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Burgundy Canal 7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1

  • 7days
  • France

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Dijon to Tonnerre Self-guided Cycling Tour

Alongside the Canal of Burgundy you will admire marvellous landscapes and discover small burgundian villages. From Dijon to Tonnerre, you will cross land known for centuries: Ouche Valley, the Abbey of la Bussière, Châteauneuf, the Voûte of Pouilly, the Collégiale St Thibault, Alésia, the Abbey of Fontenay, Ancy le Franc... and these places are only some of the most important! 

Highlights:

  • Cycling along the Canal
  • Meeting French history with medieval villages
  • Quietness and amazing landscapes 

Tour Character: Level 1

  • Easy biking in nearly flat landscape, maybe some minor hills on some days. Biking experience: You have already cycled for a half-day or a day.
  • Distance: Between15- 30km a day. You will mostly cycle on countryside roads, cycle paths, asphalt vineyards roads – no traffic roads 

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • 6 B&B overnights in 3* hotels or guest houses
  • 6x breakfasts (half-board available 240 EUR)
  • Daily luggage transfer to the next hotel (20kg max)
  • Train ticket back to Dijon
  • Welcome briefing
  • Tourist information, maps, GPS tracks and road book
  • 7/7 assistance
  • Tourist taxes

Not included:

  • Lunches, dinners, drinks
  • Bike rental
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance 
  • Visits or activities suggested
  • Some train tickets

If you would like to rent a bike (135 EUR) or E-Bike (250 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking

Extra's:

  • Extra B&B night in Dijon - 70 EUR
  • Extra B&B night in Tonnerre - 60 EUR

Arrival/ Departure/ Parking:

  • Dijon train station at 15mn’s walk from the hotels. There is a taxi station at the train station
  • High speed trains from Paris to Dijon or regional train from Paris to Dijon

  • High speed trains from Lyon or Mâcon to Dijon

  • Regional train from Lyon or Mâcon

  • None of the hotels have a car park

  • We do organize your transfer back to Dijon. Train tickets from Tonnerre to Dijon (travel time: 1hour) included. 

  • Guarded car parks – with charge – available in town. 

Notes:

  • Departure any day from March to October
  • This tour can be changed to 8 days/ 7 nights (please contact us for this option)

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Dijon

    Upon arrival make your way to your first hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore Dijon. Delivery of road- book, maps, tourist information... everything you need to succeed your tour. Overnight stay in Dijon.

  • Day 2

    Dijon – Chateauneuf-en-Auxois: 52km [+377 m / -158 m]

    Leaving the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy by Lake Kir, along the Burgundy Canal. You begin your journey through the wildest part of the Canal: Ouche Valley. On the Road: The Castle Barbirey, the Abbaye de la Bussiere ... You will finish you tour climbing the hill leading to Chateauneuf en Auxois. A great night at the foot of the medieval castle.

  • Day 3

    Châteauneuf – Semur en Auxois: 44 km [+330 m / -160 m]

    You will start the day by a nice slope, joining back the canal you left the day before. You will have an amazing view on the valley. You will continue through the burgundian countryside. You will be in the heart of the area of Auxois. You will discover its treasures: the Vaults of Pouilly (here Burgundy Canal is underground), the Castle of Eguilly, the Collegiate Church of St Thibault. You will end your day in the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois.

  • Day 4

    Semur-en Auxois - Montbard: 25 km [+240 m / -280 m]

    After the little breakaway out of the canal, you will join the canal again. You will continue your route following the waterside, from one lock house to the other. To learn more about the history of the region, visit the great forge of Buffon, an industrial masterpiece of the 18th century. For architecture enthusiasts, don't miss Fontenay Abbey, the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Montbard.

  • Day 5

    Montbard - Chassignelles: 28km [+83 m / -116 m]

    On your way to Ancy-le-Franc you may visit La Grande Forge de Buffon, and other hidden treasures: windmills, washhouses, churches, châteaux... in Aisy, Rougemont, ... You can come across barges on the water. You can visit Ancy-le-Franc and its Château when you arrive in the village. Overnight stay in Ancy-le-Franc.

  • Day 6

    Chassignelles - Tonnerre : 34km [+98 m / -126 m]

    You will carry on following the towpaths alongside the canal of Burgundy to reach your next stop. You will come to the beautiful Valley of the Abbey of Quincy and the Valley of Armançon unless you decide to adventure off and explore the magnificent Renaissance Château of Tanlay. When you get to Tonnerre, you can visit the town and its famous Fosse Dionne turned into a beautiful washhouse. Overnight stay in Tonnerre.

  • Day 7

    Departure

    You will take train to Dijon – Train ticket included

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Car rental in France

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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