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Cycling Beaujolais, Burgundy and Charolais

Cycle Cylce Cycle

Saint-Amour-Bellevue - Mazillé - Cluny - Mazillé - La Clayette - Saint-Didier-sur-Beaujeu - Saint-Amour-Bellevue -

8 days
Beaujolais is one of the most well-known wines in the world but there are a lot of surprises hidden away in the picturesque vineyards. Cycling the quiet roads of the Beaujolais, Burgundy and the Charolais we encounter this region's rich history, culture and delightful scenery.
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Presentation

Self-Guided cycling on roads and off-road cycle tracks, moving between 4 different guest houses

Highlights:

  • Varied cycling through vines, pastures and forests
  • Sweeping views across rolling countryside
  • Wine tasting visits possible in a region famous for its gastronomic delights
  • Beautiful towns and villages with historic chateaux, abbeys and churches
  • A dedicated off-road cycle path for some of the holiday

Day 1 Arrival St Amour Saint-Amour-Bellevue

Objective France will pick you up from Lyon or Macon TGV train stations and transport you to your bed and breakfast.  You’ll make your acquaintance with your rental bikes and the Road book. Welcome to St Amour  in northern Beaujolais and settle in to your first guest house. Please consult us if you would like a pickup from somewhere other than Macon or Lyon TGV train stations.  
Objectif France will book and pay for your evening meal (excluding drinks).


Accommodation:
Guesthouse


Day 2 St Amour to Mazille (30-45km) Saint-Amour-Bellevue - Mazillé

As like every other morning, Objectif France will pick up your luggage from your hotel and transport it directly to your evening accommodation spot.  Your route takes you past a number of beautiful châteaux before you join the smooth asphalt cycle way that runs from Macon up through the heart of Burgundy. A fascinating feature of this cycle path as it crosses the Maconais hills is its tunnel. At 1.6km it holds the distinction of being the longest tunnel in Europe to accommodate only ecologically friendly modes of transport. Take note – the tunnel is closed in the winter to protect the bats which hibernate in the roof! A tour of the Roche de Solutre , a celebrated feature of the Maconnais landscape and home to pre-historic human activity, can be added to the day's cycling.
A picnic will be prepared to nourish you during the day’s cycling.
Objectif France will book and pay for your evening meal (excluding drinks).

30 - 45 km
Positive Elevation Gain: 287 m, Descent: 249 m

Accommodation:
Guesthouse

 


Day 3 Mazille – The Burgundy Cycle path – Mazille (18 – 80km depending on ambition) Mazillé - Cluny - Mazillé

The small historic town of Cluny , built around the remains of the famous Benedictine Abbey, is just 9km from your accommodation. This was the most important Abbey in Europe between 910 and 1340, and is the perfect start to a day discovering the rich architectural delights of the region. The cycle path follows the valley floor passes close to the villages of Cluny, Cormatin, St Gengoux-le-National and Buxy. Most of the villages, such as Mazille , where you are staying, have beautiful Romanesque churches. Just how far you go along the cycle path before turning back is up to you. You can choose to return by the same way or by quiet roads in the neighbouring undulating countryside.
A picnic will be prepared to nourish you during the day’s cycling.
Objectif France will book and pay for your evening meal (excluding drinks).

18 – 80km depending on ambition.
Positive Elevation Gain: 192 m, Descent: 191 m

Accommodation:
Guesthouse


Day 4 Mazille – near La Clayette (40km) Mazillé - La Clayette

The cycling really starts to become more challenging with a steady climb back into the high hills separating the Beaujolais from the Burgundy. A mixed landscape of pasture and forest covers an intimate rural network of valleys and hills through through which you will take the easiest path. The day finishes by descending into the Charolais region.
A picnic will be prepared to nourish you during the day’s cycling.
Objectif France will book and pay for your evening meal (excluding drinks).

40 km
Positive Elevation Gain: 411 m, Descent: 369 m

Accommodation:
Guesthouse


Day 5 A tour of the Brionnais (30-40km) La Clayette

Two circuits have been devised to let you explore this quiet and picturesque region of fields and hedgerows far from the big cities. You will also have the chance to explore a number of interesting villages en route including La Clayette with its beautiful chateau . You can, however, choose to relax after your excursions of the previous day.
A picnic will be prepared to nourish you during the day’s cycling.
Objectif France will book and pay for your evening meal (excluding drinks).

30 - 40 km

Accommodation:
Guesthouse


Day 6 La Clayette – Beaujeu (40-50km) La Clayette - Saint-Didier-sur-Beaujeu

Once you have climbed back out of the Charolais, your route takes you on a high level traverse of the Beaujolais hills. The road winds back and forth between sturdy summits carpeted in thick forest. In warm weather, this upland oasis forms a welcome breath of fresh air. As you approach Beaujeu, the ancient capital of the Beaujolais region, so the vineyards start to reappear and with it a return to a more populated landscape.
A picnic will be prepared to nourish you during the day’s cycling.
Objectif France will book and pay for your evening meal (excluding drinks).

40 - 50 km
Positive Elevation Gain: 416 m, Descent: 462 m

Accommodation:
Guesthouse


Day 7 Beaujeu – St Amour (35km) Saint-Didier-sur-Beaujeu - Saint-Amour-Bellevue

After a relaxing descent out of Beaujeu by another pleasant cycle lane, you will traverse north across the region of the “Crus”. The route takes you through a number of charming villages such as Regnié Durette, Fleurie and Jullié. By hugging the slopes where vines and forest meet, you will experience constant great views across the Saône Valley and Beaujolais hills. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop off in a number of the vineyards and sample the local wine.
A picnic will be prepared to nourish you during the day’s cycling.
Objectif France will book and pay for your evening meal (excluding drinks).

35 km
Positive Elevation Gain: 138 m, Descent: 171 m

Accommodation:
Guesthouse


Day 8 Departure Saint-Amour-Bellevue

After breakfast Objectif France will organise your return to Lyon airport, or Macon or Lyon TGV train stations.

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