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Burgundy: Hotel Barge Cruise along the Canal de Bourgogne

7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,933

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$ 2,933

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Day 1

Paris - Dijon

After meeting in Paris you'll move on to Dijon, where the crew will welcome you as you step aboard the private barge. This afternoon, you'll enjoy cocktails and a delicious included dinner. What better way to get to know the group and start the cruise with a bang?

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Days

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 - Petit Ouges

This morning you'll return to dry land to enjoy a leisurely drive through the beautiful French countryside. Here, row upon row of vines and honey-stone villages will have you thinking you've slipped inside a romantic landscape painting! This afternoon, you'll climb back aboard the barge and depart for Petit Ouges. On this tour, you'll savour the journey just as much as your arrival at each destination -- especially with the green and pleasant landscape of the Saône Valley rippling around you. As you go, you'll enjoy both lunch and dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Petit-Ouges - Saint-Jean-De-Losne

Today, you're free to simply sit back in our luxurious surrounds and take in some of France's most sublime wine country -- enjoying a tasty lunch as you drift down the canal. You'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 you meet for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Saint-Jean-De-Losne - Dole

After breakfast, you'll leave the barge moored alongside the riverboats lining the banks of Saint-Jean-de-Losne and stretch your legs with a walk around the town's pretty streets. You'll soon discover the port's boating heritage and characteristic Saône Valley buildings. Back on board the barge the group will cruise to Dole, this afternoon's final destination, where you'll share a meal together in town.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Dole - Ranchot

This morning you'll take some time to explore Dole and its charming town centre. After settling down to lunch back on board the barge, you'll set off for 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, you'll enjoy another included dinner together on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Ranchot - Besancon

Today you'll wake up to a leisurely morning as you cruise further along the Canal de Bourgogne. After lunch, you'll board a coach and depart for Besançon, where you'll have plenty of time to explore the area at your own pace. Later, you'll tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Saltworks before celebrating your final evening on the water with a gala evening dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Besancon - Palace of Fontainbleau - Paris

After a hearty breakfast, you'll move on to the elegant Palace of Fontainebleau -- one of the largest French royal châteaux. Then, you'll bid farewell to the barge and reminisce on your tour on one last drive to Paris.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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MS Jeanine 

2019: Apr 18; Jul 25


  • 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.

25 Jul 2019
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