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France, Dijon, Burgundy

France: Great stops between Paris and Dijon?

My wife and I are doing a bicycle trip in July starting in Dijon, France.  

We are contemplating renting a car in Paris and driving to Dijon over a few days pre/ post to explore.  What would be a great route, villages to visit, restaurants in which to eat, activities, etc.?  

We love food.  Enjoy wine, but do not want to spend ALL of our time in vineyards.  We are active. Love photography.    

We will be visiting the following on the bicycle trip so no need to include these areas - Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Beaune, Ouche Valley. 

Thanks so much!

4 Answers

answered by
Marnie from Conflans-sur-Anille

Leaving Paris, I would go towards Melun and visit Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, build by Louis XIV finance minister. Somehow throughout the ages, the high civil servants in charge of the finances always had the most spectacular fortunes and castles! Then drive on to Fontainebleau and spend the night at Château de Bourron Then exit the motorway at Auxerre go down to Irancy and sample some of their Burgundy, quite a typical. Drive further towards Avallon then up to visit Vézelay Abbey, the village perched on a hill with a magnificent cathedral, from where the crusades were preached in the XIIth century. From there, either opt for discovering the wine region around Beaune visiting Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet and then drive up the Côtes de Nuits via Nuits-Saint-Georges, or else cut cross country from Avallon to Époisses and then Alise-Sainte-Reine and visit the site of the French/Roman battle of Alesia, and the Château de Bussy-Rabutin. Follow the D10 down towards Dijon.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (attraction)
  2. Fontainebleau (city)
  3. Château de Bourron (hotel)
  4. Irancy (attraction)
  5. Avallon (city)
  6. Vézelay Abbey (attraction)
  7. Beaune (attraction)
  8. Pommard (attraction)
  9. Puligny-Montrachet (city)
  10. Nuits-Saint-Georges (city)
  11. Époisses (attraction)
  12. Alise-Sainte-Reine (attraction)
  13. Château de Bussy-Rabutin (attraction)
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answered first by
Jacqueline from Philadelphia

I would absolutely try to go to a little town called Auxerre. It looks like the set of Les Mis—really looks like the epitome of a town in Burgundy. Another pretty little town is Avallon, although it’s much smaller. Toucy is really cute as well. 

You might also want to try to hit the Château de Fontainebleau although it means going slightly off path.  



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Auxerre (city)
  2. Burgundy (attraction)
  3. Avallon (city)
  4. Toucy (attraction)
  5. Château de Fontainebleau (attraction)
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answered by
Ashley from Calgary

You're driving through the Burgundy region, try some regional delicacies! Chablis, Beaujolis, boeuf bourguignon -- yum!! There's a little town called Auxerre that is very old world looking. It's also enroute to the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan. Definitely stop at Château de Fontainebleau.

If you like Anthony Bourdain he has a great episode in Burgundy with chef Ludo who grew up in the region -- may inspire you!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Burgundy (attraction)
  2. Auxerre (city)
  3. Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan (attraction)
  4. Château de Fontainebleau (attraction)
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answered by
Liv from Cape Cod

Besancon is my favorite part of that region. There’s a hotel there called Hôtel Le Sauvage that I love. Also, check out a restaurant called Le 1802 and one called Le Poker d'As.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Besancon (city)
  2. Hôtel Le Sauvage (attraction)
  3. Le 1802 (restaurant)
  4. Le Poker d'As (restaurant)

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