This week you shall be truly Burgundian. You will amble along the canal side, meander through sleepy villages, climb the odd hill, tread the same ground as Julius Ceasar and marvel at some of the most incredible views around. You don’t have to cover great distances to experience this regions wonderful riches. Routes are kept to a leisurely 20 – 50k per day and we cycle mainly on canal tow paths and quiet country roads. If you want to opt out of a day or part day or even just a hill you can! If you want to stop to take in the views or a photo, so you shall. Of course if you want to push yourself we’ll provide you with break out routes and other challenges. Below is an example of a typical week with us. The order of rides and some visits may change to make the most of special events and festivals locally.
- Monday: The week will begin with what we shall call an acclimatisation day. After being fitted for your bikes you will potter along the flat and easy tow-paths of the Canal de Bourgogne via Braux to the tiny but majestic village of St. Thibault where a picnic feast shall await. The return journey is through a lush rolling landscape via the picture postcard hilltop village of St. Colombes and it’s chateau. Be prepared for the most breathtaking descent back into Marigny where home cooked dinner awaits you. You will be surprised how much ground you have covered by the end of this short day.
- Tuesday: Today we follow the canal north to Courcelles les Montbards and then head off on road to the best remaining example of a cistercian abbey in France. Abbaye de Fontenay is nestled amongst wooded hills and babbling streams – a most tranquil spot for a picnic. After lunch you will have the chance to visit the Abbey before heading back down to Les Granges and it’s Tuilerie and then onward to Marigny. Tonights dinner is at Ecluse 26, a simple canal side bar and grill. Should you feel like going further afield we will be happy to assist with reservations/taxis. This is the longest but flattest cycling day.
- Wednesday: A well earned rest this morning to explore Marigny, enjoy the pool, paint, read, sleep . We will then escort you to nearby Semur en Auxois. This medieval walled town oozes history with it’s cobbled lanes, vast towers and awe inspiring river valley . Here you will have the chance to lunch in one of the street side cafes and wander at your leisure. Then a leisurely ride back to Marigny for another home cooked feast.More sightseeing than cycling
- Thursday: Today is the day of conquests. A gentle rolling ride takes us to the base of Bussy Le Chateau. A short but challenging climb (or push) to its jewel in the crown, Chateau Bussy Rabutin, the 17 century home of exiled rude boy Roger de Bussy Rabutin. Picnic lunch en route to Alise – Ste – Reine and up to the well preserved Roman camp Alesia. This most important spot is the site of the Gauls last stand against Julius Caesar and the end of gaulish France. No hiding the climbs but back up will be provided !
- Friday: A late start and a long winding ride along the valley from Pouillenay to Vignoble de Flavigny for degustation and lunch. Enthused by wine you will embark on the biggest climb of the trip culminating in the biggest views! A chance to explore the location for the film Chocolat, complete with shop front. This 8th Century hill top town boasts a Benedictine abbey, Dominican Monastery, it’s very own sweet and truly ancient buildings. Coffee and cake in La Grange a veritable institution run by farmers wives and then the most satisfying descent of the week. Back early for packing and celebration A fitting climax to a memorable week
Here are some details of our accommodation >>>