• Explore Guédelon, where a team of master craftsmen are building an authentic recreation of a medieval castle using only the techniques and materials of the Middle Ages
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vézelay, an enduring masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque architecture
• Spend a day in Dijon, exploring the Cathedral of St Bénigne, Archaeological Museum and Palais des Ducs
Associate Professor in Art History at Oxford University.
Depart London St Pancras 1024 on Eurostar and TER via Paris, arriving Montbard 1748. Transfer to Vézelay for two nights at Hotel de la Poste et du Lion d’Or.
Morning lecture: An Introduction to Medieval Burgundy followed by visit to Guédelon. Afternoon in Auxerre: Abbey of St Germain (Carolingian frescoes) and Gothic Cathedral of St Etienne.
Vézelay: La Madeleine (great pilgrimage church and abbey). Afternoon: via 12th century Fontenay (one of Europe’s most unspoiled Cistercian abbeys) to Basilica of St Andoche, Saulieu. Transfer to Beaune for five nights at Hotel de la Poste.
Whole day excursion via Romanesque village churches in Malay (subject to restoration), Chapaize and Lancharre to Cluny (abbey remains) and Berzé-la-Ville (retreat of abbots of Cluny with spectacular Romanesque frescoes).
Beaune: Hotel-Dieu (van der Weyden’s Last Judgement). Afternoon in Autun: 12th century Cathedral of St Lazare, Musée Rolin.
Whole day excursion to Dijon: Chartreuse de Champmol, Cathedral of St Bénigne, Archaeological Museum, Palais des Ducs.
Whole day excursion to St Philibert at Tournus and Bourg-en-Bresse (flamboyant Brou Monastery).
Visit to Laon Cathedral. Transfer to Lille, departing Lille 1736 on Eurostar, arriving St Pancras 1806.
21 Jul — 28 Jul 2019
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Cost of £2595 includes: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £370.