Burgundy by bike, an obvious choice
La France à Vélo is an agency offering bike rides and routes in Burgundy and all over France. We are based in the French department of Yonne, in Auxerre. Our goal is to provide solutions so that people can explore nature and heritage sites at a slow, easy-going pace, as part of the notion of "slow tourism".
Explore at your own pace
When travelling around by bike, you see nature from a different perspective, and you ride along at your own pace. When I am on a bike ride, I can decide how fast I want to go, if I want to stop, observe and embrace the natural environment or a particular place I pass by, then I get back on my bike and carry on! It is a very slow way of exploring an area, but also a very endearing one.
I believe that the best way of getting around Burgundy is by bike because we can follow the paths that cannot be accessed by car!
Bicycle touring in Burgundy
I don't even know where to begin, there are so many places to explore here. There are countless little secondary roads, very quiet country roads. Greenway cycle paths that run along former railroad tracks. There are also 200 km of cycle paths alongside the canals and rivers that are easily accessible because they are flat. If you want to go along the paths through the vineyards, it's better to opt for an electric bike, which is incidentally very fashionable at the moment!
A mosaic of landscapes, accessible to all!
A standard or an electric bike?
Thanks to electric bikes, everyone can now explore the hills, mountains or hilly landscapes in general. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this because even with the uphill sections, the vineyards are so beautiful.
“Cycling is also a great physical activity, and a good way to stay in shape.”
When I speak about physical activity, I don't necessarily mean sporty, just getting on your bike and going at your own pace is enough.
The towpaths are perfectly flat, so you barely even need to pedal. And if needed, why not opt for an electric bike? The body gets used to working the muscles very quickly, and besides, it's not complicated to pedal and it's so much fun!
Itineraries for everyone
There are lots of possible bike rides in autumn, you could for example choose family-friendly rides suitable for children with games and fun sections. We've got children's bikes, children's seats, and trailers with all the necessary attachments.
For those who don't fancy anything too strenuous and who are not necessarily looking for an adventure, we've got electric bikes, and there are some longer routes, more suitable for electric bikes.A day out in the vines on an electric bike
To suit your needs
There is a wide range of routes, based on various themes! You could choose a sporty weekend with friends on a culinary theme, with a delicious meal out in the evening, because Burgundy is also well known for its great food! You might prefer an outing on the theme of the vineyards, Romanesque art, treasure hunts, touring, we've got something for everyone.
Christiane will guide you...
In autumn, everything starts to slow down, and it's the season for some quality time as a family…
When autumn comes...
Autumn arrives slowly but surely in Burgundy. After the grape harvest, there are some signs to watch out for, such as the vine leaves starting to change colour. And, of course, the forests, because there are forests everywhere in our region. The Morvan in particular springs to mind! You can expect to be surrounded by an explosion of colours, in the vines, in the forests or alongside the canals.
An autumn day out...
When autumn comes to Burgundy, it's time for a family trip out to the valley called the Vallée du Cousin. This is an incredible place with a river and trees all around it creating a sort of green tunnel, which then transforms into a colourful tunnel in autumn. It's magnificent!
Another place to explore is the Vallée de la Cure. There you can also expect to see an explosion of colours, but not only in the trees, they are also reflected into the waters, creating an absolutely superb mirror effect! We could spend hours here, it's an amazing sight.
There is also a village that just happens to be one of "the Most Beautiful Villages in France", called Noyers-sur-Serein and I think this place is particularly pretty in autumn because it is a village that still has its medieval atmosphere. It is also a popular place for filming.
Even if the days are becoming cooler, it's still worth going out, especially around the vineyards. The sunsets are breathtaking from the highest points of the Chablisien vineyard!
There are so many great places to eat in Burgundy! I really enjoy going to La P'tite Beursaude in Auxerre which is a small place, with very few tables and a typical Burgundian atmosphere. The friendly staff serve only Burgundian specialities and they obviously have a great wine list!
As for your accommodation, a particularly great place to stay is the Abbaye de la Bussière (in Côte-d'Or), which is a former Cistercian monastery that has been tastefully transformed into a hotel. The food here is also excellent.
As we explore Burgundy, we often come across stone sculptures, and we have a sculptor called Varanguin who lives here in the Yonne. There are little guides available from Tourist Office so visitors can follow in his footsteps, Mr. Varanguin can work wonders with stone.
Other passionate locals of Burgundy
These local people each contribute in their own way to showcasing our beautiful region. Thanks to their input, their advice and their recommendations, they are the ideal ambassadors who will make sure you don't miss out on anything during this key season. For them, one thing is certain, autumn should be spent in Burgundy, nowhere else…