Itinerary from Bibracte to Alesia
When we go hiking in Burgundy, it's not just about putting one foot in front of the other. The cultural itinerary from Bibracte to Alesia is a real tourism package (hiking trail for walkers, but also suitable on horseback or MTB), an adventure in the footsteps of Vercingetorix and his tribe. Sounds interesting doesn't it?
Get ready for a journey back in time
The trail is as close as possible to the actual historic itinerary taken by Vercingetorix and his tribe in Antiquity, and runs between two significant archaeological sites.
Bibracte was in fact the oppidum for the Gaulish coalition led by Vercingetorix. The famous Battle of Alesia, the decisive battle in the Gallic Wars in 52 BC, actually took place at the Mont-Auxois oppidum in Alise-Sainte-Reine.
This trail therefore links two great archaeological sites that are open to the public: Bibracte and Alesia.
That is where you can find the Gallic oppidum of Bibracte: this former settlement of the Aedui Gallic tribe occupied a central position in the economic, political and religious systems.
This is also where Vercingetorix was named head of the Gaulish coalition in 52 BC. Shortly after that, he led his tribe to Alesia, and we know what happened next. Alesia is the arrival point for this hiking trail.
Stopover in Saulieu
Enjoy a break in Saulieu and treat yourselves to some delicious specialities of Burgundy!Saulieu-Morvan Tourist Office
Stopover in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
Before you arrive at the end of your adventure, come and explore one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France"!
Your expedition will come to a close in the superb historic site of Alesia.
52 BC: Vercingetorix was in the oppidum of Mont-Auxois. 80,000 Gauls and 50,000 Roman legions enter into battle, a battle which would end with Julius Caesar's victory, and Roman power over the whole of Gaul.
Relive this historic event at the Alesia Interpretation Centre. It is in the actual location of the battle. You're right at the heart of history!