- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Medieval Burgundy & Walks
Our independent walking holiday in the southern Burgundy region of France 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.
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 Cluny, a very important spiritual, political and artistic centre of the Middle Ages with its Benedictine abbey. Your walking tour will start in the historic town of Tournus famous for its Romanesque abbey and will pass through the medieval centres of Brancion and St Gengoux le National. In addition, many of the pretty villages that your walks pass through have impressive churches and their quaint historic streets seem to date from another time.
Your independent walking holiday will take you through a variety of experiences, including the famous Maconnais vineyards bordering the Saône, the forests of the high ridges, the historic towns of Cluny and Tournus, and secluded valleys covered in a patchwork of grazing fields.
This independent walking holiday is suitable for regular walkers of an average fitness (with a minimum of preparation). The distances are relatively long for the grade, averaging 20km, although the ascents are relatively small and average a total of 430m in a day. The maximum distance on any one day is 24km. Individual ascents and descents are generally no more than 150m at a time. The walks allow for time to rest 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
Pick up from Lyon or from Tournus and transfer to wonderful guest house in St Gengoux de Scisse.
Day 2: St Gengoux de Scisse - Cluny
You'll pass through a number of interesting and picturesque villages and hamlets. Charcuble has a chapel that was built in 24 hours during World War II, whilst Blanot is a beautiful village where time has stopped still. Traditional stone houses line narrow alleys in a lovely valley setting with a Clunisien priory and church at its heart. Your route follows a number of delightful small valleys with pasture bordering the streams and above chardonnay vines. Then visit the quaint and secluded village of Donzy le Pertuis with its 11th century church. Great views from the ridgetop before you descend to finish your day at the small town of Cluny. 19km, +600m
Day 3: Cluny - Cortambert
Explore Cluny, one of the most important historic towns of the region. Enjoy looking around the ruins of the Abbey and the historic properties that line the pretty streets. A short walk in the afternoon with beautiful views. 9km, +160m
Day 4: Cortambert - Bresse sur Grosne
A gentle descent brings you down to the Grosne Valley and Cormatin with its beautiful 16th century chateau. Afterwards climb away from the valley again towards Uxelles with great views across the valley. Pass through the pretty village of Ougy where time seems to have stood still. There are various choices today according to your interests. 19km +300m
Day 5: Bresse sur Grosne - Brancion
Easy walking takes you to the village of Chapaize with its beautiful early 11th century church. You'll then climb out of the valley onto the ridgeline and 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, an historic covered market and a Romanesque church on the hill top edge. 14km, +320m
Day 6: Brancion - Tournus
Your first village en route is the rustic village of Royer before heading to Ozenay with its chateaux and 12th century church and historic chateau. Your walking route goes back to the ridge and takes in impressive panoramic views. A number of pretty valleys and ridges will take you back to Tournus via vines and historic wine-makers shelters. Explore Tournus and its impressive abbey. 18km, +410m
Day 7: Tournus - St Gengoux de Scisse
Walk south out of Tournus into rolling countryside. Follow a ridgeline to reach the village of Plottes and then the village of Chardonnay, home of the famous white wines. Your trail then passes through more vines and forest to reach the pretty village of Lugny and then St Gengoux de Scisse and return to your beautiful guest house. 23km, +530m
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast and transfer toTournus or transfer to Lyon.
Please note that your walking holiday may have different stops from that shown above, due to the availability of guest houses. This will not however, affect the overall walking circuit.
Accommodation & Meals
On this independent walking holiday in the South Burgundy region you will be staying in a number of charming, spacious and very comfortable guest houses (mainly bed & breakfasts and small hotels or auberges) full of local character (3 corns quality). 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 packed lunches lovingly prepared by your hosts. Some 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. Some meals will be taken in a local restaurant where you will have a choice of menus. Local specialities will be available to try every evening.
|Le Foineau||B&B||Chambres d'hote renovated in an ancient barn in a quiet spot in a small hamlet. Relax in garden or by the pool.||3 Corns|
|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|
|La Maison des Gardes||B&B||A rustic feel to this historic property near the centre of Cluny. Lovely wooded courtyard and warm welcome from your hosts.||3 Corns|
Transfers between Lyon Airport or Lyon train stations and the south Burgundy region of France are included in the price of your independent walking holiday.
Transfers from Lyon airport
he 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.
Please use Rail Europe's train finder on our travel shop 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.
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.