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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent Walking Holiday
  • Beaujolais & Burgundy Uncovered

Dates for 2017
  • 1 March - 31 October
Price
  • 5 nights: £665 / €765 p/p based on 2 sharing
  • 7 nights: £845 / €965 p/p based on 2 sharing
Grade
  • moderate grade walking luxury guest houses
Profile
  • 5 or 7 nights; 4 or 6 day's independent walking based at 2 guest houses
Highlights
  • Wonderful guest houses in historic surroundings perfectly located for a relaxed stay with moderate walking
  • A one week holiday which allows you to discover the best of the beautiful limestone regions of Beaujolais and southern Burgundy
  • Both regions have beautiful historic villages and medieval chateaux set in pretty rolling countryside providing exceptional views across the vines to the Alps
  • Two centres allowing you time to relax and the chance to adapt your walks to the weather
Testimonials
  • "We felt that everything on this walk was just as promised. We felt very much at home in both the places we stayed at...such good dinners and at our first family guesthouse the fun of meeting up with other guests of different nationalities. Picnic lunches were good too..and a very interesting wine tasting in Fuisse where we stayed for our second place. I enjoyed every day of the holiday...." L. Floyd, UK. see more
Accommodation and Meals
  • You will stay in two high quality guest houses (3/4 star equivalent) located in historic buildings offering very different styles. One has a swimming pool. Both have sumptuous gardens and offer gourmet meals. A great mix of comfort and authenticity.
What's included
  1. Transfers from Lyon airport or train station, 5 or 7 night's accommodation, all breakfast, 4 or 6 picnic lunches, all evening meals, detailed walking notes and maps, transfers to the start of 2 walks and between the two bases.
  2. Read more information about our independent walking & trekking holidays
What's not included
  1. Travel to Lyon in France, lunches on arrival and departure days, wine with meal in second guest house, any excursions or visits, travel insurance
Book this Holiday
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Walks

Locality & Walks

This discovery self-guided walking holiday in France lets you explore two of the prettiest parts of the Beaujolais and Burgundy at your own rhythm, whilst indulging yourself at wonderful guest houses.  You’ll stay in two bases, one in an area known as the “Golden stones country” (pierres dorées) of Beaujolais, due to the warm colour of the limestone which make up a number of remarkable historic villages that are set in a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills covered in vines. Made up of about 40 parishes, this picturesque wine growing area, is often referred to as the French Tuscany. Your second base will be in the southern Burgundy and northern Beaujolais where you'll enjoy a variety of experiences, including the famous Maconnais vineyards bordering the Saône, a number of rocky outcrops with wonderful views such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity, the forests of the high ridges and secluded valleys covered in a patchwork of grazing fields.

This two-centre based walking holiday in Beaujolais and Burgundy allows you to choose how much walking you wish to do each day. Plenty of opportunity for wine tasting visits.

Find our more about the Beaujolais - Beaujolais wines - Chardonnay wine

Walking Profile

4 or 6 walks based around two centres, averaging about 17km with limited ascents and descents, good paths, although some rough and stony sections. Average daily ascent is 350m. This holiday is flexible so that you can walk as much or as little as you wish.


 

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Walking holiday day-by-day

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Lyon to southern Beaujolais and welcome at guest house.

Day 2: Ridge-top village of Oingt

Your walk climbs to the Saule d’Oingt for great panoramic views before following a picturesque ridge and then descending to the stunning hill-top village of Oingt, classed as one of the prettiest villages in France. Explore its narrow alleyways lined with honey-coloured buildings, and enjoy its fabulous views across to the Mont Lyonnais. Follow a picturesque ridge before descending to the beautiful village of Theize. Your trail then traverses the hillside through a number of pretty hamlets to return to your guest house. 19km, +360m

Day 3: Chateaux and vines

Set out from your guest house and descend through vines towards the village of Jarnioux. Its beautiful multi-towered castle will come into view before the quaint village nestled in a valley. Opportunity to have a guided visit of the chateau by owner. Next stop is the Chateau de Sou, before climbing to the historic village of Cogny with numerous impressive manors. Next, traverse vine covered slopes with beautiful views before crossing a couple of valleys to return to your guest house. 8-15km, +150m-250m

Day 4: Traverse from Montmelas

You’ll be transferred to the village of Montmelas. There is a choice between two trails of varying difficulties. After experiencing the breath-taking views from Chapelle St Bonnet, the easier option goes past the wonderful Montmelas Chateau and through a number of pretty villages before following a ridge back to your guest house. The harder trail takes a superb ridgeline circuit through forest and pasture with great panoramic views of the Alps and the Mont Lyonnais and Pilat mountains. 13 or 17km, +220m or +540m

Day 5: Historic villages

Transfer to your second base in Fuisse, a wonderful historic village and famous for its Pouilly-Fuisse wines. This circular trail goes via several pretty historic villages on the border between the Beaujolais and Burgundy including Chanes and St Verand with their impressive churches built from a warm limestone. You'll return via the village of Leynes its historic buildings built from a local outcrop of sandstone. 16km, +300m

Day 6: Roche de Solutre

This walk explores the rocky outcrops which characterise this part of the southern Burgundy. Enjoyable walk through Chardonnay vines of the famous Pouilly Fuisse label to the villages of Pouilly and Solutre. Then climb to the summit of Roche de Solutre for spectacular 360 degree views. The site has a rich wildlife and is also an important archaeological site which you can discover in its museum. You can choose to extend the trail via the adjacent summit of Vergisson. 13km or 22km, +320m or +650m

Day 7: Traverse of northern Beaujolais

Transfer and walk along the edge of the vines through beautiful countryside with great views. You'll pass Chateau de la Roche, the pretty villages of Jullie and Chasselas and enjoy panoramic views from Pruzilly. 16km, +330m

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

 

 


 

 

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


You will stay in two very comfortable guest houses (3/4 star equivalent) located in historic buildings offering very different styles. Both provide wonderful 4 course meals. A great mix of comfort and authenticity.

Name Type Details Rating  
Domaine des Averlys B&B Wine producers house, in a wonderful setting near the pretty village of Cogny. Wine tasting with friendly and welcoming hosts. 3 Corns B&B pommiers Beaujolais France
La Source des Fees B&B Great 16th century house located on a vineyard in the heart of the village of Fuissé providing high quality accommodation and great food. Wine tasting of their Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Veran. 4 corns Accommodation
Travel Options

Travel Options


Pick up and transfer from Lyon airport or train stations included in price of walking holiday.

Flights:

The airlines Easy jet, Flybe and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Birmingham, Gatwick, Edingburgh and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport.

Train:

Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris.

Self-Drive:

Cross-channel crossing are available with P&O and DFDS ferries, as well as Euro Tunnel. Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 40 euros each way.

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 arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.

 

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