A Short Escape in Beaujolais

Tour length: 3 nights/4 days

Fitness Level:

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Imagine escaping the stresses of daily life and tight schedules for a few days… that’s our promise with this short escape in Beaujolais.

Not only the area is easy to get to by train or car, but the cycling is amazing, not to mention the food, and, of course, the wine – perfect for a long weekend!

This region is ideal for riders who wish to do some serious, yet relaxed cycling. You will ride through towns and villages, each with their own beauty and charm. With an average distance of 70 km (approx. 45 miles) per day, it is a relatively athletic tour, designed for riders in good shape, an ideal training ground before proceeding on to the nearby Alps!

Not to worry if you find the mileage and the climbing too intimidating, we have e-bikes! Hence, this trip can be done by groups of riders of varying levels of fitness… families or groups of friends traveling together. As it is a highly customizable tour, we can adapt it based on your interests and desired daily mileage… just let us know more about your dream cycling trip.

Trip begins in Mâcon, easily accessible from Geneva, Lyon, or Paris by train, and ends with a free transfer to Lyon.

Self-guided tour available April through October 2021. Starts any Saturday.
Attn: Groups of 4 or more can start any day of the week.

Daily cycling distance ranges from 29 to 67 km.

Accommodation in 3- and 4-star properties.

Starting at 575 euros per person sharing a double room.

Itinerary

Your hotel in Macon is located a short walk from the train station (check the SNCF website for the train timetable). If you travel with your own bikes, you will find all the necessary materials upon check-in at your hotel. We will go over the itinerary with you in person or via phone (or any other technology app). If you choose to rent bikes from us, we’ll time the delivery so that we can meet in person and go over the itinerary. Your warm-up ride follows a route through well-known vineyards such as Saint-Vérand and Pouilly-Fuissé, along with the hard-to-miss Solutré rock formation.

The route qualifies as “hors-catégorie” (beyond category), if not for its climbs, then for some of the world class villages you will ride through: Julienas, Saint-Amour, Fleurie, and Moulin-à-Vent are some of the best wines in Beaujolais. Feel free to take short breaks to sample some of these wines… with moderation as the ride picks up from here with some rewarding climbs in the “Terrasse d’Avenas”, a beautiful area that offers superb panoramic views of the entire Beaujolais region. A nice descent sees you ride into Beaujeu on your way to Villié-Morgon where you will overnight.

Today’s ride includes a climb up Mont-Brouilly (484 m / 1,450 ft.), offering one of the best viewpoints of the entire region. The mountain itself is picturesque, its slopes covered with Côte-de-Brouilly vines and its summit crowned with a 19th-century chapel that is still a pilgrimage site. From here, the route begins to climb in earnest, leading you along hillside routes through lush woods before a final descent into the charming village of Vaux-en-Beaujolais.

The last day’s ride of this short escape in Beaujolais will take you through “Les Pierres Dorées” and its magnificent villages built from these “golden stones”, before riding back through some vineyards in the southernmost part of Burgundy. With three different length rides to choose from, you can go as long as you want, as hard as you want. It’s the perfect end to your cycling in Beaujolais adventure!
Your transfer to Lyon is included after your last ride!

Map of cycle tour itinerary for a short escape in Beaujolais

Pricing

This tour is highly customizable for any groups of 4 or more. Just tell us more about your dream cycling trip in Beaujolais (extra nights, extra rides, transfers, etc…) and we’ll let you know what can be done.

Details

2 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 4-star hotel

  • For 4 riders or more:
    – 575 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 195 euros
  • For 2 or 3 riders:
    – 715 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 195 euros
  • 3 nights’ accommodation (2 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 4-star hotel) 
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Orientation meeting with one of our staff
  • Luggage transfers 
  • Transfer from Vaux-en-Beaujolais to Lyon (on Day 4)
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes 
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability) or GPX files
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be given our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges 
  • Expenses of a personal nature 
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 85 euros per bike. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 150 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 155 euros per bike.  These prices include the delivery and pick-up fees.
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