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Old Jun 12th, 2004, 10:53 AM
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Proposed Burgundy Itinerary

My wife and I are planning a 4 day visit to the Burgundy region in Sept (Staying Couches)and would appreciate comments on our proposed itinerary. Main interest is in the historic sites rather than the vineyards. Day 1: Dijon, Citeaux, Chalon sur Saone. Day 2: Beaune, Autun, Avallon, Vezelay, Epoisses Day 3: Auxerre, Fontenay,Chablis, Pontigny. Day 4: Tournus, Macon, Cluny.
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Old Jun 12th, 2004, 12:06 PM
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You'll be covering most of the interesting historic sites, but I think on Day 2 you're really going to have to hustle to see everything. I'd be inclined to drop Cluny, as there's nothing much left to see of the once-grand abbey and perhaps skip the rest of Day 4 in favor of spreading out Days 2 and 3, which have some of the most interesting sights.
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Old Jun 12th, 2004, 02:29 PM
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It seems that you will miss lunch and wear yourself out with this itinerary.

As alternatives, the Michelin Green Guide Burgundy presents some interesting 3 and 4 day tours covering 150 to 300 miles each. You might want to study this book before setting out.

For an interesting historic site in eastern France I suggest going about 125 miles north to Domremy and visiting the birth place of Joan of Arc (Maison natale de Jeanne d'Arc).

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Old Jun 13th, 2004, 09:38 AM
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When you're in the Chablis area, try to fit in a visit to the Château de Tanlay, one of the more interesting architecturally as well as historically. It's not far from the Canal de Bourgogne. The chateau's interior retains some of its original furnishings and has some fine artwork.
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Old Jun 13th, 2004, 08:28 PM
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bigarm1,

I agree with the others in terms of this being a rather aggressive itinerary. Not sure if you're planning on basing out of one, two or three different locations for this itinerary, but there's an awful lot of moving around.

We based ourselves in Beaune for 3 nights in 2002 and loved that town. Great restaurants, sights, and a wonderful market on Saturday mornings. We did a day trip to Autun, which was interesting -- some decent roman ruins/remains. You might want to slow it down a bit to really savor this wonderful region.

Happy travels.

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Old Jun 13th, 2004, 08:34 PM
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We could easily spend a full day in any one of the places you are visiting. I guess you look faster than we do!

Truly, it might be more enjoyable if you cut your itinerary in half so you could spend more time enjoying each area. You can always go back and visit the rest on another visit.

On the other hand, if this is your one and only trip to Burgundy, go for it.

Whatever you do, enjoy.
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Old Jun 17th, 2004, 07:39 AM
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Not so sure about the others, but Day 2 is impossible.
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