Before starting this cycle route, begin with the Owl's route which will take you on a tour of a good part of Dijon.
Either by bicycle or on foot, this route leads you around the streets of the town centre, to discover the Philip-the-Good Tower, the Fine Arts Museum, and of course the church of Notre-Dame, where you need to make sure you touch the Owl with your left hand to bring you luck (and sun) while you're staying in Burgundy!
The Canal du Centre
Continue your Tour of Burgundy by bike along the peaceful Canal du Centre where you'll discover the Ceramic Valley and the iconic Villa Perrusson.
You'll see the majestic Roman basilica of Paray-le-Monial overlooking your route, before veering off to follow the Loire side canal in Digoin.Discover the Canal du Centre
Loire side canal
Keep pedalling until you reach Decize, where the canals and rivers converge. Don't hesitate to stop off in Saint-Léger-des-Vignes nearby, to admire the famous tow boat that was once used to tow the barges from Nivernais canal to the Loire side canal.
You'll enjoy the fresh air along this section, especially at the Vaux and Baye ponds and surrounding unspoilt natural environment. You can also admire the historic fishing town of Châtillon-en-Bazois, Corbigny Abbey, the medieval town of Clamecy, the pretty area around the towns of Mailly-la-Ville and Mailly-le-Château and finally, the Grand Auxerrois vineyard.
The Burgundy Canal
Southern Burgundy loop by bicycle
As well as the standard Tour of Burgundy by bike, this loop between Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon runs along both the Voie Bleue and the Greenway, for a yellow section that is worth the detour!
This route takes you along the Saône and through the vineyards, for a magical journey through Burgundy by bike, or to add to your main itinerary via the Canal du Centre, and really make the most of your time here.