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Le Tour de Bourgogne by bike

Canals & intimate rivers, Loop route
872 Km
Dijon(21)
Dijon(21)
Press the pause button to cycle, stop, discover, leave... whenever you want, as you wish, along a canal, an abandoned railway track or a small country road. For a few hours or a few days, on two wheels, on rollerblades or behind a stroller, go and meet people and heritage on the Tour de Bourgogne by bike. Two routes ideally calibrated for your first cycling experiences!

The Tour de Bourgogne allows you to travel all over Burgundy thanks to its network of itineraries. A real playground for family cycling holidays.

It consists of the various routes detailed below, which are linked together to form a magnificent network of cycle routes and greenways:

  • The Burgundy Canal which leads you from the gates of Auxerre to those of Dijon, 45% of greenways and 55% of towpaths,
  • The Vine Route which undulates from Dijon to Santenay and even Chalon, where you can reach the Canal du Centre (EuroVelo 6), on quiet small roads,
  • The Canal latéral à la Loire, Ariane's line to the pretty historic towns of Digoin, Bourbon-Lancy, Decize or Nevers, more than 40% of which are greenways,
  • The Canal du Centre de Chalon in Digoin, from the Saône to the Loire, this section of EuroVelo 6 in France uses the Canal du Centre which bypasses southern Burgundy, with nearly 40% of greenways,
  • The Canal du Nivernais, its greenway, part of the Tour de Bourgogne by bike, leads us to discover this little jewel from Auxerre to Decize, nearly 90% of which are greenways, South Burgundy, a superb cycling loop from Chalon to Mâcon, via the green lane of the Chalon coast and back by the blue lane near the Saône, from Mâcon to Chalon. More than 90% of greenways for the Côte chalonnaise.

Signeposting and route status

The Tour de Bourgogne is 83% open in both directions. 

All these routes are open but there are still some sections being finalized on the Canal du Nivernais, the Canal de Bourgogne and the Voie Bleue.

Route mainly on secure roads such as towpaths, greenways and small roads with very low traffic.

Services and accommodation for cyclists on Le Tour de Bourgogne

Many accommodations (campsites, hotels, cottages, bed and breakfast) Accueil Vélo are located less than 5 km from the itinerary and guarantee you quality services such as a closed garage for your bike for example.

We strongly recommend that you book your accommodation in advance, especially in tourist areas.

Trains and transport along Tour de Bourgogne

The gateway cities of the route are served by many trains accepting bicycles to and from Paris.

In particular the TGV Est trains to Dijon, Montbard, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saône, Le Creusot/Montchanin/Montceau-les-Mines, Mâcon-Loché. All these stations then provide TER connections to your departure point.
Dijon also has direct TGV links with Disneyland-Paris, Paris-Roissy and Lille airports (with Eurostar connections to London and Thalys to Brussels).
Direct connections by TGV exist with the South of France: Marseille/Montpellier-Dijon: 3 hours.
TGV links also exist from Switzerland: Zurich, Bern, Lausanne, Lausanne, Geneva.
See the information website on regional transport in Burgundy-Franche-Comté: http://viamobigo.fr/

The best cycling holiday breaks

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17,87 Km
Migennes / St-Florentin
Canals & intimate rivers
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Migennes / St-Florentin

The route is provisional on this stage of the Canal de Bourgogne à Vélo. It starts north of Auxerre at Vieux [...]

25,54 Km
St-Florentin / Tonnerre
Canals & intimate rivers
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St-Florentin / Tonnerre

Keeping close to Burgundy’s border with the Champagne region, this stage of the Burgundy canal by bike runs between [...]

29,81 Km
Tonnerre / Ancy-le-Franc
Canals & intimate rivers, Castles & Monuments
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Tonnerre / Ancy-le-Franc

This Burgundy Canal by Bike stage is along a greenway meandering around the limestone plateaux of the Tonnerrois area [...]

28,60 Km
Ancy-le-Franc / Montbard
Canals & intimate rivers
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Ancy-le-Franc / Montbard

This stage of the Burgundy Canal by Bike is on a greenway laid out along the towpath. After Ravières, the valley route [...]

13,30 Km
Montbard / Venarey-les-Laumes
Canals & intimate rivers
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Montbard / Venarey-les-Laumes

This stage of the Burgundy Canal by Bike goes from the Montbardois to the Auxois area, through lands rich in history. [...]

21,97 Km
Venarey-les-Laumes / Pont Royal
Canals & intimate rivers
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Venarey-les-Laumes / Pont Royal

The first part of this stage of the Burgundy Canal by Bike is dominated by the Mont-Auxois hill, where Caesar [...]

19,18 Km
Pont Royal / Pouilly-en-Auxois
Canals & intimate rivers
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Pont Royal / Pouilly-en-Auxois

After a hemmed-in part at Pont-Royal, this stage of the Burgundy Canal by Bike leads you up onto the so-called ‘roof [...]

25,23 Km
Pouilly-en-Auxois / la Bussière-sur-Ouche
Canals & intimate rivers
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Pouilly-en-Auxois / la Bussière-sur-Ouche

This is surely one of the most beautiful stages on the Burgundy Canal by Bike. The route takes you down the Ouche [...]

33,39 Km
La Bussière-sur-Ouche / Dijon
Canals & intimate rivers
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La Bussière-sur-Ouche / Dijon

Starting from Pont-de-Pany, this stage of the Canal de Bourgogne à Vélo links the Burgundy countryside to its [...]

24,05 Km
Dijon / Nuits-St-Georges
In the vineyards
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Dijon / Nuits-St-Georges

This stage of the Burgundy Vineyard Way by bike links the region’s elegant capital, Dijon, and the winemaking [...]

24,40 Km
Nuits-St-Georges / Beaune
In the vineyards
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Nuits-St-Georges / Beaune

This stage of the Burgundy Voie des Vignes à Vélo (Vineyard Way) links the region’s two most celebrated wine towns. [...]

22,81 Km
Beaune / Santenay
In the vineyards
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Beaune / Santenay

Between Beaune and Santenay, the Burgundy Vineyard Way takes you meandering through the region’s most famous wine [...]

17,69 Km
St-Léger-sur-Dheune / Montchanin
Nature & small heritage
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St-Léger-sur-Dheune / Montchanin

This stage, shared with the EuroVelo 6 route, takes you along a provisional cycle route through pretty Burgundian [...]

14,25 Km
Montchanin / Montceau-les-Mines
Canals & intimate rivers
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Montchanin / Montceau-les-Mines

Your cycling trip will be punctuated by many sites bearing witness to Southern Burgundy’s rich industrial past. The [...]

26,99 Km
Montceau-les-Mines / Palinges
Canals & intimate rivers
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Montceau-les-Mines / Palinges

This stage in Burgundy meanders between the Canal du Centre and Bourbince River. You pass significant vestiges left [...]

17,20 Km
Palinges / Paray-le-Monial
Canals & intimate rivers
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Palinges / Paray-le-Monial

Starting with the elegant Château de Digoine, you cross a part of Burgundy that takes you back in time, scattered with [...]

16,67 Km
Paray-le-Monial / Digoin
Canals & intimate rivers
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Paray-le-Monial / Digoin

You will ride your bicycle on an idyllic route from Paray-le-Monial to Digoin. A greenway meanders through utterly [...]

20,36 Km
Digoin / Gilly-sur-Loire
Canals & intimate rivers
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Digoin / Gilly-sur-Loire

On your bicycle, you pedal along the regional border between Burgundy and Auvergne. In fact, there’s a detour you can [...]

9,27 Km
Gilly-sur-Loire / Bourbon-Lancy
Canals & intimate rivers
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Gilly-sur-Loire / Bourbon-Lancy

You feel the irresistible pull of the Loire on this Tour de Bourgogne by bike stage. From Gilly-sur-Loire to the [...]

17,61 Km
Bourbon-Lancy / Cronat
Canals & intimate rivers
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Bourbon-Lancy / Cronat

This cycling stage in Burgundy meanders through gentle hills looking down on the Loire. Traditional farms are dotted [...]

29,34 Km
Cronat / Decize
Canals & intimate rivers
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Cronat / Decize

Between Loire and Burgundy, on this stage you enter the western Burgundian county of the Nièvre, also known as the [...]

14,63 Km
Decize / Cercy-la-Tour
Canals & intimate rivers
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Decize / Cercy-la-Tour

This final stage on the Nivernais Canal by Bike links up with the Loire Valley and the EuroVelo 6 cycle route. The [...]

35,41 Km
Cercy-la-Tour / Châtillon-en-Bazois
Canals & intimate rivers
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Cercy-la-Tour / Châtillon-en-Bazois

This stage of the Nivernais Canal by Bike takes you through the Bazois area, where cattle are reared. Enjoy the [...]

31,34 Km
Châtillon-en-Bazois / Chitry-les-Mines
Canals & intimate rivers
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Châtillon-en-Bazois / Chitry-les-Mines

After a long straight stretch, this stage of the Nivernais Canal by Bike takes you climbing through La Collancelle [...]

32,40 Km
Chitry-les-Mines / Clamecy
Canals & intimate rivers
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Chitry-les-Mines / Clamecy

This Nivernais Canal by Bike stage sticks close to the Yonne before the river comes down from the Morvan hills. The [...]

29,76 Km
Clamecy / Mailly le Château
Canals & intimate rivers
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Clamecy / Mailly le Château

This Nivernais Canal by Bike stage passes at the foot of impressive cliffs. Around here, the Yonne has carved out many [...]

32,38 Km
Mailly le Château / Auxerre
Canals & intimate rivers
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Mailly le Château / Auxerre

With this stage of the Nivernais Canal by Bike, you can leave the lively river port at Auxerre with ease. From the [...]

23,65 Km
Auxerre / Migennes
Canals & intimate rivers
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Auxerre / Migennes

This stage provides the link between the Burgundy Canal by Bike at Migennes and the Nivernais Canal by Bike at Auxerre. [...]

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