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Burgundy Canal from Tonnerre to Dijon

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Discover Burgundy's historic and cultural heritage by bike during this exceptional trip on the Canal de Bourgogne. Ride on a greenway suitable for everyone!

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The greenway that runs along the Burgundy canal between Tonnerre and Dijon is a treat for cycle tourists. This cycling tour offers you an adventure in the heart of Burgundy's heritage with cultural and gastronomic stops that will leave you with great memories.


Interests of the stay:

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

Day 1 - Arrival in Tonnerre and journey to Pacy-sur-Armançon /Ancy le Franc - 35 Km


Arrival in the morning in Tonnerre, reception, handling of the bicycles and departure.
First stop at the magnificent renaissance castle of Tanlay. You can visit it or venture into the magnificent valley of the Abbey of Quincy where Maud awaits you to make you relive the great hours of this place. The rest of the stage will lead you to a second renaissance work: Ancy le Franc. Immerse yourself in this place and let you tell its story, with a guided tour possible until 4 or 5 p.m. depending on the season.
Dinner and overnight in Chassignelles.


Day 2 - Circuit from Ancy le Franc to Montbard - 25 Km


After a good breakfast, head east towards Montbard. You will discover La Grande Forge de Buffon, and other lesser-known wonders, but just as beautiful as the mills, washhouses, churches, castles in Aisy or Rougemont. If you arrive early, don't hesitate to visit the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay.
Dinner and overnight in Montbard.


Day 3 - Loop circuit around Montbard

Two possible options today with:

A day of rest and enjoy the aquatic center of Montbard
A loop around Montbard to discover Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Alésia, Bussy-Rabutin or even Semur-en-Auxois. Some elevation changes on this route but a route rich in heritage.
Dinner and overnight at the same hotel in Montbard.


Day 4 - Circuit from Montbard to Semur en Auxois - 35 to 57 km


The Burgundy Canal leaves the Brenne valley to rise 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 multiplied chance to witness serenely the captivating spectacle of lock maneuvers.
In the evening, take the time to appreciate the calm of the edge of the Burgundy Canal.
Dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a charming residence.


Day 5 - Circuit from Semur en Auxois to Vandenesse en Auxois or Châteauneuf - 50 Km


You cross the Auxois and its groves and discover its treasures such as 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 as well as the castle of Commarin. You will not have time to visit everything.


Day 6 - Circuit from Châteauneuf to Dijon - 50 Km


You drive in the wildest part of the Burgundy Canal: the Ouche valley. A beautiful notch, narrow and tortuous, in the Burgundy limestone. Perpendicular valleys hide gems such as the Château de Barbirey and the Abbaye de la Bussière.
Then you take the direction of Dijon by Lake Kir. Welcome to the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy and of gastronomy.
End of the tour and return by train to Tonnerre.


Day 7 - End of the cycle tour on the Burgundy Canal

Your trip ends after breakfast. You can take advantage of your day to visit the city of Dijon, capital of Burgundy.

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General informations :

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

The dates :


Achievable between April and October 2024
- Departure from Tonnerre, every day except Sunday.

Included :

  • Self-guided online tour
  • Half-board tour (dinners included 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 transfer to Tonnerre minibus
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • cancellation insurance
  • Reduction from 4 people.

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.




- 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).



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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