- At a glance
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Guided walking holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Medieval Burgundy Explorer
Our Self-guided centre-based walking holiday in the southern Burgundy region of France explores a rich landscape full of historic treasures. Medieval chateaux, historic 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.
This centre-based walking holiday will enable you to explore more of the southern Burgundy area than would otherwise be the case on one of our other independent walking trips. It also allows you to be more flexible in terms of the walks you choose to do. This walking holiday can be undertaken with or without your own car. If you have your own car you will be able to access additional walks and therefore have greater choice.
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 walking holiday in France. This region is the origin of Chardonnay and these dry and fruity white wines have their most famous ambassadors in the world renowned Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Véran. You'll get the chance to sample both at one of your guest houses located on a vineyard. In addition you will have plenty of time to see the varied and rich architectural delights of the region, such as those found at Cluny, a very important spiritual, political and artistic centre of the Middle Ages with its Benedictine abbey. In addition, many of the pretty villages that your walks pass through have splendid chateaux and impressive churches, such as that at Berzé le Chatel and Brancion.
The walks on this independent walking holiday average about 15km per day over undulating terrain. Individual ascents and descents are generally no more than 150m at a time, with a maximum of 500m in a day. You can alternate between longer and shorter walks, so as to allow time to recover and take advantage of some of the interesting sites on route. The paths are generally good, although they can be rough and stony in places.
Day 1: Arrival
Your French walking holiday starts with a welcome in Lyon and transfer to guest house.
Walks from first accommodation in Fuisse
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
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. Finish back in Fuisse, a wonderful historic village and famous for its Pouilly-Fuisse wines. 16km, +300m
Berzé - Village and chateau (with car)
Explore some of the finest historic monuments of the region. You will first explore the historic village of Berzé la Ville with its pretty stone houses with double arcades decorated with flowers and supported by slender columns. Afterwards you'll ascend to the top of the Roche Coche which provides fantastic views over the village. Undulating pastures will lead you to the impressive 13th century chateau Berzé le Chatel with its 3 defensive walls and 13 towers. After lunch you can visit the chateau and then return by the hamlet of Vernay, little changed in centuries, and the chateau des Moines. 14km, +280m
Walks from second base in Cluny
Explore the town of Cluny one of the most important historic towns of the region. Cluny grew up around the Benedictine Abbey which was founded in 910AD. Enjoy looking around the ruins of the Abbey and the historic medieval properties that line the pretty streets.
Rolling green hills
Explore the rolling hills to the west of Cluny. This is an unspoilt and picturesque area with good views of the surrounding countryside as you pass through small hamlets and fields grazed by charolais cows. 18km, +350m
Blanot and the Grisson Valley (with a car)
Explore the upper part of the pretty and secluded Grisson valley. A number of hamlets sit on bluffs just above the stream which meanders through a tapestry of green pastures and willows. Our route will follow this valley before rising up onto the hills above to find the village of Donzy which seems to date from another era. Our walk will finish by exploring the historic village of Blanot with its remarkable stone dwellings and its clunisien church and priory. Wine tasting visit. 16km, +280m
Walks from third base near Brancion
A relatively short walk which starts by descending to the west and passes by historic farmsteads and the chateau of Nobles before reaching the charming village of Chapelles sous Brancion with its historic buildings surrounding the pretty village church. After a walk through pretty countryside with good views, climb to reach the hill top medieval village of Brancion. The fortified site is surrounded by its defensive walls with its well preserved stone buildings which include the chateau (which can be visited - parts of which date from about 1000AD), the 12th century church and the impressive market hall built just after the religious wars. 11km, +300m
Ozenay and Vines
Head east and pass through a landscape of vines, woodland and pretty villages such as Martailly les Briancon, Ozenay and Royer with romanesque churches. Ozenay is particularly picturesque with its historic chateau and pretty houses. 16km, +300m
Chapaize & Cormatin (with a car)
Your walk starts from Cormatin with its beautiful 16th century chateau which you can visit. The circuit passes though undulating countryside of vines and fields to reach the remarkable villages of Chapaize, Ougy and Bissy-sous-Uxelles. Chapaize has a wonderful 11th century church. 17km, +200m
Breakfast and transfer to Lyon.
Once you have booked on this guided walking holiday in 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 the Southern Burgundy you will be staying in three charming and very comfortable guest houses and independent hotels with local character. All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses 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 gourmet lunches with wine. Most evening meals will be taken at your accommodation, where you will be treated to local delicacies. Two evening meals will be taken in local restaurant during your nights in Cluny.
|Source des Fees||B&B||La Source des Feés is a beautiful guest house located in a tastefully renovated 16th century property built from local warm coloured stone, located on a vineyard.|
|Montagne de Brancion||Hotel||A very comfortable hotel perched at 400m near the medieval village of Brancion with fantastic views across the countryside towards Tournus. Great cuisine.||3 stars|
Transfers between Lyon Airport, Lyon train stations or Macon Loche train station and the southern Burgundy region of France are included in the price of your walking holiday in France.
Transfers from Lyon airport
The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Manchester, 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 50 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.