I’m sure you are saying … what to do in Burgundy? Hiking, rich cultural heritage, good wines … The region has a lot to offer for visitors looking for peace, nature and cultural experiences. I recently spent two days in Saone-et-Loire and two days in the Morvan. Here are 10 things to see in Saône-et-Loire, between Mâcon and Chalon-sur-Saône.
You finally decided to go to Burgundy ?! It’s perfect. After spending two days in Saône-et-Loire and two days in the Morvan, I can tell you that there are things to do and see. You will be amazed by this region! In this article, you will find the inspiration to create the most suitable stay in Burgundy, and more particularly in Saône-et-Loire, between the city of Mâcon and Chalon-sur-Saône. Prepare your getaway! What to do in Burgundy? Here are the 10 things to see in Saône-et-Loire …
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10 things to see and do in Saône-et-Loire
You will begin your stay in Saône-et-Loire by the city of Mâcon. Indeed, it is the simplest to arrive by train. The Mâcon Loché TGV train station is the ideal way to start your trip with your rental car. Here you will find the 10 things to see in Saône-et-Loire. You have to know I ranked in the right order the list for the road trip. No need to look where it is;) You just have to print this little Burgundy special travel guide and use a GPS.
- Hike at the Roche de Solutré
The Roche de Solutré is one of the great sites of France and the most famous natural area of Burgundy. It stands on a hill 495 meters high. If you want to know the story and amaze your loved ones when you return, know that François Mitterand, President of the French Republic from 1981 to 1995, had made it his favorite place. Every Whit Monday, he came with his family and climbed to the summit of the Roche de Solutré. The climb is open to everyone, without much difficulty. Moreover, it is the ideal to start your trip in Saône-et-Loire. You can make the return trip in less than an hour. Don’t forget your sneakers and go! The view of the vineyards is sumptuous, in any season. On your return, stop at the Grand Site’s house to have a cup of tea or a sandwich at the Café de La Roche.
- Visit the city of Cluny and its abbey
This is one of the big thing to do during your stay in Burgundy and this is one of the 10 things to see in Saone-et-Loire. Cluny is a city known for its abbey. A tip to not miss anything in Cluny? Go at the tourist office. They will give you a detailed city map with different discovery walks. This is the best to help visitors. Go through the Portes d’Honneur, admire the Abbey from the Park and above all … don’t forget to visit the interior! You will even see the students of the School of Art and Trades. There is enough to believe you in Poudlard.
Price: 9,50 € (Twin ticket for adults: Abbey + Palace J. de Bourbon) / Free (under 26)
- Take a bike ride on the Greenway between Cluny and Cormatin
I advise you to rent a bike at Traces et Découvertes to discover the Green Way, located around Cluny. Head north, Taizé and Cormatin. The route is approximately 30 kilometers round trip. You will be 2 hours on the road for this bike trip. On your way to the beautiful village of Cormatin, take a break in Taizé. This village is known to be a large religious community. It offers a splendid panorama of the surroundings.
- Visit the village of Berzé-le-Châtel and its castle
Before heading to your B & B for the night, I advise you to take a break in Berzé-le-Châtel. This is one of the 10 things to see in Saône-et-Loire. Berzé-le-Châtel is a pretty little village on a hill. His castle is beautiful! You can also visit the gardens and the interior of the castle. The rooms have been renovated to accommodate tourists from all around the world.
- Spend a night in a Burgundy house at Relais de Scissé
The Relais de Scissé is a beautiful Burgundy house, located in the village of Saint-Gengoux-de-Scissé. Thierry and Philippe are warm and the food is delicious! The rooms are spacious and bright and the lounge welcomes those who would like to have a reading break. There is also a heated outdoor pool. Each object and detail of the Relais gives character to the house. It’s ideal for a break during your stay in Burgundy.
- Visit the old village of Brançion
To visit the old village of Brançion, I advise you to park on the free parking, located a few minutes walk from the entrance of the village. You will have the opportunity to visit a magnificent castle, dating from the 12th century. For the lucky ones who would be present at the right moment, a medieval festival is organized once a year within the walls of the castle. Take the path to the church of Brançion and lose walk in the narrow streets of the village (don’t worry, there are not many). From the church you will have a panoramic view. There is even a botanical garden for children!
- Walk through the pretty streets of Chapaize
Chapaize has a rich cultural heritage, and if you want to discover the specialties of the region, I advise you to do the market on Sunday morning. It is ideal to meet producers and find delicious and fresh products. Don’t miss the Romanesque church in the city center opposite the St-Martin building. In summer, the windows are flowery and the alleys are colorful. In autumn, it’s a different atmosphere and it’s very warm.
- Visit the city of Tournus, its abbey and the Hôtel Dieu
St-Philibert Abbey is located in the heart of Tournus. It is one of the oldest Romanesque abbey in France. Visit the interior and especially the outdoor gardens. Admire the wooden organ of the main hall. It’s really unbelievable. This historical site is a must during your stay in Saône-et-Loire. Walk across the narrow streets of the city center towards the Hôtel Dieu. All the original furniture has been kept. The apothecary gathers more than 300 bottles in faience and glassware. Before leaving, don’t miss the Greuze Museum.
- Eat at Yohann Chapuis restaurant in Tournus
Two choices are available to you and especially … depending on your budget! Whether you choose the restaurant Greuze, L’Ecrin or Bourguignonne Brasserie, you will enjoy it, be sure of it. The two restaurants are right next door. You don’t have to book it before to go. I loved the delicious snails and lamb fillet with thyme sauce. You can even taste a dessert without lactose (the problem of my life haha) with a vine peach salad with orange blossom.
- Buy good bottles of wine at the cellar of the Vignerons de Mancey
Before leaving to Mâcon, go to the winery of Vignerons de Mancey. The shop offers hundreds of wine. There is enough to bring back some Burgundian souvenirs to your home.
So who thought we had to cross the entire planet to discover wonders? Of course, we can’t compare Burgundy to a desert island in the Philippines that could make some of you dream and we still have to compare what is comparable … But the Saône-et-Loire is a place close to home to discover new things and travel. The region multiplies places that will leave you speechless and amaze you. So what are you waiting for? Print your guide and let’s go to discover the 10 things to see in Saône-et-Loire and go to the Bourgogne Franche Comté for a weekend.
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