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Independent walking holiday
  • Beaujolais Wine Trail

Dates for 2017
  • Everyday from 1 March to 31 October (subject to availability)
Price
  • £575 (single supplement £155)
  • €635 (single supplement €170)
Grade
  • easy walking trail beaujolais France+

Profile
  • 5 nights, 4 days self-guided walking moving between guest houses
Highlights
  • A short break walking holiday traversing the vineyards of the Beaujolais Grand Cru.
  • A perfect mix of some great walking and the best local wines
  • Daily wine tasting of some of the finest wines in the region such as Fleurie, Moulin a Vent, Julienas, Chiroubles and Brouilly. Wine pick up service included.
  • Easy to moderate walking through vines in secluded valleys and along panoramic ridges.
  • Great Beaujolais hospitality where your hosts will reserve you a warm welcome and enjoy giving up their time to make your stay extra special.
  • Small and charming guest houses all on vineyards, where you'll get to try their wines.
Testimonials
  • "Everything was well planned and surpassed expectations. The scenery and hospitality from really nice people and superb evening meals." J & S Allen, Australia
  • "The Beaujolais Wine Trail .... gave us 4 days walking through beautiful countryside and 5 nights of splendid eating and wine-tasting with friendly and charming hosts. All of our hosts were very gracious in sharing with us not only their wine but also their experiences as grape growers and winemakers." R. Thompson, USA. Read More
Accommodation and Meals
  • 5 nights in small and comfortable guest houses with ensuite accommodation on vineyards with plenty of local character. All breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches and 4 evening meals included in the price.
What's included
  1. Transfer from Lyon station and airport if required
  2. Full board accommodation in B&B style accommodation (except one meal)
  3. Transport of luggage between guest houses
  4. Wine tasting at your guest houses
  5. Wine pick up service
  6. Detailed walking maps and notes including information about the places through which you'll be walking
What's not included
  1. Travel to Lyon, France
  2. Lunches on your day of arrival and departure and one other lunch
  3. One evening meal
  4. Travel insurance
  5. Any entrance fees
booking with High Point Holidays
  1. Other similar self guided walking holidays:
  2. Medieval walking tour in Beaujolais - Beaujolais wine trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages
  3. Secret Burgundy- Cote du Rhone Wine Trail
  4. Take a look at our other wine trail walking holidays or full list independent walking holidays
Walks

Beaujolais & Walks

This independent walking holiday takes place in the Beaujolais region, located to the north and east of Lyon, which is made up of a series of beautiful rolling hills getting progressively higher as you go north, giving rise to some delightful walking. Despite the relatively gentle nature of their slopes, the scale of the peaks and the depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts.

This short break, self-guided walking holiday traverses the northern Beaujolais, where the vines produce the 10 Grand Crus of the region. A pleasant combination of rich fruity flavours and more complex characteristics, makes these French wines unique, with some being grown only on a few hundred hectares. You'll get the chance to sample them at your guest houses, which are on vineyards, as well as at other producers along the way. Your walking trail snakes its way along secluded and picturesque valleys, as well as along some panoramic ridges, away from the main roads and noise of the Saone Valley. You'll pass historic villages, chateaux and a host of other interesting sites on route.

At the end of each day you'll be welcomed with open arms at your small, quaint guest houses where the hospitality is excellent and you'll be treated to great local food and wine.

Find out more about the Beaujolais region - Beaujolais wines - Beaujolais climate

Walking Profile

This independent walking holiday in the Beaujolais region of France is made up of 4 walks moving between guest houses. The walks are reasonably easy for the grade, especially in terms of the amount of ascent and descent. An average days walking includes about 14km with limited ascents and descents amounting to about 300m. The walk takes place on good paths and country lanes. Some paths can be rough and stoney in places with the odd steeper section, so walking boots are essential.

 

location map of Beaujolais in France walks

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome, pick up and transfer from Lyon to guest house in northern Beaujolais. Wine tasting of Beaujolais and Maconnais wines

Day 2: Fuisse - Vauxrenard

Your first day's walk starts by visiting the pretty historic villages of Chasselas and Leynes which are located on the border between the Gamay of the Beaujolais vines and the Chardonnay of the Maconnais (southern Burgundy). Afterwards your trail takes you through a number of pretty valleys, the second being home of the picturesque village of Jullié and past the impressive 17th century Chateau de la Roche. Your guest house is in a vineyard on the vine covered slopes below Vauxrenard in a wonderfully secluded location. Wine tasting Juliénas, Brouilly, Beaujolais Village. 18km, +520m

Day 3: Vaurenard - Fleurie

Your day starts by descending the Mauvaise Valley to reach the busy village of Julienas with the local wine from the cave co-operative housed in the old church. After, you'll pass through the famous vineyards of Chenas and Moulin à Vent where you can stop off to try their finest wines, before reaching your guest house at Fleurie. Wine tasting at guest house - Fleurie. Evening meal in restaurant in village. 15km, +200m

Day 4: Fleurie - Chiroubles

Your day's walking starts by passing through the pretty village of Fleurie before climbing to the Chapelle de la Madone which is a great viewing point above the village with amazing views all the way to Mont Blanc. You'll then follow a picturesque ridge which overlooks steep vine covered slopes peppered with farmsteads and villages. Your route climbs gradually to reach the upper edge of the Chiroubles vines. Wine tasting at your guest house with great panoramic views. 9 or 14km, +300m - +370m

Day 5: Chiroubles - Beaujeu

Today you'll follow a trail leading you downhill towards the Ardieres Valley, passing through pretty hamlets, historic chateaux and villages such as Régnié-Durette, with its double spired church built from white limestone. Regnie was the last of the 10 Crus to be recognised as separate labels from the Beaujolais Village and you can try it at your guest house, situated near the village of Beaujeu, the historic capital of the Beaujolais region. 15km, +180m.

Day 6: Departure

Transfer from guest house to Lyon after breakfast

Please note that the tour may vary slighty depending on the availability of accommodation at the time of booking

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For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.

Once you have booked on this independent walking holiday in France, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.

Bed

Accommodation & Meals


On our independent walking holiday in the northern Beaujolais, you will stay in a number of charming bed & breakfasts full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses used on the holiday are shown below. They are small, very comfortable guest houses where you'll be treated to some great Beaujolais hospitality. They'll enjoy giving up their time to make your stay extra special.

A hearty and healthy continental breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to discover the local specialities such as home-made jams and local cheeses. At midday you will eat packed lunches prepared by your hosts. Most evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to delicious local delicacies and great wine

All of the guest houses are on vineyards where you'll be treated to wine tasting allowing you to discover the local wines and find out more about how they are produced.

Name Type Details Rating  
La Source des Fees B&B Great 16th century house located on a vineyard in the heart of the village of Fuissé providing high quality accommodation and great food. Wine tasting of their Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Veran. 4 corns Accommodation
Le Fetre B&B Renovated wine producers property with superb views in the parish of Chiroubles, one of the 10 Beaujolais crus. 3 Corns La verriere Beaujolais France
Clos des Garands B&B Large elegant property set in parkland on a vineyard in the Fleurie wine growing area. Wine tasting. Warm welcome and very comfortable stay 3 Corns La verriere Beaujolais France
Travel Options

Travel Options


Flight Options

Transfers from Lyon airport

Transfers between Lyon Airport or train station and the Beaujolais region of France are included in the price of your independent walking holiday.

The airlines Easy jet, Flybe and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London Heathrow and Gatwick - to Lyon St Exupery airport.

Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets

Note: Please check concerning the availability of a walking holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.

By Train

Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London direct to Lyon Part Dieu, as well as trains changing at Lille or Paris.

Please use Rail Europe's train finder on our travel page to organise your train journey.

There is a practical train time leaving London at 9am and arriving in Lyon at 3pm. Please contact us before booking to check for other practical times.

Self Drive

Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.

Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks).

Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.

 

Photos

Photos


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