Tour length: 5 nights/6 days
Come and experience all that the Beaujolais region has to offer on a beautiful cycling holiday in Burgundy! (And no, it’s not just wine!) This beautiful region offers a wide variety of terrains for cycling and many historical sites, as well as vineyards for as far as the eye can see. Stop and picnic in the shade of a castle, or take a break and do a wine tasting. It’s the beauty of self-guided tours; the choice is up to you!
This region is ideal for riders who are hoping to do some serious, yet relaxed cycling. You will experience many different towns on your Burgundy cycling tour, each with its 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. It’s an ideal training program before proceeding on to the nearby Alps!
After checking into your hotel in Mâcon, we will outfit you with your bikes and go over the daily itinerary before your cycling holiday in Burgundy begins and you’re on your merry way. You’ll follow a route that winds through a scenic landscape checkered with vineyards such as Saint-Verand and Pouilly-Fuisse, along with the hard-to-miss Solutré rock formation, famous as a prehistoric site of the eponymous Solutrean Paleolithic culture.
Leaving Mâcon, your route will take you through the world-famous vineyards of Julienas, Saint-Amour, Fleurie, and Moulin-à-Vent. Feel free to take a short break and sample some of their viticultural varieties, or make a pit stop in Romaneche, home to Georges Duboeuf’s Museum of Wine! Don’t indulge too much though, for the pace 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 finds you in Beaujeu, the town that gives the region its name! Visit its 12th-century church, then continue the last 10 kilometers (6 miles) to Villié-Morgon.
After breakfast, continue your exploration of the “Beaujolais Vert” (Green Beaujolais)! Heading south out of Villié-Morgon, you’ll start on an easy stretch along the Voie Verte du Beaujolais, a 15km greenway winding through the idyllic countryside. Don’t let it fool you though, as there’s climbing to come as you follow quiet roads along vineyards and charming villages with more stunning views of the surrounding landscape before looping back to Villié-Morgon. Once you’re back at the hotel, feel free to relax and enjoy some of the Beaujolais rouge.
Can’t get enough of the beautiful Beaujolais scenery? No problem. 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 quite picturesque, its slopes covered with Côte-de-Brouilly vines and its summit crowned by a 19thcentury chapel that remains a site of pilgrimage. 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. Fun fact: besides its wine, the village is also known for inspiring the fictional town of Clochemerle in Gabriel Chevallier’s satirical novel of the same name.
Your last day’s ride will take you through “Les Pierres Dorées” and its magnificent villages made of these “golden stones” before riding back through some vineyards of the southernmost part of Burgundy. Buy a
bottle of wine (or two) to bring home and share with your friends and family. Or take a last couple of pictures to share with your neighbors, the choice is yours. 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!
After breakfast, take your time and prepare for the next part of your adventure and your transfer to Lyon.
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4 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 4-star hotel
From 780 euros per person sharing a room (single supplement is 290 euros)