6-day bike tour : discovering the history of the Brionnais

Cycling

Thematic

Cycling

Location

Brionnais in Burgundy

Duration

6 days / 5 nights

Level

Medium - confirmed

Accomodation

Guest house, hotel

Participants

From 1 person

From 510 / Person

Description

Discover the Brionnais, Burgundy's Romanesque garden, at your own pace, along small country roads, by bike.

We propose to take you on a tour of the Charolais Brionnais, along the small roads of this magnificent countryside, while passing through the remarkable towns of this fabulous bocage: Paray le Monial, Charolles, La Clayette, Digoin, Charlieu...

Leave your car behind, live your holidays in a different way: get on your bike to finally take the time to enjoy the landscapes, to feel the wind on your face and to simply taste the pleasure of being together!

Your stay in pictures


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Program

Day 1
  • From Melay to Saint-Edmond:

    From Melay, you leave your car and head for La Bénisson-Dieu, where there is a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1138. The more courageous can go to a former gravel pit which has been rehabilitated: it is a magnificent place on the banks of the Loire to observe birds. You can then take the greenway along the canal to Charlieu where you can visit the Benedictine abbey and its gothic cloister (guided tour possible).

Day 2
  • From Saint-Edmond to Amanzé:

    A day that will take you through the hills of the Brionnais, or for the more courageous through the mountain of Dun, to the charming little town of La Clayette. There you can visit the park of the castle and outside the town the castle of Drée and its magnificent rose garden.

Day 3
  • Day trip to Amanzé:

    A day in loop around Amanzé with several possible circuits: if we are on Wednesday, we propose you the visit of the cattle market of Saint Christophe en Brionnais, cradle of the Charolais breed. This market dates from the end of the 15th century, and is one of the oldest in France. A guided tour, with tasting of Charolais meat at the end, definitely not to be missed! Whatever the day of this hike, you will also pass by the church of Varennes l'Arconce, one of the most important Romanesque churches in the region. It is a former Cluniac priory from the 11th century. Here again, you will appreciate Romanesque art in its purest and simplest form.

Day 4
  • From Amanzé to Paray-le-Monial:

    You will join the magnificent little valley of the Arconce, to go to Charolles, ancient city of the Dukes of Burgundy. The city of Charles the Bold, situated at the confluence of the Arconce and its tributary the Semence, is dotted with numerous flowery footbridges which have earned it the nickname "Little Venice of the Charolais". The old count's castle was an imposing fortress, dominating the present town, of which two towers remain.

Day 5
  • From Paray-le-Monial to Anzy le Duc:

    You are staying close to Paray le Monial and we suggest that you start your day by visiting this beautiful town. The cobbled streets of the historic centre are a reminder of the town's medieval past. They invite you to stroll from the Hôtel de Ville, decorated with an Italian-style façade, to the Hiéron museum, a monument not to be missed in the town, passing by the half-timbered houses or the Tour Saint-Nicolas.

    And above all, you should visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which is the jewel of Romanesque art and the best preserved model of Cluniac architecture in Burgundy.
    The church was built in the 12th century by Hugues de Semur, the most important abbot of Cluny. This ancient priory, intact in its elevation, gives an image of the splendour of the abbey of Cluny. Guided tours can be organised depending on the period you come. After this visit of Paray le Monial, you will follow the green way parallel to the Loire. Then you will have to take the green way which will lead you to Digoin and its famous canal bridge over the Loire. You will then take the small road wedged between the Loire and the canal from Roanne to Digoin which will lead you to your evening stage.

Day 6
  • From Anzy le Duc to Melay:

    At the beginning of your hike, we suggest you make a small diversions to the Romanesque church of Anzy le Duc. Built at the end of the 11th century and the beginning of the 12th century, this church is one of the most beautiful in Southern Burgundy. It is also one of the oldest monasteries in this country, founded in the 9th century by the monks of Saint-Martin d'Autun. This monastery prospered in the Middle Ages thanks to the pilgrimage to the tomb of its founder, Hugues de Poitiers. The presence of a crypt is unique in the Charolais-Brionnais region and this architectural choice, made by the monks in the 11th century, was intended to bear witness to the age of the foundation. The nave, with its remarkable sculpted decoration, as well as the elegant octagonal bell tower, complete the beauty and interest of the site. You will then pass through the medieval village of Semur en Brionnais. The castle was built from the 10th century on a promontory overlooking the Loire, to serve as an observatory and fortified defensive post against the Norman and Hungarian invasions. In 1024, Hugues de Semur, the future Saint-Hugues, founder of the abbey of Cluny, was born here. Then once again, the greenway running parallel to the Loire, will allow you to finish this journey gently!

Useful information

Brionnais is a little unknown country in Burgundy, but it is a paradise for cyclists and hikers : paths absolutely every where that cross countless small roads : a paradise for hikers whether on foot or by bike!These three days will allow you to discover the Brionnais, the secret Romanesque garden of Burgundy : it is an authentic bocage that you will discover, where man for centuries has raised here the most famous cows in " the world", the Charolaise,  here hundreds of kilometers of paths lined with hedges have been preserved and it will be a delight for you to enjoy!The Brionnais is also a major stopover for lovers of Roman art. More than thirty Roman churches form an incomparable whole in France. On this hike, we offer optional guided tours of each of the churches encountered on the circuit.And in the evening, tired but relaxed, you will enjoy a nice stopover with the locals, welcomed as friends, at a table where you will be offered meals made with good local products!Cathy, Noah, the "Françoise" (there are three!),Martine, Marie Françoise, Marie Christine, somany partners with whom we have been working with confidence for some, 20 years! You will be received like dukes! We are in Burgundy, don'tforget!This stay is a hiking trip where meals and breakfasts are included at each stage and the luggage transported each day: so you leave ligthearted !So don't hesitate, go off the beaten track in Burgundy and offer yourself a short stay in a small, preserved and secret part of France.

These tours can be adapted each day to your level, so we can easily offer you longer or shorter tours! Do not hesitate to contact us.

Day 1 :

Medium difficulty: 34 km / D+: 358 m and D-: 261 m / max altitude: 380 m and min altitude: 254 m

Difficulty +: 46 km / D+: 435 m and D-: 331 m / max altitude: 382 m and min altitude: 253 m

Day 2 :

Easy difficulty: 32 km / D+: 444 m and D-: 456 m / max altitude: 470 m and min altitude: 338 m

Medium difficulty: 39 km / D+: 562 m and D-: 574 m / max altitude: 470 m and min altitude: 338 m

Difficulty +: 43 km / D+: 858 m and D-: 870 m / max altitude: 710 m and min altitude: 293

Day 3 :

Medium difficulty: 37 km / D+: 704 m and D-: 706 m / max altitude: 496 m and min altitude: 298 m

Day 4 :

Medium difficulty: 33 km / D+: 413 m and D-: 524 m / max altitude: 420 m and min altitude: 242 m

Day 5 :

Medium difficulty: 42 km / D+: 206 m and D-: 163 m / max altitude: 284 m and min altitude: 224 m

Day 6 :

Medium difficulty: 28 km / D+: 415 m and D-: 422 m / max altitude: 422 m and min altitude: 247 m

First evening : Half board accommodation in a guest house.

 

Second evening: Half board accommodation in a guest house.

 

Thirth evening :Half board accommodation in a guest house.

 

Fourth evening : Half-board accommodation in a hotel ** (swimming pool).

 

Fifth evening : Half board accommodation in a guest houses.

Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

However, we ask you to be reasonable : provide luggage that is not too bulky (preferably in a single bag), and whose weight does not exceed 13 kilos per person.

What you need and what you don't need :

  • shampoos and shower gel are not provided in the accommodation.
  • You will only carry a backpack with your day's belongings including the pic nic, we therefore recommend a 40 literbackpack (an insulated backpack is better to transport your pic nic).
  • Equip yourself with rain gear.
  • To avoid the consumption of plastic bottles, remember tobring one or two gourdes per person of at least 1.5 liters which will be filled each morning before your departure.
  • Do not forget the small emergency pharmacy (antiseptic,dressings, dressings for blisters, aspirin, anti mosquito andanti tick, tick puller, sunscreen, earplug ...).
  • Bed linen and towels are provided in each accommodation.

This hike is organised without a guide and under your own responsibility. We provide you with a hiking file which will be sent to you by mail or email, three weeks before the date of your arrival, with:

  • Contact details for accommodation.
  • IGN maps will be highlighted.
  • The route in .gpx format for GPS.
  • Departure from Melay, the day of your choice.
  • Parking : You have the option of parking your vehicle in a free public car park in Melay (or in the parking of the guest room where you slept if you arrive the day before).
  • Train access : shuttle bus from Roanne station or Le Creusot - Montchanin TGV station to Marcigny.
  • Dispersion in Melay.

In the case of abandonment along the way, skipped stage or other service not consumed because of the hikers, no reimbursement may be required.

We may sometimes have to modify the itinerary indicated : either at the level of the organization (problem of availability of accommodation, modification of the state of the ground, etc ...). These changes are always notified to you when booking.

You are the lonely judge of your strengths and your ability to manage unexpected situations (tiredness, weather, presence of animals, modification of the terrain, etc.).

We decline all responsibility in the event of an error on your part concerning the orientation (error or change of route) or the management of time (departure too late in the morning, picnic break too long ...).

You should be able to follow a route using a 1/25000 map, a self-written road map and clues in the field.

You are going to the village of Melay in Saône et Loire : department 71

The Saône et Loire is served by the A6, A39 and A40 motorways and by the Centre Europe Atlantique national road.

By road, Melay is 9 hours south of London, 7 hours south of Brussels and Bruges, 3 hours west of Geneva, 4 hours south of Paris, 2 hours south west of Dijon, 1.5 hours south west of Chalon sur Saone, 1.5 hours north west of Lyon, 1 hour west of Macon, and 20 minutes north of Roanne.

By train, enter as your destination: MARCIGNY

If you are coming from the North of France or Europe, you can stop at the TGV station of Le Creusot - Montchanin where you will take a bus that will drop you off an hour later at the Marcigny stop where a taxi will have to be booked to take you to your destination. If you are coming from the south of France or Europe, you must go to Roanne station where we will pick you up and a bus will drop you off at Pouilly sous Charlieu where a taxi must be booked to take you to your destination.

Information SNCF : 00 33 (0)8 92 35 35 35 - https://www.oui.sncf/billet-train

Bus company for the Le Creusot - Montchanin to Roanne TGV station shuttle: +33 (0)4 77 68 30 00

Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

However, we ask you to be reasonable : provide luggage that is not too bulky (preferably in a single bag), and whose weight does not exceed 13 kilos per person.

For 2 participants sharing the same room :

510 € / person on half board basis.

For 3 participants sharing the same room :

450 € / person on half board basis.

For 4 participants sharing the same room :

410 € / person on half board.

 

For single people, for people wishing to have separate rooms, a supplement will be indicated at the time of the estimate.

In all cases, these rates are given as an indication, according to your requests, an estimate will be established before booking.

These rates include :

  • The complete organisation of your hike.
  • Accommodation during the trek on a half-board basis from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4.
  • Luggage transport.
  • Tracks on IGN map for each day of the hike.
  • GPX tracks for each day of the hike, which can be downloaded before your arrival.

These prices do not include :

  • Drinks outside of meals and personal expenses.
  • Accommodation the day before and the last day of the hike (optional).


From 60 € per adult in a double room with half board.

From 45 € per additional adult (from 12 years old) in half board in the same room in the same room.

  • Transport to and from the starting point of the hike.
  • Guided tour of a Romanesque church along the route: 80 € regardless of the number of participants.
  • Insurance, including cancellation and interruption insurance (optional).
  • Picnic lunches + 10 € per person per day (possible option).
  • Bike rental + 80 € per bike or +160 € per electric bike

This hike is accessible all year round.

Options disponibles

  • An additional night with half board the day before and last the hiking
  • Guided tour of a Romanesque church : 80 €
  • Bike rental: + 80 € per bike and + 160 € per electric bike
  • Cancellation and interruption insurance
  • Pic nic : + 10 € per person and per day