Stop-off … Cultural

You want to escape a weekend or more. Let yourself be guided to not miss the wonders of our territory.

First day

In an exceptional green setting on the edge of the Cure, discover the Cistercian Abbey of Reigny. It was founded in 1128 and was very powerful and prosperous in the Middle Ages. A must see: its exceptional refectory of the fourteenth century (there are only three examples in France!).

Do not miss, his festival “the four seasons of Reigny Abbey”. A new show every season around the following themes: theater, voice, jazz and classical.

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Stroll a few moments in the village of Sacy where was born the famous writer Nicolas Edme Restif de la Bretonne.

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Stroll through the alleys of Cravant this medieval village was one of the most important ports of the Yonne. Admire the imposing fortress 25 meters high which dominates the village (it is the dungeon which was in turn prison, watchtower, residence seigneuriale), its half-timbered houses, its old ramparts, its doors. Discover the history of this charming city on tablet or smartphone via the free application GUIDIGO (tablet rental at the tourist information office of Cravant).

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Take a gourmet break at the Hostellerie de la Fontaine in Deux-Rivières-Accolay. In a 17th century vault, the chef will serve you a Burgundy and gastronomic cooking in respect of seasonal products.

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Give yourself some time to relax as you stroll along the Nivernais Canal. Originally built to facilitate the floating of wood from Clamecy to Paris, the Nivernais Canal was an important axis of communication that contributed to the economic development of the region. It facilitated the transportation of food and materials until the arrival of the railroad in the nineteenth century. It is today exclusively reserved for boating.

Discover the national park of Bois du Parc. This site offers diversity in terms of flora, fauna and geology. The visit is made on foot thanks to a discovery trail that crosses between forests and lawns cliff tops.

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Owned by the Counts of Béru since the 17th century, the Castle of Béru dominates the vineyards of Chablis. At the heart of this complex is the “Clos Béru”, unique terroir, closed by historic walls erected in the 13th century. It is in these places full of history that you take possession of your bed and breakfast. The evening continues in the old stables of the castle where you will enjoy beautiful gourmet plates composed of cold meats, goat cheese and homemade terrines.

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Your evening ends with a music concert at the Chablis Festival. Many festivals animate the territory during the beautiful season (Festival of Sacred Arts in Pontigny, Chablis Festival Bouge ton Cru in Chablis …).

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Second day

In Beines at the Alain Geoffroy domain, push the door of the astonishing museum of the vine and the corkscrew where a collection of corkscrews more original than the others awaits you as well as a multitude of objects of the vine and wine.

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Visit the Obédiencerie former monastery of the monks of Saint Martin and historic house of the Laroche estate. This visit offers a real immersion into the history of Chablis. Admire these magnificent cellars of the 9th and 12th century and 13th century press. At the end of the visit you will discover the wines of the estate.

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At the doors of the Chablis vineyard in Ligny-le-Châtel, a charming Burgundy village bordered by the river Le Serein, you have lunch at the Relais Saint-Vincent former residence of the Bailli at Ligny-le-Châtel or the Auberge du Bief. An authentic discovery of the Burgundy terroir and its tasty specialties …

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On the way to visit the Abbey of Pontigny built in the twelfth century, a building unique by its size and its style. Its abbey is the largest Cistercian building of the Middle Ages preserved intact today. You can discover places to visit freely or choose to make a guided tour with the association The Friends of Pontigny or with Amandine Chevallier of Mise en Art. Take a walk through the gardens where only the singing of birds breaks the soothing silence that reigns here. The purity of the stone and the austerity of the place perfectly illustrate the Cistercian order.

It is also in Pontigny that the Aléonard Tilery is specialized in the tile of “Historical Monuments”. One-off visits are organized (by reservation).

Artisans and artists are many on the territory (artists photographers, painters, sculptors, do not hesitate to push the doors of their workshops. List on request at the Tourist Office).

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Go through Venouse to visit the Barn of Beauvais. The monastery of the Abbey of Pontigny had an important property inheritance whose essential is regrouped in “cellars” and “barns”. These were inhabited and enhanced by the lay brothers. An association “the barn of Beauvais” ensures the restoration and animation of the place. A garden of medieval inspiration, a conservatory of the vine such are, among others, his projects that will soon see the day.

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Discover Chablis with its historic circuit marked on the ground.
Take with you during your visit the guide “Once upon a time … the history of Chablis” and follow the arrow! You will discover the magnificent Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin (thirteenth century) whose southern door of Romanesque character is covered with a hundred horseshoes, you will learn that in 1478 was created in Chablis one of the first five French printing houses, you will visit the beautifully restored Synagogue and become a place of worship. You will learn that the Porte Noël takes its name from the mason who built it or even that once the city counted twenty-nine towers, three draw bridges, three posterns. Booklet on sale at the Tourist Office.

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Your evening ends with a gourmet dinner at the Hostellerie des Clos, a beautiful step in the heart of the vineyards of Chablis.

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