Burgundy Easy Cycling Holiday
Start / FinishBeaune / Macon
Distance93 miles/149 kms
This relaxed and easy cycling holiday in Burgundy leads cyclists along a serene level route between Beaune and Macon through charming villages and glorious wine-producing countryside. Tranquil cycling on quiet lanes and dedicated cycle paths – the perfect choice for newcomers to cycling holidays.
The cycle route route starts in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and leads you southwards through charming burgundy countryside liberally sprinkled with world famous Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards such as Pommard and Montrachet. You’ll enjoy idyllic cycling alongside the tranquil Canal du Centre, passing picture perfect wine villages such as Rully, Givry and St.Gengoux Le National. Yyou’ll also have the opportunity to visit some magical Chateaux such as Cormatin and Berze Le Chatel.
The daily distances are not that great and the terrain is mostly level so there’s plenty of time to stop for a break or to explore further. The region’s wine culture is very much in evidence along the whole route and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and learn more and even taste the local produce.
The green-way cycle path is a delight, providing a safe environment for the whole family to enjoy the ride together.
Itinerary & Map
This relaxed and easy cycle tour leads cyclists along a dedicated cycle path, which mainly follows the path of a former railway line. Traffic free cycling on level terrain through charming villages and glorious countryside makes for a highly enjoyable family cycling holiday.
Day 1: Arrive Beaune
Arrive in the beautiful town of Beaune and check into your hotel.
Day 2: Explore Beaune and/or loop rides, 25 or 18 miles/40 or 28 km
Spend the day exploring Beaune the Capital of the Burgundy wine lands. There is plenty to see and do here. On a single ticket you can visit the fine arts museum as well as the rather good wine museum. The famous Hospices de Beaune, a hospital built in the 15th century to look after Beaune’s poor and sick is also very interesting as is the Athénaeum, a bookshop, shop and wine cellar dedicated to the art of wine making. We also recommend a visit to La Moutarderie, a mustard manufacturer run by the Fallot family. You can learn how mustard was made and developed throughout the years.
If you would prefer to start cycling then you can choose between two circular routes of 40 and 28 kms respectively. Each will introduce you to the sensational Burgundy countryside around Beaune.
You spend a second night in the charming Capital of Burgundy Wines.
Day 3: Beaune – Chassey le Camp, 16 miles/25 kms
After breakfast you leave Beaune and head south on idyllic cycle paths through some world famous vineyards. You’ll pass the through the Premier Cru vineyards of Pommard, the Grands Crus wine country of Montrachet and Batard Montrachet and shortly afterwards the Premier Cru Santenay vineyards. If you’ve time, why not stop off at a local cellar and taste at source before cycling on to your hotel at Chassey le Camp, gateway to the Côte Chalonnaise wine region.
Day 4: Chassey le Camp – Dracy Le Fort, 16 miles/25 kms
Today you’ll enjoy another day of relaxed cycling through the blissful burgundy countryside. Shortly after pedalling through the charming village of Rully you reach the serene Canal du Centre which will be your guide for most of today’s ride. Follow the canal south through peaceful, rural scenery to the riverside town of Chalon sur Saône. Its narrow medieval streets are a delight to explore on foot or by bike. You’ll spend the night in the nearby equally charming village of Dracy Le Fort.
Day 5: Dracy Le Fort – Cluny, 19 miles/44 kms
Today’s ride continues along the idyllic greenway cycle path, which follows the route of an old railway line, to the small town of Givry where you might be tempted to stop for a wander through its pleasant narrow streets. A little further along you come upon the charming village of Buxy and after a few more kilometres the prettiest village on today’s ride – Saint Gengoux le National – the perfect spot for your lunch break. From there you enjoy more easy cycling through gorgeous Burgundy countryside to the pretty village of Cormatin where you can visit the elegant Chateau Cormatin and finally Cluny where a visits to the Benedictine Abbey and stud farm are both high;y recommended. You stay the night in this charming little town.
Day 6: Cluny – Macon, 17 miles/27 kms
Your final day’s ride leads you first to the impressive castle of Berze le Chatel – well worth a visit for its ingenious defence systems – before following the wonderful greenway cycle path through some truly spectacular scenery. You’ll pass the Rocks of Vergisson, a craggy escarpment that dominates the surrounding landscape providing a dramatic backdrop to pretty Vergison village at its foot. The last night of your trip will be spent in Macon, a lovely town on the banks of the River Saône. On arrival we recommend a stroll through the lovely traffic-free streets of this pleasant old town.
Day 7: End of trip
After breakfast it’s time to check out and return home, or head off on your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
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|Daily arrivals 01 May - 30 September|
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Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Maps and route information
Bike hire (see supplements)
Extra night Macon, double/twin (£64)
Extra night Beaune, double/twin (£69)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£106)
Child bike (£90)
Electric bike (£200)
* Single: only applicable when travelling with minimum of 2 people
Deposit per person £100
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, repair kit, and map holder.
Electric bikes, smaller framed children’s bikes, trailers and tag-a-longs are also available.
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Comfort: A mix of 2 and 3 star guest houses and hotels all with en suite facilities.
- Date - 17/09/2016
- Name - Peter
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - We were kept well informed from the beginning and all stages of planning and payment were good
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - Everything went smoothly and as we expected. Bikes were good as we're the hotels and restaurants.
Only gripe: menus were not sympathetic to vegetarians.
Hotel Dracy was bland and in an uninteresting locality.
- Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the review Peter. We've fed your comments re vegetarian menus and the Hotel Le Dracy back to our local supplier.