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Independent Walking Holiday
  • Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour (short break)

Dates for 2023
  • 1 April - 31 October (subject to availability)
  • From £695
  • From €775
  • Prices per person based on 2 sharing
  • Loyalty scheme reduction applies for returning customers (see terms and conditions)
  • walking holiday grade moderate
  • 6 days/5 nights: 4 days self guided walking moving between guest houses
  • Historic villages made from a warm golden limestone including Oignt classified as one of the prettiest villages in France
  • Varied walking through vines, pastures and forests
  • Sweeping views across rolling Beaujolais countryside reminiscent of Tuscany
  • Lovely B&B's where great food and wine is guaranteed
  • Great Beaujolais hospitality where your hosts will reserve you a warm welcome and enjoy giving up their time to make your stay extra special.
  • Wine tasting visits
  • "(Enjoyed) the hospitality received and good meals! Lovely countryside, quite like Tuscany." P. Stambollouian, UK
  • "Your organisation was faultless and your choice of guest houses enabled us to experience some of the local French way of life here. We have been enormously impressed by the quality of the whole experience." J. Campbell, Australia
  • "Overwhelmed by the level of hospitality received. We have walked with other companies in France but this was by far the best. A thoroughly enjoyable experience." S Adkins, UK
  • Take a look at further testimonials from our customers on this walking holiday
Accommodation and Meals
  • 5 nights accommodation in several charming guest houses, double or twin rooms with own bathrooms (3 star equivalent). All breakfasts included, all lunches with the exception of arrival and departure days and 4 evening meals
What's included in the walking holiday
  1. Airport and station transfers from Lyon.
  2. 5 nights' accommodation.
  3. FULL BOARD: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 evening meals
  4. Full walking notes and maps (see more information)
  5. Transport of luggage between guest houses
  6. Read more information about our independent walking holidays
What's not included
  1. Travel to Lyon, France
  2. Lunches on the day of arrival and departure
  3. Transfers, other than those from Lyon.
  4. Any excursions or entrance fees
  5. Travel insurance
  1. Take a look at our 7 night independent tour of the same Beaujolais region
  2. Take a look at our other self-guided walking tours in the Beaujolais:
  3. Beautiful Beaujolais Trail
  4. High Beaujolais Hills
  5. Beaujolais Wine Trail: Grand Crus
  6. Beaujolais Wine Trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages
  7. Beaujolais & Burgundy Uncovered
  8. Lyon's Beautiful Secluded Hills
  9. Return to list of self-guided walking holidays

Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour (short break)

This self guided walking holiday takes place in the southern Beaujolais region of France, 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.

Made up of about 40 parishes in the South of the Beaujolais region, the area known as the “Golden stones country” (pierre dorées), is so called due to the colour of the limestone used in its historic buildings. Here, your short break 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 French walking holiday covers a circular tour around the heart of this golden stones area, visiting about 13 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.

Find out more about the Beaujolais region, Beaujolais Wine and the Beaujolais' average weather conditions

Walking profile

This self-guided or independent walking holiday in France is made up of 4 walks moving between guest houses. The walks average about 16km with limited ascents and descents although some paths can be rough and stoney in places with the odd steeper section. Average daily ascent is 350m. The walking days are reasonably consistent in terms of their grade.


map location of golden stones pierre dorees in France

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome, drive to Beaujolais region and settle in to your first guest house.

Day 2: Oingt - Cogny

The first day of your independent walking holiday starts by ascending to Oingt, classed as one of the prettiest villages in France. Here you can explore its narrow alleyways and admire the amazing views of the southern Beaujolais from its promenade. The ridgeline will lead you to the quaint medieval village of Theizé with it's 13th century chateau de Rochebonne and its historic limestone houses centred around a pretty square. After lunch you take a path that contours beneath the higher hills crossing secluded valleys to reach the village of Cogny. 17km, +400m

Day 3: Cogny - Pommiers

Today's walking trail passes through vines and follows an old railway line, crossing aqueducts to reach the beautiful limestone village of Jarnioux with its amazing towered chateau (possibility to visit chateau). Your walking trail then climbs to Pommiers, a great location on a rideline separating the Soane Valley from the Beaujolais. Your guest house is located in a secluded and beautiful spot. 14km, +430m

Day 4: Pommiers - Châtillon d'Azergues

Today's route is a gentle day, as the path gently climbs through vines, pasture and forest to the historic ridge top villages of Marcy, with its ancient telecommunications tower and Charnay, with its narrow streets lined with charming historic properties. From here the walking trails descends to the beautiful fortified village of Châtillon d'Azergues with its historic chateau and chapel. 14 or 17km, +250m

Day 5: Chatillon - Oingt

Your day starts with a visit of Chatillon d'Azrgues, including the 12th century chapel, before a picturesque walk along the banks of the River Azergues to reach the pretty village of Chessy les Mines. Afterwards, climb to the historic village of Bagnols with its impressive chateau, historic dwellings and great views of the Mont Lyonnais. The walking trail then follows a former railway line making for a gentle descent. Opportunity to visit the village of Bois d'Oingt or go direct to your guest house on a vineyard in the small and attractive village of Moire. 14km, +300m

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Lyon for onward journey

Please note that the order of the walking days may change depending on guest house availability

jarnioux village on French walking holiday tour

beaujolais hills in pierre dorees in France walks

chatillon castle in Azergues valley self guided walking holiday in Europe

oingt hill top village independent walking holiday prettiest village in France

wine tasting beaujolais on indepednt walking tour of medieval villages in France

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

Once you have booked on this independent 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 our independent walking holiday in the southern Beaujolais Pierre Dorées region of France, 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. All evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to delicious local delicacies and great wine


Name Type Details Rating  
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 B&B pommiers Beaujolais France
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  
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.



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