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Greenways, vineyards and canals – Le Tour de Bourgogne à vélo

Bike Touring Collection by Perrine

10

Tours

41:46 h

425 mi

8,250 ft

With this Collection, I take you to Burgundy in France, renowned for its remarkable heritage, characterful towns and villages, gentle hills and, of course, its excellent vineyards.

I’ve divided the 700-kilometre (435 mi) Tour de Bourgogne à vélo into 10 stages, each between 50 and 90 kilometres (31 and 56 mi) long. You can ride them in either direction, in one go or in parts. In this Collection, I suggest starting towards the west and saving the section through the wine regions of Côte d'Or and Côte de Nuits for the end of your trip. This means you can bring back a few bottles of wine as a souvenir of your adventure.

Officially known as the V51, the route combines five major cycling routes: the Burgundy canal, Nivernais canal, Centre canal, voie des Vignes, South Burgundy and the Loire in Burgundy. It also overlaps with the EuroVelo 6 in several places.

The route is fairly easy and flat as you ride along waterways and greenways through vineyards. Over 10 days, you explore all the riches of Burgundy: its architecture, industrial and historical heritage, castles, churches and abbeys.

This Tour is particularly well suited to those new to cycle touring who want to try out touring on an accessible route that has plenty of comforts along the way such as shops, restaurants, hotels and cultural sights.

The start and end points of Le Tour de Bourgogne are easily accessible by train from Dijon.

You can ride the route all year round, but April to October have more comfortable weather conditions.

Take a look at the Burgundy Tourism website; it’s a goldmine of information for preparing your trip: bourgogne-tourisme.com

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Le grand tour de Bourgogne à vélo

408 mi

7,950 ft

7,950 ft

Last updated: February 10, 2022

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    Étape 1 : De Dijon à Pouilly-en-Auxois — Le grand tour de Bourgogne à vélo

    Intermediate
    03:33
    36.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,150 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The inaugural stage of this grand tour of Burgundy begins in Dijon, capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. It is also nicknamed "the city of a hundred steeples". Between abbeys, parishes and cathedrals, Dijon has a rich history and an important and well-preserved religious heritage. On the outskirts of the

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    46.2 mi
    8.9 mph
    250 ft
    925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It is a pleasant second day along the Burgundy Canal which is looming. About 70 kilometers and not even 100 meters of altitude difference, we can say that today it will roll! You pedal on the towpath, converted into a pedestrian and cycle path. It allows you to enjoy the calm and the landscape. In the

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  • Intermediate
    04:03
    42.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    200 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this third stage you can admire the architecture of the villages, as well as the two superb Renaissance castles of Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay.

    

    After six kilometers you pass in front of the Bistrot du Canal, a fine example of an old lock converted into a small bistro with bucolic charm.

    

    In Ancy-le-Franc

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    47.7 mi
    9.5 mph
    500 ft
    475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You take the road again along the Burgundy canal and through a landscape punctuated by rows of vines.

    

    After about twenty kilometers, you head south and leave the banks of the Burgundy Canal to join those of the Yonne.

    

    At kilometer 40 you are in Auxerre, one of the biggest cities you will see on this route

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  • Difficult
    05:30
    58.3 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you cycle along the Yonne. It is a parade of cliffs, including the Rochers du Saussois, a climbing spot that you can admire around kilometer 5.

    

    At Clamecy, I suggest you briefly leave the banks of the Yonne to cross this small medieval town, the former capital of timber floating. A museum is also

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    32.2 mi
    11.1 mph
    350 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this stage, the Nivernais canal takes the Aron valley and follows it almost all the way to Decize. Today, wild landscapes mingle with castles and Romanesque churches.

    

    You leave Châtillon-en-Bazois along the estate of the castle, a real nugget of Burgundian heritage. You follow the Canal du Nivernais

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    48.8 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,000 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you are traveling on small, quiet roads through a hilly bocage landscape, dotted with a few ponds.

    

    At kilometer 57, you have a choice: if you like elevation, the official “Tour de Bourgogne” route goes into the hills on the right bank of the Loire. If you prefer to ride on the flat, I take you on

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    39.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You leave Digoin via the greenway which winds slowly and in absolute calm, according to the curves of the Canal du Center animated by pleasure boats.

    

    You then head north, with a section that winds between the Canal du Center and the Bourbince river.

    

    In Palinges, you pass in front of the Renaissance castle

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    41.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    No greenway on the first part of today's route but a quiet little road that runs along the canal.

    

    For architecture lovers, Villa Perrusson is located at kilometer 17, on the other side of the bridge. This house with colorful tiles is a little gem of the 19th century, a veritable catalog of know-how in

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    32.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,000 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tenth and last stage is of great oenological intensity! It connects the most famous cities of the Burgundy vineyard. The route takes the small roads that wind between villages with prestigious appellations including Clos de Vougeot, which I recommend you visit.

    

    Lovers of good wine are salivating

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    425 mi
  • Duration
    41:46 h
  • Elevation
    8,250 ft

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