Châlon-sur-Saône / Tournus Southern Burgundy by bike : Chalon-sur-Saône / Mâcon
At Tournus, head along Quai de la Marine and follow the rough track along the towpath. After 3 km, turn onto the small road to L’Epine to reach Gigny and Saint-Cyr. Take care on the busier roads between Saint-Cyr and Varennes. At Lux, make for the Saône, reached at Port-Guillot, then follow the river via a rough track taking you to the quays at Chalon. Note that this whole stage is for experienced cyclists with mountain bikes.
SNCF train services
Train stations at Tournus and Chalon
TER regional line Paris > Dijon > Beaune > Chalon > Mâcon > Lyon (numerous trains – you can transport your bike free of charge, although the number of spaces for bikes is limited)
Tournus: a good town for a stop-over – the historic town centre – the major Romanesque church of Saint-Philibert – Hôtel-Dieu (historic hospital turned history and arts museum) - Musée du Vélo (bike museum) - Saint-Loup-de-Varennes: the home of Nicéphore Niépce (inventor of photography) - Chalon-sur-Saône: an interesting stop-over town – beautiful houses beside the Saône quays - Cathédrale Saint-Vincent and its quarter – île St-Laurent, a renovated island with many restaurants – several high-quality museums, including the excellent Musée Nicéphore Niépce, devoted to photography, invented by the local man after whom the museum is named.
Tournus: Saturday mornings
Tournus: tel 03 85 27 00 20
Chalon: tel 03 85 48 37 97