15 days in Rhone & Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Itinerary

15 days in Rhone & Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Itinerary

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15 days in Rhone & Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly + Tram:  11 h 30 min
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Baume-les-Messieurs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Beaune
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Montbard
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Auxerre
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and The Presqu'ile. Visit Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste and Fourviere Hill for their historical value. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to La Roche de Solutre in Solutre-Pouilly, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and take a stroll through Place des Jacobins.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon day trip planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Baume-les-Messieurs.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

La Roche de Solutre
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

1
night
Baume-les-Messieurs

Baume-les-Messieurs ©
Baume-les-Messieurs is a commune in the Jura department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.The village lies within the most extensive of the steephead valleys of the Jura escarpment, the Reculée de Baume. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): do a tasting at Domaine Berthet-Bondet, then get outside with Cascade de Tufs, then get to know the fascinating history of Reculee de Baume-les-Messieurs, and finally get engrossed in the history at Abbaye Imperiale de Baume-les-Messieurs.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Baume-les-Messieurs route planner.

Getting from Lyon to Baume-les-Messieurs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Baume-les-Messieurs can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Beaune.

Things to do in Baume-les-Messieurs

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Domaine Berthet-Bondet
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Cascade de Tufs ©
Cascade de Tufs
Abbaye Imperiale de Baume-les-Messieurs ©
Domaine Berthet-Bondet ©
Domaine Berthet-Bondet

4
nights
Beaune

Beaune ©
The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cascades du Hérisson and Abbaye Saint-Philibert. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Cormatin and Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beaune: La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel (in Salins-les-Bains) and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (in Dijon). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, explore the galleries of Le Cassissium, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Beaune.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beaune trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Baume-les-Messieurs to Beaune in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. May in Beaune sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Montbard.

Things to do in Beaune

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel, Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Abbaye Saint-Philibert, Le Cassissium
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La Cave de l'Ange Gardien ©
La Cave de l'Ange Gardien
Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin
Abbaye Saint-Philibert ©
Abbaye Saint-Philibert

2
nights
Montbard

Montbard ©
Montbard is a commune and subprefecture of the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne region in eastern France.Montbard is a small industrial town on the river Brenne. On the 1st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Genest, then see the interesting displays at MuseoParc Alesia, then admire the natural beauty at Abbaye de Fontenay, and finally examine the collection at Musee Municipal. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Bussy-Rabutin, do a tasting at Domaine Sylvain Bouhelier, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ancy-le Franc.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Montbard travel route planner .

You can drive from Beaune to Montbard in 1.5 hours. May in Montbard sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Auxerre.

Things to do in Montbard

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

MuseoParc Alesia, Domaine Sylvain Bouhelier, Chateau Ancy-le Franc, Eglise Saint-Genest, Musee Municipal
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MuseoParc Alesia ©
MuseoParc Alesia
Abbaye de Fontenay ©
Abbaye de Fontenay
Chateau of Bussy-Rabutin ©
Chateau of Bussy-Rabutin

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nights
Auxerre

Auxerre ©
Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. Get some cultural insight at Guédelon and Chablis Vititours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique Sainte Madeleine and Chateau de Saint-Fargeau. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint-Marien de Mezilles (in Mezilles) and Chateau de Bazoches (in Bazoches). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Les Caves Bailly Lapierre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Auxerre road trip planner.

You can drive from Montbard to Auxerre in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Auxerre can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auxerre

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Eglise Saint-Marien de Mezilles, Chateau de Bazoches, Chablis Clotilde Davenne, Chablis Vititours, Basilique Sainte Madeleine
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Chablis Vititours ©
Chablis Vititours
Guédelon ©
Guédelon
Basilique Sainte Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte Madeleine