Cycling/walking-Burgundy

Backroad Discovery – Burgundy self-guided cycling & walking holidays.

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Burgundy was once the most powerful duchy in France and that rich heritage and culture is reflected in its historic town centres and charming villages.   Renowned for wine and gastronomy, it offers a varied landscape of field and forest as well as vineyards.   The region is largely confined within the Saone river to the east and the Loire to the west and its quiet roads, ‘green ways’ and byways can be enjoyed by cyclists and walkers all year round.

CYCLING
  • Burgundy Canal – 7 nights. Easy terrain.  Linear route cycling from Dijon to Auxerre.  Highlights include the abbeys at Bussiere and Fontenay, the chateaux at Commarin, Bussy-Rabutin, Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay and the vineyards of Tonnerre and Chablis.  
  • Greenways & Vineyards – 6 nights. Easy terrain.  Linear route cycling from Macon to Beaune.  Highlights include the Maconnais, Cote Chalonnaise and Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages, the chateau and gardens at Cormatin and the Hotel Dieu in Beaune.  
  • Nivernais & Burgundy Canals – 7 nights. Moderate/hills.  Linear route cycling from Auxerre to Dijon.  Highlights include the picturesque Nivernais Canal, the hilltop village of Vezelay and its magnificent basilica, Abbaye de Fontenay, the chateau and gardens at Bussy-Rabutin and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain where ‘Chocolat’ was filmed.   This itinerary can be combined with Best of Burgundy to make a 14 night holiday.  
  • Best of Burgundy -7 nights.  Easy-moderate terrain.  Linear route cycling from Dijon to Macon with an optional extra night in Beaune.  Highlights include Dijon’s Ducal Place, the Cote d’Or vineyards and wine villages, the Hotel Dieu in Beaune, Chateau Cormatin and Cluny.  
  • Beaune Escapade – 7 nights, B & B only.  Moderate/plus terrain.   A selection of daily excursions from a charming 3 star hotel in the centre of Beaune.  Highlights include Beaune for its wine cellars, ramparts, museums and Hotel Dieu, Cote des Nuits and Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages and Chateau de Rochepot.  Maximum flexibility and no daily packing.  
  • Essential Burgundy – 6 nights.  Easy terrain.  A selection of daily excursions from two bases;  3 nights in Beaune and 3 in Vougeot.  Highlights include Beaune’s wine cellars, remparts, museums and Hotel Dieu, the Cote des Nuits and Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages and Clos de Vougeot.  
  • Duke of Burgundy Trail – 7 nights.  Moderate/hills.  Circular route from Beaune, featuring Dijon’s Ducal Place, the beautiful Ouche Valley, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, Chateau de Marguerite de Bourgogne, Chateau Cormatin, Chateau Rochepot and the Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages.  
  • Heart of Burgundy – 7 nights.  Moderate-strenuous terrain.  Circular route from Beaune, featuring the fortified village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, the walled medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, the hilltop village of Vezelay and its magnificent basilica, the forest and moorland of the Morvan Regional Park, Autun and the Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages.
  • Magnificent Beaujolais – 4 nights. Moderate/hills.  Linear route from Lyon to Macon, featuring a dramatic landscape and medieval villages as well as the famous Beaujolais vineyards. 
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WALKING
  • Route des Vins – 7 nights.  Moderate terrain.  Linear route walking from Dijon to Meursault with a taxi transfer back to Beaune station.  Highlights include the Cote des Nuits and Cote de Beaune vineyards and wine villages, 10th century church at Fixey, Beaune for its wine cellars, ramparts, museums and Hotel Dieu and Chateau de Rochepot.  
  • Cote d’Or – 5 nights.  Easy-moderate terrain.  Linear route walking from Dijon to Beaune with two nights in Beaune.  Highlights include the Cote des Nuits vineyards and wine villages, Clos de Vougeot and Beaune for its wine cellars, remparts, museums and Hotel Dieu.  This itinerary can be combined with St Jacques Burgundy to make a 9 night holiday.   
  • St Jacques Trail – 5 nights.  Easy-moderate terrain.  Linear route walking from Beaune to Cluny.  Highlights include the Cote de Beaune and Cote Chalonnaise vineyards and wine villages, Cormatin for its chateau and garden and the famous abbey at Cluny.  
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