Break your journey. It can seem a very long way from the UK down to the south of France in the summer or the French Alps on a skiing holiday, especially with the kids in the back of the car. Break your journey for a few hours in Burgundy or why not stop off overnight. You will discover a lively, authentic region with plenty to offer. Leave the motorway and head off to discover the delightful towns of Sens, Joigny, Auxerre, Dijon, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus and Mâcon.
Take a break in Burgundy's fabulous, historic towns
Leave the A6 motorway as you are driving down through Burgundy and stop off in a stop in Auxerre . Take a stroll through the pedestrian streets to the Clock Tower and along the banks of the Yonne river. Head further south to visit the recently opened MuseoparcAlesia, an interpretation centre which brings alive the history of the battle of the Gauls and Romans in Burgundy, or further south, the Hospices de Beaune, a must-see site which showcases the heritage of the Dukes of Burgundy.
If you are driving on the A77, leave the motorway and visit; Guédelon. Here you can experience the construction of a medieval castle, using the same techniques and materials as back in the Middle Ages.
To discover more of Burgundy's attractions at your own pace, drive along the legendary “Route Nationale 6" and “Route Nationale 7”, rather than racing down the motorway. Take time to wander around the towns and villages you pass through: Sens, Saulieu or Chalon-sur-Saône along the N6 and Pouilly-sur-Loire, La Charité-sur-Loire orNevers on the N7. You will discover architectural treasures or landscapes that are worth the detour (views of theBurgundy vineyards, the river banks of the Saône and Loire, etc.). Enjoy strolling through their streets and soaking up the atmosphere. Sample the regional specialities in great restaurants and stock up on local delicacies in the shops to take home.
Take a break in the region of flavours
At lunchtime, why not stop in Joigny, close to the A6? Foodies will love La Côte Saint Jacques restaurant, which is rated the ultimate 3* in the Michelin guide, for an unforgettable gourmet experience.
For a simple and authentic meal, choose from the many bistrots and cafés where you can enjoy local specialities.
In Côte d'Or, Dijon also welcomes you for a gourmet stopover. The famous mustard and tasty gingerbread are well worth a detour.
Those with a savoury tooth should stop in Mâcon, southern Burgundy. Le Chevreton, the local goat's cheese, is a treat at any time of the day....
Whether on your journey south or on your return, treat yourself to a delicious stopover in Tournus. Gourmets will enjoy lunch or dinner at Le Meulien or le Rempart, whose chefs Valéry Meulien and Sylvain Gohier were awarded Michelin stars for the first time in the 2013 gastronomic guide. Both offer tasty and elegant cuisine, combining tradition and innovation.
Relax in the countryside
The famous "Autoroute du Soleil", which goes down to the south of France goes through southern Burgundy. Enjoy a welcome break from your journey with a river cruise excursion from Chalon-sur-Saône.
On the way back north, lovers of fine wines should leave the motorway at Beaune, capital of Burgundy wines, and head back towards Dijon via the Route des Grands Crus through some of the world's most prestigious vineyards.
Stop overnight in a cosy hotel or bed and breakfast, close to the motorway.
Right in the south of Burgundy, enjoy outdoor activites such as hiking, cycling or climbing in the countryside around Mâcon.
Located south of Mâcon on the RN6 in Romanèche-Thorins, Touroparc provides relaxation and fun for all the family. Admire 400 animals of 140 different species, enjoy the re-creations of shops and a classroom and let the kids have a ball in the attraction park and water games.