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Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent Walking Holiday
  • Medieval Burgundy: The Monk's Trail

Dates for 2017
  • 1 March - 31 October
Price
  • £825 (single supplement £200)
  • €930 (single supplement €210)
Grade
  • independent walking holiday grade moderate burgundy
Profile
Highlights
  • Walking through pretty historic villages which have little changed in centuries with romanesque style churches
  • A picturesque landscape of rolling hills and secluded valleys covered in vines, pasture and forest.
  • Wine tasting of the local chardonnay and visiting historic monuments
  • The medieval cité of Brancion with its ancient chateau, church and quaint buildings
  • Visiting the historic towns of Tournus with its Romanesque abbey and the remowned site of Cluny with its historic monuments (former site of the largest abbey in Europe).
  • Lovely small guest houses serving great food.
Testimonials
  • "I was impressed from the first moment I walked into my room at Aux Terrasses and got my personal walking notes (with my name on them.) Honestly, you couldn't make this holiday any better. Everything worked smoothly, the guest houses were wonderful, the hosts very welcoming, the paths lead exactly where I was told they were going and routes well thought through with plenty to see along the way. Will definitely book again!" I. Davies
  • "The holiday was great because of the excellent itinerary through fabulous countryside and the chambre d'hotes gave us real contact with French people. The opportunity to practice speaking French was an unexpected bonus of the holiday" Mr D Burrows, UK. See further customer comments regarding this and other self guided holidays in Burgundy.
Accommodation and Meals
  • 7 nights in a mixture of good quality B&B's small hotels and auberges. They have been chosen for their local charm and warm welcome. Four evening meals included. Picnic lunches prepared by your hosts.
What's included
  1. Transfers to and from Lyon if needed, 7 night's accommodation on a B&B basis. Five lunches and 4 evening meals. Full walking notes and maps, transport of luggage between guest houses
What's not included
  1. Travel to Lyon, France. Lunches on arrival and departure days plus day leaving from Tournus, three evening meals. Any excursions and entrance fees. Travel insurance
 
  1. See full list of our independent walking holidays

    Take a look at our other self guided walking holidays in Burgundy: Secret Burgundy - Chardonnay Vines & Historic Villages - Chardonnay Wine Trail

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Walks

Romanesque Burgundy & Walks

Our independent walking holiday in the southern Burgundy region of France explores a rich landscape full of historic treasures. Medieval chateaux, historic Romanesque churches and old farms are set in beautiful rolling countryside carpeted with vines, pasture and forests.

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 self-guided walking holiday. 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. Your walking tour will start in the historic town of Tournus famous for its Romanesque abbey and will pass through the medieval centres of Brancion and St Gengoux le National. In addition, many of the pretty villages that your walks pass through have impressive churches and their quaint historic streets seem to date from another time.

Your independent 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 towns of Cluny and Tournus, and secluded valleys covered in a patchwork of grazing fields.

Find out more about the Southern Burgundy region and the average weather conditions in the Burgundy

 

Walking Profile

This independent walking holiday is suitable for most walkers of an average fitness (with a minimum of preparation). The distances are relatively long for the grade, averaging 18km, although the ascents are relatively small and average a total of 325m in a day. The maximum distance on any one day is 20km although there is a shorter option available. Individual ascents and descents are generally no more than 150m at a time. The walks allow for time to rest 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.

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Day 1: Arrival

Pick up from Lyon or direct to your accommodation in Tournus. A small, pretty town on the banks of the Saone River, famous for the Romanesque Abbey St Philibert at its centre.

Day 2: Tournus - Cortambert

Short transfer to take you out of Tournus and into the rolling countryside. You'll pass through a number of interesting and picturesque villages and hamlets. Charcuble has a chapel that was built in 24 hours during World War II, whilst Blanot is a beautiful village where time has stopped still. Traditional stone houses line narrow alleys in a lovely valley setting with a Clunisien priory and church at its heart. Your route follows a number of delightful small valleys with pasture bordering the streams and above chardonnay vines. Dinner and night at guest house in ontambert. 20km, +480m

Day 3: Cruzille - Cluny

Climb back into the hills and visit the quaint and secluded village of Donzy le Pertuis with its 11th century church. Great views from the ridgetop before you descend to finish your day at the small town of Cluny. This one of the most important historic towns of the region. Enjoy looking around the ruins of the Abbey and the historic properties that line the pretty streets. 14km, +320m

It is possible to have an extra night and day at Cluny

Day 4: Cluny - Cormatin

Your walking trail follows the edge of Grosne Valley through pretty villages, such as Flagy with its Romanesque church and Lournand. You'll pass a number of sites of historic interest before reaching the village of Cormatin with its beautiful 16th century chateau and gardens. 19km, +300m

Day 5: Cormatin - Bresse sur Grosne

Today your walk starts by passing through pretty village of Malay with its remarkable Romanesque church. You'll then follow the flanks of hills to reach the historic village of St Gengoux le National at the base of pretty hills surrounded by vines. This settlement surrounded by hills has a number of important historic buildings, due to its former importance as a royal seat. Your walking trail then crosses river plains to Bresse, passing the impressive chateau at Sercy. 17km +150m

Day 6: Bresse sur Grosne - Brancion

Easy walking takes you to the village of Chapaize with its beautiful early 11th century church. You'll then climb out of the valley onto the ridgeline and the medieval fortress of Brancion. This is a remarkable site with the remains of its chateau overlooking the rest of a well preserved hamlet protected by a series of walls. The hamlet contains delightful stone houses, an historic covered market and a Romanesque church on the hill top edge. 16km, +300m

Day 7: Brancion - Tournus

Your first village en route is the rustic village of Royer before heading to Ozenay with its chateaux and 12th century church and historic chateau. Your walking route goes back to the ridge and takes in impressive panoramic views. A number of pretty valleys and ridges will take you back to Tournus via vines and historic wine-makers shelters. Explore Tournus and its impressive abbey. 18km, +350m

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast and leave direct from Tournus or transfer to Lyon.

Please note that your walking holiday may have different stops from that shown above, due to the availability of guest houses. This will not however, affect the overall walking circuit.

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


On this independent walking holiday in the South Burgundy region you will be staying in a number of charming, spacious and very comfortable guest houses (mainly bed & breakfasts and small hotels or auberges) full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses are shown below.

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 lovingly prepared by your hosts. Some 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. Some meals will be taken in a local restaurant where you will have a choice of menus. Local specialities will be available to try every evening.

 

Name Type Details Rating  
Le Foineau B&B Chambres d'hote renovated in an ancient barn in a quiet spot in a small hamlet. Relax in garden or by the pool. 3 Corns Accommodation burgundy foineau bed and breakfast
Montagne de Brancion Hotel A very comfortable hotel perched at 400m near the medieval village of Brancion with fantastic views across the countryside towards Tournus. Great cuisine. 3 stars  
La Maison des Gardes B&B A rustic feel to this historic property near the centre of Cluny. Lovely wooded courtyard and warm welcome from your hosts. 3 Corns maison gardes cluny guest house in France Burgundy
Travel Options

Travel Options


Transfers between Lyon Airport or Lyon train stations and the south Burgundy region of France are included in the price of your independent walking holiday.

Flight Options

Transfers from Lyon airport

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

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

Note: Please check concerning the availability of a walking 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.

By Train

Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London direct to Lyon Part Dieu, as well as trains changing at Lille or Paris.

Please use Rail Europe's train finder on our travel shop page 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 & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.

Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Burgundy area takes about 6 and a half 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

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