• 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.
• The World Heritage site of Vézelay, an enduring masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque architecture.
• The lovely, little-visited clusters of parish churches in the Mâconnais and Brionnais.
Depart St Pancras 1131 on Eurostar and TGV via Paris to Dijon, arriving 1834. Transfer by coach to Vézelay for two nights at Hotel de la Poste et du Lion d’Or.
Morning lecture: An Introduction to Medieval Burgundy. Morning visit to Guédelon. Afternoon in Auxerre: Abbey of Saint-Germain (Carolingian frescoes), Gothic Cathedral of St Étienne (Romanesque crypt).
Vézelay: La Madeleine (great pilgrimage church and abbey). Afternoon: via 12th century Fontenay (one of Europe’s most unspoiled Cistercian abbeys) to Dijon for Chartreuse de Champmol (Claus Sluter’s sculptures). Transfer by coach to Beaune for five nights at Hôtel de la Poste.
Beaune: Hotel-Dieu (van der Weyden’s Last Judgment), wine tasting at local cellar. Afternoon in Autun: 12th century Cathedral of St Lazare (Romanesque sculptures by Gislebertus), Musée Rolin (Burgundian Romanesque sculpture).
Whole-day excursion via Malay, Chapaize and Lancharre (Romanesque village churches) to Cluny (abbey remains) and Berzé la Ville (retreat of abbots of Cluny with spectacular Romanesque frescoes).
Whole-day excursion via church of Perrecy-les-Forges to Paray-le-Monial (12th century Romanesque basilica), Anzy-le-Duc (church of St Martin), St Julien de Jonzy, Semur-en-Brionnais (parish church).
Whole-day excursion to St Philibert at Tournus (one of greatest Romanesque abbeys) and Bourg-en-Bresse (flamboyant Brou Monastery).
Depart Beaune for Paris. Depart Paris 1613 on Eurostar, arriving St Pancras 1734.