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Burgundy by River Barge
10 Days Dijon to Paris
Includes Hotel Stay (3nts), River Barge Cabin (6nts), 15 Meals, Wine Tasting, Guided Tours and More!

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 exploration for all of your senses. This is the unique perspective of France you've dreamed about. Embrace it.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about Burgundy's renowned vineyards
  • Bike through the vineyards and villages
  • Stroll through the charming town of Seurre
  • Explore the markets of Paris

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 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


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

National Geographic Journeys are a collection of unique tours designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the places we explore. They offer more inclusions, greater hands-on exploration, interactions with local experts, and the freedom to roam, all within the structure and security of travelling in a small group.


TOUR MAP

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 - DIJON

Arrive at any time.

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 Daniele. Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 - DIJON/LONGECOURT-EN-PLAINE

Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages to reach Dijon. 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.
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 - LONGECOURT-EN-PLAINE/AUXONNE

Start the day with a walk around a beautiful, typical Burgundy castle and its lush gardens. Continue the morning walking along the canal stopping in small villages and looking at the various locks. Enjoy the Burgundy canal as we walk a 10km (6.2 mi) stretch of the canal between Longecourt and St-Jean-de-Losne. Free time in the evening to visit Auxonne.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 - AUXONNE/SEURRE

Have a relaxing morning on board, before a visit to the barge capital of St-Jean. Continue on to Seurre with some free time to explore on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch


Day 6 - SEURRE/VERDUN-SUR-LE-DOUBS

Spend the morning discovering the area around Seurre on foot. Return to the barge and continue towards Verdun-sur-le-Doubs with free time to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 - VERDUN-SUR-LE-DOUBS/FRAGNES

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 near Fragnes. Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 - FRAGNES/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.
Meals included: Breakfast

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.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 - PARIS

Depart at any time.
Meals included: Breakfast

*Per person based on double occupancy, priced in CAD. Rates and dates are subject to availability. Call for details. Prices do not include air travel.Note that hotels may differ depending on your selected travel date. Please enquire for a complete itinerary for your selected travel date.