- At a glance
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Dates for 2019||
|Accommodation and Meals||
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Beaujolais, Burgundy and Charolais - 3 regions tour
By cycling through the Beaujolais, the southern Burgundy and the eastern Charolais, you will experience an ever changing upland landscape of vineyards, patchwork fields, woodland and quaint villages.
The Beaujolais region, located to the north and east of Lyon, forms a series of elegant rolling hills summiting around 1000m above sea level. The character of the hills change with altitude as the vines give way to forests and pastures.
The hills of the southern Burgundy are lower, although a number of rocky outcrops punctuate the Chardonnay vineyards to create an area of rich contrasts. It is also a region full of architectural delights, such as the town of Cluny, beautiful villages and historic chateaux. Both the Burgundy and Beaujolais are well-known for their fine wine and gastronomic food, a reputation that is richly deserved.
Further west you'll discover the Brionnais/Charolais, an area synonymous with beef cattle, where a patchwork of fields create an intimate landscape reminiscent of England.
This cycling holiday is classed as Moderate+ as days 4 and 6, involve unavoidable ascents of 300m and follow undulating, hilly terrain. The ascents follow routes that climb gently to the cols with gradients that are generally no more than 5 or 6%. However, most days involve no more than 40 km or 25 miles cycling. In addition there are two days where you may take a rest. For those looking to increase the challenge, a number of extensions or alternatives to the normal routes are possible.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome, drive to St Amour in the Northern Beaujolais and settle in to your first guest house.
Day 2: St Amour to Mazille
Your route takes you past a number of beautiful chateaux before you join the main cycle way that runs from Macon up through the heart of Burgundy. A fascinating feature of this track as it crosses the Maconais hills is its tunnel. At 1.6km it holds the distinction of being the longest tunnel in Europe to accommodate only green modes of transport. A tour of the Roche de Solutre, a celebrated feature of the Maconnais landscape and home to pre-historic human activity, can be added to the day's cycling. 30 - 45 km
Day 3: A Burgundy Cycle path
Accommodation & Meals
You will be staying in a number of charming bed & breakfasts full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. The principal guest houses of the holiday are shown below. We cannot guarantee that you will be staying in all 3 guest houses.
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 local delicacies. Two meals will be taken in a local restaurant where you will have a choice of menus. (These two meals are not included in the price of the holiday). Local specialities will be available to try every evening.
|Auberge du St Verand||Auberge and Hotel||Traditional Stone property at St Verand nr St Amour de Bellevue in northern Beaujolais. Swimming pool.||3 stars|
|Domaine du Vernay||B&B||18th century stone farmhouse at a vineyard in Mazille. Pretty village overlooking the Grosne valley||3 Corns|
|Château de Grandvaux||B&B||Stunning 15th century château in Varennes sous Dun which has been lovingly restored||Being classified|
Transfers from Lyon airport
Easy jet: London Stanstead – Lyon
Going - Departure: 13.40 – arrive; 16.25
Return - Departure: 16.50 – arrive; 17.30
British Airways: London Heathrow - Lyon
Going - Departure: 08.40 – arrive; 11.15
Going - Departure: 16.00 – arrive; 18.35
Return - Departure: 11.55 – arrive; 12.40
Return - Departure: 19.20 – arrive; 19.55
Please note – This information is correct at the time of publication. High Point Holidays cannot be held responsible for any change in schedules made by the above operators. Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, we can only guarantee transfers from the practical flights listed above. 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.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Lyon area takes about 7-8 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 30 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.
For general information on routes and bookings see. www.ferrysavers.co.uk/