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Burgundy: Hotel Barge Cruise along the Canal de Bourgogne

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,947

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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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,947

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Day 1

Paris - Palace of Fontainebleau - Dijon

After meeting the group in bustling Paris, we'll hit the road to our first stop: the elegant Palace of Fontainebleau, one of France's largest royal chateaux. Then, it's on to Dijon - where our crew will welcome us aboard our private barge. After settling into our cabins we'll enjoy an included dinner, complete with a round of delicious cocktails. What better way to get to know the group?

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration6 Nights
Accommodation

MS Deborah

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  • MS Deborah


    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hot Tub
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Television
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Dijon - Petit Ouges

This morning, we'll enjoy a leisurely drive through the beautiful countryside around Dijon - where honey-stone villages and rows of vines will have us thinking we've slipped inside a romantic landscape painting.

Then: the afternoon will see us taking to the water once more as we set a course for Petit-Ouges (with lunch and dinner provided on board). Don't be surprised if you enjoy the journey just as much as the destination - it's hard not to, especially with the green and pleasant landscape of the Saone Valley rippling around us!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Petit-Ouges - Saint-Jean-De-Losne

Today, you're free to sit back and relax in your luxurious surrounds, taking in some of France's most sublime wine country as we drift down the canal. We'll arrive in Saint-Jean-de-Losne late this afternoon - where there will be just enough time to take a walk or ride along the bike path before we meet for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Saint-Jean-De-Losne - Dole

After breakfast, we'll leave our barge moored alongside the riverboats lining the banks of Saint-Jean-de-Losne and stretch our legs on a walk around the town's pretty streets. After discovering the port's boating heritage and characteristic Saone Valley buildings, we'll climb back aboard the barge and move on to Dole - this afternoon's final destination - where we'll share a meal together in town.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Dole - Ranchot

This morning we'll take some time to explore Dole's charming town centre before coming back aboard the barge for the journey to Ranchot - but you don't have to cruise the whole way if you don't want to! With bicycles on board for our exclusive use, you could swap the decks for dry land and ride the bike path alongside the canal. When you've worked up an appetite, we'll enjoy another included dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Ranchot - Besancon

Today, there's another leisurely morning in store as we cruise further along the Canal de Bourgogne. After lunch, we'll board a coach and depart for Besancon - where you'll have plenty of time to explore the area at your own pace.

Later, we'll tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Saltworks before celebrating our final evening on the water with a gala dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Besancon - Paris

After a walking tour of Besançon (including a visit to the 17th-century Citadel), we'll bid farewell to the barge and drive back to Paris - where the tour will end.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES

MS Jeanine 

2019: Jul 25
2020: Apr 16; Jun 25; Aug 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 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)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • 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

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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.

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