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Beaujolais Cycling

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 805 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 840 Euro (EUR)

Beaujolais offers a wide variety of terrains and sites. It is an ideal region for serious yet relaxed cycling. 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!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Macon. Transfer to Creches sur Saone (63 km or 39 miles)

In Macon, we'll greet you and escort you to your lodgings at your ivy-draped 3-star property. After checking we will then outfit you with bikes and meticulously go over every itinerary detail before pointing you on your way. You'll follow a route that winds through a scenic landscape checkered with vineyards such as Saint-Verand and Pouilly-Fuisse. Today's mileage: 50 km (32 miles) or 60 km (38 miles) with rolling hills.

Day 2: Creches sur Saone to Belleville (71 km or 44 miles)

Your route will pass the Solutre rock formation, famous for its Paleolithic remains before riding through the landscapes and places that inspired Lamartine, the 19th century romantic poet. You'll eventually pedal into Cluny, home of the Abbey of Cluny. Built in 910, it towers as a monument to Romanesque architecture and church history. Your ride to Villie-Morgon will take you through the world-famous vineyards of Julienas, Saint-Amour, and Fleurie. Today's route: 60 km (37 miles) or 90 km (55 miles) includes some some good climbs.

Day 3: Loop around Belleville (70 km or 43 miles)

Are you ready for a day of rewarding climbs through "Green Beaujolais" (Beaujolais Vert) and its picturesque villages? If so, you won't be disappointed as our detailed directions will take you to the "Terrasse d'Avenas" that offers a superb panorama over the whole Beaujolais region, the Lyonnais (the Lyon region), and further away the impressive Alps with the Mont-Blanc. Once you're back at the hotel, Beaujolais Rouge ("Red Beaujolais") will follow "Green Beaujolais".

Day 4: Belleville to Vaux en Beaujolais (54 km or 34 miles)

Today's itinerary will take you through the "Mouin a Vent" vineyards and Romaneche where Georges Duboeuf's Wine Museum is located. Visit it or not. The decision is yours. Keep in mind that as a self-guided rider, you enjoy complete autonomy in deciding which sites to pass and which sites to marvel.

Day 5: Loop around Vaux en Beaujolais (two options: 35 km/22 miles or 66 km/41 miles)

Your last day's ride will take you through "Les Pierres Dorees" and its magnificent villages made of these "golden stones" before riding back through some vineyards of the southernmost part of Burgundy.

Day 6: Short loop and departure (30 km or 18 miles)

Although short, this loop is not devoid of interest and... climbing! It will take you to Mont-Brouilly (484 m or 1,450 ft.), the best viewpoint over the whole Beaujolais region.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Pricing: (From 805 Euros per person based on double occupancy)
- 805 euros April and October. Single supplement is 255 euros
- 825 euros May, June and Sept. Single supplement is 265 euros
- 840 euros July and August. Single supplement is 270 euros.

These prices include:
- 5-night accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties
- Daily breakfast (5)
- Daily dinner (5) - drinks not included
- Luggage transfers
- Greeting at the Macon train station
- Route notes and maps
- All tax and service charges
- Assistance if necessary (you will be given our local rep's cell/mobile number)

These prices do not include:
- Drinks
- Lunches
- Insurance
- Expenses of personal nature
- Rental bike (see specs below). Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 100 euros per bike. Road bikes are available at the rate of 145 euros/bike. This includes the delivery and pick-up fee.
- Transfer back to Macon (can be arranged on request)

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