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Burgundy: Hotel Barge Cruise along the Canal de Bourgogne

7 Days
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US$ 3,098

This cruise through the French countryside is a round-trip from Paris that will unlock the history and flavours of Burgundy, visiting World Heritage sites, medieval villages and splendid wine regions.

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Spend 7 days in the French countryside, overnighting aboard the MS Jeanine.

Set out from Paris bound for the Palace of Fontainebleau, one of France’s largest castles. Then settle into your cabin aboard the MS Jeanine, ready to start your journey in earnest. Visit the UNESCO listed Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans and the Citadel of Besancon, overnighting in Ranchot. Then continue on to Dole, a ‘Town of Art and History’ that encapsulates traditional visions of the French countryside. Wander the streets and visit the house where Louis Pasteur was born.

At the convergence of many waterways and canals, Saint-Jean-de-Losne preserves the past in all its charm, including classical French flavours. Try Jambon Perille, Gruyere and Gaudes cake, with local beverages. Then cruise on to Petit-Ouges, where you may want to ride alongside the barge, enjoying all the countryside has to offer. Then take a drive into the Saone Valley, discovering a 7th century commune, and a series of ancient washhouses.

Pass through the vineyards on your way to Dijon, going via the famed Grand Crus wine route (stopping for a tasting of course!), with a festive gala dinner to bid you farewell. Your final day is spent enjoying a walking tour of Dijon’s medieval core where yes, you can try some of the local mustard. Stop in at the picturesque town of Vezelay on your way back to Paris.


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7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,098

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Day 1

Paris to Dijon

Arriving from Paris, we greet Dijon with a city-wide walking tour, taking its Renaissance and medieval wonders in our stride. After we've stretched our legs, we step on to our private barge, with the crew waiting to welcome us. While it's all hands on deck for them, there's a cocktail and delicious dinner to make us feel at home. And with that, our cruise is underway.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration6 Nights

MS Jeanine

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  • MS Jeanine

    Entirely renovated in April 2013, this modern hotel barge is perfect for cruising through the beautiful region of Burgundy. All twelve cabins are located on the lower deck, each offering twin bed accommodation, a private en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning ...

    Entirely renovated in April 2013, this modern hotel barge is perfect for cruising through the beautiful region of Burgundy. All twelve cabins are located on the lower deck, each offering twin bed accommodation, a private en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning and large windows to watch the idyllic French countryside float by. Relaxed buffet breakfasts and delicious three-course dinners, accompanied by matching wines, are served in the spacious dining room and there is a small bar serving drinks throughout your journey. Relax on the sun deck wreathed in flowers, enjoy a drink whilst unwinding in the Jacuzzi or, for the more active, ride along the towpath of the canal on one of the complimentary bicycles.


    • Barbeque
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Dijon to Petit-Ouges

Back on dry land, this morning we enjoy a leisurely drive through a rural idyll, where row upon row of vines, punctuated by honey-stone villages, will have us thinking we've slipped inside a romantic landscape painting. This is Burgundy. And when in Burgundy, it's only right that we visit a historical icon of wine production: Château Clos De Vougeot. Built by monks in the 12th century, it's still home to medieval presses and vat house, a Cistercian cellar and original kitchens. For learning about the region's wine heritage, there's nowhere quite like it. On our barge once more, we depart for Petit-Ouges. On this tour, travelling to our destination is just as wonderful as arriving, especially with the green and pleasant landscape of the Saône Valley rippling around us. As we go, we'll enjoy both lunch and dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Petit-Ouges to Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Swallows and Amazons. Wind in the Willows. Whatever your favourite waterside tale, it'll come alive today with a whole day spent gently cruising along the canal. Simply sit back in luxurious surrounds and take in some of France's most sublime wine country, relishing lunch in between. We arrive in Saint-Jean-de-Losne late in the afternoon -- which is perfect timing as we have a reservation at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Saint-Jean-de-Losne to Dole

Waking on the water, we leave our barge moored alongside the riverboats lining the banks of Saint-Jean-de-Losne to saunter around its pretty streets. We soon discover its boating heritage and characteristic Saône Valley buildings. Then it's onwards to Seurre, a nearby town that swells with historical charm. Lunch awaits back on MS Jeanine as we cruise to Dole, our afternoon destination. It's an excellent spot for a bite to eat, so we have dinner together in a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Dole to Ranchot

Before setting sail once more, we take some time to explore Dole. The old town is heritage rich, topped off by the medieval and gothic medley that is the Collegiale-Notre-Dame. Its architecture is a sight to behold, as are the stained glass windows and 18th century organ. Back outside, we quickly understand how Dole got its nickname. With a hotchpotch of centuries-old houses set beside canals, it's little wonder this town is known as Little Venice. It was also home to Louis Pasteur, with a museum dedicated to his work in his childhood house. Lunch brings us back to our barge, then it's off to Ranchot. But you don't have to cruise the whole way. With bicycles on board for our exclusive use, you could swap the decks for dry land and ride alongside the canal on the bike path. Once you've worked up an appetite, dinner tonight will be served on MS Jeanine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Ranchot to Besancon

We've breakfast, lunch and dinner on board again today. There's a leisurely morning in store first as we cruise further along the Canal de Bourgogne. After lunch, we depart for Besançon where a visit to the citadel is in store. This 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site is an impressive fortress that rises up over the old town, promising incredible views from the ramparts. We may be able to make out the one-of-a-kind astronomical clock that shows sunrise, sunset and even tides. There are three museums within the site itself too, giving us plenty of food for thought. That brings us to our final evening on the water, and what better way to celebrate than with a gala evening dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Besancon to Paris

After a hearty breakfast leaves us shipshape, we bid farewell to MS Jeanine and look forward to our last treat. And it's a real cherry-on-the-cake trip. On the road to Paris, we stop at Fontainebleau -- the palace of palaces. A masterpiece of gilded, twinkling chandeliers and some of the most extravagant décor this side of the capital, it has played host to some of the world's finest art -- not to mention historical figures. We'll marvel at the opulent Imperial Theatre and Marie Antoinette's boudoirs, pause in the chapels and promenade along the lavish galleries, and see the apartments of Louis XVI to Napoleon. It's a show stopping end to our Gallic adventure.

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2017: Jun 16; Aug 11; Sep 8; 


  • 6 nights on board MS Jeanine hotel barge
  • Local captain and crew
  • Tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 6 evening meals, 5 lunches
  • All drinks during the cruise
  • Burgundy food specialties and wine tasting
  • All local taxes
  • Entrance fees (Palace of Fontainebleau, Arc-et-Senans Royal Saltworks and the Citadel of Besancon)


  • Driver/tour leader gratuity (at your discretion)
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated)
  • Social drinks
  • Meals on free nights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions
  • Incidental expenses (such as room service incurred at hotels - all expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation)
  • Laundry costs
  • Shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour
  • The return of property lost on tour
  • Pre and post tour accommodation, and transfers are not included in the tour price


Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.


Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

8 Sep 2017
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