BEAUJOLAIS: IS ALSO SOUTHERN BURGUNDY!
A land of history and patrimony, The Mâconnais at our doorstep
◊ Morning: Discover Cluny Abbey (cf. week 45)which, during the Middle Ages, used to be the seat of the most powerful
Benedictine order in Europe. It was the largest abbey in Christendom until St Peter’s was constructed in Rome. A 3D
reconstruction allows one to wander under the high Romanesque vaulted ceilings and admire the masterpieces. Cluny
Abbey received the title of ‘European patrimony’. Next door are the National horse studs which are open to guided
visits; horses, equestrian shows, life of a stud farm……… Don’t miss the town of Cluny itself where you can still see
Romanesque houses from the 12th and 13th century.
◊ Lunch: L’Embellie Sainte Cecile - Le bourg - 71250 Saint-Cécile - 03 85 50 81 81(cf. week 45)
Master cook, homemade with local produce from 16€ pp.
L’auberge du cheval blanc - 1 rue porte de Mâcon - 71250 Cluny - 03 85 59 01 13 (cf. week 1)
Traditional Burgundy Cuisine from 19,90€ pp.
◊ Afternoon: Meander the lovely Mâconnais roads, passing by Berzé le Châtel (a medieval castle) then Milly Lamartine
( Romanesque church and the home of the famous French writer and poet Lamartine) and Pierreclos (castle) up to
the prehistoric Roches de Solutré et Vergisson. After a hard climb you will be rewarded with the most spectacular view of
the whole Saône valley. Visit the botanic and archaeological garden and the Prehistorical museum.
◊ Wine tasting: Château de la Romancière - Le plâtre Durand - 71570 Saint-Amour - 03 85 37 47 42
A +: Beaujolais and Burgundy wines, independent winemaker, respectful and considerate environmental farming (cf.
◊ Gastronomic dinner: L’Auberge du Paradis - Le plâtre Durand - 71570 Saint-Amour - 03 85 37 10 26 (cf. week
◊ Activities: Horse riding in Mâcon-Chaintré. Water skiing in Crêches sur Saône. Water sports at the port of Arciat.
Visit Château Cormatin (cf. week 34). Fun tour of Pierreclos castle. Kart in Charnay les Mâcon. Bourgogne escapade:
bycicle renting in Charnay les Mâcon.
Leisure outdoor center and lake de Cormoranche sur Saône.
◊ Tips: From June to September, guided tours with the tourist office of Mâcon. In Cluny, you are only 10 km from Taizé,
known worldwide for its ecumenical centre. From Macon to Charnay les Mâcon, take the ‘Voie verte’ cycling path past
castles and beautiful countryside. Pass découverte : 1 bought ticket = 2 sites at reduced cost ( Cluny Abbey, Royal
Monastery of Brou and the Hameau Duboeuf). ( cf. weeks 45, 13 and 39)