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4 days to discover the beauties of the Burgundy by bike

This cycling holiday in Burgundy starts in Chalon to let you discover the old wine route of Cluny and Taizé, the banks of the Saône, Mâcon and Tournus.

Reviews (18) :
4.56 / 5
Reference BG0401
  • Loop trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
349€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This short bike tour of Burgundy area has you riding almost entirely on designated bike paths. The route takes you through Chalon, Tournus, Macon and the Abbey in Cluny. It’s an easy ride since the path is on a converted railroad track, leading by beautiful scenery. You even have a chance to travel through Europe’s longest bike-only tunnel! In Macon, you’ll ride along the banks of the Saone River on your way to Chalon.
    This bike tour is the perfect way to discover the Burgundy wines in the Cote Chalonnaise area. It also gives the opportunity to visit castles and discover the religious heritage of Cluny and Taize.

    Day 1

     
     

    Chalon - Cluny

    Bike
    52km
    Bike lane
    As you leave Chalon, you’ll reach a well-maintained bike path through the countryside. You’ll ride through cool forests, vast vineyards and pastoral fields. Be sure to stop in the villages of Givry, Buxy and Saint-Georges-Le-National. Cooperative wineries welcome visitors to visit and sample a variety of their wines. The bike tour then leads to the Castle of Cormatin, known for its 17th Century unique murals. Stroll across the massive drawbridge and view the gardens and water features. End the day with a leisurely ride to your hotel in Cluny.
       

    Castle of Cormatin 2h

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

    Day 2

     
     

    Cluny - Mâcon

    Bike
    28km
    Bike lane
    Start the day by discovering the history of the Abbey of Cluny before returning to the dedicated bike path. This part of the route is slightly hilly, but you are rewarded by getting to ride 1.6km through the longest bike-only tunnel in Europe. This tunnel is closed in the winter to protect a colony of bats! Exiting the tunnel, you’ll see the majestic fortress of Berze-le-Chatel. It is reported to have a basement that extends 1000 feet underground. The bike path then leads through more well-maintained vienyards to your final destination, Macon. If you want more biking, ride to the birthplace of the famous French writer, poet and politician, Lamartine.

    Day 3

     
     

    Mâcon - Tournus

    Bike
    35km
    Bike lane
    As you leave Macon, take time to observe the buildings painted in rose, buttermilk and burnt sienna giving the city a Mediterranean feel. Your bike path goes along the banks of the Saone River. Follow the scenic path which is part of an acient towpath. The entire ride is tranquil as you pass quaint villages and charming vistas on your way to Tournus.

    Day 4

     
     

    Tournus - Chalon

    Bike
    30km
    Take time to visit the historic town of Tournus, with its wealth of old buildings. It is one of the oldest monastic centers in Burgundy, featuring the remarkably preserved Abbey of Saint-Philibert. The Hotel-Dieu is a museum inside a former hospital with an apothecary. Continue biking the quiet, country roads along the Saone River until reaching the end of your tour, Chalon.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-3 Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3-4 Star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty 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 (+1m55).



    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
  • 18 bike travelers reviews 4.56 / 5

    “ Octobre en bourgogne ”

    On the 2018-10-18 by Bernadette
    A refaire, nous irions plus tôt dans la saison : nous avons eu froid

    “ Belle découverte ”

    On the 2018-07-01 by CHRISTIAN
    Pour notre premier séjour avec le vélo voyageur, ce fut une superbe expérience. un parcours facile le long des voies vertes et bleues, de magnifiques paysages. Très bon accueil pour les hébergements et restaurations surtout à Macon (restaurant l'Ethym sel, des passionnés, et à l'hotel du nord)

    “ une expérience à renouveler ”

    On the 2018-05-14 by christophe
    une nouveau type de vacances pour nous. Nous avons ainsi découvert une région grâce au Vélo voyageur. Soleil (sauf le dernier jour), organisation au top, très bons hôtels. Peu de temps à passer par contre à Mâcon

    “ une super première expérience ”

    On the 2018-05-14 by christophe
    Un parcours sur le soleil (sauf le dernier jour) qui nous a fait découvrir un nouveau mode de vacances mais aussi une région bien sympa. Organisation et hébergements au top. Merci le Vélo voyageur, nous reconduirons l'expérience

    “ 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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