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Ophorus Tours - Burgundy Villages & Fontenay Abbey Visit Shared Half Day Trip from Dijon

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Burgundy Villages & Fontenay Abbey Visit Shared Half Day Trip from Dijon

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  • 05 hours

  • Small Groups ( 1~8 )

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  • English

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Discover the countryside of Burgundy on this small group half day trip from Dijon. Follow the Burgundy Canal, visit the charming village of Semur en Auxois. Visit of Fontenay Abbey and Flavigny sur Ozerain village.

Highlights

  • Visit Burgundy villages classified as 'Most Beautiful of France'
  • Visit Fontenay Abbey, the Oldest Cistercian Abbey in the world
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Burgundy Culture

Program & Itinerary

This morning, we will come and pick you up at the dedicated meeting point in central Dijon.Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Burgundy History & Culture and who will go over the program and itinerary of your small group shared Burgundy villages & Heritage tour with you. Then, board your Premium, air-conditioned vehicle and begin your half day tour to discover the vineyards ...

Pick up in Dijon

This morning, we will come and pick you up at the dedicated meeting point in central Dijon.

Meet your Expert Guide

Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Burgundy History & Culture and who will go over the program and itinerary of your small group shared Burgundy villages & Heritage tour with you. Then, board your Premium, air-conditioned vehicle and begin your half day tour to discover the vineyards and wine producing region of Burgundy. 

Visit the Auxois region of Burgundy

Leave Dijon and head for the wonderful Auxois region of Burgundy. Labeled as a "Land of Art & History", this small sub-region is dotted with villages classified as "most beautiful villages of France" and is home to a large number of historical monuments. After having followed the Canal of Burgundy, reach the small village of Semur-en-Auxois. 

Visit Semur-en-Auxois village

Classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, this medieval village is set on a pink granite promontory. Stroll through the village with your guide along the narrow streets and admire the half timbered medieval houses, the clock gate, the four towers only testimony left of the castle that was demolished in the 17th century.

Visit Fontenay Abbey

The Abbey of Fontenay is one of the best preserved in the region. Here you will be able to understand the Cistercian ideal of life centered on prayer and work. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Gardens and the valley that surrounds the Abbey so as to better comprehend the context of monasticism, life in seclusion and self-sufficiency. Classified as a Historical Monument in 1862, it was declared UNESC World Heritage site in 1981.  

Flavigny sur Ozerain village

The village is also classified as one of "the most beautiful villages of France". For many visitors, Flavigny is known as the village where the movie 'Chocolat' was filmed. Built around a Benedictine Abbey that was founded in the 7th century, the village still bears its remparts, fortified gates, cobble stone streets and private mansions. If you are a fan of the movie, you will certainly recognize some buildings and streets quite easily. This is true for the St Genest Church, the square in front of it as well as the pathways leading to the Chocolaterie. 

The local delicacy that Flavigny is known for is its aniseed treats that are produced here in a small workshop located near the Abbey. The aniseed arrived in the region with the Roman Legions. By the 9th century, anise was farmed all over the area. The idea to enrobe aniseeds in sugar syrup is not known but in 1591 it is known that Aniseeds from Flavigny are given to distinguished guests visiting the town of Semur en Auxois. During your visit of the village, stop at the Abbey and discover the secrets of this local delicacy that you will be able to taste on site.

After the visit of Flavigny, it will be time to make our way back to Dijon. Drop off will be in the heart of Dijon and that will be the end of our services.

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  • Pick up in Dijon

  • Stop at Semur-en-Auxois, a 'Most Beautiful Village of France'

  • Visit the Abbey of Fontenay

  • Stop at Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, another 'Most Beautiful Village of France'

  • Return to Dijon

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Ophorus Tours - Burgundy Villages & Fontenay Abbey Visit Shared Half Day Trip from Dijon
Ophorus Tours - Burgundy Villages & Fontenay Abbey Visit Shared Half Day Trip from Dijon
Ophorus Tours - Burgundy Villages & Fontenay Abbey Visit Shared Half Day Trip from Dijon
Ophorus Tours - Burgundy Villages & Fontenay Abbey Visit Shared Half Day Trip from Dijon

Know before you book

  • Tour requires minimum 4 passengers (adults) to operate
  • If minimum numbers aren't reached we will reschedule / refund your tour
  • Tour involves some walking, good walking shoes recommended
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Maison Divia, 16 Place Darcy, 21000 Dijon

Departure

We will meet you at the dedicated meeting point in Dijon, in front of Masion Divia, 16 Place Dary 21000 Dijon.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

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Included

  • Visit villages of Semur en Auxois & Flavigny.
  • Visit Fontenay Abbey.
  • English speaking local guide, expert of Burgundy.
  • Transportation in premium A/C vehicle.
  • Parking, tolls, insurance for passengers and luggage.

Excluded

  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide
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