Who wouldn’t like to taste the Burgundy way of life in France? The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Burgundy are: delicious wines, impressive castles, rolling landscapes, old monasteries and a lot more. Starting in the capital of Burgundy, Dijon, this cycling holiday follows the Canal of Burgundy and the river Saône until you reach the charming provincial town of Tournus. The scenery you cycle through changes from small villages and slightly rolling hills to lively and attractive historical towns like Beaune and Chalon sur Saône. Several times you may dream away when you travel by hotel barge on the Saône River.
Day 1: Arrival at Dijon
Arrival in the afternoon in Dijon, the beautiful capital of Burgundy. You embark and will meet the crew and your tour leader at 3 p.m.
Day 2: Around Dijon, ~20 km/12,5 miles
In the morning you make a short cycle ride in the North West Dijon region. Halfway in the afternoon you’ll get the chance to discover Dijon by way of a special city walk.
Day 3: Dijon - Longecourt-en-Plaine, ~45 km/28 miles
The day starts with a small sailing trip to and through the first two locks in the Burgundy Canal. You walk back to the bicycles and pedal pass the beautiful abbey of Citeaux. Your trip ends in the village of Longecourt-en-Plaine.
Day 4: Longecourt-en-Plaine - Saint-Jean-de-Losne, ~45 km/28 miles
Across small roads and forestries you cycle across some pretty villages to the pretty town of Auxonne at the river Saône. Later you follow the river to St.-Jean-de-Losne where the Burgundy Canal joins the river Saône. Here you visit the Musée de la Batellerie.
Day 5: Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Seurre, ~45 km/28 miles
Today you will visit the beautiful fortified town of Beaune, also known for its many tasteful wines (Cote d’Or). Your tour leader will take you on a stroll through the town and you will have time to visit for example the church ‘Collegiale Notre-Dame’ or the museum of the Burgundy wines. In the small town of Verdun sur les Doubs the barge will await you for a ride to Seurre.
Day 6: Seurre - Châlon-sur-Saône, ~25 km/15,5 miles
In the morning you cycle through the forestry of Gergy and then follow the Canal du Centre to Chalon sur Saône. In this port town, located at the Saône River and the Canal du Centre, you will have the afternoon off. You can do some window shopping, visit a museum or relax on one of the many terraces.
Day 7: Châlon-sur-Saône - Tournus, ~60 km/37 miles
You leave Chalon and hit an old railway track, now a cycle path. In Buxy you visit a winery in an old tower. The trip continues by descending to the river Saône and then ends in the town of Tournus. Here you find the beautiful St. Philibert church, which is certainly worth a visit. The abbey dating from the 11th century has a beautiful architecture and is one of the oldest in France.
Day 8: Tournus - Dijon
End of your holiday and transfer by train to Dijon.
Your ship - MS Anna Maria V
After the winter of 2012/2013 the ship ANNA MARIA V is equipped to sail the French inland waterways! Nine lovely double cabins have then been created, all provided with split level beds and private facilities. WIFI is disposable on board. Six sit-on kayaks are available for a trip on the Burgundy Canal. The large sun deck offers the passengers a nice sit during warm summer evenings. With a cool drink, served from the saloon with adjoining bar this is the place to be! Captain Arjan and the cook are ready to welcome you aboard!
7 nights in cabins with bunk beds & shower/WC
6x packed lunch
7x dinner (3 course menus)
English speaking guide on board and bike
24 gear rental bike with panniers
visits of towns and museums
guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday
no arrival possible
route (2): ~240 km/149 miles
on flat and hilly terrain, no problem for fit cyclists
how to get there
by car: motorway to Dijon
by train: station Dijon
by plane: airport Paris
The direction of the tour is changing every week.
If you start the tour in Dijon, the train to come back to Dijon on the last day is included.
If you start from Tournus, the transfer by train from Dijon to Tournus on the 1st day is included.
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