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4 days to discover the beauties of the Burgundy by bike

Cycling holiday in Burgundy starting in Chalon to discover the wine route, Cluny, Taizé, the banks of the Saône, Mâcon and Tournus.

Reviews (14) :
4.50 / 5
Reference BG0401
  • Loop trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
349€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • The small tour of the Burgundy by bike takes you almost entirely only on bike paths. You visit Chalon, Cluny and its Abbey, Tournus and Macon along an old railway track converted into a beautiful bike lane.
    You even take the longest bike-only tunnel in Europe! In Macon you join the banks of the Saône to reach Chalon.

    This bike tour is the perfect tour to discover the Burgundy wines from the Côte Chalonnaise, the religious heritage of Cluny and Taizé, the Lamartine area or the castle of Cormatin.

    Day 1

     
     
    Bike
    52km
    Right after leaving Chalon, you reach a beautiful bike lane with varied landscapes, alternating between forests, fields and vineyards. Stop in the villages of Givry, Buxy, Saint-Gengoux-le-National. Cooperative wineries open their doors to have you taste the wines of Burgundy. The bike tour then drives you in front of the castle of Cormatin, worth visiting for its 17th century unique murals in France. Continue leisurely until Cluny.
       

    Castle of Cormatin 2h

    Guided visit
    5,00 € / child
    6,50 € / teen
    9,50 € / adult

    Day 2

     
     
    Bike
    28km
    Discover the history of the Abbey of Cluny before returning to the dedicated bike lane. This bike tour is a little bit hilly before reaching the longest bike-only tunnel in Europe. You come out just under the majestic fortress of Berzé-le-Châtel and keep on biking through the vineyards of Mâcon. You can also ride to see the birthplace of Lamartine, a famous French writer, poet and politican. You finish the bike tour in Mâcon.

    Day 3

     
     
    Bike
    35km
    In Mâcon, admire the St. Lawrence Bridge while biking along the banks of the Saône. You continue along the river via the bike path built on the old towpaths. Enjoy the tranquility and bucolic banks of the Saône until you reach Tournus.

    Day 4

     
     
    Bike
    30km
    Take the time to visit Tournus, its medieval streets, the Abbey of Saint-Philibert, a masterpiece of the first Roman art remarkably preserved, and the museum Greuze in the former hospital. You bike along the Saône before reaching on small country roads Chalon.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in hotels with ***/**** standards selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Lyon and then train to Chalon-sur-Saône.
    • By train: direct inter-regional trains from Paris-Bercy station. The duration of the trip is 3h50. Or TGV (fast trains) from Paris Gare de Lyon and connection in Lyon/Le Creusot-Monceau/Dijon to take a regional train to Chalon-sur-Saône. The duration of the trip varies from 2h50 to 3h45. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Chalon-sur-Saône, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center. The weekly rate is about 30€.

    You can also park for free along the river banks.

    All details park will be given in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive at around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.


  • Reviews
  • 14 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5

    “ Beau parcours ! ”

    On the 2017-08-16 by Vincent
    Très joli parcours dans la campagne bourguignonne

    “ Le petit tour de Bourgogne, un souvenir inoubliable ”

    On the 2017-06-15 by Yves
    Nous avons passé 4 belles journées à notre rythme de balade, nous avons découvert des beaux petits villages, les pistes cyclables sont en parfait état et accessibles avec des aires de picnic et des toilettes, les bagages étaient toujours disponibles quand nous sommes arrivés dans les hôtels, les repas étaient bons, surtout le deuxième jour (restaurant l'autre rive à Macon) , nous sommes prêts à refaire une autre expérience.

    “ Itinéraire très varié et très bien organisé ”

    On the 2017-04-23 by Christoph
    Nous avons passé quatre jours sur un itinéraire très varié et dans des paysages impressionnants. Le tout était très bien organisé.

    “ Séjour sportif, de charme et gastronomique ”

    On the 2016-07-21 by Muriel
    Une organisation qui "roule": infos, roadbook, haltes touristiques, tout était parfait ! Météo de rêve. Ne vous attardez pas à Mâcon. Hôtel à Cluny et Tournus de charme et repas excellent ! Bref, à conseiller sans hésiter !

    “ Super circuit ”

    On the 2016-07-18 by Bob
    Parcours très agréable avec peu de circulation automobile Paysages variés Qualité des hotels et restaurants et le choix des curiosités à visiter.

    “ A perfect way to visit a country ”

    On the 2016-07-08 by Jean-Christophe
    The tour proposed by Le Velo Voyageur was just perfect. A mixture of stunning nature and landscapes and highly cultural and historical places. In addition, all the days have been cleverly organized, with the distance to be travelled adjusted depending on the terrain and the freshness of the bike risers (longer day was the first one when legs are fresh and strong). Hotels picked by Le Velo Voyageur were very typical french, each time close to the historical city centres. Just get on the bike and forget about everything else, logistics is run smoothly and you will find your bags waiting for you at the hotel in the evening.

    “ A recommander, sans hésiter ”

    On the 2015-09-07 by Norbert et ses amis
    Belle escapade entre amis, la voie verte est un paradis pour les cyclo-touristes. Tout le long du parcours, visites intéressantes.Les hôtels et les restaurants sélectionnés nous ont permis de passer de belles soirées ! Organisation parfaite. Nous recommandons, sans hésiter, ce petit tour de Bourgogne;

    “ Bien mais peut mieux faire ! ”

    On the 2015-08-15 by Marc
    Séjour correct, pistes et routes plus qu'agréables, sans trop de difficulté, bonne durée des étapes et en global. Cela a été un moment plein de sérénité et découverte avec mes enfants. Equipement de bon niveau malgré des selles un peu dures et des compteurs vitesse/kilométrique défectueux / mal réglés. Hébergement à géométrie/confort/accueil variables et absence totale de services ou d'accueil personnalisé aux étapes : des petits plus qui feraient la différence et justifieraient le prix.

    “ Détente en Bourgogne ”

    On the 2015-07-24 by jacques
    Parcours très intéressant avec paysages variés , coteaux , vignobles et bords de Saône. Durée des étapes permettant la visite des villes , châteaux et caves rencontrés.

    “ découvrir la bourgogne en 4 Jours à vélo sans croiser une auto ”

    On the 2014-08-18 by PIERRE
    nous avons passé un excellent séjour et découvert une très belle région

    “ Petite remise en forme ”

    On the 2014-08-13 by Martine
    Notre première expérience a été très positive. Les vélos étaient très bien, la proposition de la visite du Château de Cormatin : une réussite. Un très bon accueil dans les hôtels, le "Vélo voyageur" est très apprécié. Nous avons eu beaucoup de chance avec la météo, le soleil dans la journée et les orages la nuit. Les suggestions de restauration étaient très pertinentes, et nous n'avions pas à faire des recherches. Et puis, tout au long des chemins, un échange sympathique du regard ou de la voix entre les cyclistes.

    “ Discover the beauty of rural France ”

    On the 2014-07-31 by Cocolina
    Thanks to your excellent organisation we had the opportunity to see so many beautiful parts of the Bourgogne. The path is never too exhausting, the daily distances let us enough time for sightseeing, having a coffee and a picnic. the hotels were quiet, but close to the center and the bikes were in a good shape. We can highly recommend this trip for families and everybody who wants to discover the beauty of rural France.

    “ dépaysement en bourgogne ”

    On the 2014-05-12 by MARIE_CLAUDE
    prenez votre vélo et savourez la nature et votre patrimoine

    “ Détente et bol d'air! ”

    On the 2013-06-10 by Pierre le p'tit Suisse
    Bravo pour l'organisation du petit tour de la Bourgogne.Les pistes cyclables en site propre sont très agréables, les hôtels bien choisis,selon notre choix de catégorie et de bonnes tables augmentent le plaisir de ce voyage. La nature est belle et les curiosités culturelles font partie du succés de ce périple.
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