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Beaujolais Cycling

Ce voyage à vélo dans le Beaujolais traverse des villages très pittoresques. 5
Cycling in Beaujolais through its vineyards and beautiful villages This cycling tour takes you to vineyards of Beaujolais Admire the magnificent landscape of Beaujolais Take a tour in beautiful countryside villages Admire the ancient architecture in the countryside of Beaujolais
Ce voyage à vélo dans le Beaujolais traverse des villages très pittoresques.

Beaujolais Cycling

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  • PriceFrom 860 euros
  • DAY5 nights / 6 days

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Description

Come and experience all that the Beaujolais region has to offer! (And no, it’s not just wine!) This beautiful region offers a wide variety of terrains for cycling and many historical sites, as well as vineyards for as far as the eye can see. Stop and picnic in the shade of a castle, or take a break and do a wine tasting. It’s the beauty of self-guided tours; the choice is up to you! 

This region is ideal for riders who are hoping to do some serious, yet relaxed cycling. You will experience many different towns in the Beaujolais region, each with its own beauty and charm. This tour starts from Macon, a city conveniently serviced by high-speed TGV trains. With an average daily mileage of 70 km (approx. 45 miles), it is a rather athletic tour designed for riders in shape, an ideal training program before proceeding to the nearby Alps!

 

For travel and cycling tips to Beaujolais and Burgundy, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrive in Mâcon. Loop from Mâcon 66 km/41 miles, 1,315 meters/4,320 ft of climbing

 

After checking into your hotel in Mâcon, we will outfit you with your bikes and go over the daily itinerary before pointing you on your merry way. You'll follow a route that winds through a scenic landscape checkered with vineyards such as Saint-Verand and Pouilly-Fuisse, along with the hard-to-miss Solutré rock formation, famous as a prehistoric site of the eponymous Solutrean Paleolithic culture.

D2Mâcon to Villié-Morgon 65 km/40 miles, 1,470 meters/4,825 ft of climbing

 

Leaving Mâcon, your route will take you through the world-famous vineyards of Julienas, Saint-Amour,
Fleurie, and Moulin-à-Vent. Feel free to take a short break and sample some of their viticultural varieties,
or make a pit stop in Romaneche, home to Georges Duboeuf’s Museum of Wine! Don’t indulge too much
though, for the pace picks up from here with some rewarding climbs in the “Terrasse d’Avenas”, a
beautiful area that offers superb panoramic views of the entire Beaujolais region. A nice descent finds you
in Beaujeu, the town that gives the region its name! Visit its 12th-century church, then continue the last 10
kilometers (6 miles) to Villié-Morgon.

D3Loop around Villié-Morgon 54 km/33 miles, 1,004 meters/3,294 ft of climbing

 

After breakfast, continue your exploration of the “Beaujolais Vert” (Green Beaujolais)! Heading south out of Villié-Morgon, you’ll start on an easy stretch along the Voie Verte du Beaujolais, a 15km greenway winding through the idyllic countryside. Don’t let it fool you though, as there’s climbing to come as you follow quiet roads along vineyards and charming villages with more stunning views of the surrounding landscape before looping back to Villié-Morgon. Once you're back at the hotel, feel free to relax and enjoy some of the Beaujolais rouge.

D4Villié-Morgon to Vaux-en-Beaujolais 63 km/39 miles, 1,425 meters/4,670 ft of climbing

 

Can’t get enough of the beautiful Beaujolais scenery? No problem. Today’s ride includes a climb up Mont-
Brouilly (484 m / 1,450 ft.), offering one of the best viewpoints of the entire region. The mountain itself is
quite picturesque, its slopes covered with Côte-de-Brouilly vines and its summit crowned by a 19thcentury
chapel that remains a site of pilgrimage. From here, the route begins to climb in earnest, leading
you along hillside routes through lush woods before a final descent into the charming village of Vaux-en-
Beaujolais. Fun fact: besides its wine, the village is also known for inspiring the fictional town of
Clochemerle in Gabriel Chevallier’s satirical novel of the same name.

D5Loop around Vaux-en-Beaujolais three options: 29 km/18 miles, 800 meters/2,615 ft of climbing - 36 km/23 miles, 1,015 meters/3,330 ft - 69 km/43 miles, 1,735 meters/5,685 ft of climbing

 

Your last day's ride will take you through "Les Pierres Dorées" and its magnificent villages made of these
"golden stones" before riding back through some vineyards of the southernmost part of Burgundy. Buy a
bottle of wine (or two) to bring home and share with your friends and family. Or take a last couple of
pictures to share with your neighbors, the choice is yours. With three different length rides to choose
from, you can go as long as you want, as hard as you want. It’s the perfect end to your cycling in
Beaujolais adventure!

D6Departure

 

After breakfast, take your time and prepare for the next part of your adventure and your transfer to Lyon.

Booking & Prices

  • For 2 riders
  • 4 nights in a 3-star hotel and 1 night in a 4-star hotel

  • 995 euros. Single supplement is 290 euros
  • For 4 riders or more
  • 4 nights in a 3-star hotel and 1 night in a 4-star hotel

  • 860 euros. Single supplement is 290 euros

These prices include:

  • 5 nights' accommodation (4 nights in a 3-star hotel and 1 night in a 4-star hotel)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Vaux-en-Beaujolais to Lyon (on Day 6)
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep's mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 110 euros per bike. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike. These prices include the delivery and pick-up fee.

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