12 days in Dijon & Bourges Itinerary

12 days in Dijon & Bourges Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Dijon
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Dijon
— 6 nights
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Bourges
— 5 nights
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Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Birmingham

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Dijon

— 6 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dijon: Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune), Abbaye de Fontenay (in Montbard) and Lyon (Fresque des Lyonnais, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, &more). There's much more to do: trek along Owl's Trail, admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dijon vacation planner.

Birmingham, UK to Dijon is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Dijon. When traveling from Birmingham in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Dijon, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bourges.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Bourges

— 5 nights

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bourges: Le PAL (in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Besbre) and ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges, examine the collection at Musee du Materiel, head outdoors with Le marais de Bourges, and admire the natural beauty at Jardins des Pres Fichaux.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bourges day trip planner.

Getting from Dijon to Bourges by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Bourges, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bourges

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips