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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Guided walking holiday
  • Burgundy: Best of Medieval Burgundy

Dates for 2017
  • From the beginning of April to the end of October (depending on availability)
Price
  • From £920 (single supplement £280) (based on group of 8)
  • From €1030 (single supplement €310)
  • Please contact us for a quote for your group
Grade
  • guided walking grade moderate
Profile
Highlights
  • Walking through pretty historic villages with medieval castles and romanesque style churches
  • A picturesque Burgundy landscape of rolling hills, valleys covered in vines and rocky outcrops providing great views as far as the Alps
  • Wine tasting of the local chardonnay wines including the world famous Pouilly-Fuissé label.
  • Visiting historic monuments
  • Visiting the historic town of Cluny with the remains of its influential abbey.
  • Beautiful small guest houses serving great food and wine.
Testimonials
Accommodation and Meals
  • 7 nights accommodation in charming, very comfortable, chambres d'hôtes style guest houses, double and twin rooms with own bathrooms. (3/4 star equivalent) All breakfasts included, 6 quality packed lunches with wine and 6 delicious evening meals with wine.
What's included
  1. Airport and station transfers from Lyon.
  2. Transport to and from the start of each walk
  3. 7 night's accommodation.
  4. All breakfasts, 6 evening meals and 6 gourmet picnic lunches
  5. 6 guided walks and visits
What's not included
  1. Travel between the UK and Lyon, France
  2. Lunches on the day of arrival and departure
  3. One evening meal including drinks in a restaurant
  4. Wine with some of meals
  5. Transfers, other than those from Lyon
  6. Any excursions or entrance fees
  7. Travel insurance

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Walks

Historic Walks in Chardonnay Country

Our Guided walking holiday in the southern Burgundy region of France explores a rich landscape full of historic treasures. Medieval chateaux, historic churches and old farms are set in beautiful rolling countryside carpeted with vines, pasture and forests. A number of rocky outcrops punctuate the vineyards such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity. These landmarks provide exceptional viewing points to admire the surrounding countryside.

The Burgundy region is well-known for its fine wine and gastronomic food, a reputation that is richly deserved. You will have plenty of opportunity to sample both during your walking holiday in France. This region is the origin of Chardonnay and these dry and fruity white wines have their most famous ambassadors in the world renowned Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Véran. You'll get the chance to sample both at one of your guest houses located on a vineyard. In addition you will have plenty of time to see the varied and rich architectural delights of the region, such as those found at Cluny, a very important spiritual, political and artistic centre of the Middle Ages with its Benedictine abbey. In addition, many of the pretty villages that our walks pass through have splendid chateaux and impressive churches, such as that at Berzé le Chatel and Brancion.

Your guided walking holiday will take you through a variety of experiences, including the famous Maconnais vineyards bordering the Saône, the forests of the high ridges, the historic town of Cluny, and secluded valleys covered in a patchwork of grazing fields.

Find out more about the Southern Burgundy region, the historic town of Cluny and the average weather conditions in the Burgundy


Walking profile

The walks on this guided walking holiday average about 15km per day over undulating terrain. Individual ascents and descents are generally no more than 150m at a time, with a maximum of 400m in a day. The walks will alternate between longer and shorter walks, so as to allow time to recover and take advantage of some of the interesting sites on route. The paths are generally good, although they can be rough and stony in places. The walking holiday is suitable for the occasional walker (with a minimum of preparation) as well as those who walk more regularly.

location map south burgundy

Day 1: Arrival

Your French walking holiday starts with a welcome in Lyon and transfer to guest house. Holiday briefing and first of many gourmet evening meals.

Day 2: Berzé - Village and chateau

Your first day's walk is a fairly gentle introduction into some of the finest historic monuments of the region. We will first explore the historic village of Berzé la Ville with its pretty stone houses with double arcades decorated with flowers and supported by slender columns. Afterwards we'll ascend to the top of the Roche Coche which provides fantastic views over the village. Undulating pastures will lead us to the impressive 13th century chateau Berzé le Chatel with its 3 defensive walls and 13 towers. After lunch we can visit the chateau and then return by the hamlet of Vernay, little changed in centuries, and the chateau des Moines. 14km, +280m

Day 3: Roche de Solutré

Today we'll visit the two pretty villages of Leynes and Chasselas in the extreme south of the Burgundy on the boundary of the Beaujolais. Afterwards we'll climb to the top of one of the most important landmarks in the area - the Roche de Solutré, site of pre-historic activities (dating back 35,000 years) and favourite walking spot of former president Mitterand. The top and surrounds of this impressive rock are covered in limestone specific grassland which is home to a rich flora and fauna. This rocky top provide amazing views of the surrounding Burgundy countryside. Afterwards we'll visit the village of Solutré-Pouilly, home of the famous full-bodied Pouilly-Fuissé chardonnay wines. Wine tasting visit. 17km, +400m

Day 4: Chapaize

Our walk starts from Cormatin with its beautiful 17th century chateau. The circuit passes though undulating countryside of vines and fields to reach the remarkable villages of Chapaize, Ougy and Malay. Chapaize has a wonderful 11th century church.  16km, +300m

Day 5: Cluny & Mere Boitier

Today is a partial rest day where you'll have plenty of time to visit Cluny one of the most important historic towns of the region. Cluny grew up around the Benedictine Abbey which was founded in 910AD. Enjoy looking around the ruins of the Abbey and the historic medieval properties that line the pretty streets. Our day will also include a drive to the hills above the village of Tramayes where a short walk will take us to the highest point in the southern Burgundy for superb panoramic views.

Day 6: Brancion

Slightly further north, our day's walking includes visiting a number of pretty villages such as Ozenay and Royer with romanesque churches. They are set in an undulating landscape of vines, pasture and forest with secluded valleys. The highlight of the day is visiting the hill top medieval village of Brancion surrounded by its defensive walls with its well preserved stone buildings which include the chateau (parts of which date from about 1000AD), the 12th century church and the impressive market hall built just after the religious wars. 15km, +300m

Day 7: Blanot and the Grisson Valley

Our final day's walk explores the upper part of the pretty and secluded Grisson valley. A number of hamlets sit on bluffs just above the stream which meanders through a tapestry of green pastures and willows. Our route will follow this valley before rising up on to the hills above to find the village of Donzy which seems to date from another era. Our walk will finish by exploring the historic village of Blanot with its remarkable stone dwellings and its clunisien church and priory. Wine tasting visit. 16km, +280m

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast and transfer to Lyon.

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blanot guided walking holiday in Burgundy France

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briancon market hall in historic hilltop village

berze le chatel in France walking holiday

chapaize church in village Burgundy France walking holiday

vines in south Burgundy France

Please Note: Further information about the walks on this French guided walking holiday in the southern Burgundy will be sent to you prior to your holiday. We will endeavour to keep to these walks as far as possible on our guided walking tour; however they are subject to change. In addition, we like to maintain a certain degree of flexibility to take account of the group’s abilities and interests, and the local conditions. The final selection of walks will be made by your guide during the week after consultation with the group.

Once you have booked on this guided walking holiday in France, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.

Bed

Accommodation & Meals


On this guided walking holiday in the South Burgundy you will be staying in a couple of charming, spacious and very comfortable guest houses (mainly bed & breakfasts) full of local character and of a very high standard. All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses are shown below. The guest house or hotels used will depend on availability and the size of your group.

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 gourmet lunches with wine. Most evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to local delicacies and have the opportunity to discover more about the region and its people. One evening meal will be taken in a local restaurant where you will have a choice of menus. (This meal is not included in the price of the holiday). Local specialities will be available to try every evening.

 

Name Type Details Rating  
Source des Fees B&B La Source des Feés is a 4 corns (4 star gite de France) beautiful guest house located in a tastefully renovated 16th century property built from local warm coloured stone, located on a vineyard. 4 Corns Domaine du Vernay Mazille Burgundy France
Domaine du Vernay B&B 18th century stone farmhouse at a former vineyard in Mazille. Pretty village overlooking the Grosne valley 3 Corns Domaine du Vernay Mazille Burgundy France
Travel Options

Travel Options


Transfers between Lyon Airport, Lyon train stations or Macon Loche train station and the southern Burgundy region of France are included in the price of your walking holiday in France.

Flight Options

Transfers from Lyon airport

The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Manchester, Stanstead and Heathrow to Lyon St Exupery airport.

Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets to the UK airports

Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. 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. We would be happy to book travel arrangemennts to Lyon, France on your behalf.

 

By Train

Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu changing at Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our travel store to organise your train journey.

There is a practical train time leaving London at 9am and arriving in Lyon at 3pm. Please contact us before booking to check for other practical times.

Self Drive

Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.

Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks).

Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.

Photos

Photos


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pierreclos guided walking holiday in France
berze le chatel walking holiday in France
view of vines and villages from roche solutre in south burgundy france
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house at Royer on France guided walking holiday in Burgundy
Blanot village near cluny Burgundy France walking