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Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour
This guided walking holiday takes place in the Beaujolais region, located to the north and east of Lyon, which is made up of a series of rolling hills getting progressively higher as you go north. 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. The character of the hills changes with altitude as the vines give way to forests and pastures on the higher slopes.
Your guided walking holiday follows a 6-day circuit in the south of the Beaujolais region. Made up of about 40 parishes, this area is known as “Golden stones country” (pierre dorées), due to the colour of the limestone used in its historic buildings. Here, your walking holiday will pass through a number of remarkable villages with some of the prettiest villages in France perched on hilly promontories. Wherever you look, you'll find fortified remains, chateaux or churches adorning the vine covered slopes. The scale and gentleness of the slopes has created a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills receding to the horizon, that literally leaves you with the impression of flying over the hills. This picturesque wine growing area is often referred to as the local Tuscany due to the similarities in their expansive landscapes. Your walking or hiking holiday covers a circular tour around the heart of this golden stones area, visiting about 15 of these picturesque and well preserved villages. For the most part, the region is relatively undiscovered in terms of walking holidays and therefore you will enjoy quiet, unspoilt trails.
This guided walking holiday is made up of a 6 day circuit, walking between guest houses. The walks average about 16km with limited ascents and descents which total between 200 and 460m in a day. The paths are generally good although some sections can be rough and stoney in places with the odd steeper section. This walking holiday includes easier and longer days.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome, drive to Cogny and settle in to your first guest house.
Day 2: Cogny - Pommiers
Today's trail passes through vines and the beautiful limestone village of Jarnioux with its amazing multi-towered chateau. Our trail then climbs to the lovely hill-top village of Pommiers, offering great panoramic views of the Beaujolais and the Alps. Short transfer to B&B with wine tasting. 15km, +360m
Day 3: Pommiers - Chessy
Today your walking route takes you through the forest of Alix and up to a picturesque ridgeline separating the Beaujolais hills from the Saone Valley. The walk passes through the historic and beautiful ridge top villages of Marcy with its ancient communications tower and Charnay with its small winding lanes. From here the walking trails descends to the fortified village of Châtillon d'Azergues with its historic chateau and chapel, before the short walk to your guest house in a historic property in the village of Chessy. 16km, +200m
Day 4: Chessy - St Verand
Please note the exact itinerary is subject to change, depending on the availability of certain guest houses. However, the walking route will remain largely unchanged.
Once you have booked on this guided walking or trekking holiday, 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.
Accommodation & Meals
On this guided walking holiday in the southern Beaujolais, you will stay in a number of charming guest houses full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses used on the holiday are shown below.
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. Evening meals will also be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to great local dishes, accompanied by the local wines. It will also be a chance to enjoy the company of your hosts and find out more about the local way of life.
|Clos de Pomeir||B&B||Lovely historic house, beautifully restored near the pretty village of Pommiers. Swimming pool and garden with magnificent view across the hills.||4 Corns|
|Domaine des Averlys||B&B||Wine producers house, in a wonderful setting near the pretty village of Cogny. Wine tasting with friendly and welcoming hosts.||3 Corns|
|Domaine des Aloets||B&B||Beautiful historic wine producers house in the pretty village of Moiré. Wine tasting with friendly and welcoming host.|
Transfers between Lyon Airport or Lyon train station and the Beaujolais region of France are included in the price of your guided walking holiday.
Transfers from Lyon airport
The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Birmingham, Luton, Stanstead and Heathrow to Lyon St Exupery airport.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets to the UK airports
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a 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.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu changing at Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our travel store 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.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
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.