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Burgundy / Auxerre

Auxerre, Chablis and Irancy vineyards, Canal du Nivernais and the Vézelay unique pilgrimage site

A lesser known part of Burgundy (the Yonne), closer to Paris with great landscapes, interesting heritage and delicious wine experiences

Full Day

  • Route des Grands Crus: Beaune Wine Route

    Departure from Paris to Auxerre (2h30 drive).

    Arrival in Auxerre, capital of the Yonne department. The majority of the French departments get their names after their rivers flowing through.
    The Yonne is also the main left bank tributary of the Seine. Therefore, we could say that it is the Yonne river rather than the Seine river, which flows through Paris all the way to the English Channel.

    In Auxerre, stroll around the heart of the old historic center with its 'Gros Horloge' and half-timbered houses.
    Visit the impressive Saint-Germain complex, including the very old Saint-Germain Abbey and the remarkable Saint-Etienne Cathedral.
    We will also appreciate the breathtaking view of Auxerre from the bridge.

    Lunch in Auxerre.

    Of all Yonne, Chablis is the only 'Grand Cru' of the department, with Chardonnay B as its grape variety.
    We will pass through the most recognized areas of the vineyard and continue with a tasting of the best wines at the Domaine et Caves Collet.

    Towards the Yonne river, we get the opportunity to drive through the 'Route des Crêtes' in Irancy to appreciate an stunning view of the vineyards, colorful and contrasting.
    We will then visit the Bailly Lapierre cellars and its underground stone quarry, birthplace of the Crémant de Bourgogne.

    We will drive further south through the Yonne river and the Nivernais Canal following the water, to the impressive Rocher du Saussois.

    We continue our route to the hilltop village of Vézelay, one of the main pilgrimage routes to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.

    Back to Paris.

    • Vézelay

    • Vezelay


    • Fontenay abbey

    • Wine tasting

      Wine tasting

    • castle of Ancy-le-Franc