Canals in Burgundy - Individual - 7D/6N
Along canals in Burgundy
Type of JourneySelf-Guided
Characteristics of this journey/holiday
Day by day
Meeting in the small town of Montbard along the Canal de Bourgogne.
Day 2 Montbard – Tonnerre 60 km
During your cycle trip along the romantic Canal de Bourgogne, you will stop at the Renaissance châteaux in Ancy-le-Franc constructed by the Architect Serlio in the 17th century. Followed by the Renaissance châteaux in Tanlay. Finishing the day in Tonnerre for dinner.
Day 3 Tonnerre – Joigny 55 km
Before you leave Tonnerre you will visit the Hotel Dieu, the former hospital from the 13th century. Here the sick and needy could be housed and cared for. You must also visit the Fosse Dionne before going back to the Canal de Bourgogne to continue with the cycling, which will take you through vineyards and fields. The evening including dinner and the hotel will be in Joigny, a small town that has preserved its numerous half-timbered houses and churches.
Day 4 Joigny – Auxerre 35 km
From Joigny it isn’t too far to the beautiful town of Auxerre. This historical town, stretched along the Yonne River 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 stay in this city.
Day 5 Auxerre – Clamecy 64 km
Today you continue your cycling tour along the Canal du Nivernais.
One important stop you have to take is at the Caves de Bailly. Here you will taste the famous Crémant de Bourgogne.
Along the Canal du Nivernais your cycling trip passes through exceptional landscapes along the “route des flotteurs de bois“ which was very important in the middle ages, as the Morvan Forest produced the wood for Paris, which was transported there by floating it along the river and canal.
Day 6 Clamecy – Vezelay 31 km
You will be leaving the waterside today, through some of Burgundy’s finest landscapes, culminating in 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 way to Compostella.
Its Basilica dominates the small mediaeval town and its fortifications
It is time to say Au Revoir! Your bike tour is finished. You will be picked up at the hotel and brought back to your car in Montbard or to the train station
4-course dinner (Option)
Personal welcome meeting
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
1 winetasting in Chablis
1 tasting of Crémant de Bourgogne in Bailly
Rout book, maps and information material
24 h Service Hotline
GPS-Tacks on demand
Flat, except for the last day, day 6 slightly hilly, cycling paths along the canal aren’t asphalted halfway through.