Auxerre Véselay Tour

Auxerre Vézelay Tour, if you have a free day

210-km tour, with a visit to Véselay

Visit to Auxerre

Take the time to discover Auxerre while strolling through the old town, with its flagstone alleys and rows of timber-framed houses.
Walk under the Clock Tower (one of the three houses of Auxerre’s favourite son, Cadet Roussel), wander through the district of the Marine and its Place Saint Nicolas. Visit the cathedral of Saint Étienne and the Abbey Saint Germain, with its 9th-century frescos (the oldest known in France).

Arcy sur Cure

The underground cave of Arcy, the oldest in Europe (after the Chauvet Grotto in the Ardèche), hide invaluable testimonies of parietal art. This series of 11 grottoes carved by the river Cure show signs of successive human settlements for over 200,000 years. Discover these natural beauties, carved by water and limestone, revealing amazing shapes, over a 900-m, 12-stage course.
Open daily from April to November, from 10 h to 12 h and from 14 h to 17:30 h.

Vézelay, The Eternal Hill

Vézelay, a site which the UNESCO includes in its world inventory as one of the showplaces of Christendom. Its prosperity lasted but a few hundred years, from the 10th to the 13th century, when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, when princes, kings, popes and saints, came to venerate the relics of Mary Magdalene before leaving for Compostella or the Crusades. It was enough, though, for Véselay to stake a lasting claim to a place in Western history, one which survives to this day with the basilica of Sainte-Madeleine, an exceptional witness to what was, in Burgundy, the Romanesque acme of the 11th and 12th centuries. Véselay’s Magdalene means architecture of admirable proportions, splendid sculpted decorations, stunningly incorporated into the construction, and perhaps even more than this, it is the extraordinary light which seizes the visitor.
Free visits daily, from 8 h to 20 h.

Castle of Bazoches, Home of the Maréchal de Vauban

The feudal castle of Bazoches (12th C.) features a trapezoidal architecture consisting of four towers and a dungeon surrounding an indoor court. Bazoches was acquired in 1675 by the Maréchal de Vauban. It is here, particularly in the castle’s great gallery, that de Vauban carried out the studies and drew the plans of over 300 works and fortifications, converting him into the undisputed master of military architecture. The current owners, descendants of Charlotte de Vauban, the Marshall’s oldest daughter, painstakingly preserve many souvenirs of their famous ancestor, among luxurious furniture.
Open from 30 June to 05 November, from 9:30 h to 12 h and 14:15 h to 17 h.

Noyers sur Serein

Noyers sur Serein is one of the most beautiful villages in France. The medieval city displays its exceptional charms: remarkable architecture from the 13th to the 18th Century (flagstone squares and streets, timber-framed houses, lava-stone and old tile roofs), art galleries and museums, walks along old moats, along the river, or on the site of the former castle.

Jean Michel Lorain

Propos de Chef

Jean Michel Lorain

Relais & chateaux
Relais & Châteaux La Côte Saint Jacques - Jean-Michel Lorain - Tel : +33 (0)3.86.62.09.70 - Fax +33 (0)3.86.91.49.70
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