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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Holiday
  • Beaujolais - Burgundy - Brionnais: The 3 Regions Tour

Dates for 2017
  • Everyday (except Monday) from April to October
Price
  • £835/€940 (single supplement £210/€235)
Grade
  • grade moderate plus independent cycling holidays France+
Profile
  • 8 days: 6 days independent cycling on roads and off-road cycle tracks, moving between 4 different guest houses
Highlights
  • Varied cycling through vines, pastures and forests
  • Sweeping views across rolling countryside
  • Wine tasting visits possible in a region famous for its gastronomic delights
  • Beautiful towns and villages with historic chateaux, abbeys and churches
  • A dedicated off-road cycle path for some of the holiday
Testimonials
  • "The service (from William [High Point Holidays]) was fantastic and the cycling notes the most comprehensive that I've ever seen, many thanks!" R. McDonald, Australia. See other holiday testimonials.
Accommodation and Meals
  • 7 nights accommodation in several charming guest houses, double or twin rooms with own bathrooms. All breakfasts included, 5 lunches and 6 evening meals
What's included
  1. Airport and station transfers from Lyon.
  2. 7 nights' accommodation.
  3. Full Board. (with the exception of lunches on day of arrival and departure, plus one other lunch, and one evening meal)
  4. Hire of bike and helmet
  5. Full cycling notes and maps
  6. Transport of luggage between guest houses
What's not included
  1. Travel between the UK and Lyon, France
  2. Lunches on the day of arrival and departure, plus lunch on day two, and one evening meal
  3. Transfers, other than those from Lyon.
  4. Any excursions or entrance fees
  5. Drinks to accompany evening meals in restaurants (A glass of wine is usually included with the meal in most guest houses.)
Walks

Beaujolais, Burgundy and Charolais - 3 regions tour

By cycling through the Beaujolais, the southern Burgundy and the eastern Charolais, you will experience an ever changing upland landscape of vineyards, patchwork fields, woodland and quaint villages.

The Beaujolais region, located to the north and east of Lyon, forms a series of elegant rolling hills summiting around 1000m above sea level. The character of the hills change with altitude as the vines give way to forests and pastures.

The hills of the southern Burgundy are lower, although a number of rocky outcrops punctuate the Chardonnay vineyards to create an area of rich contrasts. It is also a region full of architectural delights, such as the town of Cluny, beautiful villages and historic chateaux. Both the Burgundy and Beaujolais are well-known for their fine wine and gastronomic food, a reputation that is richly deserved.

Further west you'll discover the Brionnais/Charolais, an area synonymous with beef cattle, where a patchwork of fields create an intimate landscape reminiscent of England.

Find out more about the Beaujolais region and the Burgundy and Brionnais/Charolais regions

Cycling

This cycling holiday is classed as Moderate+ as days 4 and 6, involve unavoidable ascents of 300m and follow undulating, hilly terrain. The ascents follow routes that climb gently to the cols with gradients that are generally no more than 5 or 6%. However, most days involve no more than 40 km or 25 miles cycling. In addition there are two days where you may take a rest. For those looking to increase the challenge, a number of extensions or alternatives to the normal routes are possible.

 

Cycle route 3 regions tour Beaujolais Burgundy Charolais France

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome, drive to St Amour in the Northern Beaujolais and settle in to your first guest house.

Day 2: St Amour to Mazille

Your route takes you past a number of beautiful chateaux before you join the main cycle way that runs from Macon up through the heart of Burgundy. A fascinating feature of this track as it crosses the Maconais hills is its tunnel. At 1.6km it holds the distinction of being the longest tunnel in Europe to accommodate only green modes of transport. A tour of the Roche de Solutre, a celebrated feature of the Maconnais landscape and home to pre-historic human activity, can be added to the day's cycling. 30 - 45 km

Day 3: A Burgundy Cycle path

The small historic town of Cluny, with the remains of its famous Benedictine Abbey, the most important in Europe between 910 and 1340, is the perfect start to a day discovering the rich architectural delights of the Burgundy region. The cycle path which follows the valley floor passes close to the villages of Cluny, Cormatin, St Gengoux-le-National and Buxy. Most of the villages, such as Mazille, where you are staying, have beautiful roman churches. Just how far you go along the cycle path before turning back is up to you. You can choose to return by the same way or by quiet roads in the neighbouring undulating countryside .

Day 4: Mazille to near La Clayette

The cycling really starts to become more challenging with a steady climb into the high hills separating the Beaujolais from the Burgundy. A mixed landscape of pasture and forest covers an intimate rural network of valleys and hills through which you will take the easiest path. The day finishes by descending into the Charolais region. 40 km

Day 5: A tour of the Brionnais

Two circuits have been devised to let you explore this quiet and picturesque region of fields and hedgerows far from the big cities. You will also have the chance to explore a number of interesting villages en route including La Clayette with its beautiful chateau. You can, however, choose to relax after your excursions of the previous day. 30 - 40 km

Day 6: La Clayette to Beaujeu

Once you have climbed back out of the Charolais, your route takes you on a high level traverse of the Beaujolais hills. The road winds back and forth between sturdy summits carpeted in thick forest. In warm weather, this upland oasis forms a welcome breath of fresh air. As you approach Beaujeu, the ancient capital of the Beaujolais region, so the vines start to reappear and with it a return to a more populated landscape. 40 - 50 km

Day 7: Beaujeu to St Amour

After a relaxing descent out of Beaujeu by another off-road cycle track, you will traverse north across the region of the “Grands Crus”. The route takes you through a number of charming villages such as Regnié Durette, Fleurie and Jullié. By hugging the slopes where vines and forest meet, you will experience some great views across the Saone Valley and Beaujolais hills. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop off in some of the vineyards and sample the local wine. 35 km

Day 8: Departure

Return to Lyon and transfer home

 

Beaujolais landscape France

Clayette chateau Charolais France

Cluny Burgundy France

 

 

 

Bed

Accommodation & Meals


You will be staying in a number of charming bed & breakfasts full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. The principal guest houses of the holiday are shown below. We cannot guarantee that you will be staying in all 3 guest houses.

A hearty and healthy continental breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to discover the local specialities such as home-made jams and local cheeses. At midday you will eat packed lunches prepared by your hosts. Most evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to local delicacies. Two meals will be taken in a local restaurant where you will have a choice of menus. (These two meals are not included in the price of the holiday). Local specialities will be available to try every evening.

Name Type Details Rating  
Auberge du St Verand Auberge and Hotel Traditional Stone property at St Verand nr St Amour de Bellevue in northern Beaujolais. Swimming pool. 3 stars Restaurant at St Veran Beaujolais France
Domaine du Vernay B&B 18th century stone farmhouse at a vineyard in Mazille. Pretty village overlooking the Grosne valley 3 Corns Domaine du Vernay Mazille Burgundy France
Château de Grandvaux B&B Stunning 15th century château in Varennes sous Dun which has been lovingly restored Being classified B&B at Varennes near La Clayette between Burgundy and Charolais France
Travel Options

Travel Options


Flight Options

Transfers from Lyon airport

Easy jet: London Stanstead – Lyon
Practical Flight
Going - Departure: 13.40 – arrive; 16.25
Return - Departure: 16.50 – arrive; 17.30

Bmi: Manchester – Lyon
Practical Flight
Going - Departure: 10.30 – arrive; 13.15
Return - Departure: 13.50 – arrive; 14.45

British Airways: London Heathrow - Lyon
Practical Flight
Going - Departure: 08.40 – arrive; 11.15
Going - Departure: 16.00 – arrive; 18.35

Return - Departure: 11.55 – arrive; 12.40

Return - Departure: 19.20 – arrive; 19.55

Please note – This information is correct at the time of publication. High Point Holidays cannot be held responsible for any change in schedules made by the above operators. Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, we can only guarantee transfers from the practical flights listed above. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.

By Train

Eurostar and the TGV provide a quick and relaxing journey from London to Lyon.
Transfers from Lyon St Exupery and Lyon Part Dieu.
http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/
www.eurostar.com

By Car

Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Lyon area takes about 7-8 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 30 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.

www.speedferry.co.uk/

www.poferries.com

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/

www.eurotunnel.com

For general information on routes and bookings see. www.ferrysavers.co.uk/

Photos

Photos


Marchampt Beaujolais Autumn guided walking France
Cycling on cycle track passing Berzé le Chatel just before tunnel Burgundy France
Regnie Durette Beaujolais France
Beaujolais hills France
South Burgundy landscape France
Roche de Solutre south Burgundy France