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Burgundy River Cruise Adventure
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Dijon to Dijon
8 days
Tour code: EFLEDN

Highlights

Cruise up the canals of Burgundy aboard the Danièle, sip local wines and sample regional dishes, cycle through villages and vineyards, relax in the onboard Jacuzzi as the scenery glides by

Blessed with some of the most gorgeous countryside in Europe, if not the world (not to mention perhaps the best wine around), Burgundy is a place everyone should explore at least once. And the best way to do it is from the deck of an ambling river barge. Visit small villages and first-rate wineries, bike through forests and vineyards on a provided bicycle, and soak up the glorious sunshine, all with the help of a charming little hotel that goes where you go. You won’t get a better glimpse of Burgundy’s pastoral pleasures than this.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicles, Danièle canal barge, bicycle, walking.

Accommodation

Aboard the Danièle canal barge (6 nts), hotel (1 nt).

Included activities

Your Foodie Moment: Cremant de Bourgogne Wine Tour, Rully Your Foodie Moment: Vougeot Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour, Vougeot. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks included on board. 6 nts aboard the Danièle canal barge. Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Wine tours/tastings and cellar visits for Cremant de Bourgogne and Vougeot. Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Petit-Ouges. Free time to explore Dijon. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations. Use of bicycles during shore excursions.

Itinerary

Day 1
Dijon - Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Arrive in Dijon. Meet your guide at the hotel for your 5pm transfer to St Leger. Upon arrival, embark the Daniele Riverboat and raise a glass to the beginning of your adventure. 2019 DEPARTURES Please be advised that you MUST be at your joining hotel (Mercure Dijon at 22 Blvd de la Marne, Dijon) by 5pm AT THE LATEST on this day to board the included transfer to the riverboat. Should you encounter any delays, or expect to arrive in Dijon after 5pm, please CONTACT US so we can make alternative arrangements for you to join the group. Please note that most flights arrive in Paris, approx. 340kms away. There are frequent trains that run between Paris and Dijon, with an estimated travel time of 2 hours. Please book your flights and travel to Dijon accordingly to ensure you arrive in Dijon before 5pm. Luggage storage is available throughout the day at your joining hotel. This itinerary runs in both northbound and southbound directions. Please refer to the "Trip Details" section to confirm what direction your specific departure is set to run.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Danièle Riverboat

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Meals: dinner

Day 2
Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune - Chagny
Enjoy a quiet morning on board or opt to walk in the vineyards of Santenay and indulge in a wine tasting. Enjoy lunch on board while watching the quaint countryside go by. Continue cruising to Chagny. Explore the village and woodlands in the area.

Transport: Danièle Riverboat

Optional activities:

  • Tour of Chateau de Santenay
  • Local Winery Visit and Tasting

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 3
Chagny - Chalon-sur-Saône
Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Visit a winery famed for Crémant de Bourgogne, a sparkling wine. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy. Today's cycling route is moderate with a few inclined paths. E-bikes are available to rent upon request (limited availability - see the "About Transportation" section of the Tour Details page for more information).

Transport: Danièle Riverboat

Included activities: Cremant de Bourgogne Wine Tour, Côte de Beaune Cycling: Chagny, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, Côte de Beaune Cycling: Chassagne-Montrachet to Chalon-sur-Saône

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Chalon-sur-Saône - Saint-Jean-de-Losne
Enjoy an afternoon cruise along the picturesque Saône River toward Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Opt for a walking through the old part of town, or take free time to explore this town's quaint shops and cathedral square. Opt to enjoy dinner ashore.

Transport: Danièle Riverboat

Included activities: Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit

Optional activities:

  • Tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne
  • La Musée de la Bataillerie

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 5
Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Ouges
Cruise along the canal during the morning before taking a walk along the Burgundy Canal. After lunch, relax as the barge makes its way to Petit-Ouges. Opt to cycle or walk along the canal as the barge makes its way to port, or relax on the terrace while watching the riverside life unfold.

Transport: Danièle Riverboat

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 6
Ouges - Dijon
Depart Petit Ouges for a full day cycling tour through the Côte de Nuits region along the Route des Grands Crus, lined with lovely vineyards and some of the most picturesque villages in the region. Enjoy wine tasting in the quaint village of Vougeot before meeting barge in Dijon. Today's cycling route is moderate with a few inclined paths. E-bikes are available to rent upon request (limited availability - see the "About Transportation" section of the Tour Details page for more information).

Transport: Danièle Riverboat

Included activities: Vougeot Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour, Côte de Nuits Cycling: Petit Ouges to Vougeot, Côte de Nuits Cycling: Vougeot to Dijon

Optional activities: Château du Clos de Vougeot

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 7
Dijon
After breakfast, catch the group transfer to the hotel in Dijon. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore this historic city. Head to the local market in time for lunch, opt to visit Ducal Palace, or go for a mustard tasting. If you plan to visit Ducal Palace (Palais des Ducs) as an optional activity, please note it may be closed on national holidays.

Optional activities: Ducal Palace (Palais des Ducs)

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Dijon
Depart at any time. If you're flying out of Paris today, please note that it is approx. 340km away. The group will be dropped off at the Dijon train station this morning – we recommend not booking flights until the evening to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Included activities: Departure Day

Meals: breakfast

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