- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
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Your Holiday at a Glance
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|Dates for 2020||
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Locality & Walks
This discovery self-guided walking holiday in France lets you explore two of the prettiest parts of the Beaujolais and Burgundy at your own rhythm, whilst indulging yourself at wonderful guest houses. You’ll stay in three bases, two in an area known as the “Golden stones country” (pierres dorées) of Beaujolais, due to the warm colour of the limestone which make up a number of remarkable historic villages that are set in a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills covered in vines. Made up of about 40 parishes, this picturesque wine growing area, is often referred to as the French Tuscany. Your third base will be in the southern Burgundy and northern Beaujolais where you'll enjoy a variety of experiences, including the famous Maconnais vineyards bordering the Saône, a number of rocky outcrops with wonderful views such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity, the forests of the high ridges and secluded valleys covered in a patchwork of grazing fields.
This two-centre based walking holiday in Beaujolais and Burgundy allows you to choose how much walking you wish to do each day. Plenty of opportunity for wine tasting visits.
4 or 6 walks based around two or three centres, averaging about 17km with limited ascents and descents, good paths, although some rough and stony sections. Average daily ascent is 350m. This holiday is flexible so that you can walk as much or as little as you wish.
Walking holiday day-by-day
Day 1: Arrival
Transfer from Lyon to southern Beaujolais and welcome at guest house.
Day 2: Ridge-top village of Oingt
Your walk climbs to the Saule d’Oingt for great panoramic views before following a picturesque ridge and then descending to the stunning hill-top village of Oingt, classed as one of the prettiest villages in France. Explore its narrow alleyways lined with honey-coloured buildings, and enjoy its fabulous views across to the Mont Lyonnais. Follow a picturesque ridge before descending to the beautiful village of Theize. Your trail then traverses the hillside through a number of pretty hamlets to return to your guest house. 19km, +360m
Day 3: Chateaux and vines
Set out from your guest house and descend through vines towards the village of Jarnioux. Its beautiful multi-towered castle will come into view before the quaint village nestled in a valley. Opportunity to have a guided visit of the chateau by owner. Next stop is the Chateau de Sou, before climbing to the historic village of Cogny with numerous impressive manors. Next, traverse vine covered slopes with beautiful views before crossing a couple of valleys to return to your guest house. 8-15km, +150m-250m
Day 4: Traverse from Chatillon d'Azergues
You’ll be transferred to the wonderful village of Chatillon d'Azergues with its hilltop chateau and historic chapel. Explore its quaint alleyways before climbing to the ridge top village of Charnay. This well preserved village glows golden from its ochre coloured stones. Great views before you set out to follow the ridge between the Beaujolais and the Saone Valley. You'll finish at your guest house in Pommiers with pool. Another pretty historic village with great views of the Beaujolais hills. 14km or 17km, +350m
Day 5: Historic villages
Transfer to your second base in Fuisse, a wonderful historic village and famous for its Pouilly-Fuisse wines. This circular trail goes via several pretty historic villages on the border between the Beaujolais and Burgundy including Chanes and St Verand with their impressive churches built from a warm limestone. You'll return via the village of Leynes its historic buildings built from a local outcrop of sandstone. 16km, +300m
Day 6: Roche de Solutre
This walk explores the rocky outcrops which characterise this part of the southern Burgundy. Enjoyable walk through Chardonnay vines of the famous Pouilly Fuisse label to the villages of Pouilly and Solutre. Then climb to the summit of Roche de Solutre for spectacular 360 degree views. The site has a rich wildlife and is also an important archaeological site which you can discover in its museum. You can choose to extend the trail via the adjacent summit of Vergisson. 13km or 22km, +320m or +650m
Day 7: Traverse of northern Beaujolais
Transfer and walk along the edge of the vines through beautiful countryside with great views. You'll pass Chateau de la Roche, the pretty villages of Jullie and Chasselas and enjoy panoramic views from Pruzilly. 16km, +330m
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Lyon after breakfast
Accommodation & Meals
You will stay in three very comfortable guest houses on the 7 night walking holiday and two guest houses on the 5 night version (3/4 star equivalent). They are located in historic buildings offering very different styles. Both provide wonderful 4 course meals. A great mix of comfort and authenticity.
|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|
|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|
|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|
Pick up and transfer from Lyon airport or train stations included in price of walking holiday.
The airlines Easy jet, Flybe and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Birmingham, Gatwick, Edingburgh and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport.
Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris.
Cross-channel crossing are available with P&O and DFDS ferries, as well as Euro Tunnel. Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 40 euros each way.
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.