Venarey-les-Laumes - France

Venarey-les-Laumes is a large town, railway junction and the capital of the Auxois region of Burgundy. It lies on the Canal de Bourgogne and looks out over the Laumes plain, where Julius Caesar conquered the Gauls. The Battle of Alesia is believed by locals to have been fought in 52 BC at Alise-Ste-Reine, just south of Venaray. You are also just a few miles from Fontenay Abbey, founded in 1118 as a cistercian abbey and the only intact monastery remaining in Burgundy. It is set in an attractive wooded valley and comprises about ten interesting buildings with extensive gardens - church, dormitory, cloisters, hospital, prison, kennels etc. The small medieval Burgundian town of Semur-en-Auxois lies to the southwest, built on a pink granite cliff in a hollow of the Armancon valley. Dating from the 14th century, this fortress town is guarded by four circular towers which double as dungeons and has cobbled streets lined with ancient houses, shops and cafes. The Tour de l'Orle de Or houses a small museum. The 13th century gothic Notre Dame church stands on the main square in the town, the Place Notre-Dame. The following 17 cruises call at Venarey-les-Laumes. Please note that these are vacation departure dates and not necessarily sailing dates. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.