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  • Explore Guédelon, where a team of master craftsmen have been 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

“Fantastic tour which was really well organised and fun”

- ACE customer on a previous Medieval Burgundy tour

Full details, including the tour cost, will be released later in 2022. Please contact the ACE office now to register your interest.


From 1363 to 1477, the old Duchy of Burgundy – with the glittering court of Dijon at its heart – became the focus of one of the most influential polities of the Middle Ages, extending its authority as far north as the Netherlands.


This tour pays tribute to some of Europe’s most delightful and architecturally impressive Romanesque monuments: the once imposing abbey at Cluny, the great cathedrals at Autun and Dijon, and the sumptuous pilgrimage centre of Vézelay. Here, the 12th century Sainte Marie-Madeleine, with its complex imagery, is a tour de force of the Burgundian Romanesque style. The magnificent church at Tournus, dating back to the 10th century, is a superb example of First Romanesque architecture.


We will view Gothic art in its emergent form at the almost complete Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, and in its late flowering at Brou Monastery. Here, we will see the fine choir stalls and tombs, including that of Margaret of Austria and her husband Philibert who founded the church.


Beaune holds one of the greatest Flemish masterpieces by van der Weyden, whilst on the outskirts of Dijon, the former Carthusian monastery of the Chartreuse de Champmol is home to sculpture by Claus Sluter.  


We begin with two nights in Vézelay before moving to Beaune for five nights. 


This tour will be led by art historian Meg Boulton, PhD, FRSA, whose posts have included Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and lecturer on the ‘Early Medieval’ year course at the V&A Academy. Meg has studied and taught at the universities of York and Leeds, and published on a range of topics, including medieval art, sculpture and theories of space. Her publications include the co-edited volumes The Art, Literature and Material Culture of the Medieval World (Fourcourts, 2015) and Place and Space in the Medieval World (Routledge Research in Art History, 2018). Meg led a study abroad programme to Burgundy for six years, and looks forward to introducing an ACE group to the region.

Tour Code

Included: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, seven breakfasts, seven dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, single room supplement.

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