A visitor to Vézelay is often suffused with a sense of peace that seems to emanate from the site itself. Once you are exposed to it, you will want to return. We have returned to it countless times, simply to experience again its aura. This private tour of Vézelay requires a drive of two hour and 1/2 hours from Paris, but it transports you to another age, one of pilgrims performing homage at the church that shelters the relics of Mary Magdalene. Vézelay is associated with a Benedictine order, but it also had ties to Assisi. Our tour inevitably traverses one of the most charming villages in France, of the same name, to reach the basilica.

The present structure was undertaken in 1150 and finished in 1215. It contains one of the most remarkable assemblages of 12th C. sculptures in the world.

Vézelay is also closely associated with the Crusades: it is where the second crusade was decided, where the French king, Philippe Auguste, and the king of England, Richard the Lion Heart, met to depart on the third, and where Saint Louis made several pilgrimages before embarking on the seventh.

Paris Luxury Tours can propose this private guided tour of Vézelay in conjunction with several other destinations to make a complete one day excursion from Paris. Consider a wine-related tour of Chablis, for one, or a tour of either Auxerre, Semur en Auxois, or Noyer sur Serein, for another. Other options include the town of Sens, or the Abbaye de Fontenay, or even the Chateau de Fontainebleau.

To book your private Vézelay basilica tour with Paris Luxury Tours, please fill out one of our contact forms on this page, or call our US number: 631 600 1120.