Day 9 – Macon to Lyon

Day 9 – Macon to Lyon

As your journey continues, delve into the historical treasures that Mâcon proudly showcases. Uncover the secrets of the past as you visit its revered museums, which house an impressive collection of artifacts, artworks, and historical relics. Immerse yourself in the stories that unfold, offering glimpses into the city’s rich heritage and the lives of its illustrious inhabitants throughout the ages.

No visit to the region would be complete without paying homage to one of Mâcon’s most celebrated figures, Alphonse de Lamartine. Discover the life and legacy of this extraordinary poet and minister as you explore the landmarks associated with him. From the places that inspired his profound verses to the sites that commemorate his significant contributions, trace the footsteps of a literary genius and gain a deeper understanding of his profound impact on the world of literature and politics.

For those with an adventurous spirit, venture slightly off the beaten path to the alluring town of Cluny. Marvel at the grandeur of the imposing Cluny Abbey, a testament to the power and influence of the medieval Benedictine order. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this architectural marvel, appreciating the intricate details and the spiritual ambiance that still lingers within its walls.

A short distance away lies the majestic castle of Berze-le-Chatel, an exquisite fortress perched atop a rocky hill. Step back in time as you ascend to its formidable gates, and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Marvel at the sheer audacity of its construction and the strategic significance it once held, and let your imagination transport you to a bygone era of knights and nobles.

As the evening casts its magical glow, prepare for an unforgettable experience aboard a special Illuminations cruise. This enchanting journey along the river is a highlight of your river cruise, as you are embraced by the captivating beauty of Lyon, the city of lights. Witness the stunning transformation of the cityscape as it comes alive with a symphony of colors, illuminating the architectural marvels that line the riverbanks. Allow yourself to be captivated by the spellbinding ambiance and soak in the romantic atmosphere that permeates the air.

Accommodations:  AmaCello (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)