Philibert from the 11th century, a true Roman masterpiece! Overnight in Tournus.

Day 7

Tournus – Chalons sur Saône, 30km Ride along the Saône river, and slowly move away from it to pass by the city of Gigny. Cross the alluvial plain between the Saône River and Grosne. Later, arrive in Saint Loup de Varennes, where Joseph Nicéphore Niepce lived, the Father of Photography. Then comes Saint Remy, where you rejoin the Saône riverside and follow it until Chalon-sur-Saône which is very closeby. Overnight in Chalon-sur-Saône

Day 8

Chalon sur Saône End of the tour in Chalon-sur-Saône after breakfast. Refer to “Access” paragraph for information on how to return to Dijon.

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Self guided BIKING-CYCLING
Level
FRENCH VINEYARDS
Duration :
8 Days
From :
850 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 and 3 star hotels and guest houses- BB

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking email or phone assistance

 

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Starts in : Dijon

Ends in :Châlons-sur-Saone and Dijon

Access :  train station.

 

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

cecile@icietlanature.com

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more,combine with another tour

 

See also :

Highlights

Many medieval monuments

Beaune and the famous Hospices

Cluny, the banks of the Saone.