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Quintessential Burgundy

There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavours. Then head to Paris for two nights of discovery for all of your senses. Experience the France of your dreams from the inside out.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EFLHNG/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

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 Danièle.

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Day 3: Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine

Depart Dijon 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 a wine tasting in the quaint village of Vougeot before meeting barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine.

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Day 4: Longecourt-en-Plaine/Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Start the day with a walk around the beautiful lush gardens of Château de Longecourt, a typical Burgundy castle. Continue the morning walking along the canal and looking at the various locks. Enjoy the Burgundy canal as we walk a 5km (3 mi) stretch of the canal between Longecourt and La Biètre lock. Climb aboard the barge and continue sailing to St-Jean-de-Losne. Free time in the afternoon to visit St-Jean-de-Losne.
You can rejoin the barge at any of the three locks along the way. Opt to use one of the bikes to ride ahead of the walkers.

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Day 5: Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Chalon-sur-Saône

Cruise along the Saône River before arriving to Chalon-sur-Saône. Take in a presentation by a local wine expert, and enjoy a horizontal tasting on board. 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.

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Day 6: Chalon-sur-Saône/Chagny

Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyards of Chateau de Chassigny-Montrachet while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy.

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Day 7: Chagny/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

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


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Day 8: Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune/Paris

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.

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Day 9: Paris

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.

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Day 10: Paris

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting, Chalon-sur-Saône National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Visit Hospices of Beaune, Beaune National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Local Market Visit with a Chef, Paris
    • Six nights aboard the Danièle canal river barge
    • Orientation walk of Dijon and Ducal Palace
    • Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Longecourt-en-Plaine
    • Cycle through Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits with wine tastings
    • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
    • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
    Accommodation
    • Aboard the Danièle river barge (6 nts), hotel (3 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicles, Danièle river barge, bicycle, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bike through vineyards and villages
  • Enjoy a Burgundy wine lesson and tasting
  • Explore the historic Hospices of Beaune
  • Visit some local Parisian markets