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Cultural North Burgundy - Individual - 8 Days 7 Nights

Reference: FAV BB

This tour enables you to discover not only the beautiful sites of the « Bourgogne Buissonnière » 
but also the several rivers and canals that make Burgundy so attractive. 
The Loire, the Yonne with the « Canal du Nivernais », Guédelon and the building of its emblematic fortified castle, 
in nature full of forests and glades. Vézelay, a must-see, for all Romanesque art lovers, 
is also well-known for its white wine vineyard from Sancerre and Chablis.

Cost per person twin-share from A$1,435

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS JOURNEY/HOLIDAY

 

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights in charming hotels and guestrooms 2/3*

 

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 7 nights in charming hotels and guestrooms 2/3*
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 wine tasting of 3 wine in Chablis
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed road books and Maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Assistance 24h/24 Emergency number

Options available:

  • Half-board: diners 3 plates
  • Personalised welcome meeting
  • Bike rental with complete equipment
  • Cycling helmet rental
  • Bike GPS rental
  • Transfer airport return trip

DAY BY DAY

Day 1 Arrival

Your hotel is located in the heart of Charité sur Loire, so you can enjoy the city centre.

Day 2 Charité-sur-Loire – Sancerre  31 km

You leave La-Charité-sur-Loire and follow the Loire along a nice bicycle path. Then you reach Sancerre, one of the most beautiful vineyard landscapes in the world.

You can visit la « Maison de Sancerre » and don’t miss the opportunity to have a drink of this precious beverage with a “Crottin de Chavignol”!

Day 3 Sancerre – Batilly-en-Puisaye  41 km

You cycle back the Loire lateral canal.

Along your way, before entering in the Puisaye region, you can have a break in Cosne sur Loire and visit the Loire museum, situated in an old Augustins monastery.

Your day ends in an Ecolodge located in the heart of the “poyaudine” countryside.

Day 4 Batilly-en-Puisaye – Linsecq – 40 km

Following small country roads, you will reach the unique Guédelon castle, because it is built in accordance with the middle Ages methods.

During your visit, don’t miss the recreational activities! Then, you leave Guedelon and you continue through the forest to Linsecq.

Day 5  Linsecq – Vézelay 45 km

A beautiful day awaits you!

Passing through small villages and side roads, you reach today’s destination, Vézelay.

One of the most beautiful panoramas of Burgundy is waiting for you, next to the Saint Madeleine basilica, centrepiece of Romanesque art and designated as UNESCO World heritage.

In the middle age, Vézelay was a pilgrimage hotspot and a major halt on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle paths.

Day 6  Vézelay – Vermenton 44  km

In the beginning, after a nice slope in the middle of the “Bois de la Madeleine”, you reach the Yonne valley.

You follow the Yonne all day as well as the “Canal du Nivernais”.

Before your arrival in Vermenton, you will see picturesque sites like Châtel-Censoir, the « Saussois » , its climbing rocks and Mailly-le-Château.

Day 7  Vermenton – Chablis 36 km

After cycling through charming villages such as Irancy, famous for its « Pinot noir », you will enter the « Chablisien » and discover the most sizeable white wine vineyard of Burgundy.

Day 8  Chablis – Auxerre  38 km

Today’s stage includes the Auxerrois winegrower’s villages: Chitry, Saint Bris-le-Vineux and Bailly. In Bailly, you enter the « Earth’s Center », in a huge cave where the “Crémant de Bourgogne” is made. After a wine tasting, you will get to Auxerre, the end of today’s trip.

Canals in Burgundy - Cycling tour - Individual - 7 Days 6 Nights

Reference: FAV BGC7C

Burgundy is a land of great art and good living, pastoral and peaceful. During the cycling trip
you will discover great abbeys, elegant châteaux, medieval half-timbered villages and fortified towns.
The vineyards of Chablis and the Auxerrois will accompany you, tastings are planned
and the fine food will round off your days. This itinerary reveals northern Burgundy’s main treasures.
You will pass two sites of UNESCO world heritages.

Cost per person twin-share from A$1,190

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS JOURNEY/HOLIDAY

ACCOMMODATION

6 nights in 3* star hotels / Guesthouses in a room with private facilities

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 6 nights in 3* star hotels/ Guesthouses in a room with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4-course dinner (Option)
  • Personal welcome meeting
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • 1 wine tasting in Chablis
  • 1 tasting of Crémant de Bourgogne in Bailly
  • Rout book, maps and information material
  • Transfer Vézelay-Montbard
  • 24 h Service Hotline
  • GPS-Tacks on demand

DAY BY DAY

Day 1 

Meeting in the small town of Montbard along the Canal de Bourgogne.

Day 2   Montbard –  Tonnerre 60 km

During your cycle trip along the romantic Canal de Bourgogne, you will stop at the Renaissance châteaux in Ancy-le-Franc constructed by the Architect Serlio in the 17th century. Followed by the Renaissance châteaux in Tanlay.  Finishing the day in Tonnerre for dinner.

Day 3  Tonnerre – Joigny 55 km

Before you leave Tonnerre you will visit the Hotel Dieu, the former hospital from the 13th century. Here the sick and needy could be housed and cared for. You must also visit the Fosse Dionne before going back to the Canal de Bourgogne to continue with the cycling, which will take you through vineyards and fields. The evening including dinner and the hotel will be in Joigny, a small town that has preserved its numerous half-timbered houses and churches.

Day 4  Joigny – Auxerre 35 km

From Joigny it isn’t too far to the beautiful town of Auxerre. This historical town, stretched along the Yonne River has been classified in its entirety as a protected site, with its numerous half-timbered houses and its picturesque clocktower.

You will enjoy an overnight stay in this city.

Day 5  Auxerre – Clamecy 64 km

Today you continue your cycling tour along the Canal du Nivernais.

One important stop you have to take is at the Caves de Bailly. Here you will taste the famous Crémant de Bourgogne.

Along the Canal du Nivernais your cycling trip passes through exceptional landscapes along the “route des flotteurs de bois“ which was very important in the middle ages, as the Morvan Forest produced the wood for Paris, which was transported there by floating it along the river and canal.

Day 6   Clamecy – Vezelay 31 km

You will be leaving the waterside today, through some of Burgundy’s finest landscapes, culminating in a stop in Vézelay and its Sainte-Madeleine Basilica, a Romanesque art masterpiece listed as UNESCO world heritage. During the middle Ages, Vézelay was a major pilgrimage site and a special halt on the way to Compostella.

Its Basilica dominates the small mediaeval town and its fortifications.

Day 7

It is time to say, Au Revoir! Your bike tour is finished. You will be picked up at the hotel and brought back to your car in Montbard or to the train station.