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Burgundy bike tour from the canal to the wine route

This bike tour combines the canal bike route and the prestigious wine route of Burdundy. Visit the most emblematic places of the Burgundy history, from the battlefieds of Gauls to the medieval towns under the Dukes of Burgundy, and experience the wine and gastronomic heritage where it was for centuries nurtured.

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  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Moderate
  • From April to October
  • Minimum age 10 years old
GPSGPS-app available
975€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • You begin your bike trip along the Canal de Bourgogne. From Montbard to Dijon, you take alternatively the cycle path of the canal and low-traffic country roads, along which you will find some gems of the Burgundy heritage: Fontenay Abbey, Alesia Museum or Commarin castle. You visit the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois but also the vibrant Dijon, a hotspot of the French gastronomy.

    The second part of your bike holiday is on the Burgundy wine route. You roam the Côte de Nuits vineyard passing by Clos Vougeot and Nuits Saint Georges to Beaune. You cycle further on the Voie des Vignes cycle route before finding the side of another canal, Canal du Centre, to Chalon-sur-Saône.

    Day 1


    Arrival in Montbard

    Welcome in the city of Buffon, a famous French naturalist! Montbard is a lively cultural and historical city you can explore at your own pace. You meet the canal of Burgundy : your travel companion for this adventure!

    Day 2


    Montbard - Semur-en-Auxois via Alésia & Flavigny

    Get started along the Canal du Bourgogne. Enjoy at your own pace some gems of the Burdundy heritage which are along the itinerary of today. At the beginning of the day, you can make a first detour to the abbey of Fontenay, the oldest remaining Cistercian abbey in the world. A bit later in Venarey, you leave the canal once again and head to Alésia, a famous battle site where the famous Gaul, Vercingetorix, beat the Romans. You continue your discovery in the village of Flavigny sur Onzerain and its fabric of traditional anises, a widespread delicacy in the past! You take country roads to reach your overnight place, Semur on Auxois surronded by well-preserved medieval walls.

    Day 3


    Semur – Vandenesse-en-Auxois

    Continue to relax on your bike, surrounded by the scenic countryside of Burdundy. You ride along canal and river to Pouilly en Auxois. There are again many opportunities to stop for a cultural break further on the route. In Commarin, step in the 14th century castle which is richly decorated and furnished. In Châteauneuf, after a rather steep climb, you will be rewarded by a nice stroll through the medieval streets and the castle, which have allowed Châteauneuf on the "nicest villages of France" list. On a hot day, you can also drag on the beach of the lake of Panthier.

    Day 4


    Vandenesse-en-Auxois - Dijon

    Bicycle path
    It is time to say goodbye to Auxois region and hello to the valley of Ouche! You ride along the peaceful canal of Burgundy and discover typical hamlets. Take the time to taste the regional products and make a stop around one of the lively lock. After passing the lake of Kir, where you can swim or look at the sailing boats, you arrive in Dijon. Enjoy the typical art of living and do not miss the visit of the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy.

    Day 5


    Dijon - Beaune

    You leave Dijon riding through Chenôve where you can stop at the Dukes of Burgundy’s wine presses, before cycling on small roads through the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits. You will pass the vineyards of all most prestigious wines of Burgundy: Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Ladoix-Serrigny. You also pass the vineyard of Vougeot. Enter and discover the traditions of the Knights of Tastevin, who protects the quality of Burgundy wines. Take the time to taste the different wines before reaching Beaune, the capital of winetrading known for its famous Hospices.

    Day 6


    Beaune - Chalon

    You ride on the Voie des Vignes cycle route, which meanders on the hillside of the Côte de Beaune vineyards. You cycle on the small paths used by the wine growers to tend their vines, with stunning views on the villages nested in the vineyards. On your way, you pass Meursault, featured in a classic French film with the actor Louis de Funès entitled La Grande Vadrouille. You meet the top-end wine appellations of Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. In Chagny, the decor changes: you are riding along the quiet waters of Canal du Centre on a flat cycle path to Chalon-sur-Saône.

    Day 7


    Departure from Chalon-sur-Saône

    End of services after breakfast. You can extend your stay on your own or leave for your next destination.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-3 Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep staying in these 2 or 3-Star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and the friendliness of the staff. Some pieces of accomodation have a swimming-pool. A hearty breakfast is included!
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.

    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point

    Montbard is accessible by train, either by an Intercités train connecting Paris to Lyon (on which bikes are authorized), either by high-speed train + regional train with an interconnection at Dijon. To plan your trip, https://en.oui.sncf/en/
    Access by car via A6.


    If you drive to Montbard, you can park your car for free in an open car park located in the city center. The location and contact details of the car parks will be given in your travel documents.

    To get back to starting point

    You can take regional trains (TER) to get back to Montbard from Chalon-sur-Saône. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. Average duration is 1h30.

    Meeting time

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

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