The Burgundy region offers a natural heritage, rich in both history
and specially in art. Since ancient times, its geographical position made it a
crossroads for communications between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe which
brought great prosperity as it famous wines magnified during the Middle Ages.
Region of famous abbeys, departure point for the crusades and pilgrimage centre,
Burgundy has attracted the crowds and political figureheads through-out the centuries.
We are going to discover two aspects:
After leaving the Southern highway we reach the Serein valley at Chablis,
surrounded by vineyards: visit to a local cellar and taste the white wine, one
of the world's best. Lunch in the "Bistrot des grands crus"
(or similar) – drink not included.
Continue to Vézelay, the " eternal hill", village classified
by UNESCO as one of its cultural world heritage sites: guided – visit to
the basilica dedicated to Saint Mary Madeleine, centre of Romanesque architecture
and sculpture, and which still keeps some relics of the saint.
Free time to browse around the village and maybe to taste some other Burgundy
red wines before returning to Paris.