Burgundy is a land of great art and good living, pastoral and peaceful. During the cycling trip you will discover great abbeys, elegant châteaux, medieval half-timbered villages and fortified towns. The vineyards of Chablis and the Auxerrois will accompany you, tastings are planned and the fine food will round off your days. This itinerary reveals northern Burgundy’s main treasures.
North Burgundy & Chablis - Individual - 8D/7N
The treasures of North Burgundy - 8 Days / 7 nights
Type of JourneySelf-Guided
Characteristics of this journey/holiday
Day by day
Auxerre, city of Art and History that has conserved an exceptional architectural heritage. Its cathedral, a model of gothic elegance, the St Germain Abbey, a nearly intact monastic complex with crypts dating back to the 9 th Century containing one of the oldest mural paintings discovered in France, not to mention a charming city centre with great boutiques.
Day 2 Auxerre – Montigny-la-Resle 29 km
Adjustment of hired bikes. You begin your cycle through the fields and will stop in Pontigny where you discover the Cistercian Abbey, the largest and one of the most beautiful Cistercian churches remaining in France
Day 3 Montigny-la-Resle–Noyers/Serein 40 km
Nice day cycling in the Chablis vineyards via Ligny-le-Châtel with its Renaissance church. After visiting Chablis and a wine tasting, the itinerary follows the Serein valley through beautiful villages of the southern Chablis vineyards to the medieval town of Noyers with its Naïf Art museum. Noyers has preserved fortifications and half-timbered houses. It’s one of the hundred most beautiful villages of France!
Day 4 Noyers/Serein – Avallon 46 km
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 22 km
The cycling continues 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
Day 6 Vézelay – Escolives-Ste-Camille 48 km
Starting by a climb to reach the Yonne valley, the itinerary will then follow it and the canal du Nivernais all day. You will come across beautiful sites such as Châtel-Censoir, the Saussois cliffs, and finish in Escolives.
Day 7 Escolives-Ste-Camille– Auxerre 33 km
Water dominates the day, for all around you are some of the greatest 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 surrounded by nature before leaving its side to go through the lovely Auxerre vineyard villages: Irancy, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, and Bailly. In the caves de Bailly you will taste the famous Crémant de Bourgogne before carrying on to Auxerre.
C’est la vie – your biking holiday in Burgundy is finished. After having a last breakfast you have to say goodbye to this charming region in France!
5 nights in 3* star hotels in room with private facilities
1 night in 2* star hotels in room with private facilities
1 night in Chambre d’Hote in room with private facilities
7 nights in 2/3* star hotels/ Chambres d’Hotes in room with private facilities
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
Route book, maps and information material
24 h Service Hotline
GPS-Tracks on demand
Slightly hilly routs without long climbs. Asphalted side routs. Cycling path along the Canal du Nivernais.