Excursions


Excursions in the country 

Walks 

We believe that "Vinea Mea" is the ideal starting point to take long or short walks. The countryside is beautiful. You can alternate this with visits to the city or the old villages. We have walking maps available. 




A small selection of the most important attractions near us: 

Alesia Museopark

In the footsteps of Vercingetorix the new Archaeological Museum of Alesia opened in March 2012. It was around the hill in the small peaceful village of Alise-Sainte-Reine that the famous battle took place in 52 BC. Caesar defeated Vercingetorix and subjugated Gaul to the Roman Empire. At Venarey-les- Laumes, you can visit the interpretation centre dedicated to the siege of Alesia and to the Gallic origins of France. You will find yourself in a full  battle between the attackers and the defenders. You will learn about the legendary life of the Gauls through workshops for children, models, movies and slideshows. Let yourself be surprised by the impressive reconstructions of the unity of the Roman army and discover the ancient artifacts found there. 


L'Abbaye de Fontenay 

Fontenay Abbey is one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe. It was founded in 1118 by Bernard of Clairvaux in a marshy valley. The magnificent buildings of the monastery have stood for more than eight centuries. They have defied time and are in perfect condition. Fontenay Abbey is a UNESCO world heritage site.



The Château de Bussy-Rabutin 

The Château de Bussy-Rabutin is located in a beautiful wooded valley surrounded by a French garden. Roger Rabutin, Count of Bussy and the nephew of Madame de Sevigne, was a famous free-thinker of the 17th century and author of "The Love Story of Gaul." He was exiled from the court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, and expressed his anger in his writings on the memories of his love life whilst creating a gallery of portraits on the walls of his castle as a visible legacy, covering the Hall of Currencies, Salon Men of War, Gallery of the Kings, the Golden Tower and his own room.The castle is famous for the collection of portraits of all the ladies Bussy-Rabutin is supposed to have loved. 


The treasures of Vix including the mighty vase

The area around the village of Vix in northern Burgundy France is the site of an important prehistoric complex from the Celtic Late Hallstatt and Early La Tène periods, comprising an important fortified settlement and several burial mounds. The most famous of the latter, the Vix Grave, also known as the grave of the Lady of Vix, dates to circa 500 BC. Her grave had never been looted and contained remarkably rich grave offerings (collectively sometimes known as the Trésor de Vix), including a great deal of jewellery and the Vix krater, the largest known metal vessel from antiquity — being 1.63 m (5'4") in height. The sites are located near the village of Vix, about 6 km north of Châtillon-sur-Seine, in the Côte d’or department, northeastern Burgundy. The complex is centred on Mont Lassois, a steep flat-topped hill that dominates the area. It was the site of a fortified Celtic settlement, or oppidium. The famous burial mound with the krater was excavated in early 1953.

The "Palace of the Lady of Vix" 

In 2006, a remarkable architectural unit was discovered at the centre of the site. It is a large complex of two or three buildings, the main one measuring 35 by 21 m, with an estimated height of 12 m. The structure has been described as the "Palace" of the Lady of Vix (Palais de la Dame de Vix).

The most common finds are sherds of pottery, with more than 40,000 recorded to date. The amphorae had been used for transporting wine. Jewellery included fibulae, commonly decorated with amber or coral, earrings, beads, slate bracelets, and rings and a unique 24 carat Celtic torc. 

The burial of "the Lady of Vix" took place around 500 B.C. Her social status is not clear and other than "Lady," names such as, Queen, Princess, or Priestess of Vix have all been used. There can be no doubt of her high status, as indicated by the large amounts of jewellery. She was between 30 years and 35 years old at the time of her death.



Pretty towns nearby 

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain 

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain standing on a promontory is a romantic place. The abbey, medieval streets and walls reflect its glorious past. This picturesque village is one of the most beautiful villages in France. The atmospheric alleyways of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain weave between medieval houses and those of the Renaissance. Today they are well maintained by caring and passionate people. During your walk, be sure to visit the Abbey of Saint-Pierre, where 
still today the unique aniseed sweets. These sweets now have a dozen different flavours ranging from blackcurrant to violets. Their preparation is based on a culinary tradition initiated by Saint-Louis and the recipe has remained unchanged since the 16th century. You can continue your visit to see the round towers and to walk on the ramparts where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the hills of Auxois. 

Did you know that Flavigny-sur-Ozerain and its vineyards was the setting for the film "Chocolat" in 2000 directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp?

Near Flavigny you will find the vineyards of Flavigny-Alesia where you can taste and purchase wines. 



Semur-en-Auxois 

Semur-en-Auxois is a beautiful old walled town on a spur rock in the bend of the river Armançon. You enter the town 
over a medieval arch bridge. There are half-timbered houses dating from different periods of history. The church is a beautiful 1225 example of Gothic Burgundy. Each year there are organised festivals depicting medieval Semur, including jousts and horse races. 



Dijon 

It is the capital of Burgundy and was the main residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. A glorious past, many attractions, sports and recreation, wine and good food, Dijon has it all. In the former state palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in the heart of the city, you will find  the Museum of Fine Arts. Said to be the best museum in France after The Louvre in Paris, you can see the tombs of the Dukes, and a unique collection of medieval sculpture and painting. The city centre is listed and includes many fine churches, mansions, half-timbered houses and the wonderful enclosed market, Les Halles. Dijon is also a green city with many parks and gardens. The Burgundy Canal, which is navigable through the city and from the marina forms a green corridor around the city. 


Walking maps and other brochures are available. 



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