The Camino de Santiago routes are also suitable for bikes. Set off along the Saint-Jacques by bike:
Vézelay > Tannay: 22 km
Tannay > Varzy: 20 km
Varzy > Arbouse: 26.5 km
Arbouse > La Charité-sur-Loire: 25 km
Pedal to Compostela along the V56
On the V56, you'll be covering 92 km in Burgundy, from Vézelay to La Charité-sur-Loire.
Your 2-to-3-day adventure on the Camino de Santiago will include discovering treasures of local heritage and tastings of wines and gourmet delights.
The departure point for your expedition will be the 'eternal hill' of Vézelay with a 360° panoramic view of the Morvan. Follow the marked 'Saint-Jacques à vélo' cycling route and you'll be crossing through the medieval town centre before joining onto the cycle route to pedal over the rolling hills of Burgundy, through vineyards and forests. You'll cycle through the medieval villages of Tannay, Varzy, and Murlin. Take the time to stop off and visit the wineries and the countless places that have been welcoming pilgrims for centuries.
The end of your voyage is near as you approach the banks of the Loire. Fans of historic buildings will enjoy visiting La Charité-sur-Loire, a walled town with picturesque steps and painted messages on the stone.
The Accueil Vélo label, quality guaranteed
Are you looking for accommodation or a restaurant? Somewhere to hire a bike or get your bike repaired? A tourist office or a tourist attraction? You can put your trust in the 'Accueil Vélo' label! This French national label guarantees top-quality welcome and services for cyclists travelling along French cycle routes.
Varied picture-perfect scenery
From the hills of Burgundy to the rolling Loire valley, the V56 leads you across diverse landscapes.
You'll be cycling over rolling vineyards and through forests perched on the hillsides covered in the golden shades of sunflowers and cereal crops.
You'll then leave the hills of Burgundy and head through the forests, such as Bertranges, the green lung of Nièvre.
Flowing waters will also be a part of your journey! Crossing the rivers Yonne and Nièvre as well as the countless tributaries and canals is a reminder that Burgundy boasts one of Europe's most beautiful and varied inland waterway network.
Calling all wine enthusiasts...
In the first section of the route, take the time to stop off and explore the Vézelay vineyard. The Vézelay vines surround the village and are characteristic for their little stone walls and winegrowers' cabins.
A feast both for the eyes and tastebuds!Burgundy wines
... or those who just want to explore the area!
As you come to the end of your adventure, don't miss the Côtes de La Charité vineyard. These wines can be traced back 9 centuries and are today produced by 'artisan winegrowers'.
These passionate men and women are keeping the tradition of their terroir alive, combining this with innovation and creativity.Côtes de La Charité vineyard
2 unmissable UNESCO heritage sites along the Camino de Santiago
- Vézelay Church and Hill are both listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. These architectural treasures of Romanesque art in Burgundy are not to be missed!
- The Priory Church of La Charité-sur-Loire is a historic treasure of Romanesque art in Burgundy. It was built from 1070 and is a remarkable Benedictine monastery.
The ancient Château de Champlemy, the washhouse in Dompierre-sur-Nièvre, the Murlin frescoes, the Fontaine de la Vache and many more. There are so many diverse places to visit along this route. Even if some of these treasures require a detour from your route, they are worth taking the time to visit.
Where can we stay along the V56 cycling route?
Here are some ideas of where to eat and sleep on your getaway along the V56 in Burgundy:
Map of the V56 cycling route and places to see along the way
Tools for planning your trip along the V56
To help you organise your adventure more easily, use the free tools available to you and browse the possible train routes to get here.
For all the details of this route, download the V56 roadmap
Find out more about the Vézelay-Varzy section.
Find out more about the Varzy-La Charité-sur-Loire section
2 train stations nearby that can be accessed by bike:
- Sermizelles train station (11 km away by bike), 2.5 hrs on the TER regional train service from Paris
- Avallon train station (21 km away by bike), 2 hrs 45 en TER on the TER regional train service from Paris, 50 minutes on the TER regional train service from Auxerre
Other great places to explore on foot or by bike!
Don't miss the other possibilities for outings throughout the Burgundy destination!