Day 1 Arrival
Discover the treasures of Dijon such as the Church of Notre Dame, the Tomb of the Dukes of Burgundy:
In medieval Burgundy, the Dukes were more important than the King of France. The influence of the Dukes of Burgundy was recognised and they were particularly close to the English crown.
Day 2 Dijon - Beaune 47 km
Here you are in the heart of Burgundy and you will enjoy it! Don't miss the wine château
of Aloxe Corton with its magnificent glazed tile roof and the 12th century Château du Clos de Vougeot which was the former property of the Abbey of Citeaux for centuries. You then pass through Nuits-Saint-Georges, named after the famous appellation wine that has been produced for centuries, and enjoy a tasting of these precious beverages. Your day ends in Beaune, the magnificent city, capital of Burgundy wines.
Day 3 Beaune - Semur-en-Auxois 68 km
You cannot leave Beaune without visiting the Hôtel Dieu built in the 15th century by Nicolas Rolin. This magnificent building is a masterpiece of gothic architecture. Then you leave Beaune and drive through Savigny-le-Beaune to reach a charming valley towards Châteauneuf en Auxois. Châteauneuf, situated on top of a hill, is one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France and sits majestically over the Auxois region.
You then continue to the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois.
Day 4 Semur - Vézelay 78 km
Today your route passes through extraordinary landscapes and picturesque little villages. You pass through the medieval hamlet of Montréal and arrive in Avallon, a pretty old town with 12th century walls. It is a pleasure to walk through the historic quarter.
Via small villages and back roads you reach Vézelay. One of the most beautiful views in Burgundy awaits you here, near the Basilica Sainte Madeleine, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Day 5 Vézelay - Auxerre 68 km
You leave the Eternal Hill to reach the Yonne valley, then you follow the river all day, as well as the Nivernais Canal. You will see some very nice sites: Châtel-Censoir, the Saussois and its climbing rocks, Mailly-le-Château. You ride along the water and then leave the water's edge to cross the wine-growing villages of the Auxerrois region: Cravant, Irancy, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux. Then you reach Auxerre along the Canal du
Canal du Nivernais.
Day 6 Auxerre - Chablis 38 km
You leave Auxerre and head towards Pontigny. Small forest roads accompany you on the way to the Cistercian church. It is one of the last witnesses of the great intellectual movement of the Cistercians. After visiting the abbey, you cycle through the Chablis wine region. This is the largest white wine area in France with a single appellation. On the programme, a tasting in a typical cellar.
Day 7 Chablis - Montbard 62 km
The tour continues through the Serein Valley, passing through the beautiful villages of the southern part of the Chablis vineyard and the
and the medieval village of Noyers-sur-Serein with its Museum of Naïve Art. Noyers has
preserved its fortifications and timber-framed houses. You leave Noyers and drive through the countryside and forests to Ancy-le-Franc. Ancy-le-Franc reveals its famous Renaissance castle, designed by the architect Serlio. (Approximately one hour visit). Then you drive along the peaceful Canal de Bourgogne. It is so pleasant to drive along this towpath and to pass barges and boats. This way you drive to Montbard.
Day 8 Montbard -
Chailly-sur-Armançon 57 km
You take the towpath again, passing 37 locks in 12.7 kilometres! Along the Burgundy Canal, you pass through
canal, you pass by Alesia, where Caesar built 2 parallel lines of defence around the hill
the hill to hold back Vercingetorix in 52 BC. Inaugurated in 2012, the Museopark takes you
the history of the siege of Alesia. Then you continue your walk along the canal to
Day 9 Chailly - Dijon 54 km
Possibility to visit the castle of Châteauneuf dating from the 15th century. This village is one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France and from the top of its hill you can see the Ouche valley and the meandering Canal de Bourgogne. You reach Dijon by following the canal, passing by the Abbaye de la Bussière, an ancient Cistercian monastery. Just before arriving in Dijon, you will pass by Lake Kir, whose name was made famous by Canon Kir.
Day 10 Departure
Departure after breakfast. That's life - goodbye and see you soon!