A brief overview

Morvan, in the Avallonnais and Vézelien

Head for the heights and explore the rolling hills, peaks and valleys of the Morvan.

Day 1

Universal heritage and canoeing

Vue de la colline de Vézelay
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Morning

Vézelay and the abbey

Climb up the eternal hill of Vézelay, a village listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. On your way, stop by the tourist office to pick up a guidebook and audio guides so you can learn more about this treasure of the Avallonnais. You'll be climbing all the way up to the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine, recognised by UNESCO. Once you get to the top, you'll feel like a pilgrim on the Way of St. James as you admire the fabulous view of the village of Saint-Père and the Gothic-style church.

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Pont de Pierre Perthuis
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Afternoon

Canoeing to the Pierre-Perthuis bridges

Come to the village of Saint-Père, to AB Loisirs leisure complex and hire a canoe. Set off down the river Cure until you reach the magnificent Pierre-Perthuis bridges. This is a well-known place because French film La Grande Vadrouille was filmed here!

AB Loisirs
Day 2

Avallon and the adventure course

Vue sur Avallon
Alain DOIRE / BFC Tourisme
Morning

Avallon and the terraced gardens

Venture into the town and stop by the tourist office to pick up the booklet for the Parcours de la Grenouille trail.

And you're off! In the footsteps of the frog of Avallon, explore the historic centre, fortifications and towers. You'll enjoy admiring the terraced gardens, half-timbered houses and the fabulous collegiate church of Saint-Lazard that stands proudly opposite the famous sculpted frog.

Escalade à la Grotte de Champ Retard
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Afternoon

Adventure course in the Grotte de Champ Retard

Calling all adventurers, come to this former quarry. Venture across the rope bridges, climb and whizz down the zip wires, on an adventure in the incredible Grotte de Champ Retard. Whether you are beginners or more experienced, you'll find an adventure trail to suit you.

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Village de Montréal
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The medieval village of Montréal

Minstrels, welcome to the medieval town of Montréal.

Pick up your tour leaflet from the tourist office or follow one of the guided tours organised during the summer season, to explore this charming little village.

Wander around the village and admire the various doors, square-shaped towers, dovecotes and wells. Francis I's salamander will guide you to the top of the village where you'll discover Queen Brunhilda's house and the incredible collegiate church of Notre-Dame overlooking Serein Valley.

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