- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Locality & Walks
This wine trail self-guided walking holiday traverses the southern Burgundy, through the heart of the Chardonnay wine growing region. These white wines are dry and fruity with their most famous ambassadors being the full-bodied Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Véran. You'll get the chance to sample both of them at your final guest house, which is located on a vineyard, as well as at other producers along the way. Your route takes you through the heart of the vineyards which cover the picturesque valley slopes
This independent walking holiday also explores a rich landscape full of historic treasures. Medieval chateaux, historic Romanesque churches and old farms are set in beautiful rolling countryside carpeted with vines, pasture and forests. A number of rocky outcrops punctuate the vineyards such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity. These landmarks provide exceptional viewing points to admire the surrounding countryside.
The Burgundy region is well-known for its fine wine and gastronomic food, a reputation that is richly deserved. You will have plenty of opportunity to sample both during your self-guided walking holiday. In addition you will have plenty of time to see the varied and rich architectural delights of the region, such as those found at the medieval villages of Brancion and Berzé le Chatel. In addition, many of the pretty villages that your walking trail passes through have impressive churches and their quaint historic streets seem to date from another time. Your walking tour starts near the historic town of Tournus in the heart of the Chardonnay area and heads south taking in many of the remarkable sites along the way to reach Fuissé close to the border with the Beaujolais region.
At the end of each day you'll be welcomed with open arms at your small, quality guest houses where the hospitality is excellent and you'll be treated to great local food and wine.
This holiday can be combined with our Beaujolais wine trail walking holiday.
This independent walking holiday in the Burgundy region of France is made up of 5 walks moving between guest houses. There are different walking trail options on 3 of the days meaning that the grade ranges from easy to moderate. With the easier options the walking includes an average of about 15km with less than 300m ascent and descent in the day, whilst the moderate options average 18km and include some extra ascents. The walk takes place on good paths and tracks with the odd section on small lanes. Some paths can be rough and stoney in places with the odd steeper section, so walking boots are essential.
Day 1: Arrival
Pick up from Lyon or direct to your accommodation near Tournus in the heart of the Chardonnay wine growing region.
Day 2: Chardonnay - Brancion
Your walking trail begins in the pretty village of Chardonnay, home of the Chardonnay grapes and natural starting point for our walking trail. Your first day traverses through chardonnay vines before reaching your first village en route - Ozenay with its chateau and beautiful 12th century church. You'll then pass through the rustic village of Royer where time seems to have stood still for centuries. Next you'll climb gradually to the medieval fortress of Brancion. This is a remarkable site with the remains of its chateau overlooking the rest of a well preserved hamlet protected by a series of walls. The hamlet contains delightful stone houses, a historic covered market and a Romanesque church on the hill top edge. 15km, +380m
Day 3: Brancion - St Gengoux de Scisse
To start with you have the choice of heading east to the pretty village of Chapelle sous Brancion set in a beautiful rolling countryside of pasture and vines. Climb back to the ridge and descend through vines to the wine village of Martailly les Brancion. Your walk then passes the beautiful chateau at Cruzille before reaching the village of Lugny. Chance to visit its cooperative wine cellar before heading to your guest house in the pretty village of St Gengoux de Scisse. 14km - 19km, +300m
Day 4: St Gengoux de Scisse - igé
Today you'll have the choice of several trails to reach your wonderful guest house in a respledent chateau in the pretty village of Igé. Either follow vine covered valleys or venture into the hills through pretty forests with great views. You'll have the chance to visit the caves at Azé an important site for primitive man, 400,000 years ago. Following this period the cave was occupied by bears for about 300,000 years and as a result it contains the most important fossil record of bears in Europe. 14 - 20km, +260m or 370m
Day 5: Igé - Pierreclos
From Igé your walking trail takes you through a mixed landscape of vines and pasture, and over hills to the imposing chateau at Berzé le Chatel, first dating from the 11th century, with its three defensive walls and 13 towers (chance to visit). You then have the chance to visit the beautiful village of Berzé-la-Ville with its typical stone houses and double arcades, as well as the Chapell aux Moines containing some remarkable frescoes. Your walking trail continues through vines passing under some rocky outcrops and passing through a number of pretty villages such as Milly Lamartine. Your final cultural stop of the day, which is rich in architectural treasures is the beautiful 12th century chateau at Pierreclos. Your guided visit can include wine tasting. Your guest house is nearby in the shadow of the chateau. 15km or 20km, +410m or 560m
Day 6: Pierreclos - Fuissé
A great days walking through elegant vine covered slopes of the most famous vines of this part of Burgundy - Pouilly-Fuissé. Your walking trail takes you through picturesque countryside and past the Roche de Solutré, which you have the chance to ascend for amazing panoramic views from its summit. It is also the home of one of the most important pre-historic sites in Europe. The top and surrounds of this impressive rock, are covered in limestone specific grassland which is home to a rich flora and fauna. You then have a choice of routes to take you to your wonderful guest house at Fuissé located on a vineyard where you can try their quality Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Véran wines. 14km +400m
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast and transfer to Lyon.
Optional extra day and night at Fuissé with a suggested additional walk
It is possible to take advantage of the beautiful guest house at Fuissé and book an extra night. A suggested walk for the next day will be provided visiting the pretty villages of Chasselay and Leynes.
Please note that your walking holiday may differ from that shown above, due to the availability of guest houses. This will not however, affect the overall walking circuit.
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holidays please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking holiday in the Burgundy region of France, 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 independent walking holiday in southern Burgundy you will be staying in a number of charming, spacious and very comfortable guest houses (mainly bed & breakfasts) full of local character (3 or 4 star quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses are shown below. They vary from local auberges and B&Bs to chateaux.
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 lovingly prepared by your hosts. Three evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to local delicacies and have the opportunity to discover more about the region and its people. Two meals will be taken in local restaurants 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.
|Pres du Chateau||B&B||Wonderfull B&B with a welcoming hosts who are there to make your stay special. B&B in a lovely setting close to Chateau Pierreclos.|
|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|
|Montage de Briancon||Hotel||A modern 3 star hotel providing excellent service and meals. Set close to the top of a hill with great views of the surrounding countryside.||3 stars|
Transfers between Lyon Airport or Lyon train stations and the southern Burgundy region of France are included in the price of your independent walking holiday.
Transfers from Lyon airport
Transfers between Lyon Airport or train station and the Burgundy 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.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London direct to Lyon Part Dieu, as well as trains changing at Lille or Paris.
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 & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Burgundy area takes about 6 and a half 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.