This cycling holiday takes you through the vineyards of Chablis and Auxerrois where you will discover elegant chateaux and medieval villages.
Auxerre, city of Art and History, has conserved an exceptional architectural heritage over time: the cathedral, a model of gothic style elegance, the St Germain Abbey, a nearly intact monastic complex with the crypts of 9th Century with one of the oldest mural paintings discovered in France, the clock's works is set against the tower.
Adjustment of hired bikes.
Cistercian Abbey of Pontigny, the largest and one of the most beautiful Cistercian churches remaining in France. Enjoy a tasting of Chablis when you arrive in the very picturesque famous village.
Nice day of cycling in the Chablis vineyards, Burgundy’s largest white wine vineyard is your programme today. The itinerary follows the Serein valley through the beautiful villages of the southern Chablis vineyard and the medieval town of Noyers with its naive Art museum. Noyers has preserved fortifications and half-timbered houses.
Today you cycle across the superb "terre plaine" plateau and Avallon landscapes. You will pass the medieval hamlet of Montréal before reaching Avallon, a beautiful ancient town.
Via small villages and on side roads you will reach today's destination - Vézelay. One of Burgundy's finest landscapes, with a stop in Vézelay and its Sainte Madeleine Basilica, a Romanesque art masterpiece listed as UNESCO world heritage.
During the Middle Ages, Vézelay was a major pilgrimage site and a special halt on the ways to Compostella. The medieval town with its fortifications is dominated by its Basilica.
Starting by a hill to reach the Yonne valley, the itinerary follows it all day, as well as the canal du Nivernais. You cross very lovely sites such as Châtel-Censoir, the Saussois cliffs and Mailly-le-Château. Escolives is near the Canal de Nivernais, a very nice small village and a peacefully hotel in a wine-grower-farm.
Water dominates, for here are some of the great rivers of France. In fact, Burgundy has been called the water table of France. All the mighty rivers are interconnected by a marvellous canal system. You are cycling beside the water in a fantastic nature and then you leave for stage through lovely Auxerre vineyard villages: Irancy, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, Bailly. In Bailly you will taste the famous Crémant de Bourgogne before leaving to Auxerre.
C'est la vie - your biking tour in Burgundy is finished.
After having a last breakfast you will say a regretful goodbye to this exciting reion of France!
The route is almost completely flat, following river and canal cycle paths as well as seperated paved cycle paths where possible. Some sections of the route will be on small roads with low traffic.
This route is ideal for riders with less experience of cycling, or those who would prefer a relaxing ride with few climbs.
Total Distance: 228 km Approx.
Route Map (For guidance only):Routes may be subject to change or alteration. All route notes, maps and day-by-day information will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX Files are available for most our the cycling holidays we offer. Please ask us for details.
We recommend flying to one of the Paris region airports to reach the starting point of this cycling holiday. Flights are available with a number of airlines to your required airport or you can travel to the start using alternative methods such as rail or road. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best flight prices by date or Voyages SNCF for European rail travel. There is customer car parking available at most hotels for a supplement. Please contact us for more details.Please use local transport to arrive at the starting point or call us on 0161 703 8161 for more specific travel advice. You do not need to go back to the starting point of the cycling holiday as all hire bikes are left at the final hotel.Important: Please book your flights only after the cycling holiday has been confirmed by invoice or email. Flights and transfers are not included in the advertised holiday price.
The North Burgundy and Chablis cycling holiday includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and local support if required.Included Services (Subject to confirmation)
This cycling holiday uses hybrid bikes with gearing suitable for the local terrain. All bikes are regularly maintained and offer comfort along with good quality components. You will receive an accessories package including a bicycle pannier bag with a good capacity, repair kit, lock, key, and air pump. When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly.Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use. We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday.E-Bike Upgrades:Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)? Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage. E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 8161.
This cycling holiday stays in good quality hotels with private facilities carefully selected for their proximity to your cycle route and comfort. If you wish to know specific information about the hotel facilities, Wi-Fi and upgrades used on the holidays, please contact us on 0161 703 8161 for more information. You will receive your final hotel list approximately 4 weeks prior to your arrival date detailing the hotels used on your cycling holiday. If you wish to know more about the hotels prior to completing a booking form, please contact our Customer Services team via email or by phone.
You can find out more about this cycling holiday by calling 0161 703 8161 to speak to one of the team.
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