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.
Pricing: (From 805 Euros per person based on double occupancy)
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