Day 1 Arrival
You arrive in Auxerre, a city of Art and History, which has preserved an exceptional architectural heritage through the ages: St Etienne's Cathedral, a model of Gothic elegance, St Germain's Abbey, an almost intact monastic complex with its 9th century crypts, one of which contains one of the oldest wall paintings discovered in France.
Day 2 Auxerre - Montigny-la-Resle 29 km
After cycling through the streets of the old town, you leave Auxerre and soon find yourself on small country roads. 20 km further on, the abbey of Pontigny, the largest and one of the most beautiful Cistercian churches in France, stands before you. After visiting the abbey, you end your stage in Montigny la Resle in a charming hotel with an excellent gastronomic restaurant. What a program for this first day.
Day 3 Montigny-la-Resle - Noyers-sur-Serein 40 km
You leave Montigny and already see the vineyards of the Chablis appellation, the largest white wine vineyard in France with a single appellation. After visiting Chablis and tasting its wines, the tour continues through the Serein Valley, passing through the beautiful villages of the southern Chablis vineyards and the medieval village of Noyers-sur-Serein with its Museum of Naïve Art. Noyers has preserved its fortifications and timber-framed houses.
Day 4 Noyers - Ancy-le-Franc 58 km
After visiting Noyers-sur-Serein, the tour continues to Tonnerre: a small town with its
Hôtel Dieu from the 12th century and the Fosse Dionne, a 33 m deep spring in the heart of the town.
After lunch, you leave Tonnerre through fields and a small forest to Tanlay. Time for a short visit of the Renaissance castle of Tanlay and then you leave for Ancy-le-Franc where you spend the night.
Day 5 Ancy-le-Franc - Montbard 30 km
Do not leave Ancy-le-Franc before visiting the famous Renaissance castle, designed by the architect Serlio. (Approximately one hour visit). Afterwards you drive along the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne. It is so nice to drive along this small road and pass barges and boats. You continue along the towpath to reach Montbard.
Day 6 Montbard - Semur-en-Auxois 64 km
First you follow the towpath, passing 37 locks in 12.7 kilometres! Along the Canal de Bourgogne, you pass through Alesia, where Caesar built two parallel defence lines around the hill to hold back Vercingetorix. You then leave the Canal de Bourgogne and pass through the peaceful countryside of Semur-en-Auxois.
Day 7 Semur-en-Auxois - Avallon 56 km
Today's route takes you through extraordinary landscapes and picturesque
villages. Pass through the medieval hamlet of Montréal and arrive in Avallon, a pretty old town with 12th century walls perched on a rocky outcrop. It is a pleasure to walk through the historic quarter.
Day 8 Avallon -
Escolives-Ste-Camille 70 km
Passing through small villages and back roads, you reach Vézelay. One of the
one of the most beautiful views in Burgundy, near the Basilica of Saint Madeleine, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a short climb through the Madeleine Woods, you reach the Yonne Valley, and follow the river and the Nivernais Canal. You will pass through beautiful sites such as Châtel-Censoir, Le Saussois and its climbing rocks, and Mailly-le-Château. Your day's stage ends in Escolives Ste Camille, close to an archaeological site, and you are welcomed in a vineyard where you will also find your guest room.
Day 9 Escolives-Ste-Camille - Auxerre 33 km
Burgundy is known as the "water table of France". The rivers are interconnected by an extraordinary system of canals. You ride along the water and then leave this landscape to cross the wine villages of the Auxerrois: Irancy, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, Bailly. In Bailly you enter the "Centre de la Terre", a huge cellar where the famous Crémant de Bourgogne is made, which you will have the pleasure of tasting. Then you reach Auxerre along the Canal du Nivernais.
Day 10 Departure