The Secrets of the Puisaye-In the footsteps of Colette,potters & castle builders

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Roughly 150km southeast of Paris, this one-day tour takes you to the heart of the unspoilt Puisaye region of northern Burgundy. Situated between 2 major lines of communication, the Loire to the west and the river Yonne to the east, the Puisaye is a secretive place where time seems to stand still. This very rural area, made up of forests, lakes and fields bordered by hedgerows, also offers the visitor a host of cultural and historical sites. Your trip with us will be a voyage of discovery that will lead you in the footsteps of writers, potters and medieval craftsman. The excursion will take you to visit a local pottery, the Colette museum, as well as a local church to admire the medieval paintings. Certain days are market days (St Sauveur Wednesday and Toucy Saturday). We also propose options such as a visit to a local natural wine maker! We can pick you up from your accommodation in the area or from the local train station. Please enquire for other possibilities.

Itinerary Details

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A visit to a traditional Puisaye pottery to learn all about this ancient craft

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Moutiers-en-Puisaye

A stop at the pretty village of Moutiers-en-Puisaye to admire some beautifully preserved medieval wall-paintings.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye

A driving tour through the backroads and lanes to discover more of this authentic and secretive region

Duration: 1 hour

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Lunch in a great local restaurant

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Chateau de Ratilly

A remarkable 13th century castle in a beautiful wooded setting.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Musee Colette

The Colette Museum is in the castle of Saint-Sauveur-en Puisaye since 1995. It presents the writer’s apartment of the Royal Palace, a room of portraits, a library and a filmography which traces the life of Colette. (closed Tuesdays)

Duration: 45 minutes
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