9 nights in France
There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavours. Then head to Paris for two nights of exploration for all of your senses. This is a unique perspective of the France you've dreamed about. Embrace it.
|Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nts), hotel (3 nts).|
|9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that most flights arrive in Paris, approx 340kms away. There are frequent trains that run between Paris and Dijon – make sure to arrive in Dijon in time for the 6pm welcome meeting this evening. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy an orientation walk in the morning to explore Dijon. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market and the old town. In the afternoon, enjoy free time before transferring to the river barge and embarking the Danièle. Included Activities: Dijon Orientation Walk
Cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery and continue to Côte de Nuits before meeting the barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. This mostly flat route is the best way to see quintessential Burgundy. Included Activities: Gevrey Chambertin and Marsannay Château Excursion Transport: Danièle Riverboat
You can rejoin the barge at any of the four locks along the way. Opt to use one of the bikes to ride ahead of the walkers. Included Activities: Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit Transport: Danièle Riverboat
While sailing along the Saône River take in a presentation by a local winemaker and enjoy a horizontal tasting. Spend a relaxing afternoon walking through the footpaths around Chalon-sur-Saône. Choose to do some shopping in town or relax on board with a glass of local wine. Included Activities: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyard of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy. Opt for lunch in town before returning to the barge. Included Activities: Côte de Beaune Cycling Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Enjoy a quiet morning on board before a walk to the Chateau de Santenay vineyard with an included wine tasting. Continue cruising to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Upon arrival, opt to visit the Château de Couches, a spectacular medieval castle surrounded by beautiful countryside. Included Activities: Chateau de Santenay Wine Tasting Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Transfer to Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a tour with a docent, exploring the Hospices of Beaune, a charitable hospital that has been funded by the annual wine auction for over 155 years. Delve into history and discuss the relationship of the hospice with the powerful wine merchants of Burgundy. Enjoy some free time to explore before catching the train to Paris. Included Activities: Visit Hospices of Beaune Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Local train (2.00-2.50 hours)
Explore the historic covered Marché d'Aligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for food. Meet vendors, enjoy tastings, and learn about the history of the market and the specialties offered here. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. Included Activities: Local Market Visit with a Chef
Depart at any time.
12 spacious cabins. Amenities: each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independent air-conditioning. Number of cabins : 12 Maximum passenger capacity : 24 Number of crew members : 5 Amenities on board : spacious lounge with bar - restaurant - sun deck with loungers and parasols - barbecue deck - Jacuzzi - bicycles on board available for use by passengers - wifi on board.
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