CANALS OF BURGUNDY

7 Day Independent tour Along the Canal de Bourgogne and Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy All along this tour you will enjoy pleasurable cycling along the canals ‘de Bourgogne’ and ‘du Nivernais. A peaceful trip among beautiful landscapes, passing by vineyards and farms, as well as small charming villages and cities of art and history. […]

7 Day Independent tour

Along the Canal de Bourgogne and Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy

All along this tour you will enjoy pleasurable cycling along the canals ‘de Bourgogne’ and ‘du Nivernais. A peaceful trip among beautiful landscapes, passing by vineyards and farms, as well as small charming villages and cities of art and history. A rendezvous with nature, heritage and gastronomy.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Montbard in Burgundy.

Adjustment and distribution of the bikes and route notes.

Day 2

Montbard – Tonnerre 64 km

During your cycle trip along the romantic Canal de Bourgogne, you will pass the castle Renaissance “ Ancy-le-Franc” constructed by the architect Serlio in the 17th century and the castle Renaissance “ Tanlay “. Arrival in Tonnerre. 

Day 3

Tonnerre – Joigny 56 km

Before you leave Tonnerre you really have to visit the Hotel Dieu, the former hospital from the 13th century. Here the sick and needy could be housed and cared for. Don’t miss visiting the wash-house from Tonnerre. Back to the Canal de Bourgogne you will cycle in a landscape which changes between vineyards and fields. Hotel in Joigny, a small town which has preserved its numerous halftimbered houses and churches. 

Day 4

Joigny – Auxerre 36 km

From Joigny it isn’t so far to the beautiful town Auxerre. Its historical town, stretched along the Yonne River and which has been classified in its entirety as a protected site, with its numerous half-timbered houses and its picturesque clocktower.
You will enjoy an overnight in this nice city. 

Day 5

Auxerre – Clamecy 68 km

Today you continue your cycling tour along the Canal du Nivernais.
You will stop at the Caves de Bailly where you will taste the famous Crémant de Bourgogne.
Along the Canal du Nivernais the cycle trip passes on the ‘Log Floaters Route ‘which was very important in the Middle Ages, as the Morvan Forest produced the wood for Paris. They transported the wood by floating. Exceptional landscapes with charm. 

Day 6

Clamecy – Vézelay 34 km

You’re leaving the waterside, via small villages and on side roads you’ll 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 stop on the Pilgrims Way to Compostella. The mediaeval town with its fortifications is dominated by its Basilica. 

Day 7

End of tour.

You will be picked up at the hotel
and transferred back to your car in Montbard or to the train station. 

Tour Character – moderate

Flat contour along the river bank and quiet country trails. A few hills are encountered, particularly in the vineyards. You cycle mostly on dedicated cycle paths and some quiet country roads. Suitable for novices, families and experienced cyclists alike.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest airport is Dijon however it is quite small. You may also take the TGV express train from Paris (2 hours), at a cost of approx. $75 one way. Another good option is Basel/Mulhouse Airport on the Swiss border.

 

Schedule & Price

 2014 Departure DatesDeparts every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from mid March to early November

 

Price per person CAD $940
Single Supplement $300
Half board meal supplement (4-course dinners) $300 

 

This tour includes:
• Accommodation in a small family run inns and hotels, all rooms with private facilities
• Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast each day
• Transfer from Vezelay to Montbard
• Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
• 1 wine tasting of Crémant de Bourgogne in Bailly
• Modern hybrid bicycle from Giant, with 18 gears, lock, lights,and pannier.
• Detailed route guidance, detailed travel material (route or overview maps, route description,& important telephone numbers)