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Your Holiday at a Glance

Independent Walking Holiday
  • Beaujolais Explorer

Dates for 2023
  • 1 April - 31 October
  • 7 nights: From £990 / €1095 p/p based on 2 sharing
  • Loyalty scheme reduction applies for returning customers (see terms and conditions)
  • WALKING HOLIDAY GRADE moderate beaujolais
  • 7 nights; 6 day's independent walking based at 2 guest houses
  • Guest houses in historic surroundings perfectly located for a relaxed stay with moderate walking
  • A one week holiday which allows you to discover the best of the central and southern Beaujolais
  • The beautiful golden limestone region of the southern Beaujolais with its historic villages and medieval chateaux set in pretty rolling countryside providing exceptional views
  • Two centres allowing you time to relax and the chance to adapt your walks to the weather
  • New holiday for 2023
Accommodation and Meals
  • You will stay in two high quality guest houses / hotels located in historic buildings offering very different styles. Both the guest houses offer great French cuisine. A great mix of comfort and authenticity.
What's included
  1. Transfers from Lyon airport or train station, 7 night's accommodation, all breakfast, 6 picnic lunches, all evening meals, detailed walking notes and maps, transfers to and from 2 walks and between the two bases.
  2. Read more information about our independent walking & trekking holidays
What's not included
  1. Travel to Lyon in France, lunches on arrival and departure days, wine with meals in second accommodation, any excursions or visits
Book this Holiday
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Locality & Walks

This self-guided walking holiday in France lets you explore the Beaujolais at your own pace, whilst relaxing at wonderful guest houses.  You’ll stay in two bases, one in the southern Beaujolais region of “Golden stones country” (pierres dorées) of Beaujolais, so-called 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 second base is in central Beaujolais where you'll enjoy higher hills with open ridges with great panoramic views and secluded valleys covered in a patchwork of grazing fields.

This two-centre based walking holiday in the Beaujolais allows you to choose how much walking you wish to do each day.

Find our more about the Beaujolais - Beaujolais wines

Walking Profile

6 walks based around two centres, averaging about 18km on reasonably good paths, although some rough and stony sections. Average daily ascent is 575m. This holiday is flexible so that you can walk as much or as little as you wish.


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Walking holiday day-by-day

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Lyon to the Beaujolais and welcome at your hotel in Le Perreon.

Day 2: The ridges above Le Perreon

This walk covers the full range of landscapes of the Beaujolais, with a climb up through the vineyards near Perreon within a picturesque, secluded valley. The ascent finishes on a ridge partly covered by protected moorland and pastures providing great panoramic views across the rolling hills 16km +710m

Day 3: High Beaujolais Hills

Today you’ll have a short transfer to Beaujeu, the ancient capital of the Beaujolais. Explore the high Beaujolais hills for amazing panoramic views of upland pasture dotted with farms and historic villages such as Avenas with its rustic stone cottages and beautiful 11th century church. Expansive views from Croix Rochefort across the whole of the Beaujolais and beyond. 15.5km, +620m

Day 4: Panoramas and Chapel St Bonnet

From your hotel, head south onto vine covered slopes and open ridges with great panoramic views of both the Saone towards the Alps and the higher hills. Your walk takes you through the historic villages of Salles-Arbuissonnas with its old priory. Then head onto the higher ridges and reach the Chapel of St Bonnet with outstanding views. This is followed by a traverse through forest before plunging back to the main valley.
21km, +760m

Day 5: French Tuscany

Transfer to your second guest house in the southern Beaujolais. A walk through the beautiful historic villages of the southern Beaujolais in the region of the “Golden Stones”, including the hill top village of Oingt (classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France), Theize with its elegant buildings, and the local centre of Bois d'Oingt. Expansive landscapes reminiscent of the Tuscany hills span out in all directions. 17.5km, +450m

Day 6: Views of the Azergues Valley

Transfer to either Chamelet or St Cry le Chatoux depending on your choice of walk.
Walk from the medieval centre of Chamelet climbing sharply onto the hills with great views looking down on the Azergues Valley. Your walk takes you from ridges to secluded valleys. A varied walk which finishes via the historic centre of Chamelet with its castle remains, historic market hall and small alleyways 15km, +600m

St Cyr le Chatoux
Starting from the ridgetop village of St Cry le Chatoux this is a walk where the landscape unveils itself over the course of the walk with wonderful panoramic views from the summits
A walk that stays at altitude the whole time, ideal for warm weather. 14km, +525m

Day 7: Chatillon, Charnay & Bagnols

From your guest house this walk takes in 4 wonderful historic golden stones villages including Chatillon d’Azergues which climbs the slopes above the Azergues Valley, Charnay which sits on a ridgetop with great views and Bagnols with its imposing chateau. Your trail includes an enjoyable walk along the banks of the Azergues River. 22km, +350m

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast



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Accommodation & Meals

You will stay in two very comfortable guest houses on this 7 night walking holiday. They are located in historic buildings offering very different styles with both located in village settings. Both provide wonderful evening meals. A great mix of comfort and authenticity.

Name Type Details Rating  
Domaine des Aloets B&B Wine producers house, in a wonderful setting in the pretty village of Moire. Wine tasting with friendly and welcoming hosts. 3 Corns  
Hotel des Loges Hotel Lovely historic chateau in the village of Le Perreon. The chateau has pretty grounds and is surrounded by hills which explore during your stay 3 stars  
Travel Options

Travel Options

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, 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 50 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.




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