Cycle & Stay: The Highlights from the North of Burgundy
8 days / 7 nights
Burgundy is a land of great art and good living, pastoral and peaceful. During the cycling trip you discover great abbeys, elegant châteaux, medieval half-timbered villages and fortified towns. The vineyards of Chablis and Auxerrois will accompanied you, tasting are programmed and the fine food will round up your days. This itinerary reveals northern Burgundy’s main treasures.
Day 1: Arrival in Auxerre
Auxerre, city of Art and History, has conserved an exceptional architectural heritage over time: the cathedral, a model of gothic style elegance, the St Germain Abbey, a nearly intact monastic complex with the crypts of 9 th Century with one of the oldest mural paintings discovered in France, the clock’s works is set against the tower.
Day 2: Auxerre – Montigny la Resle (Cycling 29 km / 18 miles)
Adjustment of hired bikes. Cistercian Abbey of Pontigny, the largest and one of the most beautiful Cistercian churches remaining in France.
Day 3: Beaune – Chassey-le-Camp (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles)
Nice day cycling in the Chablis vineyard, Burgundy’s largest white wine vineyard is your programme today. After visiting Chablis and a wine tasting, the itinerary follows the Serein valley through the beautiful villages of the southern of Chablis vineyard and the medieval town of Noyers with its naive Art museum. Noyers has preserved fortifications and half-timbered houses.
Day 4: Noyers-sur-Serein – Avallon (Cycling 46 km / 29 miles)
Today you cycle across the superb “terre plaine” plateau and Avallon landscapes. You will pass by the medieval hamlet of Montréal before reaching Avallon, a beautiful ancient town.
Day 5: Avallon – Vézelay (Cycling 22 km / 14 miles)
Via small villages and on side roads you will reach today's destination - Vézelay. One of Burgundy’s finest landscapes, with 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 ways to Compostella. The mediaeval town with its fortifications is dominated by its Basilica.
Day 6: Vézelay – Escolives (Cycling 41 km / 27 miles)
Starting by a hill to reach the Yonne valley, the itinerary follows it all day, as well as the canal du Nivernais. You cross very lovely sites such as Châtel-Censoir, the Saussois cliffs and Mailly-le-Château. Cravant is near the Canal de Nivernais, a very nice small village and a peacefully hotel.
Day 7: Escolives – Auxerre (Cycling 33 km / 19 miles)
Water dominates, for here are some of the great rivers of France. In fact, Burgundy has been called the water table of France. All the mighty rivers are interconnected by a marvellous canal system. You are cycling beside the water in a fantastic nature and then you leave for stage through lovely Auxerre vineyard villages: Irancy, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, Bailly. In Bailly you will taste the famous Crémant de Bourgogne before leaving to Auxerre.
Day 8: Auxerre
C'est la vie - your biking tour in Burgundy is finished. After having a last breakfast you have to say goodbye to this charming region in France!
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.