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Discover the wines of the Côte chalonnaise.
The best-known vintages (Mercurey, Rully, Givry, Montagny) are of truly remarkable quality and finesse. At the end of the itinerary, you can taste the wines of the Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint-Véran, among others, in the many private and cooperative wine cellars along your route.

Climb the church tower of Saint-Gengouxle-National, 12C Romanesque church modified in the 16C, and admire the superb view over the medieval town. Or perhaps you would prefer to climb to the top of the nearby Mont Goubot.

Live the life of a lord and discover the Château Cormatin, an architectural gem that can be seen from the Voie Verte .

Go on a retreat at Taizé
Short of a full week-long retreat in the ecumenical community open to all (prayer, religious discussion, etc.), you can always visit the shop where the books, pottery and paintings produced by the monks are on display.

Discover the religious Burgundy of the abbots of Cluny and admire the remains of the famous abbey which was the largest church in Christendom from the 10th to the 13th century. Founded in the year 910, the Benedictine abbey of Cluny once stood at the head of over a thousand monasteries and exercised an extraordinary influence over western Europe throughout the Middle Ages.

Search for authenticity in the little villages of the Mâconnais (Berzé, La Roche-Vineuse, Prissé, etc.): winegrowers’ houses with galleries, dovecotes, little Romanesque churches, washhouses, etc. – all built from the ochre stone which gives the landscape its characteristic gentle luminosity.

Work up a good sweat... in preparation for Europe’s longest tunnel open to a voie verte: it takes 6 to 8 minutes to cycle through the Bois Clair. Your reward on the other side: the spectacular feudal castle of Berzé-le-Chatel.

Take a pilgrimage to Solutré.
Walk to the top of the hill, like so many others before you, and visit the museum which traces the site’s prehistoric adventure.

Follow in the footsteps of Lamartine.
Romantic nostalgia is the theme of this 70 km route as we explore the country which inspired some of Alphonse de Lamartine’s most famous poems. We travel from the museum housed in the family home in Mâcon to the poet’s endearing house of Milly, by way of the châteaux of Monceau, (Pi e r re c l o s ) and Saint-Point. An instructive and moving excursion in the steps of a great poet.

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