Alongside the Canal of Burgundy you will admire marvellous landscapes and discover small Burgundian villages on this bike tour. From Dijon to Auxerre, you will cross land known for centuries: Ouche Valley, the Abbey of la Bussière, Châteauneuf, Commarin, the Voûte of Pouilly, the Collégiale St Thibault, Alésia, Flavigny sur Ozerain and its aniseed, the Abbey of Fontenay, Ancy le Franc… and these places are only some of the most important!
Day 1: Arrival in Dijon
Arrive in the afternoon in Dijon. Delivery of road books and maps.
Day 2: Dijon - Crugey or Vandenesse, ~43 or 49 km
Leaving the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy by Lake Kir, along the Burgundy Canal. You begin your journey through the wildest part of the Canal: Ouche Valley. On the Road: The Castle Barbirey, the Abbaye de la Bussiere.
Day 3: Crugey or Vandenesse - Clamerey, ~33 or 27 km
Your cycling itinerary will lead you through the burgundian countryside. You will be in the heart of a rather feudal area, with Chateauneuf-en-Auxois and Commarin, two imposing castles. Then you enter the area of Auxois. You will discover its treasures: the Vaults of Pouilly (here Burgundy Canal is underground), the Castle of Eguilly, the Collegiate Church of St Thibault.
Day 4: Clamerey - Montbard, ~36 km
Another rich step… Many visits are possible, alongside the canal or nearby: Bussy-Rabutin, Semur-en-Auxois, Flavigny sur Ozerain, Alésia,...You will continue your route following the waterside. At the end of the day if you don’t arrive to late, visit the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay; a calm place to end the day nicely.
Day 5: Montbard - Chassignelles, ~26 km
On your way to Chassignelles you may visit La Grande Forge de Buffon, and other hidden treasures: windmills, washhouses, churches, châteaux… in Aisy, Rougemont, … You can come across barges on the water. You can visit Ancyle-Franc and its Château when you arrive in the village. Overnight stay in Ancy-le-Franc.
Day 6: Chassignelles - Tonnerre, ~20 km
You will carry on following the towpaths alongside the canal of Burgundy to reach your next stop. You will come to the beautiful Valley of the Abbey of Quincy and the Valley of Armançon unless you decide to adventure off and explore the magnificent Renaissance Château of Tanlay. When you get to Tonnerre, you can visit the town and its famous Fosse Dionne turned into a beautiful washhouse.
Day 7: Tonnerre - Auxerre, ~55 or 65 km
Two itineraries possible today: first through the vineyards of Chablis, known for its white wines, and then on the small countryside roads until Auxerre (55 km). Second one following the Burgundy Canal to Migennes and then by bike or train to Auxerre (65 km). Overnight stay in Auxerre.
Day 8: Departure
Possibility of return by train to Dijon.
7 nights in 2** and 3*** hotels and chambres d'hôtes
detailed tour documentation
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day except Thursday and Friday
route (1): ~213 km
flat along the canal and short daily routes
how to get there
by car: highway to Dijon
by train: station Dijon
by plane: airport Paris
visitor's tax is not included and has to be paid to the hotel.
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