Walking-Burgundy & Alsace

Backroad Discovery – Burgundy self-guided  walking holidays.

Hotel Dieu Beaune

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.   Its quiet roads, ‘green ways’ and byways can be enjoyed by walkers all year round. 

  • 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.   
  • Route des Vins – 7 nights.  Easy-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.  
  • St Jacques Trail – 5 nights.  Moderate-plus 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.  
  • Southern Burgundy – 5 nights. Moderate terrain. The route combines the Macconnais vineyards and the famous abbey at Cluny with other historic sites. 

  • Backroad Discovery – Alsace self-guided  walking holidays.



Alsace is defined by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine river to the east. It has been called France with German accent, but while control has passed back and forth between France and Germany, the people have remained proudly Alsatian. Its unique mix of cultures, enchanting cobbled villages, scenic vineyards, gourmet cuisine and medieval art, make it a picture-postcard cycling destination.

  • Vosges Mountains & Vineyards – 6 nights. Moderate/plus terrain. Explore the vineyards, villages, castles & peaks of the Ballons des Vosges regional park.
  • Medieval Trail – Part 1, North – 7 nights. Moderate terrain. This route explores the Northern Vosges Regional Park, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve –  with sandstone crags, forest, castles & the remains of the Maginot Line. 
  • Medieval Trail – Part 2, Middle – 6 nights. Moderate/plus terrain. Explore the Vosges Mountains south from Saverne, through forests, past waterfalls & castles to the vineyards of the Rhine Valley.
  • Medieval Trail – Part 3, South – 7 nights. Moderate/plus terrain.  The southern Vosges mountains & the wine route through vineyards & picturesque vineyards.  

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