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UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vézelay
Fontenay Abbey, founded in 1118
Guédelon castle project to build a 13th century castle with stone carving hands-on workshop
Wine-tasting at Henry du Vezelay
Two lectures from expert, Julian Humphrys
Our popular historian and guide, Julian Humphrys, is spreading his wings and leading tours to France, including this superb tour that looks at the abbeys and fortifications of the fabled Burgundy region. A highlight is a day at the amazing project at Guédelon to build a castle from scratch using 13th century techniques, where you will also have a stone carving workshop with hands-on participation.
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Departing: 05th April 2019 at 07:55
Returning: 09th April 2019 at 17:07
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Montbard. Transfer by coach to Vèzelay for check-in to the hotel. Welcome drink, lecture from Julian, ‘How to get to Heaven in the Middle Ages’ and dinner with wine in the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: Full day to Vézelay.
A full day is allowed to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vézelay, including the superb visitor centre and Romanesque Basilica, with time to stroll around the town and ramparts. Legend tells of a monk bringing relics of Mary Magdalene to Vézelay in the 9th century, which made the hill town an important religious site and a starting point of the St James pilgrimage route.
Day 3: Fontenay Abbey and wine-tasting.
First of all to Fontenay Abbey, which was founded by St Bernard in 1118. Built in a Romanesque style, it is remarkably well preserved, particularly the church, dormitory and cloister, offering a fascinating glimpse into the serenity and austerity of medieval monastic life. Afternoon visit to Avallon, a town with Roman roots, home to an 11th century church and the remains of ancient fortifications. En-route back to the hotel, we will enjoy a wine tasting at Henry du Vezelay. Second lecture, ‘How to capture a castle in the Middle Ages’ and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 4: Full day Guédelon Castle Project.
A full day at the extraordinary 25-year project at Guédelon to construct a 13th century castle using traditional methods and materials, in period dress (no Goretex for bad weather!) that has been featured in numerous TV programmes recently. A guided tour and lunch (sheltered but open-air so dress appropriately!) will fortify you for the stone carving workshop in the afternoon which encourages active intervention.
Day 5: Transfer from the hotel to Montbard train station for return TGV to Paris and then onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group sixe on this tour is 25 passengers.
Hotel de la Poste et du Lion d’Or, Vézelay
This charming and traditional three-star hotel is located in the very heart of Vézelay a few minutes’ walk from the Basilica. With just 39 rooms, it offers personal service and exudes old-world atmosphere. Hotel facilities include a bar, restaurant, breakfast room and wi-fi. Bedrooms all have a private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone air-conditioning, free wi-fi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Hotel de la Poste et du Lion d'Or Website
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Review by Martin who travelled 23-March-2018
Julian was excellent as usual. It was good have Hélène as a charming native french speaker, it helped greatly on several occasions. The hotel was very good. The tea making facilities were a pleasant surprise. The food in general was very good both in the hotel and the local restaurants. When we went to Avalon it was on a Sunday and finding somewhere for a light lunch was almost impossible in an unfamiliar place. Most of the places in the immediate vicinity of the coach stop were closed. Perhaps a packed lunch could be offered in future? On the last day the journey home could start earlier. We felt there was time wasted in the morning that could be better used at the end of the day for our journey home. Altogether for a new venue the break ran very well.
Review by Hudson who travelled 23-March-2018
This was an excellent tour. Vézelay was a brilliant base. The excursions were varied and very well selected. Fontenay, tranquil and serene, contrasting with. Guedelon an amazing vision of thirteenth century construction and toil. Julian’s lectures were delivered with his usual blend of knowledge and enthusiasm and if ever I get the urge to capture a castle, I now know exactly how to do it! Vézelay has its own vineyards and we were able to sample a range of their wines during our Tasting session. Sadly, even with the extra space afforded by upgrading my train tickets, I only managed to return with 2 bottles of rose. Thank you, Travel Editions.: this tour is one of your best.
Review by Richardson who travelled 23-March-2018
Good hotel and location. Trips and lectures interesting and thought provoking.
Review by who travelled 23-March-2018
I really enjoyed this tour very much. I thought Vezelay was charming and interesting with good restaurants and lovely views. Hotel was excellent, food very good and well presented. I thought Helene, our tour manager and Julian our historian, were very pleasant, well informed and made the trip go very well and made me feel a valued customer. This is my third trip with Travel Editions and wont be my last!
Review by Morris who travelled 23-March-2018
Our guides made this an exceptional t your with their attention to detail,good humour and knowledge. The hotel was just right and very welcoming.
Review by White who travelled 23-March-2018
Excellent tour which was very well managed and excellent and informative speaker. Guedelon was fantastic and it was great that we could go everywhere on the site. Vezeley is a jewel and the guide from Masion du Visitation was wonderful. Fonteney is such a peaceful place and so unexpected. Good hotel with very helpful staff.
Review by Jackson who travelled 23-March-2018
Very little paperwork or information ever reached me - not much on website either. Excellent tour, this was first one and odd tweeks would improve it. The visitors Centre is very good, but so intense that a break for coffee and reflection would be good before the visit to the Basilica. The visit to Guedelon was fascinating, with a very good Guide (Sarah) but I was ready for the stone carving an hour before it happened . Also the lunch was not good; too complicated and nothing hot enough for such a cold day. the coffee (not very medieval) was horrible. The hotel was very nice, simple but everything one needed - including, rare for France, tea and coffee making equipment. (I had scoured the pictured on the net and seen no sign, so I brought my own and need not have bothered) It was also good that they not only provided bottles of water in the rooms but replenished them. Eurostar a horrible scrum both ways, and machine refusing my ticket on the way back so I had to queue for a person didn't help. It is a lovely part of France and well worth the visit.
Review by Wheeler who travelled 23-March-2018
Special thanks to Helene and Julian who made the trip so interesting. Maybe allow for a bit more free time in Fontenay Abbey for future tours?
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