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What to do... Provence or Burgundy

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What to do... Provence or Burgundy

Hi folks, we are debating whether to spend more time in Provence or Burgundy. It is my husband, our 11 year old son, and I. Background: we arrive in Zurich and lazily make our way to Nice. I want to spend time in Provence but we also have friends who have a house near Beaune in Burgundy.

I’m thinking there is more to do in Provence than Burgundy, but i could use guidance. We like wine but are not die hard wine fans who have to discover every “Rue de vin.”

Also, suggestions for the trip: car or train? I like having my big American sized luggage but my husband says it will be too big and difficult to lug around especially if we take trains.

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1. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

How will you get from Zürich to Nice? The easiest is to fly as it's a long trip by any other means. Be aware of the huge drop charges if you rent a car in one country and drop in another. You need to look at some guide books and know what you want to see to be able to decide how much time to devote to each place. A car is not necessary on the Côte d'Azur, but would be more than useful elsewhere. See www.viamichelin.com for driving itineraries and www.trainline.eu for trains.

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2. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

Thank you very much for your response! We were thinking to either rent a car or go by train. But I will check out the 2 resources that you mentioned. It is just we don’t know, we should spend more times in Provence or Burdundy 🤔

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3. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

Those are our two favorite areas in France. For you, it all depends on what most interests you. Burgundy has châteaux and magnificent cathedrals, ancient monasteries, along with quaint villages and of course the vineyards and wineries. Burgundian food is excellent. It's a green area, pleasant to drive in with all the trees.

Provence has the sea, small villages in the Luberon, the cities of Marseille, Arles, Nîmes, Nice, and much, much more.

When are you going? That might be the deciding factor.

Luggage on the train can be a problem, which is why we usually fly or drive.

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4. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

Thank you for your response. We are leaving on July 6th and flying to Zurich. My husband speaks 6 languages fluently☺️. So we don’t have any problem in that area. We are planing to take a train or drive through Switzerland and cross the border to France. My husband really wants to stay more in Burgundy since we have a friend in that area. I am the one who is more into Provence .. So he said let’s do some research and see which area is worth to spend more time. For example, we lived in Annecy for 8 months and we loved it. So we really like that kind of scenery😊and we are taking 3 weeks off!

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5. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

Why are you flying to Zurich to visit France? Are you landing in Zurich and heading straight towards Burgundy? Where are you departing from?

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We are flying into and leaving from Zurich, because of my husband’s job. And also we wanted to visits some parts of Switzerland on our way to France, like lake Lugano, Lucerne, ...

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7. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

Since you love the scenery around Annecy you will also love Burgundy. Provence is beautiful, but Burgundy has lush forests and the huge Morvan park for a nature fix. You can walk along the canal that winds through Burgundy and see any number of historic sights and sites throughout the very large region.

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Thank you very much for your feedback. So more time in Burgundy then 😊

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9. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

Enjoy your visit to Burgundy--and get a copy of the Michelin Green Guide for the region for help with planning itineraries. Don't miss the Gothic cathedral in Autun (with carvings by the great Ghiselbertus), the Basilica of Ste-Mary Magdelene in Vézelay, the Renaissance château de Tanlay,the Hospice de Beaune, and the Abbaye de Fontenay. That's just for starters! Much history abounds in the region, along with delicious food and of course those fine Burgundian wines.

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10. Re: What to do... Provence or Burgundy

From l'Yonne in the West with Auxerre, Vézelay, Noyers-sur-Serein, the château of Bazoche, the cave in Arcy-sur-Cure just to name a few. To the East in Côte d'Or with Dijon, Beaune, Semur-en-Auxois, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, Alésia where Vercingetorix capitulated in front of Ceasar. To the South with the Saône-et-Loire with Autun, Tournus, Cluny, Brancion. There are so many things to be discover that you would need months to see it all.

Here are a few links to help you out in your research :


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