Take this rich and rewarding walk to experience authentic France, close up. Set off on a journey of exploration of the land, its people and history. Walk deep into the heart of France. Begin in Vézelay, spectacular, perched, and unforgettable, with its immense basilica of stunning interior lightness and stone carvings of such liveliness that they speak to us today. Your ultimate destination is Auxerre. This ancient Roman city crowds cathedrals among half-timbered houses. In between, contemplate gentle kilometres of walking, and a stellar line-up of accommodations.
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
5 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and map
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Any start day between may and October We recommend you to start your tour on a Tuesday to see the market in Vezelay held every wednesday
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US$1970
Single supplement: US$700
Luxe Accommodation: US$2170
Single supplement: US$800
Standing watch over the Cure Valley, Vézelay is easily recognizable from a distance with the Basilique Ste-Madeleine dominating the town’s landscape. The town has been a refuge for pilgrims throughout history, from Richard the Lionheart to modern-day Santiago de Compostela pilgrims. It’s an enchanting town filled with enticing alleyways, ramparts, relaxed cafes and a fascinating history. It’s a perfect springboard for your enchanting, relaxed and fascinating walking tour.
On a day walk from Vézelay, you’ll explore the clean, green hills of the Parc Régional du Morvan. Walk through the small but fascinating vineyards originally planted in the Middle Ages, devastated by phylloxera, then replanted beginning in 1975. Saint-Père-sous-Vézelay has a small but lovely church, and an interesting maker of wooden clogs!
Distance: 8 km.*
Head off on a Grande Randonnée route to the village of Vault-de-Lugny. It’s a charming site on the lovely Cousin River, but the real attraction is the château where you will be staying for two nights.
Distance: 14 km.*
Meander along the curves of the Cousin River to the confluence with the Cure. This is classic Burgundian scenery. Pastures dotted with white cows rise up gentle hills crowned with oak trees. The villages are built of a lovely brown stone, adorned with burgundy shutters and roofs. Today’s highlight is the beautiful town of Avallon, high above two ravines. Walk back or hop in a taxi to return to Vault-de-Lugny.
Distance: 16 km.*
Start with a taxi ride to Vincellotes, from where you follow the Canal du Nivernais and the Yonne River as you head to Auxerre. Choose to walk past Les Caves de Bailly to taste crémant, sparkling like champagne. The caves are deep in the hillside, in an ancient quarry. Auxerre is a wonderful destination. Originally Roman, the town boasts many churches, particularly the Cathédrale de St-Étienne rising high above the waterfront. Half-timbered houses crowd narrow streets which open into squares lined with smart shops.
Distance: 15 km.*
Linger in Auxerre before departing for other destinations.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This former post-house located in the heart of Burgundy has been renovated into a charming hotel. The 37 rooms and suites have great views, including some overlooking the magnificent countryside, and the hotel restaurant has an excellent reputation as offering the best food in town.
With 100 acres on the banks of the Cousin River, this historic 16th century luxurious chateau even has a moat and medieval tower dating from the 13th century. Rooms are decorated with tapestry, fine antiques and beamed ceilings and some open to the 100 acre parkland surrounding the chateau. You’ll appreciate the charm and elegance of this Bouguignon domaine.
Very close to the centre of Auxerre, this historic hotel, private park and pool offer the secluded charm of 19th century residences surrounded by hundred year old trees. Guest rooms are beautifully decorated and each is named after a Marshal of France. Relax in one of the comfortable, secluded lounges graced with Victorian style.
This 4-star, Relais & Chateaux property sits at the foot of Vezelay Abbey hill in the heart of extensive grounds. The décor is a harmonious blend of antique and contemporary and every room is distinct. The 2-star Michelin Restaurant here is world-renowned.
With 100 acres on the banks of the Cousin River, this historic 16th century luxurious chateau, now a 5-star hotel has a beautiful swimming pool in a splendid vaulted room, moat and medieval tower. Rooms are decorated with tapestry, fine antiques and beamed ceilings. (pool, spa, tennis)
Very close to the centre of Auxerre, the 4-star historic hotel, private park and pool are surrounded by a park with gardens and hundred year old trees.