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Semur-en-Auxois to Fontenay
l'Abbaye de Fontenay
In the nearby vicinity of Semur-en-Auxois there is a lot to see - too much in fact for one day. Two of the gems of Burgundy are here, l'Abbaye de Fontenay and Château de Bussy-Rabutin, both of which are open all year round, so this route is particularly good if you are travelling between November and the end of March.
Heading north from Semur, l'Abbaye de Fontenay lies north-east of Montbard. You can wander around at your leisure, soaking up the uncluttered architecture and surrounding grounds. One of the few places which doesn't shut at 'curfew', 12 noon lunch-time from April to November, it means that you can take a relaxed approach.
Château de Bussy-Rabutin
de Bussy Rabutin is an easy drive through undulating countryside.
The archaeological site of Alésia where supposedly Caesar overthrew Vercingétorix is within a stone's throw at Alise-Ste-Reine. From Mount Auxois, where the giant statue of the Gallic warrior stands, there are panoramic views over the valleys and the excavation site and Muséoparc can be visited.
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is a charming medieval village for a quiet wander. Cobbled streets, geraniums and delightful architectural details catch the eye with some arts and crafts thrown in. You can take a stroll along the Canal de Bourgogne on the way back to Semur.
It can get pricey when you are visiting a lot of stately homes and places of interest. New for 2014, five places in Burgundy have got together to launch the Pass Touristique 'Les Incontournables en Bourgogne' - five 'must-see' sites. Visit the first free of charge - either Château d'Ancy-le-Franc, L'Abbaye de Fontenay or La Grande Forge de Buffon at Montbard (right). You will receive preferential rates at the other two locations, go on to the medieval town of Noyers-sur-Serein for a guided visit and La Chablisienne