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This one’s a must for wine aficionados! Burgundy, France, offers so much beauty: its serene, sun-bathed landscapes will have you feeling like you’re inside of a painting. For five days, you will be cycling through vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see, follow quiet pathways along a river, and rolling hills with ever-changing colors. Every now and then a charming historical village, an iconic castle, or a Romanesque church will pop up, giving you a chance to discover sites that played a key role in European history. Taste the world-famous French cuisine and, of course, exquisite wines. With this self-guided tour, you get to pedal at your own pace and savor every moment of the timeless riches in the gentle Burgundian sun.

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  • Discover greenways of France

    Follow Voie Bleue and Voie Verte greenways and explore gorgeous landscapes and the countryside

  • Move at your own pace

    Set your own worriless pace with already arranged lodgings and luggage transfers

  • World’s most beloved wine region

    This is a food-and-wine journey as well—after all, you are in Burgundy, France

Itinerary

Hop on a bike and pedal your way through some of the most beautiful cycling paths in Europe—Voie Verte and Vote Bleue, lovely greenways going through Burgundy. This 6-day tour will have you cycling through the landscapes of the Côte Chalonnaise on an old railway, passing quaint villages, historic castles, and Romanesque abbeys. You will cruise along the banks of Saône and discover the historically significant Cluny (and lots of other villages and towns!). This is a self-guided adventure, meaning that you have the freedom to move at your own pace, but you also get the perks of already arranged accommodation, luggage transfers, routes and maps. There’s nothing stopping you from spending your next vacation in Burgundy, cycling through the French countryside and tasting the world-famous cuisine.

  • Make sure to reach Mâcon in Burgundy by afternoon. Settle into your hotel and use the rest of the day to explore this elegant town. Once a frontier between the French realm and the Holy German Empire (from 843 to 1600), it’s a wonderful city to explore.

    Accommodation: 3-star hotel, B&B, or guesthouse

    Macon city, France
  • After a hearty breakfast, leave Mâcon via the Voie Bleue path. It follows the Saône river to Fleurville and the historic castles of Marigny and Marfontaine. Quiet roads and paths will lead you to the beautiful Tournus, a town dating back to the Romans. The city is wonderful to explore on foot, as you can take in the unique atmosphere of its quiet streets and traboules (hidden passages that cross buildings and connect streets to each other). The Romanesque Church of St. Philibert is also a must-see!

    Distance: 40 km / 25 miles
    Accommodation: 4-star hotel, B&B, or guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    St Phillibert Abbey in Tournus
  • Start your day by cycling along the Saône river before moving away from the calm waters to pass through Gigny. You’ll ride through the flood plain between the Saône and Grosne once you exit the town. Pedal some more and you’ll come to Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, where the inventor of photography, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, lived. Once at St Rémy, you’ll get back to the bank of the Saône river until you reach Chalon-sur-Saône for the night. This beautiful town presents a great opportunity for an evening stroll, either along the river or through the heart of the town filled with medieval houses and a cathedral.

    Distance: 30 km / 18.6 miles
    Accommodation: 4-star hotel, B&B, or guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Summer streets of Chalon-sur-Saone
  • Get ready for the longest day of your journey! Follow the Voie Verte cycling path northwest towards Givry. Continue the journey towards southwest, and you’ll end up in the enchanting fortified town of Buxy, nestled amidst picturesque vineyards of Cote Chalonnaise in the Burgundy region. Here is where you’ll find the wine appellations like Mercurey and Givry.

    The path through this celebrated vineyard landscape will soon lead you through the historic towns of St. Boll and St. Gengoux le National, marked by their medieval charm. Next up is Cormatin, where you can explore a magnificent 17th-century castle, an intricate maze, and an ancient vegetable garden. The Voie Verte then takes you to Taize (a monastic community) and to the beautiful Benedictine abbey of Cluny, built in 910. Back in 1080, it was considered the most important monastic complex of Christianity.

    Distance: 52 km / 32.3 miles
    Accommodation: 3-star hotel, B&B, or guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Cote Chalonnaise
  • Use your morning to explore Cluny if you haven’t had the chance the day before—it’s a lovely town with a world-famous abbey. Today’s ride will let you immerse yourself in the poetic romanticism of Alphonse de Lamartine—he spent his formative years amidst these captivating landscapes, where the harmonious blend of natures, clastles, and monuments undoubtedly left an imprint on his literary works.

    Along the way you will cross the longest cycling tunnel in Europe, which leads to the castle of Berzé le Chatel. An ascent here will reward you with a wonderful view over the Mâconnais vineyard district. Enjoy your final evening of the tour in Mâcon.

    Distance: 28 km / 17.4 miles
    Accommodation: 3-star hotel, B&B, or guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Cluny Abbey in Burgundy
  • Once you’re done with a hearty breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to check out and leave. Depart home or feel free to ask your guiding company for further recommendations in the area!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Macon bridge
  • Sometimes it is necessary to modify the indicated itinerary. This might be due to the organizational aspect of it (closed-off trails, fully booked lodgings, weather conditions, etc.). Please note that these modifications are always made in your interest, for your safety and comfort.

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Grand Angle
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Grand Angle
Grand Angle was born in 1983, when its founders Jean-Claude and Anne-Marie wanted to professionally do what they enjoy the most in life—spend time in the great outdoors. Today Grand Angle has grown into a tour operator with a great team of guides and in-office experts offering trips throughout Europe. Hiking or biking, on snow or by the sea, luxury or cultural, Grand Angle has it all!
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Janine (source: Guide’s website)

Interesting circuit with its route on the blue lane along the banks of the Saône, on small country roads and the green lane (former railway line) on the return, passing through the towns with a rich past of Mâcon, Tournus, Chalon and Cluny and through other more small but worth the detour. Well created. Good balance between routes along the river, small roads and cultural visits. Route on greenway (Railway)

Anais Bouffard (source: Google reviews)

I really appreciated Grand Angle, a warm, smiling team and above all really attentive to my desires. This is the ideal place to find the trip that suits everyone, I recommend! 🙂

Bertrand Decoux (source: Google reviews)

Thank you to the whole team, very professional! Excellent service before + during our stay. we recommend!

Vita Community (source: Google reviews)

Very well organized, very competent and friendly stuff and it was a great Bike Holiday!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Accommodation for 5 nights in double / twin rooms
      • Breakfasts
      • Luggage transfers
      • Digital travel pack
      • Access to a phone travel app during the trip
      • Tourist taxes

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to France
      • Lunches and dinners (some hotels can prepare a lunch pack for you)
      • Drinks
      • Bike rental
      • Personal expenses
      • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
      • Insurance
      • Registration fees

    Optional:

      • Single room supplement ($400)
      • Hybrid bike rental ($250)
        • Bike damage insurance ($20)
      • E-bike rental ($335)
        • Bike damage insurance ($25)
      • Extra night in 3-star Macon hôtel in B&B ($90 pp in double / twin room, $155 in single room)
      • Printed travel pack ($40)
  • If you’re looking for a carefree holiday, there’s nothing better than this. Your guiding company thought of everything: the route, the accommodation, luggage transfers, and breakfasts, so all that’s left to do is enjoy the journey. Cycle at your own pace, stop whenever you want to, and marvel at serene landscapes surrounding you as long as you’d like.

    Prior to the start of the Burgundy bike tour, you will receive a digital travel pack with documents sent by email (in German, French, or English) as well as access to your phone travel app for routes and maps. The app is in English only. If you wish to have a printed version with you (with paper roadbook in German, French, or English + maps), let us know upon booking (there is an additional cost). The printed travel pack will be given to you at the first accommodation of the tour.

  • If you join this Burgundy bike tour, you can expect easy to moderate cycling. You will mostly follow walking/cycling paths on an old railway, rolling hills, and shared-use lanes on quiet roads.

    Daily distances will range between 28 and 52 km (17.5-32 miles) with easy to moderate ascents in elevation throughout the rides.

  • Please no cotton hiking or cycling clothing! Synthetic clothing is very efficient in drying quickly. Merino wool material clothing is also efficient in drying quickly, it’s comfortable to wear, and has the advantage of not developing a bad odor after use.

    Clothing checklist (required for the trip, think layers!)

      • Cycling shoes
      • Socks — one pair for every day or two days of the trip (sport specific padded socks, no cotton please)
      • Sun hat — wide brimmed hat or baseball cap/bandana combo
      • Cycling gloves — padded gloves used specifically for cycling
      • Cycling shirts — non-cotton, breathable short sleeve and/or long sleeve shirts (note: long sleeve shirts
      • provide better sun protection)
      • Cycling pants & shorts — nylon pants AND shorts, zip-offs or leggings
      • Windbreaker layer — a lightweight wind resistant jacket or pullover
      • Warm top — mid-weight sweater or pullover of wicking material such as merino wool, fleece or polypropylene
      • Insulating jacket — down-fill or synthetic-fill insulated “puffy” jacket or warm, lightweight fleece jacket (may not be needed in summer months)
      • Rain gear – waterproof jacket and pants or high-quality poncho, breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex® or coated nylon (for the pants look for side zippers that will easily allow pulling them over footwear)
      • Casual clothing & footwear — comfortable clothes and shoes to wear in the evening after activities.

    Gear checklist

      • Saddlebag — if choosing to use a rental bike on this trip, a saddlebag is included with rental
      • Personal Luggage — small duffel bag, suitcase or backpack (for extra items and casual clothes)
      • Cycling helmet — (mandatory) comfortable fitting, with rain cover (if choosing to use a rental bike on this trip, a helmet is included with the rental)
      • Hydration System — 2+ liters capacity, either water bottles or bladder/hose system (if planning to wear a backpack during cycling) and an additional water bottle
      • Headlamp — preferably with an L.E.D. bulb that works with AA or AAA batteries
      • Picnic / lunch kit — knife, plate or bowl, box with closeable lid, utensils, etc.
      • Phone & charger – local sim card or international plan may be needed. Consider bringing a small power bank to use to recharge devices during trip activities.
      • Map or phone holder — for handlebars, included with bike rentals
      • Waterproof travel case or pouch – used to keep important documents (i.e. passport, health/travel insurance, etc…) & phone safe from weather/water
      • Sunglasses, sunscreen, & lip balm
      • First aid kit — see first aid kit suggestions below
      • Personal toilet paper kit (toilet paper, wet wipes, sanitizer, sealable plastic bags) — it’s always good to be prepared as there may be the need to use natural settings for toilets (i.e. digging catholes, etc.)
      • Toiletries
      • Contact lenses & glasses
      • Prescription medication
      • Feminine hygiene products
      • Money — good to have some local currency in cash

    Optional items

      • Backpack — a small-sized pack with a waterproof cover (useful to carry your belongings, if your bike has a rack system this bag can easily be attached or even packed within a saddlebag)
      • Travel power adapter — electric power voltage in France is 230 V / 50 Hz and the plugs are E type
      • Support braces — consider bringing any joint braces that may be currently needed or from past injuries
      • Sleep mask & ear plugs
      • Bug repellant
      • Quick drying towel or bandanas

    First aid kit
    Anything can happen and it’s best to carry your own personal first aid kit. What you need may not be available in the destination you are visiting, so we recommend being well prepared. Here’s a basic list of what makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

      • Prescription medication (with back-up doses, keep it in your carry-on)
      • Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe allergies
      • Pain relief
      • Antihistamine
      • Non-drowsy allergy relief (Loratadine, comparable to Claritin)
      • Antacid / heartburn relief (Bismuth, comparable to Pepto-Bismol, Antacid)
      • Anti-diarrhea medication
      • Cold / flu medicine
      • Electrolyte replacement / drink mix
      • Creams (antibiotic ointment, anti-itch, hydrocortisone, arnica)
      • Eye drops
      • Wound care
      • Blister care
      • Other various items — athletic tape, nail clippers, tweezers, sewing kit…
  • Indeed you can! If you choose to rent a bike (hybrid bikes and e-bikes offered), it will be delivered at your first hotel of the itinerary. You will be asked to give a deposit to hold during the rental. At the end of the tour, you will leave the rental bike at last night’s hotel.

    All bikes are equipped with a side stand, a mudguard, a pannier rack, and lights. They also come with a bike lock, a toolkit (inner tube, pump, and basic tools), a helmet, and saddlebags.

    If you choose to bring your own bike, make sure you’re aware of (flight) transport costs and that everything is working well before setting off.

  • You will only have to carry the essential things for the day, such as your packed lunch, water, and other personal items. For this, you will need a saddle bag (comes with the rental). If you don’t have one, bring a 30-40L backpack with a waist strap to carry what you need for the day. A small backpack is always recommended for visiting attractions along the route.

    The rest of your travel luggage will be transported for you from hotel to hotel each day—it will be there in the evening. Please limit your luggage to a maximum of 20 kg / 44 lbs per person. One piece of luggage per person allowed.

  • Accommodation will be arranged for you, so all you’ve got to do is show up. You will be staying in double / twin bedrooms in B&B, in 3-star and 4-star hotels or in guesthouses with the same level of comfort. Single rooms are subject to availability and require a supplement fee.

    Please note that in Europe, more and more hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses are refusing to take part in the star-rating system. This doesn’t mean that they are of a lesser quality, in fact far from it. If your guiding company indicates that an accommodation is ‘3-star or equivalent to’, this means that the establishment may have chosen not to receive an official classification, but they believe the level of comfort provided is equal to that of a traditional 3-star establishment.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • A solo traveler can book this tour.
      • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
      • Please keep in mind that the departure cannot be confirmed until your guides receive confirmations for their lodging partners.

    Burgundy bike tours can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Children as young as 13 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. Please make sure the child is ready and fit enough to cover daily distances with easy to moderate descents in elevation.

    If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Your Burgundy bike tour begins in Mâcon, France. If you’re flying in, the closest airport is Lyon Airport Saint-Exupéry (LYS), and then an additional hour or two, depending on the mode of transport (car or bus). Another option is the Geneva Airport (GVA), 2-2.5 hours away from Mâcon.

    There’s also the possibility of using a train or a car if you’re already in Europe!

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in France, please refer to France foreign travel advice.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
    • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
    • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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