This tour enables you to discover not only the beautiful sites of the « Bourgogne Buissonnière » but also the several rivers and canals that make Burgundy so attractive. The Loire, the Yonne with the « Canal du Nivernais », Guédelon and the building of its emblematic fortified castle, in a nature full of forests and glades. Vézelay, a must-see, for all Romanesque art lovers, is also well-known for its white wine vineyard from Sancerre and Chablis.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Your hotel is located in the heart of Charité sur Loire, so you can enjoy the city center.
You leave La-Charité-sur-Loire and follow the Loire along a nice bicycle path. Then you reach Sancerre, one of the most beautiful vineyard landscapes in the world. You can visit la « Maison de Sancerre » and don’t miss the opportunity to have a drink of this precious beverage with a “Crottin de Chavignol”!
You cycle back the Loire lateral canal. Along your way, before entering in the Puisaye region, you can have a break in Cosne sur Loire and visit the Loire museum, situated in an old Augustins monastery. Your day ends in an Ecolodge located in the heart of the “poyaudine” countryside.
Following small country roads, you will reach the unique Guédelon castle, because it is built in accordance with the middle Ages methods. During your visit, don’t miss the recreational activities! Then, you leave Guedelon and you continue through the forest to Linsecq.
A beautiful day awaits you! Passing through small villages and side roads, you reach today’s destination, Vézelay. One of the most beautiful panoramas of Burgundy is waiting for you, next to the Saint Madeleine basilica, centerpiece of Romanesque art and designated as UNESCO World heritage. In the middle age, Vézelay was a pilgrimage hotspot and a major halt on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle paths.
At the beginning, after a nice slope in the middle of the “Bois de la Madeleine”, you reach the Yonne valley. You follow the Yonne all day as well as the “Canal du Nivernais”. Before your arrival in Vermenton, you will see picturesque sites like Châtel-Censoir, the « Saussois » , its climbing rocks and Mailly-le-Château.
After cycling through charming villages such as Irancy, famous for its « Pinot noir », you will enter the « Chablisien » and discover the most sizeable white wine vineyard of Burgundy.
Today’s stage includes the Auxerrois winegrower’s villages: Chitry, Saint Bris-le-Vineux and Bailly. In Bailly, you enter the « Earth’s Center », in a huge cave where the “Crémant de Bourgogne” is made. After a wine tasting, you will get to Auxerre, the end of today’s trip and the full week tour.
RATING Easy to Moderate
Flat contour along the river bank and quiet country trails. A few hills are encountered each day, particularly in the vineyards. You cycle mostly on dedicated cycle paths and some quiet country roads. Suitable for novices, families and experienced cyclists alike.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airport is Dijon however it is quite small. You may also take the TGV express train from Paris (2 hours), at a cost of approx. $75 one way. Another good option is Basel/Mulhouse Airport on the Swiss border.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates: Every day from late March to early November
|Price per person||CAD||$1595|
|Optional dinner plan (7 x 4-course meals)||$400|
|Optional electric bike rental||$170|
This tour includes:
5, 7 and 10 day tour versions are also available, as well as a 5 day Deluxe version. Contact us for details and pricing.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment