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The Burgundy Canal by bike 5 days

Cycling to see the mediaeval Burgundy
  • Duration 5 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme rivers and canals, wineries
535€

Information : The Burgundy Canal by bike 5 days

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Presentation

Exploring Burgundy along the water's edge and at its rhythm, that's the simple idea behind this holiday. The towpath winds almost 120 kilometres from the town of Montbard to the outskirts of the ducal city of Dijon. The first part of the route goes up the canal from lock to lock reaching its high point at Pouilly-en-Auxois.
Then you coast down to the bottom of the Valley of the Ouche (you won't feel a thing!). On longer holidays, there are two nights for each stage, which gives you a chance to get to know the region a little better and to visit some of the many castles and mediaeval villages dotted along the valley.
Here, time seems to have no importance at all. The past lives on in the churches and castles of yore, the waters of the canal seems to doze, stirring only from time to time at the gentle slow passage of barges, while a cyclist plies a sightless furrow along the towpath. So why not give in and enjoy this salutory languour?

You'll love

  • seeing the many castles and mediaeval forts and villages all along the valley
  • the towpath - ideal for cyclists and away from cars and Co...
  • the Museoparc of Alésia, on the site of the great confrontation (52 BC) of the Romans led by Julius Caesar and the Gauls led by Vercingetorix. The Romans won against the odds, and Gaul (more-or-less today's France) became a province of Rome, a situation which lasted around 600 years! Much to see, and fun toboot!

Program : The Burgundy Canal by bike 5 days

  • D1 Arrival in Montbard

    Arrival late afternoon in Montbard.
    Settling in.

    Dinner and night in 3 star hotel-restaurant.

  • D2 From Montbard to Flavigny sur Ozerain

    49 km stage with total uphill 510m (level 3/5). About 4hrs20.
    The day starts along the canal. The route is along towpaths, past numerous flower-bedecked locks, and contrasts with the next stage of the ride heading towards two mediaeval cities, Semur-en-Aixois and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. The excursion into the Burgundy countryside reveals a hilly landscape with a mix of farmland. Hedges and spinnies, and herds of Charolis cattle, will be present throughout your day, before you venture into the narrow streets of Flavigny sur Ozerain, at the end of your ride.

    Dinner at the restaurant and night in lovely guest house in the heart of the mediaeval city of Flavigny.

  • D3 From Flavigny sur Ozerain to Vandenesse

    53 km with total uphill 175 m (level 2/5). About 4hrs15.
    You leave the mediaeval city by a long descent down to the valley and the next instalment of your daily route along the Burgundy Canal.
    The towpath climbs gently up to Pouilly en Auxois, known as the "roof of western Europe". Your route goes along the other bankof the canal, descending on the Mediterranean side. The high spot of the day is surely provided by the discovery of the 3,333 metre long tunnel that passes beneath Pouilly-en Auxois. A spectacular feat of engineering which can be visited only in the presence of an official guide.

    Night in guest house and dinner at restaurant.

  • D4 From Vandenesse to Dijon

    51 km with total uphill 80 metres (level 2/5). About 4hrs15.
    This will be one of the longest ride of your holiday. But the long, slightly descending, well-surfaced towpath will compensate for the distance! A picturesque itinerary that follows the Valley of the Ouche. This is unspoilt Burgundy in all its splendour, and you are sure to enjoy visiting the lovely villages along the way to the capital of Burgundy.

    Dine where you will, then sleep at the 3 star hotel in the heart of Dijon.

  • D5 Departure

    Departure after breakfast. Train transfer to Montbard.

Tariffs

From April to october, departure everyday

IN DOUBLE ROOM

Adult : 535 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  535 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 50€

IN TRIPLE ROOM

Adult : 510 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  510 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 50€

 

 

 

IN SINGLE ROOM

655 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

655 €

What's included?

  • 2 nights half-board in 3 star hotel and 3 "épis" guesthouses
  • 1 night half-board in local guesthouse
  • 1 night in 3 star hotel with breakfast
  • Detailed roadbook and maps
  • Logistical and technical support
  • Baggage transfer
  • Return transport by train from Dijon to Monbard

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike rental for adult or junior : 70 €
    • MTB for child : - €
    • Trailer bike : 45 €
    • Child seat : 8 €
    • Electric power bike for adult or junior: 90 €

What's not included?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Parking fee to be paid on the spot
  • Dinner of the day 4 at Dijon
  • Entrance fee for several visits recommanded
  • If you travel with your dog, extra fee to be paid on the spot
  • Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycle holiday going from place to place without accompaniment.
  • Daily stages between 22,5 and 53 kilometres, from 2hrs to 4hrs20 per day at your own pace.
  • Total daily uphill: 80- 510 metres.
  • Altitude: from 200 to 500 metres
  • Roads: towpath and quiet little country roads
  • Suitable for country bikes

Organisation

  • These holiday rides are more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage from lodging to lodging, and a detailed roadbook guides you all through your stay. We provide logistical and technical support.
  • Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 star/"épis" hotels or guest houses chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural quality. This holiday includes half-board accommodation.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Access

By car

Highway A6 exit Bierre-les-Semur

By air

Paris Airport or Lyon Airport

By train

Montbard railway station. The accommodation is next to the railway station (15 mn on foot)

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • Une rando vélo fort agréable, malgré une 1ère étape difficile. De belles rencontres, des hébergements de qualité. Une organisation sans faille: Bravo Safrantours.

  • Une belle découverte de la Bourgogne avec l'aide de Safrantours. Encore merci à toute l'équipe.

  • Bon séjour, bien organisé. Hébergements de qualité, repas très bons.

  • Une très belle semaine de vacances, les paysages magnifiques et même la météo a été avec nous.

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