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Burgundy Canal by bike

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Set off on a cycling holiday along the canals and rivers of the Canal de Bourgogne from Tonnerre. Discover typical villages and cycle all the way to Dijon!

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The Burgundy Canal by bike, discovering Burgundian heritage



The cycle path that runs along the Burgundy canal between Tonnerre and Dijon is an essential cycling route for cyclists. Discover the Burgundian heritage with cultural and gastronomic stops that will leave you with great memories.


Interests of the stay :

  • the renaissance castle of Tanlay
  • Ancy le Franc
  • Quincy Abbey
  • Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
  • the Abbey of Fontenay
  • the village of Commarin
  • Dijon


Day 1 - Tonnerre - Ancy le Franc / Pacy-sur-Armançon - 35 Km

Arrival in the morning in Tonnerre, reception and handling of the bikes before departure.
Discover on your journey, the magnificent renaissance castle of Tanlay. You can visit it or continue to discover the magnificent valley of the Abbey of Quincy where Maud awaits you to tell you the history of this place. The rest of this journey will take you to a second Renaissance work: the village of Ancy le Franc. Take advantage of a guided tour possible until 4 or 5 p.m. depending on the season.
Dinner and overnight in Chassignelles.


Day 2 - Ancy le Franc - Montbard - 25 Km

After breakfast, departure for Montbard. You will discover La Grande Forge de Buffon, and other lesser-known wonders, but all as charming as the mills, washhouses, churches, castles in Aisy or Rougemont. Take the time to discover and visit the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay.
Dinner and overnight in Montbard.


Day 3 - Montbard - Semur en Auxois - 35 to 57 km

The Burgundy Canal leaves the Brenne valley and rises gently towards its division reach. This is the Pouillenay ladder with 37 locks in 12 km: A real ordeal for the sailors! For cyclists, a chance to witness the captivating spectacle of lock maneuvers.
At the end of the day, you will be able to appreciate the calm at the edge of the Burgundy Canal.
Dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a charming residence.


Day 4 - Semur en Auxois - Châteauneuf- 50 Km

Crossing the Auxois and its groves with discovery of the Collegiate Church of St Thibault, the Château d'Eguilly, the Voûtes de Pouilly (the Burgundy Canal is underground), the village and the castle of Châteauneuf or that of Commarin. You probably won't have time to visit everything!


Day 5 - Châteauneuf - Dijon - 48 Km

You are now crossing the wildest part of the Burgundy Canal: the Ouche valley. A beautiful notch, narrow and tortuous, in the Burgundy limestone. In its perpendicular valleys you can admire the Château de Barbirey and the Abbey of Bussière.
Your last stage reaches Dijon via Lake Kir. Here you are in the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy and of gastronomy.
End of the tour and return by train to Tonnerre.


Day 6 : End of the circuit


Option :
Possibility of additional night and to do the Dijon loop with the discovery of the wonders of the “city of 100 spiers”:

  • the Palace of States
  • the Chartreuse de Champmol
  • the Philippe Le Bon Tower.
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General informations :

  • 6 days and 5 nights
  • Accommodation comfort level: 3 * (local standards)
  • Prices for children: contact us.


The dates :

  • Achievable between March and October
  • Departure from Tonnerre, from Monday to Thursday

Included :

  • Self-guided online tour
  • Half-board tour (except in Dijon)
  • Luggages transport
  • Roadbook : we will provide you with information on the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary for confirming your reservation, subject to change.
  • Assistance in case of breakdown (except puncture).


Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits other than those included in the program
  • Tourist tax to be paid on site.


The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Return train transfer from Dijon to Tonnerre 
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • cancellation insurance
  • Reduction from 4 people.
  • Bicy +: reduction in triple room, - €80 per person


Levels :
1 2 3 4 5 6


Ground :
Flat, very smooth roads and paths. Program with 80% cycle paths and towpaths. When the track is bad, small parallel roads with little traffic.


Weather :
Pleasant, little precipitation, localized rains.
Spring: 15/20 ° C - Summer: Hot and dry 25/30 ° C.


28 to 57 km of hiking per day, or about 3 to 4 hours of cycling.
Easy to follow route, accessible to all cyclists.


Bibliography :

Bike guide: the tour of Burgundy by bike 


Standard Accommodation :
Hotels ** and *** and charming guest rooms, with rooms equipped with shower and toilet.


Additional nights :
An additional night is offered to you at the start and end of your stay.


Food :

  • Breakfasts: generous (coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, butter, bread, jam, orange juice) or buffet.
  • Lunches: not included
  • Dinners: at the hotel or at the host's.


The bike :

  • Rental bike: 21-speed VTC which will be given to you upon your arrival. A security deposit will be requested. At the end of the tour, you will have to leave this bike at the starting point
  • Personal bike: We do not recommend bikes with small tires. Hybrid bikes and mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to check your bicycle before setting off.

At the end of the tour, you will need to take care of your own bicycle.


Assistance :
Assistance in the event of breakdown (except punctures for which we do not intervene).


Return transfer by train :
We can book your return by train. In this case, your ticket is in the file given to you on arrival.

Luggage :
They are transported by a courier or by our team and limited to one piece of luggage per person (max. 20 kg).


Roadbook :
We will provide you with detailed maps and a description of the routes when you arrive at the first hotel. We will also give you vouchers for hotels and restaurants as well as luggage tags.


Transport :

  • By train: regional station (TER) in Tonnerre.
  • By road: Tonnerre is on the A6 (Paris-Lyon)
  • By plane: Auxerre or Paris airport


Your vehicle :
A parking space is possible at the first hotel, payable locally or car parks near the hotel.

Cancellation insurance :
In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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