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Bicycling

Burgundy boasts nearly 3000km of cycling paths. The fittest cyclists should head for the Morvan and Val Suzon hillsides near Dijon. Green paths (voies vertes) and véloroutes are less strenuous.

Franche-Comté Cyclotourism League – t 03 84 76 75 53 - www.ffcyclotourismefranchecomte.org

Franche-Comté Regional Board of Cycling – t 03 81 52 17 13 - www.franchecomtecyclisme.fr

Burgundy Cycling Board – t 03 85 86 17 34 - ffcbourgogne.com

Green paths – www.voiesvertes.com

Tour de Bourgogne à vélo®

The aim is to create an 800-km loop of green paths and bicycle paths that will cover the length and breadth of the region.

Information: www.la-bourgogne-a-velo.com

Grande traversée du Jura (GTJ)

This classic mountain bike trail is open from May to October. It offers a superb 380km route from Montbéliard in the Doubs to Hauteville-Lompnes in the Ain. The bicycling variation of the GTJ (360km from Montbéliard to Culoz in the Ain) is split into 10 sections of around 35km.

Bicycling Holidays

Several companies organise bicycling holidays:

Burgundy Holidays – t 03 80 22 06 03 - www.detours-in-france.com (in English)

Dilivoyage – t 03 80 24 24 82 - www.dilivoyage.com (in English)

France Randonnée – t 02 99 67 42 21 - www.france-randonnee.fr (in English)

France à vélo – t 03 86 42 35 96 - www.franceavelo.com (in English)

Yonne Leisure – t 03 86 72 92 00 - more details on www.tourisme-yonne.com (in English)


Canoe-kayaking and rafting

The following sites are good for canoeing: Autun, les Settons, Chaumeçon, Panthier-en-Auxois, Bazolles.

AB Loisirs – At St-Père - t 03 86 33 38 38 - www.abloisirs.com. Organises outings down the Cure and Yonne in canoe-kayaks and some rafting expeditions in the Morvan.

Morvan Leisure activities – t 03 86 31 90 10 - www.loisirsenmorvan.com. Rafting and hydrospeed.

Burgundy Canoe Kayaking Board – t 03 80 49 32 83.

Franche-Comté Regional Board – t 03 81 48 29 19 - www.crck.org/franchecomte


Climbing

Head for the region of Clamecy (Surgy, Basseville and Saussois and its overhanging rocks; Saffres, near Vitteaux, is very popular at weekends; Bouilland, Hauteroche and Vieux-Château are for hardened climbers; Chambolle-Musigny and Talant, near Dijon, are ideal for beginners. Without forgetting Vergisson, Solutré, St-Denis-de-Vaux and mont Rome.

French Federation of Mountains and Climbing – t 01 40 18 75 50 - www.ffme.fr


Golf

Burgundy is home to 19 golf courses, including 11 18-hole courses, in all 4 départements.

Burgundy Golf League – www.lbgolf.fr


Hiking

Grande and Petite randonnée Trails

Two trails run from north to south through the Franche-Comté: the GR 5 , which runs along the Swiss border and the GR 59, which skirts the border to the west. Two other trails criss-cross the Doubs: the GR 590 , which links the Loue and Lison valleys, departing from Ornans, and the GR 595 which joins up with the GR 59 and GR 5, from Montfaucon (near Besançon) to Maison-du-Bois (near Pontarlier). The GR 559 goes through the Jura from Lons-le-Saunier to Rousses via Ilay and Bonlieu. The GR 9 , which runs through Jura from west to east from Saint-Amour to Rousses, then heading south. The GR 5 and GR 9 are part of the Grande Traversée du Jura (GTJ)which provides hikers with over 400km of walks.

Burgundy, for its part, is home to some 6000km of signposted trails, which provide an alternative picture of the region: the Loire islands, around Decize and the Bec d’Allier and their amazing wildlife; the forest of Cîteaux in Côte-d’Or and that of Vauluisant (crossed by the south by the GR2); the Puisaye countryside, in the footsteps of Colette; the medium altitude mountain range of the Morvan and the Mâcon villages, in the footsteps of Lamartine, etc.

The region is also traversed by the GR13 (from Fontainebleau to Bourbon-Lancy).

Burgundy Regional Board of Hiking – t 03 80 43 15 64 - crrpbourgogne@wanadoo.fr

French Federation of Hiking – t 01 44 89 93 93 - www.ffrp.asso.fr

St James Way

The Vézelay Path goes through Burgundy via the Nièvre over 149km, leading to the Basilica of Ste-Madeleine from Vézelay to Nevers. Information: www.chemins-compostelle.com (cultural, practical and logistical information) or Compostelle 2000 - t 01 43 20 71 66 - www.compostelle2000.com


Horse trekking

For a timeless holiday, it is possible to explore the Morvan in equipped horse-drawn caravans.

Information: Autun Morvan Tourisme - t 03 85 86 14 41 - www.burgundy.tourism.com (in English)

Burgundy Regional Equestrian Tourist Board –t 03 80 38 29 95 - www.tourismequestre.com

Franche-Comté Regional Equestrian Tourist Board – t 06 81 23 35 59.

Cluny National Stud Farm – t 03 85 59 85 00.

www.tourisme-equestre.fr – Equestrian itineraries by département.


Jura Wine Route

Interprofessional Jura Wine Bureau – t 03 84 66 24 14 - www.laroutedesvinsdujura.com


River cruises

Nearly 1200km of canals await boating enthusiasts. There is no lack of navigable waterways, such as the Burgundy canal, Nivernais canal, Centre canal, Saône valley and Val de Loire canals.

River tourism information – www.house-boat.net (in English), www.bateau-de-bourgogne.com (in English), www.canalous-plaisance.fr

Live aboard boats

Live aboard craft are fitted out for 2 to 12 people. Boats are hired without captains and do not require a permit. Information: t 03 86 72 92 00 - www.bourgogne-tourisme.com (in English)

Hotel barges

Burgundy is home to some thirty hotel barges, with full board hotel facilities and 2- to 7-day cruises.

Boating excursions

Boating excursions are an excellent way of exploring rivers and canals for a few hours. Boarding points are located at Auxerre, Pouilly-en-Auxois, St-Jean-de-Losne, Chalon-sur-Saône, La Truchère, Ecuisses, Digoin, Montsauche-les-Settons and Bazolles.


Spas

Divonne-les-Bains – t 04 50 20 05 70 - www.valvital.fr

Lons-le-Saunier – t 03 84 24 20 34 - www.valvital.fr

Luxeuil-les-Bains – t 03 84 40 44 22 - www.luxeuil.fr

Salins-les-Bains – t 03 84 73 04 63 - www.thermes-salins.com

Celtô – At Bourbon-Lancy - t 03 85 89 06 66 - www.celto.fr

Spa establishment – At St-Honoré-les-Bains - t 03 86 30 73 27 - www.saint-honore-les-bains.com (in English)

Spa establishment – At Bourbon-Lancy - t 03 85 89 18 84 - www.bourbon-lancy.com

National union of spa establishments – t 01 53 91 05 75 - www.france-thermale.org


Wine

Wine routes

Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route – t 03 80 65 92 61 - www.route-des-grands-crus-de-bourgogne.com (in English)

Yonne Vineyard Route – t 03 86 42 42 22. Map on www.yonne.cci.fr.

The N 74 road, from Dijon to Beaune, goes through the renowned wine villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot and Vosne-Romanée, among others…

Interprofessional Burgundy Wine Bureau – t 03 80 25 04 80 - www.vins-bourgogne.fr (in English). The BIVB provides a wide range of information and publishes several wine brochures, including an excellent map, La Route des vins de Bourgogne , together with an annual guide, Bourgogne en fêtes that indicates all wine-related events.

Beginner’s courses

Burgundy Wine School – t 03 80 26 35 10 - www.ecoledesvins-bourgogne.com (in English)

Sensation Vin – t 03 80 22 17 57 - www.sensation-vin.com (in English)


Winter sports

Espace nordique jurassien - t 03 84 52 58 10 - http:/// (in English). Provides information about sites suitable for Nordic activities (cross-country skiing, snowshoes, dog sledding) in the Jura range and for documentation about hikes and holidays.

Cross-country skiing

The Jura range is home to some 3000km of signposted trails. The most well known resorts are located in the Valserine valley (La Vattay), Mouthe valley , Monts Jura , Rousses and Métabief-Mont d’Or .

Alpine skiing

Jura has three resorts: Les Rousses, Métabief-Mont d’Or, Monts Jura.

Association of French winter sports resorts-Ski France – t 01 47 42 23 32 - www.skifrance.fr (in English)

French Federation of Skiing –t 04 50 51 40 34 - www.ffs.fr

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