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Burgundy by River Barge
(National Geographic Journey)

10 days with G Adventures  Rating: Budget

River Cruise 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 Danièle. (1B, 1D)

Day 3 Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine 
Cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery and continue to Côte du Nuits before meeting the barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. This mostly flat route is the best way to see quintessential Burgundy. (1B, 1D)

Day 4 Longecourt-en-Plaine/Auxonne 
Start the day with a walk around the beautiful grounds of Château de Longecourt, a typical Burgundy castle. 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. Embark on the barge to continue towards Auxonne. Upon arrival, take a short train ride to the charming town of Dole for dinner and free time to explore. (1B, 1L)

Day 5 Auxonne/Seurre 
Have a relaxing morning on board, or take some more time to wander around Auxonne. Continue on to Seurre with some free time to explore this quaint town on your own. (1B, 1D)

Day 6 Seurre/Verdun-sur-le-Doubs 
Spend the morning discovering the area around Seurre on foot before returning to the barge. This afternoon, take in a presentation by a local winemaker and enjoy a horizontal tasting. Continue towards Verdun-sur-le-Doubs with free time to explore. (1B, 1L)

Day 7 Verdun-sur-le-Doubs/Fragnes 
Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages along the Canal du Centre. Stop in the charming villages of Chagny and Santenay along the way. Enjoy wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay, followed by a stop in Meursault for an optional lunch before returning to the barge in Fragnes. (1B, 1D)

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. (1B)

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. (1B)

Day 10 Paris 
Depart at any time. (1B)
Tour Map
River Cruise 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
All This Included
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.
  • 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
  • Wine talk and horizontal tasting
  • Visits to Dole, Chalon-sur-Saône, 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
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.
  • Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nts), hotel (3 nts).
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • Transportation: Private vehicles, Daniele river barge, bicycle, train, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Accommodations on this Tour
Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nts)
Hotel (3 nts)
  • Small group experience; Max 22
  • Allow USD $355-465 for meals not included. While on board the boat, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be included. All other alcoholic drinks would be at an additional individual expense. Tips on board not included.
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

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