Day 1 : Arrive in Beaune
Arriving in the wine capital, the city of Beaune, you have a little time to explore this city and some of its treasures including the Hotel Dieu (hospices) before or after your arrival orientation in the evening. Dinner on your own in town, and free time to visit. Your hotel in centrally located 3 star hotel. Wine tastings and guided programs are available when booked in advance.
DAY 2: Beaune – Chassey le Camp: ~25km
After Breakfast, you will start your bike ride through the vineyards on a bike path passing through wine making villages: Pommard, Volnay, and the Grands crus vineyards (Montrachet, Batard Montrachet… ). Many wine tasting options all along the way until Santenay. Then a short portion of the cycling path alongside the canal, before you reach your destination situated at the beginning of the Cote Chalonnaise. You hotel offers outside swimming pool and inside pool!
DAY 3: Chassey le Camp – Dracy Le Fort: ~25km
After breakfast, you will cycle through small countryside routes to join another cycling track alongside the “Canal du Centre” to reach Chagny, pass near Rully (wine maker village) and Chalon Sur Saone area. Dracy Le Fort is a small village on the border of the Côte Chalonnaise vineyards. Overnight stay in a 3* hotel with swimming pool.
DAY 4: Dracy le Fort – Cluny: ~44km
After breakfast, you will join the “Green Way » in Givry (wine making village producing favourite red wine of the French king Henri IV). This bike path is built on an ancient rail line which was the first bike path of France. You will appreciate the peaceful and lovely roman architecture in Buxy, St Gengoux Le National, Malay. Arrive in Cormatin, perfect place to have lunch and have a visit of the castle before you head up to Cluny. The Abbey of Cluny and the stud farm will be another must visit. Overnight stay in a 3* hotel.
DAY 5: Cluny – Macon: ~ 28km
After breakfast you will get back on the cycling path to ride until Macon. The landscape starts to be hillier even if your ride on the easy cycling path. On the road the Castle of Berze Le Chatel is such a romantic place to visit, the lovely view from the road will invite you to do a detour for a short visit. You will also cross the longest European tunnel open for cyclist and continue the ride through the val Lamartinien with gorgeous view of the Solutre Rock. Overnight in a 3* hotel in Macon.
DAY 6 Departure
After breakfast, possibility to return by train to Beaune. OR get a fast train (TGV) directly from Macon to Paris.
The daily distances are not that great and the terrain is mostly level so there’s plenty of time to stop for a break or to explore further. The region’s wine culture is very much in evidence along the whole route and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and learn more and even taste the local produce.
The green-way cycle path is a delight, providing a safe environment for the whole family to enjoy the ride together.