Tour length: 3 nights/4 days
Come on this self-guided Burgundy cycling tour and experience all that the Beaujolais region has to offer! (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 a self-guided tour: the choice is up to you!
This region is ideal for riders who are hoping for serious, yet relaxed self-guided Burgundy cycling tour. You will experience many different towns in the Beaujolais region, 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 Macon, we will outfit you with your bikes and go over the daily itinerary before pointing you 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.
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!
Your transfer to Lyon is included after your last ride!
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2 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a 4-star hotel
From 495 euros per person sharing a room (single supplement is 195 euros)