The route is well laid out and signposted ‘Voie Bleue’ all the way along from Fleurville to Mâcon. Virtually the whole of this stage is along a tarmacked towpath beside the Saône (except where you have to cycle around Mâcon’s river port). In addition, at the level of Montbellet, there’s a stretch of 1.4km along a firm track as you pass by an area of collection wells for drinking water.
SNCF (French national railways network)
TER line Dijon <> Mâcon <> Lyon Ligne TGV Macon-Loché
Good plan: the free application VOIE VERTE 71 to discover the natural and cultural heritage along the Voie Bleue, between Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon (21 stages).
- Fleurville: the lake, hotel-restaurant Le Château de Fleurville. The former Café de la Marine on the banks of the Saône, made famous by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince, who liked to go there to meet his friend Léon Werth.
- Mâcon: "le tracé de la plume" walking trail, the Hôtel de Senecé (18th century), the apothecary of the hôtel-Dieu, the church of Saint-Pierre, the cathedral of Saint-Vincent, the archaeological site of St-Clement, the Ursulines museum. The Maison de Bois, the oldest house in Mâcon, built between 1490 and 1510. The Route Lamartine circuit in the footsteps of the poet.