Yours to explore from the Hotel Le Kolibri
When you think of Burgundy, the first thing to come to mind may well be its internationally acclaimed wines. Justifiably so, yet this enchanting region has so much more to offer than that. Whether you’re here alone, with a loved one or with family, there are countless treasures worth uncovering. Discover the exceptional Roman sites, alongside the world-famous vineyards. This historic landscape stretches peacefully between gentle slopes and winding valleys from Tournus to Cluny (with its famous abbey), then onto the wonderful Azé caves. Hear you can discover not just the caves themselves, but also the history of their discovery and exploration, major feats in persistent speleology. All in all, they make for a series of human, historical and sporting adventures that will remain engraved in your memory in as good shape as the caves stand today.
Further on is Mâcon, the hometown of poet and Second Republic statesman Alphonse de Lamartine, who died here 150 years ago. The Hotel Le Kolibri places you right by a golden triangle bordered by the A6 motorway in the east (which serves Tournus, almost at mid-point), the N79 main road in the south between Mâcon and Paray-le-Monial, and from there, from west to north, the D60 and the N80 main roads up to Chalon-sur-Saône. At the centre of this is the shining star of Cluny Abbey, whose architectural style is of great significance, just as the abbots themselves had a profound intellectual, political and religious influence both in France and across Europe. Then head west along the D14 main road, and be astounded by the Château de Brancion (a 12th century fortified castle) and by the Romanesque churches of Chapaize (one of the oldest in Burgundy) and Ougy along the D981. Southward along this smooth road, you’ll pass Cormartin, Ameugny and Taizé, all the way to Cluny. Occupying the magnificent strategic position that you’ll notice as you approach it, this area often butted heads with the abbots of Cluny. A passionate history awaits you.