Fontenay Departure
Vézelay Arrival
84 km
5 to 6 days Duration
En bref

An itinerary from one treasure of monastic heritage to another

This long hiking route over several days is between two treasures of Burgundian heritage that are both listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO:

  • Fontenay Abbey, beautifully preserved and evidence of how Cistercian monks once lived,
  • Vézelay Hill, significant place for pilgrims, with the Sainte Marie-Madeleine Basilica at the top, an impressive bright, stone monument.

Vézelay à pied par le GR213
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Vézelay à pied par le GR213 Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Village de Vézelay en été
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Village de Vézelay en été Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Cloître de l'abbaye de Fontenay
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Cloître de l'abbaye de Fontenay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
l'Abbaye de Fontenay et ses jardins
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
l'Abbaye de Fontenay et ses jardins Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme

A spiritual trail through the countryside

Spiritual itinerary

Are you searching for meaning and spirituality? Come and experience the special atmosphere of this ancient section of the Way of St. James. Choosing to hike along this trail that was formed over thousands of years by pilgrims, is the guarantee to disconnect from your daily routine, slow down the pace and give your stay here an almost mystical touch.

Rural itinerary

You'll be passing by some great places, so make sure you don't miss anything: walk along Burgundy Canal and the little streams, cross through some pretty villages such as Semur-en-Auxois, and across wooded land and pastures. This is a great trail through the countryside.

Chemin de St-Jacques en Bourgogne
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Chemin de St-Jacques en Bourgogne Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
village de Semur-en-Auxois
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Village de Semur-en-Auxois Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Randonnée-GR Fontenay-Vezelay
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Randonnée sur le GR Fontenay-Vézelay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Randonnée sur le canal de Bourgogne
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Randonnée sur le canal de Bourgogne Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Good to know

With a donkey

Are you tempted to give this route a try but the thought of carrying your backpack for several days sounds daunting? Then why not try this hiking trail with a donkey. "Luggage carrier", endearing travel companion, this experience takes on a whole new dimension with a donkey!

Find out more about hiking with a donkey

En résumé
A propos
Vézelay à pied par le GR213 Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Village de Vézelay en été Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Cloître de l'abbaye de Fontenay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
l'Abbaye de Fontenay et ses jardins Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
A propos
Chemin de St-Jacques en Bourgogne Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Village de Semur-en-Auxois Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Randonnée sur le GR Fontenay-Vézelay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Randonnée sur le canal de Bourgogne Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme