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The secrets of Burgundy by bike in 7 days

Cycling trip from Chalon-sur-Saone to Beaune. Discover the world wide known vineyards, Cluny, Macon, Tournus, the Hospices de Beaune and the Burgundy cuisine.

Reviews (5) :
4.60 / 5
Reference BG0701
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Easy
  • from march to november
  • Minimum age 9 years
715€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • You discover the heart of Burgundy by bike. The burgund cuisine welcomes you to a culinary journey around the flavors of mustard, gingerbread, beef bourguignon or froglegs. This bike tour is also an opportunity to stop at the many prestigious wine estates, which stretch along your cycling route: Pommard, Clos Vougeot, Meursault, etc.. The Burgundy tour takes you not only through the vineyards but also on a beautiful bike lane built on a former railway and on the banks of the Saône. You pass the towns of Cluny, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune, Tournus and you immerge into the alliance of culture, flavors and natural landscapes.

    Day 1


    Arrival in Châlon-sur-Saône

    Discover the historical center and the beautiful cathedral of St. Vincent. Then stroll on the banks of the Saône to enjoy the beautiful view of the bridge and the St. Lawrence Island. Chalon is also the birthplace of the photography. You can learn everything about it at the fascinating museum Nicéphore Niepce.

    Day 2


    Chalon - Cluny

    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
    4,50 € / child
    6,00 € / teen
    9,50 € / adult

    Day 3


    Cluny - Mâcon

    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 4


    Mâcon - Tournus

    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 5


    Tournus - Chalon

    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.

    Day 6


    Chalon - Beaune

    Bike lane
    Drive slowly on the towpath of the Canal du Centre to Santenay. Then you definitely enter the vineyard region by visiting the spectacular vineyards of the Côte de Beaune and leisurely stroll around the winehills of Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Pommard or Beaune. A real treat!

    Day 7



    Known for its glazed colored tiles, the town of Beaune is considered as the wine capital of Burgundy. Within its walls, the city bursted with prosperity, that came from trading fine wines produced in the surrounding vineyards. It has kept its charm with its half-timbered houses, mansions and cobblestone streets.
  • 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).


    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • 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.

    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.


    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.

    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 6.60€/adult). You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.

    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

  • Reviews
  • 5 bike travelers reviews 4.60 / 5

    “ Wonderful surroundings but too tired to really enjoy it. ”

    On the 2018-08-22 by Trevor
    The tour took us through some wonderful countryside, but poor sleeping in a couple of poor hotels left us tired and unable to really enjoy it as much as we could have. The bikes were OK, but would be improved with mudguards, (it did rain), and an odometer to help make sense of the step by step instructions. The relocation of our bags went really well. We did have one puncture and were disappointed to find the it had the wrong size inner tube fitted and similarly one of the spare tubes was also too small; luckily, the other bike had the correct size. Overall, I was a little disappointed.

    “ Bourgogne au soleil ”

    On the 2017-08-18 by Benoit et Cécile
    Une semaine à la découverte de la Bourgogne, en passant presque toujours à travers les gouttes ! Ce circuit emprunte toutes sortes de chemins : pistes cyclables urbaines, chemins de halage, ancienne voie ferrée, routes de campagne, c'est varié et très agréable. Les sacoches fournies sont fonctionnelles avec étui pour plan sur le guidon : pensez à retailler les documents pour que ça rentre nickel. Prévoyez une burette d'huile, un chiffon, et un bout de cagette pour faire garde boue arrière en cas de pluie ! Sinon c'est le dos repeint assuré... On peut faire garder les emplettes (bouteilles...) à l'hôtel à Châlon jusqu'au terme du voyage, c'est pratique et sympa ! On recommande vivement ce parcours.

    “ Balade en Bourgogne ”

    On the 2016-07-01 by danyone
    Le vélo voyageur nous a permis de visiter les châteaux de la Loire l’année dernière et la Bourgogne cette année. Même mode opératoire et réussite identique pour ce périple. Dans des conditions météo mitigées, nous avons apprécié la variété des parcours proposés : - campagnard en suivant la voie verte (une ancienne voie de chemin de fer) - fluviale en longeant la Saône (qui déborde parfois sur les chemins de halage) - très jolie en suivant le canal du Centre (avec de nombreux bateaux de plaisance) - viticole en parcourant la route des vignes entre Chalons et Beaune. Hébergés dans des hôtels de qualité, nous avons également goûté au vin et à la cuisine locale. Une photo vaut mieux qu’un long discours ! Alors rendez-vous sur ma page facebook : https://www.facebook.com/daniel.wangermee/media_set?set=a.10208315861628453.1073741860.1061508273&type=3&uploaded=42. Je voudrais féliciter le Vélo Voyageur et vous faire part de cette petite histoire : J’ai appris (après coup) un soir que nos valises n’avaient pas été livrées au bon hôtel mais que « le vélo voyageur » avait téléphoné à la réception de notre hôtel pour récupérer nos bagages. Chapeau pour l’organisation…

    “ Unimaginable way to discover beauties and culture ”

    On the 2015-11-13 by Discover France cycling is the only way
    Our trip to Bourgogne was delightful. We crossed some amazing villages, cities , ridding along the Voie verte. Canal, chateaux, some of the best vineyards. Some of the villages, cities offered their markets with specialties of the regions, antique shows with their rare treasures. We were able to visit a chateau near Beaune, with a large collection of racing cars, old motorcycles and old planes with the good luck of meeting a very pleasant owner! Culture, beauties and delicious specialties were present everyday. Cycling is the only way. Merci Levelovoyageur

    “ The secrets of Burgundy ”

    On the 2015-07-26 by Anne
    We spent a lovely week cycling through the south of Burgundy, along disused railway lines, along the Saone and the Canal du Centre and of course through some of the very famous vineyards. The whole trip was well organised, the daily distances were such that there was still enough time to visit places on the way and on arrival. We had some lovely food all week but would like to specifically mention restaurant La Bonne HUMM Heure in Chalon sur Saone - delicious.
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