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Quintessential Burgundy
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There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Sane River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the regions 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.


Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155208
Starts: Dijon, France Finishes: Paris, France
You will visit
  • Dijon
  • Paris

Itinerary

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Day 1: Dijon

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Dijon (1B, 1D)

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 Daniele.

Included Activities:
Dijon Orientation Walk

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Day 3: Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine (1B, 1D)

Cycle to Gevrey Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay and continue to Côte du Nuit 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:
Daniele Riverboat

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Day 4: Longecourt-en-Plaine/Saint-Jean-de-Losne (1B, 1L)

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:
Daniele Riverboat

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Day 5: Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Chalon-sur-Saône (1B, 1L)

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:
Daniele Riverboat

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Day 6: Chalon-sur-Saône/Chagny (1B, 1D)

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:
Daniele Riverboat

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Day 7: Chagny/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a quiet morning on board before a walk in the vineyards of Santenay with an included wine tasting. Continue cruising to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Upon arrival, visit the Château de Couches, a spectacular medieval castle surrounded by beautiful countryside.



Included Activities:
Château de Couches Excursion

Transport:
Daniele Riverboat

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Day 8: Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune/Paris (1B)

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)

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Day 9: Paris (1B)

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

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Day 10: Paris (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Six nights aboard the Daniele canal river barge
    • Orientation walk of Dijon and Ducal Palace
    • Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting
    • Verdun-sur-le-Doubs walking excursion
    • Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne, Auxonne, and Longecourt-en-Plaine
    • Cycle through Gevrey-Chambertin
    • Wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay
    • Côte de Nuits visit
    • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
    • Tour the Hospices de Beaune with a history docent
    • Paris culinary experience
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
    Accommodation
    • Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nts), hotel (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicles, Daniele river barge, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bike through vineyards and villages on your way to Dijon
  • Enjoy a Burgundy wine lesson and tasting
  • Explore the historic Hospices of Beaune
  • Visit some local Parisian markets